Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Fair Representation

Friend Ann enthusiastically follows and cheers my adventures in painting but allows as how she doesn't much have any affinity for abstract.

So, her birthday approaches and I think, I'd like to paint Ann a card.

But, hmm.

Have you seen me paint anything representational in the past five months? Not so much.

I decide on the following self-selected challenge: a bookmark sporting a fair representation of something real and recognizable.

My sketch book calls to me. My oil pastels call to me.

The subsequent challenges: how to support the sketchbook paper and how to keep the pastels from smudging so this little piece of art can be put to practical use as a bookmark.

Affixing the sketchbook sheet to manila stock takes care of paper strength. Hairspray, followed by matte medium, protects the pastels.

Wishing you a really happy birthday, Ann!

Paper Prayer 32, Trees in Light
study/appropriation of a painting by Pattie Wall
2x5.75", oil pastels on Aquabee sketchbook paper
[not for sale]


  1. Happy indeed! This is so lovely and light. A treasure!

    1. Thanks, Sheila. I had fun doing a piece with only pastels. No mixed media. I kept it propped where I could see it until the very last minute when I presented it as a birthday gift.