Art Journal

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…
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 t bf e 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:

Hozier:

Just trying to be helpful:

Henry Rollins:

Joan of Arc:

Goals:

Big pallet tester page:

True message:

Sure:

Hozier:

Positive self-talk:

Sugarland:

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!

Dodie:

True always:

Quoting Morticia Addams:

Norman Vincent Peale:

Playing with faces again…

OUTside:

More truth:

Heh.

Hope:

They are shiny…

America? The earth?

This is my favorite page in this book :

It me again!

Nietzsche:

Choices:

From a wall at AA:

It just takes a long time…

Contrarywise:

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!

MUHAHAHA!!!

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…

Truth:

I scare more than cheerleaders, but still…

Decided to try making faces:

Rob Thomas:

Alter Bridge:

Dreaming:

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:

Better:

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:

Heh:

True story:

Rock God:

Imagine Dragons:

Pinterest:

Saw Eddie Izzard with my friend, Natasha:

Simple:

Fly

Yes, and…

Consider

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

Not too subtle?

Reminder:

Train:

Can you hear?

Autobiography:

It’s all about the color

Seriously. Fuck. ICE.

My beautiful friend…

Reminds me of Merry & Pippin

Slide…

Always

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.

Sorrynotsorry

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.

I am working…

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…on all kinds of art, including 4 illustrations for the book I’m working on……as well as more art journaling in my teal (big) and blue (bigger) journals.

They are both over half full so there is an innate pressure to finish them soon.Oh, wait…that’s just me then…

Outlier:

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Look what I found stuck in my mailbox:

That’s right, postcard #9 from Texas.

WhatcanIsay? I have a weird mailbox where things can hide, apparently…

Anyway, yay for postcards!