Wednesday, October 1, 2014





off to early morning journaling at the ranch 

market  with the scantest of supplies.







first i did some non dominant hand  journaling.

then drawing, also with my non dominant hand.  

i like the lack of control that results.






added some tissue paper.






and thought it needed a little more.






by this time, i've been to take up some








coffee shop real estate.






but in my little neighborhood, there are maybe 4 of us






having coffee at the early morning hour.  






thought it needed a bit of orange.  i don't know whether  i am 

finished but it was a pleasant morning. 







and i am on my way.  

i am going simple these days.  not starting anything 

large or complicated.  it goes along with

lightening my load, clearing out closets,

papers, garage, drawers.

i'm liking the process.  



cheers


X O X O











Tuesday, September 30, 2014




looking over journal page after page






i noticed that with relatively few strokes







i could feel emotion in these simple faces.







some basic starts but there is 






an obvious direction even at this point.



and on this last day of september...

what do you think it is that creates feeling?



“the best and most beautiful things in the world 
cannot be seen or even touched. they must be felt with the heart” 






Monday, September 29, 2014

Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)




'because i'm happy






if you feel like a room without a roof






because i'm happy







if you feel like happiness is the truth







because i'm happy







if you feel like that's what you wanna do....'






pharrell williams lyrics



and for the full monty...











Sunday, September 28, 2014




what are these?  many of the acrylics i buy are from nova color.

they come from 4 ounces and up.   nova is a small company based in

los angeles and i like to support them.  the colors are lovely, prices

very competitive and the service is excellent.  they ship almost immediately

after the order is placed but i often wander in the tiny showroom and pick 

up my paints.   think i have almost all of the colors they produce.   they also carry 

textures and mediums.   i buy 2 and 4 ounce squeeze bottles to transfer the paints

into for easier and faster use.   also when i travel to a workshop or work in another

studio i do not have to take the who container.   anything that eases the load and 

readies one to get right to painting is helpful.

i do have to mention that i favor the colors of golden paints as well, 

especially the fluid acrylics.




i have found that this works for me.  do you have any tips or hints that 

help make your creative experience easier?

Saturday, September 27, 2014





purely by accident i pushed a button in iPhoto 






and got this.  i think i will use it to evaluate values. 

what do you think?



journal entry




Friday, September 26, 2014




not seeing double...






rather, these are two mono prints. using 

water based inks, i painted the image

then ran a print through the press.







then i repainted a second painting with slightly 

different colors.






looking through a viewfinder and taking 






various portions of the print






there are several different references i can 

use to create other paintings should i wish to.

in this way i am using my own image to create

further pieces.  







it is the beginning of a busy weekend.  

busy doing what you might wonder...

well, in another life i was a passionate knitter.  i could always be 

seen with a pair of knitting needles in my hands.  i loved yarns.  i made it a point

of visiting every yarn store in my city and other cities i visited.   i learned when 

i was 9, taught many many friends to knit, designed my own patterns

was the go to person in many circles when knit problems came up because

i was known as the solver.  after decades of knitting, a few years ago i developed 

tendonitis and can no longer knit.  i have a treasure hold of yarns that i have be unable

to let these yarns go.  today i have started the process of lightening my load,

simplifying, passing on that which does not serve me.   these boxes have been

delivered to a friend and passionate knitter.  there are more boxes yet to come.

feels good.



posting today with paint party friday
hosted by eva and kristen.









Thursday, September 25, 2014




on my work top today is a miss-mash of the last few weeks

reflective of my scattered mind.







a life magazine found at the long beach swap meet

dated the year and month i was born.







coveted brushes, a gift from a dear friend






collage fodder







stamps collected from the swap meet 






papers for a black and white collage






some japanese papers and tiny detail brushes





new drill bits to makes holes in a mica piece
and a carved razor holder, just for fun.
now to work creating!






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