Saturday, October 29, 2016

Starting Up Again

   Well, my son is tucked away at college and I  no longer have the excuse for not posting. I've been poking along, making a few new drawings, a new painting and printing editions of older drawings. I took those prints to Wheatland Music Festival this past summer. Even though it is just a short distance from my home, I had no idea what the festival was really about. The best way I can describe it is it is kind of like a mini Woodstock, except more fiddles, pretty nice port a potties and good food. Many, many people referred to it as a family reunion. I was a "Wheatie" (first time attendee), but there were some people who are almost icons of the festival. Some of them have been going since the first event in 1974. Here is one of them:
That is Gus on the right. He is a Cherokee Native American. He is an excellent dancer and I think an actor. He helped the guys selling jewelry next door to us by posing as a store Indian. So he is also a wise guy.

I don't know who this man is, but he graciously posed for a picture after I admired his t-shirt:




Here is a picture of our booth:

That's Kathleen VandeMark in the front. She and I shared a booth.

The people and the music were amazing. I've never felt kindness and good will in a large group (over 10,000 people!) like that before. I went there to sell art and came away feeling like I'd just been adopted into a huge new family. I'm looking forward to the next Happy Wheatland.

Next:The prints I took to Wheatland








Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bluebeard's Last Wife

Holy moly. Has it really been two years since I posted? This is the inside view of my Bluebeard triptych, which was the main project for my final year of study for my M.F.A. Which I finished in May, 2013. It is a year later, and I still get a kick out of that.
     This was quite an engineering project and could not have been accomplished without the amazing Jeanne Pfeiffer at Sugar Maple Innovations. She is responsible for the beautiful cabinet that holds this piece.
     The work is interactive. There are two small working doors on the side panels. The right door has a working lock and key. Viewers may choose and image from the shelf below the triptych and place them in the panels behind the tiny doors. The viewer may also choose to lock or unlock the right side door. The choices of the participants affect the interpretation of the piece.
     Below is how the triptych looks when it is closed.


   Of course, now that I see them here, I want to change them! Hmm..I wonder how easy it would be to replace those panels….

Friday, August 24, 2012


Today's prompt for IF is "Tall". I drew this about a hundred years ago, when I put together all of the poems my dad recited to us as we were growing up. This oe was one of his favorites, which he recited complete with a whine and quivering lip:




Friday, July 13, 2012

The Conversation


Well, such as it is, these are the eight panels that will make up the image for the front of my triptych. Now, I have to burn plates and print them, and then attach them to a painted background. I hope the drawings look OK.

I'm also posting this for today's IF prompt, lost, because I think both of these women look like they know how that feels.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Little Wren

This week's IF prompt is hitched, and it reminded me of this.
It is an old painting that I'm thinking about re-drawing and making into a print for my MFA show.

It's really interesting to see how my work was changed, and also how it hasn't!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Shades

I've been so busy with work and school that I haven't had time to make anything other than the things I'm working on for my MFA thesis show. I miss posting to IF, so when I saw today's prompt, shades, I thought of this drawing.                                                                                                                                                   It is really old, from my time way back at Idaho State. It was for my very first formal drawing class.