Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Break Away

We tried to break away from the everyday routine and squeeze in a couple of days at the beach before the grandkids arrived. Wouldn't you know, it was windy and even rained a few drops. Nice dinner in a restaurant, all the same, and the palm trees in the wind were spectacular.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Parts & Pieces

Some days when I go out I only catch bits and pieces of this or that in my small journal. An architectural detail, people waiting for the bus or in the bus, different views of the low mountains.

Playing with pretty colors...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Out & About, 11

The "take-a-line-for-a-walk" got rather carried away, looking a bit like fire.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Suffering Students

Exams are pretty much wrapped up. The "suffering students" theme can be put to rest for the summer.

I'm rather fond of my still life of a flower pot, truck and cement factory building. Odd combination... 

Monday, June 1, 2015


Having spent some time visiting in a hospital last week, I needed a small stitching project to tote along.

Women will start talking to me when I'm stitching, especially if they do some kind of handwork at home. What I don't understand is how people sit around for hours in waiting rooms doing nothing...

This is just playing with beautiful colors of leftover bits from a journal page. Just couldn't throw them out, so I'm stitching them down with a running stitch, leaving the raw edges. Doodling.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Out & About, 10

While visiting a family member in a hospital, I sketched the view from the fourth floor. I tried drawing in a spiral manner, which was interesting. I started with the left side of the building on the right and built upon that.

Another day, while sitting in the car, I sketched several different aspects of one view within frames.

Ballpoint pen with Prismacolor added later. I find it interesting to see the evolution of this journal. The drawings are becoming more and more complex, it would seem--I have no control over this..

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Out & About, 9

There are always interesting subjects in the bus. Some poor guy wore his polyester suit on a hot day. 

I added to my theme of students taking exams, otherwise known as "suffering students."

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Heat Wave

Because of a sudden and severe heat wave (over 105° F. when it should be 70°), we decided to take a taxi to Tunis for business (the on-going battle against our neighbour's two illegal industrial refrigeration buildings). The taxi driver was a good subject. You can see me in the rear-view mirror. 

The cumquats will be few this year. The heat wave cooked most of them on the tree. I've never seen that before.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

From the Passenger Seat

Truly, I have not forsaken my stitching, but it's very slow going on the Pomegranate Tree. Yet, I manage to squeeze in the small sketches. Someday a crossover will start appearing; one medium will talk to the other. In the meantime, this is my husband's arm when we went to Tunis. Like all other big cities of the world, it has big modern buildings.

Friday, May 8, 2015

More Mountains

The more I sketch the mountains when I'm out and about doing errands, the more I appreciate them. The smallness of the framed sketch (more like a thumbnail sketch) is quickly executed in a moving vehicle...and maybe I'm getting a bit faster.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Out & About, 8

Because I conquered motion sickness with drawing, I was able to capture the low mountains between Nabeul and Tunis from the passenger seat. Along with vehicles and a worker.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sketching Blind

One of the homework assignments for Sketchbook Skool ("Stretching") this week consists of doing blind contour drawings of someone. I began with three frames, however, how does one stay within the frame if one cannot look? I drew my sketching buddy. No resemblance whatsoever--just fun to do.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fiddlin' Around

A new semester has begun for Sketchbook Skool and a challenging semester it is. The course is appropriately named "Stretching" and I find myself constantly outside my comfort zone. My comfort zone would be the slow stitching of the Pomegranate Tree Quilt. "Stretching" feels like "Fast and Furious"--I have to buckle my seatbelt. 

This week's assignment: sketch a bit every day, cut it apart, collage it into a sketchbook and see what happens. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Adding Depth

The Pomegranate Tree Quilt has come back into my life in a regular way. I stitch on it a couple hours every day, mostly hand quilting and adding French knots to create depth around the leaves. The Tree is taking on that quilted look that pleases me so much because it adds texture and dimension, light and shadows. The leaves and pomegranates are beginning to puff out.

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Colorful Week

This was almost like colouring in a colouring book. 
My week turned much more colourful.
Sometimes the mundane can be eventful. That's a week I won't forget!