Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Another Hospital

Doctors, hospitals and waiting rooms: such geriatric subjects of conversation. But, I was pleased to have a pretty scene to paint with my pocket watercolors recently while waiting. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Fun with Flowers

For "Artfully Inspired Life," a tulip alphabet and a quotation to cheerfully usher in spring. I need the "cheerful" part--amazing how working with those pretty colors keeps me out of the dumps!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Trying to finish things up for Joanne Sharpe before I leave to Paris for my husband's operation. This should really have the last line of the song as a text: "Please don't take my sunshine away." Facing the future with hope, all the same.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Going in Circles

 Lately, life in Tunisia has felt like perpetual motion in circles, but an exercise in circular writing with Joanne Sharpe made sense of it all...

Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."                                             

Saturday, April 2, 2016

African Statuette

Man, did I have fun drawing this small African statuette at Sketch Club. Done in my junky journal with bad paper, I worked fast and scratchy. Very pleasurable...

I added a watercolor background later...just slopped on the paint.

Monday, March 28, 2016

"Artfully Inspired Life," 4

For Joanne Sharpe's "Artfully Inspired Life" journal pages, I did warm and cool colored boxes. This is almost filled in with entries, now, and I am glad I have a record of this difficult month in a cheerful manner.

I used various alphabets as frames with the idea that by the end of the year, this notebook will provide me with lots of ideas for text integrated with image.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Waiting Room Sketching

While waiting in yet another doctor's office, bored silly, I started a sketch of a magazine ad...a silly hunk. 

Afterwards, we went to visit elderly relatives. It is the juxtaposition of these pages that I find interesting. 

Then again, I have some disgruntlement about all those men out there in the virtual world posting drawings of their high school fantasies of the "ideal" woman (gag!). Hmphf: A bit of your own medicine, you guys--measure up!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Rain & A Bird

In my small purse sketchbook, I painted a a rainy sky and a bird statuette (wood). Watercolors; Prismacolor pencils for background. I like the quote too.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

"Artfully Inspired Life", 3

A brush alphabet and my mantra page for March for Joanne Sharpe. Not surprising that "courage" is the theme...

Friday, March 18, 2016

Stitching Weeds, 2

Stitching into the night trying to control my anxieties about the near future. Fortunately, there are sometimes unexpected creative moments that feel like high adventure. I didn't know weeds could be so exciting! I added just a touch of green, which I really like in the mix, plus a few small circles here and there to echo the shape of the pomegranates. I'm trying to catch the chaotic feel of nature, which is a pretty good metaphor for life as well--organized chaos...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Out & About, 16

I went to the wholesale market, and had to go into Tunis--lots of subject matter. People still bundled up. Ballpoint pen and Prismacolor pencils for the background.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Stitching Weeds


Yeah, I'm still here, slogging along. I may have some kind of news soon, but in the meantime, I've been stitching weeds under the pomegranate tree. French knots did not seem to be enough. This is a superficial stitch (feather stitch? can't remember the name) that does not go through to the back. I tried a single thread at first, which did not show up well so I went for a double thread, which seems to be working. I'm using several browns and a maroon. I think I'll add some small circles in there as well...and probably more French knots (groan). 
The plot thickens!

Sunday, February 28, 2016


A lettering homework for Joanne Sharpe...it required a selfie, of course. This cheers me up. 

Monday, February 22, 2016


More lettering fun. Joanne Sharpe assigned a "grateful" homework that I did in my lettering notebook. Complete with Bibi the cat and my youngest granddaughter. Enjoyed working on the tinted paper. I may have to add another page because I am so grateful for the support of this community...

Thursday, February 18, 2016


The action's at MulticoloredPieces today (here). 
Please check it out. And thank you.