Just playing around in my art journal with a new art supply that really has me stoked.


If I have time next week, I’ll be filling you in, and hopefully providing more inspirational artwork!

Happy Monday, and remember to fill up your peace tank today. That warning light may be blinking. πŸ™‚

36 thoughts on “Bouquet

        1. Oh no, I got that part. I meant the “bit of writing that pointed back to me” – wasn’t sure if it was something you wrote, something I wrote, or something you saw on a blog ….. It’s been a weird day. Maybe I should be getting it and I don’t. Wouldn’t be the first time. πŸ˜‰

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                1. She’s our 16 yo cat. The only baby left now that our daughter is graduated college and moved away. Waiting for bloodwork. We lost our other cat just days after A’s graduation the May before last and it was very tough! Never had old animals before….wasn’t really prepared for it, I guess. Just as hard as losing a person. You live with them every day.

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I have a question for you. I’ve been watching a bunch of videos on Artist Network TV lately and my favorites are a pastel painter. She refers to hard and soft pastels and she talks about how smooth they are but on the video, I hear a scratching sound. In school we used to have oil pastels that were buttery smooth and you could blend them with your finger. Is that the kind you use? I would like to experiment with them, maybe buy just a few and see how I like them. Is there a brand you like that is available open stock? Thanks in advance for your help.

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      1. Hi Laura, the soft pastels that you saw on the Artist Network come in both soft and hard (they sound like they are scratching across the surface). These both are soft pastels (chalk/dusties as some call them).

        The pastels that I use are as you said oil pastels. Student quality have more wax in them that make it very difficult to move on the surface, when people first start out with them they get frustrated because of this.

        The oil pastels that you used were probably artist quality and a good quality at that. All brands mentioned below are artist quality and can be purchased by the stick or set. The best brand for butter lip-stick smooth are Senneliers, next are Holbeins and finally two others that I use Neopoastels and Mungyo-Gallery artist soft oil pastels (these two are very similar in quality with a slight variation in hue. I use all four of these OPs interchangeably, which work quite well.

        To move them around on the surface you can use your fingers, rubber-tipped clay shapers and tortiliums.

        Very exciting to know you are going to give them a try. If you look on my blog under category: materials, you’ll find information on both brands and tools.

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        1. Thank you so much, Mary! I really appreciate this!

          You mention Neopastels – I just ordered a set of Caran d’Ache water soluble wax pastels to use in conjunction with my watercolor work. Have you ever tried these? I’ll go check out your site. Thanks again!

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