In progress … And stuck on what to do with the background.  

Tin says to colour the background red … Hmmm ….

In the meantime, since I had  started this as a four-panel doodle, there are now creases showing up overall. 

How do you get rid of the creases?  


In the meantime, I’ll mull over whether to add more flowers or just tangle in the background. 

Any thoughts? 

Six and a half hours too long


I thought I had read the last book of the series, and when I was recommending the author and series to a friend, it came up that there were another two books!!

I thought this was part of the story, so I got it … only to find out that it’s more of a spin-off than a part of the story.  grrrr…. I am not enjoying it … it sounds like YA – ok, the heroine is a 14-almost-15 year-old girl, as she likes to remind everybody in the book – but no, not liking it at all.

It may or may not be relevant in series, when I pick it up with the next book.  I’m only finishing listening to it because I’m halfway through it, and just like a printed book, I feel that I have to finish reading it once started.

But right now, this is six hours and 26 minutes too long ….



Blizzard 2016

Well … the Blizzard of 2016 lived up to its name, and more.

We got 28 inches of snow by the time all was done, and apparently that’s a normal total for one winter.  But we got it all in one weekend … So … does that mean that we’re done with snow for the winter?  ha!  Keep on dreaming, I’m told.

I wasn’t feeling to go outside trampling in the snow this year.  Maybe the next snowstorm.  So I was just standing by the windows and the doors, taking pictures.


I would look out the back door once in a while to see how high the snow reached …

… and the front door …

… and out the window …

I gaped at the neighbours’ roof at the overhanging chunks? sheets? mass? of snow … and waited for it to break off and fall … as of this morning, they were still there.

And another rite of passage … passing on the mantle … Justin’s first solo run with the snowblower …


*sigh*  They grow too fast, don’t they?



Kind of obsessed with this flower drawing now.  More practice for the big piece, I say.

And with the first winter storm approaching, I’ve already made plans to stay in all weekend … More time for doodling and playing with yarn and catching up on projects …

Stay safe and warm, everybody.


Tile Series 11: My New Year Ball

The newscasts showed the Times Square New Year’s Eve countdown ball getting some new glass added to it.  Which reminded me of another doodle I had left unfinished, not knowing what to do with it.

I did have an idea which didn’t quite turn out the way I pictured it.  That’s the pin cushion-looking rows at the top.

I decided to stop fiddling with it and leave it as it is.  I may add something else in the middle later on, but this is the first finished Tile for 2016.



Dark Drafts

A little dark, but this is my ‘draft’ drawing, if you can call it that.

I can’t believe I’m working on a draft before working on the ‘final’.  I told myself last year that I had to branch out and be a little more spontaneous and free-form, instead of planning out a drawing.  And for the most part that’s what I was doing, mistakes and all.


I used to sketch or draw in pencil first, then ink it over.  At some point, I decided that it was taking too much time, so I should just learn to draw in ink and go with the flow.  It’s not as if I’m working on a commissioned work that will need to be perfect.

But still … there’s those times such as this that I don’t want to spoil the final piece.  So … sketch and experiment away, I say, before working on the final piece.

What do you do?  Sketch in pencil first, or just put pen to paper and go with it?



Tile 10: Rushed Drawings

During one of our meetings in the DRC, I drew a border around boxes and paragraphs to highlight the content.  As the meeting progressed, I kept drawing lines around it, and then eventually criss-crossed with more lines … and more lines … The colleague next to me liked it and asked me to sign it.  I told him I had better drawings for him to keep, and not scribbles on the agenda sheet lol

So then I had to come up with something before we left the Congo.  I had brought WIPs with me just in case, and thought it would be easier to finish one instead of starting something new, but I rejected those as I wasn’t coming up with anything to finish the doodlings.  Needing to come up with something, I started out with the basics, from the beginning.

Two days later, this is what the finished piece looked like.  Pressed for time then, I didn’t work on the shading too much.  I see little things now that I could have worked on some more, or shaded to make darker for contrast, but it’s done.  The recipient liked it – of course, an original signed piece from me! lol – but if he liked it, then it was good enough.


And then … he said that he actually liked one of my other half-finished pieces, and if he could have that too … Why didn’t he say that from the beginning?  lol  So another rush drawing overnight, to finish just in time for our last morning in Goma.

I thought I had taken a progress pic, but I can’t find it now.  But here’s the finished piece, after I added four more rounds and a little shading.


What did I learn from these rush drawings?   That my mind isn’t free-flowing enough yet, and it still looks for the structure and symmetry under pressure, instead of just letting go and never mind what comes out on paper.  I didn’t have any designs in mind when I started, anyway, so maybe that’s why I couldn’t think of what to do next when trying to finish it.

How do you come up with your doodles?  Do you have something in mind when you start?  Or do you just put pen to paper and start?

So that will be the doodling goal for the year … free up the mind and just draw.