I'm waiting for my class list of supplies to come via FedEx on Tuesday. But last night, just before class began, I was at an art store picking up a few must-haves so I could get through the two class sessions before the supply delivery. I also had a 40% off coupon burning right through my wallet. And I was still a bit bent out of shape that I had celebrated my birthday in the hospital so I was up for choosing a present for myself.
As I was browsing in the book section I came across this volume, Lee Hammond's, Amazing Crayon Drawing. It was that sense of instant recognition, that all I really wanted to learn how to do is make real "paintings" with crayons. And her recommended brand: Crayola. I have thousands - I'm not exaggerating - of crayons. I remember posting about it once before. For a while I was actually using them and was totally delighted by the results. But then I became self-critical, you know, it's just crayon, it's not real art, it's kids' stuff, etc. So to have a professional artist give me permission to go back in time and enjoy what pleases me most, well, that was just a great gift, birthday or not.
I was having a bit of a pain relapse this afternoon and crawled back into bed with my new treasure. I was actually reading everything written. I learned that crayons have to be kept sharp and a two-holed sharpener is best, using the larger hole after you peel down some of the wrap. I learned which papers to use and that the speckled finish is desirable in crayon. I learned the difference between layering and burnishing and which to use when.
When I get that next burst of energy I'll be good to go. About a year ago I gave Juvenile Hall about 200 crayons, but permission was never given to use them and the crayons are somewhere or were tossed. How I regret that gift! I mean, with the thousands I still have it's not that I need them, but now I have the zeal to match the usage, now I'm up for using all that I have and more. I mean, they are so cheap, even the big box, I can always find room in my shopping cart for a new box of Crayola crayons!
Beware! You know what I'll be posting next.