Friday, October 15, 2010

Pan Pastels

I just bought some pan pastels to try. I've been working on a painting in which I've been mixing painting, and coloured pencil. I've also been experimenting with painting some hard edges, which is rather off the beaten track for me. While working, I began to gravitate toward my pastels and started playing. Then the other day, on Laura and I's Saturday excursion.. we came across pan pastels. Well, I had to try. I picked up a couple colours. They are very nice indeed. I've been experimenting with applying them with a make-up sponge and using a brush. I even tried picking up the fresh pan and swiping it directly on the board. It's been a lot of fun, and the colours spread like butter. I only wish I had more...
I'm not sure I will give up the regular pastels, but they are a nice addition to the bag of tricks.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Driving Home from Niagara Falls

We spent Thanksgiving in Niagara Falls this past weekend. Just John and I. It was really a nice getaway.
What really struck me on the drive home though was the difference in the colours in just a couple of days. It was like the trees had transformed in just two days. I don't remember the colours being so intense on the way down there. (Maybe I was sleepy from the car ride)  On the drive home though, everything seemed crisper, brighter. Even the sky was more blue. And big, the sky was huge and I felt puny. It was a good drive.