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Thursday Night Weird Art on a Wednesday!



ATC Pink Hibiscus for Peachfuzz on DeviantART in trade for a Pitt Artist Pen ATC of a geranium. She managed to convey pink using only brown and green pens, it awed me.



ATC Monarch for Lauren, since I didn't feel like messing with my soft pastels tonight when I had new oil pastels to draw with. It's even brighter and cooler looking in person. Almost a full spectrum there.



ACEO Snowman's Mommy in a winter outfit of pink jacket and boots and purple leggings that Sascha wore last year. She liked to wear the boots inside and clomp around in them all over, she really loved those pink boots till they were too small for her. Dedicated to Sascha, who wants me to do "A mommy and her baby" of anything I do coloring pages for her of.

I might do another with her making a Mommy and a Baby Snowman.

Lisa "Ziza", my Thursday Night Art pal, spent all evening drawing this magnificent 8 x 10" oil pastel painting of Brigid in a winter landscape with a sacred well and fire in her candles. I thought I'd share one of her recent magnificent pieces and she gave me permission:


Brigid, 8" x 10" oil pastel on acrylic paper, gessoed canvas paper.

I also listed this on eBay at last. I'm not sure why I procrastinated on listing it.



ACEO Mule Deer.

So since Thursday came a day early, tomorrow must be Wednesday and a heavy writing day. I did do a Hubpage earlier today though so I'm at least doing writing while warming up to bang on my Nanowrimo novel. Still at 6,680 words. More about art supplies and blather under the cut.

I suppose you wonder why after a long entry with lots of pictures I still put in an LJ cut. Well, it's the rest of today's happy things.

Kitten deposited my check, so I paid this month's expenses and then put in another Blick order. Yep. Only a couple of weeks after The Extra One.

I decided not to wait and save up all month for a big one, when Blick was running the $15 off orders over $150 and I had so many other things I wanted to do. So when it got deposited, I put in my savings and paid back the $10 that I borrowed from it just to be sure I wasn't overdrawing on getting the Erengi if Blick did send the Colourfix primer early.

Blick did, and I was very happy and very glad I borrowed a $10 from myself. I may do that with savings now and then without hurting it as long as I put it back immediately.

So I trimmed my order till after coupon it was just $167.35 and put back most of the extra goodies on it. All but the cream of the little stuff and one big thing: 48 Sennelier Oil Pastels. These are the softest, most transparent oil pastels.

I wanted the 48 color set for several reasons. One is size and scale -- these are to be combined with other brands, and the 120 color wood box set may be a bit big and cumbersome. I may still get it eventually but for now 48 is big enough to be lots and small enough to be comfortable and just-right for what I could afford -- now and for some time.

Senneliers are one of two favorite brands, those and Caran d'Ache Neopastels. I do still want the full range set of Neopastels and may get those next month if I do zip, nada, nothing else and get a coupon. It's $167 by itself, though a coupon may knock it down. Or hold on to it and wait and see how the December show itself goes, when I may be able to do something bigger than an order under $200. The flat shipping coupons are a great relief because I don't have to worry about size of order or if adding one small needed thing pushes it to $2 more in shipping.

So I'm drooling at various big things over at Blick and planning for December in a weird way -- the usual in and out of the cart stuff, till it's refined and preplanned and decided exactly what I want to get when versus what else I want soon. These Senneliers will be here in a week, and they will combine with Erengi for a powerful effect. I already tried the Sennelier yellow blending with the Erengi sticks on the color chart:



They blend well, and the Erengi stay put under the blending because they're harder than the Senneliers. This means the Senneliers can be used for glazing effects, especially if I use them lightly and use their colorless blender to make the more opaque colors transparent. Eventually I want a full or comfortably large range in my four favorites: Caran d'Ache Neopastel, Holbein, Sennelier and Erengi. Erengi are so inexpensive a full range set is a definite possibility before the sale ends -- it's a good sale. Neopastels are a bit pricy for the full range and Holbein are more expensive per stick -- but not for the largest set Blick has.

50 Holbeins in ten hues and five tints each (masstone and four increasingly lighter tints) are the ones to use when I do need light tints in various colors to do clouds or light on snow or anything that'd otherwise be mixing a lot of white with delicate touches of other colors. They are a serious convenience and in between Sennelier and Neopastel in hardness.

Sennelier > Holbein > Neopastel > Erengi > Van Gogh > Specialist > Cretacolor Aqua Stic is the softest to hardest range. I may even get the cheaper VG and Specialists sometime too, because sometimes a hard stick is an advantage. But I don't think I want to deal with full range Holbein unless I get seriously wealthy, by then I will be back to building up some other medium like watercolors or filling out my Master Sets of colored pencils.

Which was the other little perk I got today, ordered the Daniel Smith Bird of Paradise Triad off an ad in Artist's Magazine. This was a great bargain, free shipping and a Primatek color plus a free size 8 watercolor brush -- got lots of size 6 ones and a size 8 is a nice step larger. Colors are very, very tempting. Pyrrol Orange wasn't in my lineup and is a bright pure orange, not a burnt orange like Quinacridone Burnt Orange. Moonglow, the Primatek, is a bluish-violetish shimmering dark a bit different from Sodalite Genuine, which I use a lot. Green Gold is a color I've lusted after deliberately for about two years since I got a book that featured it prominently in some landscapes.

So those are fun and I may get back to doing some more watercolors sometime soon too, like when those arrive to inspire me.

I'm also intrigued by their spectrum set despite a couple of duplicates, will be costing out whether it's cheaper to get it as a bargain set or get the colors I don't have separately. I suspect given two Primateks among them and that the duplicates are cheap colors, that the set may still be cost effective. Nothing on this set is in it, those are colors I got other times.

So there are pleasant art supplies to contemplate in my endless "stock the studio" hobby but I still earned my Pratchett this month with savings. Many thanks to Bob for dibs on Waterlily which let me avoid a hard choice between watercolors or Watercolor Magic magazine, or get both but put off joining Mid American Pastel Society.

I am actually joining MAPS as soon as I can get a money order or cashiers check. I wonder if my credit union would mail me a cashier's check that I could sign and send to them, I'll have to call them in a few days when the eHow deposit hits. MAPS doesn't take Paypal or debit cards or credit cards, all 200 members either paid cash at meetings or wrote checks. I don't even have checks, so it's mildly problematic and I'd rather find a way to do it myself than bug Kitten to pick up a money order for me.

I'm also considering joining EBSQ, so I can set up a gallery there. Get a one month membership to start, renew that once or twice and if it really helps sales, save money getting a biannual one in a convenient month when renewal wouldn't be seriously annoying in two years. $7.50 a month or $66 a year for biannual, that's a thing to decide after trying. It'd be $90 a year doing month to month but not bite my check, but also wind up being a monthly bill and I hate having those. I'd rather decide things once and relax about them for a while, like annual magazine subscriptions.

Blick did ship my Colourfix clear sanded pastel primer, so now I can turn random chunks of Arches or Fabriano including little ACEO chunks or 5 x 7" bits into good white Colourfix paper, and also turn bad watercolors into good Colourfix paper. I see a couple on my walls that could be redone as kick ass pastel paintings for the December show, just by treating them as underpaintings. They look unfinished.

I also got a full sheet of white Wallis sanded paper. This is a bit more expensive than Colourfix and only comes in white or a pale neutral called Belgian Mist, which looks greenish online but people say is a warm grey. It is Good Stuff. The pastels forum experts keep suggesting -- and doing -- a lot of recycling on Wallis paper by washing it off and starting over if they don't like a sketch.

So it might become the "beat it up and use one bit of it as a trial piece till its mucky stains become an underpainting" paper. Wallis supposedly takes even more layers than Colourfix, so this could be pretty intense pasteling!

I picked up three loose Sennelier soft pastels. Two were purple-leaning cold reds, because my 80 color half stick set had warm reds and red-browns and magenta but no cold-leaning true bright red in between, and I use that a lot. I also tried an expensive $2.99 Terry Ludwig half stick, just one, in a bright cold red. So I have three chances to get the bright cold red like Alizarin but opaque and brighter that I want. Plus I got an Iridescent White stick of both Sennelier soft pastel and Sennelier oil pastels.

Iridescent watercolor gave me lots of cool effects in Daniel Smith watercolors, to the point that I'm going through the Interference Green (nearly white red-purple to green color-changer) more than any of the other colors, even Ultramarine. Carrying that effect into pastels and oil pastels with the Iridescent White should let me do tints of any colors I have with mixing it, and is well worth a couple of extra sticks to get the zing of iridescence.

Especially if I ever succeed in painting an abalone shell the way they really looked every time I looked at them. I may have to actually BUY an abalone shell online in order to have one to put in still lifes. But I suspect if I succeeded in Getting It, the still life I did it in would pay for the shell and a good chunk of the supplies as soon as it sold. Not to mention it'd go in the permanent collection of cool little still life objects. It probably shouldn't be a giant one.

People eat abalones, that shouldn't be that hard to get.

I also got a Size 2 Firm Colour Shaper. I've been using the Size 6 Soft one that came in my pastel tools set on oil pastels to good effect, but apparently Firm ones are a lot better for oil pastel. I'll find out with this one before I invest in more sizes and wind up getting two separate sets of mini ones, one for pastels and one for oil pastels to do ACEOs.

We'll see how it goes from here. I'm seriously annoyed that doing one good TW entry, it has no bids at all! It has one watcher who may be lurking to snipe, but it's still frustrating. Maybe things will pick up now that the Christmas Craze is starting. I did the snowman builder for a holiday theme that's pan-religious -- that little girl could be anyone's little girl, her face is hidden by her parka and her hands by her bright magenta mittens.

I painted her clothes based on Sascha's tastes but in that kind of weather, any little girl would be going out looking like that all bundled up in her bright pretty colors and lots of warm quilted cloth. Her body proportions are actually close to Sascha's right now at age four, but I had her doing a snowman by herself so I listed she was probably six or seven.

My take on "cute." I couldn't just do the snowman, had to put the child in the scene.

I want to do a portrait of President Obama, but I'm not sure I'd be willing to part with that one at all except as prints if I do that. I might start with an ACEO and keep the original and do a prints run. It'll be a joy to paint him. His character reads true in all his facial expressions, he is quirky and intelligent and clean. His smiles go to his eyes.

I think when I do that I'll be able to convey his character in the portrait, because of how I do portraits and how much goes into them unconsciously as well as consciously. I'm looking forward to it when some of my current projects are done.
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