The stomach flu has struck the local. Oh joy. We spent yesterday home as Dragon was running a high temperature and not keeping down foods. He is not really eating today, just tea and saltines, but he is doing a little better so I took him and M-Lyons and Bitsy to the Marina in our neighborhood. They played in the sand along the river and the dog chased ducks and I pulled out my pastels. I haven't done much work in the last 5 years and found myself enjoying the application of color to paper and the thick, creamy texture. I believe my teachers from school would have said "I was seduced by the medium" and perhaps I was; I have never been exactly sure why this is a bad thing.
The Marina is one of my more favorite places to play with pastels. River fronts abound in this part of Virginia. We are between the James River and the York River and I used to get out and sketch scenes from both regularly. Here is one from 2004 that happened to be in this sketch book, I think it is one of the 'beaches' along the Colonial Parkway:
And it is "OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY" over there at a Southern Daydreamer. So I'm playing along!