Skylark Karma

… Fake Journals… not me, but close.

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Traffic Exodus – 04/21/2017

11:42 PM


yes, I painted this in the afternoon, but it just seemed wrong to do my write up then. too early. this was a lesson in patience… way too many tiny strokes and squiggles… I did some, walked away and set up the spare room… did some more, walked away and made a large salad & stuck it in the fridge… did even more, and cleaned the bathroom. ready for Paul & Suzanne! they actually arrived pretty early ~7:00. turns out they managed to get out of work and escape the city before the major traffic exodus. the bros have been discussing politics. I saw Suzanne roll her eyes so we left them at the dining room table and took our wine into the living room. we talked jobs etc. she thinks I should forget the whole job thing and go back and get a teaching certificate / degree… I don’t think so. who’s hiring art teachers now! no one! sweet of her to think I could do it. now to bed.


right eye


left eye


just a hint of an under-eye shadow on both.


( image: 22 in. x 14 in. )



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Teaching Moment – 04/19/2017

8:33 PM


I’ve looked at this fella a bunch of times and I think I’ve finally figured out what’s wrong… what’s off. It’s the refection of the light in his eyes. eyeballs are spheres… a curved surface. if the light is coming from his left as he looks down to the right… there’s no way the highlight should be there. it should be in shadow and the highlight should be on the left near the visible sclera. should I correct it? nah. I would lose the teaching moment. I really like how the skin tone shows through his beard. fewer beard hairs there. Sara asked me to do the kennels again. this time because Jeanne called in… her husband had a heart attack last night and she’s going to stay with him. definitely more important. I told S. I’d do Jeanne’s shift on Friday. there’s a benefit of not working full-time… flexibility.




lips hidden by mustache. lip line uneven.


very short distance from eye to tip of nose.


ears tip outward


tag: Kindness is the essence of life

( image: 11 in. x 14 in. )


( image: 22 in. x 14 in.)


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Egyptian Licorice – 04/12/2017

8:41 PM


got to the UVHS early this morning. so early I sat in the car thinking. no radio and that’s how I know it’s serious. Sara was great as usual, such an upbeat person, it’s infectious. we had a cup of tea before I set off to do the cats. Sara always has multiple choices of Yogi brand teas to choose from. I had the egyptian licorice. sort of chai-like with spices but less overpowering. it was a lovely way to start the day. I wish my clothes shopping had been more successful. there’s an odd selection of clothing stores here. high end and fuddy-duddy or cheap and slinky. I guess I haven’t shopped much around here. I think I’ll call Carrie tomorrow & see what she thinks. art supplies are so much easier to buy. well all except for brushes. I wish I could try them out and feel them in my hand before buying but there’s nothing here. it’s online for me. don’t want to do clothes that way either. maybe I’ll chat up the women at the library. one of them, I don’t know her name, has a really cute & funky asymmetrical haircut and she dresses cool too. wonder when she works next.


tag:  In every moment of life, you should be what you ought to be.



way too much iris


looking down – still too much iris


true profile – can’t see beyond the bridge of the nose


ski jump nose


nose profiles – shape changes with the location of the balls



( image: 22 in. x 14 in. )