With spring coming so late, the prairie crocuses are just finishing off now. I found this beautiful faerie ring while our hiking with my youngest!
The rhubarb and strawberries are popping up. Yesterday was so hot (almost 30C) that we headed for a warm sandy city beach and put our toes in the river. : )
For my birthday, I took a whole weekend off and did NOTHING but play around with these long awaited soft pastels. Kings Art in Ontario had a fantastic sale with free shipping. These are not available locally, but as I use things up, I can add to my set from Hues or Art Placement.
|120 half stick set of soft pastels|
I still use my shitty cheap oil pastels for sketching in prep for yarn embroideries. About 5 years ago I received soft pastels in pan form, but I had not touched them much at all. I felt there was too much to learn about surfaces and fixatives. Also, I watched my mother create soft pastel landscape art for a solid fifteen years of my life. It was excellent training, however, I fear creating the same look as her. I like to find my own niche. So I kept on stitching.
Meticulously creating prairies with thread - making sure each colour of thread was in just the right place for nine year now full time - that has been huge in my artistic development. Picking up pastels is just a different medium, but still doing the same thing really. Putting the right colour in the right place. They upside is I get to do a bit of blending. Oh ya, and it's FASTER. lol Textiles are one of the slowest art forms on the planet.
Working with pastels is just giving me more practice. I can create and finish and learn so much much more quickly that I feel my eye is already advancing. I took some advice about getting more impressionistic: work quicker, don't think about it too much. Make it again and again and you'll just learn and progress so fast. Sage advice. I'm on it.
|I did this little one on a 3 inch scrap|
|and then I did another on a 6 inch scrap of red mat board|
I did those after creating two 12 inch pastel painting. Before I left the studio, I touched up this one...
|I started this at a Plein Air workshop 5 yrs ago at Wanuskewin|
And then I did this on a very wide piece of grey mat. It's based on a photo I took in Manitoba. I love this. I love the background.
|view from an ATV as we drove through the bush along a creek|
|trying different surfaces and different surface colours|
So that is my story! I have another medium to help me practice and explore. I'm not selling them. In fact, I think I will frame them and decorate my own walls with them. I have none of my own art on display in my home. These can be just for me and because of the simplicity compared to textile art, I don't think they will interfere with my embroidery career. I think they will only make things better. : )