Saturday, March 3, 2018

My Day Job

My Day Job has taken over my life.
"And what is your Day Job?" you might ask.
Answer: Tree Climber. Yes, as I get younger and younger, I'm doing more and more "kids' stuff," making it hard for me to keep up with blogging. Here I am, perching in a lemon tree. This Day Job forces me to s-t-r-e-c-h, everyday.---->

However, I have managed some sketching.

And, some stitching on my utility quilt.

Thanks to Joanne Sharpe's on-line class, I've kept up with art journaling for February.

Lots of bright colors for this short month.

I've managed to keep track of my time.

It is Springtime in Tunisia. I enjoy the wonderful weather of this season. You'll find me perching in a tree!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Starting 2018

At the end of every year I make my refrigerator calendar (you know, the kind that has big spaces to write in) from the ugly Post Office calendar. I glue on Canson paper and paint. This year I used Derwent Inktense pencils and chose three colors for each page, which I picked from a color study in my journal/sketchbook.

Well, I'm a bit late this year, but six months are ready to go.

I also decided to follow Joanne Sharpe's online class "Artfully Inspired Life" tm, to keep up with journaling and to stay cheerful in these trying times. Not only is "The Circus in D.C." journal dragging on, but, rioting by thugs in Tunisia dominates local news. A worrisome year ahead...My solution is Joanne's cheerfulness. 

For January: a mantra and a lettering page,

and, of course, a journaling page.

Hope 2018 is starting well for you. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

The Christmas tree was beautiful.

And it was a white Christmas in upper state New York.

Yes, I experienced the Arctic Blast, 
but managed to do a bit of seasonal sketching--snowscapes and shopping.

I tried to catch up in "The Circus in D.C." journal--to no avail.
I worried a bit at the airport...would we be snowed in?

But, we arrived at JFK for the final boarding of the flight home...close call. It was -11 F. at JFK. That's -24 C. It was a l-o-n-g trip.

Although I miss the kids and grandkids, I've never been so happy to return to my dusty corner of the world, where it is pleasantly warm (in the 60°s F.) and green.

My old bed quilt greeted me cheerfully last night. It will take me into 2018. 
And may the New Year bring you many blessings 
and lots of creativity!

Friday, November 17, 2017

How Did This Happen???

I turned the page on my calendar and there it was, the first Christmas tree and reminder of the coming holiday season...How did this happen??? Seriously???It seems like just yesterday I was making my calendar for 2017...just yesterday...

After getting over the shock, I decided that I should at least end the year with a finish, a big finish. So I pulled out the Pomegranate Tree and realized there wasn't much left to do. I've been stitching a few weeds and cutting bias binding. The end is in sight.

And in the meantime, I've been covering the white lattice of my worn utility quilt with triangles and squares (needle-turn appliqué). This quilt whispers to me in the evening, cheering me up with its colors, reminding me that "slow and steady" is a good way to work.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Trying to Make Sense of It All, 3

The weather is beautiful so outdoor work fills my days. Once the sun sets, I pick up my needle...and frequently nod off. But, still, I'm making some progress on my old quilt. 

In the meantime, I'm still working on this journal that documents the mess in Washington, D.C.

However, you can imagine the difficulty of keeping up with such relentless news cycles.

The cast of characters rivals the Cirque du Soleil.

The words and expressions continue to intrigue me.
The problem: 
I don't see how all this can end well...
for anybody...

Monday, October 23, 2017

Out & About

On errand days interesting subjects cross my path.


I try to catch people in movement.

Then there are the buildings, neighborhoods, and streets that look so different from where I grew up in Oregon.

Traffic presents challenges: we drove behind a shovel contraption (no idea what it is called these days--is it still a steam shovel?).

And our favorite small restaurant always has interesting possibilities.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Beach, 2: Memories of Summer

Two activities keep me attentive to the moment when I go to the beach--stitching and sketching. 

The landscapes and the colors under the Tunisian sun are enticing

And the gardens are bewitching.

People-watching entertains me. We see lots of Russian tourists basking in the sun for hours, as if they will never see it again once they return home (this may be true).

A child's drawing of women served as a background for a sun-bather. I liked the contrast.

Usually, I have to sketch rapidly ...and then I turn the page.

Contour sketches without looking too much at the paper fill my pages.

Quite possibly, palm trees are my favorite subject.

In the meantime...