Sunday, October 23, 2016

Appreciate Today

As I tend to look forward, I'm not even sure this is true. However, it's a good reminder to appreciate the moment, even if it's only errand day.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Doodle Alphabet

Done with a 0.1 and 0.4 Uni pin fine liner, this crazy alphabet is taking a bit of time, but it's oh so fun!

I'll eventually add color...just playing...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Portrait

Midnight finds me doing homework with grandkids in the States on Skype. Sometimes I try a portrait. The victim was gazing intently at the computer site for her homework, which explains the vague look. Even though I would make no claims to resemblance, this is time well spent for me--I am always entertained...

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Nice Quotation

A thoughtful Georgia O'Keeffe quotation caught my attention so I tried it with a white Uni-Ball Signo pen, which didn't work well at all, probably because I had used salt on the background. 

So I tried a white Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen (which is waterproof) that worked very well except that mine does not have a fine tip. I added ink shading. Turned out ok, but it's a messy process that I probably won't do again--I have enough mess in my life...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

"Artistically Inspired Life," 14

For October, Joanne Sharpe proposed an autumn tree theme. Lots of fun.

Monday, October 10, 2016


Out and about, I drew the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, designed by French architects about ten years ago. An interesting building, it's looking run down as do most public buildings these days.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Nameplate 2

Finished up the "nameplate" for a family member's office door. Done with Prismacolor pencils and a Micron pen. I have a new appreciation for graffiti lettering...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

On My Sewing Table

Having fun sewing on the final leaves of the Pomegranate Tree Quilt. Love zooming around on the machine...

Monday, October 3, 2016


A family member needed a "nameplate" for her office door. This is the first version. As I sent a photo by email, she can change the size when she prints it.

Now I'll put in the background. I'm using Prismacolor pencils and Platinum Carbon Ink in my Lamy Joy pen.

Hope this surprises her students and colleagues!

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Playing around with salt and Seran wrap for watercolor backgrounds. I don't really care for the salt as it seems to affect the paper. I might leave the red one as is. It pleases me immensely. Wouldn't it be interesting to interpret this into fabric? Wait, wait...I have to finish the Pomegranate Tree Quilt! Drat!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Errand Day, 2

Traffic jams are not my only subject when going out. We have a few low mountains that I never tire of sketching.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Errand Day

Living on a small farm, I find no particular need to go "out". There's plenty to do. We save up errands for one or two days a week. Then we have an adventure...which usually includes a traffic jam in Tunis. This doesn't bother me since it gives me time to sketch. I have to go faster for people-sketching. It seems that most are leashed to a cellphone these days.

Monday, September 19, 2016

First Pages

The name and title pages of my new journal/sketchbook: 

This will be the place where I finish up my lettering adventures. 
Fabric and thread are calling me...

Sunday, September 18, 2016


For out-and-about, a small palette to which I added extra half pans does the job. It's filled with 24 Daniel Smith watercolors (I have tubes). However, I've seen the idea of a portable mini-palette in several places and I wanted to try out my Derwent Inktense pencils. 

Just scribble hard on a card. I covered mine with deli paper (stapled on the left side), but, wax paper would work also. The card holds 18 colors (cool colors on the other side)--beats carrying around 18 pencils in your purse! 

And then I tested it out while running errands. It's magic!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Another Late Night

Midnight finds me doing math homework with my eldest granddaughter (she gets out of school in the States when I'm ready to go to bed in Tunisia) on Skype (the miracles of technology). So I stitch most of the evening while waiting to do math.

I picked up "He went to work every day...then he retired" as I missed it after having worked on it during Mr. M's hospital stay in April and May. Just inching along...
Some thoughts about a "math at midnight" piece are swirling around in my sleep-deprived mind. Hmmmm...I have no idea what form that would take.