I was so over pencil crayons by the time I was in grade 5. Never cared for the streaky messes they left across the white, cheap school stock paper. When I heard the last assignment was to use pencil crayons, I gagged to stiffle a laugh! Was this actually considered a serious medium outside of grade school?

Apparently so.

I dug through the bottom of my supply drawer, pushing aside acrylics, watercolours, pastels to find and dust off my box of Laurentian’s.

I have to admit I turned into a believer in this medium again…


I was floating on “islands of colour” for my next colour assignment. The objective was to overlay 3 distinct areas of colour in an overall grey scale composition. Part of the challenge was picking a photograph that offered good tonal variety.
The result…