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 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!
Waiting for Billy!
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
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
First painting, too much focus on background foliage
Second painting, less focus on background detail
Third painting, all focus on deer, very little attention paid to the foliage