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04-03-2016, 12:36 PM
What a beautiful Sunday...the weather is cooler..sunshine..
no humidity..perfect !

Thought i would start us off this month with a couple of
photos ! You're welcome to sketch or paint them !

How about sharing your flowers or plants or pet photos !!



04-03-2016, 11:50 PM
Nice photos, Tyree. I have been pottering around in the photography forum, even though I don't own anything more advanced than a point-and-shoot. :-)

Some recent pictures:




And a drawing (ballpoint pen, 5 x 3,5 inch):


04-04-2016, 03:14 AM
Lovely photos. I have been thinking about doing some photography now that the better weather's here.

04-04-2016, 06:25 AM
Yes, lovely photos Susan and Brian.....

fun VW sketch....it looks sad . Back in the day I never would have thought there would be almost none of the little guys scootin' around. They do look like they're fun to draw.

We are back home , still have alot of cleaning and yard work to do ; but it feels SO good to be back.

04-05-2016, 06:30 AM
Brian ..great photos for just a point and shoot wow ! I like that vw also !
My first car was a 65 vw..red..convertable..I loved it:)

Robin..glad you had a good holiday ! Its always good to get back home..
and all its comforts!

Hey Nickel...June...and Janet and all other lurkers:lol: whats going on
in your neck of the woods !!!!
tyree:wave: :grouphug:

04-06-2016, 03:42 PM
a couple more photos...
tree and cypress knees...anybody there:clear::lol:tyree



04-07-2016, 04:47 AM
I have been a bit busy, but if you're going to insist... ;-)



And a busy bee:


04-07-2016, 07:02 PM
the aloe really gets big in your area..love the closeup of
the bee too !!!

here is a little mini i did 2.5 x 3.5 !

tyree :grouphug:


04-08-2016, 03:46 AM
I like the mini. But then, I tend to like any and all minis. :-)

Funny that you should think the aloes are big. I got exactly the same comment in the Photography forum where I also posted the photo. I wonder what it is in the photo that makes the aloes appear to be very big, because they aren't; perhaps about knee-high or so. Or perhaps you are just used to very small aloes? How big did you think those aloes are?

04-08-2016, 05:17 AM
hmmm foot and a half maybe??? I lived in st croix for a while and the aloe down there is really big too..much bigger then here in southwest florida...its such an excellent healer for burns and many other things.
the cruzans made wonderful juices with it for what ails you :lol:

04-09-2016, 01:05 AM
hmmm foot and a half maybe??? I lived in st croix for a while and the aloe down there is really big too..much bigger then here in southwest florida...its such an excellent healer for burns and many other things.
the cruzans made wonderful juices with it for what ails you :lol:

Ah, I see: you guessed their size about correctly. You are just used to much smaller ones. Around here we get quite big ones. And in some parts of southern Africa even tree-sized ones.


04-10-2016, 06:11 AM
Here is my first ATC for a set to swap in an ancient Egypt project on the atcsforall.com site.

Waterbirds on papyrus, using inktense.



04-10-2016, 07:38 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2016/88676-flags-for-wetcanvas.gif Greetings Art Buddies - Wow, more great photos!!! I just MUST paint some of these,,,,grrrrr…….but still have cleaning to do and a dear friend in hospital…….

Susan - lovely mini—amazing , mini’s are to me……how they can go big in the brain……
cool beans

Brian - that bee on the echineaca is wonderful the way the bee’s body curves with the flower head……very beautiful, I’ve never seen one like this…….

June - beautiful work AND on paprus….wow,

Here is a nice photo from yesterday but not really painting material .

Nickel and Janet - Hi Ya, hi ya, hi ya…….big smoochie:heart:

04-11-2016, 05:40 AM
mmmmmmuuuussst paaaint, mmmuusst paaaint, hehehe.....I'm thinking that even slappin' it down on the back of a piece of cardboard would be better than nothin"........hope-ah-hope-ah-hope......

04-11-2016, 06:03 AM
mmmmmmuuuussst paaaint, mmmuusst paaaint, hehehe.....I'm thinking that even slappin' it down on the back of a piece of cardboard would be better than nothin"........hope-ah-hope-ah-hope......

Yes, why not? When I taught myself to paint, I did so on common cardboard cut from old boxes. There is something liberating in using such cheap materials, and one can make perfectly decent (if not exactly archival) paintings on such supports.

Oil sketches from some years ago, done on humble cardboard primed with a layer of acrylic:



And a grisaille (which are even easier and more informal, and I like them so much I'm considering doing nothing else :D):


04-11-2016, 12:36 PM
mmmmmmuuuussst paaaint, mmmuusst paaaint, hehehe.....I'm thinking that even slappin' it down on the back of a piece of cardboard would be better than nothin"........hope-ah-hope-ah-hope......

Yes, I know what you mean. I can remember years ago, it was living, breathing the current painting and the next painting always on our mind.

Seems I am in a dry period. Saying that makes me think I do have pastels waiting to explore a little later outside so I don't have to worry with the dust. Today, everything outside is tinted pollen color. Rain is expected and a blessing.

I seem to suffer from sensory overload. A nice way of saying I carry around too much to do.

Dry periods I use to read, daydream, ponder solving the problems of the world. :) or aghast, binge watch Outlander.

Not so great for finding something to post here when you all would like to see some art! Hugs, I am so happy to see all the post here and what you all are doing.

It's not so much not having an idea to paint, it's the having of too many ideas. Requires focus.

Maybe an adventure is needed such as the image below. Dreamed I was an archaeologist who raises baby dinosaurs. Dear husband says that is a wrong career move.


The Lady of the Lake offering Arthur Excalibur,
by Alfred Kappes (1880)

04-12-2016, 06:30 AM
Nickel - best wishes on your "dry spell"......take it easy, eh. Good to just know you are there.:)

Janet - You too.:heart:

04-12-2016, 10:21 AM
Statuary of fake stone is about as kitsch as it gets, but somehow makes a nice subject for drawings:


04-13-2016, 12:34 PM
I am impressed with the art work. I think sometimes its a matter of just keeping on going...a tiny piece of art and then another...until you build up momentum for larger work.

04-13-2016, 12:37 PM
Here are a couple of tulips from a pot in my teeny garden. I've been waiting for them to turn from green to colourful ...for ages!!



Today, I got an electric wax melter, which is meant for melting perfumed wax to scent the house, but I am going to use it for encaustic projects!!

04-15-2016, 01:45 PM
Oh, June,,,,,can't wait to see what you do with that meltie stuff.......:clap:

well, I did get to paint but have to make some touch ups before I can post it.:)

Ya'll have a good weekend,:grouphug:

04-16-2016, 10:32 AM
wow...some impressive colours on those tulips !!!

brian ...absolutely wonderful piece !

here is a w/c with pencil sketch i did of that photo
you now see in our reference library.

the fruit vendor...''put the lime in the coconut''

04-17-2016, 07:40 AM
Brian - Don't know why but I'm just now seeing the work on humble cardboard....AMAZING work, Brian....truly....the fact that you continue after such achievements testifys to the joy and increase you get in each undertaking......thanks for sharing.

Susan, lovely warm composition......endearing and peaceful.

I did another take on the landscape in the photo paintalong on a folded journal book I made according to Nickel's posted instructional pdf. I'll post it soon.

Finally getting caught up on cleaning and yard work. Today I must scan all the work I did at the beach so I can post it to the blog.

Here's hoping you have some time someway to enjoy art expression.:thumbsup:

04-17-2016, 01:26 PM
Beautiful bright colours on your watercolour Tyree! Lovely!

04-17-2016, 11:39 PM
Brian - Don't know why but I'm just now seeing the work on humble cardboard....AMAZING work, Brian....truly....the fact that you continue after such achievements testifys to the joy and increase you get in each undertaking......thanks for sharing.

Thanks for the kind words. After a series of paintings in that style, I veered off course a bit towards a sort of post-impressionism, and then got tired of that, so now I want to make a return to oils (been working a lot in acrylics) and rediscover that kind of "painterly realism".

It makes me nervous, because most of those paintings were a bit of a battle and they never quite satisfied me. They will if I can get them a bit more refined. Of course, they will never be good enough to my liking, which is, I suppose, a good thing. It's what keeps one going. :D

04-21-2016, 10:53 AM
A quick and fun sketch of the deliciously evil Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars:


Good, good! FEEL your anger! :D

04-22-2016, 07:28 AM
snicker....what a quote Brian.....hehehe...that evil twerp! fun sketch.

I did make one of the folded journals with a large sheet of watercolor paper that Nickel posted directions for and LOVE it. I'm gonna fill it with sketches for Wet Canvas........here 's a photo.....

still haven't scanned and posted the beach work....been doing yard work...lined one side of the driveway with monkey grass thinnings...phew.....

getting together with the fam today...

:grouphug: just had to touch base with you guyses....bestest artbuddies:heart: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Apr-2016/88676-folded-journal.gif

04-22-2016, 11:48 AM
nickel...I love that print !!!

brian...what a cool wicked !! a theme on evil persons..now that might be interesting !

robin...what a lovely photo of you .. your art...and your lovely yard !

have a great art weekend !!!

tyree:wave: :heart:

04-23-2016, 11:16 AM
just a small w/c and pencil sketch for the wde this week..
the photo reminded me of Don Corleone in the garden in
the Godfather:)..4x4 in my visual journal !


04-23-2016, 01:17 PM
brian...what a cool wicked !! a theme on evil persons..now that might be interesting !

I have long thought of doing a whole series of portraits of infamous people. We're well on our way, what with Emperor Palpatine and Don Corleone. :-)

And another sketch, in ballpoint:


I used a still from the first "X-Files" movie as reference. I'm beginning to think that film stills make for very nice reference material for practice. We should really do a whole project on that theme.

04-23-2016, 07:23 PM
Wow,,, what an unusual thread that would be..........how would you phrase it?

art of the infamous?......ummm, nope not quite

infamous art?.....not that either

The Infamous People, ummmm - The Infamous Persona?

any suggestions?

04-23-2016, 07:26 PM
Don Corleone - what a deception.....he looks so likeable.....I like you sketch....

Brian - striking sketch....LOVELY pen work!!! yes, I really like working from screen shots in movies too. this would make a lovely mural, too.

04-23-2016, 07:26 PM
..the infamous people...
i like that Robin ! Great idea Brian !

04-23-2016, 07:28 PM
I have long thought of doing a whole series of portraits of infamous people. We're well on our way, what with Emperor Palpatine and Don Corleone. :-)

And another sketch, in ballpoint:


I used a still from the first "X-Files" movie as reference. I'm beginning to think that film stills make for very nice reference material for practice. We should really do a whole project on that theme.....this is excellent..love the depth ! :clap:

04-23-2016, 11:21 PM
Wow,,, what an unusual thread that would be..........how would you phrase it?

art of the infamous?......ummm, nope not quite

infamous art?.....not that either

The Infamous People, ummmm - The Infamous Persona?

any suggestions?

My original idea was to call it "Portraits of the Famous and Infamous" and then let viewers decide whether a particular individual should be seen as famous or infamous. :-)

04-24-2016, 05:12 PM
heres a bad lookin' dude we saw today in
the Fakahatchee Strand ! tyree


04-24-2016, 06:35 PM
Susan, that is an awful close close up shot! Dag gone~
You are such a brave girl~!

Awesome picture though, really awesome!

Azul love you experimented with the folded paper and liked it!

Loving everyone's art. And the famous, infamous idea~!

You all have had a nice productive month so far!

June, Hope Toby is feeling better!

Hello to Janet, miss you.

I'm sure there are a couple of lurkers out there that read along, even I lurk, :) but having a place to come to like here is nice even during down times.

I've order some soft pastels. Still haven't used them yet. Still debating if I want to get involved with that media. I'm really at I'm bored stage and looking for something new. It did rain here, we are in a beginning drought. Washed some of the horrible tree pollen. Plan to use the pastels outside because of the dust. I think of Robin planting all the monkey grass. It grows pretty good here. I'm still raking leaves from the fall.

Bell is digging holes all over for her bones. She chews everything she finds. She chewed the ends off my eye glasses, the heel off my shoe. Chewed Pop's hat. Chewed the leg off my granddaughter's doll. Chewed my new box set of gouache right out of the shipping box. Will find out if it is re-wettable. :( Thankful she did not get into a cadmium paint. Other trauma was a trip to the emergency room for grandson who decided to put jelly beans in his nose to tease his sister. Life is interesting.

Here is some cell shots from this past week. Happy Earth Day week!
One is a shot of snapping turtles sunning. The other are birds at a different lake waiting and watching for dinner. You really can't see up close but some of the birds are young vultures. I was surprised to see them sitting among the other birds and everything so calm.



04-25-2016, 07:29 AM
With my ling nose I'd be careful about getting that close to a 'gator... :-)

I want to take up painting again. But this time round move more toward impressionism rather than the post-impressionist thing I have tended to do. In short, less outline and more colour and value.

To this end I'm engaged in making quick charcoal studies, using fairly thickish sticks of charcoal that effectively prevent me from fussing around and trying to pick at details. Working this way really forces one to see the values and bigger forms rather than details.

This is the kind of thing I mean - charcoal on humble printer paper:


It will surely soon smudge into a nondescript blur, but that's okay. The plan here is to learn rather than to make finished art work. :-)

04-26-2016, 04:17 AM
What a terrific alligator photo Tyree!!!

04-26-2016, 04:19 AM
BTW I think Toby is on the mend! Using aloe vera capsules...which he chews...and aloe vera gel on his skin to heal him.

04-26-2016, 10:56 PM
And another charcoal sketch...


04-27-2016, 06:38 AM
brian ...your charcoals are excellent..love the mood to them.

nickel...is this the same park where the little forlorn old man was sitting
at the picnic table ?

june...im glad your pup is doing so much better ! its amazing how their
health is just as worrisome as our own health can be . I just get sick
when Henry has one of his episodes..


04-27-2016, 03:11 PM
Hi Susan,
The picture of turtles are at little lakes that are behind, next to, along side peoples private property that I saw while driving home. The birds are on a little lake behind a closed down restaurant that was close to the Dr.'s office. Dear husband is getting use to me stopping at random safe places to grab a shot of something I saw. The picture where I got the little man looking so sad was indeed at a city park. There are a lot of lakes here, smallish, but some are large enough for boating. One or two let you store a kayak or small sail boat. I'd settle for either boat. Been thinking of taking honey and bell out for a picnic there soon. Will take my better camera. My cell phone takes terrible quality pictures. And I struggle with a point and shoot. Nothing compares to your alligator shot. Awesome. Somewhere around here there is a painting I did of a toy alligator.

04-28-2016, 02:39 AM
Brian..a beautiful drawing of the car! Charcoal is so good for conveying mood.

Nickel, I love the row of birdies!

I just ordered a book on how to do encaustic art and so I am looking forward to experimenting!!

All I've done so far in hot wax is a couple of small collage items.

Its a very nice medium I think. Has anyone tried some hot wax art?

04-28-2016, 02:41 AM
Tyree, you are so right...when Toby gets ill...I get ill...stressed with worry!

He has special food advised by the vet and special shampoos too. So fingers crossed.

04-28-2016, 07:21 AM
Hi ya’ll -

Susan - AWESOME croc. photo!!!! I just gotta paint/draw it ….over and over! I was just thinking about doing a study of them too….sweet.

Brian - wonderful charcoals….definitely can see you are in your zone……your joy and desire in this endeavor really shows up!!

Nickel - ahhh, a bored time is an incubation time , something new on the horizon. LOL with the puppy antics. My daughter put a pink bead up her nose when she was in 2 grade. The nurse sent her home and told me to take her to the doctor. I sat her down and we talked about blowing it out…….she cried and the snot helped lubricate the bead and blew .. out it came….. I painted a picture of her with a pink bead up her nose in a art journal book I sent off in a journal circle group and never got the journal back. so it goes.
I hope you find something to help your boredom…….in this state, though , sometimes just a tiny teensy weensey effort will carry you right into the zone. And, you are right, new art toys helps too.

June - awww, you two are in it together for sure. My Knobbie is part long haired chiuaua and she has barespots she is constantly spitting on. It is a common affliction in some small breeds. She is the sweetest ever. I’m excited to see your encaustic adventure.

Janet - HI HO thar gurl!!!! Hope you are enjoying some spring fresh air, song birds, and cups of tea by a sunny window. Luv ya.

When we came back from the March trip I realized I have two interior (on the wall ) projects half started , plus all the baseboards hubby put in are raw , unpainted. So, I’ve wanted to do mandalas all over the small back bathroom and here is the first one. Today I hope to paint the background color on the walls before I continue further. This is a learning experience.
I painted the mandala and despised it for about two weeks and then started playing with it………voila…….not too bad.

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04-28-2016, 07:22 AM
wow, we have had good communications this month!!!! HAPPY, HAPPY!!!!

04-28-2016, 07:25 AM
robin how stunning:heart: ...these are fascinating to me..questions..do they
have to be equal in design on both sides? how do you design colour and arrangement??? tyree

04-28-2016, 11:04 AM
That is a wonderful Mandala design. How lovely to have painted doors like this.

04-28-2016, 11:10 AM
Here's the wax workshop book which came this morning. There are enough techniques to keep me busy until Christmas!!


Here's a couple of my previous beexwax collage efforts. I like doing collage with beeswax.



And a charcoal and watercolour doodle with a glaze of beeswax, done this afternoon just to try it.


I cannot get the beeswax to sit in a uniform level glaze. Maybe it takes a lot of practise!!


04-28-2016, 11:17 AM
Robin, you could advertise to paint mandalas on doors for folks maybe? Some income?

04-28-2016, 12:34 PM
oooh June..this looks like fun..love the Egyptian piece ! tyree:clap:

04-28-2016, 05:52 PM
Hi Susan, maybe next month we can do pets for a project? And Derby Day, May 7th, horse race for all you that may wonder about it? https://www.kentuckyderby.com/ Maybe a one day draw/paint project for next week???? :grouphug:

Robin, Man I really would be upset loosing a journal in an exchange. That's a real booger! I guess that's a gamble we take but it hurts I'm sure. I'm glad the bead worked it's way out. Things worked out here but it was scary for him cause he was worried and his question was if the dr would cut off his nose. Poor fellow.
I spent the afternoon unwrapping and breaking pastels sticks. All the time thinking what did I get myself into? According to what I've read you have to do this and get working. I can understand now why the pastel companies are selling sticks without papers. It's a real pain. My fingertip skin is very dry from doing this. Like all the moisture has been sucked out from handling the pastel. I'm not a big glove person either.


These are the one's I just bought,


Really what got me started thinking about them was having some old boxes from my aunt 's estate laying around here. Guess I've not written pastel off yet but it has a big negative like framing with glass compared to not needing glass with oils.

(aunt's pastels)

Enough about that, I've got some beeswax that I've had in the window for awhile waiting for the sun to bleach it. Planning to use it in a painting medium. If I were to grate or shave the beeswax it would bleach faster.


I am happy to watch you June explore encaustic.

June, Here's a video I found very intriguing for working with wax and paper.
Let us know what you think.


Going to a May Day party tomorrow. May is getting here fast!

It's really nice after all this time to know you all are still out there working, growing and encouraging each other and me.

Glad Toby is feeling better.

Love your mandala Robin. Your home is a work of art!

Brian, your drawings have a mood about them in the way you express the charcoal. They make a bold statement!

04-29-2016, 10:02 AM
This guy, Roger Dellar has some real nice paintings in pastel. Sharing his interview here. http://unisoncolour.com/whats-new/latest/an-interview-with-roger-dellar

04-29-2016, 10:54 AM
Those pastels look divine Nickel. I haven't tried pastels for years...I found them very drying on fingertips too and the dust always gave me a sore throat and dry nose....which is a pity as I do love them!!

04-29-2016, 11:05 AM
The waxing papers video is very good and inspiring. I watched that one a while ago and its one that induced me to try waxing!!

Nickel, are you going to use that lovely big lump of beeswax to do some encaustic painting etc.??

04-29-2016, 03:46 PM
so neat to see what every one is doing………

June - the encaustic look really goes well with your style. and it will preserve the underpainting too…..enough so you don’t need glass?

Susan - I’ve been doing mandala’s every other day or so to unwind and try and be adverturous…..this one was free hand and unplanned. I borrowed the gold trumpets? layer from zentangle design…..The color palate is taken from another painting I did that is hanging on the opposite wall……but I did not realize that until after I’d started the colors and was worrying…..I turned and saw the painting and was immediately reassured and used it as a springboard palette .

I don’t worry about making everything equal…..you can do what every you like and after doing these a while , you find a rut and then must push yourself to go bold , new places in creativity…….it gets really fun and interesting at that point…..exhausting all your common desires to just doodle simply get satisfied too. ( I can draw spirals and other particular patterns for hours and not tire of it, and sometimes I do and then use the page for the background of a drawing or painting later.) So the color was so flat , it sickened me to look at it for 2 weeks until I decided to put some depth in with graduated colors…….I surprised myself and realized I could apply alot of technique I’ve been learning here in classical…..whatdoyaknow!
So much of my art is making a mistake and then discovering something that helps me see it all from a different angle…….So I don’t have alot of self confidence in my prowess but just persistance, and fearlessness……..expecially fearlessness.

Well, I’ve run on a bit here. I would LOVE to hear of some of you guyses internal art adventures…………I know you gottem cause you each make some great art!

04-29-2016, 03:52 PM
Nickel - wow, that's alot of pastell....Jo Castillo ( i know her from Scavenger hunt sketch challenges here on WetCanvas) is a wonderful pastel artist. I love the way it looks but I am not the least bit interested. My mom worked with pastels though and made some beautiful desert scenes.....I don't know what became of them though....What brought you into trying this? Any particular influence? Looking at those colored hunks is exciting, eh:)

Hi Brian,

Hi Janet:rolleyes:

04-29-2016, 04:59 PM
I wish I knew what exactly made me want to try pastels. If there was really any one thing I just don't remember. I've had my aunt's pastels for years and haven't used them. THanks Robin, I'll have to look up Jo and see her art for sure.

When I made the marble paper I used some of the pastels. The reason I bought the darks I kept reading you need darks. Someday (estate sale) some people will have a good time going through all the art supplies I've stocked over the years. It's always good to buy when you can and put up for a future day. Prices increase all the time. Don't we all know that. :(

June,I've never tried encaustic. WHat kind of support do you need? Brushes?

I just got back from the May Day party. It was hot but enjoyable. Now I've got a house full of kids for the weekend. We've got ice cream and Bell has kids to chew on. :)

04-29-2016, 05:06 PM
Here's some more pictures of pastels.

Some of these I got from the swap shop.

These were my aunts.

Here I'm trying to sort out colors.

Sure hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

04-30-2016, 03:46 AM
Mmm you can use pastels with beeswax too...but no idea how that goes as yet. You can use brushes to lay on wax and you can put wax on paper OK but it tends to buckle ... the paper can be straightened by gluing to a rigid support...thicker paper, wood, etc. Many painters using encaustic colours use wooden panels. I have only dipped a little toe into the wax, so to speak, so I cant give much advice. If you want to try it you can melt childrens wax crayons to get a feel for if you'd like to do more...

Robin, as for internal artstuff...I really have no idea where I am going a lot of the time. It started out that I wanted to be imaginative or intuitive in order to get away from a very ordered thinking background in social sciences. That's the main reason I don't do realism much. But I switch back and forth, or dilly and dally, between the 2: realism and imagination.

Often I wish I 'knew' what I was doing or where I was going with the art, but maybe it would be better to see it as an adventure into the unknown...rather than trying to tie it down (as the scientist side of me would love me to do).

Have a great May holiday folks!!

04-30-2016, 08:46 AM
Cool tips June!
Keeping this (little toe advice) lol, cute.
Can't wait to see what you do!

Interesting to read about everyone's creative process. :)

04-30-2016, 09:39 AM
wow..this has been a wonderful month of interesting, clever ideas,
and art !

all those little pastels nickel...whoa..i never knew you had to take
off the paper and break them:eek:

robin..do you then add photos or more art onto the mandellas?..
i have a zentengle book..but have not much fooled with it..though i do love designs! I see where some put the designs into animals and people..i might try something like that..
i believe june intermingles design with her art too!

heres a little mini frog i did 2.5x3.5 ...mech pencil..tiny mini sketchbook.
he's a little wonky but i liked the texture and his wonky smile:lol:
Hi janet and brian and all lurkers !:wave:


04-30-2016, 04:31 PM
Lovely smiling frog!!

04-30-2016, 06:58 PM
Susan,I love your frog's smile too!
I do believe your frog is up to something! lol!

About the reason to take the papers off the pastel is so you can use both the sides as well as the ends to make either bold or thinner strokes.

I think the reason to break them, is to make them seem less like precious sticks of colors that are admired for their beauty and more like the tool they really are to create art.

And I think only the whole sticks that are extruded are broken rather than hand made pastel.

Now after all that, that's what I think I understand. Somebody that really knows pastel may differ.

Still planning on only using them outside.

05-01-2016, 02:46 AM
I had a request from Lisa to redo the surreal art thread and so I will start a surrealism thread for may 2016. Hope you all will join in!