My 3rd Journal Full

I’ve recently filled up my 3rd journal. Its filled with written journal entries along with watercolor portrait paintings and other things. For this journal I used the portrait travel journal that I brought at Hobby Lobby. Its a perfect size journal that you can take with you every where you go.  Compared to my second journal a strathmore mixed media which is about the same size, this portrait travel journal was much easier to keep open as I work in it. I was hoping to to use my dip ink fountain pen, but it bleed through the paper. Using regular pen was okay. The paper did hold up when I use watercolor.  Sometimes after watercolor dried the colors would sometime stain the paper next to it.  The same thing would happen when I drew something using the Faber castell artist pen.





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My 2nd journal is full

This week, I finally made my last entire in my second journal.  For this 2nd journal I decide to try out the Strathmore 5×5 mixed media hard cover.  I wanted to have something that not only I can write in, but doodle.  Doodle using pen,pencil, color-pencil, or watercolor.  That a must for me, because sometime I don’t have anything to write.  So might as well doodle something. In that case I usually referred to the DNDchallenge that posted on instagram.  The only thing that I had issue with was when I would write on the backside of the pages.  Since it a hard cover, it was difficult to keep it open.  Also am right handed, so my right hand and arm are doing double duty, writing and trying to keep the journal book open.

Now I will try something different for my 3rd journal book.  I’ve been look around at the art stores and seeing what available.  Any suggestions? Here a few photos from my journal.

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1st week of WorldWatercolorMonth

World Watercolor Month is well under away and the first week is complete.  For me it be fun, but also challenging.  The challenge of coming up with something new to paint each day and to be able to complete it.  I am one who usually take my time, but this has really force to do things on the fly.  Awhile there no requirement that each watercolor painting you do has be done at a specific time and/or submitted, I would like to do 31 watercolor paintings.  I’ve been posting my watercolor painting on the World Watercolor month Facebook page, as well as on my Instagram with the #WorldWatercolorMonth. The best part is interacting with people from around the world, both beginner and experience watercolor users, plus see each other art work. We say that we are connect by internet, but we are much more connected through art.  Here are my watercolor painting for the first week.

If We were having Coffee

Wow! we are already half way done with 2016.  The days are just breezing right by us. Some what scary since I’ve haven’t made any progress on finding a full-time job.  I was working temporary for the past 3 months.  Now am back focusing my attention in finding a job.  Awhile I do that, am still working on my journal entries and exploring the world of watercolors.  For the month of June I did several dndchallenges with watercolors which was fun.  Here are a few, all done in my Strathmore mixed media book:

 

Now that July is here and it worldwatercolor month, I will be challenging myself in doing 31 watercolor paintings.  So fair I’ve done 5 and working on catching up on 6 and 7. It been amazing seeing many other people’s art work from around the world.  People from all ages, skill level and different walk of life.  I will do a separate post of my watercolor painting for world water-color month. If you are participating in this and posting your watercolor paintings on Facebook, you’ve probably already see my first 3.

In the mean time the heat is on here in South Texas and in other parts of the United States.  That means doing any outside activities early in the mornings and staying in the air condition the rest of the afternoon. I’ve cut back on how far I do my morning/afternoon walks, just because it to hot.  It going to be a long and hot July, but I hope I can catch up on reading my books.  I’ve fallen behind and still trying to finish my current book.

Keeping a Journal book

Hello February, You got here fast.  So I’ve been keeping up with writing in my journal book for two months already.  It been fun keeping a journal, but there also challenges that I’ve had to deal with.  The fun part is just writing and doodling in it and the challenge part is what should I write today. I’ve been writing about thing I’ve done, such as how I got interested in dancing, writing down some quotes that I’ve seen on instagram and some personal stories. I would like to shift away from writing personal stuff and more on creativity writing, but somewhat lost there.  As of now am my journal book is half way filled so will have to start looking into buying another.  I might give a try into the moleskin journal books.  Here are few images from my journal.

Happy New Year!! Hello 2016

Happy New Year my fellow Bloggers.  Hope everyone is doing great as we begin and welcome 2016. As with every new year it a opportunity to start fresh, set new goals, both personal and professional.  It a time to review the direction your life is going and decide whether you need to change course.  I feel that my life needs a course adjustment.  In the next 5 years,  I don’t want to be in the position that am in now: Living with my parents, not financially stable, still unemployed and don’t have a career set. So my goals for 2016 is to first find a job where I can begin working on a stable career that will lead to something better. From there I hope everything will fall into place, my financial situation and other personal goals. My next goal which is important is staying healthy, eating right, going to the gym and doing my morning walks.  As long as my weight doesn’t go up that a accomplishment.  If it goes down, that just awesome and currently my weight is at about 283lbs.  So will see what happen this year.  My other goals are as follow in no particular order:

  • Read at least 14 books or more. I read 7 in 2015, but I also start late in the year.
  • Continue with both my blogs, this one and my photo blog.  Hope to attract more followers and have better content.
  • Also continue with writing in my journal which I started at the beginning of December 2015.  At the same time practice drawing and maybe add other medium such as watercolor.
  • I would add traveling, but that not going to happen if I am unemployed, so no point on talking about that.  I will only dream and dream about it and hope the time come where I can travel the world.

What are you goals for 2016?

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The last journal entry for 2015

Searching for a Journal

About a month or two ago, I told myself that I will start keeping a journal and write in it.  So I started with your simple composite notebook and did a few entries.  To me, it really didn’t feel like a journal to me, it didn’t feel personal.  So after looking around at Barnes & Noble, Michaels, and online at some of their journals, I didn’t find one that I like.  Probably 20151209_213040because they all had lines and the paper was thin.  I wanted something not only I can write using pen, pencil, marker and not wet through the paper, but also doodle in it to. This past weekend I decide to buy a small sketchbook and make that my journal.  Below is my first entry that I wrote in my journal.

 

 

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Fear! Fear of writing and keeping a journal/notebook with my thoughts.  20151209_212954Its the fears of a relative finding this and skimming through the words and pages.

Today, I make the attempt to write on paper, either my thoughts or use my imagination to write a story.  To make an attempt and with time,hope my writing will improve.  Improve in my abilities to express my ideas, thoughts, and the use of language.

“There is not greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

~Maya Angelou

Writing 101: A space to write

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Image by Michael Cain

There is only one place to write and that is alone at a typewriter. The writer who has to go into the streets is a writer who does not know the streets. . . . when you leave your typewriter you leave your machine gun and the rats come pouring through.
— Charles Bukowski, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

Where do I write?  At this moment awhile I am writing this post, am at home, in part of the living room where my desk top sits on a desk. There a window looking toward the front right corner of my house. To my right side lays one of my three dogs asleep.  My room is right behind me which is where I would like to be at, but since it a small room there limited space to add a desk and chair.  I do draw in my room, but am sitting on the floor when am doing that. Same thing when I am working on what photos to put on my photo blog.  When am writing, it already late into the evening, nice and quiet with the exception of the TV and the sound of keyboard as I type.
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