Art Journal

I’ve been practicing…

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Drawing every day, working on shading for faces that just came out of my brain/hand…

I tried to copy a photo from Pinterest:

…and I think I did pretty well:

Oddly, I made her mouth too small…I usually make the mouth too big…

Anyway…I’m off to keep practicing!

Feeling the fruits of practice

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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

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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

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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…
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…

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.