“Sit in reverie, and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind”. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My mind has been no idle seashore lately, but waves of changing colour I can relate to.

I’ve been prompted to experiment with my oil pastels by a sudden and voracious exploration of magazines, books and websites not primarily about drawing or painting, but showcasing textile arts such as batik, felting and embroidery (Pascal Jaouen’s stunning broderie glazig being my most inspiring find), as well as beading and rubber-stamping. Colour, colour and more colour – and texture, and yet more colour – have been this weekend’s obsessions. This small doodle is just me playing around with a possible approach to a painting. 6×4″ Oil pastel on Daler Ingres paper.