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Writer's Block: Shopping spree confessions

If you could choose a $1,000 gift certificate for one online store, which would it be and what would you get? Would you share the love with your friends?
Dick Blick -- I'd get the full range Holbein oil pastels set, full range Neopastel set, full range Sennelier oil pastels set which would be $948 and change by itself, then fill it out with little stuff like sketchbooks and oddments. I'd chart them for http://www.explore-oil-pastels-with-robert-sloan.com -- full range on all artist grade oil pastels! Now someone go buy me a $1,000 Blick gift certificate. Support the arts!
Explore-Oil-Pastels-With-Robert-Sloan.com Articles at eHow.com, ETSY shop, My Bonanzle Booth, deviantART gallery, SFFmuse and look for art by robertsloan2art on eBay. Listed on Art Blogs 4 U
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Interesting art blog: Patrick's Art Blog focused on realism!
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notalwaysweak
Sep. 17th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'm already supporting the arts. How fares Cat/Wombat? I know you're busy, but a progress update would rock.
robertsloan2
Sep. 17th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I haven't worked on it since the move. Been too busy getting reorganized and mostly using cleaner media than soft pastels. I should, and once we get past this rain I'll do some more on it.

At least the long delay is doing what it always does -- I know it will come out a ton better for it because I've had some practice now on smaller simpler things and that class that opened my eyes on pasteling. I know how to fix the background now so it won't be royal blue in the final version!

It's supposed to look like dark holly or some other hedge type of bush, the dark greens bushes. I will get it to that.

Thanks for mentioning it. I've got October coming up and that is always an art month.
robertsloan2
Sep. 17th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Also, thank you for the reminder. I do need reminders sometimes, because you can imagine how disorganized I get. I have pretty serious memory symptoms and if something isn't exactly in reach with all its supplies in reach then it only gets worked on... on good days or the next time I reorganize my stuff and put it in reach.

What I'm going to do next is reorganize and put the Mont Marte pastels in reach on the table. That will do more for continued progress than anything else -- that and putting it on the drawing board that's over by the table instead of off across the room. Small logistics like that can scupper anything, I've found.

Half of my good stuff is across the room in the taboret or on it. That used to be right next to me and now anything over there gets forgotten for weeks or months.

I moved here in May. I'm still unpacking and reorganizing. This gets so frustrating.
robertsloan2
Sep. 18th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
There, got that sorted out with what else I'm doing before Nanowrimo... I think I want to make it a big focus during artsomofo -- if you follow that group you'll see daily art through October.

I've decided that I'm going to do one last butterfly for you too while I'm finishing up C/W -- I have this lovely piece of homemade Colourfix with gold watercolor under it and washed over it and then thought, this would be grand to do something really colourful on. It won't be realism but I think you might like it. Pastels or oil pastels, will decide at the time.

But that one will be very loose and large, a one-day project rather than the intensity I need to finish Cat & Wombat.

I know it will take at least a week and several more stages to get it right, but all I need to do is rearrange my stuff so the three-drawer box is where my watercolor brush washer is and move the pencil sharpener. This will make pastels Very Easy and watercoloring a little more difficult.

I'll probably just use the drawing board in my lap instead of the big easel because there isn't really room to set up the big easel in here. There's nothing more visual to show, but several problems I've had are now worked out, especially fixing the royal blue background and texturing it.

I have also been working out what to do with the tulips on it. Oddly enough the animals are the easiest part! I've done animals in pastels almost as often as portraits, they come easy and are natural and grand. They need detailing and that's about it.

So there is an actual progress update. I realized I have done a great deal of mental work during the "block" as I sorted out the things that need to be done next -- but haven't had the physical setup worked out right. Tonight, thanks to your reminder, I worked out the best way to put it in reach.

From there, October is my self-set deadline. I could freeze again mid-stream if it starts getting ugly but unless something awful like that happens, I will be drawing every day during October so that's the best time to finish -- I'm getting excited about it again. I usually do when I think about working on it.

I just need to make sure that it is the easiest project and the easiest medium in reach on October 1st -- that gives me two weeks of trial and error physical logistics. And two weeks to finish up Vaumuru which I should be synopsizing and writing the last chapters on.
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