Tuesday, December 9, 2014


My friend Yasuko & I spent a warm Saturday strolling around the grounds and perusing through the galleries at Woolaroc.

Always wonderful art work and interesting things.

Yasuko with buffalo 

Works by Native American artists...
and works inspired by the American Southwest.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give Thanks!

The platter awaits!

May your turkey be golden & juicy!

"Praise the Lord, O my soul
and forget not all his benefits..."
Psalm 103:2

Monday, November 10, 2014

Images from the Past

I painted this years ago. I love the colors. It make me wonder if it might have been inspiration for my masks.
I snapped this pic before I destroyed this painting (there just isn't room for everything).

Thursday, November 6, 2014

What's Up?

I had a chance to "be crafty". It was an offer I couldn't refuse, because it involved painting, and I am happiest with a paint brush in my hand.
It happened last Saturday at the Ceramic Cottage in Tulsa.

It was painting glaze on ceramics and using rubber stamps as well. How fun!

The ceramic gourd above is in the bisque stage: poured & then fired.
The gourd below now covered with three coats of glaze in three colors.                                                                                                      
Gourd was then stamped with darker glaze and then multi-color areas were painted on top.
After firing the one on the right should look similar to the one one the left. But with glazes there is always an element of surprise.
Here are acorn birdhouses done with the same technique.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween at the Mausoleum

The ghost of Jane Phillips visits the mausoleum.
I was fortunate to catch this aberration on film.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quote of the Week

"Color has taken possession of me, no longer do I have to chase after it. I know that it has hold of me forever. That is the significance of the blessed moment. Color and I are one. I am a painter."
               Paul Klee

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


What has these artists so engrossed? They have gathered to capture Santa.

Ron Adams is our area Santa. His official title is "Elf Agent".
He graciously came to sit today at the Bartlesville Art Center so that a group of us could attempt to capture his essence.

Santa, mine.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Greatest Art?

Every time I visit my local library I head straight to the ART section and there I find a number of books that hold a compilation of artists & their work. The newest one on the shelve is ART: Everything You Need to Know about the Greatest Artists and their Works by Susie Hodge

It would be easy to say that it is just another of one of those "all about art" books in which female Art historian, Susie Hodge, gives us her opinion in this one  volume.

Ms Hodge starts her record of fine art in the 13th century, and follows a timeline of art work and art movements to modern times, and she follows the formula of giving a short biography of an artist, showing one of the artist's best known pieces and then listing other works & where to find them.

The thing that struck me about the information in this book is that only four woman artists are considered among the "greatest" in nine centuries (13th-21st) of paintings, frescoes & sculpture. This reminded me of the fact that fine art is a male dominated arena.

Who are the four women who managed to make it in this male dominated arena? In Susie Hodge's opinion they are:

Artemisia Gentileschi
Georgia O'Keeffe
Freda Kahlo 
Mary Cassatt

Is their another who is alive & working today?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Creativity is...

"Creativity is contagious, pass it on." Albert Einstein

"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." Mary Lou Cook

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sacred Sunday

Sacred Sundays could so easily be filled with images of wonderful stained glass windows, and that would be an artistic treat, but I love it when I come across images done in other media. 

Here is Pastor Kevin Tully wearing a marvelously decorated stole, all hand painted. Yes, artists do paint on fabric, and there are acrylic paints specially formulated for fabric painting. What a beautiful work of art this is.

Rev. Kevin Tully

The image on the close-up reminds me of Jesus teaching the Lesson of the Fig Tree (Matt. 21: 18-22). I wonder if that's what artist Debbie Stein had in mind?
Close-up of painting by artist Debbie Stein

Friday, October 3, 2014

Quote of the Week

" I was once the trunk of a fig tree, worthless wood, when the artist... decided I should be a god." Horace

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Peace & Love 24x30in. 

John Hammer was the guest presenter at last night's Bartlesville Art Association's monthly meeting. 

He gave a short slide show that was to encourage artists or anyone to preserver in what you love. Then he did a painting demo as he shared about his successful short painting career (2 yrs.). 

He uses acrylics, which is my favorite medium, and uses wonderful true colors which I love. This print of Ringo is mine.

John Hammer 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ceramic Tuesday

The big event in town Tuesday was the Empty Bowls fundraiser for Agape Mission. As usual the lines were long as the crowd filled the Community Center ballroom. For $20 each guest got lunch and a bowl to take home.

Because an important part of this event is the ceramic bowls, I had to get involved. So last spring I joined a group of gals and helped to decorate bowls. 

Here is Cindy. She is the one who makes the "bowls" happen.
Thanks Cindy for all your hard work!
 Decisions, decisions; which one should I pick?

Some of these bowls may be the ones I decorated.

This is the silent auction table filled with the special creations.

And by the end of the day I had an added bonus. Here is the fun bowl I picked and a unique gift given by a friend.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Quote of the Week

"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?" Frida Kahlo

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Frida's Journal

I found it in the Spanish language section of my local library. It was the cover that caught my eye. But it what was on the pages that had me hooked. Frida recording her longings, feelings, ideas, plans, frustrations in word & pictures; and all those pictures make it a heavy book. She created an "art journal" in 1952-53, long before they became in vogue. And there many references to Diego (Rivera); the man she had trouble living with but couldn't live without.

This book is worth the effort just for the delicious artwork, but a plus for those of us who only know English, it's all translated for us.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


The Supermoon visited my neighborhood.

Supermoon 8/10/14 Alex True

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Quote of the Week

"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist." Oscar Wilde

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Who was it Wednesday? A portrait of the artist as a young girl. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Art Where You Find It

Out to do morning errands and this is the first interesting thing that I came across.

A walk around this vehicle

gives you eye candy

at every angle.

But is beauty in the eye of the beholder or
in the mind of the creator?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Colors of the Day

I hope your Independence Day celebration is great!

The flags are all aflutter at the Frank Phillips Home in Bartlesville, OK

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Celebrate Art!

Any day is a great day to celebrate art.

A new book in the library is Art of the 20th Century. I love this kind of book that is full of so many examples. The librarian even commented on how heavy it is: good paper. It is a treat to flip through page after page of paintings, three dimensional art and architecture, all in full color. And then there is plenty of commentary on artists, art movements and materials.
Because this is a new book it can only be checked out for a week at a time. That's only enough time to scratch the surface. 

Art of the 20th Century by Dorothea Eimert 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Art Show

At the end of a successful BART Summer Arts Program there is always a student art show. Sunday afternoon the art center was buzzing with kids, parents and other guests.  

And here are a few examples of the artwork. Students have lots of opportunity to draw, paint and model clay.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Quote of the Week

"To be an artist is to believe in life." Henry Moore                       

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sign Saturday

Art to Craft

I wanted a sign that would point the way to my studio.

I had a cedar fence board cut to size.

I stained the wood with "home made" walnut ink.

Stencils were cut for the letters.

First coat of white on all.

Added love for contrast.

This way to ART!