Yet another new journal

Starry Hair

I have an addiction to new sketchbooks. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before on this blog. It’s hard for me to pass by the paper shelves in an art store without flipping through the sketchbooks and touching the papers to see how smooth they’d be for paint or pencil. I just went in to buy picture hooks, I swear!! But on Tuesday, I came out of the art store with yet another mixed media soft cover journal. And I’ve been on a major painting roll since then. Coincidence? I think not. It’s a large Strathmore Mixed Media journal and I love the thing. Super paper for messy art makers and the soft cover makes for some easily bendable pages. All of these ladies are in the new art journal and I’ve decided to fill it all with different mixed media portraits. There’s more art actually. But I didn’t want to plaster the portraits all in one blog post. I’m positive I’ll be totally art burned out by next week so I’ll save them for a blog post then. LOL.

I bought a new scanner this week and I want to recommend it to my artist friends. It’s an Epson V370 and WOW – do I ever love this thing! It’s so amazingly clear and it scans my artwork a gazillion times better than my old Canon LIDE (which did me well for years but has slowly died). What I especially like is that it picks up ALL of the colour. My old scanner would totally skimp out on the pinks and the yellows, and purples too. I often had to heavily edit in Photoshop to get my scanned art to look like the original art. But now I don’t have to. Yay! This Epson scans the art and the scan looks just like the art. It’s brilliant.

I’m still blogging along with Effy this month though I’m clearly slacking. Work gets in the way, and painting in new journals too! Happy weekend everyone.


  1. John R

    Your artwork rocks. Just amazing. I’m addicted to sketchbooks, too. I have a shelf full of sketchbooks that I haven’t even opened. Every time I’m in town I buy a new one. I’ve made myself a promise, though; to use up all the ones I have before I get any more. Don’t know how that will work out. We’ll see how it goes. Thank you telling us about the scanner. I really need a new one. It’ll have to wait till after Christmas, however, but I will keep the one you mentioned in mind.

  2. Liz Powley

    Hello, fellow art materials addict πŸ˜€ These things just appear in bags around us as we are leaving art stores, don’t they? There always seems to be something extra that just appears. We can’t be held to blame for some interdimensional space anomaly between the art shop and our bank accounts, can we? πŸ˜€

    Yay for new art equipment πŸ˜€ I love these three women. The bunny is definitely evil. I particularly like the dot motif around the edges of the first lady. In fact, I think she is my favourite with the cosmos in her hair…maybe the source of the spatial anomaly? We can blame her πŸ˜€

    Gorgeous work. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Best wishes,

  3. Diane L Baker-Williams

    I do think there is something inspiring in the new pages of an art journal. Beautiful colors and devilish rabbit! Thank you for the recommendation of the scanner as I need one to scan old photos. I put it on my Amazon wish list.

  4. Corinne

    Wow. I know I would go into a store for something else and come out with a journal or sketchbook too. After all every project needs a new sketchbook, doesn’t it. And you have a new project. Good for you.
    And you know how to make some interesting pages! Love that bad rabbit. Love the girls too.
    And by the way: thanks for blogging along!

  5. Jennifer McLean

    Ok, that tells me that I’m really not sleeping enough! Last week we talked about trading art and I responded to a comment you made on my blog. BUT I stupidly didn’t check to see if it said “no reply” blogger in the send to line. So I sent my response not to your email but to a no reply land for dead emails. I’ll never understand how a wordpress blog can be a no reply Blogger. Anyway, here’s my answer from last week and my answer from today’s lovely comment!

    Last week…
    that sounds fantastic Sal, I’d love to trade. How about we both think about what we want to paint and if you have suggestions of what you’d like shoot me an email. Then in a month (hopefully my new website will be DONE by then) we can send. Sound good? It gives us both time to think and plan and no pressure. :o)

    Can’t wait to actually put a Sal Schiebe on my wall, it WILL get a frame! hehehehe.
    Have a great Sunday!

    Thanks Sal, the hyper-realism is such fun. I can’t wait to get my new site up so I never have to deal with no reply Bloggers again. No one will be allowed to comment without adding an email! Have a great weekend Sal and have a cuppa on me, I’m gonna go dip my toes on some right now, it’s raining here and it’s cold. ;o)

    Your women paintings are so awesome, I can’t even choose a favorite. How you come up with them is amazing to me. Rock on my friend.

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  6. giggles

    Brilliant work and I just love how large the photos are on your page. Every yummy colour details shines off the page!! Your work is above and beyond stunning!!

    Peace Giggles

  7. Nordljus

    Gorgeous portraits! Love all the details and their expressions! You definitely needed that new sketchbook! I have an entire shelf full of new sketchbooks but I still find excuses to buy new ones… I’m using a Strathmore mixed media sketchbook too at the moment, for Inktober, but it’s a hardback A5, and actually one I had on that shelf…
    Thanks for the tip on the scanner! I only have a combined printer/scanner one, and it’s terrible. Messes up the colours, and worse, sometimes decides to scan elements from a sketchbook page individually, instead of the entire page. It’s driving me mad.

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