I had two inspirations in particular yesterday:

1) This post by a blogging artist from NYC — Katie Sokolor at “Color Me Katie” — helped me to get circles of big colour on the brain and, eventually, onto a blank surface:

And 2) a book, acquired at local library, which is literally called Paint Happy! by Cristina Acosta — free form, fluid, vibrant expressive painting techniques using pastels and acrylics.

Oh, I cannot omit Michael (my husband) — I used his old pastels and a set of his pastel paper, and he showed me a few tricks with Q-tips and fingertips. I like having a teacher in-house. 🙂