Drawing and Painting from Life

•December 28, 2017 • 1 Comment

Life drawing in charcoal – single session – Thursday group at the Hungerford Building.

I still dislike charcoal. Having sparkly charcoal helps some.


Life drawing done at Steve Carpenter Gallery at Open Studio on Monday night. This was done on the iPad Pro using Procreate.


Another session at the Hungerford Building on a Thursday. On this particular Thursday I had managed to leave all of my normal sized paint brushes at Steve’s gallery. I had no idea until I started to paint. I used brushes I would normally only use for backgrounds. It was a good exercise for me.

First of two sessions.


The following session (2 of 2)


Different model (I think her name is Michelle) at the Thursday group at the Hungerford Building. First of two sessions.


and the second session. I will say I am relatively unhappy with this one. Probably more so than any of the other ones that I have done in this series. Maybe I’ll like it more later. That happens sometimes. Michelle looks around more than most of the other models and I’m not quick enough to get her eyes right in any given position. So I think these are both overworked and unrealistic. I’m not blaming her. I watch Steve just completely make up features that he doesn’t like or can’t see – I’m not to that level yet. Someday, but in the meantime I wind up with paintings that look like this.


Another session from Thursday (the Monday group was cancelled due to the weather).


Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to the second session for this one, but I really am relatively happy with it. I did take some reference photos so if the mood strikes me I could go back into it and finish it further.



Mini Update on Kitties (Bob, Thor and Baldur)

•November 20, 2017 • 1 Comment

Now with even MORE updates – see bottom of page….

Back from the vet.

It’s still too soon to tell 100% for sure if Bob is pregnant. We don’t ‘think’ so, but need another couple of weeks to know for sure. Today she had her vaccines that were safe (to give to a pregnant cat). She has a follow up appointment on December 9th. By then we should know positively for sure. She will get her next set of vaccines and the ones that she couldn’t start until we knew she wasn’t pregnant. If all goes according to plan she will then be spayed on December 18th and will be ready to go to her forever home.

Cleo’s kittens are doing great! They got their vaccine boosters today. They will be old enough on December 9th to get their rabies and their last vaccines. They also (if everything goes according to plan) will get neutered on December 18th. That will bring them ready to go to their forever homes. (Just in time for Christmas if you know someone who would like to see a new friend (or two) under their tree. I had originally planned on keeping Baldur (and still would) but if someone can take both of them – I would let him go. They are so close and spend so much time together I am starting to get concerned about separating them.

Bob’s kittens are coming back to spend the week with me so I will be able to get photos of them and introduce them all properly over the next few days. If you know someone who is interested in giving one of the rescues a forever home, please reach out to me directly at justteejay@gmail.com

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!


For the record – I did NOT put all three of them in this box together, it was way too small…. they took it upon themselves to climb in there together after their exams and shots.




These kittens have found their forever home. They have been claimed and will be moving to their new home after their surgeries.

There are still Bob’s four kittens who are yet to be placed and Bob has not had an adoption confirmation yet.

Again, if you are interested in meeting any of the kitties or know of someone who would like to give them new homes, reach out to me directly at justteejay@gmail.com

Thank you again!!!

Meet the Kitties! This is “Bob”.

•November 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment


*note* Update at bottom of post.

“Bob” was named Bob because she is at least part Japanese Bobtail. The bitty tail is genetic and not an injury. Most of the kittens we rescued with her have the Bob tail also (three of the four, their photos and profiles will be later.)

Bob is the second of the moms that we were able to get off of the street. She is about 2-3 years old. She has been de-wormed and started her shots. She has tested negative for feline leukemia and feline HIV. The vet tells me that her teeth are in really good shape.

Bob is ridiculously snuggly. Really. She has muscled her way past every one of our resident kitties to be the first to a lap. She is affectionate, loves being held and to date has not decided she has “had enough” of being pet.

Bob would do best in a family where there are a lot of laps and loving or in a household where someone is home a lot (and has a lot of loving). She loves being with people. I think in time she will snuggle with the other kitties as well, but seriously seems to prefer the company of humans. She did weirdly well in transitioning to the community in our house. She hissed at the other cats for a few days, but never did so in an aggressive way (yes, I know that doesn’t make sense) She would hiss, but would do it while laying down flat and with her stomach exposed. Her movements and behaviors did not in any way appear aggressive, but she still hissed. Less than a week in and she has stopped doing it. The ONLY instance of her being even a little bit aggressive was when we gave them all catnip. She played with the kittens a little rougher than we wanted to see and separated her. I don’t know if she was playing or actually being mean, but I didn’t want to take the chance. Other than that she has been super sweet. She has not been food aggressive in any way and has consistently used the litter box since the day we rescued her. No accidents.

Bob is scheduled for her next vet appointment on the 20th. By then I think we will be able to know for sure if she is pregnant or not. If she is not, we will schedule her for her spade and then she will be available to go to her forever home. We have one family who have asked about adopting Bob, but have not committed yet. If you are interested in meeting Bob or have any questions, please reach out to me directly at justteejay@gmail.com or leave a question on here.

If it turns out that Bob is indeed pregnant obviously it will be a while longer before she can go anywhere. I will update here after her vet visit. Please feel free to share this and the posts that will follow with the information on all of the kitties.

If you are thinking about taking Bob into your life – please know that we will NOT be offended if you change her name. We are aware that Bob isn’t the greatest name ever… it’s the one she came with and we didn’t come up with a better one yet.


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This is how Bob prefers to be. She has made herself quite at home. She loves belly rubs and pretty much any kind of petting or being held. Out of all of the kitties that we have taken in through this process Bob is the one I have the most confidence in placing. Since she is full grown I know this is her personality. She is amazing and will bring a lot of love to the home she winds up in. I will miss having her on the couch “helping” with my homework.



So Bob’s vet appointment was not 100% conclusive. There is still a chance that she could be pregnant. We do not ‘think’ she is, but there is always a chance. So we have another vet appointment on December 9th. By that time we should know 100%. Presuming she is not pregnant, she will get the last of her vaccinations and her rabies shot. Her spade is scheduled for December 18th with a couple days to recover she could be at her new forever home in time for Christmas. There are people who have expressed interest in taking Bob to live with them, but no one has committed yet for sure. If you are interested in meeting Bob or have any questions, please reach out to me directly at justteejay@gmail.com

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

Art without a Neat Category

•November 6, 2017 • 1 Comment

Some of the other stuff I’ve been up to…

Start of the Milkweed Bunnies painting (oil on canvas)

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Drawing done from the prompt “Lady Death Fae Bat”.

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Second Session of Painting from Life. Oil on Canvas. Previous session is on a prior post.


Milkweed Bunnies in Progress

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Life Drawing on the iPad with ProCreate. I didn’t stay for the long pose.


First of two sessions from life. Oil on Canvas.


First session on a painted version of the Flying Fancytail Mermouse.


Wasn’t sure what else I wanted to do with the mouse and still had some time left in class, so I started a rose. Didn’t finish it and as of this writing have not gone back into it yet.

rose underpainting

Second of two sessions painting from life. Oil on Canvas.

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First session on this Flying Bunny painting (in oil). In all honesty I really didn’t have a solid idea where I was going with this one. I had a rough sketch that I liked of just the bunny. I was very excited about the wings in the rough, but they just weren’t working well in the painting and ultimately I abandoned them to take this in a different direction. It’s always interesting to see where the paintings wander off to when I give them room.

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Life Drawing done at Open Studio (Monday) at Steve Carpenter’s Gallery. These were done on the iPad in ProCreate. I didn’t stay for the long pose.

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Single session portrait drawing from life (in charcoal). This was a two session sitting but I missed the first one because it was the day I got bit by the cat.


This is based on a drawing that I had done of a fancy tail flying mermouse which I had used for some of my other stuff (business cards and stickers I think). I turned the mermouse to more of a profile which I’m not 100% convinced was a good idea. This one may be finished or I may go back into it some, I haven’t decided yet.

flying fancy tail mermouse

Second session on this flying bunny. Not finished yet, but getting better.

TeeJay Flying Bunny

By this time in the Drawlloween prompts I had gotten frustrated with this year’s prompts. I decided to give up on Drawlloween and just draw things that I wanted to draw.

TeaTime Companion.

tea time companion

TeaCup Pigs.

teacup pigs

Cat light bulb. I think I may revisit this drawing as there are a couple of things I would like to do differently. It may work better digitally or in paint so that I can get the color range I would like.

Edison bulb cat

Drawing that I did from the prompt “Dinosaur Cat Pants”. Because of course.

Tyrannosaurus rex in Cat Pajamas  More to come (as always)….

Tattooing – Because I still love it

•November 5, 2017 • 2 Comments

Retiring comes up a lot. I haven’t yet. Mostly I want to on the days that someone has frustrated me beyond my limits. In dealing with the public that still happens. Even though it still happens I love tattooing and I love 99.7% of my clients. Here is some of what I have been up to lately.

While it is true that I have cut way back in the projects that I am taking on. I will continue to tattoo friends and good people for the foreseeable future.

Lovely (healed) peony on a stellar human being.

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Getting there on Chad’s arm. Still a few empty skin spaces that are bugging him far more than you would think 🙂


Peacock tattoo for a really nice lady.

peacock tattoo

Memorial Tattoo. Did not get good photos of this one. Hope that he will stop in at some point so that I can get some when everything is healed and settled in.

color portrait tattoo

Little bitty adorable elephant for Amanda’s little wrist.

cute elephant tattoo

Started this Celtic Heart knot for Pat. Looking forward to going back into it. We haven’t decided if we are going to go color or black and grey shading. Suggestions?

Celtic heart tattoo

Because Jesse asks me if I would make her a Stink Bug tattoo. Are you kidding?!? How could I POSSIBLY say no to a request like that. Incidentally if anyone else would like any little bugs tattooed on them, please let me know.

stink bug tattoo

Chad is still picking away at those “pesky skin spots” that are remaining on his arm from the start of his first tattoo. We’ve almost gotten all of them now and he is going to have to decide soon where he is going next.

Chad's eye tattoo (underarm)

Robert is a newer friend but someone who I have learned a great deal from in a short period of time. I am glad he and his family have entered my life.

Sherlock tattoo

Quack is an old friend. He hasn’t gotten tattoo in a while but decided to come back to it by getting his ribs tattooed. Ouch! This has another session to go. The lines are healed and the color is fresh here.

The original artwork is by Rick Griffin. I did modify it some (but not too much).

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Leslie is an amazing human that I really enjoy spending time with. This is the healed photo from her last session.


This is what we added this time (the blue poppies). The flower above is also healed from a few sessions back.

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I did make other tattoos besides these as well, but the photos aren’t useable for one reason or another. I have some fun projects coming up this winter and am looking forward to a bunch of them.

till next time….

Drawlloween 2017

•November 4, 2017 • 1 Comment

I’ve had fun with these the last few years… and while admittedly I have slacked on my daily drawing project I was able to complete most of the prompts this year anyhow.

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#1 Return from the Dead. I actually drew this one out of order. I was out of town visiting family and started on the 2nd. I don’t remember when I got around to this one, but I think of my RedBull every morning as bringing me back from the dead and I know other folks feel that way about their coffee.

in need of coffee

#2 Summon Day

summoning the demon bunny

#3 Tombsday


#4 Something Pumpkin this way comes.

pumpkin spider

#5 Full Moon Follies.

full moon follies

#6 Folklore Friday.

Paul Bunnyan and Babe the Blue Box.

Paul Bunnyan and Babe the Blue Box

#7 Cobweb Crawlers.

cobweb crawlers

#8 Deep Sea Denizens.

deep sea denizens

#9 Fanged Fiends.

bat friends

#10 Martian Mayhem.

martian mayhem

#11 Swamp Citizens.


#12 Ah! Reel Monsters.

Frankenstein Monster Bunny and Bride

#13 Friday the 13th.

Because of course Friday is Freyja’s Day.

Freyja the 13th

#14 Owl be Back.

Owl be Back

#15 Cornfield Capers.

raccoon bandit

#16 Carnival Carnage.

This is one of those that I would have loved to have spent WAY more time on. If I could have gone all Macfarlane on those tendrils, this would have been a really amazing piece.

Carnival Carnage

#17 Toadsday.

fairy toad

#18 Crypt Creeps.

A singular creeper. A nightwatchman who has seen too much.

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#19 Nightmare Nomads.

nightmare nomads

#20 Dr Jekyl & Mr Friday.

Dr Jekyl bunny

#21 Cadaverous Cowboys.

The cowboys have been properly disposed of. Now what to do with the knife?


#22 Ghast Christmas.

Which I opted to make “Gassed Christmas” instead.

Ghast Christmas

#23 Sewer Settlers.

sewer settlers

#24 Aw, Hex.

hex cat

#25 Do as I say, not as I Voodoo.

voodoo dolls

#26 I know a Sarcophagus.

cat coffin

# 27 Franken Friday.

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#28 Ghouls Rush in.

#29 Sunday Bloody Sunday.

#30 Cauldron Crones

#31 Trick R Treat!

I pretty much ran out of both steam and interest at the end of the month. I think next year I will go with Mab’s Drawlloween Club instead. I like the prompts on that one better. Some of these just left me with no real inspiration and I think Mab’s are more generic. I had avoided it the last couple of years because the published list of prompts was just a list with no dates on it and I found it frustrating to follow. This year there was an updated list where they added the dates. Next year if they do that I will definitely follow that one instead. Or, if all else fails, I’ll print the list out and add it to my own calendar so I can follow what is going on.

Whatever, it’s fun and I find it inspiring. A couple of these are on my RedBubble page. If there is one that you would like to see there that isn”t, please let me know as soon as possible. The originals that have been sold are leaving for their new homes this week and I won’t be able to scan them after they have left.

Thanks for playing along! Happy Halloween (a bit late).



Seven Day Black and White Photo Thing

•November 4, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I don’t know why.

It was a “challenge” on Facebook. Seven days, seven black and white photos from your life. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day to play along.

I can’t help but offer explanations. It’s a thing. I think too much (so I am told) so I explain too much.

I didn’t challenge anyone. I’m not so good at following directions.

Day 1

Couldn’t decide which one I like better so I posted two.


Day 2


Day 3


Day 4

human skull

Day 5

My kitchen. The painting is not one of mine. It was painted by Jed Leiknes.

Jed Leiknes painting

Day 6

This was supposed to be a nice shot of the tubes of paint in my travel case. As is often the case – the kitties came to investigate what I was up to. They wound up being much better to photograph than just paint.

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Day 7

This is a “cousin” of the Blue Morpho. It is an iridescent white. It is framed and hung in the Webster location in my work room. I love looking at it. Some day I might paint it. I’ve always been amused by the prosthetic antennae. Is that someone’s only job? Putting teeny antennae on mounted butterflies? How did they mount it when there is no glue visible on either side? Questions to ponder.


Some other photos that I took during this “project” that I didn’t use.





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