Goodbye to all my stashed pastels! I had boxes of pastels: some especially for workshops, pristine unopened sets for landscape work, boxes of special pastels I wanted to save. Save for what? I emptied all my boxes into my working boxes. May as well use them now - if not now, when?
I took the hinges and handles off my two Dakota Art boxes and lined them up on a table next to my pastel easel. Next, I rearranged all my pastels with white, gray and black in the middle, cools to the left and warms to the right. No particular reason why other than that I haven't had them arranged this way before. With them all in one place, I was inspired to paint.