Day 9, “Get Ready Set Go!”

Between appointments and life obligations, I got off course with my postings. Today was an exceptionally busy day, but I still wanted to get back in touch with my creative ritual habit. Soooo tonight I seized the moment while supper was cooking.


All the males in my house know how much I love fresh flowers. I love setting them up in my kitchen in various glass containers. The other day my son Brett, came home with a little bunch of tulips for me. They were different from the ones I usually see in the stores. I loved how their white base color was accented with purple swirls. I took one bloom and placed it in a dish that mimics the Ikebana art form.


While I was waiting for supper to cook, the early evening sun was shining directly on my tulip set up. I love placing flowers on the window sill because I know they will be affected by the light in various ways throughout the day. Well this really appealed to me tonight and I knew I didn’t have much time before the light would disappear. Sooo it was ..Get Ready, Set , Go! …if I was going to capture a quick study of this tulip!


Not too long ago, I had dug out a box of old chalk pastels I had since my  college days. (Which of course was not too long ago! Wink, Wink! ) I decided to play with them for my sketch.




 I used Arches Oil Paper for my support and added a wash of oil paint for the background. Although messy, I really enjoyed working on this little sketch.  Using my old pastels brought back childhood memories. My art teacher had insisted we use charcoal for a year and then in the second year, we had to work with chalk pastels. I remember rolling up my creations, placing an elastic band on the tube and proudly taking them home. I was ten years old.


Not the best photo, but you get the idea. 😀

This sketch is certainly not a masterpiece, but by taking the time to work on it, I observed nuances in color and value that I may have missed without close observation. Taking the time to explore and observe, definitely helps to prepare for more involved work with the same subject at a later date.

Have you worked on Arches Oil Paper? Love to hear your experiences or thoughts!



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