Sunday, August 7, 2011

GARAGE SALE TREASURE!



Look what I found in a neighbor's garage sale!!!  Only $5 so I couldn't pass it up.  When I got home, I did a little computer research.  they don't make this particular set anymore but a slightly smaller set in the same beautiful wooden case was listed as on sale for $69.95.    This set was 99% untouched.  Today I took out my pastel paper pad and started a drawing.  I love using the limited palette of Conte Crayons.  The charcoal and greys start to look blue and so you can get a pretty full range of warms and cools with white, black, grey, ochre and sanguine (red ochre).  I didn't get the hands finished....probably another half hour of work.

21 comments:

Stuff About Linda said...

Looks like another award winner to me!

AutumnLeaves said...

What a great find, Myrna! (I never find stuff like this, but then I rarely hit garage sales either...maybe that is why? LOL) The piece itself is just fabulous, but then all of your pieces are!

meera said...

wonderfully expressive face! and what a find :) Hope you will post it again when you finish the hands.

Sadami said...

Hi,Myrna,
You have to call me next time!
Cheers,wink,wink,Sadami

Sherry Pierce Thurner said...

You scored!

Cory said...

What a find...I love conte (and garage sales)

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thanks, Linda but it is in the wrong media for the competitions I enter.

Autumn, my husband is the garage sale person. It is rare to find something like this....just a lucky break!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Meera, I will try to remember to post again. Maybe just a detail of the hands.

Sadami, come to California and we can go treasure hunting together!

Sherry and Cory, thanks for stopping by the blog and taking the time to comment.

Jean said...

Treasures are journeys-- taking us places
with people we long to linger
with

Joyfulartist said...

A beautiful find in the hands of an expert!

lifeartist said...

A lucky break indeed. I rarely find art supplies at garage sales. That kit with it beautiful box is very rare indeed. I love the drawing. I have to do some conte drawings just so my drawing students can see the range that one can get with a very limited palette. Enjoy!

Kay said...

Well done on both counts! I love hunting for bargains, but garage sales don't really exist here.

Your rendering of the face is exquisite.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Myrna,
I really love how beautifully you've employed those new Conte crayons. Simply gorgeous; Sensitive, thoughtful, wise, reflective, and a quiet moment come to mind.
You have captured a great face with a wonderful expression. Brava!
Sincerely,
Gary.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thanks all for your great comments. Traveling now so harder to post for each comment.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thanks Gary, nice words from a master portrait painter.

jill polsby said...

Why can't I find a garage sale with that kind of stuff!! Wah, wah, wah

Paula K. Cravens said...

Hey Myrna,good find! As a dumpster diver and yard sale junkie, one of my best finds was a rather nice art easel that packed up into a carrying case. I retailed for around $140, I got it for $10!! Yay!
Keep on making lovely things.

Billie Crain said...

I want to congratulate you on such a great score, Myrna! This set was meant for your capable hands.

Kay said...

great find! Enjoy

Michelle Himes said...

What a bargain!!! And what a gorgeous pastel painting! You COULD enter it into a pastel show, you know. LOL I'll bet it would do well. Just think, you could be an award winner in another medium.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thank you all for your recent comments. I wish you all great fortune in finding treasures in the castoffs.

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