A Life Well Lived – Part 2

Dear Friends,

It’s been longer than I mentioned on my last post to write here and send it on to you but I know you are fine with that.  I got busy as usual and so did you!  I will keep it short.  The reason I am writing this is because I have read that folks like you might be curious to know how I progressed in my life doing art, so here goes for the second installment. 

The drawings here are from my high school sketch book. 

Fast forward to the future

Fast forward from childhood to a life much lived, just like you.  If you haven’t read the previous post about my parents and their investment in my life as a child you can read that post here called “Investing In Art of a Different Kind.”  After childhood, I spent my teenage years drawing a lot and taking art class all four years in high school.  The drawings above are part of the sketch book we were supposed to keep and hand in each semester.  That’s about all of the drawing we did and we had no instruction in that area, the rest was mostly pottery which I enjoyed.  It was fine and high school art was all that was offered to youth back in the early 1970s that I knew of.  During my freshman year, along came Ray.  Everything but Ray took a back seat to life and we got married the summer after my senior year with $140 in his bank account.  I found myself happily raising a husband 😊 and daughters, my life’s dream.  I found time in between that full time job to feed the need to create and painted the popular Longaberger baskets and purses for folks.  This helped put food on the table of our happy home.  I dabbled in a few personal drawing projects and volunteered my painting and drawing skills whenever I was asked.  I helped create sets for plays at my church and made a stage back drop for the Mason Community Bicycle Days event in the 1980s.  I drew my church building in pen and ink for the ladies association and they turned that image into stationary and a real china plate for church folks to purchase! I also drew the Alverta Green home for the Mason Historical Society for their newsletter. 

In the early 1980s, Ray and I even set up a booth at the Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville, OH.  He cut out cute and crafty things of wood, I painted them and we sold a lot!

Large wooden wreath, the bow comes off and you can turn the wreath around with for a Christmas theme.


Cute and crafty in the 80s style, I still have these items








Then in 1997 after my daughters had graduated high school, it was my turn!  I wanted to understand the drawing process more and decided to take some classes at the Middletown Fine Arts Center (now MAC). I knew I could draw but I had no idea how to implement those wonderful art supplies I saw when browsing an art store.  The adult drawing class was exactly what I needed on my quest to figure this art thing out for myself. 

The Lantern

The Lantern” was the first project I was given and I drew the lantern from life.  It was quite a challenge learning so many techniques but it served me well.  This class gave me the ability to take those early childhood memories from my first real art class with Donna Beavers and bring out things from the past to put them into the present on paper in a more representational and correct manner.

The Boots below.  This was the second drawing project from the Middletown class.  I have no idea how many weeks it took to complete this!  Each week I went to class and set them up the same way over and over.

The Boots

My next blog post will bring you up to date to today and include a few funny things in the area of art in my life that have happened.  None of this is by chance and only God can orchestrate the few stories that I will be sharing!  Thanks for visiting!