Yes, the weather has turned warm in Tunisia and Spring has arrived. It's the high season for citrus fruit so I'm picking and crating oranges, mandarines, and lemons everyday. Not much time for stitching or sketching. Prismacolor pencils on a ball-point pen doodle that I did while doing homework with my grandkids on Skype.
Week 3 of Veronica Lawlor's class was about drawing with color. I used crayons and colored pencils while doodling on paper. -->
Then I tried out crayons and Derwent Inktense pencils on white cotton fabric. No idea what I'll do with it...
<-- The next assignment was drawing a subject with crayons using its "real" colors (left, I picked a rather colorful succulent) and then drawing it using everything but the colors in the first sketch.
More crayons and colored pencils: the clouds in a storm and at sunrise. Given the cold weather, I had to work from photos.
A "coloring book" lesson was fun: draw a bowl of fruit (mandarine oranges) in black felt pen, then use as many colors as possible. <--
To finish the week, sketches of a colorful area. Once again the cold weather kept me inside, so I used my photos of Tunis: the main street (top left), the Medina (lower left), and the Cathedral. I enjoyed using crayons, and will try out the possibilities on fabric later.
While stitching the sky on the Pomegranate Tree, I'm also managing to keep up with Veronica Lawlor's on-line Sketchbook Skool class for January. Thick and thin lines.--> <--Sinuous lines.
And lines that express emotion.-->
The cold, damp weather keeps me fairly housebound so it's easy to finish stuff inside. However, spring is right around the corner. The wildflowers and my apple tree's blossoms are ready to burst into bloom at the slightest increase in temperature.
My studio wraps itself around me and says "thank you for cleaning" every time I enter. This took awhile because my goal was to clean only one item a day, however, here we are half way through January and I can find everything in the drawing/art supplies half of the room -->
<--and in the sewing side of the room.
On top of the chest of drawers is an antique Persian prayer rug, inherited from my grandmother.
Despite its threadbare state, the craftsmanship commands respect.
And I have no idea how my grandmother acquired it.
In the meantime, I attempted the first assignment for Veronica Lawlor's "A Drawing A Day" class in fabric after doing it on paper; a blind sketch of items on my (newly cleaned) desk. Well, you know, a half-blind sketch. I had to look more often in order not to sew my fingers. First, I sewed down some fabric pieces to help block out the composition of brushes, markers and pens
The emphasis for the first week was on line--wild line! My little ol' Singer was (almost literally) smokin' by the time I finished--a very exhilarating way to draw!
D-e-e-p cleaning allows one to find things as well as get things organized. I have been following my "Finish it" rule into January. For example, I found an accordion sketchbook for which I had not yet made the covers. Now the covers are finished... ...which inspired me to prepare journaling pages for January using the same colors of Derwent Inktense pencils.
And I've got the Pomegranate Tree squared up--I am thankful for big square floor tiles. They made the job easier.