06 May 2019

setting up my painting studio

I have been wanting to get back to painting, my first medium, for a few years. As a matter of fact my daughter gave me a gift certificate for Blick and I bought a raft of paints. I really didn't know where to start since I never had any formal art training when I was painting. I just painted what I saw. When I went back to college in '93, I minored in art like sketching with live models, photography - so long ago we processed our own film and made our own prints. I also took pottery for two semesters and "Aesthetics", the philosophy of art. Every time I saw a certain type of painting I longed to do THAT. I bought the pastel pencils (from previous posts) and went on to YouTube to learn how to use them. Then I stumbled on to a painting instructor and when I saw her work I yelled (to myself) THAT, THAT is what I want to do. I have scrap books filled with photos of painting that looked like THAT. So now I am taking pastel painting lessons and hope one day to approach painting like THAT.

The box for my pastels. I made this myself. You can see the goopy glue on it (smile)

Some of the pastels

Easel assembled and pastels to my right

My first study (not a painting). It's sort of like a sketch in color.


  1. Ooh, how exciting! I can't wait to see more... know they will be beautiful!

  2. Oooh, exciting goings on....the journey continues!

    1. It does and I am enjoying the ride.

  3. Love the colours in your study - my favourite triad! - and the movement you've created with your marks. Looks like the right adventure for you!

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