Posted in February 2012

Week Five – Stalling for Time, I Mean a new Sketchbook Caddy

So here is my first actual filler week.  I made myself a new sketchbook caddy that was full of fail and sad.  I used the pattern found at for the Norma Envelope clutch.  Basically, the idea was to have something smallish that could hold my bare essentials, and keep my sketch supplies well organized.

What I wound up with was an entirely different matter.  I am no stranger to sewing, so a bag shouldn’t be all that hard, but tri-fold assemblies have never been my strong suit.

Here are photographs of the immense fail of this bag:







A list of some of it’s faults:

  • Main pocket does not hit bottom of bag
  • Main pocket goes past top of bag
  • Strap for pen clips is to short to use
  • Tiny eraser and sharpener pockets to low to use
  • Horrible piping
  • Terrible side seams
  • Dreadful closure
  • Somehow, the nice picture I took of the front of the bag managed to fail in transit.

Though even considering all of those faults, It is an easy bag to carry around, and it does fit all my business nicely.

Fear not readers – I am slowly working on some pieces of actual art that I am happy with.  Just biding for time to do them the justice they deserve.

Week Four – One Step Forwards, Two Steps Back

Yeah, yeah, I know – this post is two weeks late.  Fear not, however, I did produce something the week before last, I just didn’t want to post it.  The why of why I didn’t want to post it is probably one of the first lessons that Thing a Week has taught me.  Don’t force it.

I started the week doing some beautiful tapestry work that made me very happy.  So happy, in fact, that I wanted to devote quite a bit more than a week of my time to it.  The task then fell to completing something else during the week in order to not break my resolution.  What to do?  My eyes fell to an 8×8 canvas that I started this past fall and never finished.  Having just sold two pieces similar at Lala Gallery, the obvious choice was to get off my duff and complete that.  A given, right?

Apparently not right.  In the middle of producing a piece that was giving me enormous satisfaction, working from a happy and good place, I had decided to go backwards and add to a body of work that came from an entirely different place and made use of an entirely different mind set.

The resulting work is not something I am happy with. It isn’t terrible, it just isn’t what I want to be producing at this juncture in my development as an artist.  So without further ado, here is the painting I produced.