This spring I’ve spent a lot of time learning new ways to do art. I learned the ins and outs of Adobe InDesign. I pushed myself to color outside of the lines with watercolor. The process to learn something new is exhausting at times. For some odd reason, I expect to be able to jump into a new activity with utter delight; that’s my adventurous side showing itself. I’m not expecting to butt heads with mediocrity. But, as Marilyn Scott-Waters describes on her blog, “to learn something new one must be willing to be mediocre for a while.”
I’ve been itching to learn pastels and to make them look good. Sometimes I think pastels remind me of cheesy elevator music. Lately, however, some artists have stretched my understanding of this medium, especially those who accomplish an impasto look. Here’s my first attempt at oil pastels.