Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Funny thing about tequila....

Anybody who has ever experienced the overindulgence of tequila knows that there is no such thing as a SECOND tequila hangover. ugh.  I haven't touched the stuff in over 20 years but the memory is quite vivid.

When I ran across this quote I knew which stencil I wanted to cut for it. I had to clean up the quote a bit. I generally don't like to put any profanity in my artwork. I like it when anyone in my family can read it (my art quotes) without feeling uncomfortable.

I'm still loving my old typewriter. It makes my journalling look absolutely perfect.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Saturday Drivers...

Normally I love to drive. I always have. I knew when I was 13 years old that I wanted to drive for a living and when I got the chance I did it. I've delivered everything from pizzas to flowers to appliances and building supplies.  I've driven regular cars, pickup trucks, school buses and tractor trailers. I even did prototype test driving for alternative fuel vehicles. (just an aside...I wouldn't drive one if you paid me....I don't generally like my transportation to go *BOOM*)

So fast forward to today...I hate driving on the weekends. I find that during the work week there are drivers who use this seldom used thing called a brain. They are driving and working, thus they are thinking. On the weekends you see the OTHER drivers. The ones who sit at a desk all week and wouldn't be able to explain the right of way at a four way stop to you if they had the law printed right in front of them.

And in all my years of driving throughout the many states of these United States, never have I seen a law where it states that you MUST make a right turn on red.

Now... I will generally make a right turn on red where it is legal and safe to do so. In my area the traffic signals allow left turning traffic to go first on a green arrow while all other traffic remains stopped. Then, when the traffic has cleared the intersection, you may make your right turn if there is no posted prohibition.

So when I am waiting for the traffic to clear the intersection, and an IDIOT behind me leans on his horn to make me move....well..... I just want to sit there until the light turns green. Because there is no law that says I MUST make that right turn on red.  And today....when the IDIOT in the white Chevy van decided to lean on his horn ...  I sat there until the light turned green because that is what the law says. I must stop and remain stopped until the regulatory signal turns in my favor.

If he was in such a hurry...then he should have been more patient because I had every intention of making the right turn on red as soon as it was safe to do so. At the point that he honked his horn at me, the car making the left turn (oncoming traffic) had not cleared the intersection. Had I turned when he honked I would have caused a serious accident.
Art inspiration can come from the darndest places sometimes. But I think I'd still rather do my driving on Mondays.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fun with white ink

I had painted this page all black with the very last of the black gesso I had. It made a perfect ground for white ink. This is my furbaby Jake. He's a real snuggler and he thinks he's a lap dog. He's going to be a BIG lap dog.... he's part black lab, part border collie, and part golden retriever. He's going to be a great dog someday when he fully calms down.

Sunday, November 3, 2013


Talk about skidding into the finish line. I haven't had very much time at all to do any painting in my journal. Barely had time to write in it either.  The whole month of October was a frenzy. Furniture moving in unexpectedly, mice moving in unexpectedly, and whole house cleaning unfortunately VERY expectedly.

Things are starting to settle down a bit. Though what that means is that I started with a bare page for November on November 2 right before midnight. I got it finished but I couldn't scan it because it wasn't quite dry enough. So instead I had to take a picture with the camera. Not bad but not as good as my scanner.

So here is November.

I realized almost too late that I had a font that was made up of crazy looking moustaches. I printed them on one of my transparencies and made a quick stencil. I love how they go with the top hats at the top of the page.  I even have one day already journaled though it's rather predictable. lol  I am so looking forward to my candied sweet potatoes!