Since this thread is already here, I thought I would post my latest art effort here. There is a bit of a story to this one, so if you'll permit?
Paul and Micheal (our son) were in the mall one day, and they spotted this little carved stone cat. They both cracked up at the expression on the cat's face. Paul decided he MUST buy it for me! So home they come, prize in hand. Both of them were grinning like fools when Paul says, "We got something for you!" I am immediately suspicious. "What?" "Here!" And I unwrap the thing. I look at it. I look at them, still grinninly wildly. I look at it again. I say to Paul, "This is the same face you have when you've done something especially stupid!!" They both burst out laughing!! Yep, that was it!!
So, I've decided to put it to paper. I have an idea of affixing it to the ceiling over Paul's pillow, so he can look up at it every morning, and smile. I think that would be funny. I thought I would start the piece in pastel, to make it go faster, and finish it with coloured pencil (my medium of choice, for anyone new). But I ended doing in all in pastels, and I had a lot of fun doing it. It's a totally different medium than CP or watercolour, and I wish I could afford to get into it a bit more. But my few sticks will have to suffice for now.
And on to the piece: here's a pic that shows a picture of the cat, the stone statue itself, and the sketch I will, hopefully, turn into a painting. For those of you interested, it's on a piece of Strathmore Series 500 Charcoal paper, 14"x19.5", done in Prismacolour Nupastels, with one or two Rembrant pastels. The nose and eyes are shiny because I've covered them with Frisket film to protect the black, which I found out later you don't need to do with pastels, but live and learn, right?
And the finished piece, I think. I may need to give him something to sit upon, but I haven't decided yet):
I had fun doing it, and I learned about pastels at the same time. I wish I could afford to buy some "real" ones, but the only way I could is to live in the States and get free shipping and no HST/GST/Duties added in!
If you really want to see this as a WIP, it's on the Wet Canvas site:http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=659601