Day 5

Jim has titled this piece ‘damn global warming’ probably because the snow looks like a tsunami wave. He is a great critic and I both need his insights and look forward to his comments!

I didn’t have much time for painting today, and no planning. Slap the paper on the board and go. 

This is from memory of a cold, windy day when I felt sorry for the birds huddling in the tree.

damn global warming

Sweet Studio

Finally back in the studio today after 3 weeks of vacationing. When you live at a vacation destination you get to vacation a lot!

Today is also the first day I have had the opportunity to experiment with the sample pastels and paper I ordered. I am sure you have heard it before, but I will say it again. The right tools make the job so much easier.

A walk in the woods
A walk in the woods

 

A walk in the woods 2
A walk in the woods 2

 

Elmo
Elmo

Blessed in the City of Brotherly Love

A Billy Joel concert with the fam was an early birthday present! The show fabulous! The scenery gorgeous (and crazy clean for the Democratic Nation Convention)!

I am really enjoying being closer to family. Can’t explain what it is like, seeing these people once a year on a good year for the past 28 years and suddenly able to go play for a night and skip out the door the next morning knowing I will see them again in a week or two is surreal.

I also am truly enjoying the time I’ve had to paint. I have had a few really bad days where I question why I bother, but most days are good. I keep attempting images way beyond my ability and am pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Ideas for next images flow faster than I can write them down, I think about painting tomorrow when I lay down at night, dream about it and wake up ready to go. Crazy, incredible opportunity I have been given!

Billy!
Billy!

 

Waiting for Billy!

 

Liberty Bell with Independence Hall behind, 9 x 12 pastel painting on Strathmore pastel paper
Liberty Bell with Independence Hall behind, 9 x 12 pastel painting on Strathmore pastel paper

 

Breakfast, 5 x 7 pastel painting on carson watercolor paper
Breakfast, 5 x 7 pastel painting on carson watercolor paper

Leaves Leaves Leaves!

I have spent the last few days working hard on leaves! I threw a deer in the mix just to add to the frustration! I am sure this is like the plateau on a diet, right? I say that like there is comfort in that – I usually give in to my hunger with large amounts of chocolate when on a diet!

It is like beating my head against a wall! I can’t seem to get the pastels to make the lines or layer the way I see them working in my head. I know if I work through this I will have learned something wonderful and have the most exquisite images, just need to keep painting!

Original image of Doe we met on our morning walk
Original image of Doe we met on our morning walk

 

First painting, too much focus on background foliage
First painting, too much focus on background foliage

 

Second painting, less focus on background detail
Second painting, less focus on background detail

 

Third painting, all focus on deer, very little attention paid to the foliage
Third painting, all focus on deer, very little attention paid to the foliage

 

Third painting, all focus on deer, very little attention paid to the foliage
Close up of deer in third painting

Weekly Drawing Challenge – Week 8

Enchanted Camp Adele, a magical place my father bought me years ago ( ok, not just me, but…) I was fortunate enough to spend a quiet weekend there last weekend. Just my father, my husband, Lucy and I.

 

lucy swimming in the creek

 

Pop and jim

We got a lot of work done on the camps and I got a chance to do a fast drawing.

 

stone arch bridge rockland station pa

I love this image, but found it frustrating that I still didn’t have all the colors I needed, but mostly that the pastels wouldn’t do what I expected them to do!

I spent about an hour wondering if I had decided to jump back into the world of creating with the wrong medium. Then I decided I just didn’t have the right tools.

So today I purchased some tools that are the next level up! I’m excited and terrified to see what this weekends drawing looks like!


What soft pastels do you use, love, recommend?