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Spread 189 – Caps May 15, 2015

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Spread 189 – Caps

18-19 April 2015

Vintage papers, handmade papers, personal images, wallpaper, book binding, matte medium, matte gel, Nova Color paint.

I am more like you than you know.


I am excited to be joining teaching with Terry Garrett, John Arbuckle a three day class in beautiful Whidbey Island at the Pacific Northwest Art School August 8-10th, 2015. Three days, three wonderful teachers helping you in creating a wonderful new journal! Wont you join us?

PNW Announcement

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Terry’s recent work.

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John’s recent work.

And I am also excited to announce I am going to be teaching in beautiful Palm Springs, California in January 2016 with Roxanne Coble. More information will be coming soon! You can find a teaser here.

Let’s create together! May 9, 2015

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BK - Terry's Accordian

“To Be a Man” – Terry’s Book

BK - John's Accordian

Family Outing – John’s Book

BK - Tom's Accordian

Explorer – Tom’s Book

I am in several collaborations with my dear friends Terry Garrett, John Arbuckle, and Thomas LaBadia and we are also all finally getting together up at Terry’s home in Bemidji, Minnesota this June to spend a week together creating and spending time together! These are my additions to their small accordion books Terry created for us and we have been passing around.

You have a chance to create with Terry, John and I we are going be teaching a three day class in beautiful Whidbey Island at the Pacific Northwest Art School August 8-10th, 2015. Three days, three wonderful teachers helping you in creating a wonderful new journal! Wont you join us?

PNW Announcement

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Terry’s recent work.

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John’s recent work.

And I am also excited to announce I am going to be teaching in beautiful Palm Springs, California in January 2016 with Roxanne Coble. More information will be coming soon! You can find a teaser here.

Spread 188 – The Sheep Herder’s Son April 20, 2015

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Spread 0188 “The Sheep Herder’s Son”

I remember how it began. It was with the son of a sheep herder. There was really not much to it, it was physical mostly and short-lived. Yet it set a pattern for me. One I finally see changes in. I was preparing to leave work for a trip to the mountains with Orly. If only it had happened 5 minutes later I would be gone. I would have missed it. I would have missed the drama. I was called to the counter an old friend had stopped by and he needed a favor. I helped as best I could, and left, the exchange only took that five minutes. Yet the encounter shook me. I saw this relationship for exactly what it was, and I saw myself thankfully removed from it almost as if I was watching from above.


This spread was started in a class with Orly Avineri and finished this weekend in the mountains of Lake Arrowhead with her. What a glorious weekend it was of friendship, art, food and sharing.


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I am looking forward to teaching a three day class with two other incredible friends and art journaling teachers, Terry Gerrett and John Arbuckle.

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Terry Garrett

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John Arbuckle.

Imagine three days, three teachers all their techniques and all the fun in beautiful Whidbey Island at the Pacific Northwest Art School August 8-10th, 2015.


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 1-25-15

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 

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52 Card Journal Back

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52 Card Journal – Front Cover

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52 Card Journal – Back Cover

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52 Card Journal – Inside Front Cover

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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.

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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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Peace.

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