Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Life is Our Personal Work of Art" by Sandra Henderson

We often go through life never knowing who we may have inspired along the way. All we can hope is that we leave something uplifting and encouraging. If we are lucky, every once in a while someone will take time out to say that you have made a difference in their lives. Today was that day for me.

Sandra Henderson and I met last month while taking a writing class with Cynthia Morris of Original Impulse. In this class we were given daily prompts and were to write  for  at least 15 minutes without stopping. (There is MUCH more to Cynthia's class than just this so,  please click on the above links for more information. I highly recommend them for anyone who is interested in writing.)  It was in this 15 minutes of writing where I posted a quote that resonated with Sandra.

She emailed that she was very touched and asked if she could use it in a future blog post. Well, those of you who know me know that I am a quote-a-holic and freely share them with the world. She said she would let me know when the post came together. Well, it arrived in my email box this morning and truly made my day!

Sandra's  post in entitled Life is Our Personal Work of Art. Please click on the title to be taken to her beautiful and uplifting blog, and do check her archives for many inspirational posts.

Thank you, Sandra, for this honor. You have made more than just my day! Blessings to you!

Did You Call Me?

I have been wanting to learn more about pastels for many years. I had amassed boxes of quality pastels, papers and even had some primed gator board just waiting for the right moment.  I am happy to say that the stars finally aligned with the right instructor and courage enough to just do it!.

The Highland Art Guild in Marble Falls, Texas scheduled a workshop with pastelist, Rita Kirkman.  I have long been a great admirer of Rita's work and was so happy to be able to attend. Rita is a wonderful teacher and is very generous with her knowledge. She is also great fun after workshop hours, where good food and great art conversations ended our very productive days!

The painting below was done in Rita's workshop from one of her photos. The surface was gator board primed with Colourfix Primer by Art Spectrum. Yep, the same gator board mentioned earlier, and done with mostly Nupastels. I really like the look of the Nupastels on this particular surface. 

"Did You Call Me?"
8" x 6", Pastel on Gator Board

Website: sekulastudio.com