The Post That Isn’t

The winds and rain arrived Wednesday night. Let’s make that WINDS and RAIN. There, that’s more like what we had. It was a bit eerie, but quite beautiful when the sky flashed pink.

So much for what we had. What we didn’t have was an internet connection, therefore this post is a bit late. A busy day lies ahead, places to go, people to see and things to do, so I shall leave you hanging until my next post.

When is that nut, er, lady coming back with the goods?
When is that nut, er, lady coming back with the goods?

I hope you have a great day!


Share Your World–2013 Week 5

share-your-world2I don’t know how she does it, but Cee has come up with more great questions for us. It’s always fun to read your responses, so I hope you’ll leave your answers in the comments below, or create a blog post and link it to Cee’s.

Are you a morning or night person?

What is your preferred hot drink: coffee, tea, water or other?

What was your favorite toy as a child  . . .  and now?

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, hot tub, ski resort or desert?

I don’t do mornings. Not well, anyway. I prefer to work on creative endeavors while the neighborhood sleeps. There’s something restful in the quiet, when the busy sounds of day are hushed.

Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa. It can be easily adapted to hazelnut, peppermint, or with marshmallows. It’s the perfect all-around hot chocolate for me. (One that hubby and I both agree on.)

Early on I played with baby dolls, then paper dolls. I still love paper–and art supplies. My sewing machine runs a close second.

I am most familiar with saltwater beaches, but I’d give a freshwater lake a chance.

Thanks for taking it easy on us this week, Cee. I hardly had to think at all!

Something New–Pastels

In 2011, Strathmore (artist papers) offered three free online workshops. The first one, Visual Journaling taught by Pam Carriker, was my introduction to mixed media and included work with pastels. I had never heard of them. From what I read about them later, it would seem that everyone experienced them as a child. Except me!

This was my first journal page from Pam Carriker's workshop
This was my first journal page from Pam Carriker’s workshop

I was immediately drawn to the feel of the soft pastels, and the way they went down on paper. I borrowed DVDs from my local Jerry’s Artarama to observe other artists using them, looked through books and magazines, researched brands and the pros and cons of each, and finally went to the art supply store (Jerry’s) to try out the samples in open stock. I quickly decided on a brand, Rembrandt, and bought a box of 30 half-sticks to experiment. I now follow the blogs of a couple pastel artists, too.IMG_0515

Some brands,  including Rembrandt, offer larger sets with colors suited to portrait or landscape painting. I recently ordered a landscape set. Each artist has their own system for sorting their colors in a way that best suits the way they create. I haven’t decided what works best for me yet. 

My local library had several books on the shelf pertaining to pastels, so I brought home three of them. The first one was a quick read, a basic introduction. The second is much more in-depth, Bill Creevy’s, “The Pastel Book,” “Materials and Techniques for Today’s Artist.” I paged through it, then went to work on Jackie Simmonds,’ “Pastel Workbook,” “A Complete Course in Ten Lessons.” This is where I literally started to get my hands dirty. 

So far, I’m working with my small set of 30. Lesson One is making marks, and here is my first exercise, using linear marks to create patterns. 

Experimenting with linear patterns
Experimenting with linear patterns

I started with the border, but wasn’t inspired by the colors I’d chosen. Then I went to work on the center box. That was much more to my liking. It may not look so great, but I sure had fun doing it. 

Have you ever used pastels? Will you share your experience?

Share Your World–2013 Week 4

Can it really be week four already? Cee is changing things up a bit this week, here is what she would like us to do:

Almost everyone has heard of a bucket list which is a list of things you want to do before you die.  List 4 things off your bucket list that you would like to share with us.  Assume that money is no object.  Have a lot of fun with it.  Would you like to fly to the moon, dive to the bottom of the ocean, live a month in India or learn how to tap dance?  What is on your list?

This is even harder than some of her questions! THOUGHT is going to be required, since I’ve never made a Bucket List. Have you made one? Be sure to tell me what is on yours in the comments below, or create your own post and link to Cee’s blog.

The first thing on my list is to get my mother’s wedding ring back from the console of my SUV which ate it today. I was picking up a friend from her car repair shop, and decided to put some lotion on my hands while waiting. I laid my rings atop the console, where mom’s ring slid forward and disappeared into the small space between the radio/climate control panel and the console.

Second, I would like to spend an indefinite amount of time exploring the beaches of North Carolina and South Carolina. However, this time would not coincide with active Atlantic hurricanes. M

Third, I would love to meet as many of my blogging friends as possible.

Fourth, take a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer through the Canadian Rockies.

Big dreams! What are yours?share-your-world2