3/30/17 Notes to Myself: Got my sketchbook out this week because I was given a free set of Charvin Water Soluable Pastel Sticks. I'm not a pastel artist but I thought I would give it whirl. It was fun and frustrating trying to navigate the colors, lines,textures etc. And then where does the water fit it? This little still life came out fairly well for a second attempt. Yesterday I tried a little plein air sketch and had a lot of difficulty. I'm not sharing that today... Thinking about my sketchbook it dawned upon me that it's so much like life. A series of experiments, sometimes with new material. I like full sketchbooks. They are interesting to look at and often engaging because so much tends to be revealed in the sketches. My books not done. I just hope to keep adding pages so that when it is the story will be most engaging to those left to see it.