Friday, September 4, 2015

Lazy Summer Days, 1

While in the States I didn't have my colored pencils with me so now I'm finishing the sketches in my everyday small sketchbook/journal. Reliving the summer as fall approaches.

I continue to practice drawing people--still tough for me. What I particularly notice is that people are sometimes surprised at how they appear if I show them what I drew. 

Ballpoint pen & Prismacolor pencils.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Doodling & a Spot

Oh, drat! I got a spot on a vest; a comfortable piece of clothing made from a nondescript cotton. Middle front, no way to hide it.

This might be an opportunity--maybe a flower would be in order?

Or maybe something bigger and wilder? 

And then there were my 300+ new fabrics still sitting on my sewing table. How about that pretty turquoise and blue fabric on the top of the pile?

Ahhh, but did I need another project?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

More Summer Doodle Stitching

Doodling along with thread and needle allows me to explore the possibilities of stitch juxtaposed to fabric. This has been a peaceful project--mindless and yet mindful. Quite bizarre!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Meeting

Meetings are often tedious, but not this one. Good use of time...

Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer Doodle Stitching

My leisurely summer vacation has affected my stitching--I have been stitching s-l-o-w-l-y. This is partially due to the lack of a sewing machine. 

Just doodling on fabric with bits of scraps that I couldn't throw away. I'm leaving the raw edges (attached with a running stitch) and then adding some needle turn appliqué holes here and there. 


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Out and About, 12

Sketching while out and about in June and sketching suffering students. Exams sometimes extend well into June. Most students are now on the beaches and school will probably start rolling in October; It is a beach culture, after all, at least along the coast.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Two Houses

While proctoring exams in June, I looked out the window and drew nearby houses. Lovely weather. Good use of time.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

An Olive Tree

Olive trees have silvery-green leaves that are beautiful in the wind. I have several wild olive trees (they seem to sprout up everyplace) in my garden. This one is an old tree I saw on the road.

Sunday, August 2, 2015


My uneventful drive to Kairouan became eventful when my car stopped on the autoroute (freeway). It all turned into an adventure when I got to ride in a tow truck, whose driver deposited my car at the local mechanic's shop. While waiting for the tow truck to arrive, I sketched my surroundings to record the moment.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The University of Kairouan

The road to Kairouan is torturous and the landscape becomes drier and drier as one drives south and west. I helped with some academic work at the University of Kairouan, spending the better part of a day there. 

I was thankful to get back to my corner of the world where it's greener.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Another Suffering Student

It's a tough choice, the beach or exams.

And then out and about, driving in Tunis. Temperatures are rising...

Monday, July 20, 2015

Airport Sketching

The summer has been busy with lots of trips to the airport. 

However, it is a sad airport, rather morose, with few tourists daring to venture forth.

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.