I have been busy with visitors again....you'd think I was a gregarious soul, but I am not. Not only that, but I have another guest coming in a week, my friend Josie from Milwaukee. Nevertheless, I've painted these two paintings. The first is the last gasp of the series of the neighborhood around my house. It started as a drawing that was going to rival anything in DRAWING magazine. I got out my pencil, erasers, and a good piece of drawing paper........also a ruler. I should have known that anything requiring a ruler is not my forte, but I proceeded to sketch on the composition. That was the end of that. Despite the fact that I very much admire detailed architectural drawings, I realized that I wasn't up to the task. I was already bored. So, I got out my pastels and did this. It's the house next door, with the corner of my roof in the upper left corner.
The bottom is a pastel of the cactus that sits on the floor beside my desk. It is about four feet tall, having inched its way imperceptibly from a six inch baby that I bought in 1998. The painting is looking down from above, but it's only the bottom half. The two branches at the top keep on going. I worked hard on this, to make it look the way I had envisioned. I tend not to get a good value range with pastels until I've first driven myself crazy. This took me two days, It's about 12 x 16. The top one is only about 8x10, since I had planned to work hard on every little detail. So much for that.