Not Too Far Away


As the new year approaches, so does my deadline for having my website up and running.  I doubt I’ll be able to get the shop running… and if I did it wouldn’t have anything to sell.  So, first things first.  Complete the website.


“Determine never to be idle…It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” – Thomas Jefferson

Neptune and Mars


As time passes, and I get closer and closer to launch date, I’ve begun to worry about just how much of my goals I’ll have completed by the time everything goes live.  The goal of having a Website/Blog/Store/Portfolio and having a decent selection of T-shirts to sell by New Years seems further and further from reach.  Everytime I sit down to review my progress, I tell myself I’ll work harder, cut more hours from other activities, etc…

I’m so tired of everything I want being second to everything else.
I’m ready to blast outta here and hit Xscape Velocity.



“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” – William Shakespeare

Neptune and Mars


Over the next month or so I’ll be transferring my wordpress dot com to a wordpress dot org.  So, don’t panic if I break it in the process… making omelets and all that jazz.  :)


P.S. ~ Just seen this while looking for a quote on twitter.  has 4 free Photoshop BallPoint Pen brushes for free.  Limited time offer, only a couple hours left.

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” – Marilyn Monroe

Creating Again :)

I’ve been wanting to get back into photo manipulation for awhile now.  Having leveled up my painting skills, I’m interested in seeing how the two will combine.

I guess we’ll see.


“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” – Bob Ross

Larry Will Resist

I wasn’t sure where to start.
I had this idea (unclear as it was/is), but just couldn’t seem to figure out the best way to express it.  So, instead of sitting around thinking about it, I just started creating.

Creation turns out to be a great place to start creating.

Expect to see more thumbnails in the future while I’m sorting through my blueprints and gathering tools.

The Journey is becoming quite exciting!

“Let my soul smile through my heart & my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” – Paramahansa Yogananda


More experimentation with the Impasto Brushes from  I used them the other day when I did the old man portrait, turning the Opacity down and gently brushing on texture.  I keep finding new ways to use them and each brush has it’s own personality, it is fun to see what I can do with them.

I still have a free set of Impasto Brushes to give away courtesy of Nicolai from GrutBrushes.  To get them, be the first to send me an email to with the subject line “Free Impasto Brushes” and I’ll send you the instructions.

Gotta get up early tomorrow and get the engines running
Another journey begins.


“Trying times are not the times to stop trying.”  –Ray Owen

I Think I’m In Love

Janice Knows
Janice Knows
I’ve only had these brushes for a couple of days, but already I’m in love.

Some of your might remember about a month ago me posting  a link to the GrutBrushes website, telling you about the free brush sampler set and the free brush of the week downloads.  Well the other day Nicolai from GrutBrushes stopped by the blog and he was generous enough to offer me the whole Impasto brush set for free.  :D

As you can imagine for someone who’s always experimenting with Photoshop and snatching up new brushes from the Internetz, I am super happy! I wanted to once again thank him for being so gracious and also for what I can only imagine is a lot of hard work and effort that he puts into making these brushes.

Thank You
I <3 these brushes.

Experimenting with the new Impasto brushes

I’ve downloaded my fair share of free Photoshop brushes off of Google searches trying to find brushes that offer that painterly feel of brush on canvas and honestly it’s a real hit or miss.  You hardly ever really know what you’re getting or how the brushes will paint off of just the little thumbnail images.  But that was one of the cool things I liked about GrutBrushes, the website actually has video and picture examples of how the brush strokes look and actually shows you examples of artwork that used the brushes to create them.

It completely removes the guess work from the process and allows you to actually choose the type of brush you’re really looking for.  Not to mention Nicolai is awesome enough to drop a free brush every week.  If you haven’t checked out GrutBrushes already, I highly recommend it!

These Impasto brushes are so jam packed full of texture and each one delivers something unique.  Some are rich with layers of texture, others are softer and offer a much smoother stroke


The other day, I had one of my most successful days on this blog; I hit a couple milestones for likes and views and then later I realized I had just reached over two and a half years on WordPress.  *Excited Face*  It was overwhelming thinking about how much I’ve accomplished, all the cool people I’ve met, all the inspiration, my personal growth during this journey as an artist, and all the ups and downs over the years.

This whole blog started from a prompt in one of my web design classes in December 2013 and it’s cool to look back over the years and see how much everything has grown since then.  I’ve been super nostalgic over the last couple days and it’s caused me to think about where I want to steer my artistic journey in the coming years.


This post has already got a bit long winded, so I won’t overload you with anymore late night ramblings, just know over the next six months I’ll probably be dropping some hints, adjusting schedules and making some tweeks and changes.  This is going to be fun.

If you’ve made it this far, first of all thanks for reading and secondly you’re totally in luck.
Nicolai hooked me up with another free Impasto Brush set for me to give away to one lucky follower.  If you’d like it, be the first to send me an email to, with the subject line “Free Impasto Brush Set” and I’ll get you that set right away.

Again, a big THANK YOU goes out to Nicolai for being so generous and also for all the work he’s put into these brushes, they really are high quality and I appreciate all the time and effort he’s put into creating them.  Top notch stuff.

Until Next Time
Journey Before Destination


“In everything we do, our own thoughts can help us succeed, or they can help us fail. Maintain a positive attitude.” – Catherine Pulsifer

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