Sunday, January 15, 2017

Starting 2017 Gracefully, 4

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!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Starting 2017 Gracefully, 3

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.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Starting 2017 Gracefully, 2

Sketchbook Skool offers Veronica Lawlor's on-line class "A Drawing a Day" for the month of January. As I appreciate her as a teacher and an artist, I signed up.

I know, I know, I'm supposed to be getting back on my own path, however, Veronica offers a thoughtful look at the elements of drawing. This is useful to me at this time.

The first assignment was to take objects from your desk and arrange them into a still life....oh, my, I couldn't even find my desk because it was covered with mosaic materials and dust.

So I had to begin 2017 by doing some deeeeeep cleaning. 

My desk top now (I would be embarrassed to show you the "before" photo).

Needless to say, I'm pleased to have all the pens, brushes and other supplies organized.

And so I finally got to the (very loose) still life with lots to say... 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Starting 2017 Gracefully, 1

One should begin with a calendar...

Every year the post person brings by a calendar, for which we give a large tip. The calendar contains 5 pages of uninspiring photos, with 3 months per page and no place to write. 

Come to think of it, I've never seen big, convenient calendars to put on your refrigerator anyplace in Tunisia.

So every year I glue recycled computer paper onto the post office calendar and draw the months with plenty of space to keep track of it all.

This year, I decided to use some good quality watercolor paper. Well then, why not throw some watercolor paint on for backgrounds? And certainly, all those beautiful colors of Sharpie markers should be used for the lines. It begins with Monday, European style.

The Pomegranate Tree Quilt was at the top of the list for starting 2017 on the right foot. I put it on the bed and scrutinized it. I am pleased to say that the tree is just about finished.

This is going to be a tough baby to photograph because of size and detail. I'll have to use a bigger camera with a very large number of pixels, but, I'll figure that out when it's finished.

I hope 2017 has begun gracefully for you as well.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Good-by 2016

Ah, yes, here we are at the end of 2016. I took some bookmarks discarded by my youngest granddaughter this summer and finished them.

A cheerful way to end my lettering journal and to end the year.

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Lettering Detour, 2

Lately, finding something to say while working on lettering leaves my mouth dry and my tongue stuck. Platitudes are beginning to bore me, too simple. So I recorded a few thoughts about taking care of myself.
Notice that the first time I got on my exercise bike, 
I could only hold up for three minutes of huffing and puffing.
One can only get better!
I'm rather pleased with my progress...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Lettering Detour, 1

 In an attempt to begin the New Year back on my own track, I'm working to finish my lettering detour. 

I'm experimenting with fonts and color, in this case, watercolors.

At the risk of putting another platitude out there, I do believe that this is generally true.