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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sketch for Hunt 375

We are in Albuquerque. I packed my Mac so will try posting from my iPad. I also sketched on my iPad with the app Brushes and my fingers. It is good to be here at Virginia's since one of the Hunt items is "animal".
Pia was very accommodating to sketch. I must have spent about twenty minutes and she moved once. She was fast asleep on the window seat.
For Scavenger Hunt 375, http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1360555. Number 2, animal.
We enjoy being in Albuquerque to visit our old haunts and family. We had breakfast at Barelas http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/60/650070/restaurant/South-Valley/Barelas-Coffee-House-Albuquerque
There is usually a wait, it is just tradition to go there as Jennie would say.
Hopefully I will get more sketching done.
Originally posted from my iPad, reposted from Gene's Macbook Pro.  Much better! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Clue to my No Art Life, Sketches and Photos

I have been procrastinating, not unusual for me.  I write about this problem often.  Jack White wrote about it on FASO today or yesterday.  http://faso.com/fineartviews/81202/a-career-killer  His article made me smile.  He has a keen sense of humor.

Alyson Stanfield has a clue and solution it seems to me.  http://goo.gl/yIKMCl  She gives good advice, too.

The gist of the help in both articles is to get up off your bottom and get busy.  Practice and "doing" gives you new ideas and enthusiasm.  We will see if I can get moving when we get home to Bastrop.  I will have to move a little as I'm teaching a class at the Guild on October 14.  I will post about that in a separate post.

In the meantime, I sketched a bit on the patio in Chimayo.  I was trying watercolor painting.  I am better at the ink/watercolor sketches, but need a lot of practice.

This was a view across the patio at Rancho de Chimayo.  It was pretty dark and I had our porch light on to sketch.  I put the color on next morning.  It should probably be darker in the shadow areas.

These are daytime sketches of a few of the flowers and a chair.  Relaxing and fun to do.

We are in rainy Arizona today.  Unusual for such a long period of steady rain.

This was yesterday afternoon, we went to Marana to check on the Thunderbird and to visit with Roger's great grand twin boys.  They are amazing.  So identical and so smart. They were 2 years old in May and were having swimming lessons.

Today I sketched on my iPad with Brushes and my fingers.  I stood in the doorway as it was sprinkling.

Scavenger Hunt 375 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1360555, Number 1 - cat.  This skid steer by Mustang is generally called a bob cat.  A Bob Cat is white and is the most well known brand.  At any rate this is the closest thing around here to any kind of a cat.  Robert is hosting the Hunt and he has a live cat named Ari that is used for many of his sketches.  I think he will enjoy this substitute.


I found this good article by Jann Alexander in Austin:
More good ideas.
Updated 2:55pm same day

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Travel Photos New Mexico and Arizona- No Art

We left Angel Fire on September 11 and are now in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  It was a good trip.  I sketched at Rancho de Chimayo, but haven't taken photos yet, will post those later.

As we left our house in Angel Fire, the deer came to see us off.  There were about six doe and babies.  Nice.

We tried carrying the Terratrike on top of the car.  It gave us extra room, but was very noisy so we took it down after we left Taos and put it in the Expedition.  Then in Chimayo we put it in the trailer where Gene says it is staying until we get home.  We shall see.  The trailer is in Albuquerque and we will stop there for a couple of days.  He loves the bike trails there so I'm betting he will take it out and ride it!

 The patio at the Rancho de Chimayo Bed and Breakfast.  Such a quiet and nice place.  Very little phone service, no internet and no TV.  Perfect.

Out back of the B&B in the evening.  Pretty sunset.

The Sanctuary at Chimayo.  A very healing place they say.

Some of the formations between Chimayo and Pojuaque.  Beautiful day again.

Near Bernalillo, we had over an hour delay where they are working on the overfly at Paseo del Norte in Albuquerque.  It will be a mess for the Balloon Fiesta!

We stayed in Albuquerque and had dinner with Gene's sisters.  We ate at the Town House, an old favorite in a new location. http://thenewtownhouse.comcastbiz.net/ Food and service are still great.  It is a Greek steakhouse.

From Albuquerque we hit the road to go to Palomas, Mexico, for a visit to the dentist.  All clear.  We passed the Ladrone Mountains and I took my obligatory photo up the Rio Salado.   More photos here.  http://jocastilloartblog.blogspot.com/search?q=ladrones

Between Deming and Columbus, New Mexico.

We spent the night in Columbus, New Mexico, just across the border.  Mexico in the distance in the second photo.  We stayed at Martha's Place, comfortable and friendly.

 Near the Arizona border.

 Bisbee, Arizona

Mule Pass Tunnel

Near to Sierra Vista.

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill