After my breakthrough in July of conquering the blank page, it took me weeks to dare to face the blank page again. Not only a blank page but A Good Quality Paper Blank Page! Ack no I will waste it! It won’t be Museum Quality! Shut up voices, I journaled about you enough times that I am Sick Of YOU! Shut Up!
The first thing I tried was chalk pastel and a photo of my youngest daughter putting on make up for a vintage fashion show. I did this outside on my upper deck because it was such nice weather.
Next I tried a self portrait. This was more challenging. The model kept moving, taking and putting on her glasses. Very annoying, don’t think I will hire her again LOL. All the pieces are there, they just don’t seem to be assembled in the same way as on the model. They are 12 X 16.
It was fun but as I was finishing this piece I noticed I had been coughing and my asthma was acting up. I suddenly clued in to the amount of dust generated by the chalk pastels. It hadn’t been a problem before as I had been working outside. This was very saddening, another technique I was going to have to give up for my health. Resentfully I put the pastels away.
But in the drawer I also had some oil pastels, ones my granddaughter had left behind, the only problem was that half of them were missing – especially all the “flesh” tones and intermediate shades. So I picked up a box of very cheap ones and fuelled by my anger of giving up the lovely expensive chalk pastels I ripped through a series of, never again to see the light of day, sketches to learn how to handle these F-ing things.
The cheap ones were really a pain so I put them aside and started really focusing on what the good ones could do. The first is again based on a photo of my daughter at a scifi convention in a fairy/elf costume. The next one is based on a photo an forum friend posted. They are 9 X 12.
One of the reasons I wanted to play with this is that I am going back to Edmonton next week. I don’t want to drag a suitcase with body parts and yarn and beads with me again. Plus when I get back I am going to the local sci fi convention Con*Cept So I am hoping to have some things for the art show since I won’t have time for making costumes.