In with the New, in with the Old too

oil pastels

I really hope that the Mayans are wrong (I’m pretty sure they are) because I just got new oil pastels.  I have big plans.  My old oil pastels and my new oil pastels sit side by side.  Each invites you to draw in slightly different ways.  One says “I’m shiny and new.  Use me carefully.”  And that makes your drawing very linear and intellectual.  The old ones are worn down and nubby and tell you “Be bold!  Throw caution to the wind!” and they urge you to dive foolishly, joyfully, headlong into the drawing.  The old ones are wonderful.

The new ones are wonderful too.  And of course, it won’t be long before the new ones are old ones.  And afterwards come new new ones.

The Koi in Winter

koi detail

I have been making tons of drawings, but I have found little time lately for photography so the drawings have been piling up around the studio, and the poor blog has been languishing.  It would help if the sun would shine in the Washington DC region, but the sun has been most fickle.  We have been experiencing a succession of days of grey, dismal weather.  Perfect for someone who writes a Gothic novel!  It’s not so convenient for a plucky koi artist.

But Mother Nature must be respected.  What else are you gonna do?