- flying shoes art studio
- 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, July 02, 2017
"Together is the Best Place to Be"
The second painting of World Watercolor Month is actually a little thank you gift for my nephew and niece. David and Madison were our hosts while we were recently visiting family in California. We stopped in LA after doing an art show in San Diego to visit my sister, Janey. Janey is recovering from surgery so David and Madison entertained and fed us - which is always a treat.
David loves Pigs and Madison loves rabbits so I decided to thank them with a cartoon of both. I have them enjoying a noodle bowl which is one of David's many specialty foods. He is a fabulous, celebrity chef and Madison is also an amazing cook.
Thank you, Dave and Madison for always making us feel so welcome!
Last July I started the challenge to create 31 watercolor paintings during the month of July as part of World Watercolor Month. I learned so much doing this online challenge so I decided to join in again this summer. You can find examples of what artists around the world are doing this month with the hashtag #worldwatercolormonth on any online platform like Facebook, Instagram, etc.
World Watercolor Month taught me some personal discipline, improved my confidence and pushed me as an artist. It also helped me sympathize with the anxiety and burdens my students often experience when I am pushing them to create with deadlines and constantly changing demands.
It was also a great departure from my popular, dictionary drawings. I have worked very hard to create a series of dictionary art that is uniform with a distinct, identifiable style. That means I am dedicated to using the same techniques, media and themes. Creating these daily watercolors let me play, experiment and make some new discoveries.
So I am off again.
Like last year, I am on the road most of July as my husband and I travel to art shows across the country. We load up Wednesday and head to the great Northwest starting with a weekend show in beautiful, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. One of the joys of doing this challenge while I travel is creating something of a pictorial, travel log of our journey.
My first painting is a cartoon me painting my world. As I create these paintings, I have a few rules for myself - the paintings need to be small (no larger than 7" x 10", quick (have to be drawn and painted in around an hour) and filled with variety and express the day (new subjects and ideas and something that ties to the events of the day).
For this painting - I used to love wearing overalls and recently ordered a pair to to wear but when they arrived, they didn't fit my 60 year old body like they used to. I was so disappointed and had to send them back. It made me feel a little better to paint them on me. I also wanted a good first painting that helped start this new series so I started with an illustration of happily painting the world.
Stay tuned. I hope to share my progress , frustrations and insights.
Friday, June 30, 2017
This is the 6th show in our circuit of 7 in 2017. Our final show will be two weeks later in Salem, Oregon.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
I purchased a new laptop computer about a year ago and have been slow on learning to use it. Because it runs on Windows 10, I have had to update all of my graphics software and the learning curve has been overwhelming. I put off working with these new programs and decided to tackle them by creating some digital scrapbook pages of our adventures. Here is my first attempt featuring the Blue Dome Art Festival held last month in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This was my first time to show and sell my artwork in Tulsa and we had a great time. The Blue Dome district is located in a very funky, downtown area and is a huge event. This show was one of those rare art shows that we participated in during the school year. It is always a challenge to drive a long distance, set up and tear down then drive back home to teach the next day - it's exhausting.
Our drive across the state was quite exciting. There was a big tornado outbreak between home and Tulsa which required us to dodge and stop to avoid funnels. At one point, we had a funnel clearly in view to the North of the road. I've lived all my life in Oklahoma but this was the first time I've ever actually seen a tornado.
When we arrived, the weather in Tulsa was horrible. The artists who set up early suffered lots of damage from high winds and torrential rains with hail. When we arrived to set up our tent, the streets were littered with damaged tents and artwork. The skies opened up and it rained so heavy during the first day we closed up our tent and went back to our room at the Doubletree and just relaxed.
This was a great show and we really loved this unique, laid back neighborhood. We also loved having lots of family, former students and old friends drop by to visit. I hope we are invited back.
Monday, June 05, 2017
The artwork is framed and packed. My prints are all signed, packaged and loaded in the van. The booth canvas and pipe is carefully strapped to the roof. We are ready to throw in our suitcases and head to San Diego for this weekend's San Diego Festival of the Arts on Waterfront Park.
It's a beautiful setting and sponsored by San Diego Magazine and Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club. I am one of nearly 200 artists who will be selling original art combined with fabulous entertainment, extraordinary food complemented with fine wine and craft beer. We are so excited.
While we are staying in San Diego we have rented a docked, sailboat in the nearby marina. This is bound to be an amazing adventure for two kids from Oklahoma.
To visit their website and see all the exciting things they have planned San Diego Festival of the Arts
To visit their website and see all the exciting things they have planned San Diego Festival of the Arts
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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
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
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!
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Thursday, March 02, 2017
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
Sunday, February 19, 2017
This is the first invitation I've gotten for 2017 but spring and summer shows are just now contacting their invited artists. Fingers crossed for another fabulous summer of traveling the country and meeting new people. I'm living the dream!
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
I am busy printing, cutting and packaging my personalized bookplates for friends, coworkers and family. I scan my drawing, format the drawing in Photoshop and then add "this book belongs to" with the names of my recipients.
These bookplates are printed on 8.5" x 11" adhesive labels I purchase on Amazon. I like to use adhesive sheets that don't have any writing on the back.
After the sheets are printed, I then cut them in uniform sizes and package them in little vellum paper pockets I cut and build myself. I like to include a small card in each pocket which explains the story behind the drawing and a little history of bookplates.
I typically create my bookplates as Christmas gifts but this year I was so busy with commission artwork it just had to wait until now.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
Theatrical Flots & Jets
10" x 10"
2016 Stipple Ink Bookplate
For the last 12 years I have created an intricate ink drawing while teaching my students an ink unit. I have usually used stippled ink which means the entire image is created with zillions of tiny dots. This is my latest ink drawing which I will now reproduce on adhesive labels and personalize as bookplates for my family, friends and coworkers.
Bookplates are personalized labels used to identify book ownership are glued into the first page of a treasured book. As a teacher I love creating something personal for fellow book lovers.
Each year I try to create a drawing that somehow commemorates the past year. For my 2016 drawing I wanted to celebrate an amazing year of theater. My husband and I love theater and during the summer we got to travel and see nine Broadway shows and attend the amazing Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I also got back in the director's chair and directed a huge production of "Man of La Mancha." We were thrilled to watch our oldest grandson discover theater and perform a lead in a local production, my husband directed a winning high school one-act play and perhaps the best (tho admittedly not theatrical) production of the year was our newest grandson.
With so much to capture I decided to build my drawing as a nine sectioned memory box and to draw little mementos of each of the productions from the year. Each little section features images that represent one or more production.
After drawing out the shape of the memory box I started collected items to draw that represented each of the productions. Some of the shows were easy to depict while others took some thinking. I wanted the overall look of the finished drawing to be like a keepsake collection with some items pinned to the frame and others piled up in the individual boxes.
The first section of the memory box represents "Man of La Mancha" which proved to be an enormous undertaking. I soon discovered that I needed to build up very dark values to create the illusion of the different sections of the box. Creating such dark values required far more individual dots piled on top of each than I had previously used. So this piece is by far the most time consuming stipple piece I've ever created.
One of favorite sections of the drawing in the little dinosaur and wooden blocks in the final section of the box. My newest grandson's nursery is filled with dinosaurs so this symbolizes him. I included a number 6 since his is our 6th grandchild and the C is the first initial of his first name, Calvin.
I always try to challenge myself each year when I create this annual, ink piece. It seemed I outdid my challenges this year with so many different objects. I was concerned about the 10 dollar bill with Alexander Hamilton's picture on top but it was really fun to do.
One of the fun things about creating these personal drawings is I can hide all sorts of little things around the work. For instance, the serial numbers on the money are special dates, the clock face has a family birthday, etc.
I titled the piece "Theatrical Flots and Jets." While I was working on the drawing I came across the term Flotsam and Jetsam which are nautical terms for trash and odds and ends that are thrown overboard or jettisoned out of ships. The term has been picked up by collectors and photographers around the country to describe insignificant keepsakes and collected treasures. In fact, there is a hashtag called #fjnine which is used all over the internet to tag photos comprised of nine photos of these kind of odd collections.
Here is a description of what I have drawn and why. It's lengthy but if you are interested, please read on -
"Man of La Mancha" includes a book, a windmill, a torn paper reading "Dream" and that unreachable star
"Hamilton (wow, what a thrill to actually see this musical on Broadway with the original cast) I included a letter with a magnifying glass highlighting the lyrics I love most - "Who lives, who dies, who tells your story and a $10 bill which has Hamilton's likeness
"Long Day's Journey Into Night" was a four hour long show staring Jessica Lange. For this play I used an hourglass, a compass and a seashell to represent the home by the sea.
I drew a single feather hanging on the frame to represent the amazing play "Blackbird" This production was fantastic but very dark and disturbing.
"Streetcar Named Desire" and "Crucible" which we saw on the same day rushing from Brooklyn to New York in one of the wildest Uber rides I've ever had. (I drew a taxi in a snowglobe) I didn't want to use a typical streetcar and the Crucible is also dark I decided to use a school bell since this flawless production was set in a modern day schoolhouse.
This section is all about Shakespeare and we saw plenty of Shakespeare last summer. In NYC we saw an all female version of "Taming of the Shrew" (my shrew is inside a cage) and then the hilarious "Something Rotten" musical. Later in the summer we were fortunate to attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) and saw "12th Night" so I included my favorite line from that play.
This section is pretty easy to recognize. I finally got to see "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway. All I wanted to see was that giant, chandelier drop.
One of the highlights of our NYC theater experiences was actually being invited backstage to meet the cast after "Shuffle Along." A friend of a friend was in the production and admitted us through the stage door where we met Tommy Tune, Brian Stokes Mitchel, Billy Porter and Audra McDonald. I drew a little stage door, a ticket of admission and a little music box dancer which looks like the precious young man who hosted us that magical night.
For this section I drew the traditional comedy tragedy masks but also placed a little clock with our oldest grandson's birthday, 2:25 as the time. It was so exciting to see his love for theater pay off when he played the lead in a local production. It was like passing the torch. I also have a weird little cracker behind the clock which is actually a Cheese It. Cheese It's were a primary prop in my husband's annual one-act play he directs each fall.
Not all wonderful productions from 2016 were plays so the final section of my memory box is to celebrate the birth of our newest grandchild. His nursery is filled with dinosaurs and his our 6th grandchild. The C is for his name, Calvin.