Happy New year all! I finally have both the time and the thoughts to make a posting over. With the rush of the Holidays , all the cooking and family and friends, weather and all those animals to care for, its almost impossible to find time even just to think! I had begun a pastel, just before Christmas, in the planning stage and was searching for a way to paint it, when this webinar thing came available, so I spent a lot of time watching, listening and thinking over that. My painting just waited, then I went ahead and did a value drawing right on the board I planned to use. Its a 8 ply-Matt board that is archival, I really like it, but this time I may have put too much grit on it in the preparation for pastel. Still trying to find just the right tooth and feel. I do have marble dust as well, and for some things, its a bit better to use. This one has almost pure pumice and PVA glue, very gritty! I wanted to paint a lot fall , just before winter scene and found one right along the West Carson River on a very sunny day. All the brush was bare, as were the young Cotton woods, the sky reflecting in the water, and sun hitting the rocks. So, after getting the value drawing done with a #244 Nupastel, which is purple, then washing the darks in, I began just a little each night for several weeks! Not how I wanted to do it, but with all the company---the cooking and work, well I do feel I learned a bit over this one! But its not what I wanted, just an idea.