'Gentle Morning'. 5x5. Pastel
I left the beach this morning with souvenirs. Lots of photos, a stack of paintings, a feather and a few seashells, a Pawleys Island sweatshirt and a head spinning with memories. I left with something else too....a gallon size ziplock baggy full of sand. Pawleys Island has the softest sand. It has just the right feel. Not so fine that it coats everything yet not too corse and rough. It feel great in between your toes.
We discovered that the sand is great for our pastels. I gave my box of pastels a spa treatment several times.
Sand to the rescue! I did this in Zion National Park where the coral pink sand was sugary soft. Pawleys sand works just as well. I took my box down to the beach, filled the box lid with clean sand and shook the box gently. You could also use a baggy. After some jiggling in the sand the pastels were perfectly clean .
I enjoyed being out on the beach listening to the surf while I did this usually dull chore. In fact I cleaned those pastels three times during the week! There are some hazards though. Be careful of critters. I happened to plop down next to a crab hole and had to keep an eye on it to be sure the crab didn't want to come out! And when I went inside to get my camera to take this picture I came back to my pastel box surrounded by crows. I hope they didn't carry any pastels off!
So I took a bag of sand home with me. And when the cold of winter sets in I will take out my sand and give my pastels a spa treatment. It will remind me of the warm days on Pawleys sitting on the beach cleaning pastels!