Tuesday, April 03, 2007


Spring has arrived in Tennessee in a great rush!

I've also been rushing along -- busy busy busy at work the past couple of weeks, but still painting (just nothing ready to really show.)

It is time for a self report on how I'm doing with my New Year's resolutions, though. Do you realize that the first quarter of the year is now gone?

(1) PROJECT -- 500 Objects. I don't know why 500, it just sounded like a good number. I will be drawing 500 objects over the next year and a half or so.
Gulp. Blush. Sigh. Well, I'll work harder at this one.

(2) I will be working more in pastels.
See small creek study above. See Item #3 below, too! Woo hoo! And for all you shoppers out there -- I bought some new pastels at the amazing April Blowout Sale at Jerry's. Yep. Sometimes it really IS all about the art supplies.

(3) I'd like to take an art workshop sometime this year ... I don't know where or in what...
Friday (yes, THIS week!) afternoon I attend a workshop by Jon Houglam on portrait and figure drawing. AND ... drum roll please ... the weekend of the 20th and 21st of April, a two-day pastel workshop with Paul deMarrais ... an artist whose work I've watched for several years now. I'm VERY excited!

(4) I WILL be hanging art for sale at the gallery at the art center. Period. I'm running out of room here...
I'm planning on entering a couple of paintings into a juried show at the Art Center in May -- we'll see how that one goes! There will also be a student show in July. I need to work on something else, too ... I guess this one is still an EARLY work in progress!

EXTRA -- GALAPAGOS in 5 years --
I've started to teach myself Spanish. Well, it's a start!

How are YOUR plans for the year coming along? I'd love to hear about them!
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Toni said...

Well you are doing better than me. My son's wedding plans have kept me occupied. The workshops do sound wonderful and your pastel looks great.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your pastels.

Teri C said...

Goodness! I love your pastel study. What kind did you get? Your class sounds so exciting and then there is the gallery. Your resolutions are really blossoming!! I'm excited for you.

Lindsay said...

ok, you are keeping me honest!!!
Have fun with your classes!! Your pastel is beautiful and as toni said, I'd love to see more!!!

Diahn said...

Go Linda...Go Linda...Go Linda...

Hey - progress is progress - you're doing great! (Except for remembering about Tuesday afternoons...:-D )

I've got a deal for you - you show me how to use pastels, and I'll give you acrylic pointers...'kay??

¡Su pintura es muy hermosa, mi amiga!

Anonymous said...

I really like the feeling of this one!

annie said...

Plans? I am trying to hone in on something. I keep flitting about too much! Though I am just finishing a photography class.

Congrats on all your progresses!

I love the picture you've done.

mARTa said...

Que bonita tu pintura! You might as well starting learning spanish now. How pretty your painting! I am getting 'itchy' to pick the pastels also. I love the feel of this pastel painting...good work!

E-J said...

Gorgeous pastel work, Linda - and especially exciting to get such a close-up of your strokes. Which brand(s) of pastel did you get hold of?

My only resolution this new year was to cope with motherhood! - I had no idea when I might be able to start making art again. But my daily sketching's really taken off since I read "The Creative License"!

Linda said...

Thanks to you all! This one was done mostly with Nu-Pastels and a bit of an ancient set of Grumbachers. I got a new set of Rembrandt soft pastels -- 30 half sticks for $24 -- which seemed like a good deal for a trial! And I got a phone call from Jerry's today that a set of pastel pencils I'd ordered were in, so I'll have them to play with tomorrow. (They are Carb-Othellos, a brand recommended by a wet canvas pastel artist, Dianna Ponting.)

Laura said...

It is fabulous to click on the pastel and see it in a larger version! There's so much energy and life in this, Linda.
I'm with Diahn---you go, girl!

Kunya said...

Great idea this review ...and I think you're ding great.
You can read mine if you want:

Lin said...

LINDA!! GLORIOUS GLORIOUS WORK!! AND CONGRATS ON YOUR GOALS!! Mercy, I'm going to go have a look at my own -- I don't think I"m doing too well.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR FALLS!!!! And enjoy your workshops!!! They sound fabulous!

Africantapestry said...

A beautiful pastel painting, Linda! Nice movement you have going in it.

Sue said...

Beautiful pastel drawing. It reminds me that the 16" of snow we got last week WILL go away eventually.

About goals. This is my first year doing goals like this. I was focusing more on doing things regularly and set up topics to tackle monthly. Based on results so far, I think doing some that are more long range would be nice too.

Have fun in your workshops!

phthaloblu said...

I love the pastel creek study. It's beautiful and your really caught the movement of the water. Superb!