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Monday, December 15, 2014

World Blog Hop for Artists

I was invited to join an Around the World Blog Hop (Google "World Blog Hop Artists and be amazed!) by fellow artist Mary Lemmenes  http://creativeeverydaylife.blogspot.com/  , whose work and blog I always enjoy and admire. Please Mary's blog to see for yourselves and for her Blog Hop entry from December 8 http://goo.gl/NmNq2L.

It wasn't hard to say yes, I love to talk as much as I love to paint!  Mary lives in Jacksonville,  Florida.   We have been blogging buddies for a few years now.  She called me to talk about this and it was great fun to "meet" her by voice. 

Mary paints beautiful landscapes in acrylics and also paints on silk.  She also sketches which is no surprise for a painter.  Her blog is full of interesting painting and traveling stories.  She is generous with her ideas and "how tos".

 Beach scene, Mary Lemmenes, copyright

 Marsh scene, Mary Lemmenes, copyright
 Silk scarf, Mary Lemmenes, copyright

In turn,
I am passing the torch to Joan Tavolott, http://watercolorsbyjoan2.blogspot.com/ , to post on  Monday, December 22. When you visit her blog, look at the sidebar and you will see how many blogs she works on, including Paint, Paper, Pencils and Pens! and Angelina's Life in Venice, an imaginary trip to Venice with some of her real sketches from there.

Joan is a very prolific sketcher and wonderful watercolor artist.  We became friends through wetcanvas.com and the Scavenger Hunts.  She sketches out and about almost every day.  I am amazed at her dedication and energy.  Please visit her blog next Monday, December 22. 

 Coffee Shop, Joan Tavolott, copyright

 Beach scene which are Joan's favorites, copyright Joan Tavolott

 Santa, Joan Tavolott copyright

I am anxious to see where the World Blog Hop goes from there.  All the past blog hop entries I have visited are fascinating as a variety of artists each answer four questions about their work and creative process.

For the World Blog Hop, I was asked to tell about myself and answer the questions then pass this on to another artist or two.  Be sure and look at Mary's post and go backwards to discover many new artists then after December 22 on to Joan's post and the new artist/s from there.

So here goes, for you new visitors I paint mostly in pastels.  I like to play in the dust and get my fingers dirty.  I paint in any medium and sketch mostly in pen and ink.  Sketching is my homework and I sometimes sketch on my iPad, iPhone and iMac to relieve the monotony. 

I am an ancient, retired painter.  My husband, Gene, and I live in Bastrop, Texas.  It is a beautiful small town in the Loblolly piney woods east of Austin, Texas.  Bastrop has a great winter climate, but is downright hot in the summer.  We escape to cooler environs which has been the New Mexico mountains for the last few years.

We lived in South America for about 16 years with Gene's work.  We grew up in New Mexico and I love the high desert.  Bolivia was my favorite country in South America as the altiplano is similar to New Mexico but 5,000 feet plus, higher.
1. What am I working on? 
I have been in a real art draught.  I have been trying all the ploys for coming out of it.  I have tried:

  • No art, ignoring it
  • Perusing other artist's work
  • Different Media
  • Classes
  • Travel
  • Just painting
  • ....and so much more
I have a show scheduled at Art Connections in February, so I need to get with it.

I've been working on these, but neither is finished and so .......

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I tend to be a colorist.  You won't find gloomy or washed out paintings in my world.

3. Why do I create what I do?
A hard question.  I am not "driven" or "called" to paint as some of my friends.  If I don't paint for a while I don't give up or go into withdrawals.  I enjoy painting and drawing and seeing the smiles on people's faces when they look at my work.  I like teaching, but that involves schedules and we are retired, so I teach only occasionally.

4. How does my creating process work?
I paint and draw quickly.  That is why I choose sketching with pen and ink and working mostly with pastels for painting.  I put down a stroke and it is there.  I get bored easily with an idea.  When working on a painting for several days, I lose the enthusiasm that I started with.  I could never do a large colored pencil for example, too many hours of coloring.

I like working/painting plein air.  I get more feeling and energy into a painting done on site. I like painting from life more than photos.   For sketching, I employ a comfortable chair with my feet on a stool.

I work with the best equipment I can afford and that helps me to be successful in my attempts.  Using poor grade pastels, pencils, paper and canvas only serves to make any artist work harder.  Being comfortable is very important in creating.  Music can help set the mood.

I am not afraid to wipe off a piece and start over.  Each piece I start is now my favorite painting.  I do feel that practice makes each piece easier to do.

OK, off you go to investigate other artists on the World Blog Hop.  Come back again ..... 


Thursday, December 11, 2014

iPad Sketch and Live Music

Wednesday morning, I sketched in the living room on my iPad with Brushes and my fingers.  I was going to paint and wanted to warm up a bit and get in the "zone".  I'm not sure it helped but I did get a sketch done for Scavenger Hunt 385.

Number 6, made of leather - the tops of the two little tables from Peru are made of leather.

I also painted, yes a shock, I know.  I am thinking of whether I am taking it to Art Connections now or save for my show in February.  Decisions, decisions......  You will be the first to know.

The last couple of weeks have been full of music.  The Downtown Business Association http://www.bastropdba.org/ has been providing live music for shoppers.  It is a nice idea that I hope catches on.  It is a lot of work for the folks involved and is free for the shoppers.  They have it in an open spot between buildings on Main Street, conviently located for a rest stop.

On this page http://www.bastropdba.org/christmas.html you can find out about some of the activities:
  • Lighted Christmas Parade
  • Ice Skating
  • Lights on the River
  • Live Christmas Music
  • Shopping Discounts
  • Home tours
  • Ballet and Plays
  • and much more
A schedule of these events and others on 365 Things to Do in Bastrop http://www.365bastrop.com/

I can't believe there is soooo much going on.

We took part in the street music on December 6.  By taking part, I mean we watched and listened.  We arrived to see our friends, Byrd & Street, byrdandstreet.com perform.  They are just super.  Am I biased?  I don't think so.

Kathy Street and Tommy Byrd in Bastrop on Main Street

The following night was the Mistletoe Jam. http://jocastilloartblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/woohoo-mistletoe-jam-time.html What a fun time!  So many artists and variety of songs.  Wow!

 George Ensle is a wonderful singer.  http://www.georgeensle.com/

 The finale is always a group and audience participation of "Silent Night"

 Jimmy Roggiere on harmonica with Kathy Street and Tommy Byrd.

It is hard to get good photos at night so bear with me.  Photos of the other "stars" did not turn out well enough to post.    Susan Gibson http://www.susangibson.com/ and Betty Soo http://www.bettysoo.com/ are fun.  Well, all the groups made the sold out show a big success.  I thank all the performers for their donations of talent and time and all the guests for helping out the kids.

 Jenn and Beth from The Carper Family

 Brian Kremer

Brian and Melissa from The Carper Family
Wednesday night,  we went to the Spiderhouse Ballroom in Austin for the Brian Kremer www.briankremermusic.com/ CD release with the Carper Family www.carperfamilyband.com/ .  Oh, such a night!  The night was opened by "The Light Upstairs" (no photo) http://thelightupstairsband.com/  They were an entertaining duo as well.

The good news is that The Carper Family is performing at The Bugle Boy http://thebugleboy.org/ in La Grange on Saturday, December 13.  They will have Cindy Cashdollar http://www.cindycashdollar.com/ with them.  The Bugle Boy will rock!  Not rock and roll but the building will be jumping!  If you can't make it live and in person, you can stream it by going to The Bugle Boy page and signing on there.  You will not be disappointed!!

Way back in November for Veterans Day, we saw music downtown as well.  I posted here about it.  http://jocastilloartblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/happy-veterans-day.html  We went down on Sunday, too, and saw Jenny Reynolds and André Moran, as I mentioned in that post.  I hadn't downloaded my photos so here you are then.....

If you can get to listen to Jenny, you will love her voice.  Shoot, just buy a CD, you will like it a lot!

See you at The Bugle Boy!
Don't forget all the happenings in Bastrop, too!  Might see you there, too.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Mistletoe Jam and Sketches for 385

A quick reminder of the Mistletoe Jam fundraiser tonight!  Yes tonight!  We got a litte teaser yesterday in Bastrop.  They are having live music on the street to bring shoppers downtown.  Not many people seem to know.  Byrd and Street played yesterday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. so we went downtown.  Great show and then we had a great dinner at Baxters on Main.  Yummmy.

Anyway, Byrd and Street host the Mistletoe Jam at Threadgill's South at 6:00 p.m. tonight!  A fundraiser to get help for older kids in foster care find forever homes.  Come down for a super show.  More info here

I sketched in the large sketchbook the last couple of days.  Probably procrastinating and staying away from painting.  Hmmm.  These are for Scavenger Hunt 385 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1366876  Come on over and sketch with us!

Number 2, up close - candy.  Actually I intended to get closer and then forgot as I was thinking about the celophane wrapper.  I liked it better before I added the marker.  I should have left white highlights.  Would have looked more like a clear wrapper.

Number 3, Something across the room - the nesting tables at the end of the TV stand/fireplace.

Number 4, toe - toe of my shoe
Number 5, sleeve
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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