Whether paints or crayons, before any art project my grandson has to see every color of paint, every pencil, every brush. Of course, this means dumping the entire box of crayons—just so he can be sure he still wants orange.
Every so often I need to do the same thing: dig out everything from the back of the closet to see if I still like that shorter brush. Who knew I had so many different kinds of paints, pastels, oil sticks, charcoal, colored pencils, or papers.
Ten years ago I started out making collage and using sewing as line. But this experiment is to try everything on every surface I have— from board, to canvas, to watercolor paper, to Japanese rice paper, to deli paper. What can I tell you, I’m a Gemini, so I have a need to know. I guess a need to know if I‘m missing something.
Am I missing out by not using pastels to learn more about color, by not using paper more often since it picks up all the subtle textures of pressed objects more easily than gesso or plaster, or by not spending more time drawing with charcoals and pens even if I prefer abstracts?