Friday, August 17, 2018

Then May Zoomed By

Looking back, May was such a pleasant month, with very pleasant temperatures.

I played around with watercolors in Joanne Sharpe's online class.









I managed to keep track of time...








and do some quick sketching.











I haven't shown my garden for awhile. 
I found an interesting branch that turned into the first of a wood folks series.


I gave him/her (?) a pink hat to go with the geraniums.

I regrouped some of my mosaic pots and replanted a couple of them.

Indeed, a pleasant month...

Saturday, August 4, 2018

April Zoomed By...

My day job consumes my day, and I instantly fall asleep with needle in hand in the evening...sigh...

However, art and creativity still structure my world. I added a frame with a quotation to a painting of my gate in my journal.







I attached the frame at the top of the page.
































We took a short trip to Beja and Tabarka in northern Tunisia at the beginning of April. 



Everything was Spring green.




I felt like I was in another country. We sat in on an academic conference while there. Lovely trip.

And so, April zoomed by...





Friday, May 4, 2018

What Happened to March?

Keeping track of time in my art journal does not help slowing things down. 

The month of March zoomed by, but I managed to stay on track...somewhat. My mantra page has collaged letters onto a small box that I took apart, painted yellow, and glued to the gray background in my journal.






Playing with pattern, suggested in Joanne Sharpe's online class, "Artfully Inspired Life," I got carried away.










It was a colorful month--I had fun!


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.