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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, October 27, 2013


61/2" x 10" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

A few months ago I received a commission via my website for a baby gift.  The child's name was going to be Althea and the family wanted a dictionary page in her honor.  So I set about trying to locate that name in one of my many stacks of dictionaries.  I finally tracked down the name in an old book and discovered that it was a botanical name for Hollyhock.

While emailing back and forth with the customer I learned that the child's mother preferred violet rather than little girl pinks.  So I completed the drawing about two months ago and have been waiting for the child arrive so I could include the birth date.

Althea made her entrance this past week and when I was notified I added that date to the page.  I thought this was a very sweet commission from a very thoughtful grandmother.  I pray for a sweet life ahead for the little one named in my work.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Each November I start a lengthy ink drawing unit with my students.  While they work, I work along on my own piece.  Over the past nine years I have reproduced my ink drawings as customized bookplates for friends, family and co-workers.  As the years have gone by, my drawings have become more and more elaborate and more and more personal.  I have also started drawing in ink using only stippling - which is zillions of tiny dots.

My composition

My subject for this year's bookplate are seed packets, burlap and lace.  I have had two beautiful granddaughters born this past year so I'm creating five seed packets that feature the flowers of the month for the birth dates of each of my five grandchildren.  I want to challenge myself to create burlap and lace which I think will be difficult and interesting.  Both burlap and lace are tremendously popular these days for brides, decorating and crafts.

A Black & White Photo Resource

I've gathered some of my subject matter together and taken a photo for resources.  This is just my starting point.  I intend to develop custom seed packets that have a vintage look.  I also want to add little seedlings in the flower pots.  I think I am going to make the gloves look used and pretty worn.

I'm excited to get started on drawing #10.  

I love that new art project feeling!

Monday, October 21, 2013


While reviewing my last few posts I realized I had never uploaded some photos of AP student's warm up drawings from the first of the year.  I have some wonderfully talented students and I've had their work on display at our high school.  Today I took them down and snapped a few photos.

My students had to do three drawings of everyday shirts.  The first drawing needed to be pretty straight forward and realistic.

Then my students were to create two more shirts using their choice of media but they were required to add some innovation and creativity to their drawings.

Thursday, October 17, 2013


It's been quite awhile since I've found time to blog and the reason is my husband and I have been busy building and preparing a one-act play for competition.  Each fall my husband (who is our high school speech and debate coach) directs a one-act play for his students.  I am usually drafted to help in some way - typically with scenery painting, costumes and make-up.

This year he decided to finally attempt the play "August: Osage County."  It is a monster production involving a two story set and lots of hair and make-up to age teenagers in older adults.  Not only do we create the show, we create it to travel for competition around the state.  One-act competition requires the performers to build the set, do the show and remove the set all within 45 minutes.  That means our enormous farm house has to be tucked into the wings of a strange theater then dragged onto the stage and organized into a working set in about a minute and a half.

This production has consumed our lives for the month of October.  We traveled five hours last week to present it at the regional competition and happily won first place.  Next week we travel another five hours to compete for a state title.  No easy feat but also a lot of fun and a personal challenge.  I don't know many award winning play productions who travel their sets in a horse trailer.

Now that the set is finished I have enjoyed some time back in my studio preparing for my Thanksgiving art show in New Mexico.