Experiments in art

Continuing on with my lazy and indulgent, barely-working summer, I’m still in art journal art mode. Yay! The lady at left was created for either prompt: Holding On or Letting Go. I went with both. Might as well complicate things when you can! 🙂

The page at top right was made with a new local art journal group. It’s really fun to create art with people and ever since I stopped the weekly life drawing group, I’ve really missed being around other artistic people. At the last journal meeting, we tried Gesso Overpainting (I don’t know if that needs capitalizing like it’s a real thing) and it was pretty cool. I’m not sure what I made! It’s a shape with blobs and fangs and could possibly be people in weird positions?! Maybe? But I could see this technique being used for something much cooler. I’ll add it to the journal list of things to try again!

I started yet another journal – this is number four. It’s getting ridiculous. My art journal addiction is strong. This one has a focus on interesting portraits. I think I paint way too many pretty girls in journals and in general so this book will be different. My reference for this painting was one of the old vintage mugshots found online. I think this man committed a crime in 1924. I don’t know what it was but I hope he was a bootlegger. Maybe he needs a backstory added to this page. Rum runner…

Happy PPF. I hope to win the lottery this weekend, wish me luck!


  1. Silke Powers

    Oh, wow! Your illustrations are beautiful!! I love seeing sketchbook paintings – probably because I never do them myself, but secretly wish I would… 😉 xoxo Silke

  2. My name is Erika.

    I wonder what he did do too. He doesn't look really scary, but then again, sometimes the seriously scary people don't look it. Love your other pieces too. I am all about this journaling too. So I get the addiction. 🙂 Erika

  3. Giggles

    I can't tell you how much I enjoy your gorgeous work. The portraits are truly stunning…love how that is a modern haircut today.Love the colourful abstract too!! I hope you win the lottery too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  4. Andrea Priebe

    I admire your art … I would love to start a journal of artistic pictures, but I don't draw well so not sure what I would create. Your pictures are wonderful and the practice very satisfying I am sure. So maybe you didn't win the $lottery, but you won the drawing on PPF and that is almost as good, right?

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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