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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.

Friday, December 21, 2012

2012 BOOKPLATE - "JOURNEY"

"Journey"
8" x 10" Stippled Ink Drawing on Crescent Mat Board

Here it is - my 2012 bookplate.  This year's drawing was inspired from our spectacular trip to the West Coast this past summer.  I try to create my annual bookplate drawing to represent something significant from that year.  I work on these drawings during class while my students are creating their personal, ink drawings. 

I selected the images in this drawing for their symbolism.  I am a lifelong resident of the Oklahoma Panhandle and being a child of the high plains means I don't have much knowledge about seashells.  I love collecting them when we visit a beach but it wasn't until I decided to use them in my drawing that I discovered that each shell form and color is determined by the travels of the mollusk it protected.  Each seashell is different and represents the location, diet and journey it enjoyed or endured.  I think these shells symbolize where we have been.

I love compass and clock faces.  Last year's bookplate drawing was clock faces so a compass was right in line with what I had studied.  I intentionally configured each compass to be pointing a different direction.  I thought they would serve as a symbol for the choices we have in where we are going.

Finally I added a vintage map complete with a tall ship, navigation star and longitude and latitude.  The map doesn't depict any actual place.  I then decide to add the names of all my family members (including two new grand babies coming in February) in teeny-tiny print around the map.




Each year I create my stipple piece using only an 005 black ink pen.  Here is the pen I use.  The tip is almost as small as a human hair and gives me tiny little marks.  I love using this size of pen because it gives me control over my details.  It also means that a piece this size has well over a million dots.

I have already scanned this piece, created personalized book labels for my friends and family.  I think this is the tenth bookplate, ink drawing I've created.

Friday, December 14, 2012

PERSONALIZED WATERCOLOR FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTER

It has been a long time since I created a watercolor painting as a new baby gift. This one is pretty special.

It is for my new granddaughter Berkley who is scheduled to arrive sometime in February. She is the first child of my oldest daughter Kiley and her husband Aaron. What makes Berkley even more special than other babies is that Kiley has had multiple miscarriages and had been told she would never carry a baby to term. She has had complications along the way this time but both she and the baby are doing well. It is a miracle for our entire family.

You may notice that I didn't spare lots of sparkles and bright color on this piece. My Kiley sparkles herself and I am one, excited grandmother.

I have another grandchild due two weeks following Berkley but my middle daughter and her husband are not going to discover the gender until birth. I will have the joy of another watercolor then.



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MY FIRST IPAD SKETCHES

My Christmas present from my husband is a new IPad. I am in LOVE (with both the IPad and my husband). I immediately downloaded a number of drawing apps. I've wanted to try my hand at this new medium sinceI first discovered it.

Here are my first sketching attempts.



Saturday, December 08, 2012

NEW AIRPLANE & HELICOPTER DICTIONARY DRAWINGS


"Airplane"
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
Original SOLD - Prints Available via Etsy

"Helicopter"
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
Original SOLD - Prints Available via Etsy

It has be an interesting experience discovering what is popular with art patrons.  My drawings of vintage airplanes and trains have really been loved and I've had numerous requests to create a helicopter drawing.  A good friend recently commissioned me to create a helicopter as a Christmas gift so it is now a part of my series.  All in all, I have now completed an inventory of 72 dictionary drawings including these two.

One of the things I enjoy most about these drawings is how vintage they look and feel.  The dictionary pages are over 50 years old and I distress them more with ink and watercolor washes.  But I really strive to create an drawing that is like an illustration from an old book.  I use sepia ink and very specific colors of pastels and colored pencils to give it an old but familiar look.

I am off to post these on Pinterest and make prints available on my Etsy store at www.Etsy.com/shop/flyingshoes 

Friday, December 07, 2012

MY FAVORITE WATERCOLOR BRUSH


As a high school art teacher I am always snooping around for new art supplies and techniques.  A few months ago I stumbled onto a watercolor brush that has a water depository in the handle.  I bought a couple of different brands in different price ranges when I had a chance and I am TOTALLY in love.

I was concerned that the brush fibers might mildew if left damp for very long, that it might leak and I was also concerned about the quality of the brush tip (whether it would hold it's shape or be too soft or hard).  Not a one of these problems has happened and I've used the heck outta the Sakura Koi brush.  I love the ease of using this brush for the lettering on my dictionary drawing series.



I think these brushes would be ideal for watercolorist who likes to travel but hates hauling around water containers.  I have to admit that I don't switch around my color palette that often but when I needed to, the brush washes easily in water.  To dampen the brush you just lightly squeeze the barrel of the brush handle.

Here's a resource if you are interested:


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Shhhhhhhh...IT'S A SECRET


I haven't posted much lately.  I was furiously working in my studio preparing for my last show and was posting lots of new work I created for that big event.  Since then I have been busy with new assignments for my students and doing some commission work.  I'm not going to post most of the commission work because it is intended as a surprise gift.  I don't want to spoil that surprise in case someone, somehow stumbles onto the blog and discovers their Christmas gift.

I apologize that the blog hasn't had a lot going on but stay tuned and I'll show you what I've been up to shortly.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

DESIDERATA

"Desiderata Mixed Media Collage"
6" x 12" on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
SOLD

I have always loved the poem Desiderata and I have a poster of it hanging in my bedroom.  I thought it suited this collage of simple flowers on top of an array of beautiful papers.  It's a busy little piece but most layered collages are.

Currently it hangs in our local gallery where someone might like it as a Christmas gift.

LITTLE, CHUBBY BIRD COLLAGES


Mixed Media Collage
6" x 8" on gallery wrapped canvas

I am still having a lot of fun creating whimsical, fun collage pieces.  I dropped these off at the gallery and am curious about any feedback they have.

These are more of those beautiful papers I've hoarded for years plus left over pages from old dictionaries and some heavy, gold enamel paint.  I am layering and stamping and doing paint washes - whatever I think might enhance these pieces.  Part of the fun is trying to match some text with the images. I especially like these fat robins created with some actual photos of the birds built in.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

PROGRESS ON 2012 BOOKPLATE


As my students work away on their ink assignments I am stippling away on this year's bookplate.  I have a box of assorted sea shells on my desk and am building this piece much like a puzzle - I place a shell, draw it and then decided what shell goes beside it.  Unlike most pieces, this one is developing without an overall plan so it's a lot of fun.  I am throwing in a compass or two which makes this piece resemble last year's bookplate of clock faces.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT - PAPER COLLAGE

Mixed Media Collage on 6" x 6" Canvas

Sometimes I just need something different especially after weeks of working on a series of artwork.  I really do enjoy creating the dictionary drawings but I needed a break and some time to play.  I've learned that playtime can often lead to something and get my creative juices going again.

I've had these little canvases for some time and I've started a couple of paintings on them only to gesso the images away and tuck the canvas back on the shelf.  Long ago I started collecting different papers and I've been hoarding a little tablet of handmade papers with silk screened patterns. This weekend I decided to play with all of that and see what came of it.

This Saturday our local gallery is opening a miniature show of work under $100.  I think these little guys might fit right in.  Yesterday I took down my solo show but the gallery asked me to leave some of my dictionary drawing prints so I hope these will give me some inventory for the show. 

I used some dictionary pages on these collages, too.  I cut them out and then collaged them along the edge of the gallery wrap canvas.  I also love text so I added some distressed text along with gold enamel.


Monday, November 05, 2012

BOOKPLATE 2012 - HERE WE GO!

It's time to start building this year's bookplate.  Each November I begin an original, stippled, ink drawing which I then use as the focal point of handmade bookplates for friends and coworkers.  These detailed drawings take lots of time and are usually finished just ahead of Christmas. 

After a fabulous trip to the West Coast, I am using seashells as my theme along with a few vintage compasses. 

I like to create an ink drawing that has some significance for the passing year.  This trip was amazing and we enjoyed so many terrific experiences with friends and family up and down the coast of California.  I have also been researching the what's. how's and where's of different shells I have collected over the years.  As a life-long Oklahoman I am pretty ignorant of any kind of sea life that can't be deep-fat fried. But I have always loved gathering shells and occassionally will use them for classroom assignments.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

HUMMINGBIRD

"Hummingbird"
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
SOLD

This whole dictionary drawing series began with a hummingbird so I decided to finish my art show exhibit with the same little bird.  I used this drawing in class as a demonstration to show how modeling marks can be used to shade and create different values.

Hummingbirds are really loved and this fellow was purchased during the show and is now living somewhere in Michigan I believe.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

FEATHER

"Feather"
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

I've almost finished posting new work that I made especially for last weekend's art show.  I had made a feather piece before on a smaller scale but wanted to created a full page drawing.

These feathers don't really belong to any specific bird.  Like so much of my work, I grab colors and create shapes that interest me without stewing too much about trying to replicate a certain species or critter.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

TRICYCLE

"Tricycle"
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

I have drawn about a half dozen images of a little, red tricycle for one thing or another.  I thought I had to include it in my dictionary series.  I had a little trike just like this and I also have a rusted out, bent version in my classroom that I occasionally drag out for my students to study for different units.

I really like the nostalgia of a red trike.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

EAGLE


"Eagle"
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
SOLD


Sometimes pieces almost create themselves and that was the case with this drawing.  I am currently covering cross-hatching, stippling and modeling techniques with my beginning students so I used this piece as a demonstration.  I wanted them to see how I could shade and create the different values in the eagles' flat wings using hatching and cross-hatching.

This is one of the new pieces I introduced at the show this past weekend.  It still doesn't have an owner.  I hope someone will admire it enough to take it home.

Monday, October 29, 2012

LIBERTY

"Liberty"
6" x 8.5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
SOLD

As hurricane Sandy is pounding her, I thought I would go ahead and post my drawing of Lady Liberty.  This simple little drawing also sold during my show last weekend.  It is always exciting when someone admires a piece and wants to have it for their own office or home.  This lady is now owned by a local attorney who was once a student.

The little corner of the page ripped when I removed it from the book but I was able to attach another distressed piece of dictionary paper before she made her home under glass in the frame.

I have lots of new work to still post on the blog.  I am happily making plans on this year's book plate so my studio is cleaned out of dictionary drawings (for the moment since there are a number of commissions for Christmas gifts) and I am filling it with sea shells and black ink pens.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

GOLF

"GOLF"
6" x 8.5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
SOLD

The art show opening has come and gone and I have a number of pieces yet to blog about.  This was one of the first to sell on the day of the show.  It was purchased by a fellow teacher.

Me at the entrance to the show. 
I love that you can see my mother
and father-in-law admiring work behind me. 
My father-in-law was a model in one of the pieces.

I feel like the show went well.  I had a great turn out of friends and family, the gallery looked lovely and there were some nice sales.  It was exciting to see so many people take time to come to the gallery and appreciate what I have been doing.

I continue to be amazed that these simple, little drawings are so popular.  The combination of medium with the page out of a dictionary seems to have hit a nerve with viewers.

Regardless of the outcome, this was a milestone moment for me.  It was my very first, solo show in my hometown.  I can check that off the list of things I want to accomplish and move on to another challenge.

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported this special night.

Friday, October 26, 2012

KEY



"KEY"
6" x 8.5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

I drew keys before on a page from a French/English dictionary and that piece has long been sold.  I had fun with keys, have a stash of antique keys so this one is heading for the solo show.  I added a little "shout out" to my husband by putting his initials in the little key on the bottom right along with his birthday.  After all.....he has the key to my heart!  (ahhhhhhhhhh, right?)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

CAMERA


"Camera"
6" x 8.5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
SOLD

My show opens with a reception in less than 48 hours and I still have lots to accomplish.  I've got most of the work framed and hung in the gallery but I have six new pieces that still need to be lettered, framed and delivered downtown.  I know that nobody will miss these last pieces but I hate to not have the opportunity to show them off.  Finding ready-made frames in a small, Oklahoma town is proving to be a challenge.

It has been great fun to return to the small, page-sized drawings.  These pieces created on the old book pages are really what I enjoy doing.  I've been intending to do a vintage camera for months so it was great to get this fella done.  It is always a challenge to render something that is basically all black in a more creative color scheme.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

ARTIST

"Artist"
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing Distressed Parchment

This is the final of six large, parchment pieces for the solo show.  I had a lot of fun creating images of art supplies I enjoy using.  I especially liked creating the watercolor paints.

I am going to hang my work this afternoon after school.  I have made new price tags, framed and framed and then framed some more and built my own guest book.  I have 26 pieces ready to go but I hope to finish four more for a final count of 30 pieces.

I have already started planning for this year's ink, bookplate and I've got some other new goals for myself in the coming year.  It's fun to look ahead.

Monday, October 22, 2012

CHILDHOOD


"Childhood"
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Parchment

Time is flying and running short for creating many more new pieces for my upcoming show.  I have had a lot of these pieces in mind for some time but these larger works require quite a bit of time to render.  I think I will have six large pieces framed and ready to hang just in time.

This piece includes a lot of my childhood favorite pastimes.  I loved Jacks, marbles, Play-Doh and I spent hours looking through a viewfinder at 3-D images.  I still have lots of those items including the two, metal tops.  In fact, most of these items are in my old, wooden toy box stored in my utility room.

I hope this piece resonates with some of my friends and patrons.  It makes me a little anxious to learn that a lot of my community is responding that they plan to attend Saturday night's reception and show opening.  I've participated in big events before and I've directed huge plays for years but this event is different.  Me and my work is the main attraction - "gulp."  I hope the critiques are kind and that everyone has a great time together.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

NEST

"Nest"
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Parchment

The studio has really been busy the past two days.  I had to create a second, large version of one of my original, dictionary drawings for the upcoming show.  These was and continues to be one of my all time favorite pieces.  Recreating it in a larger format was much more challenging.  In a larger drawing it is necessary to add finer details and more color choices to keep it interesting.

I love the metaphor of a nest.  I think it expresses hope, birth, new life and home.  Right now (well I guess always) those are important values to me.  I've included three eggs as in the past drawing.  I have three beautiful daughters and three, precious grandchildren and have been married for over three decades.  Our little nest is about to get two more grandchildren so I may have to expand for future drawings.

I have two more, large drawings to complete.  The frames I need have just arrived and I picked up the glass and mat board so I am about at the stage where these drawings find their nest and are hung in the gallery.  It's a very exciting time for The Shoes.

SOLO SHOW WINDOW DISPLAY

Wild Horse Gallery Window Display
 
The gallery let me build a window display to promote my upcoming, solo show.  Since we are out for fall break for a few days my husband and I were able to create this during the afternoon.
 
 
A fellow, high school teacher has a poster size printer and made 2' x 2' posters of some of my dictionary prints.  I mounted them on foam board then lit them with some pedestal lamps I use in my studio.  I selected some of the outstanding pottery from fellow artists to dress the display.
 
It is really thrilling for me to see my work glowing from a main street window.  We drove by after dark just to see how it looked.  I'm getting closer to finishing the artwork for the show.  The last of my frames should be delivered today and the glass shop should have the glass ready too.
 
                                                                             I'm off to the studio to spend the day.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

FREEDOM

"Freedom"
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Parchment
SOLD

I have decided to finish six, large drawings on distressed parchment for my show.  The solo show is less than two weeks away and it's decision time on what I'm going to finish and frame.  My goal is to have 30 pieces in this series of dictionary drawings hanging in the gallery along with some prints of the most popular drawings.

I am thrilled that this piece has already sold in advance of the show.  The buyer saw a digital image of the piece last week on my daughter's phone and purchased it on the spot.  He wasn't concerned about the price and agreed to let it hang in the show for the opening night reception.  My husband is convinced that I need to concentrate on patriotic pieces since they seem to sell quickly.

I really like how this drawing turned out.  The aged parchment is a great foundation for working in mixed media.  It is still old paper but it takes quite a bit of marking unlike the vintage dictionary pages.  It still looks old, worn and pretty interesting.  I've found some off white, aged frames that work nicely with the colors in the drawings.  By this weekend I should be busy framing.

I also had an interesting conversation with a young woman from San Fransisco this week via Etsy.  She informed me that one of my pieces "Tea" had been published on the site Tumblr but that it didn't credit me as the artist.  She kindly gave me credit as the artist and linked the post to my Etsy shop and blog.  I'd noticed that the Tea posting had a great deal of interest on my blog but I couldn't figure out the traffic source.  When I finally tracked it down on Tumblr I discovered that 850 different people had reposted my drawing.....WOW!  I'm glad I have started including my circle watermark or nobody might have ever known it was mine.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

POPULAR, CROSS CONTOUR LINE EXERCISE

My days are filled with juggling my high school classroom and prep for my solo art show in a few weeks.  I am also helping my husband with our high school one-act play which goes to regional competition this weekend.  It's a busy month in our household.

Working with the one-act means I've gotta leave my classroom in the hands of a substitute.  I am fortunate to have a friend who is a terrific artist who manages my classroom when I am gone.  We are just finishing up a unit on the Element of Line and will start the Element of Value when I get back. 

Here is the assignment I'm leaving for my kids.

 WORMIES DIRECTIONS
The popular site, Pinterest, has lots of great lesson plan ideas and I've noticed this activity being pinned quite a bit.  I thought I'd break it down and let my students play with it.  I'm calling them "Wormies."  I think they are a clever way to reinforce cross contour lines.


Anytime I invent a new activity it requires that I create step by step examples.  I teach a lot of non English speakers and students from different cultures who struggle with written directions.  Our rural school estimates that we have over 27 different languages in our system and even more dialects.  It's always a challenge these days to communicate.  I am fortunate to teach visual arts that most students can grasp regardless of language barriers.

Here's my finished example.

Monday, October 08, 2012

CAT (WESLEY)


"Cat"
6.5" x 8" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
SOLD

Time to go back to drawing directly on old book pages.  As I started listing my inventory of dictionary drawings I noticed that I had quite a few illustrations falling under the alphabet letter of 'C.'  I decided I really needed to include one of the premiere words for that letter - Cat.

While I drew away I was kept company by our house cat, Wesley.  Wesley and I have something of a love-hate relationship.  I have become Wesley's caregiver over the years since he showed up nearly dead on our doorstep during a storm.  Our three daughters pleaded for us to rescue Wesley and of course, they won.  Our girls are all grown with homes of their own but nobody stepped up to invite Wesley.

Hopefully some cat lovers out there will want to adopt his portrait on a dictionary page.

"Wesley"

Saturday, October 06, 2012

JOURNEY



"Journey"
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Parchment Paper

I just finished a second, larger drawing on a reproduction of a dictionary paper.  I love antique things that show wear and use and that's what I was going for with these vintage compasses.  I thought they served as a fitting metaphor for JOURNEY. 

There were a few times during the construction of this piece that I contemplated tearing it up and throwing it in the trash.  I am at that stage of preparation for my solo show that I am doubting my choices and fretting over what I've sign on to.  I think most creative folks find themselves in this pickle from time to time.

I believe strongly in challenging myself and pushing myself to create.  I know far too many skilled artists who never venture out and promote their work and have stacks of dusty work tucked under their bed or the back of their closets.  I see students every year with mad talent who aren't willing to put the time and effort into creating the work that they are capable of.  I am determined not to let that happen to me.

I took a break this morning to drop off some mailing addresses to the gallery sponsoring my solo show.  They are graciously mailing out invitations to friends and family.  While I was there my daughter Lindsay and grandson Tate stopped by.

Lindsay and Tate admire a poster in the gallery promoting my show

So after a good dose of family support, a friendly chat with the wonderful, gallery director I am back on the easel and going at it again.  Hopefully I won't have to be medicated before the show happens...(just kidding there). 

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

BUTTERFLY - LARGE DICTIONARY DRAWING

"Butterfly"
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Parchment

This is officially my 51st dictionary drawing since I started this series last Spring. I've decided to venture into creating some dictionary drawings on a larger scale even though that meant I'd have to abandon drawing directly on the pages of old, repurposed books. (Don't fret. There are still lots of actual book pages on my easel.)

I have experimented with different papers and thanks to the wonderful assistance of Allison Clemons, a fellow artist who works at a local print shop, I discovered some really old parchment papers that could withstand being digitally printed with a selected, dictionary page. I then was able to distress and ink the page and draw right on top of it. Even though it is now a reproduction of a vintage dictionary, it looks and feels very similar. The benefit is that I can now create larger versions of my drawings with far more detail and a lot more images.

I've got a number of these pieces in the works for my upcoming show. The bigger the piece - thegreater the framing costs so I'm investing a littler more money in preparing these larger drawings. It's always a gamble to see what the public thinks of an artistic change. My dictionary drawings have been far more popular than I'd ever imagined. In fact, I've had a request as far away as England from an interested buyer just this week.

The Shoes are once again, flying high. Thank you to everyone who is enjoying this series and supporting me in my upcoming, solo show.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

IT'S OFFICIAL - SOLO ART SHOW ANNOUNCED


It's official!  The local gallery is starting to advertise my upcoming, solo show.  The Wild Horse Gallery will host an artist reception for me on the evening of October 27th.  I am so excited.

I went to an artist reception this past week at the Wild Horse Gallery and was very impressed with how nice the gallery looked and how professional the show appeared.  They featured the work of a local photographer, Debbie Smith.  Her work is regional and nostalgic images of wheat fields, farm machinery and old buildings.  What made her show stand out to me was the beautiful filters she used and the gorgeous framing/presentation of the photos.  She had even mounted some of the images on old, paned window frames...that really suited her subject matter.

I am having a joyous weekend with my family.  My eldest daughter is here with her family and we are focusing our time with grandchildren.  Two of my daughters are pregnant and expecting babies in February so this is quite a special time.

Kiley and Lindsay "Coming Soon"

When the house quiets back down I'll be back on the easel to prepare new work for the October show.  But for now this grandma best get in the kitchen to start frying some chicken for a big, family dinner.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

GOLD-FISH

 
"Gold-Fish"
5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
 
Sometimes you do something artistic just to entertain yourself and that's the case with these two guys.  I had originally thought of doing a golf illustration on this page thinking that might be a popular image to sell but I couldn't help myself - gold-fish sounded like more fun.
 
I've always loved the fancy finned gold-fish you sometimes find in the pet section of Walmart.  Who knows, someone else might like them, too.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

TEA


"Tea"
6.5" x 8" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
SOLD

After a couple of months of travel and getting a new school year started, I am finally back on the easel and building drawings for my upcoming solo, art show.  I have collected images, purchased frames and distressed stacks of old pages in preparation for the time when I could dedicated myself to drawing.....so now I'm ready to GO!

Much like the drawing I did about coffee, I added cup stains to this piece for a little extra jazz.  This drawing was done on a book page that is over 60 years old so the paper was extra fragile and brittle.  Distressing old pages only makes them more fragile so these older pages take extra care to draw.  I've learned to plan out each drawing carefully because once I start there is no opportunity to erase or rework any ink or color applications - the paper doesn't hold up to many strokes without tearing or breaking through.  I think the spontaneity of drawing like this makes them even more special.

I've also started lettering the original pieces with watercolors rather than colored pencil like the earlier dictionary drawings.  The delicate paper just won't withstand heavy colored pencil marks.  Meanwhile, the sale of my drawings on Etsy is really picking up.  I've shipped orders all over the United States and am building up new inventory for what I hope are good holiday sales.

I'm off to the studio to draw away my day.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

CLASSROOM ALTERED BOOKS

My students are busting out some amazing, altered books 

Life has been incredibly busy.  My husband and I have traveled constantly for the past two months and school is in full swing. It's been a long time since I've found a moment to post so I thought I'd feature some of my altered book unit.

This is the first time I've taught altered books other than evening workshops.  I've got such a terrific bunch of craft students this year and since they are such a special group I decided to introduce them to altered books.  This unit takes a lot of supplies, equipment and freedom to move around the room.  This group is the most mature and crafty bunch I've ever had take this class and they are producing some terrific pages.

Some of my finished, altered book pages created during demonstrations

I am really challenged to not focus all my creative energy on building altered book pages along with my students.  I typically demonstrate new techniques and then supervise my students as they work and I'm terribly envious that they get to play all hour on their pages.  Altered books are such a creative outlet and will consume my day if I allow myself to get started on a page.

I am gearing up for a solo art show at the end of October.  My local gallery is featuring my dictionary page drawings.  So I'm trying to focus my artistic efforts on building up an inventory of new work for the show.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

BACK TO SCHOOL - AP SILVERWARE DRAWINGS

School is well underway and I'm busy getting my students back into the habit of daily drawing.  My advanced students are once again drawing old silverware as their warm-up.  I am always delighted with the results and how unique each student's work can be.  These are all done with graphite pencil on 80 lb paper.

Leticia  - AP Studio Art Senior


 Emory - AP Studio Art Senior


Ruthie - AP Studio Art Senior