The Austin Pastel Society had their monthly meeting here in Bastrop on Sunday. It was live and in person. They also put some of it on Zoom and if you have facebook and are a member you can see more on the facebook page. Info on the website at https://www.austinpastelsociety.org/page/32253/aps-demonstrations
It was so wonderful to get together with other artists. I got to see old friends and meet some new artists and art supporters as well. The painting artists were Suzanne Malesovas, Joycelyn Schedler, Julia Fletcher, Neva Rossi-Smoll and Alan Ehrlich. Each painted in their own styles. They finished a painting in an hour.
I was slightly disappointed that in past years the paint around had the five artists starting a painting, then after 10 minutes move to the next painting for 10 minutes and ending back at the painting they started to "finish and clean up" what the other artists did. I missed the excitement of that format.
It was interesting to see the artists and watch their techniques and different use of pastels and surfaces. I can always learn something new. It definitely makes me want to get out and paint with other artists.
It was a warm afternoon, but so nice in the shade with plenty of room to walk around and get a good view.
There was a silent auction of the paintings to support the APS scholarship fund. I bid on Joycelyn's painting, the middle photo. I "won" it as they say. It is fun to have original paintings by an artist/friend.
Thanks to the APS crew that put the day together. Volunteers deserve awards. I have missed the social side of art. And a good time was had by all......
Today started as a nice fall day in Bastrop. It was 58 degrees F. (Of course it will be about 90 degrees later.) I sketched on the porch with watercolors.
For Scavenger Hunt from Life 39 Number 6 - paintbrush
I sketched with a pencil, added watercolor and then the ink. I prefer sketching freehand with the ink first. This was an experiment. I was not going to ad ink, but I like watercolor and ink sketches so just had to add the ink.