Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Reflections on a Journey

I've been working on my "Things I Couldn't Hold Onto" project since the end of April. In the past, I've struggled to work in more than one journal at a time. In the spirit of the past year, I'm being pushed out of my comfort zone again and trying something new. 

I bound a new journal yesterday, repurposing a journal I began in January. (I am not sure yet what I will do with the pages that were previously in this journal.) I removed them and bound in two signatures worth of different papers. I added text (with paint markers) to the cover. I haven't worked inside yet. I have ideas but I want to see what develops before I share more.

I am eager to try to free myself up more. So, as often as ideas (and space) happen, I'll try to "multi-journal." I'll share pages from both (and label them appropriately) as the work develops. 

As always, thank you for your interest. 

Supplies used:

Journal I made using a discarded, hardcover book with various papers including 100 lb Accent Opaque card stock sized Working size (book closed) 9 3/4 x 8" (Repurposing a journal I began in January.)

Acrylics: Holbein, Sennelier, Utrecht, Charvin and Golden (heavy body)

Painting knives


Water Based Paint Markers (Posca, Molotow)

Stabilo All Aquarellable Pencils

Looked at:

Edvard Munch

Enrique Martinez Celaya


Enrique Martínez Celaya: Collected Writings and Interviews, 2010-2017
What is Art? Leo Tolstoy

Monday, June 14, 2021

The Great Wall of Los Angeles


We've been looking for dog-friendly places to walk with Merci (my son's four-footed BFF.) Tristan searched for "parks" and asked if we had ever been to, "The Great Wall of Los Angeles." He told us it was a giant mural. We jumped in the car and this is what we discovered. (It's not a park but a mile and a half long mural viewed as you walk along the sidewalk.) The links below mention that funding was recently approved and that they will be adding to it (yay!)

I'll let the photos speak for themselves and add links below if you are as intrigued by this project and its history as I am.

The Great Wall of Los Angeles is located at 12900 Oxnard St, North Hollywood, CA 91606. There is plenty of street parking. 

Let me know if you've been or if you do go and what you think!

The Great Wall of Los Angeles (lots of links, information and how you can help here)

The Great Wall of Los Angeles on wiki 

The Great Wall of Los Angeles on NPS (broken down into each segment and artist)

 Judy Baca, director of the mural project, The Great Wall of Los Angeles