I’ve been doing a lot with oil pastels lately. Nothing is finished yet so I have zilch to show on the blog, but there are three pieces (one commissioned, one experimental floral, one a non-commissioned portrait) on the boards now, another two close behind. Oil pastel purists call works created with them paintings, but to me it seems like I’m doing a drawing that usually ends up with a painterly quality. But that’s another topic. The organization of one of my favorite media is the topic for today. I have abused mine and in return this has hindered the efficiency of my work because I have to search through the piles of pastels to find the colors I need. So I decided to really organize them.
Organization is an on-going battle for me. I didn’t get that gene. I do work hard sometimes to get things organized and then things just explode (I know, one should REPLACE things after they are used). And as I write I look at the stacks of books and papers beside the computer, so much to do, so little time!
Anyway, today I went to Harbor Freight with friends and bought me a really cool tool box for what I think was a good price. It has drawers with dividers and will be easy to carry around. The pastels are sorted into cool, warm and neutral groups. The box is labeled. I was going to have one drawer labeled “for works in progress” but knowing me, that would defeat that whole putting things back idea.
I just have to put the little things back in the compartments. I can do this.
Now, about that desk…