I should do this more often. To play with some pastels and try something new is good for your eye. You gain experience and confidence with every practice piece. For the snow flakes it is just crumbled pastel pushed into the paper with a painting knife. I think the back rounded side of a spoon would have worked better. I see a couple of lines that wouldn't be there. I didn't notice until I took the photo.
Canson paper does not have much tooth so that makes you be more deliberate with the pastels. You can only put a couple of layers on before it is too thick to continue.
My horror-scope for today is/was:
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If you don’t act when you see the opportunity, someone with less experience and wisdom will. Take initiative. It won’t be as much work as you think, and you’ll get help once you commit.
I already have help, Gene sent me the horoscopes from the paper. Ha. I also did a piece of practice art and a blog post. Woohoo!
Alyson Stanfield has a good blog post today about having a more productive day. About prioritizing, ignoring, taking breaks (even a nap) and slowing down at the end of the day. Check it out, some great tips throughout her blog. She is an inspiration, especially on the business side of art.
How to Have a More Productive Day http://goo.gl/kaPkXi