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“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Paint, I Will Paint

I will paint.  Paint, Paint, Paint.
I will paint.



Something happened today, I’m not sure what.  But I felt it happen and I know it’s for the good.  🙂
The Journey


“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Fairy Godmother


Not sure what strange dark recess this crept up from, but I’m totally digging it.
I’m going to allow myself to sleep in tomorrow.
The journey can wait an hour or so.



“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Bit Further


I think I’m coming down with some sort of sickness.  Bleh.
Gotta keep pushing though, making too much progress these last couple weeks to fall off.  Regardless of my feels.
I’ll be back

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” -Anthony J. D’Angelo

Jim Cricket


Weird day.
Glad it’s over.

Game of Thrones then sleep.
The journey continues…

“If you want to stand out, don’t be different, be outstanding.”
–Meredith West



Doing my best to harness the momentum of yesterday’s success’s, letting it help propel me forward on the days journey.






“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” – John Mason

Slow Dance


Well that was fun!
Got to try out a couple new brushes with this portrait, the Impasto brush is very hard to control, but I love the amount of texture I can squeeze out in every stroke… Once I got all the features set, I went back and just seen what type of effects each one did with varying results.

I just kept wanting to push this further and further.  Even stopped a couple times only to open it back up and start playing on it again.



I began just using the mouse, keeping the canvas really tiny (25%), just working my way up to some solid values and creating the majority of the forms.  I ended up switching to my bamboo tablet when I started using the Mixer Brush to smooth out all the tones, before I went too far along.



Bumped the canvas to 50% and went to work.  It wasn’t until the last 30-40 mins that I was working at 100% and that was when I was adding all the extra colors and refining the little details.


It’s past my bedtime, but it’s so worth it.
Covered a good distance in today’s journey.



“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one’.” – C.S. Lewis

Something I’ve Been Playing With


An unnamed warrior

My current lifestyle change involves an exhausting exercise regiment.  I’m so tired, I should go to bed early, but I think I’ll play with this a bit more.  I need to get in there are start adding those finer lines to make it a bit less blurry, but first things first.  😉

Enjoy the Journey

“The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.” – Pablo Picasso



Downloaded a free Photoshop brush set at the other day and immediately began painting after I got them set-up.  The whole reason I got this set was for the Impasto brush, but they had a couple other winners in there too.

I’ve always enjoyed how the impasto style was so thick and rich in textures, regardless of the subject matter of the painting.  Here, I was just playing around and getting use to how the brush flowed at different opacity settings and the like, but at the same time I kinda wanted to work on intimating some of that same thickness and texture.

I’m looking forward to painting some loose portraits with this brush sometime in the future.  Until then.  Enjoy the Journey.



“Your heart will tell you where to go. Your head will guide you there safely. Use one without the other and you’ll get lost.” – D.R. Harris

Princess or Priestess?

Feeling some kind of way yesterday morning, I decided that I was going to spend all day creating a new character.  I wanted to finish it yesterday, but I ended up stopping around 8 soemthing.  I put a couple more hours into it today and this is where I’m at.

Not sure if she’s going to be a Princess or Priestess… or both maybe?

Regardless, I’m going to be good and not start adding color until after I’ve finished with the line art… Just ignore the colors you see up there.  😛


“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard M. Baruch

Blueberry Yogurt

Blueberry Yogurt

Moldy Cheese

Went out exploring Old Colorado City yesterday evening.  Super excited, I grabbed my camera (haven’t put it to use in ages) took bunches of pictures, just exploring the architecture and getting back in the groove with my camera.

Ended the night watching some touring bands live show at a bar.  I loved their name “Under the Willow” and they put on a great show.

Got home.  Eager to play with my images and post something.  But it turns out my camera (DSLR Sony a300) doesn’t like Windows 10 or Win10 doesn’t like it.  There were no punches thrown or any words said, but I felt the cold shoulder spoke volumes on their current relationship.

So, these are my early morning frustration pieces.  Therapy complete, I’m going to tackle the rest of the day and see all you creative people tomorrow.



“Life is a great & wondrous mystery, & the only thing we know we have for sure is what is right here right now. Don’t miss it.” L. Buscaglia