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Guymon, Oklahoma, United States
I am blessed to live where my grandfather homesteaded, to have three beautiful daughters who are my best friends, to have six delightful grandchildren who live nearby, to be married to my sweetheart of 35 years and to thrill to the special magic of creating my own works of art. I'll never cease to thrill to witnessing new ideas and images come to life from the point of a pencil or splash of a brush. I am blessed.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

NOW THAT'S MORE LIKE IT

I found a bunch of crisp, red radishes and knew they needed to be captured on a turquoise background.  It's been a wonderful day painting up these little guys.  I especially love their long tails.
The mix of complimentary colors help to make this piece pop.


"Radishes on Turquoise"
8.5" x 8.5"
Soft Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper
I wish my computer and camera could better capture the true, rich colors I combined.  I've played a lot with Photoshop to try to fix them but it just doesn't compare to seeing them in real life.
Theses babies are done and ready to mat and frame for The Trading Post Cafe.  I already have some purple plums drawn out and plan to paint them on a hot pink background next.  There are some fabulous blackberries waiting behind them if I don't eat them first.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

NOT "FRAME-WORTHY"

 Here are a couple of still life pastel drawings I've completed and don't really believe deserve a frame.  They've been great pieces to play with but I don't intend to exhibit them beyond my blog buddies.

"Sliced Orange"
6" x 8"
Soft Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper
I did this piece out of a pastel paper sketchbook
I bought a long time ago and it's on an odd orange, toned paper.

I've learned that I need to warm-up a little each time I start working in a medium I haven't touched for awhile.  Since I teach so many different mediums, styles and skill levels, I am always jumping around.  Currently my craft students are doing printmaking. My first year students are finishing up color theory and colored pencil techniques.  My second year students are in the middle of pastel portraits and my advanced students are all over the place with acrylics, colored pencils, collage - you name it.

I am ready to give my full attention to building up my inventory for my Taos show.  I have confirmed that I'm to hang my work May 1st and take it down July 10th.  I'm thrilled to have my work showing over Memorial Day and the Fourth of July in such a great tourist market.

"Sliced Pears in the Light"
9" x 5"
Soft Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper
I just did this piece a few days ago to again, warm up.

I wanted a clever composition and to use some vivid color but
I'm not all that happy with the result.

I have blocked out three new pieces including a landscape commission for a good friend who now lives in Alaska.  So visit me often and see how my inventory grows. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

ONE OF MY FAVORITE CLASSROOM EXPERIENCES

Every year I look forward to the end of the first semester when I have my beginning students draw a self portrait.  I have them draw a portrait the first week of school, save it and then pull that first drawing out to compare to the portraits they draw at the end of the semester.  It's so much fun and so esteeming to see how their skills have developed.

Here are some examples of before and after drawings done by a few of my Art I students.  The drawings on the left were done in August and the drawings on the right are done by the same students in January. 

I'm pretty proud of how their artistic skills have improved.

All of the students are required to wear some sort of head covering.  Backgrounds are optional and can earn bonus points.

I'M BACK!

It's been a crazy, hectic time in my household as our entire family has been involved in the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.  I'm finally feeling like I have my life back.


 My husband, Michael played Benton Fish, the master of ceremonies.
 My daughter, Lindsay and son-in-law, Aaron played Mitzi Mooney and Chet Farquirk.  Chet was one of the romance novel authors.  Aaron is actually married to my oldest daughter, Kiley.
My daughter, Kiley played Jane Forthright, the head of security who helped to catch the killer.

We closed the show last Sunday afternoon after a month of rehearsals and a great weekend of performances.  I was exhausted but really pleased we pulled it off!

Thankfully, we raised a lot of money, had great audiences and the event pleased the youth shelter coalition. 

Now I'm ready to get back to preparing for my Taos, NM show and enjoying time on my easel.