Taming the Easel

I love my French easel. I got it from an estate sale many years ago where another artist had loved it and broken it in first. Not sure how old it is, but it looked like it had hardly been used. I tried to find out what type it was and the nearest I can figure out is...

Not Boxed In

Ah, here it comes… one of my biggest pet peeves. I see it all of the time…those pretty, perfectly sorted travel boxes and drawers full of pastels. And the lamenting…”Oh, I spent three days sorting my pastel sticks! Look at how pretty and organized I am now!” (while...

Sharpening My Skills

So if you noticed last week, I don’t sharpen my pastel pencils. I have not found a good reason to have a sharp point on the pencils I use.  I find it is really (1) a waste of my time, and (2) it is not needed. Pastel in the barrels of a wooden pencil is pretty...

Friends of Pastel

I have a found a few things over the years that make painting in pastel a little easier. I thought I would take the next few weeks and show you some of my favorite helpful “friends of pastel” tools that may help you as well.   I started painting plein air...

Sketchbooks

I don’t know if you are like me, but I have a ton of sketchbooks. And the drawings in them are not pretty. They are scribbles and full of arrows and lines and half-baked thoughts. Artists with pretty drawings in their sketchbooks amaze me.  They must be the same kind...

“Half-Cocked”

Recently I delivered a painting back to its forever home.  My best friend and I have been friends for 30 years. We know everything there is to know about each other and at one point, over 12 years ago, I decided to paint her.  Now my friend is not normal- and I mean...