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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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012



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

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Ester Roi and I at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts

One of the many joys of traveling is meeting other artists.  Sometimes I stumble into artists who's work I've admired and even used as inspiration for units in my classroom. 
During our wonderful time spent at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts I found the colored pencil artist, Ester Roi.  I first noticed ester's work on the cover of Colored Pencil Magazine.
January 2012
An Issue of Colored Pencil Magazine Featuring Ester's Work
Ester's exhibit was amazing and included details about her drawing process.  She uses a combination of colored pencils and oil pastels.  She has invented a heat table that will melt the waxy medium so they easily blend together.  Then she can slide her drawing to another, cool section of the table to do details and intricate line work.
Ester was a joy to visit with and talked extensively about her techniques.  Her heat/cool table is called (appropriately) an Icarus Art Drawing Board and can be seen here

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To view more of Ester's work, visit her website

Sunday, August 19, 2012


My husband and I at the entrance to the 80th Festival of the Arts

This summer I got to experience one of those "bucket list" sort of events that is at the top of my list.  I have wanted to attend the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach - particularly the Pageant of the Masters, since I first discovered it.  My husband and I (joined by my sister who lives in California) did just that while on a fabulous, West Coast vacation.

If you aren't familiar with the festival and pageant then take time to investigate.  The whole town of Laguna Beach features local artists throughout the summer and you can spend hours walking through established art shows set up all over the community.  The highlight was for me the Festival of the Arts which is just outside of the theater where this community of volunteers presents the Pageant of the Masters.

The Pageant of the Masters is spectacular.  I've included some video from a previous year's production.  The third video shows artists behind the scenes painting the enormous sets.

I had high expectations for this event and it blew me away.  I now want to see it as often as I can make my way back to California.  It is completely created with volunteer help in a beautiful, outdoor amphitheater using a full, live orchestra and professional vocalists.  Wow!  I get chills just recalling the evening.