Art Journal

I’m working on things…

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…besides the book illustrations…Art Journal things:

Random quotes:

Un/Finished faces:

Potentially finished pages:

Parts of pages made from paper and old paint:

And the flowers I bought this week:

Because sharing is caring…

What am I doing?

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10 things like Effy Wild is posting…

1) painting the illustration for the book’s title song, “The Golden Heart”

2) And the full, sky background for, “Let There Be Light”

3) While bing-watching “Sonic Highways” by the Foo Fighters

4) and enjoying my farmer’s market flowers

5) While waiting to hear from the car place that my car is ready (getting detailed, Shelley is…),

6) Also, making a salad with everything I can throw in it for lunch…

7) looking forward to a potential visit from my Juli next month

8) I’m popping with ideas for my Anjo canvas (my bestie is my inspiration)

9) it’s not as easy as you’d think to think of 10 of anything

10) I’m trying to do a lot more of that self-care stuff, like mani/pedis, and regular gym runs, but also going to bed earlier and fixing up my car, as I spend so much time in it.

Whew!

Perks…

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…of cat sitting.

My dear friend, Judy, is off traveling again, so I am watching her drama queen, Tallulah:

For dropping by on occasion to top up his food and water, it’s not much of a chore, but my Judy made a card for me

that is so adorable

And cracks me up

Because Judy is hilarious

And THEN, she found this awesome book for me:

On top of all of that, Tallulah LOVES me so being a little helpful turns into a love-fest…

It’s 7:30pm…

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…and it’s basically my “Friday” night. I did the just work of the library, went to the gym (why is it always arm day?) and am now sat on my queen chair with Emily on my lap, and she is insisting that I do not move from here.

My coworker/gym partner/friend and podcaster, Sabrina (of Sabrina Monet.com) and me!

I want to paint…I took out the trash because it smelled like hair color remover (worse than a perm) and I have a renowned capacity to ignore dirty dishes, so I will sit here for a while longer (for Emily, you know…) then paint in my journals, like this:

or in my Book Of Days, like this:

Or on my new canvas, like this:

OR on one of the illustrations for my friend’s book of songs:

…so the options are open…hmm….

Welp…since I’m meeting with the author tomorrow, that decides it…

I’ll eat my leftover pizza salad (you don’t know pizza salad?! Get thee to MOD Pizza) and listen to my girl’s podcast while I make the art…have a great weekend!

Green Journal

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Finished carrying this journal around:

Inside front cover. Just stickers…

“The opposite of love is indifference, not hate.”

– Pinterest

Heh.

Sadly, this goes out to multiple people:

“But my dreams they aren’t as empty as my conscience seems to be.”
– The Who

Annie Oakley said it best:

Some times I make paint swatches for reference

This is only acceptable because it’s not a guy saying it.

OK

Real talk:

Don’t lose it

Words of warning…

Never…

Medusa coloring page:

Always…

Furious:

Song for my ex:

Playing with watercolors…

True confession:

Consequences of the previous page:

My Judy loves the bright colors:

I cover others’ art to protect them, unlike my own

Nephew the second made this and gifted me…

To Go:

Big

Cannot recommend the lobster fries enough:

Simple

Simpler

First time I tried a spread this direction:

Dylan. That is all.

Found a face in packing material

More of that old love story

Don’t lie

Outgoing, not an extrovert…

Too timely

More of that old love story crap

Too true

Choices can be hard

Autobiography

Encouragement

Dreams

It does

He spoke truth

Ain’t it tho

Doubts

Practice

Plain and simple

Woulda/coulda

Yeah?

Nope

Back cover

And that’s another book finished.

I have just the Blue and Teal books left to work in from that crop I started after I moved here to the bay area (3+ years ago). The last 2 are bigger (thicker with many more pages) so I guess it might be a while before they’re done, but my Art Bag is a little lighter with Green on the shelf now…

It’s POSTCARD season!

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This spring’s crop sent out today:

Half were international, half domestic.

Now to wait for new art from afar to land in my mailbox…

Gone Witchy?

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So, the year long “class” I’m taking with Effy Wild (Book of Days) is basically an extension of the Art Journalling I’ve been doing since 2011, but the structure of a course taught by someone else is something entirely different from my own experiments…

Anyway…I am using a different type of book for this than I am used to (I’ve been a sipral-bound gal all this time) but I already had fun decorating the cover of this Ranger(tm) journal:

(While working on postcards)

And I started working on the cover of my “Art Grimoire” at the same time, but it’s not finished yet.

I LOVE the cover of my BOD (Book Of Days).

And I’m pretty sure it’s the nifty titles for these art journals are meant to sound witchy, and I am absolutely ok with that, as I am a bit witchy myself…

There are always options to make my own journal from paper I choose, but I honestly don’t feel the need to do that.

“If you don’t have the time/skill/patience to make your own BOD, storebought is fine…”

Anyway…I’m off to lunch then back to work…like my Brother says, “Keep the shiny side up!”