Winner at The Art Show!

Howdy ya’ll!

It has been a great weekend. I know it’s Tuesday but it still feels like weekend to me! Just now getting the chance to post! Nearly everyone has heard the saying “A day late and a dollar short”.  Well, I may be a day late but I’m twenty dollars ahead! Doesn’t sound like much but it means the world to me! I got a third place ribbon at the Fife Opera House 26th Annual Art Show!!!


There weren’t as many artist’ on display this year. I was told that many art shows across the USA are down in participation. Too bad because we have some outstanding artists here in the Midwest! Take a peek:


Did you see my Cat’s Catch bottle sculpture?   🙂


This is Steve Meadows’ grand prize winner. He comes up with some truly unusual pieces!

Here he is receiving one of his many awards from Karla Ries. She is the visual arts chair person for Crawford County Arts. The kilted gentleman in the background is another artist, Mr. Stephen O. Griffith. He makes mixed media paintings.



Here I am talking with the 2014 Show Judge, Mr. Michael Schuetz. He is the Assistant Director at the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University located in Champaign Illinois. The man has numerous degrees in Art and is well acclaimed. Far too much information for me to list in a blog.   🙂   Another gifted artist is seen in the background, Mr. David Pigg. He is a pencil artist and has won numerous awards as well.


Me with my award   🙂

Last but most definitely not least I can now share with you the WONDERFUL final display from my friend and colleague, David Dooley. Sadly, this is his final show. He lost his life in a horrific auto accident less than a month ago. His wife was kind to bring his entries for display post mortem.


His works are all colored pencil. It is not difficult to see why he was a Master. Sadly missed now that he is gone.

I hope you have enjoyed taking a peek in my little corner of the Midwest. Life in the Whole is definitely good and I am blessed!

Until next time…..enjoy the life you have. You only get to live it once.

















Spring Art Show at the Fyfe!

Howdy neighbors!

I wanted to share a bit with ya’ll about the wonderful Art Show I have entered this year. It is held at The Fyfe Opera House in Palestine, Illinois, USA. This wonderful old opera house is on the National Registry of Historic Buildings! Take a look:

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If you would like to see more photos of the marvelous interior or are interested in the history of Palestine you can Google it  🙂

 Today I delivered my limit of three items for this show. Here is the first one:


Sorry about the picture quality. It was a bit dark but using my flash kept glaring off the glaze! This piece is titled “Beagle Dreams” and is a 3D collage. I made this from an assortment of boxes. The ball in front is also 3D. Took a while to make that sucker! The fire hydrant was also assembled as were the trees. The entire work is on a wooden picture frame. A person could still insert a photo from the back with glass if they desire. I try to keep my artwork “workable” for the buyer.

Here’s the next piece:

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This one is titled “Cat’s Catch”.  As you can see, the “catch of the day” is moveable. This is a recycle plastic piece made from approximately 9 two liter bottles, a plastic Easter egg, a milk jug, paint, glass, and zip tie. This was hard getting together but I loved every minute of it! You can’t see the tail very well in these pix. It is a spiral of plastic so it “bobs” 🙂  What fun!

And here is the final piece:

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This one is titled “Hatter’s Centerpiece”. It is a Utilitarian piece. The hat is made from tin cans, paper, plastic, and various embellishments. It can be removed from the glass that is seen underneath. THAT glass is permanently attached to the painted brass candle stand. The jam jar and the Red Queen’s Pitcher are also removable. Also, the chain with spoon is removable for cleaning as is the crown on the pitcher. The crown is made from a ribbon spool, bridal lace, pearls, and embellishments. It ties on with satin ribbon.

I am SOOOO excited about this show! I missed it last year due to illness. On a sad note, this year we will be missing one of our BEST artists. David Dooley was a teacher, a colleague, and a friend of mine. A Master at colored pencils. He was quite well known. Sadly he lost his life in a tragic accident less than a month ago. But, his memory is with us as will be his wife, my friend, Debra, at the artist’ reception Saturday evening. I look forward to that. I would share some pix of David but in respect to the family I shall refrain at this time. You can, however, Google Image him under David Dooley colored pencil artist. 🙂 

Another world renowned artist that I have the pleasure of hob-knobbing with is Steve Meadows. He is known for his quirky folk art! Here’s a picture of him with just a couple of his pieces:


He can be found on Facebook here:

Be sure to look at some of his WONDERFUL folk art!

I am SOOO blessed to be a simple artist in the company of many Artist’s that are so very well known in America. And to be able to talk to them like I am talking to ya’ll here is an experience that nobody can ever take away from me. Today I am relishing living my Life in the Whole….

Blessings ~