Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Work In Progress
I am starting a new journal.  Whoo hoo!!!  I love drawing faces and decided to devote an entire journal to faces drawn in pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic, collage...or any other media or technique I find interesting to try.  I will most likely find my inspiration from the myriad of photos that I find in fashion magazines or on Pinterest. (Like the one above.)  I am not interested in obtaining an exact likeness of the subject but rather concentrating on the technique, color and most important..just having FUN!  

This is my new "Hand-Book" journal.  Squeeee!  I absolutely loooove it! It is just the right size for painting faces...not too large or too small.  The journal is 8.25" X 8.25", has a linen like cover, 60 acid free pages of scrumptious hot press watercolor paper and a clear pocket inside the back cover to hold notes, etc.  If you are not familiar with the "Hand-Book" journals, they have a variety of sizes and come with watercolor or heavy weight buff mixed media/sketch paper.  I have used both types and love them both!  (Mixed media journals have a book cloth cover and come in black, red, blue, or green.)

I just wanted to show you how I protect my journal from paint spills, etc.  I wrap the cover in Glad Wrap!  Yes...I learned the hard way.  My first linen cover journal was dragged through paint by accident but I'm not will be decorated in order to reflect the subject of the journal anyway.

Until next time....




 I am nearing the end of this journal.  Only three pages remain to tell the story
of the Trump Administration.  Three pages left to be illustrated, colored with
 Big Brush markers, watercolored, scribbled on, and splattered with paint.  

I must confess, I will miss the daily routine of waking up each morning 
to check the "breaking news" that occurred while I slept but I also 
need to say that following politics is stressful and I could use a break!
Whoo boy!  The drama never ends!

 Somehow, I have the feeling that the story will go on long after I have 
completed my journal and that I could fill many, many more journals 
but seriously...I am ready to move on.

That said, I have purchased a new "Hand-Book" journal and I am excited to 
announce that it will be filled with my favorite thing to draw, "Faces." 

So...stay tuned and check back often as I will post my progress and also discuss 
the many on-line classes that I know you will just love.  

"Spicey" hiding in the bushes.

A "broken" Whitehouse.

I hope that you have enjoyed my journey following the Trump Administration and that you will come back to join me when I start my new journal, "Faces."

Until next time...


Wednesday, April 26, 2017


I am moving right along in this journal.  Only eight pages to go and then I will need to decide if I am going to continue reporting in a new journal.  I THINK NOT!  To tell the truth, I am ready to move on to something else…maybe painting abstracts and using acrylics.  I love the Dina Wakley acrylics and can't wait to start experimenting with them.

If you haven't tried Dina's paints yet, do yourself a favor and buy a tube.  They are different from other acrylics as they are highly pigmented and can be watered down and used like watercolors without losing their intensity.  Plus, the colors are scrumptious.  Love, love, love!!!  And…did I mention that you can buy a writing tip that screws onto the end of the tube so that you can draw and write with them? lol…I guess that I can't hide how excited I am about them.

Here are more pages from my journal using the Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush pens and finishing with splashes of watercolor.  I am really loving the india ink in these pens.  The ombre letters below were made by first outlining the letters with a waterproof black pen, using a brush to wet the interior of the letter, and then inking the bottom of the letter while blending the ink with a paint brush.  Yes, the india ink can be watered down with a wet paint brush if you are quick.  Once the ink dries…it is permanent.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time….


Sunday, March 26, 2017


OK, are you beginning to see a pattern here?  Every page has a black horizontal line, collage and lots of paint spatters.  I do this for a reason.  The black line is my jump start to drawing on a blank page... the collage and paint spatters are added to provide continuity and visual interest.  If I don't know what to draw before I start a page, an idea will magically appear by the time I draw the black horizontal line and maybe a few colors and patterns.  My favorite saying is…put pen to paper and let the creative juices flow!  This is my way of letting my muse take control and sitting back to see what the page will reveal.

More pages in my "History collides with Art" Journal:

Oops!  The T-Shirts should say "She persisted" or "Nevertheless she persisted." Drat!!!  Maybe, I will insert the quotation marks before and after "She persisted" and be done with it.  I hate when that happens!

Just a note about how I drew the faces.  First, I always draw from a photo because it allows me, if needed, to use a grid system to help with the proportions.  Second, I lightly sketch the face in pencil on deli paper and keep working it until I feel happy with the likeness.  I consider this step a practice run and worry later about how I am going to transfer the faces to the journal page or canvas.  I will either cut and paste the pencil drawing onto the page or graphite the back of the drawing, trace and transfer to the page and then redraw in pencil or ink.

Why draw on deli paper in the first place you ask?  Because it is super easy to erase on deli paper using a kneaded eraser and the paper is so durable that it will allow erasing many times before it breaks down.  The watercolor paper in my journals will not allow this much abuse.  Sometimes, it takes many, many tries before I can get the likeness right.  Hopefully, I will get better with practice and won't need to depend on the eraser so much.

For this page, I decided that I didn't want to redraw the faces so I cut them out and glued the faces directly to the journal page.  This was done by coating both the back and front (in this sequence) of the drawing with Golden soft gel matte medium, letting it dry, and then gluing it to the page.  This method served my objective of sealing the pencil drawing and preventing the deli paper from wrinkling.

Thank you for stopping by.  I am now more than half way through the pages in this journal and I still have a lot more to journal about.  Will I run out of blank pages before things calm down with the Trump Administration or will this turmoil stop before I complete the last page?  Care to guess?

Until next time….