If only it were as easy as going out to a sushi bar and doing research! This challenge has pushed me to the limits of my patience, and I am definitely growing as an artist. First off, I chose to go extra large, which is a big deal for pastelists, as the sanded paper grinds down those precious little pastels pretty quickly. So after a hasty, 3-hour round trip to Blick's to get supplies, plus a sobering gulp at the cost of such a large frame and museum glass, I stood ready with a 24 x 36 mounted surface in front of me (I won't even delight you with the tantrum I experienced trying to mount this alone). Then, I decided to do a gouache underpainting to set in my values from my Notan sketches and also to save my pastel sticks for the later layers. From my first concept sketch on a restaurant placemat, the painting has slowly emerged from my imagination. My career days as marketing public relations manager for Morris the Cat are definitely controlling this process. Like writing a novel in which the characters take on a life of their own, well, let me just say that "this cat has 9-Lives!" Cats are mischievous little creatures, as you will see at the end of this exercise, if I live through it. It has been fun to see how they behave when faced with colorful little fishies. I am about 3/4 of the way finished, but today I got locked out of my art studio with only an inch of the doorway open after something fell and blocked the door. So I spent an hour making a contraption to bend three ways around corners, thinking perhaps a simple drone or a trained cat could have been helpful. I think I am done for today. Time to go out for Sushi!
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Your "hints" as to what you are doing sound exciting. Anxious to see the result.
Care to post an image Lynn?
Haha, brave or foolish, one of the two!
You are brave to go with pastel that big.
HEY LYNN... you’re an excellent writer and kept me intrigued to the very end... enjoy your sushi!!! 🪂🪂