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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, March 29, 2013

TUTU

"Tutu"
9" x 12" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

It sure pays to be a teacher among teachers.  Has word has spread that I am repurposing damaged dictionary pages as my drawing support, my colleagues have been bringing by old dictionaries of all types.  I never knew so many varieties existed!

Recently I was given a large dictionary that had certainly seen better days.  It filled my requirement that it be over 40 years old and that the pages would stand up to some serious pressure and mark making - (by stand up, I mean that the pages are not so thin and aged that they crumble away when I start drawing).  Well this book passed the test and also opened up a chance to create some larger scale drawings.  This is the first from that book.

I really like children's dictionaries because they provide illustrations on the pages that I think add to my drawing.  Children's dictionaries (especially old ones) don't include slang or vulgar definitions that might not be celebrated with a frame.  So it can be a trick to create on an adult dictionary page.  This one provided a few "colorful" words on the page that I hope I didn't bring much attention to.

This is actually a commission piece.  The original is still for sale because the patron is only interested in a print.  That new patron is from Australia and is one of the friendships that began as a result of my online postings.  I still marvel that my world now includes friends and admirers from around the globe.

Well, I'm off on the road to spend Easter with one of my new granddaughters.  Lots of work is stacking up on the easel but I'm going to enjoy a few giggles this weekend.

Happy, Blessed Easter & Passover!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

WING

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

It's been a fabulous month of family and travel but it's time to buckle down and build up an inventory for my art show the end of May.  My days have been spent with lesson plans, getting student work to and from area competitions and enjoying our Spring Break.  Trips included Oklahoma City, Amarillo and some time spent in Santa Fe.

I have been busy preparing pages to draw on and have had some commissions come my way.  I am also thrilled that my little Etsy shop continues to attract customers.  I decided to purchase a domain for my art studio and build an artist statement and resume for promoting my work to some big galleries.  So it's been a busy month even though I haven't posted much along the way.

Here is my latest dictionary drawing.  My students are obsessed with wings - fairy, bird, butterfly - you name it.  I see both boys and girls wearing wing charms, sporting wing tattoos and wing artwork on all their clothes.  Of course, my shoes are winged in my logo and for a while I used to include a little feather with my business card to go with my flying shoe name.

Be prepared for lots of new work to appear here and on my soon to be launched website.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

FINISHED BAUTISTA FAMILY PORTRAIT

Bautista Family Portrait
18" x 24" Pastel on Canson Mi Teines Paper
Commission - SOLD

After hours and hours of time in my studio, the Bautista family portrait  is finally finished.  It's been six weeks since I've started this commission and I am down right giddy that it's completed.  I certainly didn't work on it daily but these types of projects seem to take forever.

I was particularly upset this morning when I walked into my studio to discover the portrait was on the floor, covered with broken pastels and slightly damaged.  I discovered that our family cat had decided that my drafting table was an inviting bed and didn't like to be crowded.  I had to redo some of the portrait before I could finish and wrap it for delivery.

I went to the Bautista family home mid January and took a variety of snapshots.  I borrowed faces from a number of the photos to get what I thought was a good image of each family member.  Both Martin and Sylvia Bautista are doctors in our community.  My husband and I have had their next-to-the-oldest daughter Victoria as a student but I am not familiar with the other girls.

Now on to building up my inventory of dictionary drawings for summer shows.


Saturday, March 02, 2013

CAMPING IN THE OUTBACK STAMP SERIES

This week I completed a second series of line drawings which will be converted into rubber stamps for Annabella Stamps in Australia.  Andrea, the owner of Annabella has been terrific to work with and I've learned a lot from her.

She asked that I do a series of cartoon drawings depicted a nostalgic/50's feel of camping in the Australian outback.  Now I've known nothing about  camping in Australia before and it was quite entertaining for both Andrea and I to communicate about different terminology.  She described wanting a caravan which I finally understood to be her term for a trailer.  She had never heard of a camping trailer before.

These are the final for drawings which are on their way to a stamp manufacturer somewhere in Australia.  

Andrea's vision is that these stamps can be used individually but also be combined 
however the artist likes to create a camping scene. 
Ultimately, camping in the outback and camping in the USA is pretty much the same.  
Who knows, I might get to try it there someday.

I am excited to receive my two, new sets of rubber stamps.

Thanks, again, Andrea for asking me to play with you!