Mark your calendar for the First Friday Art Walk in February in Bastrop. I will be a featured artist along with Sharon Zeugin:
Friday, February 6 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Art Connections Gallery 908 Main Street, Bastrop Texas 512 581-1799 http://artconnectionsgallerybastrop.com/

I have paintings for sale on my website

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Red Boots Sketch

I was happy to see "boots" on the list for Scavenger Hunt 391.  I went downtown for breakfast a while back with my friend, "T".  She wandered into Liza Jane, a vintage clothing store and spotted the boots.  They were my size and I decided to get them.  I rarely wear boots, usually when it is cold.  The last ones I bought are for plein air painting to keep my feet warm and safe from stings and stickers.  So now I have red boots for no reason.

Number 8, boots - my red ones sketched on my iPad with Brushes and my fingers.  It took me about an hour to do this.  I could have almost finished a small pastel painting in that time!  Ouch!

I suppose any sketching is good for me, even if I take a longer time.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hunting Sketches for 391 - Pastel Start

A quick post to show I have been doing something.  I sat in my comfy chair with my feet up and sketched there.  These are for Scavenger Hunt 391 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1370607 and done in the large sketchbook with a Micron 05.

Number 4, tied with a ribbon - the glider on the porch.  Regina and Larry gave it to us when we got the new house and we left the ribbon on.  Wow, it has been almost 3 and a half years.  Seems like yesterday and sometimes seems like forever.  Hmmm.

Number 5, chair
Number 6, set of something - weights
Number 7, adjustable - one of Gene's walking sticks.  The length adjusts and it has an adjustable flashlight on the end.

I painted a painting of our lake out back last week.  Gene liked it a lot.  I was not comfortable with the middle ground, lake part.  I considered just working on that part again and when I started brushing that section off with a paint brush, I just decided to wipe off the whole thing and go again.  That can be therapudic for me and give me a fresh look for the painting with an underpainting already there.

I forgot to take a photo of just the dry wipe off so snapped one when I first applied water.

Then this is the underpainting after the water dried.

Hopefully I will like the new painting and will be able to show you the before and after.  I hope that Gene will like it even more.  He was not pleased that I wiped it off.  :)  Wish me luck!

There is a video on my tab above about painting waves.  I did a wipe off on that painting, too.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy Birthday, Regina! Sketch

It is Regina Burchett's http://reginaburchett.com/  birthday.  She has been a painting buddy, artist, friend for years, now.  Wow!  It is about 17 years or so.  I am thankful for our friendship.  Her husband, Larry, is a good friend, too.  It is fun when couples get along well.

I checked my list for Scavenger Hunt 391 http://goo.gl/s2XXJ9 today and found that I needed to sketch something with a drawstring.  I immediately thought of my colored pencil bag.  I have sketched it before.  Here is one sketch http://goo.gl/6Lf8U9  This bag really fits today as it was a gift from Regina several years ago.  It is perfect for colored pencils which also fit in today's Hunt.  This is what I call serendipity.  :)

Number 1, something with a drawstring - The quilted bag
Number 2, pile or box of colored pencils
Number 3, patterned - the hassock where I put up my feet to sketch

Of course this is not positioned the same as when I sketched it, but you get the idea.  The pattern in the hassock cover is odd in the way the colors weave in and out.

I miss painting with Regina now that she is in North Carolina.  Maybe in the fall when we go to Kentucky for Thanksgiving.  Sounds like a plan.  I will have a latte in her honor when I next go to town, tonight will just be a glass of wine.

I posted a pastel painting earlier so check my previous post.

Walk in the Park, New Landscape Pastel Painting for February First Friday Art Walk

Finally, as promised a new pastel painting. I painted this pastel landscape in my studio from photo references and my good old memory.  I was at the park with Sue Modrak and we painted down on the riverwalk path.  It was a gorgeous day.  Those good memories inspired this painting.

Walk in the Park
Pastel on Pastelbord, 9 x 12 inches
 Framed in a mahogany colored plein air frame.

$210.00 February, 2015, see and purchase this colorful pastel painting at Art Connections Gallery, 908 Main Street, Bastrop, Texas. 512 581-1799. http://artconnectionsgallerybastrop.com/

You are invited to the First Friday Art Walk.  My artwork is part of the excitement this month at Art Connections, a unique gallery filled with art and artists.  I am sharing the Featured Artist for February with Sharon Zeugin from Austin. 

Sharon's mixed media / calligraphy and my original pastel paintings will be up for the month of February at Art Connections Gallery.  If you can't make it to First Friday, let me know and I will meet you at the Gallery to share my new paintings in person.

First Friday is an opportunity to meet the artists, check out downtown businesses, have a fine dinner at a local restaurant and listen to music.  Art of any media and style is available to purchase.

First Friday Art Walk
Friday, February 6
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
I will be a featured artist along with Sharon Zeugin at:

Art Connections Gallery
Deborah Johnson, owner
908 Main Street, Bastrop Texas
512 581-1799

Along with unique artwork, the Gallery will be serving delicious treats made by their very own Renate Kasper and music by Kendra Kinsey.

The First United Methodist Church of Bastrop, 1201 Main Street, offers PARENTS NIGHT OUT child care from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for First Friday Art Walk.  Infant through 5th grade.  Cost $15 for the first child and $5 for each additional sibling.  Call 512 321-2201 to reserve your space.  Reservations required.

Gallery Talk:
Sharon will also give an art lecture on February 5 at Art Connections:

History and Art of Calligraphy
February 5, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

More info here:
Jo Castillo
512 581-1106 cell phone

Sharon Zeugin

Gallery Talk:

Sharon will also give an art lecture on February 5 at Art Connections:

History and Art of Calligraphy
February 5, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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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