The pastel workshop at the East Side Art Center was great fun. Stupid me, I didn't think to take any pictures to post here until after it was all over. Thanks to those who participated (a talented group!) and to the Art Center for hosting us.
Once in a while I like to buy a new color, so I bought cobalt violet light recently (mostly because it was on Richard Schmid's list). I used some in this painting. It's a lovely color but has NO tinting strength. It virtually disappears when you mix it with anything. I won't be buying it again.
I hate to throw anything away while it still has some use left in it and that includes fruit and flowers in my studio. Citrus inventory: two month-old limes that are now the same size and consistency as golf balls; some month-old clementines that are holding up amazingly well; 2 lemons; and 3 oranges, I can't remember what type, that I bought because they're a soft yellowy-orange, with some greenish-brown patches, much nicer to paint than the bright orange of other fruit.
I do love Salvation Army. For a still life painter, there's nothing better. I picked up this great Mexican pitcher, in perfect condition, for $3. When we were in New York recently, we went to a Salvation Army store on the same block as the hotel, and I was surprised to find that the stuff they had wasn't as good as the store I go to at home. Then I realized that there were about half a dozen antique shops on the same block. I think I know where the good stuff ends up.