Category Archives: Art Journal

Over the past month or so…

I have been working on faces.

Drawing, activating watercolor pencil, spraying with workable fixative, painting, stenciling, shading faces.

Love her.
The arrows are raised (3-D). I like her heart shaped face.
She just showed up from FAR away…
She just came out. I think she’s as incredulous about current events as I am.
I love her. She looks beautiful in spite of having too many tabs open (story of my life).
I started all of these in one week.
Step one: drawing with watercolor pencil.
Shading
Activated watercolor pencil on hair, etc.
Activated the rest of the shading
Painted

The pic above is an homage to my HS friends, Andrea and Lorri. Andrea is still my dearest friend.

Back in the day

I have received a Commission to paint a work mate’s portrait. This will be my 2nd Commission.

I am an artist. Apparently I am becoming a professional artist.

I rule, ya’ll.

Art Basics Video from work

https://fb.watch/1k7m-GR_QB/

In it, I explain some differences in black pens, types of paper, and gesso.

This video was filmed and edited by my coworker, Sean Smith, who is truly awesome and made me look pretty good.

I hope you like it.

This was filmed for and through Solano County Library, using equipment from The Makery at the JFK branch in Vallejo, California.

I’d make more if there was interest…

I made this …

Put gesso on a paper bag, then just went for it.

I kinda like her.

I’m in painting mode again, now that my gear is at Matt’s. I can paint on the weekends when I actually have some time.

I have a crazy busy week with Dr. Appointments and job interviews!

I’m interviewing on Friday for a supervising librarian position in my current system.

No pressure…

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…