Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer Fun

Just doing art journaling with the grandkids under the auspices of Joanne Sharpe. I've been playing with materials and colors, doodling around. Nice to be a kid again...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

"Artfully Inspired Life," 10

For July, Joanne Sharpe suggested a firecracker theme: cheerful and fun. I'm rather enjoying July despite the heat. I used cheap fluorescent highlight markers for the fire--just playing and trying to be daring...

Monday, July 25, 2016

Book of Etudes, Orange on Black, 2

My family accuses me of spending hours watching movies and TV series in the evening, holed up in my "workroom" (which has been re-baptized as the "art room" by my granddaughters--they get it). 

Guess I have them all fooled--I am not sinking to the lowest common denominator. What really happens late at night? I allow myself to be vaguely entertained while stitching away.

This experimenting is so pleasing to me...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Be Discerning

Playing around with Tombow markers, fountain pens, and lettering, I am trying to remind myself to pay attention to what I eat...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Book of Etudes, Red & Gray, 5

On the reverse side of the "flower," a design is slowly taking form. More late night stitching.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Eating Out

Occasionally, once in a while, but not very often...I go out to eat--and I always enjoy myself because I take a sketchbook. Once, I painted the fish after I ate it because grilled fish tastes better hot. 

And sometimes, I concentrate on people rather than food.

Thanks to these sketches, I have an instant memory of the moment. Sketchbooks are so useful.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Book of Etudes, Red & Gray, 4

Late night stitching: adding stitching to the appliqué that would appear to be a flower motif.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


More play with the Tombow markers and fountain pens. This was fun and fast--unusual for me to go so fast.

Monday, July 11, 2016

"Artfully Inspired Life," 9

I recorded June's events using permanent gel pens and some watercolor. 

A slow, warm, pleasant month at home...

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Book of Etudes, Orange on Black, 1

The orange page started out with an appliqué of a batik fabric on black squares.

Then I started adding stitching in white.

But how could I resist adding stitching in black? So dramatic. I had a good time.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"Artfully Inspired Life," 8

June's alphabet and mantra for Joanne Sharpe required some time but was fun. I used gel pens, markers, watercolor, and colored pencils. Getting to know the materials better. 

Guess I better resist the temptation to sit by the A/C, and get my exercising done for today.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Book of Etudes, Red and Gray, 3

Just peacefully inching along. This one does seem to be directional. We shall see... 

This is a temporary finish. Stitching to follow.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

"Artfully Inspired Life," 7

The month of May was full of pink and posies for my journaling pages. Not something I would ordinarily do, but fun and cheerful. 

May was a healing month.

Saturday, July 2, 2016


At Sketch Club, I felt like sketching the geraniums in the garden of my sketching pal where we met. As temperatures were pushing 100°, I also chose them because I could see them well through the window from the safety of an air-conditioned room. 
When I noted that I had a lot of space on the right, she said "You could always fill it with that writing you do now." My thoughts exactly. It was a pleasant afternoon--despite the heat.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Book of Etudes, Red and Gray, 2

More late night stitching. Inching along.

Linked to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Friday."