The day started off weird. I went to pack my bag which already had my plein air easel top and pastels. Nice. I put in some small pastel paper in pads and looked for my ATC, art trading cards. I could not find them. I stuck in a pastel board, 5 x 7 that I had been playing with the Pan Pastels on. The idea was to work in miniature sizes.
Where was my water spray bottle?? No where to be found, I had seen it recently so I know it is here someplace. I put in Jennie's spray bottle she left here for a substitute.
The tripod part of the easel was next. Where was it? It weighs about 6 pounds I would imagine and is about 16 inches long and 4 inches in diameter when folded. It doesn't just fit in a drawer or behind a piece of paper. Not anywhere in the corners or closet in my studio. In the closet with the spare jackets and old French easel? No. Hall closet? No. Our closet in the bedroom? No. Garage with the folding chairs and things from our trip? No. Shoot, I must have left it in Silver City but Mitzy would have called. Maybe the hotel in Big Bend? I hadn't used it so weird to have left it someplace on the way home.
Finally took the easel part out of the bag and put in a couple boxes of pastels and was off to paint in Smithville ... without an easel. I could have taken my old watercolor easel, but I was not happy by then and it was getting late ....
The first part of the class was to abstract the shadows of our subject. Enid brought some clementines and put them on an orange napkin. My favorite color, right? Not even! I worked on the Pastelbord and put a tape across to make it into two miniatures. They look weird together.
I won't become an abstract artist anytime soon, but just playing with color is not all bad, especially because pastel is fast and I like color!
Oh, and I found my tripod part of the easel this morning. I put it in a bag that an old folding table for camping had been in, reusing the bag. Why didn't I think of that yesterday even when I went and looked with the chairs? It was with the folding chairs in the garage. Yay!!