Spread 0027 – In Bloom

This is the last spread of my first XL Moleskine.

 I have very mixed emotions about finishing this journal.  It has been in my life this past year and it has really helped me to grow personally and as well as an artist.  It’s always been there just waiting for me to open it up, look at what I have done and to play with paper, glue, paint and ink.  It’s taken a beating and It has aged, taken a lot of twists and turns.  After a long day my favorite thing to do is go out on our patio table spread out my journal, get out paper, matt medium, epherema, glue, and ink and just start playing.  My cats just LOVE this journal.  The cats actually wait for me to open it so they can lay on it.  I think they feel the love coming out of it.  I am so very proud of this journal.  I thank you for following along as I’ve worked on it.  I am not done creating.  This is only the beginning.  I have two more journals in the wings just waiting.  I can’t wait to dig in!   Join me on the rest of this visual journey.

2018-05-03T13:40:06+00:00April 16th, 2011|Art Journals|9 Comments


  1. patty van dorin April 16, 2011 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Wishing I was a cat right now. Love this.

  2. Sherry April 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Your journal is wonderful. The progression of your pages and the use of so many mediums and layers is very intriguing. Making art is really relaxing and allows us to just create whatever feels right. Congratulations on already beginning your next journals. Happy creating Brian…

  3. rivergardenstudio April 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    The colors here are incredible
    I can see the depth in the darks and lights of your world
    and feel how much you love your art.
    happy saturday to you! roxanne

  4. Seth April 17, 2011 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Smart cats!! Thanks for taking us along on the ongoing journey that your journal has become. Lookinf forward to book #2!

  5. pearlandroses April 17, 2011 at 4:13 am - Reply

    Nice way to end a beautiful journal. May the first spread in the new journal carry endless possibilities…

  6. The Creative Beast April 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Hello! I met you at Orly’s Saturday workshop and sat next to you. I was VERY inspired by your second layout of the feathers and nests!

    Congratulations on the beginning of the next new phase of art journal work that you are now embarking on Brian! Your upcoming teaching events sound wonderful and the class descriptions are intriguing…

    I hope to see you at Orly’s next workshop!

    BTW: my name is Monica =-)

  7. Orly April 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    You’ve got a really healthy relationship with your art journal and the practice of art journaling. You get attached to what you have created, yet always ready to move on, create some more, never stifled by great completed work..that’s precious.

  8. Orly April 20, 2011 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Your giant journal, baby, looks oh so extravagant all bound together forming a magnificent bundle of joy. I may claim full custody of it..Perhaps I’ll give you visitation rights, just cause I like you…XOXOrly

  9. Kelley April 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Hi, just found your blog and I love your work. I love the thought of your cats laying on your journal because of the love in it. My kitties love to be near me when I’m working in my journal and to lie on pieces when I finish them. I had not thought of it in that way, but now I will!

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