I love my Acrylic paints and pastels, don’t get me wrong, but I find I am a lot like my cat, constantly changing. I don’t change my sleeping places but I do like to mix up whatever medium I am working with.
At the moment I am working in colored pencil. I have quite a variety of pencils since I am on a quest looking for the one that lives up to my expectations. I mix brands of all kinds, thick lead, thin leads and leads in between.
What is my quest, you ask? When I was just a little kid my mom would pretty much force me to visit my aunt for the weekend. I wasn’t too crazy about visiting but there was something that made it a bit more palatable. I knew on Saturday she would take me down to a store on Main Street and buy me a color by number set of Venus Paradise colored pencils. I’d toss the color by number section as soon as I got home and use my notebook paper, paper bags, anything available to lay down that thick soft buttery color.
For weeks I’d use my Venus paradise pencils until I had sharpened them down to a nub. I am what passes for an adult now and Venus paradise is out of business! So, as a result, my quest has not uncovered any buried treasure.
Were these pencils really that good? I know that things seem different when you are little. I remember returning to one of my old primary schools and discovering that it had shrunk! How does an entire school shrink? Maybe I am making these pencils somewhat of a holy grail and when I do manage to dig up a couple I will be disappointed to discover that they are just as ordinary as my school.
Anyway for Paint Party Friday at paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com I offer a pencil sketch titled “Reaching out.” Does anyone else remember these pencils? Am I on a wild goose chase? Only time will tell.