Thursday 28 September 2017

Thirty Days hath September - Day Twenty Eight - Coloured pencil...

...and wrestling with a tarpaulin!

Two challenges today, one artistic and the other of my patience!
I had a lovely class in the studio this morning, with faces old and new, all looking to discover the joys of using coloured pencil. Now, coloured pencil is definitely a challenge for me but I used the excuse of preparing for this class by asking the advice of lots of artist friends to see what equipment they preferred and then treated myself to a few new 'sweeties'.

I was intrigued when I chatted to various coloured pencil artists to know the difference between some of the major brands and so we set about comparing them in class this morning. I always try to have plenty of equipment for people to play with when they come for a class, that way no-one feels like they are wasting their money when they invest in materials as they will have made sure they are the right thing for them.

I seemed to prefer the Faber Castell Polychromos pencils myself but perhaps my tastes will change? What I did LOVE was Pastelmat paper and feel that this could definitely be an addition to my regular materials in future, it was just so beautiful to work on.
Sadly, because it was only a morning session, I only had chance to do a quick demo but I did enjoy playing about with a very different media for me, I've even had a booking for a workshop on the strength of the conversation today!

As you can imagine, it's all hands on deck at the moment to prepare the studio for the auction ahead of the installation tomorrow night. After looking at the weather forecast, we decided that a couple of gazebos at the rear of the building are not going to be enough so off Beez and I trotted to procure ourselves a tarpaulin to put over the top of everything.
You know, just in case Hurricane Maria hits us on Saturday.

Have you ever attempted to wrestle a tarpaulin? There's a challenge to ones patience if ever I encountered one...

Tomorrow will be the last painting challenge of the month - the last. Let me just take that in for a moment. Now, you may have to excuse a late or delayed post due to the fact that as soon as I finish in the studio tomorrow night, I need to do the installation of the display. I will promise to show you the display on here and I think Jaz and I have have a few surprises up our sleeves on social media too...tune in, won't you?

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