How are you doing during this unrest and an unworldly pandemic? It seems so long since I have seen a familiar face within 3 feet of me, sharing a good laugh, feeling the summer heat together while outside in the July air. Personally, I have noticed that my way has been negotiating with my will, and I'm trying to find balance with what is more important: whether I stick to my old routine (which has been cut short), or just relax a little more ... and take another nap. It seems that my motivation is slipping, so I figured I would Google "getting motivation" and this is the first thing that popped up:
Choose goals that interest you
Find things that interest you within goals that don't
Make your goal public
Plot your progress
Break up your goal
Don't do it alone.
Everything looks attainable, but there is one item on this list that is really challenging, and that is #8. Don't do it alone? REALLY? It's the one ingredient we all need the most in these unprecedented times...and that is togetherness! So, reach out to one another, volunteer, write a love letter, send a long lost friend a text or email, or better yet...an overdue phone call. I love to hear from friends from time to time to rekindle that togetherness we need right now. And if you are motivated enough, reach out to me with a photo of you and a beloved, or perhaps with you and your favorite piece of art. Let me cheer you on so that you and I will know we are not alone!
#8 Don't do it alone.
By the way...in the course of having painted with either pastel or with oil paints, I have figured there is a one in 30 chance my easel will fall over. I'm still smiling, still grateful to those who help me out, and laugh when the numbers are in my favor.
My plein air palette (cleaned and reassembled) In my last post about my studio palette , Cindy and Kimberly's comments have spurred me to share a little bit about my plein air pochade box. I purchased my Open Box M about 3-4 years ago and have never regretted it. It offers a space on the back where I can store my finished pieces, a removable backboard I can attach my paper to, a large bed to place my pastels in, and a side tray. The biggest selling point was that it came with a wine glass holder! Imagine sipping wine after a wonderful plein air workout. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about here...but I digress. I have made a few unique modifications that were not originally part of the box. These 'extras' were added to aid in quick set-up as well as wanting a mix of other features that are offered on many other well-known manufactured pochade boxes. So here goes: Footsies, or better known as bumpers, attached to all four side s First, I had to have my box be
Pictured here is a full box of Terry Ludwig Vibrants (front and center), The Most Requested Violets (bottom center) and a small glimpse of my pastel box at hand (upper left) Often while I am out painting with my pastels, or while teaching a pastel workshop I am asked the question of what brand I prefer. I have tried perhaps a dozen brands and have honed into my favorites, although with the popularity of this medium there are bound to be many more brands being created over time. I think brand selection, hardness to softness has a lot to do with one's personal style of working and mark-making. For me, I prefer the softer pastels for my technique because I have grown accustomed to their characteristics. Perhaps I am missing the boat on this one, but others like using the harder pastels for the preliminary stage of underpainting, blocking in, or setting values. For me, I just use a dispersed pigment of Createx , or perhaps I will use a quick, thin block-in of pastel and wa