This afternoon I went to Regina's and we played in the dust. Pastel dust, that is. A break that we both needed. It is so fun to paint with a friend. You get energized and cheered on. I forgot my camera so don't have a snapshot of Regina's. She was painting a sunset. I worked on this.
9 x 12 inches, pastel
I had to name it. When I showed it to Gene, he said, "What is that? Oh a bottle." And it does look like a bottle at first glance. So the name must be there. Maybe I will finish it sometime. It is about half done. We put in about two hours work and had some break time, too. It is on Wallis paper, so if I don't finish it, I will clean it off and do another painting there. That paper will take scrubbing. I wish I had done it in the portrait format, it would have looked better, a better focal point. Nothing lost, each painting is practice and a learning experience. Thank you, Regina!
Leslie D'Allesandro Hawes is giving a colored pencil lesson/demo on her blog. I cannot do colored pencil drawings, I have zero patience. Check it out, a fun learning experience. Her drawings are exquisite ... and fun.
Maggie Stiefvater is back from her horse show and has some great advice for people that do shows. She can help you have a successful show. She has a sense of humor, so you can learn with a smile on your face.
I wanted to mention for those of you that don't know. F & W Publications bought the wetcanvas.com site. They are the Artists Magazine bunch. They bought the Pastel Journal a couple of years ago as well. The many, many artist members of wetcanvas are wondering if it will stay the same. We shall see. You can read the welcome or introduction of the new editor here. I do enjoy the site, I stick mostly with the pastel forum, the plein air forum and the Scavenger Hunts. When I have time to spare, I look around a bit more. There is a forum for any art itch you have. It is huge. These are the statistics on the home page as I type this.
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