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Spread 0187 – “My Own Way” March 16, 2015

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Spread 0187 – My Own Way

14 March 2015

Matte medium, magazines, gesso, Novacolor paints, matte varnish, Tim Holtz Distress Inks

My Mother told me very early in my life “Brian you defiantly have your own way of doing things.” The older I get the more I realize this is true. I do things in my own time, in my own way. It inevitably won’t be the easy way, or “the right way” but it will be my way.

Actually the title has nothing to little with this spread. I tend to let the viewer make up their own story for my spreads. I may or may not know what a spread means when I am finished with it. Sometimes the meaning comes much later for me. Yes, that is just “my way”.

This spread was created this weekend in Orly Avineri’s workshop. It was a wonderful relaxing workshop. I like to think of it more as a few cherished dear friends got together and Orly lead us is some wonderful prompts, all in all it was a very moving weekend. We had shared some wonderful food. We laughed, shared and smiled and hugged, ALOT!

Spread 0186 – No Demands March 4, 2015

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Spread 0186 – No Demands – Journal Cover

04 March 2015

This is the cover of my latest journal. My journal makes no demands. Asks nothing of me. It awaits.

Spread 0185 – Blind Eye February 8, 2015

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Spread 0185 – Blind Eye

7 February 2015

Vintage and personal images, Nova Color paints, tracing paper images, Image transfer, matte medium, black Sigano pen, white Sigano pen.

What am I not seeing? What am I turning a blind eye to? Open your eyes.

To see a larger view, click on the image.

January Playing Card Journal Entires February 7, 2015

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PCJ – 1-4-15

PCJ - 1-11-15

PCJ 1-11-15 

PCJ - 1-15-15

PCJ 1-18-15

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PCJ 1-25-15

These are my playing card journal entries for the month of January 2015. They are actually a standard deck of regulation playing cards. I do one card per week. I have really enjoyed working on these. These are from the 52 Card Pick-up class with Seth Apter. You can view the previous post regarding the cover of the class here. It is rather therapeutic to do just a bit of journaling on the backs of these cards. I have decided to be really open about what is going on with me at the time in my journaling.

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52 Card Journal With Seth Apter January 18, 2015

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52 Card Journal 


52 Card Journal Back

52 - Front

52 Card Journal – Front Cover

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52 Card Journal – Back Cover

52 - Inside Cover

52 Card Journal – Inside Front Cover

52 Cards

52 cards in process

Happy New Year!!!! Today I spent the day creating with some wonderful folk, lead by Seth Apter of The Altered Page. We were hosted by the wonderful Barbara Buckles of MAKE ART in LA. We took a simple deck of 52 cards and created a journal out of the cards. It was pure heaven. Now I will take a card each week and art journal on it. I will post my cards here.

Happy Journaling!

My Blogging for 2014 in Review December 29, 2014

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Spread 0184 – Bugging Me December 16, 2014

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Spread 184 – Bugging Me

Dec 6-15, 2014

Vintage and personal papers, napkin, matte medium, Nova color paint, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, matte varnish, Sigano white gel pen, black pen, crayons, pencil.

I journal to be in my own world. Sometimes I feel it is the only safe place to express myself. It brings me sadness.

Started in a class with Orly Avineri.

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Spread 0183 – Rain December 5, 2014

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Spread 0183 – Rain

November 08 2014

Vintage and personal images, matte medium, Nova Color paint, White and black gesso.

They sky opens and it rains.

From a class with Orly Avineri.

Orly Avineri’s New Book – “In My Bones” November 26, 2014

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Orly Avineri has a fabulous new book out, “In My Bones”. I think it is her most personal book to date. Orly has been a very dear friend of mine for several years now. She is supportive and nurturing. She is a force of nature to be sure. I love Orly’s spreads and with this book she blends beautifully her words and spreads. Her books share a special place upon my night stand. I view them before I go to be for inspiration.

To celebrate the release of her latest book Orly his hosting a drawing for a copy of “In My Bones” on her blog. She will announce the winner of the book on 30 November at 12 pm on Facebook. To win a copy of “In My Bones”  go to Orly’s blog here and leave a comment or “share with us a one-liner describing what Visual-Journaling does for you, or if you have a copy already please share your thoughts about it.”

If your like me and you can’t wait, you can purchase it from the following options:

-Support Orly best by ordering it through her Createspace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/5071136

-Through Orly’s blog: http://oneartistjournal.com/my-books/

– It is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/My-Bones-Visual-Journal/dp/1502983095/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415910454&sr=8-1&keywords=In+My+Bones+Orly+Avineri

-Pick up a copy at one of Orly art journaling  workshops in Southern California: http://oneartistjournal.com/workshops-and-retreats/

My interview for 21 Secrets Conversations November 24, 2014

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I am excited to tell you my interview with Connie at 21 Secrets is available Monday 24 November 2014. You can view it here.


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