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I'm a Librarian and paper artist. Unless otherwise noted, the art on this blog is mine. I made it, and I don't authorize anyone to use any of it for anything. Just look at it, and tell me if you like it or hate it...don't steal it. Thanks!

Feeling the fruits of practice

I have been taking year-long, online art classes from Effy Wild. I started with Journal 52 when Effy took it over from the prior instructor, then in 2019 I participated in Book of Days, and now I’m in Moonshine for 2020. What a year so far!

Our latest lesson was a blast and I’m really starting to feel like I’m discovering my artistic style

I used my water-soluble pencil for the first time and I LOVE the watercolor effect

Liked it so much, I almost didn’t want to go further and “mess her up”

I dont have the exact supplies as my instructor but I make do with what I have.

I used red, white, and blue glitter paint as I didn’t have violet. I tried my red over the gold for the background but I thought it was too pink…
…so I covered it with Pyrole Red and wiped some back off. If I’d thought it through, I’d have used a more transparent red.

After I covered her glittery hair with nickel azo gold, I used a stencil to put the swirly gold marks.

Then I worked on her face. I’ve been sketching and shading at least a face per day for a few weeks now and I can absolutely see improvement in in my technique over that amount of time…

The quote is, “She’s mad but she’s magic. There’s no lie in her fire.” – Bukowski

I think this creation is inspiring me to work on canvas so that I can show some of my work in a local spot (I live and work in the downtown arts district).

I call myself an Artist now. Without sarcasm.

Stay tuned!

My First Commissioned Work

My second Brother,  the most fatherly of my Brohim, asked me to create a painting for a dear family friend. We have known Mike since I was about 8, so it’s a long time we’re talking about here.

Pages from an old book of Mozart scores makes the first layer…

Mike plays guitar and my Brother, Joe, plays the tenor saxophone, so I included an image of a Gibson Les Paul and a tenor sax.

A tenor sax is only a few inches shorter than a Les Paul…close enough.

I added layers of ultramarine glaze to the background.

So…I have a thing for circles and decided to add one here.  Modeling paste is a blast to work with…I love the texture.
I decided to shift the layers to convey movement.
Gold glazing to shine it all up some
This is the final version under one type of lighting
The final version in different lighting, complete with gilded edges and my signature on the back.

I delivered this to my Bro yesterday, and even though it’s belated, Happy Birthday Mike!

This was my second completed canvas…

Journal Number One

The “new” series of journals is numbered 1 through 6. The first 4 are 9 x 12, while #5 & #6 are 10 x 7.

Here is Number one, with coloring pages and random collages created during the first 3 months of the Covid-19 pandemic.  I rode out the first 2.5 months with my love and the 2 cats in Lodi, CA.

Front cover.
Inside front cover
– Dylan
Card and tag from my dear Judy. We had a girl’s day and got pedicures. The card includes an original poem by herself.
Loving all of this card!
The info on the right is about my Man…
There is more randomness in this book than most of the previous iterations
This was in commemoration of my first xmas with my love. He has changed my life for the better.
On photographing this book, I do realize that there are a LOT of weed labels in here.
I do love coffee labels, and Dylan…
…and valentines from my nephew.
More random…
Zoltar says…
The easel is the one I received for xmas…the bitmoji cartoon is a true story.
My love decorated the dollar.
Stickers and coloring pages need a home too.
I won’t wear pink but it’s a fun color to art with…
Just more random
My love and I went to the beach on new year’s day…
Sometimes things go together…
Sometimes they are thrown together
With stuff hidden inside
At times things flow together easily…
…and sometimes you don’t know how to finish it.
Sheroes and great ideas…
Baby pictures and coffee labels…
Things that are waiting for that special something…
Pockets…
Works in progress…
Coloring pages…
Favorite patches and stickers…
My time spent…
My brain calmed…
More cannabis packaging…
Things I want to save forever…
Grand ideas…
Simple thoughts…
All you need…
My Aunt Grace loved owls. This is for her…
I was in prison for 3 years, 2 months and 3 days…
Fun in the small spaces…
Fun with local flair..
More things that hide…
Simply mine…
One last random page, and the inside back cover…
With more hidden things.
Back cover.

And that’s the end of that.

Now I’m off to work on #s 2 through 6.

Five is going to be fun as it is all about my love…

Oh, Hai!

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