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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.

Monday, April 30, 2012

MY STUDENTS AT THE STATE CAPITOL

This month I took a group from my Advanced Placement Studio Art Class to Oklahoma City to watch two of their classmates receive art awards at the state capitol.  I have been really proud of my students for winning so many terrific awards and this trip was a great experience for everyone involved.

Oklahoma governor, Mary Fallin spent time with Estephania and Eh Say, my two winning students.


We toured the beautiful artwork displayed at the state capitol and the highlight for me was visiting a former student, Jerrod Smith, who is now a working studio artist in OKC.  Jerrod took us on a tour of his gallery/studio and thrilled me when he presented me with a drawing of my middle daughter that Jerrod actually created during his junior year of high school.  I have always wanted the drawing.  It is wonderful to see such a gifted artist making a success as a studio artist.  You can visit his website at http://jerrodcreates.com/

STARTING 2012 ART FESTIVAL BANNER

 This year's Sunflower Art, Food & Wine Festival street banner is inspired by reproductions of vintage wallpaper.  I love the look of antique wallpaper designs and I decided to create a background design using a carved stamp.  I found a fleur de lis pattern, copied it and carved a rubber stamp of the design.  My students are currently completing a printmaking unit so all the supplies are spread out all over my classroom.

 I want a neutral color scheme for the background so after I stretched and taped down the banner I started applying an umber, olive green and yellow ochre mix.  I hope to create a digitized image on top of the background using dark brown values.  I'm still not sure what the focal point, subject matter is going to be but I'd like to take a photo of a local cowboy.


Today I found time to charge the carved design and print it on the dried background.  I decided to use an off white acrylic paint instead of printing ink.  This way I can go over it with acrylic paint after it dries and wash out some of the color.  I carefully measured the size of the stamp and the background to try and line everything up - math is never the fun part!


The stamp is now in place and drying.  I plan to sponge out the bright white so it looks dingy and worn.

I love doing this project each year.  Finished banners are to be hung up and down our main street in a couple of weeks to promote the upcoming festival.  Banners will be auctioned off during the event.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

BEE DRAWING ON DISTRESSED DICTIONARY PAGE

"Bee"
5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

The month of April has been really eventful and hectic.  This is the month my advanced students enter their final, most challenging competitions and I also sponsor our Speech and Debate team to their state competition while my husband works as the state tournament director.  Both of these events are demanding.  I mat and prepare hundreds of students pieces for the art event and the state event lasts for five days on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. 

During this year's state speech tournament, we had a tornado hit just a few blocks from where the tournament was held.  The following night our family had another tornado hit their Oklahoma community and the tournament awards ceremony was cancelled so OU could evacuate their campus due to more threatening storms.  We spent two, sleepless nights watching the news and the skies.

When we arrived home I sponsored another trip downstate so two of my advanced students could attend an awards ceremony at the state capitol where they were presented with citations and money from the governor.  I hadn't really recovered from the previous trips before I had to drive ten hours to the capital and back.

During all of these school activities our family has been prayerful and worried about the health of our eldest daughter, Kiley.  She discovered two breast lumps - one quite large.  After weeks of biopsies, tests and surgery we are blessed to learn that the tumors appear to be benign - but lots of sleepless nights in between.

Not to mention we had a death in our extended family in the midst of the chaos.  Our daughter is married into another, large, ranching family in our area.  The patriarch of that family passed away unexpectedly which sent big ripples and grief for everyone.

So - needless to say - there hasn't been anytime on the easel.  I've been very fortunate that my Etsy store has been busy but due to all the chaos of the past few weeks, I haven't had any time to respond to orders.  Today was a joyful day as I finally got my pencils busy and found time to pack up orders to ship around the country.

I think a busy bee is a pretty fitting start back on my art adventure.

We are very blessed - I hope life is back to normal routine.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

EASTER DRAWINGS

 "Guitar"
5" x 7" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Dictionary Page

My world has been extremely hectic the past couple of weeks.  I am matting and packing hundreds of student pieces for our final competition and preparing for a substitute in my room for four days of traveling with students.  It's a real challenge to leave my room with a substitute and keep my students busy while I am gone.  I never like to leave projects that include a lot of precious supplies so I usually have to invent new assignments that are still meaningful but don't require the substitute to police many supplies.

I've also been overwhelmed with the success of my newly launched Etsy store.  I've had some commissions and sales and have shipped out work all over the country.  It's been so exciting but also really time consuming.  The business of my art studio has been my priority and I've missed finding time to draw.

 "Faith"
3.5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Dictionary Page

It's Easter break weekend and I'm looking forward to a four day weekend.  This year's Easter has a special meaning for my family.  This past week we have all been prayerful and worried for my eldest daughter, Kiley.  She discovered a breast lump and our local doctor was unusually concerned.  Kiley was able to get into an Amarillo, TX cancer clinic for further testing where they discovered a second, smaller lump.  We have been waiting all week for biopsy results.

Those results finally came this morning and showed no cancer.


"Eggs"
5" x 5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Dictionary Page

Hopefully the days ahead will be a little less eventful and provide me some happy time on the easel.