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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.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


The fun of a brand new sketchbook is trying to decide how to start filling up the pages.  Since so many of my students are working in ink this month I decided to create a cover page in ink using lots of fun patterns.  I also discovered a little, vinyl piggy bank that begged to be decorated in ink, too.  I purchased a porcelaine pen over the holidays and am anxious to use it to "pattern up" some dishes before I move on.

Meanwhile I am laboring away on this year's bookplate, doing a few Christmas commissions and starting to gear up to direct this year's murder mystery dinner theater.

Friday, November 18, 2011


"Torn Paper Tiger"
24" x 36"
Torn Magazine Pieces on Foam Board

Just finished the tiger collage created with tiny pieces of torn paper from "O" magazine.

Today was the deadline for my student's to finish their torn paper collage assignments so I made it my personal deadline as well.  I think I may frame this fellow and possibly donate him back to the school.  I'm also not sure how many more of these I want to tackle.  My fingers are really sore from ripping all this paper!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Artist Trading Cards
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Just finished a series of three Artist Trading Cards and decided these vintage beauties deserved to live in a frame.  I collect vintage images and wanted to use them in some multi-layered collages.  I've used colored inks, markers, oil pastels and stamps.  I've included a red butterfly in each piece and used some vintage papers from a old French journal I found at an auction.  (Funny how anything written in French just sounds romantic.) 

The actual colors of the piece are vivid and weren't captured well by the scan but I still wanted to post what I had.  I also matted each piece and added color to the beveled, interior cut of the mat which repeated some of the key colors in the card.

Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) are supposed to be given away and never sold but lately there has been a movement of selling cards so patrons can enjoy them without having to manufacture cards for trade.  These cards are called Art Cards, Editions & Originals or ACEO.  Since these girls are framed up and ready to display I plan to add them to my work being sold at this weekend's Miniature Show at our local gallery.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


My daughters have got me hooked on a new website that is consuming my time.  I love spending time on  It is an online bulletin board that lets you organize your Internet finds, pin them and share them with friends.  I think it beats any current magazine for finding clever ideas and resources.

I have tons of print outs of Internet recipes and resources that are piled up and scattered around my house.  I usually misplace them and can't find the one I need when I'm ready to try them out.  Pinterest saves those resources for me and links me with others who share the same interests.

It costs nothing to join and you don't have to be a member to enjoy looking at the pages.  I've discovered loads of great crafts, art, recipes and have even shared some of my personal artwork.

I can spend hours looking through the various categories of pins.  Just look for yourself at

Wednesday, November 09, 2011


 "Pieces of Lisa"
Torn Magazine Paper on Foam Board
16" x 24"

Each year I teach a unit on making torn paper collage with my craft students.  My craft classes generally consist of seniors who need one more elective or art credit but who don't want to take a traditional drawing or painting class.  This unit involves creating a full color image by tearing and glueing paper from a magazine.  This project requires my students to "harvest" colored paper that best replicates the same colors as a resource image they select.

I have made a number of these projects over the years.  I've even created a torn paper collage on a lifesized, ceramic pig for the National Pork Council office.  Sadly, I don't have a photo of that giant hog anymore.  It was quite the beast to have standing in my classroom for weeks as I glued and varnished it's hide.

This year I am working away on a tiger face to demonstrate the process for my students.  It's a little like paint by number except no paint - just paper.  My favorite magazine to use for these projects are O Magazines published by Oprah Winfrey.  I have gathered up piles of these magazines for my personal use because they have excellent colors and heavy, quality papers.  
Here is a close up of the piece.  I especially enjoy the ripped edge created by tearing each little piece of paper.  The pieces are then layered much like a mosaic without any gaps between them.

I hope to finish the Tiger this year and perhaps donate it to our high school.  Tigers are our mascot and my students and I have created a number of tiger pieces which hang in our hallways.  I actually have drawers of these demo pieces and have thrown some away after we finish the unit.


I've done my research and gathered up photos and props and have started on this year's bookplate.  As in the past, I am rendering the entire piece using black ink applied with stippling.  It's a terribly time-consuming approach but I really enjoy the process. 

As in any good work of art, there is significance for me in the subject matter.  I like my annual bookplates to represent something personal in my life while also being a pleasing, pretty piece.

Sunday, November 06, 2011


My lovely daughter, Lindsay in our craft show booth

My daughters and I just wrapped up our annual participation in a local arts and crafts show.  Fortunately this event is held at my high school so setup is simple and no travel expenses are involved.

All three of my girls contributed to this year's booth.  The hit of the day were simple, jersey scarves made from repurposed T-shirts we purchased at our local thrift store.  The girls created fringed and curled scarves that flew out of the booth.  The curled version was so popular that we had to set up a sweatshop in my husband's nearby classroom to manufacture more during the day.

You can see some of my artwork was on display, too. 

The girls made some extra money but most of all, it was a great experience preparing and enjoying the day together.  I am really blessed that my daughters love the arts as much as I do.  It's a joy to share creating and projecting with my family.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011



"clocks" courtesy of

The month of October really rushed by and I failed to find the time to blog about any art adventures.  Much of my month was spent traveling and assisting with the high school one-act play which competed it's way to state.

I've got tons of work lined out to start including this year's bookplate.  I've decided to create an ink piece with clocks and birds as my subject matter.  I've been busy collecting ideas and taking personal photos to work from.  Recently I spent a few, glorious days in Santa Fe, NM and found an exotic bird shop whose owner gladly permitted me to shoot photos of her birds.  So now my resources are ready, my pens are out and I'm geared up to get started.