Thursday, August 30, 2012



Just another pastel sketch.  Nothing great - but so much fun. It's a nice challenge mixing the pastels on the paper. The bark of the tree was a cold, blue-grayish brown... I just kept adding until I felt it looked close.

I'm hoping for some good storms from Isaac this weekend. I would love to draw some storm clouds.



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Back to Work


Well, I finished my children's book last week. It was an amazing experience, and one in which I experienced the entire width and breadth of human emotions. I plan to share more about it as we get closer to it's publication date... but for now I need to move on. 

I am beginning to find my life again. I can get out of bed in the morning, I've started reading (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle,) and I've started to sketch again - just for fun. Over the past few months,  I found myself longing to create for no other reason but just to be creative. I don't make any promises to my audience or myself (because I tend to get lazy and forget,) but I am going to try to sketch more. I want to capture life and study the nuts and bolts of creation in a fun and "no pressure" way. 

So here's my first attempt. I am not a pastel artist, but I wanted to use some different mediums to try and capture what I saw. My dad found a lightly used box of Nupastels in someone's trash, and I've been dying to try them out. (I'm pretty sure it's a box from the 60's - but they worked great.) It took about 30 minutes over lunch. I also made a sketch book a few years back using different types of paper. I started with an oil wash on Arches cold press water color paper.  Then applied the pastels. Plein Air.