Oh, Hai!

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I know I’ve been MIA for a long time, but my excuse is love.

That’s right, I’ve been love-drunk for months.

Matt and Me

I met this sweet, caring, man 2 months ago and he has changed my world for the better. He inspires me and encourages me every day.

He has even helped to up my coffee game! I have an aeropress and an electric kettle now. Mornings are sweeter now.

Anywho…I am making art, making love, making a mess…We go for walks and bike rides and we want to go camping when it gets warm.

We are very happy right now.

New Year’s day, New Brighton State beach

My new Easel!

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My bestie, my Mommy, gifted me a new artist’s easel.

Isn’t it GLORIOUS?!?

Another Paint Night!

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I got to go to paint night at my library last night and worked on some impressionistic practice.

In pieces…

And in parts:

And drips:

…and dabs:


…and a lot of spots:

I learn more every time I paint…

Happy Autumn, ya’ll!

Teal Art Journal

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It’s the last one of the series…and almost as big as the blue journal.

There are more Slam Book type of pages in here…

But a lot of paint as well…

Rob Thomas:

Rad-a-Tat is where I got my first tattoo:


Just trying to be helpful:

Henry Rollins:

Joan of Arc:


Big pallet tester page:

True message:



Positive self-talk:


Random thoughts:

…and hopes…

CLA 2019LXL:

Every day I wake up like this:

No pressure:

My second favorite page in this book:

It’s ME!


True always:

Quoting Morticia Addams:

Norman Vincent Peale:

Playing with faces again…


More truth:



They are shiny…

America? The earth?

This is my favorite page in this book :

It me again!



From a wall at AA:

It just takes a long time…


Feel it:

Mermaids ahoy!

Been told yes…

Message from my Brother:

What a shame:

Reality just gets in the way…

I am:

My circle…

In the greenery:

More truth:

For S.

Sleep is my favorite thing.

Back cover:

And that is the last of this series. I started 6 journals over 3 years ago and now they are all ‘done,’ as much as they can be. I usually don’t go back and add anything to the pages later. That’s not to say that I can’t. Because its ALL MINE and I can do what I want with it all!


So…now I have 6 new, blank books waiting for me to get started on a new series. No pressure at all, as I currently have 22 more backgrounds to create for my friend’s book…

Blue Journal

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This is the biggest book I’ve made so far…It’s the thickest, even with pages stuck together on purpose (for strength)

Good times with stickers:

Talking to Ponyboy…


I scare more than cheerleaders, but still…

Decided to try making faces:

Rob Thomas:

Alter Bridge:


I love the Fall…

There’s a lot of Art here:

Smash book style:

So random:

Trying to stay that way:

Not achieved thus far…

Good times:

It’s crazy here…

Was at the demonstration. Grateful that there were trucks blocking vehicle access to us.

Never again:

Stay positive:


Imagine Dragons:

Give it a shot

I played the Bond Villain in this show:

AM a mermaid!

More faces:

James Blunt:

Back when it was fun:

Then it stopped being fun:

Mexican proverb:

Don’t let me stop you…

Try to stay:


True story:

Rock God:

Imagine Dragons:


Saw Eddie Izzard with my friend, Natasha:



Yes, and…


This will be finished once I print the photos of my #1 nephew and I at this event:

Not too subtle?



Can you hear?


It’s all about the color

Seriously. Fuck. ICE.

My beautiful friend…

Reminds me of Merry & Pippin



Sticker love

Back cover:

That’s a lot, I know…I made it and I’m impressed, too…the biggest one, as I said…56 photos is a lot.


10 things

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…a la Effy Wild

1) My nephew is my new roomate and he is amazing! He’s 20 and getting set to go to EMT school. He reminds me to eat breakfast (as in, more than coffee) and is so encouraging and willing. Emily likes him too, mostly.

2) Emily is my best friend. She follows me from room to room, talking to me when she feels the need…

3) I’m good at my job and don’t have plans to change careers, but I am currently BORED. I’ll be heading to a librarian conference just before Halloween and they have always reinvigorated my enthusiasm in the past, so I hope it will work that way again this time…besides, I’ll get to see my prison people there.

4) I am now working on 2 books, the original book of poems and songs will be illustrated by me, and I am moving along on this even though each spread is twice as large as I’m used to working with…also…

5) I am transcribing my author’s other book as well. I edit. I am an editor, but right now it’s just typing.

6) I’m going to see a new-to-me psychiatrist on Thursday. I have a therapist I see on the regular, but I need to have a psych monitor my anti-depressants. He called me back personally to setup the appointment and he sounds great. We shall see…

7) Although I’m not “afraid” of the dentist, I haven’t been to one in a dozen years, mostly because of the pain I went through back in 2007. In my experience and opinion, the only thing worse than tooth pain is passing a kidney stone. I have an appointment a week from Friday. Go me.

8) Going to the gym is good for me and I’m enjoying going, thank coffee, because I’d hate to have to keep doing something I loathe.

9) Working on clearing all the extraneous crap out of my apartment is a long term project, but every load I remove from the place makes me feel better, and makes more room for my nephew and me.

10) I’m making my favorite chicken vegetable soup in the crock pot and it’s making my place smell like heaven…want some?

Half a century today

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…that’s how long I’ve been on this planet.

I’m visiting 2 brothers and many friends in my home town of Fresno until tomorrow.

I was able to visit my favorite art supply store, Allard’s, for their back to school sale for a stencil, a mask, and some tiny, detail brushes.

Then I cleared Michael’s out of watercolor pads in 7×10 at BOGO free time, so that’s 4 for the price of 2.

I’m nearly (more than halfway) finished with my last 2 art journals from the last series I worked on, so am already thinking ahead to the next set.

My dear friend, Juli, gave me a huge (96ct) set of watercolor brush pens, so there will be those to play with.

I don’t have any magic words or ideas to move forward in my life successfully, I just do the best I can with what I have.

I’ve been making art for 8 years now, but I’m not a teacher, just a painter/stencil-user/gluing fool…

My second nephew has moved into my apartment with me while he goes to EMT training. He is currently bonding with Emily. Today is her 10th birthday.

I had hoped to go swimming somewhere on this trip, but sitting in everyone’s house, soaking up their AC, is a good alternative.

Happy birthday to me.