Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Plant, A Friend

The subjects are not related, but that's how it goes in my daily journal. This is the plant that I'm sketching on fabric with the Inktense pencils.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Inktense Experiments, 2

Lucky I make time for Sketch Club each week; there is slow progress on the succulents done on cotton fabric with Derwent Inktense pencils, which I dip in water.

It takes time to lay down the colors as this particular plant has such variations going from red to green. Very festive.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Jazz Club

While I clean out my workroom, I am trying to finish off nearly-forgotten drawings in my multiple sketchbooks. A restaurant named "Jazz Club" in the South end of Tunis has good food, canned jazz music, old instruments placed strategically, and artwork on the walls. Using a permanent pen, I loosely copied a mural, then added watercolors that I liked at home.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Winging It

My evenings are l-o-n-g (mostly sunset to midnight) so I can stitch to my heart's content.

This slow technique fits well with my series exploring the passage of time, the slow changes.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Thinking Outside the Box

A box series has developed in my sketchbooks based on small cardboard boxes I painted 25 years ago. They were looking worn so I recycled them by taking them apart and glueing them into a sketchbook. Then I added more lines.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


This summer my 8-year-old granddaughter drew mugs in my sketchbook. I got to color the first two.

She finished off the third one in her cheerful way, complete with steam and a couple of wild lines inspired by Grandma's "Take-a-line-for-a-walk". She wanted to make sure I would notice that she got the shadow in.

Warm summer memories for a cool, gray Autumn day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Mug

At Sketch Club this week, we drew an ornate mug (or tankard) in a variety of ways with a variety of materials. I used my old planner sketchbook with the bad paper. Later in the evening, I played around with text and watercolors.

Just having fun...

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Out in the Orchard

Since my new job is "farmer," a farm/nature theme seems to be developing in my sketchbooks. I experimented with a brush pen to sketch this bergamot lemon tree, which expressed well the loose, chaotic nature of this tree. 

The geometric design is a recycled watercolor painting that I did in the 1980s (oh, my!). Just couldn't throw it away, so I cut it up and have put it in this particular sketchbook (a Stillman & Birn Zeta).

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Chez le dentiste

The dentist's receptionist didn't realize I was sketching her until I showed her my drawing...

This office is located in an old colonial building in downtown Tunis with marble floors, high ceilings, and tall doors and windows.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Pink-Red Minimal, 2

For my last visit to the dentist, I chose the Pink-Red Minimal to stitch. 
I have been picking up this piece occasionally for the last seventeen years (ouch!). 
And I still have no idea where it's going, but it's an old friend.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Inktense Experiments

Now this is an adventure! At Sketch Club the other day I finally made time to test out the Derwent Inktense pencils (which become permanent when water is added) on fabric. As I cleaned out my stacks of fabric, I found some white cotton and cut it into rectangles for my Textile Sketchbook. I taped a piece to a small piece of plywood and drew my favorite succulent plant, which has red-edged leaves, with a Micron .08 tip (permanent pen). The large tip made it easier to draw without catching threads.

Then I started adding color by dipping the pencils into water first. I rather like the bleeding that is developing. More fun ahead!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Out & About, 14

For lunch in a restaurant, I wasn't feeling particularly inspired, but they did have good seafood.

Having coffee in an expensive café (with lousy service--one remembers the small things) I had enough time to people-watch and sketch.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

In the Stacks: Progress Report, 2

Now I remember why this clean-up job got put off for so long; it's just very time-consuming--every evening I iron and fold and iron and fold.

No regrets, though. Look at all those beautiful, orderly stacks!
And I thought it would take more room to squeeze in my new summer acquisitions. 
Nope. With the fabric generally ironed and folded carefully it all fits.
However, when I turn the corner, more disorder awaits me...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Sketch Club, 2

After doing the blind and negative spaces sketches, I tested out my brand new 72-set Derwent Inktense pencils. This turned out to be exciting because there are several ways to apply color and get different effects. I discovered that there is a learning curve.

My friend said: "I can hardly wait to see what you do with the Inktense on fabric."

Me, too!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

A Tree & Bus Waiting

Being out everyday in my orchard, trees are taking over my topics of conversation in sketching. 

Then there was a taxi driver who had an interesting tea glass holder attached to his dashboard. He can sip his black tea all day long. It's so strong that it is served only in very small glasses or cups. This beverage got me through grad school, but now I wouldn't dare to have even a sip!