Some things are awesome:

  1. Finding unknown treasure in your basement!
  2. Remembering a long forgotten tip learned from other artists and art students!


I have a lot going on as far as projects go.  We are in the process of doing some remodeling in the house. Not all of it is too big. It’s just mostly cosmetic and sort of simple to do.  The house needs painted BADLY, so that’s the first on the agenda.  I am going to do most of it.  I was going to paint the rest of the loft bits of our townhouse and rent super tall ladders to do it. Hubby put the kibosh on that.  He pointed out with my Meniere’s disease, a super tall ladder would be VERY dangerous. I’ve fallen off shorter ladders before. So the tall bits are going to be hired done.  I can do the walls that I can reach fairly well with a regular step ladder and my own arm reach. Good thing I’m fairly tall!   I will, of course post the finished job. I hope to have this done before fall. *crosses fingers*

I have lots of art projects in mind. I guess you can call it an artistic bucket list?

I feel like our walls are too bare.  My husband tends to be a minimalist and sort of Sheldon Cooperish when it comes to decor.  I LOVE geek decor, of course and I’m happy to accommodate that for him.  However, I want to add some Jewish boho elements too.  The nice thing about geek decor is that it can meld with just about anything.   We have a friend whose mother has a TON of decor and paintings on her walls. She has a ton of shelving and awesome trinkets all over everywhere.  It looks AWESOME. It has this gorgeous old world Eastern European charm and this amazing, beautiful eccentric look that I adore. Every time we go there to pick up our friend on Christmas/New Year vacation time, I am always mesmerized and in love with her Mom’s house. I LOVE IT!! It’s like a dream to me.  However, it makes my hubby rather skittish. Maybe it’s a computer engineer thing.  I’m thinking compromise here.  I can have some boho vibe in the house without totally covering tons of wall space.  It would look like people actually live here instead of looking so sterile.

Anyhoo, I want to do two LARGE projects.  I want to make a giant multimedia Hamsa on a canvass.  I also want to make a great big pastel  Tree of Life drawing.  As I sketch and plan for these two BIG projects, I think “Holy shit, these are going to be SUPER expensive to mat/frame–maybe even more than the canvas and paints/pastels themselves!  Like at least $200 or so.  I fretted about it until I saw potential in our basement!!!


My husband’s ex-wife has HORRID taste in decor. She goes and buys the ugly trite reproduced shite from places like Hobby Lobby.  In the divorce, she took most of her contrite shite with her, but left behind two of the atrocities.  Maybe I should have done a before on this to show how crap the original crap pictures were.  The black frame has a tiny bit of damage. It’s easily fixed because it’s just a gap where the frame bits meet. The gold frame has a mat!  The mat has a tiny bit of damage, but it’s also easily fixed. Do you know how much this would cost in a frame shop? Hoh-leee-shit, it would be a sticker shocker.

Then I remembered a tip that my St. Franny student pals had.  Go to thrift shops and buy the gawd-awful “paintings” and reproduced lithograph shite for cheap and pilfer the frames and matting!  How cool is that?

My poor neglected art therapy journal.

It’s been insanely busy lately.  I had to really buckle down to study for that medical coding exam. It was so difficult. I honestly have no idea if I passed it or not. The challenging thing is that there are so many similar treatment codes (CPT and HCPCS) that it was really hard to choose which one to pick. The scary thing is that you can get in BIG TROUBLE if the auditors think you’re deliberately trying to pull some funny business when that’s not the case.

I have a new found respect for doctors and nursing staff. How the HELL does one remember ALL THOSE AILMENTS and then remember which treatment to use for them? There are thousands! HOW DO THEY DO IT? It’s beyond me!

The hardcore studying really cut into my art time. =( I really hate that. I have to pass the exam if I want to have better job opportunities.

I have a new little buddy who lives on my desk.


His name is Londo.  I named him after Londo Mollari because Betta fish have that kind of Centauri Prime pompousness. If you want to know where I got the Babylon 5 Zen Garden backdrop, I just Googled the image, printed it and taped it to the back of the tank.  I will transfer him to a larger tank when he grows a little more.

I have run into a bit of a creative dry spell. I found two books written by one of my all time favorite comic book artists Jessica Abel. Some of you may know her as “Art Babe.”  I’ve been a fan since I found out about her in the 1990s via Sarah Dyer‘s comic showcase Action Girl.

These are the books:

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond  and Mastering Comics: Drawing Words & Writing Pictures Continued 

I am glad that I found these because they’re very informative about how to make comics. I don’t plan on making a living on comics.  That field is SUPER competitive.  They’re just going to be further therapeutic tools for my art journaling.

Some of my friends do this exercise where they draw whilst listening to music.  I have been on a Jamiroquai binge for the past few days.  I want to draw a few comic panels based on their song “Cosmic Girl.”  I drew one manga-ish figure.  Let’s just say that Rome was not built in a day.


Why is it whatever image you have in your head that you want to put on paper NEVER turns out how you really want it? Very frustrating.

But I guess the only way I will get better at any art stuff is to keep doing it, even if I have to force myself.


Art therapy journal stuff: Breaking out of a panic attack

I have so much on my plate right now. I am trying to finish up this medical coding and billing class before I go to Japan with my boyfriend.  I think I can at least get the classwork done and then take the exam some time after the trip. It’s been a source of many a panic attack. I am also trying to improve my art techniques and figure out what I’m the best at so that I can do some things on the side for extra money. Sometimes all the thoughts and ideas speed toward me as if some smart ass put the tennis ball machine at super speed and I’m trying to swat everything with my tennis racket. And I suck at tennis.

So, I took two of my nail polish Ebru projects:

ebru4    ebru3

I cut up the pink one kind of randomly. I noticed that they looked like creatures, so I pasted the clippings onto the back cover of my art therapy journal:





I also put some stuff on a page inside the journal itself:


Background is colored with oil pastels.



I had absolutely no plans when I went into this. I just wanted to get rid of the panic attack. I just cut following certain grooves and curves I saw in the Erbu.

Inside of back cover: