Wednesday, April 29, 2009


I have been stalking the UPS man for the last several days waiting for my copy to arrive!!!! I have flipped through it several times and I can not wait to sit down and dive right in!!!!!! It looks FABULOUS!
Some of you know how much I LOVE the Paumes books and I know many of you do too (right, Taylor?) I can't read a word of Japanese, but I adore these books and they are some of my prized possessions.I was a bit behind on ordering this one, but I am THRILLED that I did order it!!! UPPERCASE
puts out some of THE BEST publications out there and I am lovin' this one. It focuses on Canadian artists, their work and a glimpse into their studios. It's a FAB publication and I have been pouring over it lately.
The next book may not be for everyone. With all of my recommendations, I always strongly suggest that people SEE the book for themselves first. I got a charge out of it! My favorite part was definitely the journal pages in the beginning!!!This is due to arrive before Thursday and I can not wait!!
I bought this and have been using the pages as collage ephemera. I LOVE it. I am going to keep my eyes open for even more cheap-o copies to cut up and collage.
Christine Mason Miller recommended this book and I want to thank her for doing so. I am loving it.
Here's a link to a previous blog post of books coming out in 2009!

Monday, April 27, 2009

journal page from April 21, 2009

I painted over her hair in a couple of colors. I didn't like it 100% so I used watersoluble crayons and graphite crayons. I still didn't like it, so the other night, I added the spirals to it using a waterbased white Sharpie poster paint pen.
I had a great weekend teaching at Artful Living in Ojai and at The Art Bar!!! Thanks to both sets of students-you guys rocked!!!!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

journal page from April 20, 2009 and some other stuff...

Found out yesterday morning that I can now add myself to the long list of identity theft victims. GRRRRRRR! I logged in to pay my credit card bill only to discover that there was a weird charge on my account for over $100 worth of FLOWERS that I did NOT order. (I've never paid $100 in my life for flowers!) I also noticed that my almost paid off card only had $44 left on it! WTF? I called the credit card company (who were very nice and helpful) and spoke with 3 different people. I found out I wasn't responsible for the charges (lots of $ on CLOTHING. WTF? I don't shop at Macy's or Coldwater Creek!) but the whole thought of it is SCARY!!!!!!!!!! I have paperwork coming that I have to fill out. I did go to the West Hollywood Sheriff's office and filed a report. Lesson learned-check your credit cards and check them often. Someone out there is a big fucking asshole!

Then, I go to Paper Source in Pasadena and they tell me that MY glue stick has been discontinued. They do not know if that means by just them or by the company. GRRRRRRRR.

I have some new books to tell you about...within the next few days! This is a teaser ;)


On a very sad note, I wanted to tip my hat to Mr. Sal Guarriello who passed away unexpectedly last week. Mr. Guarriello helped us a couple of years ago when we had major landlord problems. He went out of his way to help us and I will never forget what he did for us. Thank you, Mr. Guarriello for being such a good citizen, good man and a good politician.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Second post of the day-UPDATE on Kelaya

If you didn't read my blog the other day, Julie's original post about Kelaya and her children is here.

Julie found Kelaya again and has an update HERE.

The artwork that is below in today's first post is actually about Julie's first post and helping Kelaya and her children. I created the collage Friday night after reading her post and trying to figure out how we could help.

Please read Julie's blog to find out how we can help this young woman and her family.

Another April 17, 2009 journal page

Thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers for my Aunt Sis. They are very much appreciated...I will keep you posted with updates!

Busy teaching weekend coming up!

Still taking sign ups for my May A Prompt A Day! I'm very excited about some new tips up my sleeve!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Journal page from April 17, 2009 and a favor...

This is my Aunt Sis-no, not the goofy one on the left (that's my silly boy, Tristan) but the big hearted lady on the right! She's not feeling herself lately and is in the hospital. If you could keep her close and send good thoughts her way, I'd really appreciate it. She's one of my most favorite, cherished people in the whole world...Any good thoughts for her are much appreciated.

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Prompt A Day May 2009

The shot above is my journals from A Prompt A Day from January through April.
FOUR FULL books!

A Prompt A Day: Online Mixed Media Art Journaling classes

Registration now open for May

For $25 each month, you will receive a prompt a day. I've set up a special site just for the group! Starting May 1st through May 31st, I will post (to the site, open to students only) a prompt of the day. The prompt is actually three prompts:




The prompts are not just slap paint down, glue a piece of paper down and write something! Nope! That's not how I operate. Each prompt is different and unique. Each technique can be applied to ANY form of mixed media art. For the painting prompt, I offer a variety of ways to layer and apply acrylic paint to the page (trust me, there are thousands of different looks one can achieve with paint). For the collage prompt, I offer a myriad of composition and design techniques on how to use background paper and focal images to bring together a coherent page. For the journaling prompt, I offer a nudge, a guide, a thought of something that affects each and every one of us and a little kick in the pants to write it out and get it onto the page.

The prompts are easy and fun. Some more of a challenge then others. My goal in this class is to get you working, thinking, and stepping outside of your comfort zone. My goal is for you to open your journal, paint, play and express yourself.

Each prompt will contain a supply list and detailed instructions on how to make at least ONE journal page a day. I will also demonstrate how I followed the prompt by showing pictures of my own page a day along with the prompt. These prompts can be used not only for art journaling but also for other mixed media art: canvas, altered books, ATCs, boxes, books, etc... It's actually THREE prompts a day rolled into ONE journal page. So for the month of May, you are receiving 93 prompts. April's handout was 68 pages long.

Each paid student (for that month) will receive a file of the whole month's worth of class documents (photos and instructions). This file will be posted on the group's site before the end of the month. I can also email it to you if there are problems.

The idea of this project is to inspire you to create something daily! It's like taking a class with me but receiving a prompt a day!

You don't need a lot to do this. If you've been following my blog, you have an idea of the work that I do. If you've taken a class with me, you know my style! I like to give my students an idea to make a page and then I love seeing how everyone translates that idea to make it their own!

This is a new venture for both my regular students and brand new students!! It's open to everyone from beginner to advanced.

Basic supplies are:
A Journal or paper
PVA bookbinding adhesive OR Gel Medium (I like Soft Gel Gloss) or even a glue stick (I like coccoina, avery, scotch-anything labeled permanent). In my journal, at home, a glue stick is my adhesive of choice!
Acrylics-my basic colors are Hansa Yellow Medium (or Azo yellow medium), Quinacridone Magenta, Phthalo Blue, Titanium White, Paynes Grey, Titan Buff and Burnt Sienna-with these colors you can make any color (I like Nova Color but whatever your favorite brand is, will do.)
Gloss or polymer Medium (mix 50/50 with your paints to "extend" them and make them last longer. Do not buy what they label extender as that extends the drying time)
1" chip or bristle brushes
a few favorite pens-mine are: Sakura gelly roll glaze, Sakura Souffle, Latte and sweets pens, Zig Vellum and Writer pens, Faber Castell Pitt Pens (brush stroke, black), Sharpie Poster Paint pens (water based), Micron pens, uniball do not need all of these! Just a pen that will write on paint and paper!
water container
waxed paper
paper towels or old rags
bone folder
metal ruler
Paper ephemera-collage papers for background and focal, images

Also, please note, I do not want you to have to go buy anything for the class. Use what you have. If you do not have these specific colors of paint, use what is in front of you: Yellow, Red, Blue, etc.. You will get a different look but I really want to stress using what you already own and what's in your studio (or closet, or art bag or wherever you work from!)

I am a firm believer in using the art journal as a tool. It's a place where not only you can express yourself, but you can also form your ideas for various projects and let them develop onto the page. 99.9% of my artwork is done in art journal form.

You will be able to upload your own photos of the pages that YOU create from the prompts. There is a discussion forum where you can ask questions and talk to other group members. It is an interactive site where you choose to actively participate or to remain quiet. It is a nurturing site and an extremely SAFE group. Members are thoughtful and kind and gracious with comments. We are looking to learn and share here, not to judge. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced.

You do not have to do exercises on a daily basis either. You can log in and do the exercises at your own leisure. It's also your choice if you lurk on the site or actively participate.

I am always available to answer your questions and to help!

The prompts and ideas I give lend themselves to a variety of media: canvas, atcs, art journal pages, artist books, cards, altered art and MORE.

This is all NEW material. Even if you've taken every single one of my 300+ mixed media classes, this is something new. You will get new ideas and techniques!

I do not show the journal pages from the online class on this blog. The material you are getting in the class is fresh and new. Exclusive to students.

Each month has NEW and DIFFERENT techniques then the previous ones. The classes are geared towards ALL levels of experience: Beginner to Advanced. Use the prompts to inspire you to make art daily in some form OR work at your own pace and make art when you can.

The prompts are not at all related to the month posted. They stand on their own.

Interested? Use the button below! Questions? Drop me an email at

Sign ups start NOW. May's A Prompt A Day Class starts May 1st. I do not pro-rate classes. They are on a month by month basis only beginning the first of each month (at $25 a month). You can sign up for the month of May any time before the end of May (please note: if you sign up late in May and you want to start a new month, please note that with your payment and I will not log you in for May but for the month you request). Please note that at 8 p.m. PST on the last day of the month is when the class ends. At that time, I will remove all members who are not staying on to the next month and then remove the month's prompts. I will then add new members and add the new prompts for the new month. (So, on the 30th of April, I will remove all of the April prompts and the members who are not staying on and replace them with the new May prompts and members. Members staying on will just remain on the board.)

Remember, at the end of the month you will receive a file (posted on the group site before the end of the month for you to print out and save) of the whole month's prompts, techniques and photos of my samples to print out and save (please play nice and do not share. Please only use for personal use. :) Thanks.)

Please note-

The prompts and forum I've set are up posted to a ning group I've created. Ning supports Internet Explorer 6 & 7, Firefox 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0 and Apple Safari. If you're using a different browser, it might not be compatible. Please email me if you have ANY questions.

You need to make sure that cookies and JavaScript are enabled on your browser.

If you have questions on how to enable javascript, or if you have questions or problems regarding the ning network, please click here for a mini tutorial via ning's site. Here's a tutorial on how to enable cookies. It's easier then it sounds, trust me!!!!

No refunds after May 1st for the month of May. Thanks.

Once you've signed up, I will personally send you an invitation to join the group. You have to sign into the group (using your own information: email address and create a password, etc..).

ALSO: There will be a FREE give a way. ONE lucky person per month will receive either a handmade journal made by me OR one of my collage packs (these are of my choosing). The value of the journal is $40. The value of the collage pack is $45. The winner is chosen on the last day of the month. ONE winner per month. Winner randomly selected.

Please note if you are signing up for May or another month-Thanks! Note: January, February, March and April Prompts are available as a PDF or word file for $25 per month, as well.

April 16, 2009 journal page

Almost done reading Something of an Autobiography by Akira Kurosawa. Two thumbs way up. I'm technically done with the book, just have the Appendix left. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to see more of his films. Rashomon is one of my faves.

Speaking of good books, Eduardo Galeano's Book of Embraces is one of my all time favorites. I love his books and have been hunting for copies of his Memory of Fire Trilogy in used book stores. I can never find the complete set. Galeano is one of my favorite authors. Others have good taste in reading, too.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

April 15, 2009 journal page

I was very grumpy and in pain when I did these two pages...I'm not either right now ;)
Teaching today at Stampin' From The Heart! Looking forward to it!! Had a great day teaching yesterday at Zinnia!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

April 14, 2009 journal page

Don't take offense of this page. I made it the other day after spending a couple of days with my back acting up again and just feeling full body pain. The anger is directed at the pain. I couldn't even hold a book up without being sore. I just laid in bed wondering how in the hell did Frida Kahlo, and others, how the hell does someone just lie there without going bonkers? Amazing souls people like that are and much better people then I ever will be...


Julie in San Francisco posted THIS story on her blog yesterday. She needs HELP NOW *please* for Kelaya and her children. Please read here. If you know anyone or a shelter that may be able to help, please speak up. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

April 14, 2009 journal page and some other photos...

Two page spread-
Heading off for our walk this afternoon...
The "Boys" were already at the end of the block when I was still trying to get my camera to cooperate so I could take this picture. It's an older camera that is temperamental and is probably on its last legs...I had to take this picture. I am always scared of bugs, but for some reason lady bugs don't bother me until they unexpectedly fly away!! LOL!!!
Busy weekend with two classes lined up and the whole weekend is a definite go!

Started reading my Uppercase magazine last night and I LOVE it.

Happy Birthday, Dad!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

journal page from 4/11/09 and a glimpse into my art area

Here's a glimpse into my corner of the living room...Yup, that's where I sit and play!
See the black and white bag under my journal to the left? That's my art bag. All of my collage crap is in it. I don't work from a box or anything else. I work from THAT bag. I pull out what I want to work with and piece it all together. My new Maya Made buckets are in the right corner. I have one filled with scissors, ruler, glue, etc...

Um, do you think I have enough tape-two big pants hangers full, a wire mesh container full...

Speaking of fun stuff, my friends at Hannah Grey are having a GREAT sale in their clearance section. Hannah Grey stocks the best stuff. HG is one of my favorite online shops. They've got some good deals going on now. Check 'em out here...Stewart Gill stamps, H2Os and MORE.

(No affiliation...just a happy customer!)

Monday, April 13, 2009

I. Am. So. Happy!!!!!!!

Yes, it's the second blog post of the day, but I HAD to tell you-

My Uppercase magazine #1 and Jen 11 Book arrived today.

Did you hear the squeals and the screams and the soft sighs?

that was me.

I haven't read either *yet*, but I have flipped through and looked at the pictures SEVERAL times. Possibly the best magazine ever. I can't wait to dive into it!

April 10, 2009 journal page

I have been reading Akira Kurosawa's Something Like an Autobiography the last few nights.
I've been trying to slowly savor it and not devour it like I do most books. I picked it up at the used bookstore the other day and showed David. His response was that he loved it and read it many years ago and that I would like it, too. So, it came home with us.

Favorite quotes from the book-

""No matter where I go in the world, although I can't speak any foreign language, I don't feel out of place. I think of the earth as my home. If everyone thought this way, people might notice just how foolish international friction is, and they would put an end to it."


"When someone is told over and over again that he's no good at something, he loses more and more confidence and eventually does become poor at it. Conversely, if he's told he's good at something, his confidence builds and he actually becomes better at it. While a person is born with strengths and weaknesses as part of his heredity, they can be greatly altered by later influences."

As an artist and an art instructor, I think the above quote especially true and poignant. I wish more people would think like that, how better a world we would live in.

Tristan's school vacation has ended and we're all a little bit sad today...
Ahh, if it were only the beginning of the vacation and not the first day back at school.