August 25, 2010
A junior high grandson who is staying with us was doing his homework. He asked me if I had any colored pencils. The teacher had said that if they did the drawings assigned in his health class with colored pencils, they would get extra credit. I have goodness knows how many art supplies in my home office but I couldn’t remember having colored pencils except for a couple I had used as accents with my pastels (which I hadn’t used recently). But he wanted more different colors than that. Finally he spotted colored pencils in a variety of colors in a basket on some open shelves. I don’t remember buying them or what I might have used them for, but I’m glad they came in handy.
But what was that teacher thinking? How many households have colored pencils just lying around? I can imagine some kid asking his frazzled mother for those the night before the assignment is due and she not having any or even knowing where to buy them. I guess being an artist can occasionally be useful.
At my easel: I continue to work on the Colorado autumn scene using only mixes of the three primary colors and white. It’s going fairly well.