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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, February 25, 2013

MORE SEWING

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

It's a snowy day in the the Oklahoma Panhandle and I'm happy to be enjoying a snow day out of school in my studio.  I have plenty to do.

I decided to take advantage of a free day to create another sewing piece as a special gift.  My biggest supporters and cheerleaders are my big sisters, Lindy and Janie.  They have been praising and encouraging me since I first arrived.  Lindy (Melinda) is having a birthday this week so I decided to create a dictionary page just for her.

Lindy is an exceptional seamstress and also a school teacher.  (Our whole family including my other sister, Janie are all teachers.)  So thanks to a day at home with the snow blowing outside, I have had time to start and finish a dictionary drawing just for her.

Happy Birthday, Lindy.  Thank you for being a terrific big sister and even better, best friend!

Friday, February 22, 2013

WE HAVE A WINNER

After a hectic return to my studio and my classroom, I have finally found the time to announce the winner of my "Artist" print giveaway.  I had a lot of wonderful responses to my statement "Why I Love Art."  It sure feels good to have people compete to win a piece of my artwork.....thanks, everyone!




AND THE WINNER IS.....
     Aggie (her blog name.  She asks to keep her actual name private for now.)

Her comments to Why I Love Art is
   "Art seeks me - reveals despair, joy, angst, peace - entreats my soul to fill the page....to lift hearts.
    I seek art - as comfort, as challenge, as breath."

I couldn't agree more.

Aggie describes herself...

I am a  wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend (I think) & am a pet owner.  I procrastinate, garden, create, am sleep-deprived, fight cholesterol, am sometimes irritable & I am often nostalgic. I love family, chocolate, my faith, anything blue, drawing, football, snow &  reading.  I loathe wind, heat, housework, tailgaters, liver and squash bugs.

We have a lot in common (except the liver part - I love it)

I found Aggie has two blogs and lives just up the road in Kansas. Visit her blogs like I have and get to know her.

They Gave Me Sketchbooks

And The Wind Blew Me Here

It is wonderful to make a new artistic friend.  Congratulations and thank you, Aggie

Thursday, February 21, 2013

THE SHOE IS DOWN UNDER

New things are happening for Flying Shoes Studio. A few weeks ago I was contacted by someone who had discovered my dictionary drawings via Pinterest. I was emailed to ask if I would be interested in designing similar ink drawings for rubber stamps. After investigation I discovered that it was a beautiful, online shop owned by Andrea Hayes. Andrea had contacted me all the way from her home in Australia!

It has been a real treat to work with Andrea and so far I have created three new stamps for her shop. It's been crazy to think I am making designs in my little, Oklahoma studio on the remote high plains that will appear as stamps all the way in Australia. Oh - the times we live in!

Thank you, Andrea for starting this new, exciting friendship!







To visit Andrea's shop called Annabelle Stamps go to annabellestamps.com
Check back often and see all of her great products and wonderful tutorials. Soon I hope you will start to see my designs available to purchase in stamp form! "Smile"

Sunday, February 17, 2013

WE WELCOME ANOTHER NEW FAMILY MEMBER



We are pleased to introduce you to our newest family member, Quinn Avery Skelton.  She was born two weeks early (which is becoming a trend in our clan) on Valentine's Day.  My daughter and son-in-law just sold their home and have temporarily moved out to his family ranch.  They had barely started to unpack when Quinn decided it was her birthday.

Quinn weighed 8 pounds and 8 ounces and is a squishy little bundle of joy.  We were blessed to have her month old cousin and both of her aunts from OKC arrive in time to meet her on her birthday.

My husband and I are two pooped grandparents.  We took charge of Quinn's older brother Tate and sister Lily while mommy and daddy were in the hospital with her.  Tate and Lily were thrilled when they finally got to meet their new sister.  We had lots of friends and family coming and going all weekend especially since our other newborn, Berkley was staying with us, too.

My studio is full of new work and lots of exciting things are happening for The Shoe but everything ground to a stop when Quinn got here.  After a nap or two I've got lots to accomplish.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

SEW MIXED MEDIA DRAWING ON DISTRESSED, DICTIONARY PAGE

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

I grew up on a farm.  Paul Harvey's poem about God Made the Farmer which recently played on a commercial at the Super Bowl got me good - it totally described my father.  Growing up as a farming family also meant I had an equally determined and selfless mother.  She taught me everything from how to sew to the importance and value of education.  My mother was a wonderful seamstress as were many of her generation as well as my two, skilled sisters.  I doubt there is a Panhandle native who didn't grow up with a resourceful, inventive seamstress.

My mother passed away 13 years ago and it was her loss that spurred me on to change professions, leaving social work with addicts and alcoholics to become a teacher.  A dear neighbor lost her mother not that long ago and she asked me to create a sewing machine drawing in her mother's memory.  Her mother had been the Wall Mart sewing department lady for years and years.  I think it is a fitting tribute to a lot of strong women (and men folk, too) who take what little they have to fashion into what clothes and comforts us.

Thanks, Mother!

Friday, February 08, 2013

THANK YOU FOLLOWERS GIVEAWAY


I am so thrilled to have my artwork admired and noticed by people all over the planet.  It has been exciting to create works of art that people like and want to own.  My love of art has been tremendously validated through this blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Etsy and recently Tumblr.  It has been the perfect storm of online connections which has launched my studio in ways I never could have imagined.

To celebrate 1000 followers of "My Artwork" board on Pinterest I am giving away a print of one of my most popular dictionary drawings, "Artist."  To win this giveaway I am asking folks to answer "Why I Love Art" as a comment on this blog's post.  Please use around 25 words or so....please no looooooooong responses.

I will read everyone's response and pick my favorite on Valentines Day, 2/14/13.  Please include your email address so I can find you and get the winning print in the mail.  The print measures 6" x 9" and is printed 110 card stock in archival inks.

I'm excited to see what my online friends have to say.

AND .....thank you all for making my artistic journey such a joy!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

MY 2013 VALENTINE

"Follow Your Heart"
12" x 12"
Derwent Colored Pencil on Black, Crescent Mat Board

Each year I enjoy creating an original valentine for my family.  Today I had time to play around and this little drawing seemed to jump to life.

Through the years these valentine drawings have a style that is reminiscent of some of the bright posters I loved back in my childhood (remember the 60's?).  They also resemble chalkboard signs you might see at restaurants and bars.  Either way - they have a happy vibe.

My daughters are all laboring away with busy lives and working to discover what lies ahead.  Two new grandbabies, new jobs, new homes and lots of uncertainty about making the right decisions is creating some anxiety in our family right now.  Fortunately my life is fabulous.  I am thrilled with two new grandchildren to add to the three I already enjoy.  My husband and I have wonderful adventures together and I love my job teaching art.  My artistic pursuits are also better than ever with dreams coming true and goals being realized.

So I think this advice says it all - "Follow Your Heart."  It's worked for me.

IT'S OFFICIAL - I AM IN THE OKC PASEO ARTS FESTIVAL

I have been anxiously waiting for word and today received notice that I have been selected to show over Memorial Day at the Paseo Arts Festival. The Paseo is an historic arts district in Oklahoma City and I am so thrilled to be showing and hopefully selling my dictionary drawings there.

Now it's time to buckle down and build an impressive inventory. I have a few show applications I am considering later in the summer in New Mexico and Colorado. But for now - being included in this event has me over the moon!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

BALLET MIXED MEDIA DRAWING

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

They're baaaaaaaack!  It's been around six weeks since I last worked on a dictionary drawing.  I haven't touched these since I finished some Christmas commissions but I've been planning and preparing and am happy to be working on them again.

A few weeks ago I had a person from Australia (yep, heard that right - Australia) contact me to ask if I had a ballet drawing in my dictionary series.  Now I do.  I unpacked my daughter's ballet shoes, took a few photos and here is the result.

We'll see how popular this drawing becomes or if someone wants to give it a new home.  At last count, the Tea drawing is still flying around cyber space and currently has close to 66,000 reposts or likes on Tumblr (hard to even comprehend that).

I still pacing the floor to hear if I have been asked to participate in a big, spring art show in Oklahoma City.

Monday, February 04, 2013

WHAT'S ON MY EASEL

Working on a pastel, family portrait in my studio