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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, April 19, 2015


It's a big week ahead.  This is the first show of my spring and summer circuit.  School is still in session so I am having to leave my classroom in the hands of a great substitute (she really is wonderful) and head out for a week long show.

We open at 7:30 am the first day so festival patrons get first pick of artist's work.  Then we close each evening at 9:00.  It is the most grueling art show I participate in but it is probably the best.  The Oklahoma City Art Council hosts this show and they treat their artists like royalty.  They pamper us with food and drinks and even a couple of meals.  The festival has amazing music and entertainment set up on multiple stages and the food - oh my word - the food is spectacular.  The food on sale at this festival isn't your typical carnival corn dog.  Top ranked restaurants set up elegant tents with all sorts of amazing meals and treats.

Because this is such a beautiful festival people flock through it all day long.  Last year was my first year to participate and I was amazed that we had big crowds all day long.  I was also amazed that I had my first sell out.  By the weekend I only had prints to hang on my booth display walls.

I have 55 new pieces framed and ready to load in my car plus buckets of prints in various sizes.  So off I go, my friends.  If you live close by, please drop by.  I'd love to meet you.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

BIRDS

Birds
18" x 24" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Parchment

This is my last new piece for the OKC Festival of the Arts.  I leave day after tomorrow to set up and then will open my booth at 7:30 on Tuesday morning for festival patrons.  My husband has been framing and I've been finishing up my drawings and creating new prints of my latest work.  I'm so grateful he helps me with all this work.

This piece was inspired by the dictionary page.  I love the tiny illustration of the bird on the left hand column and there are all sorts of entertaining bird references across the page.  This is only the second, giant page I have attempted and the joy is having so much space to draw over.  Larger space also means I can give my subjects more detail around the text that is already on the page.

I debated about what to have these assorted birds perched on.  Not every bird I created lives in the same types of trees of shrubs and I wasn't sure if I wanted to add leaves or evergreen stems.  I finally took some of my advice that I share with my students - decide what is important in your piece and don't sweat the supports around it.  So I decided to suggest branches around the page with no real attempt to make them complete or precise.  This piece is all about the birds scattered around the definitions.

Bird watchers will probably recognize most of the birds I featured.  There is a wren, hummingbird, sparrow, chickadee, morning dove, robin, meadowlark, finch, blue jay, cardinal and scissor tail flycatcher (our state bird).  Some of the birds are just interesting colors and aren't specific.  I also included a nonspecific nest of baby birds and a nest with three little eggs.  I always include three eggs to represent my three daughters.

Now off to build more prints, load my jeep and close my studio for a few weeks.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DREAM LARGE

Dream
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary

This is another drawing I've done before but changed up to live on a fabulous page filled with all sorts of dream references.  I hate to redraw something I've already done unless I have new ideas and images.  I changed up the feathers and was able to create a better woven design.

Less than a week to go until my OKC show.  I am busy framing and organizing my booth.  I have a long list of things to get done before I leave.

Monday, April 13, 2015

HOME SWEET HOME

Home
12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Parchment

The Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts is closing in.  Only a week until I pack up my artwork and head down for the week long event.

Last spring I drew a version of this dictionary page on a children's dictionary and it sold before the show even opened.  I decided to redraw it on a larger, adult page for this year's event.  This is the Native American shield that is featured on the Oklahoma state flag.  It has become a strong symbol of our state and is being used on T-shirts and memorabilia.  Okies love this symbol and it is found everywhere across our state.  It was especially important a couple of years ago following the devastation of a horrible tornado outbreak that destroyed homes, killed many and leveled some schools filled with children.  It was a horrible time for our state and we collectively rallied afterward to reach out to those who were affected and hurting.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the federal building in OKC.  Before 911 this was the worst act of domestic terrorism our nation had experienced.  I remember vividly the day of the attack and days following as rescue workers climbed through rubble to rescue people and recover bodies.  I knew people who were killed in the attack.

I recreated this page while thinking about that tragic time.  The art show I am attending next week is only a few weeks from the bomb sight.  It is now a beautiful memorial and museum.  This page is filled with wonderful "home" definitions.  It even includes "Home Sweet Home."  When I found it, I knew I had to put our state's symbol on it.

Here is an emotional, powerful news video remembering the bombing and how lives were forever changed.

Monday, April 06, 2015

LETTER LARGE

Letter
Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary

I have received a terrific response to my little 5 inch dictionary page drawing of an antique letter so I knew I had to try a larger scale piece when I found this awesome page.  This dictionary page has all sorts of wonderful letter references and definitions.  I have loved creating drawings on this amazing pages with all their great text.  Letter Perfect, Letter Press....it's all on this terrific page.

I once again used my parent's love letters and some old family letters my mother had saved from relatives.  My mother was an avid letter writer.  Near the end of her life she lost her eyesight but she continued to write letters to friends and family.  She ultimately chose to only type her letters on a typewriter since she knew the keys so well she didn't have to rely on her sight to script what she wanted to say.

There is something so special about writing and handwritten letter.

WHISKEY

Whiskey
7" x 10" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary

Is it Whisky or Whiskey?  I'm not sure and even this old, dictionary page lists both as correct.  I have to admit that I'm not a fan of this drink but I can't argue with how beautiful it looks in a glass or a fancy decanter.  I also think there is something nostalgic about this concoction.  There isn't a western film out there that doesn't involve a dusty cowboy strolling up to a bar and ordering a shot of whiskey.

Regardless of its appeal, I thought a whiskey page would be a good companion with my bar series.  I know there are lots of whiskey lovers out there so I hope someone will want to take this drawing home.  I really enjoyed exploring all the colors I could use in this piece.  The liquid permitted me to add rich reds, oranges, yellows and deep burgundy.