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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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

THE SHOE IS FEATURED IN A SHOW HOME


I recently was contacted by a building contractor in Utah who had seen my work and asked to use it in a newly constructed, show home he was building.  After a little back and forth, I agreed to send him high resolution files of three of my drawings and here is the fabulous result.

He enlarged the drawings and attached them to a moving barn door next to the kitchen.  I think they look amazing.

Over the course of the weekend parade of homes, over 30,000 people walked by my work.  To top it off - the beautiful home sold.  What a thrill.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

THE SHOE IS FEATURED IN THE UK


I periodically get requests for people to use my artwork for all sorts of things.  I am very cautious about sharing high resolution files of my work unless I can trust the request to be reputable and beneficial to my studio.

I frequently support nonprofit requests and happily take paid commissions but I am always fearful that someone might steal an image and use it for a unauthorized purpose.

Recently I was approached by an editor from a sewing machine all the way over in Great Britain.  It's exciting to have someone so far away admire and want to feature my work.

Today I finally got my copy of Love Sewing Magazine all the way from the United Kingdom.  They feature my "Sew" dictionary drawing on page of the magazine with four other artist's work with a sewing theme.  I am pleased that they also included a link to my Etsy shop where potential buyers can purchase a print.  

At first I was concerned that the etsy shop link included the UK in the web address but the link works just the same.

Thank you Love Sewing Magazine for publishing and promoting my work!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

ARCHITECT

"Architect"
6.5" x 9.5" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary Page

I am gearing up for my 2017 art show circuit which means there's lots of new work coming out of my studio.   I had a Christmas commission to create a personalized architect page and afterward realized I needed to add that career to my inventory.

This original is finished and waiting for a frame and I'm going to post prints in my Etsy shop later today.

Now back to the studio for more fun!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

#MEETTHEARTIST MEME LESSON

#Meettheartist

There is no shortage of internet challenges out there.  I have played along with a few and recently decided to use one in my art classroom.  #meettheartist is a meme that has been circulating social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter for some time.  I found it impossible to discover the origin of the meme (which is an internet image that is often funny) but have noticed it popping up all over.

I studied #meettheartist posts and loved finding out more about artists of all ages from all over the world.  It's popular among student artists in junior high through college ages and lots of professional artists have added their meme to the craze.  

I observed that the majority of #meettheartist memes were digitally created.  Artists had created them entirely with the use of graphics software.  As much as I am trying to create more digital art, I was happy to discover that artists are using any medium they like to build their meme.  After they finish their drawings they then scan or photograph their meme to publish across the internet.

I decided to use a ink, colored pencil and watercolors to make my meme.  I also decided to build each image on cut out watercolor paper then attach them with a 3-D look with foam mounting tape.  I've made a number of children's watercolors using this approach.


You can see how these individual pieces are cut-out's glued onto the page.

The basic ingredients of the #meettheartist meme are 1. a selfie - which is typically a cartoon image of the artist, 2. a list of things you love, 3. a list of things you hate, 4. your everyday bag and what stuff you usually carry around with you and finally 5. Some (but not much) personal information and internet contact (not email, phone numbers but usernames from social media accounts so people might be able to find and follow you.

I found a great resource for how to build this meme on Pinterest by Amalia at click this link .  There are also loads of memes floating around out there that you can use for inspiration.

Here is the assignment handout I used with my students to help them build their own #meettheartist meme.  When finished, we plan to photo and scan their meme so they can promote their art and join the fun.


Here is a printable PDF if you'd like to use this handout