Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday's Special Moment of Gratitude

I feel like I should be creating something snowy and Christmas like but when I started to paint with my pastels this is what appeared.  I have not had a lot of time to paint this week, or maybe I should say I have not made the time to paint, but when I put the chalk into my hands today everything fell into place.  I am so grateful that I gave pastels another chance.  The first time I ever painted with pastels was in a class filled with people who had been using them for years.  The teacher was great and encouraged me every step of the way but I was too busy comparing my work with everyone else's to really enjoy myself.  The next time I took a class and we used pastels I had stopped comparing my work to others (well not completely stopped but I was better about it) and I found that I loved the feel and the look of the pastels.  Now even if I just have ten minutes, I can start to paint and the world disappears.  It is just me, the pastels, and whatever happens to appear.  So this week I am very grateful that I have stopped comparing my work to the work of others and that I gave pastels a second chance. Now rather than compare my work to someone else's I am inspired by what they have accomplished.  This shift in perspective has helped to open up a whole new creative world and for that I am very grateful. I would love to know what you are most grateful for this week.

I know that this is a very busy time of year but I would like to invite you to visit the artists at Paint Party Friday and Creative Everyday.  It is a gift that you will be so glad that you gave to yourself today.


  1. Dear Ginny. I was actually waiting for your new post. I always enjoy reading your words, they make me think, calm and relaxed and wiser I suppose too. Thank you so very much for sharing your gifts, talents and wisdom. Your picture has such a heavenly, delicate and light colors and composition. It is wonderful. I am grateful this week for you Ginny. Thank you.

  2. Another exquisite painting ~ loving the pastel colors ~ soothing ~

    (A Creative Harbor) aks artmusedog and Carol ^_^

  3. Lovely colors, I have enjoyed reading your post and your art. It´s good try not to compare to others

  4. It's absolutely beautiful and so close to December as it can be! :)

    I have pastels too. I haven't used them much, only sometimes.. Which paper do you use when painting with pastels?

    1. Hi Viola,
      Usually I use cheap construction paper. I love the way the pastels look on black paper. This time I used Cason Mi-Teintes 98 lb pastel paper.

  5. Isn't that amazing? That growth and change in perspective can make such progress possible?

    This piece is wonderful--and I say don't worry about why you paint--just follow the muse--


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