Paint pouring

So, I took a class at Allard’s Art Supply store in Fresno last Monday with my dear friend, Juli. We made 3 pieces…er…a piece.

The blue one above is my first, smallest, piece. (5×7)

I learned that, while it is exciting to spray 91% alcohol to see the paint move and the cells form, too much will dull the shine on the final, dry, piece.

The piece above, with the lime green looked like that when it was wet & super shiny.

Then it dried overnight:

This was partially due to how much paint was used, in addition to the alcohol sprays.

It shows up in my 3rd piece, and now I know how the metallics take over. Wet:

And, dry:

I could, and might, put the shine back on with a clear coat on top of #s 2 & 3…maybe.

But I WILL be doing this at home. I just need some dollar store supplies, some more art board, and about a gallon of pouring medium…

Yellow Journal

Another one finished!

Like the Red journal, I started this nearly 3 years ago. It started its life as a blank, white-paged book but now…

Front cover:

“I wanna know where does love go to die…”

– P!nk

“You have to leak sometimes or you will explode.”

– Anjo. (my best friend)

This spread commemorates the day I took Nephew the 2nd to the annual Pirate Festival in Vallejo on Father’s day weekend.

Look like a mermaid, swear like a sailor.

“It’s such a waste to grow up lonely”

– John Mayer

When the game is over, the king and the pawn go in the same box

Some things I find on Pinterest but I don’t know who created it. I don’t know who wrote/said this.

“I am not afraid, I was born to do this.”

– Joan of Arc

“Whoever said that love was sweet drank a little too much whiskey baby.”

– P!nk

“Scar tissue that I wish you saw.”

– Red Hot Chili Peppers

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

– Maya Angelou

I’ve posted this before, but when one gets the opportunity to quote Wayne Campbell…

“In another life, darling, I’d do anything to be with you.”

– James Blunt

I’d heard about using other fibers in one’s art. This is my attempt at incorporating a used dryer sheet. Meh.

Don’t worry if you make waves simply by being yourself. The moon does it all the time.

– Pinterest

“You’re not crazy for leaving, just crazy for staying so long.”

– Daughtry

“I gave you all my energy and I took away your pain
‘Cause human beings are destined to radiate or drain
What line do we stand upon, ’cause from here it looks the same
And only scars remain”
-Ed Sheeran

You tried to drown my heart even after you had seen me swim.

Let your freak flag fly

“My heart is lost; the beasts have eaten it.”

-Charles Baudelaire

“I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.”

– Amy Schumer

I’ve been hurt so bad and I still love so hard. I admire my heart for that.

– Pinterest

“Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.”

– R. H. Sin

I’m going to start using my EXTENSIVE collection of magazine clippings in my art more…

“If a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.”
– Calamity Jane

I have traveled through madness to find me.



From an earlier story…

“I’m tired of being alone…so hurry up and get here.”

– John Mayer

“Happiness ain’t prison but there’s freedom in a broken heart.”

– Miranda Lambert

“I’ll learn masonry, carve stone,
plant a garden of my own
and make bliss among these ruins.”
– Effy Wild

You remember that:

“My perfect rock bottom, my beautiful trauma.”

– P!nk

“And now you only wanna make it out alive.”

-Rob Thomas

Coloring sheets go in here when they end up being supercool:

“If you believe in nothing else
Just keep believing in yourself
There will be times of trouble
It’s gonna hurt like hell
This much I know all ends well
It all ends well”
– Alter Bridge

“I’m broken in the prime of my life
So embrace it and leave me to stray.”
– Imagine Dragons


Smokey was my “divorce kitten”…ya know…like, “Your parents are divorcing. Here’s a kitten.”

Horatio has already been introduced…

Back cover:

Right! So there are 4 more large books I’m working on…

I’ve set up my Journal 52 (prompts from 2017, but now MY 2019), so now I have to catch up for the first 7 weeks of the year…

I wonder what else I will do next?

Canvas #1

Back in July, I had a coupon (I mean…of course I did) and bought the largest canvas that would fit into my car (3′ x 4′)…all because I found a $15 easel.

Started here:

Then flipped it over…which, it turns out, is becoming an ongoing concern for this canvas…

This thing feels HUGE…So. Much. Acreage.

I add layers…

Sometimes subtle…sometimes not…

“What we learned here is love tastes bitter when it’s gone.” – Rt

Yes…that is the last sighting of my ex’s self-portrait…


There is some anger coming out, says I…

“So go on and cry me a river
Don’t say this will haunt you forever
It never did, it never will.”

– Alter Bridge

“I gave you all my energy and I took away your pain
‘Cause human beings are destined to radiate or drain
What line do we stand upon, ’cause from here it looks the same
And only scars remain”

-Ed Sheeran

There is so much emotion I’m painting on here…

Turning it different directions keeps it from getting stale.

“You never loved me. You just loved how much I loved you.

– Mother!

Brought the bright back and started feeling the blood-rage, I think…

The glazing process involves some ugly phases before the luminous qualities start to show…

And here I left it while I spent my holidays in Las Vegas with some dear friends.

After I returned home on the 5th, I kept at it:

And the texture makes me swoon…so I decided to go in a completely different direction.

I feel like this is coming to some sort of finale pretty soon…

It’s winding down…I feel it…

AND…here it is on my wall. Replacing the “zombie girl” (me) that my ex painted.

This is too cool.

With the lights on:

I love it.

I’ve learned so much from making this. Not the least is discovering that Golden brand glazing liquid is slow drying while Liquitex brand glazing medium is not.

It is also quite likely that I will never record a(n even partly) step by step photo record of a canvas again.

Yes, I have started another canvas already. It will be for my very best friend of 35-ish years; my Anjo.

This blog has been out here on the interwebs for 6 years now.

I have posted on this blog 99 times before now, so this this my 100th post…about my first canvas.

I love it. I do love it.

Thank you.

Edit: This painting has a name.


After the Hozier song, which fits Fucking Idiot to a T. In it, the shrike does everything I always wanted him to do, but in the end, he just wants to hang all of his shit on me (the thorn).

I love it even more with a title.