Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Some Progress

I'm liking these colors so much that I just want to pick my jeans bag up all the time to stitch on it.

The plaid is interesting to work with as it gives more of a variegated effect and adds some depth.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Things seem to be overlapping--I've been practising fast people sketching for Sketchbook Skool in my 75-day challenge journal. 
Went out for errands and sketched a few people while sitting in the car (black page). Then I practised people in the park from the teacher's video (green page). 

The assignment is to go to the park and sketch the stories of people: THOSE WHO ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE PARKS SHOULD BE THANKFUL. Any green spaces left in Tunisia have filled with garbage.

I'm preparing for a big day, sketching university students in the entrance hall of the school--this will probably create an "event" as I know quite a few of them...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Soup Recipe

I would never presume to tell anybody how to cook, however, the assignment for Sketchbook Skool was to illustrate a recipe.

I hated the assignment--I have to cook every bloomin' day from scratch! Still, it's a good soup recipe for its simplicity.

But, I felt like I was in a straight-jacket. Shoot me!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bag Jag, 7

It's beginning to look like something. I think the colors will swirl around to the left, onto the back and then around to the right front corner.

Monday, October 6, 2014

On My Sewing Table

The Pomegranate Tree sits on my sewing table waiting for me to find time to sit down with it and strike up a conversation. Slowly the machine quilting is getting done.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bag Jag, 6

And so it grows...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bag Jag, 5

Happily inching along late in the evening on my jeans bag.

And I'm rather pleased with the sketch of the day. Crossovers please me so much. You know what I really like about these daily journal entries? It's the take-a-line-for-a-walk. I just LUV wild lines. They might just take over...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Close Call

For ten chilling minutes, I thought I had left my small journal for the 75-day Challenge (a pen drawing a day) at work (meaning it would be lost forever). Wild thoughts raced through my mind, like "I won't be able to continue the Challenge...," despair. 

Then I checked my bag again and found it at the bottom (yeah, it's a big bag, has to be to carry art supplies and stitching). This made me realise how attached I have grown to this practice of diary entry, quote, sketch, take-a-line-for-a-walk, just using the humble ballpoint pen in black, green, blue or red. 

Fortunately, there are about 300 pages (6"x4") and I do both sides. I'm good for several long as I don't lose it. Name & phone number are now on the first page.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bag Jag, 4

Inching along in the wee hours of the night, listening to Piano Jazz, 
and looking at "textile bags" on Pinterest just for eye candy.
There's something about worn-jeans blue that speaks to my soul.
An agreeable evening...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A New Restaurant

We found a seafood restaurant in our end of town that was very good, to our surprise. The downstairs portion is a seafood shop, where there are also the cooks and grills. You can buy anything you want and take it home or have it grilled to go or have it grilled to eat in the restaurant upstairs. And what a selection of fish they had.
So I had a slice of grilled swordfish (divine) and some shrimp in a sauce and fried calamari (squid). Wonderful meal. While the calamari cooled I had time to do a quick sketch in my mini-maze book (one page is 2"x3"), then added watercolors at home.

Unfortunately, with temperatures soaring over 100 F. it was not the day to go there, because the air conditioner wasn't working...we'll go back again when it cools off!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bag Jag, 3

In an effort to finish up smaller projects, I've been working on a jeans bag. I always wanted a jeans bag. Of course, I have a huge stack of old jeans (simply can't throw them out), so I could make a number of them in different styles. Here I wanted to use the pockets, well, just the whole top of the jeans, which has such a distinctive style. I made a cotton lining and zigzagged on two back pockets to each side, so I have four solid pockets on the outside and four on the inside. Nice engineering, if I do say so myself--although I haven't figured out the straps yet.
Then I found a pleasing plaid and picked out a couple of matching solids. More extreme needle turn adventures on the horizon! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bag Jag, 2

Somebody left a canvas bag behind, signed, but a little worse for wear. Solid, however.

So I added a pocket and a fun fabric around the sides and bottom.

And another pocket got added on the other side, plus a pocket on the inside. 

I'm wondering if the original owner is going to want it back....

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Tunisian Wedding

Last night a local farmer married his eldest daughter and we attended the outdoor celebration. Fortunately, the weather was lovely.

Because my maze sketchbook is palm size and easily fits into my fancy purse with a pen, I whip it out (discreetly) and draw while nibbling on pastries and sipping lemonade. Fast pen sketches. I might add color later; it's a mini-coloring book.

The bride and groom sit on a decorated platform in front of all the tables for guests, and then come down from time to time to dance to the music with all the young men and women (a sort of modified belly dancing).
My husband gets the idea:"Ok, when you finish the drawing, we'll go home." 
I had a good time!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rosie Revisited

Rosie the Riveter, the iconic poster girl of WWII that encouraged women to go work in munitions factories and the aviation industry (as if they didn't have enough to do already) is becoming Tessie the Tailor. 

A work-in-progress, this is an illustration rather than a sketch, I suppose. I've had this idea floating around in my head for awhile...Having fun with permanent Copic marker and Prismacolor pencils.