Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bootkamp, 3

The assignment was to lay down a warm watercolor wash and then use coloured pencils over it. So I continued my orange peel theme. 
The "take-a-line-for-a-walk" spilled over from my small daily journal and served as a frame.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bootkamp, 2

Another assignment for the Sketchbook Skool Bootkamp: copy an artist that you like. The choice was tough because color is my first love. There are the Impressionists, the Expressionists, the Fauves, etc. What about Paul Klee, Louis Moilliet, and Auguste Macke, whose exhibit about their 1914 trip to Tunisia I saw in December? Then there's Kandinsky, Matisse, Delauney, Turner, Franz Marc...the list is long. I flipped through my books and the internet and found a million possibilities. Overload. Basta. I went and fixed dinner.

Then I remembered Daumier, a 19th century French caricaturist with biting wit. I checked the internet. Bingo. In fact, I was dazzled by his sketches. The lines are wild and squiggly and scribbly, very fine with a few lines emphasized. Very little color. By the time I finished sketching, I had a very loose hand.
Apparently Daumier hated lawyers. The darkest figure has two faces, which took me a while to figure out as Daumier's sketch is a bit more subtle. This was fast and fun.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bootkamp, 1

Sketchbook Skool's Bootkamp (free) just started for those who have completed three sessions. It is basically 6 weeks of homework assignments that consolidate everything learned so far, and then everyone shares. I have to admire the pedagogical methods of SBS--quite a number of people have admitted that they fell off the wagon and needed a boost to get back to having a regular sketching habit.

Using my new hand sewn journal, I finished the first homework, which was to draw a whole apple, take a bite, draw, take a bite, draw, etc. until there was nothing left. Since apples are out of season and since I live on a citrus farm and have oranges galore, I wanted an orange peeled the artistic way instead. The trick is to keep the peel all in one piece. My husband says I massacre oranges, so I let him do the peeling. This is very low on my list of things-to-learn...
Copic multiliner pen, Grumbacher artist quality watercolors (haven't opened the tubes of Daniel Smith watercolors, yet. Enjoying the anticipation.). And I did try out the Pentel water brushes, which I liked.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Some Late Holiday Cheer

Santa did manage to swing by Tunisia and brought some splendid toys: Daniel Smith watercolors, Pentel waterbrushes, half and full pans, and 2 sizes of Altoids boxes (for making watercolor kits). It's a well-known fact that I don't need any textile supplies (I'm stocked for life), but these art supplies are not easily available to me...I'm definitely in 7th Heaven!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Caught in Traffic

Who would have guessed that the rear-ends of vehicles in traffic could be interesting?
I seem to have a theme going here. I'm sure there will be many more now that I've figured out how to overcome car sickness. I had to chuckle at the ghostly face that developed on the right.

I especially like Flaubert's quotation:

"Be boring and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work." --Gustave Flaubert

Couldn't agree more.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bag Jag, 9

The hardware on a handbag requires serious I have been considering. A number of forlorn straps have come into my possession and one strap had brass-looking clips.

They go with the brass-looking rings on my jeans bag. 
So I covered them with denim from old jeans.
I might add bits and pieces of denim for a shabbier look...ruminating on it.
My heart swells up with satisfaction when I see
my long-awaited, much-desired, jeans bag.
Cost? 2 brass rings (about a dollar).
Recycling at its best!
Great way to start the New Year!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Coffee Maker and Blue Orange

A couple quiet days at home, so simple sketches.

Did I mention that I love color...and wild lines?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Saying Goodbye to the Old Year

One should say goodbye to the Old Year and start the New Year in the right way. As I started my jeans bag in 2014 and have been stitching on it in order to finish it soon, it is a good candidate to bridge the past and the future.
I'm stitching across the back pockets, inching along in the bitter cold that has hit Tunisia. There's snow over the north and within 5 miles of my house--drat, if it's going to be so cold, one might as well have snow. Oh, well, I'm not sure the citrus trees would appreciate snow.

Wishing you all a wonderful 2015 full of creativity and art! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Shoe Project, 1

Thanks to the Sketchbook Skool classes and playground (Facebook page), I have acquired enough skill to honor some very lovely shoes--which I myself cannot wear. While drawing this, I reflected on shoes as artefacts. This one pleases me because it is "patchworked" and the craftsmanship is excellent.
The challenge was in the textures of smooth leather and velours-like suede. I sketched it with pencil lightly first because I wanted some exactness. Most is done with a humble ball point pen, however, for the suede parts, I cross-hatched lightly in pen then went over it with a Prismacolor black pencil. I used colored pencils for the beige interior as well. The shadow is in watercolor.

The background will get a watercolor treatment.
I might get there's a pleasant thought.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Lake

Tunis is situated on a lake connected to the sea. 
Another view from the passenger's seat.
Have I overcome motion sickness?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Recurring Themes, 3

Motion sickness is my bane. Yet, I've been managing to sketch in the passenger seat of the car, which results in a lot of sketches of the backs of vehicles, among other things.

A day in Tunis running errands...

The "take-a-line-for-a-walk" has been developing into some interesting shapes.
Always a surprise to see what will happen.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

An Exhibit

Paul Klee, Auguste Macke and Louis Moilliet made a trip to Tunisia together in 1914, so in honour of its "centennial" the Bardo Museum (Tunis) is hosting a show of their work from that trip. No photos allowed of the small aquarelles and sketches, but, I went with the intention of sketching anyway, to sketch the sketches. I was surprised at the poor quality of paper they used (looked like newsprint), but delighted with the line work. 
Louis Moilliet, left: "Scène de la rue en Tunisie" ("Street Scene in Tunisia," 1914);
right: "Vendeur de rue arabe" ("Arabe Street Vendor," 1914). 
I was a bit disappointed that this exhibit did not include some of the wonderful color studies for which all three artists are known. However, it provided an excellent sketching exercise--I found that Macke was much more precise in his lines while Moilliet had a very loose hand. Enjoyable afternoon that is now recorded in one of my sketchbooks.
Auguste Macke, left: "Homme avec une brouette" ("Man With a Cart," 1914);
right: "Arabes assis devant leur maison" ("Arabes Sitting in Front of Their House,"1914)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Recurring Themes, 2

The push to finish school work before vacation took up most of last week. Today I am finally on vacation. I managed to squeeze in a few sketches in my small journal during the week. 

Students and teachers will probably be a recurring theme for a long time...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Grabbed Moments

Winding up the rather turbulent Fall semester, I haven't found much time for stitching. However, my small sketchbook attests to the moments I can grab during a day.
I add color at dinnertime, but, truth to tell, it may take longer...
I'm so much happier with my sketchbook/journal since I started adding the color. 
On the other hand, I think it helped to limit myself to pen sketching for awhile. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Recurring Themes

Some themes seem to be developing in my small daily journal. Watches and time for my bigger textile pieces. 

Students appear occasionally, sketched during a few brief minutes of quiet in class.

And I am forever delighted by the "take-a-line-for-a-walk." The possibilities are infinite.

Materials: ballpoint pen for watch, gel pen for students. Prismacolor pencils.