I decided to change the name of my blog from “Little Gems” to ‘travels to the edge’. Why not? There’s more security being on the edge than there is walking a tightrope, wouldn’t you say? So being on the edge is where I am and where I plan to stay. You may wonder what that has to do with anything. If you do not know for the last 17 years I’ve been working in colored pencil & I’ve been very successful. I actually thrived on the control I got from a pencil, so getting used to a brush proved challenging. But I wanted to paint & that meant leaving my comfort zone & my area of expertise. Some say it’s good when you do that but I must admit, for a while, I was on shaky ground. Nevertheless I’d made up my mind &I was determined. I’ve been painting now since January & I’m relaxing more every day. I’m learning what works but especially what does not work. I hate dumb mistakes but I’ve found them to be excellent teachers. Anyway, everything in art is a challenge because it’s basically problem solving. We don’t ever have all the problems solved no matter what medium we work in. It sure can make life interesting though when you move away from the one you know the most about.