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Old 04-30-2006, 01:49 PM
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The Goal Posts for May 2006

Yay! May!! Our trees are actually sprouting LEAVES and stuff! Of course, while some parts of the world are being floated away with rain, we've still had none in this, our supposed "rainy" season...oh, well.

If I remember aright, we've several members busily assembling their artwork for major and minor shows and competitions this month! Good luck to all of you...you all deserve to win the ribbons and sell the most paintings! Be sure and keep us all posted on how these venues turn out for you!

I hope everyone's making headway with their various goals, both large and small...I actually created some dust myself last month...even if the results were awful, I think I'm just so rusty that it will take a couple tries to get going again. Thank heavens I have plenty of paper!
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Re: The Goal Posts for May 2006

oh my - we are on the doorstep of May, aren't we!

I guess I'd better get my goals down now so i can work toward them for the month!

I have 2 goals that I want to work toward this month.


1) painting or sketch a day! I might even start a blog for it.

2) get out and do plein air as often as possible. I am hoping to spend my lunch hours studying my course so my evenings and weekends are free to paint and do whatever i want.

It'll take some time management skils, but if I do small sketches everyday, from life, I think I will be able to stay on track. the little sketch I did for this week's WDE showed me that i don't need alot of time to invest in them. Life has been so busy that I haven't been creating at all and I truly miss it. I've spent more months chatting here than doing anything else.
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Re: The Goal Posts for May 2006

So true Cori - I am forcing myself to do 10 minutes a day of sketching. It sounds like nothing, but its bettter than nothing! And if I get one a week in the sketch thread here, that is a step in the right direction. My only other pastel-related goal this month is to finish my self portrait. Oh, I finally broke down this weekend and took all my pastels out of their boxes and put them together by color in my wooden trays!
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Re: The Goal Posts for May 2006

Good for you Barbara! That is the first step to being a real pastellist! It's just not pastelling until you can reach and grab by colour. Did you remove the labels and break them in half too? That's the next big step. It hurts for a couple of seconds, but it is the most freeing experience!
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Re: The Goal Posts for May 2006

Okay, I guess I'd better get my toes wet again, and this is a good place to start! I've been lurking here and there lately, and I actually have 48 hours of child-free time coming up the weekend of May 20--all I have to do is walk the dogs!!

So, aside from (hopefully) getting one or two UNINTERRUPTED nights' sleep, I have two goals: 1) to actually DO some artwork of some sort, and closely related: 2)to get over myself, in that I seem to think I have to start all over learning how to draw because I've not done any art at all in 9 months. The only tricky part to accomplishing this is that we are moving into slightly larger digs the previous weekend, and it will be tempting to focus on unpacking or just gallivanting about without Miss O instead of facing a blank piece of paper. But who knows when I'll get another chance this good? So, I need to make use of it.

And if anyone wants to see the repository of most of my time and energy, my next stop will be the scumble, with a recent pic...

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Good for you Barbara! That is the first step to being a real pastellist! It's just not pastelling until you can reach and grab by colour. Did you remove the labels and break them in half too? That's the next big step. It hurts for a couple of seconds, but it is the most freeing experience!

Thanks Cori, My Rembrandts are all halfsticks so they never had labels. The few other brands I have are broken and I kind of slide them in and out of the labels if they ever had any.
My biggest concern is how to band these 2 wooden trays together to make them safely portable! I am looking for some kind of bookstrap type thingy. The trays are about 9 X 16". One has all my pastels pencils and the other has the soft pastels. Now, what do I do with the empty cardboard boxes and foam from the halfstick sets ?
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Re: The Goal Posts for May 2006

lol - I used to save all my foam and boxes and they quickly took over the studio. I then saved just the flat pieces of foam to use in my pastel box projets - but there was never enough. Finally _ just cleared it allout and bought a roll of upholstery foam to use in my projects. Easier to customize that way.

As for strapping your trays together - do you think you could posta photo of the trays? Perhaps I can come up with something creative for you to try!

I also wanted to pop in to tell you all that I started a blog to post my daily paintings and sketches in - starting May 1. I msy not be able to paint everyday, but I carry a sketchbook everywhere so I am sure I can post one a day of with paintings or sketches

If you guys would like to check it out, the address is http://padbycori.blogspirit.com

Just one painting posted thus far, but a cutie patooties
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Re: The Goal Posts for May 2006

Cori,
I love your little puppy painting! He is so cute and you've captured that little impish look of his perfectlly. If Rory (my 9 yr old) sees this he'll be back to begging for a dog non-stop again! Frankly, that picture makes me want one too!
Thanks for sharing and good luck with your sketch a day goal. I'll be checking out your blog to see how you're doing.
- I think I may try for a sketch or two a week at least.
Libby, I'm finding that just trying to do the little sketches takes the pressure off. Also, if you know you are going to have child-free time 9whoo HOO!) plan ahead and get some images to work from - or buy some flowers to sketch, something like that. That way you have no excuses not to do something with your pastels!
Like in Finding Nemo, you just have to say "Keep on swimming, keep on swimming..." But change it to "keep on sketching, keep on sketching..."
Good luck and have fun!
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Re: The Goal Posts for May 2006

Cori,
I love your little puppy painting! He is so cute and you've captured that little impish look of his perfectlly. If Rory (my 9 yr old) sees this he'll be back to begging for a dog non-stop again! Frankly, that picture makes me want one too!

Thanks for sharing and good luck with your sketch a day goal. I'll be checking out your blog to see how you're doing.

- I think I may try for a sketch or two a week at least.

Libby,
I'm finding that just trying to do the little sketches takes the pressure off. Also, if you know you are going to have child-free time (Whoo HOO!) plan ahead and get some images to work from - or buy some flowers to sketch, something like that. That way you have no excuses not to do something with your pastels!
Like in Finding Nemo, you just have to say "Keep on swimming, keep on swimming..." But change it to "keep on sketching, keep on sketching..."
Good luck and have fun!

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Good to hear from you, Libby! Glad things are going well out there on the coast. We'll be tickled to see any artwork you manage on your "free" weekend. Believe me, I know exactly how hard it is to get anything creative done with little hands wanting to join in!
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Cori, Thanks and I will get DH to take a pic of my treasured wooden trays of pastels. I may end up making a custom made bag for them to slide into after banding them together. Good for you with your new blog and you did the WDE! I passed this time as I was just too busy and getting behinder and behinder!
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Ya - i have had such a long dry spell this year (life has been too busy) so it was good to get sketching and painting again.
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Well I found the answer to my pastel transport question this morning on my way to work. Synchronicity? I decided to take a different route it is such a beautiful morning. I stopped at a garage sale and found a fabulous box! It was a very expensive make-up box made like a tackle box with the expanding trays and it is that hammered metal just like the Roz boxes! I think this is what they used to call a train case. I am so thrilled and it only cost me $5.! The lady said her daughter paid $50. which I do not doubt one bit. It just needs a little wiping out on the inside and it is perfect. Tonight I am going out in the yard (if its not too buggy) and try it and my new easel out! This will get me my goal sketch for the week. I will even try the bug net over a hat if need be.
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Great find, Barbara - I know just the cases you are talking about.

I went out and did some plein air after my union vote last night. I posted it in my blog, but it is truly horrible so I refuse to post it here. I'd rather have control over being able to delete it if it bothers me too much. Let's just say "Thank goodness for wallis museum." I may just scrub this one off and reuse the paper!
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I know what you mean, Cori....the only work I've done in the last month turned out so awful, I refuse to post it anywhere! I've buried it with my other losers in the "yuck" pile...to have to look at it more than once in a lifetime would just be tooooo depressing, and if I just threw it out, the garbage man might actually see it!!
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