Sunday, June 17, 2018

San Diego Trip (Part 1)

I went to San Diego with two friends and we had a wonderful time!

One of my favorite things this time was the zoo!

My favorite animals were the koalas, pandas, polar bears, and lemurs.

We headed over to Balboa Park after the zoo.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Wee Winsome Wildflowers of Southwest Oklahoma

Fogfruit with a Fishing Lure, 12" x 12" oil
It was a delight to exhibit at the Museum of the Western Prairie  in Altus during the
the months of April and May.  The experience and memories will remain fondly with me.

The museum and grounds are fantastic!

I'm standing in front of the restored two-story, 1982 limestone house 
that served as the ranch headquarters for the Cross-S Ranch. 
(Founded in 1880, the ranch once encompassed almost 
21 square miles  southwest of Altus.)

The Wee Winsome Wildflowers of Southwest Oklahoma interpretive art exhibition 
celebrated the beauty and utility of native wildflowers, sought to increase awareness 
of wildflowers today, and explored current and historic uses of wildflowers.  

Greg is standing inside the Criswell House -This authentic dugout is a great example
 of what  a family home looked like out on the western prairie. People were much shorter then, 
as demonstrated by Greg's head touching the ceiling!

Tansy Aster, 10" x 10" oil 
 Wishing you a peaceful summer.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Act I and Act II

These collages, Act I and Act II, went up for auction at Cameron University's Art Gala 
benefiting the local women's shelter and supporting Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention.

There was a powerful exhibit "What Were You Wearing?" 
during the event - Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention month.

A little hello from me!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A few flowers, mostly wind and fire lately...

The mountain has been smoking all week.  Fortunately
for us, in the SW area of Oklahoma, it's from a controlled burn.

The wildflowers are scarce this spring. Lean.
I enjoyed seeing a lot of Blue-eyed grass though.
She's a rare flower around here...

Blue-eyed Grass

I also snacked on Corn Salad leaves today. They tasted buttery and not bitter, yum!
My opening of Wee Winsome Wildflowers exhibit is only days away. 

Storksbill (another edible)

Monday, April 2, 2018

March (Moccasins)

Some things happened in March … many things, a small
significant one was that my 'moccasins' traveled 50 years.
Much has happened in my fifty years.  I'm still
growing, learning, and hungering & thirsting to walk
in an exciting FAITH adventure daily.  God renews my 
youth like the eagle's.  My spirit is free and still gracefully
carries my outer form so that I can do what I need to 
in this life.  I yearn to love, to grow, to give …   
I feel like I have been given such a beautiful space 
(inward and outward) to taste of life and to drink from overflow.
God has made everything sweet in His time.

Burrowing owls (Achene culinaria), Acylic on Driftwood
Mama (or teacher) protecting a juvenile.
Exciting times are here in Oklahoma in the educational realm.  
May the floodgates open for this generation - not just financial funding
but a glory that touches their souls with holy passion.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Are you in a Book Club?

I can't help but think of my friend, Pencil Fox, as I share this post.  Her book club posts have inspired this!

February - The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
March - The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by P. Hoose
This book was so remarkable that we finished it before Spring Break.
Yes, a WWII history book - The Boys Who Challenged Hitler:
Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club is highly recommended by this
6th grade book club.  I personally devoured this true story and
followed it up with the excellent film, The Darkest Hour (about Churchill).

Happy Reading
and Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Wildflowers count down...

Gaillardia pulchella, 8.5 x 11 watercolor
If I didn't have to name all my native wildflower
paintings by their scientific names, I'd probably 
title this one Flower Ecstasy or something. 

We're still far away from these flowers blooming on the prairie,
but my wildflower paintings will soon be on show at the
Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus, Oklahoma.

Echinacea purpurea, 11 x 14 watercolor