So I started working with the pastel pencils again tonight and its getting there. Working on such a more detailed scale definitely takes longer. I worked on a painting for 2 hours tonight and its getting there but its taking time and I'm sharpening the pencils by hand with a razor blade so that takes some time too.
I am obsessed with the Tuscan countryside right now. I have always loved the historic and serene look of an Italian farmhouse basking in golden light. Recreating that is hard!! And doing it with the pastel pencils takes a while. This is what I have so far...
On another note, I've decided to register for this figure drawing marathon session in New Britain which goes from 9:30 to 8 p.m. on a Saturday. I have never done figure drawing, never gone to a workshop, never spent 11 hours drawing, and haven't taken anything simulating an art class since freshman year of high school. So we're looking at over 11 years since I had any instruction, and I don't even know if they're going to have instructors providing feedback. I don't think I'm ready to use the pastel pencils for something like that because I don't know how long the models will pose for and am more comfortable using my Nupastels or chalk pastels. But it should be exciting! :)
One of my coworkers gave me an entry form for a local exhibition geared toward emerging artists. I've never tried to enter any contests or anything before so this will be interesting. I think the hardest part of it is that they're asking for a resume and I don't have anything to write on a resume that has to do with art. All I have is a commission piece I did in January, a drawing class I took as an elective my freshman year in high school, and most of my art in my middle school art classes was picked for display... the end. What a sad resume! But like I told my coworker, worst case scenario, they say "we don't want you, you suck!" What's the harm?