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

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I have small unframed paintings for sale on my website

Monday, April 27, 2015

Yesterfest Review, Sketches for Hunt 402, Photos and Art Links

"They" advise to keep your blog to one subject, not make the posts too long and post on a regular schedule.  That advice just goes over my head.  I cannot seem to keep with that format.  Those of you that keep reading my blog must be OK with my ramblings!

I feel obligated to tell about Yesterfest, I have new sketches, too.  Oh and also some art links, so get a cup of Jo (should be cup o' Joe, right) and read on.....

Saturday was Yesterfest here in downtown Bastrop.  It has changed over the years but is a popular day for folks to be out and about and see some new "old" things.  I think it started as a fundraiser for the Opera House.  Different organizations built and set up old time buildings and demonstrations down at Fisherman's Park. 

The Bastrop Fine Arts Guild joined one year by building an old store front with a big tent on the back where we exhibited paintings for sale. That year, we, artists,  painted a scene of downtown Bastrop about 1920 or so. We sold that and made seed money for our group.   We provided mat board and acrylic paints for the kids to paint on for free.  No one expected to see art at the event so we didn't sell much but we started a tradition.

Now art is a big part of the event.  Yesterfest was moved to town, Main Street,  a few years ago and is very spread out with music, dancing, story telling, booths with demos and more.  It also coincides with Market Days which has arts and craft vendors on Pine Street.  The Opera House has a play or two. 

This year I decided to paint in front of Art Connections Gallery where I have my pastel paintings exhibited.  It was a warm day, but nice in the shade.  I could hear the music on one hand and the story telling on the other.  I was able to visit with some friends and made some new friends, too.

This is me painting with my pastels.   The people in front of me were at Hershel Hill's table.  He is the author of "Hick From the Sticks" and a couple of other books.  You can find his books at Art Connections, too.  He is Deborah's father.  Interesting stories.

The two paintings I worked on.  The road is near our house.  The geraniums were sitting on one of the tables at Art Connections.  It only had one bloom, but artistic licence you know.

A couple of the gunslingers.
Some of the buffalo soldiers.

A seamstress sewing on a "portable" Singer sewing machine with no foot pedals, only a hand crank.  I had never seen one of those.  I have a hard enough time sewing with both hands free to guide the cloth.  Back in those days it must have been wonderful to not have to everything with a needle and thread by hand.

Gene, Jennie and our newest grand-dog, Chewbacca.  He is a mess and so cute.  Joanna was in Bastrop, too, but no photo.  It was nice of them to come out and hang with the old folks.

 Gene and I close to my painting set up.

And Gene on his Terratrike.

It always brings back memories to take part in community gatherings.  Most of them are good.  Ha.

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I sketched for Scavenger Hunt 402 this morning.  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1377839  I was going to sit on the porch, but decided to sketch at the dining table so I wouldn't have to drag the models outside.  I sketched in the large sketchbook and used most of a page.  I sketched with a Micron 01 and added colored pencils to brighten it up for a change of pace.

Number 10, a still life with items that start with A, B, C, D and E - Apple, Banana, Cup, Doll and Egg.  The apple and banana are too small for the doll, cup and egg.  What can I say?

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When I mentioned that our kids come to hang out with us and check up on us, too, it reminded me of Bag Blog.  She is one of the "kids" dealing with aging parents.  I told her that  we are now past that part of our life and are the aging parents.  It is hard to adjust to in both cases.  Bag Blog is Lou Baggett and we have become great friends and painting buddies over the years.  We met through blogging and decided we had so much in common that we must be related.

Our husbands, Toby and Gene, also get along very well.  We have had some good times together.  A few are documented on my blog.  If you put Lou Baggett in the search box above it will give you results like this  http://jocastilloartblog.blogspot.com/search?q=Lou+Baggett

Lou, Jo, Gene and Toby last summer in Taos.

You can check out Lou's art on her website  and blog:

They have an amazing family and we are lucky to have met them.  I hope we see them soon.

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Some of you may know or know about Qiang Huang.  He is primarily an oil painter.  He works very hard at his art and is an inspiration.  I met him at a plein air event in Austin a few years ago.  He is very talented and shares his beautiful paintings with stories of his ups and downs with learning and improving.  If you can take a workshop with him you are bound to learn so much.  He is taking a group to China this fall.  If you can't do that, follow his blog and learn and admire with me.  He will be presenting the program/demo at the Central Texas Pastel meeting in Georgetown, Texas, in May.  I hope I can go.  The closest I get to a workshop is to buy his calendar every year and see his work every day on my desk.  I follow his blog and this post made me smile today.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Street Painting and Hunting for 402 Already!

 I won't actually be painting the street.  I will be in front of Art Connections Gallery on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  painting with my pastels.  Saturday is a big day for Yesterfest, Bastrop's old time reunion of sorts.

There will be music, dramatic performances, dancing,  shoot outs, and demos of the way work got done in days gone by.  It is a three day event. Check this link for information on scheduling.

I look forward to seeing you there, Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Art Connections Gallery 908 Main Street, Bastrop Texas 512 581-1799 http://artconnectionsgallerybastrop.com/

I sketched a bit yesterday and today.  First outside on the porch in the comfort of my chair, a breeze and Gene's company as you see and then at my computer desk.  I sketched in the large book with a Micron 01.  These are for Scavenger Hunt 402 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1377839  Hunts seem to be going by faster and faster don't you think?

Number 1, fence
Number 2, plant
Number 3, eyes
Number 4, glasses
Number 5, something you rest your feet on

Number 6, ink cartridge
Number 7, remote - I chose the fireplace remote  much simpler than the TV remote.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Raffle Winner Announced

You won't be surprised that I didn't take any photos at the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild Gala/Artful Afternoon will you?  I have a one track mind in my old age.  I was intent on selling raffle tickets!

We had a friend take a phone photo as we left.

"T" and I as we were leaving.  I had to push my hat back, I couldn't see anyone taller than me when I was talking to them.  I do not like wearing hats!

I bought two "garden" hats at Walmart and then added the ribbon.  I leaned toward the stripe but was talked out of it. 

The afternoon was really lovely.  There was plenty of food, wine, beer, and soft drinks.  I stuck mainly to chocolate covered strawberries as I am gluten sensitive.  Pretty healthy, too.  Heh, heh.

There was a good crowd and the live and silent auctions went well.  I think there was a good amount raised for the new art center.

Deborah Johnson was the winner of the raffle for my painting. Congratulations!

Pastel on Pastelbord in gold frame
14 x 11 inches, value $400

Thanks to all that support the arts here in Bastrop. And as the saying goes, "A good time was had by all!"

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pastel Quick One Challenge

The Monthly Challenge in the Southwest forum on wetcanvas.com is up and running.  I don't usually paint or sketch from photos, especially photos taken by other people, but I like to participate with these nice folks.  I painted a very fast pastel.  The actual painting was about thirty minutes and I would guess another thirty minutes of preparation after I decided what to paint.  That includes picking a piece of paper, cutting, putting on a painting board so I can work standing at my easel.  I paint with my pastels better when working on an upright surface.

In the challenge, several photos are posted and we can pick one or use any photo related to the subject.  Paint or sketch in any medium.  I picked a photo by Late Bloomer and painted away.
I also posted my powwow sketches from the other day.

Late Bloomer Photo
Pastel on Canson paper
8 x 6 inches

You can watch me paint with pastels and ask questions about art at Art Connections Gallery in Bastrop on April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  It is Yesterfest Saturday and soooo much is going on in Bastrop.

Yesterfest is coming up that weekend, starting April 24 with El Camino Real Music Festival.  You can get all the details here.  http://www.bastropdowntown.com/#!yesterfest/ctwk  There are 4 stages with different types of performances on Saturday.  Some of my favorites witll be the Peterson Brothers from Bastrop, Susan Gibson, and Karen Abrahams both from Austin.  Many, many others with folklorico and American Indian performances. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Landscapes from Photos Class Review and Sketches for Hunt 401 and Raffle

Pastel class on the second Tuesday of the month at the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild Gallery went well.  We had a lot of fun and practiced some techniques for using photos to paint.

These are the notes I used

Use your own photos and ask yourself what you liked about the scene and do some thumbnail sketches.

Think about:

  • Photos are just reference
  • You are painting not copying or just remaking the photo
  • Simplify
  • Crop
  • Make a few large shapes, group trees into one shape for example
  • If you use more than one photo, make sure your light is from the same direction.
  • Use sketching and color notes

Also keep in mind your composition with a lead in and a center of interest
Aerial perspective

For practice you can use a photo, black and white if you like for values.  Then add your own colors, time of day, season, etc.  Paint several practice scenes from the same photo with different colors and centers of interest.  Paint these small and quickly. 
Karen Margulis does this all the time and is very helpful with pastel painting tips.  Her blog is full of information.  She puts up a hint almost daily.  She teaches, makes videos and more.  Great ideas for painting in pastels for traveling, etc.  http://kemstudios.blogspot.com/

You can crop and do the changes on the computer, which is what I sometimes do.  Then have my reference on my iPad so I can zoom in and see color in shadows and more detail.  If not I suggest you fold the photo or crop with tape.  You can make thumbnail (small) sketches for value and major shapes before you start, too.  Paintings are usually more successful with a plan.

For this painting, Walk in the Park, pastel, 9 x 12 inches, I worked from several photos.  I have painted down on the Riverwalk here in Bastrop a few times so have good memories to help me.

The finished painting is at Art Connections Gallery in Bastrop.  http://www.artconnectionsgallerybastrop.com/

These two photos are from a day in the park with my painting buddy, Sue Modrak.  You can get an idea of how I cropped them and left out some of the items.  I thought of putting in the bench, but it was too much and took away from the feeling I had in mind.  The bench is good for resting or sketching but not walking.

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I sketched on the porch this morning.  I put my feet up on my stool and relaxed with coffee and my rice cake snack.  Nice.  We have had about 3 inches of rain this week so the view is nice.

There are still bluebonnets!

My sketching chair.

The view toward the easterly lake.
We let the flowers grow and seed, then they will mow.  In the meantime I like the way it looks.  The yellow flowers outside the fence are fading, but a new bunch will bloom soon, maybe different kinds.

I sketched for Scavenger Hunt 401 in the large sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen.  Quick and sketchy.

Number 8, something wrapped around your finger, not a ring - Gene's finger with bandage.  He cut it pretty badly yesterday and we spent a couple of hours at the emergency room for stitches.  Maybe he did it on purpose for me to have a bandaged finger to sketch??  I had mentioned I was going to put a bandaid on my finger to sketch it.  Ha.
Number 9, well used - rocking chair
Number 10, elbow - Gene's
Number 11, big toe - again, Gene's

The raffle for my painting is on Sunday.  If you are far away and would like to buy a raffle ticket, I can fill it out here and send you a Paypal invoice or you could mail me a check. :) Raffle info here on the link below:

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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 NiƱos. (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