High School Art Class

I’ve not taken many Art classes past my high school days, but I loved walking into the Art room way back when. It had a smell to it, kind of earthy like clay and crayons. It was always kind of dirty in a cool way and finding an unbroken crayon, pastel or piece of charcoal was rare. I vaguely remember the funny little square Conte Crayons and have to admit, back then a paint brush interested me far more.

I bought some a while back and thought they’d be good for on the go sketching in my Moleskine journal so the other day I had a few minutes to play in my journal and I pulled them out. They were laying in the box, pristine and unbroken, each one nestled in its little compartment. I started to sketch and was quickly engaged, surprised at how smoothly they laid down on the page. I was even more impressed with the detail I was able to get with them. These pages took only a few moments, some Conte Crayons and a blending stump.

This medium will be perfect for working outside in the sunshine. I love to sneak out for a few minutes of solitude and vitamin D every chance I get. I’m liking these crayons so much I went back and ordered a box of colored ones. Sometimes the overlooked, simple supplies can be just the thing to inspire you to go back to the basics.

I’m Back, finally

It seems like forever since I’ve posted. We had an amazing time in D.C., walking our legs off going to museums and monuments everyday. To say it was inspiring would be an understatement. I have not even uploaded the pictures yet, just trying to catch up on home-life and things first. I did finish this piece. I saw so many beautiful works of art my head is simply swimming. I was itching to get back in my studio and put some sketches to good use. This one is titled ‘Remember‘.

On the home front, we came home to the upsetting news that my step mom has Breast Cancer. We won’t know anything more until Friday, but I would so appreciate your prayers. My family has been through this battle before, twice with my dad and once with my step dad, all with good outcomes, so we are being as positive as we can about the battle ahead.

I have much more to share, but not much time today, I am getting ready for a speaking engagement with the Southwest Missouri Art Teachers Association this Saturday. The president of the assoc asked me to demonstrate some art journal techniques after reading my article in Somerset’s Art Journaling. I am looking forward to this opportunity.