Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mini Art Book

Having a lot of trouble trying to post the past week. But after many tries I'll see if this gets posted. 
I work on lots of other things besides watercolor and pencil.
One of those is my art journal making .  And this one is mini, mini. Less than 2 inches, such fun to make. It's made just like a normal size ( 4x6"?) or larger, except you need tiny fingers. LOL !   No, not really but it's challenging . 
This was a themed paper called 'Once Upon a Springtime'.
I added some quotes that I know, some blank pages, and other pages. 

 This is a double page spread.

 Another page .  And on the last one.

 I then hand bind it with a Japanese stab binding with waxed linen thread , and beads .  Right now I'm making a few for an art exchange I belong to, but I'll be putting some on my Etsy shop.   

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Art of Dean Mitchell

Yesterday I went to the  gallery opening of Dean Mitchell in Quincy, Fl.  where he was raised by his grandmother.
I can't even try to describe his work.  He does watercolor, oil and acrylic.  It was a good day. 

Monday, November 6, 2017


Spent Sunday visiting some State Parks, the Appalachicola National Forest, Leon Sink and Piney Z Lake. 
 This is a sinkhole in the forest, very dark, filled with water.  Scaaary !!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

My OCD with Paper

For a number of years I have made art journals, junque journals, journal journals.  I have several how to books and one of them is called "The BOOK on how to Make Books."
I pick a theme for one, say Italy, or Paris , or Art, or Travel.
Whenever I can't think of something I go down the alphabet, you know A -art, B- beach-  and so on.  
I make them mostly 3 by 4", or 4x 6" or square, whatever I want. Covers, binding in Japanese Stab binding , the easiest of all, and now I've learned the Coptic Stitch binding. 
I've given at least one to friends, family and even sold one.  But I'm on the roll again, it lets me be creative in another direction besides  painting.
  Here's a few covers and a page or two of  a couple of my themed books.

 My GIANT junque journal  BELOW  has a few more pages to go. Almost filled, with lots of "STUFF".    
                                    ^^^^ Nope!  It can't close.!!!

Not enough space here to put all the pages, but hope you like them.  These are  just a few pages, the drawings and art 'stuff ' is done by moi`.  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Art Journal ? YES!

Birthdays are not all bad ...... at least when you get a great leather bound, handmade paper journal like this one ... Bought in Arkansas this past weekend and given to me by my niece Michele...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hello Blogging Friends

Time flies is a saying that is an absolute truth.  Wow!  It's October already, my least favorite month of the year.. 
First of all I don't like colors of orange and red and brown.
And the start of the fall season has always meant shorter daylight, trees losing leaves although here in north Florida some, but not all shed.  I'm just south of the Georgia border.
So it's more like a small southern town, than a beach resort.
And I like it.
Christmas decorations have already been out here in stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels since August.  No! I'm not kidding.  Here in Fl. they start early to get you in the mood while it's still 95 Degrees.  
October means another birthday. Oh No!!! Don't want to get into that subject.  Lately I've been thinking of all the paintings, sketches, journals etc. that I have and my mind goes to who can I pass them on to.. Oh Stop It! its not being morbid or negative but lets face it, artists have a lot of 
'stuff ' .  It's what we're good at. Collecting. LOL! 

Other than my weird random thinking, I've been working on a series of watercolors and posting on my Etsy shop.  It pleases me to know they are appreciated. They've been selling.. along with my other paintings. 


Sunday, October 1, 2017

A New Word

I learned a new word this week.  Well I've heard it many times .  Conceptual.  I knew what the word concept meant, but conceptual art....I just couldn't put it together. 
But I realize that I do it all the time. 
So this is what I've been doing lately. ?   Hmmmm!!!!!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Thank You All

Thanks to all of you who wrote me and sent good wishes.
I received mail  from everywhere even from 'across the pond.'
Jenny and I are fine.  Came close to having to put her in her crate and move both of us out of our place. 
But still here, lots of debris and large oak trees down, but that's nothing compared to others who weren't so fortunate. 
Big hugs to all of you. 
Barbra Joan 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Trying to stay busy

Am I worried ?? Yes !! hurricane Irma is in a direct path to cover Florida.  I'm VERY worried. 
For the people, property, animals, my beautiful state is going to take a hit and not going to be a pretty sight. 
I have my cousin and my best friend near Tampa, worried for them. Stressed . I know,  when am I not ? 
No matter where it goes , it's not good. 
Ranting cause I have to.   

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Party Time !!!

A huge 30th birthday for Andrew. Lots of fun, food, people and great weather.  HOT! Well it's August and it's Florida. LOL !  A BIG waterslide and was that great. !

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Moving On

Thought it was time to get past that last post.
This is so much prettier to look at. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


It's finally happened.   We've been invaded by Aliens.  !!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Alligator Point

Where else but Florida. 
A nice drive to the coast on the Gulf  let's you see 'old Florida' .. the marshes, preserves of wild life, fishing, old restaurants and lots of seafood. 
And yes, the sky is that blue.
Pelicans all resting on the roof of this dock.
Build on the water, hurricanes come and take them away, and the people come back and build again, and again.
And again.  The law is now you have to build up. And it's right on the Gulf.

 and where the old rusted trucks go to rest in peace.
    Hickory nuts growing in the wild. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

One of my favorite images is this photo taken of a shelf in my past studio.   There's a small handmade sketchbook and inside lots of  small watercolors.   I used to collect hearts and anything in nature that looked like a heart.  The heart shaped honeycomb, and a heart made of rosebuds. Dried hydrangea petals, the original blue color. A white feather I found shortly after my Dad passed. The legend of the white feather is that someone from the other side is trying to communicate with you. It's been twenty years and that memory stays with me. I made the small flower on the chair from clay, then painted it. I think I had this notion to be a sculptor.  Oh sure, I had a lot of 'notions'.
 I had a whole collections of tiny chairs, and that is one of them.

Another part of the shelf has some of my small hand bound art journals, art, nature, Paris,  just to name a few. A small old silver thimble sitting on that little chair. How do I know it's over a hundred years old? Because it belonged to my grandmother.  A lot more have been put away, I've run out of space. 
Just small joys and I love looking at them.. All of these little mementos still touch my heart. I had to document them here on my Journey blog. As the header at the top of this says, 
"This is more of a personal blog, but you are welcome in my world."

Monday, June 26, 2017

Red Rock Canyon and more

                  Red Rock Canyon  Nevada ~1995

                   Half Moon Bay ~ Ca. 1995

                   Small Handmade sketchbook. Filled with what else??? ....  Small sketches  I did while out that way.
A blogger I started following , Candy at My Little Corner
wrote about Red Rock Canyon.  It jarred my memory .. so looked for these..

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