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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, December 18, 2013

MY 2013 INK DRAWING - "MY FAMILY GARDEN"

Happy dance.  Happy dance.  I just finished this year's ink drawing.  Again I've created this piece entirely from zillions of tiny dots and dashes using an 005 Micron Ink Pen so I estimate this drawing has taken me over 60 hours.
My Family Garden
9" x 14" Stippled Ink Drawing on 90 lb Drawing Paper

I do an ink drawing each November/December while my advanced students work on an ink unit.  This year's drawing has been a challenge because my studio has been extra busy with my dictionary drawing series.  I was determined to finish what is now my 10th, detailed ink drawing designed for use as personalized bookplates.

The subjects of this year's drawing is a rectangular basket lined with both burlap and lace.  Because of it's popularity, I wanted to challenge myself to draw these two textures.  The most time consuming aspect of this whole drawing was the burlap - I doubt I ever draw it again.  The lace on the other hand (which was a scrap I found in my mother's sewing), was one of the most fun images to recreate.  Both subjects required me to basically "draw the holes."

I wanted to celebrate my grandchildren in my piece so I created five, vintage looking seed packages featuring the birth flower of each child.  The top packet is for Cami who was born in January (Carnation) followed by Tate born in February (Primrose) and Lily born in August (Poppy) and their little sister Quinn who was also born last February 14th (Violet).  The final packet is for Berkley who celebrates her first birthday this month (December - Holly).

In nearly microscopic writing, I've hidden my whole family's names around the piece - mostly on the seed packages.  I've added work gloves, a trowel and three little seedlings in flower pots.

This piece officially wraps up my artwork for 2013.  It's been a fabulous year for me and the popularity and sale of my artwork has grown far beyond my expectations.  I am thrilled that people from around the globe are interested in what I create.  Thank you, everyone who follows me, admires my work, sends encouragement or makes a purchase.  Art has always been a vital part of my life and to have others appreciate and share my joy is a rich blessing.

Merry Christmas from The Shoe!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

FRENCH CAFE' & FRENCH TEA'

 Cafe'
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, French/English Dictionary

Tea'
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, French/English Dictionary

Last year I got the bright idea to create some drawings on different dictionaries using other languages.  Since I work at a high school, I asked our amazing French teacher if I could borrow her French/English dictionary to photocopy a few pages.  I work on actual book pages but for this experiment I thought it best to borrow and not rip apart someone else's book.

One afternoon I was prepping pages with ink and watercolor and happily cutting through old, damaged books when I suddenly realized I was cutting through the French/English BORROWED book.  I was frantic.  I soon discovered that this wasn't just any dictionary - it was the book she had used since college nearly 40 years ago.  Well, I was able to locate a replacement book, apologize and apologize and apologize and repair my friendship.  As part of my penance, I promised to create her something special whenever she asked.

She came to me about a month ago and asked that I create her a Tea' and Cafe' page as a Christmas gift for her daughter.  These are those drawings.  When I gave them to her she was thrilled and she was especially pleased that her treasured book was going to be preserved on her daughter's wall.  She once again told me that my replacement dictionary was far superior to her original and that our friendship was more than in tact.  I had a lovely bouquet of Christmas flowers delivered to my classroom later that day as an additional thank you.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

TEACHER QUOTE COMMISSION

Teacher Quote
11" x 8.5" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Grade book Page

I just finished the last touches on Christmas commissions and this is one of my favorites.  A dear friend asked me to create a personal gift for her granddaughter who is graduating this month with her teaching degree.  This friend has been so generous to my family and it was a treat to create something for her.

I am a big fan of teachers.  My whole family including my two sisters, my husband and all three of my daughter (one is still in school but that's her goal) and my in-laws all are or have been teachers.  I love being a teacher.  I am a better artist because I am on my toes as an art teacher everyday.

My friend suggested a few teacher quotes that she thought I might illustrate.  I actually found this one on Pinterest and loved it.  I built it using a variety of different fonts and then digitized it to an old page from a teacher's grade book.  Much like dictionary pages, grade books are going the way of the dodo bird - we all use online grade books these days.  I haven't used an actual, paper grade book in three years.

I added some typical teacher supplies around the edge and there ya go - Voila'!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

TELEPHONE COMMISSION

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

An area telephone company commissioned me to draw this piece as a gift for "the boss."  I drew a little telephone very early on in this series.  At that time everything I drew was brightly colored and cropped into a square format.  Now I enjoy keeping the whole page preserved and I use much more neutral color schemes.

I have been busy completing a number of Christmas commissions and only have two more to finish before I am officially "off the clock."  What that means is - I am about to shut down my sweat shop but enjoy playing in my studio.

Monday, December 09, 2013

RIO GRANDE ART FESTIVAL A HUGE SUCCESS

My Holiday Booth

The Rio Grande Art Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico was a huge success for me.  I enjoyed great sales, met wonderful new artists and enjoyed a great time in this terrific city.  My booth had a nice location and thanks to the fabulous organization of the show sponsors, we enjoyed good crowds and eager buyers.  The success of this show has prompted me to take the leap and submit applications to a number of art shows across the country starting in the Spring.

Doing a big show like this is no small undertaking.  It took hours of preparation and planning plus a lot of quality inventory.  I never can predict what will sell at a show and each day brings different buyers with different interests.  I was pleased to sell both old and new drawings as well as lots of prints.

The show is held at the State Fairgrounds and Expo in Albuquerque and it was huge.  There were over 200 artists and crafters with all sorts of merchandise.  The event organizers had a variety of door prizes, strolling musicians and on-going hospitality for the participating artists.  I would go again in a heart beat to do this show next year.

Thanksgiving Dinner in The Pope Room at Bucca de Beppo

In order to open the day after Thanksgiving, we had to arrive and set up our displays by Thanksgiving.  Albuquerque is about 5 hours from our home in Oklahoma so we missed spending the holiday with our family.  It was a different experience to be in a hotel for the holiday.  The show arranged for a Thanksgiving dinner that evening at a local, Italian restaurant for all interested artists.  We had a ball eating family style with what began as strangers and ended as great, new friends.  We were seated in the "Pope Room" which was filled with all sorts of Vatican statues, artwork and photographs.  The meal was terrific and the evening was so much fun. 
My Husband & One of our Booth Visitors

I am very grateful to have been a part of this wonderful event and hope I get to participate again.  Thank you, Albuquerque for making us feel so welcome and special!