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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.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Thank you to everyone who has joined my artistic journey. My best wishes for a prosperous, rewarding 2016. I am looking forward to a year filled with family (a new grandbaby), lots of travel, adventures and personal and artistic growth.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2015 INK BOOKPLATE - THE COSMOGRAPHICAL SPHERE



Here is my yearly, ink drawing created for use in personalized bookplates.  I have been creating these drawings each year for the past 10 years.  I work on it while my advanced students are also working on their ink drawings.

For the past few years I have restricted my drawing to only stippled marks but this year I returned to using hatching, cross hatching and modeling marks.  

This past year, I discovered some clear, glass spheres and marbles for sale at art shows.  I purchased one and then had a lot of fun taking photos through the glass.  I knew I wanted to include the glass spheres in this year's drawing.


I wanted this year to be something about the cosmos.  When I researched the subject I stumbled on an ancient drawing by William Cunningham called "The Cosmographical Glasse."  It should an astrological chart with Atlas holding up the world  I added to that drawing an Armillary Sphere, a Compass, a small and a large glass globe and engravings of both Copernicus and Galileo.

I also decided to do the drawing from an angle rather than a straight on view.



There were lots of challenges in creating this drawing.  I always seek a new challenge each year when I plan my ink drawings.  This subject had lots and lots of concentric circles which had to be drawn as ellipses.  It also required capturing the reflected, inverted images seen through the glass orbs.

The Cosmographical Sphere
8.5" x 11.5" Ink Drawing on White Sulphite Paper

I reproduce these drawings on personalized, adhesive labels and give them as bookplates to friends and family.  I like to add hidden little images in my drawings.  This one has a pretty prominent six in the large glass sphere on the left - this celebrates our sixth grandchild expected in the new year.


Monday, December 14, 2015

JOCKEY


"Jockey"
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary

A good friend asked me to draw a "Jockey" dictionary page a few weeks ago as a gift.  This friend has a special love and interest in horses.  She sent me a bunch of different photos of the same man on different animals wearing different shirts and caps.

When I finished the artwork I asked to know more about this particular man and was amazed at his story.  He is quite the famous quarter horse jockey and just recently announced his retirement.

I have created a lot of different occupations on dictionary pages and am especially honored to have made something for this man.

Read about him
Story about G.R. Carter

Thursday, December 03, 2015

SCHEMM PORTRAIT COMMISSION

This time of year I often get commissions for all sorts of different artwork.  Not all of these orders are dictionary drawings.  This year a friend asked that I draw her two, beautiful grandchildren and include the Lord's Prayer around the portrait.  The drawings were both graphite pencil drawings on 12" x 18" White Sulphite Paper. 

 I always hold my breath that the customer will like the finished product.  Fortunately these drawings were a hit.