What’s New?


by David Roelofs  4/20/18

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to catch everybody up.  First of all, I’d like to welcome all of my new followers!  Thanks for following, and I hope you find something of interest.

I’ve been quite busy lately building up my stock for an upcoming Farmer’s Market in Norfolk, CT.  The address is: 19 Maple Ave, Norfolk, CT (front lawn of Town Hall). I am currently signed up for 2 weekends; May 19, and May 26, so if you happen to be in the area on these dates, please stop by and say hello.  I’d love to meet you, and you can take a look at all of my available art up close!

I pulled out my pop-up tent and checked it out for damage, as it has been in storage for the past several years.  I purchased an 8′ table for display, but I still need to build some steps to display items in multiple tiers on the table.  I also need to devise some way of hanging my art along the sides of the tent; I’ll probably end up with sheets of peg board suspended from the tent frame; we’ll see.

As you may know, I work in several mediums; pyrography, pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, airbrush and water colors, but what you may not know, is that I’ve recently began experimenting with pastels. I purchased a set of soft pastels (sticks) and a set of pastel pencils for detail work.

I’ve been experimenting with toned and textured papers, looking for what works best for my type of work.  I definitely like the toned papers, both gray and tan, however these papers are smooth, and quickly lose their tooth as it fills with medium.  Textured paper on the other hand, can hold much more medium as it resembles very fine sand paper, and thus allows for the addition of many more layers of medium well after the smooth papers fail.  Textured paper is available at a cost, but I have experimented with making my own by utilizing Gesso and pumice dust,  The Gesso is thinned with water and the pumice is thoroughly mixed in and applied with a roller.  This worked well, but I found it to be a bit coarse.  Using Gesso alone produced a satisfactory texture, but more experimentation will be required.

Well, that about all for now.  I’ll try to post a bit more often as time permits.  I’ll be sure to post about the Farmer’s Market in May.  Hope to see you there.

Here are my latest pastel artworks:

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