Art Romance

What do you think of when I say “hot date night” or “a night out on the town?”

M took me out for one of these. We went and looked at rows and rows – touching every corner of smooth and toothy – cream, white, and toned – thick and thin – pages of sketchbook paper.

M bought me a Canson Sketchbook – 7 x 10 – 98lb and a 12 pack of Derwent Inktense pencils. $$$$

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Well, I did say it was a date!

Of course when we got home, I immediately went to my studio to see what these Inktense pencils were all about. Which is probably the downside for M of taking me on an art date.

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The Inktense pencils are ink based, so after applying water, the ink dries and another layer of ink pencil can be added. Something else I think is really great about the Inktense pencils – and this is for the printmakers out there –  the inktense pencils blend well when working with water based ink. This means that if you print and some parts of your print comes out grainy, you can cover that up with the Inktense pencils.

Pretty cool stuff!

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I sketched an owl because I have been looking at the owls from Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas.


I have been drawing this circle pattern for weeks now at work meetings and at Grace Church on Sundays – so I put it in with the owl sketch.


Where do you show your work?

Person you meet: “What do you do?”
You: “I’m an artist”
Me: “I’m an artist.”

Person you meet: “What kind of art do you do?”
You: “Tells the person what kind of art you do.”
Me: “Mumble my way through this question spouting out oil paint, figures, and printmaking somewhere through the murk.”

Person you meet: “Do you show anywhere?” or “Where can I see your work?”
You: “Tells the person where they can see your work.”
Usually Me: “I have a website and I blog. I’m not showing anywhere. I’m not really selling anything. Translation – I make art and hide in my studio.”

“I also kiss baby feet”


Today through the end of the year – Me: “I have a website and I blog. I also have some work up right now at the Arkansas Attorney General’s office downtown in the Two Towers Building.”

How did this happen? Did I get discovered through my website or blog? Was there someone going from door to door in my neighborhood looking for just the right art? Did I go from office to office with samples of my work to see if anyone was looking for my work? It all happened through the Arkansas Arts Council.

I am a member of the Arkansas Artist Registry, and so I get emails of opportunities to show, sell, to apply for grants and fellowship, and other artist things. The Arkansas Arts Council sent a call for submission: “The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office seeks submissions from the Arkansas Artist Registry artists for a revolving exhibition of selected works in the reception area of the Office, which is open to the public for meetings, conferences and other events.”  and this attachment

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I submitted and was selected! Laurie Jo helped me to hang the show.

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Art Museum Picnic

M and I took the kids for the lunch hour on Friday.

M brought a picnic lunch, and everyone enjoyed the goodies (peanut butter and jelly sandwich, banana, and kettle chips).

We had to keep a lookout because the geese kept invading our picnic!

The kids found a resting duck on our way into the museum.

Once into the Arkansas Arts Center , we went to Carroll Cloar’s exhibit. The kids seemed very interested in Cloar’s work and when asked how they would describe it, they said “cool.”
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Looking at art is a great way to spend the lunch hour!
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There was even a kids area – which I thought was “cool.” While Al helped ZZ with the magnets, SS made his own composition.
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Two things I learned while viewing art with kids was #1 When holding the two year old, I focused more on colors and shapes because I wasn’t sure what else to point out in the painting.

#2 Going to see art with your kids is a really good thing! Also, people will look at you approvingly and admire your genius family.

What a good looking bunch!
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The adventure of an artist and her pullet.


A couple of weeks ago I was asked to create a logo for a local chicken coop rental called Fresh Eggs 4 U. This is the logo – which she designed and I created.

I asked if L – the owner, was interested in trading something for the logo. She said she would trade a chicken – to be more specific, she would trade for a silver laced Wyandotte that is about 10 months old.

This is the chicken – which is from Dragonfly Farm

The chicken, which I named Ms PotPie I received at 7:00 a.m. in a small cat crate. Since it was M.R’s birthday, we decided to take the chicken to her for her best birthday present. M and I drove Ms. PotPie to M.R.’s house and entered her house at 7:10 a.m.


Since it was M.R’s birthday, S.R. brought donuts!

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And M.R. opened her handmade card from Paper Opera!

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We got to it and introduced Ms. PotPie to her new chicken roommates – Mole, BBQ, and Dumpling.

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Everyone waited anxiously to see how it would turn out. Would Mole, BBQ, and Dumpling like the new Ms. PotPie?

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The anticipation was building!

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Mole, BBQ, and Dumpling decided they had to get out of there and check out the box that Ms. PotPie came in – leaving Ms. PotPie alone in the corner of the coop.

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So, in the end, maybe they didn’t fall in love with her right away, but Ms. PotPie was left getting cozy in her new coop!


And that is the adventure of the artist and her pullet!

The End.