Friday, October 25, 2013

Should I stay or should I go.......

Gentle Giant
26cm x 39cm, Pan Pastel on Pastelmat
Original SOLD
Copyright Laura Hardie 2013
Please do not use without permission

Have been thinking a lot recently on whether to keep my blog going or not - I’m terrible at keeping it updated for a start and wonder if, because of that, I actually still have people looking in and seeing what I’m up to on here. Do I still have readers out there? I’m sure there are ways I can check stats to give me such information but, being the technophobe that I am, wouldn’t know where to start on that. Note to self, I really must try and embrace technology more instead of shying away from it. Been told on numerous occasions, for one example of many, that I should be tweeting on Twitter but always assume it will be complicated and frustrating to get my head around so avoid it. Anyway I digress.

I blame Facebook. Totally. Since having my page on there I’ve spent my time keeping that updated with new work and information and neglected my blog. I’ve also sadly neglected reading other blogs as I follow so many artists now on Facebook. It definitely appears to be the way most artists communicate with the world outside their studio. Staying on the subject of Facebook, if you haven’t yet seen my page and would like to follow my work there, I have a link to it on the sidebar to the right. Would be nice to see you there.

But then there is a big part of me that doesn’t want to scrap my blog. I’ve had it for seven years now and it’s nice to have that record of all my goings on both at the drawing board and away from it. It’s a bit like a diary in that way. So for that reason alone I’m going to keep it going – for now anyway.

Was just reading over my last post and see that I mentioned working in Pan Pastels and that I had started a drawing with them. Well, it’s finished and I can now share it with you, see above. I’m really pleased with the result considering it’s my first. I’m familiar with pastels and have used them on numerous occasions but never the Pan Pastels and it was the huge, fat sponge tool applicators that took a lot of getting used to for me. I say ‘huge’ and ‘fat’ because compared to the fine points of my pencils that’s exactly what they were and felt like. I thought there was no way I was going to get any sort of detail using them but the more I worked and played with them the more I learned and liked (also had the help of a couple of pastel pencils for the finer details but that’s allowed:)) Was really enjoying myself at the end and I’m looking forward to using them a lot more in my work.

I've also finished a couple of Clydesdale Horses using coloured pencil and will share those in my next post.