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Share Your World–2015 Week 12

Share Your World

When was the last time you sat on a park or garden bench for more than ten minutes? Describe the occasion.
It was TOO LONG AGO! I went to the botanical garden for a walk and to write. It was WARM outside. I miss warm. 

Would you ever be interested in observing a surgery or do you turn away when the nurse brings out the needle?
I’m used to needles (trigger point therapy). It might be interesting to observe a surgery.

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?
They usually want to go to the beach.

If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?
Oooooh–shopping! I must consider this carefully. (Cue the Jeopardy music) Time’s up! It would have to be JERRY’S ARTARAMA! Because it’s an unlimited shopping spree and I assume someone else is paying for it.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful for feedback when someone reads a devotion I wrote; and I’m looking forward to tweaking my schedule to include more time for fun things. 

That’s it for this week’s Q & A with Cee! Won’t you join us? Write a post and link to Cee’s blog, or share your answers to the questions in the comments below. Thanks!

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?

Five for Friday #5

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Today’s musings revolve around how to spend my three-day weekend since I’ve once again shipped hubby to his parents. 

1. The to-do lists are in order, (relaxed order).  Shortly, I will finish my exercise quota for the week, and then I’m FREE! First stop will be the art supply store. It’s across the street from Skinny Dip, my favorite frozen yogurt place–sounds like LUNCH, to me. That will be followed by a quick stop at the grocery store for some fresh fruit and veggies. 

2. Both my hubby and my baby–but older than me–brother have birthdays Sunday. Their cards have yet to be made, so that might be this evening’s order of business. Yes, my brother’s is going to arrive late: Margie, please give him an extra hug for me. Thanks! 

3. Saturday I will bake the breakfast bars hubby takes to work with him. More card-making is on the agenda–several family birthdays next week. If I need a break from that, there are always bathrooms to clean. 😉

4. Sunday morning is church, possibly lunch with a friend–for whom I still need to make a birthday card–hers was the end of MAY! We’ve had a hard time getting together. Sorry, Darlene. 

5. Here and there I will pause to watch the butterflies flit, their larvae munch the host plants, birds splash in the birdbath; visit the blogs of my wonderful online friends (someone has to keep an eye on you); write; relax with a good book; and count my blessings.     

  

Row Row Row Your Boat…

Since I was “goofing off” today…I’m posting another card that I made recently. Actually, I spent the afternoon visiting with one of my brothers and his lovely bride, who live approximately 70 miles away. We definitely need to do that more often!

This card was created with rubber stamps from Impression Obsession and Magenta. It was colored with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils and Rembrandt soft pastels. I am totally loving the results of these great products!

It’s Friday, and I have at least a bazillion errands to run today. What are you up to?