Commission, 9×12 pastel on paper
Every morning I input the amount of time I spend on art. I break my time into three categories: 1. Actual painting or drawing time; 2. Marketing and networking; and 3. Studying. I try to spend a good hour each day on studying. Each day I put a new screen saver on my computer. Each time I get on my computer, I get a chance to scrutinize it. I study the masters from the past and the masters from the present. I belong to a number of Facebook groups that emphasize the pastel medium. I scan an impressionist page and a portrait page. This painting was a commission from a high school friend. High school was a long time ago, but with the brilliant invention of Facebook, high school isn’t that far away. My aim while painting was to stay loose and impressionistic. I didn’t want to depict each flower, but have my painting “read” Bluebonnets. I am happy with the results and my Texas client is also.