New drawing--pastel sheep

Sheep, pastel on homemade gessoed and sanded watercolor paper, 10.5" x 14.5"

I haven't touched pastels for years, but decided to drag them out and see if they were still any good and use them during a three hour workshop at Crealde last week (or was it the week before?) with Sally Evans. You never know, maybe they spoil like makeup, or nuts, or oil. They certainly had long enough to do that (I'm not even going to think about how many years!) In spite of that, they seemed okay and I think I'm going to continue to paint with them. The workshop wasn't long enough to pick up a lot of tips, but I did like the reminder that you can fool around with color combinations without wasting a lot of paint and use the pastels to flesh out some ideas for painting. I also picked up on the notion that ridiculously priced sanded pastel paper is the only way to go. Being a self-professed art-supply-aholic, that was all the encouragement I needed and I ran down to the local store and purchased two sheets of paper. I'll do something with them eventually, although I'm not sure what. Since I don't have a safe, they're tucked securely under my bed and I'll take them out when inspiration strikes.

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