Sunday, November 23, 2014


I seem to have developed a habit of sketching during dinner (easier than stitching at the dinner table!) since it's just the ol' man and me. This does not impinge on interpersonal communication since I can talk at the same time. 

Last night I decided to draw on a scrap of fabric with a permanent pen (Copic Multiliner 0.5). I've been thinking about inserting watch & clock faces into at least one of my pieces about ageing. That idea would require more than one or two faces, maybe a bunch. That's a pleasant thought. Without hands...maybe the hands should be floating on the outside of the face...haven't decided

And then, to stitch or not to stitch...still ruminating.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Just inching along--with relief--on the reverse side of my jeans bag.
A quiet evening...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Made it to 75

Although I can't seem to be able to catch up to anything, I did manage to finish the 75-day pen-sketching challenge.

And now I will keep going as there are 300 pages to fill in this small journal...enough for at least another year. I think I'll add colored pencils to the mix.

And today, I think I can finally do some stitching after a two week hiatus. I can't think right and I feel unfocused when I can't stitch....

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Back in the Saddle

Yup, I'm trying to climb back into the saddle after falling completely off the wagon--and I owe you an apology for the abuse of clich├ęs, but they struck me as kind of funny in an absurd way. Suffice to say that my teaching load has become heavy and with all the excitement over elections in Tunisia, nobody has been able to settle into a routine, and here we are almost at the end of the semester. 
So I did a two-page spread in my sketchbook of one of the many absurdities facing me at work. It helped me get over the poorly conducted teacher "training" day for the new, super duper language lab that looks beautiful--but doesn't work. Fortunately, there were no guns around or I would have shot myself as an act of mercy.

Note the interior design of the "award"--that's me snoozing away.... 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bag Jag, 8

Thankfully, my stitching keeps me calm despite the bumps in the road of life in Tunisia. I've been picking up my needle often as elections approach--there's a lot at stake. Last night I dreamt that I returned to the States with only one suitcase in hand. Fortunately, I don't experience prophetic dreams; it' just anxiety rising to the surface.

The rings for the strap are now zipper is next.

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!