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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.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

FEATURED ARTIST FOR ART FESTIVAL

I am pumped to have my painting "Farmer's Market Sunflowers" selected as the featured artwork for the upcoming Sunflower Art Festival coming up June 3rd.

My work will be used on all of the festival's print and electronic publications promoting the event.

These sunflowers have made their third appearance on my blog.  I posted them first when they were created for a local miniature show at the Wild Horse Gallery.  They showed up a second time a few months later when I donated them to the Circle of Friends cancer support group where they sold to a very dear friend.  Now they are going to get to show off again on banners, fliers and websites.  Yippee!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

ART SHOW CARD

I've just completed creating my show card for my upcoming art show at the Trading Post Cafe and Gallery in Taos, NM.  I've been debating back and forth about whether to only use what I consider to be the showiest pieces or include everything I've done in the Kitchen Counter Series.  I decided to include all eighteen pastel paintings that I currently have in my series inventory.  I've also got contact and studio information on the back.

My reasoning for putting so many images on my show card is that I hope patrons will see a painting they like and grab a card while they ponder their potential purchase.  Taos has an active art market which is one of the reasons I am so thrilled to be showing there - especially a show that lasts from May 1st to July 10th.  I hope that these little cards will help boost interest in my work as well as sales.  Who knows where my cards may wind up?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

PB & J ON A PAPER PLATE

"P B & J on a Paper Plate"
9.25" x 8.25"
Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper

Drum roll, please!  This is my final piece in my Kitchen Counter Series heading to Taos, NM this weekend for my very first Taos show at the Trading Post Cafe & Gallery.  I finished it yesterday, just got a scan and have it's frame ready and waiting.

I like to mark the occasion of finishing a series with something special.  My last Kitchen Counter Series was concluded with a very fancy still life of strawberries in a silver bowl.  This time I thought I'd go the opposite direction and have the finale piece be something everyday, ordinary and loved by nearly everyone.  Come on.  What's a better comfort food and a true favorite from our childhood than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  In fact, I actually ate half of my subject matter before I even started the painting.

So now I'm busy building gallery tags and a new art card for this weekend.  I am extremely excited about fulfilling a lifelong dream of showing my artwork in a New Mexico gallery.  Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me - especially my family and my husband, Michael.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

RED GRAPES IN GLASS BOWL

"Red Grapes in a Glass Bowl"
11" x 8.5"
Soft Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper

I rarely like to revisit a subject but I really enjoyed painting red grapes a years ago and I loved trying to capture a clear, glass container.  My first painting of red grapes is no longer in my inventory so I decided to create a new one for my May 1st show.

This is the next-to-last painting for that show.  I am away from home for the weekend at the state speech and debate tournament so no painting until next week.  All of my new frames have arrived so I'm nearly ready to pack and go.

It's been a wonderful art week for me.  My students did incredibly well at their last high school competition, I've sold three paintings - one right after the other and I've had two commissions for personalized watercolors. 



MEETING THE ARTIST CAROL BEESLEY

One of the highlights of the spring is the annual Art Jubilee Competition and Show held on the campus of Oklahoma Panhandle State University near my home.  For the past eleven years I have taken my students to this event to compete against high school art programs from the surrounding five states.

This year my students won our tenth sweepstakes award and brought home our tenth 2-D Best of Show Award.  I was thrilled since this was one of the biggest turnouts for the Jubilee in years.

As part of the event, the university hosts workshops for both students and teachers.  This year it was a joy to meet and spend time with Oklahoma artist, Carol Beesley.  Carol's work has been featured throughout the Southwest.  She is currently part of the faculty at the University of Oklahoma. 
 Carol Beesley and Me

 Carol and some of her vivid, Oklahoma landscapes created with oil sticks.
As part of her workshop, Carol cut Van Gogh's Starry Night into little squares, passed them out to participants, gave us piles of oil pastels and square pieces of paper and led us to create our little section of the painting.  I had a ball.  It was so much fun to get to play with other artists.  I actually ended up painting two different, 18" x 18" pieces.

I hope to post some of the exceptional student work entered in the Jubilee soon. 

Saturday, April 09, 2011

URBAN BRU COFFEE HOUSE SHOW


I picked up my artwork at the Urban Bru Coffee House yesterday.  I was very pleased to be their first artist to be showcased.  The new establishment has had lots of traffic and has been really busy especially since the owners have been hosting special events.  They are also contributing back to the community by participating in numerous charities and organizations.

 Susan Barrias is the owner of Urban Bru.  I first met Susan when I cast her in my murder mystery dinner theater.  She and her husband have a daughter in my husbands high school speech program.

There have been a number of photos from Urban Bru in our local newspaper over the past two months.  This photo of board members of the local homeless shelter with Bru employees ran a few weeks ago.
The employees at the Bru gave their first tips to the shelter.  Behind them you can see some of my artwork.

All in all showing at the Urban Bru got me a lot of attention.  Owners Dr. Mannie and Susan Barrias also bought the large pastel of coffee cups with heart shaped foam - "I'd Love a Cup"
"I'd Love a Cup" now has a permanent home!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

ORANGES & SLICES

Less than a month to go until I get to hang work in Taos, New Mexico.  I am so thrilled. This has been a life long goal.  We plan to travel there on April 30th, spend the night and hang the show at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 1st.  I hope we get to enjoy one of the Trading Post Cafe's amazing meals on Saturday night.

These oranges were so much fun to paint. I hadn't noticed that the last three pieces were all red and when I realized that, I was determined to go another direction.  I used a brown background for the first time and really liked the natural setting it gave the fruit.  I've had friends comment that the piece looks extremely photorealistic even with the use of deep violets and electric oranges.  I've been interested in using a wide variety of vivid background colors so I was concerned that a brown background might not fit in the series - wrong! 

This digital image is from a scan of the piece but it still fails to really capture the accurate palette of rich oranges I used in the work.  (I need a color lesson in PhotoShop.)

"Oranges with Slices"
11" x 8"
Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper

Only two more pieces to go!!!

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

Friday, April 01, 2011

RED CHILI PEPPERS ON A YELLOW PLATE

I couldn't do a New Mexico show in a restaurant without adding a few red peppers.  I finished this piece last night and may still change a few things before it goes into it's frame.  There are lots of subtle shades of red and violets in the peppers. 
"Red Chili Peppers on a Yellow Plate"
8.25" x 9.5"
Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper

It's been a great art day for flying shoes.  I got a call this morning from our local gallery that a large pastel piece I did last February sold last night to an Oklahoma State Senator that was in town for an event.  They wanted to let me know about the sale.  That really made my day.  I had been debating collecting some of the gallery pieces that had been hanging for awhile and bringing them home.  I think it's important to rotate inventory after a while.  So Glad I didn't do that before this sale.