I attended a meeting of the Maryland Pastel Society that advertised a demonstration by pastel artist Alain Pecard. I had seen an article in an old issue of The Pastel Journal that included pictures of some of his dog portraits and a landscape with a horse. Definitely interested in this artist's working method, I was looking forward to the demo. He painted a portrait of a young black lady that day. I am not a people portrait painter but I have to say it was the oddest portrait demo I ever saw. He fiddled and fooled around with everything but the woman's face, leaving a flat, mid-toned brown oval with no definition surrounded by colorful, completed passages. He seemed very apprehensive about painting the face. Finally, he tentatively layed in the eyes, nose, mouth, etc. Guess what? It didn't look like the model! I was disappointed.
I recently took a Reiki class hoping to improve my health, connect with my animals better and, generally, be in harmony with the Universe. Lofty goals for a simple soul but as I didn't feel like I was making any progress toward better health, I thought what the heck! During the class it occurred to me that I just might improve my artwork, too. Our teacher, Janet Shettle, was very good and very patient. Her connection with the spiritual energy is amazing. Anyway, I was reading about the Reiki and how it was recommended to keep a journal of our experiences. I happened to read an article in International Artist Magazine and they recommended the same thing for artists. So I'm going to try it. Don't know if I will log in every day or month or irregularly but if it helps I'm all for giving it a try. Hope somebody out there will be interested enough to read my ramblings but it's OK if I'm on my own
SallyAnn Mickel Spotted Springs Studio