Pastel Class, December 9

I have paintings for sale on my website

and at:

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Turning on the Light - Pastel Class December 9

I will be teaching a pastel class December 9.

Twilight Pines, Pastel on Pastelbord, 16 x 20 inches

Turning on the Light:  Learn about using values and contrast to give a painting life.  Colorful light is the first thing you see in a painting.

Suggested materials to bring:

Small still life objects, a photograph or an unfinished painting.
Pastel paper or Pastelbord at least 11 x 14 inches in size
Soft pastels (not oil pastels)
Floor Easel or table easel - It is much easier to work upright to keep your pastel painting clean and fresh
Board, cardboard or foam core to put your paper on to work on the easel
Tape or clips to hold the paper on the board
Viva paper towels and/or an old soft towel, hand wipes
Apron or comfy old clothes
Paper or sketchbook for notes and drawing

If you are a beginner and do not have pastels but want to give them a try.  Call Jo and she will bring some pastels and paper for you.
512 581-1106 Jo cell phone

These techniques will work in all media, but we will be working with soft pastels in class.

$20 for the class.

Limited space, sign up soon. 
Class and registration at the:

Bastrop Fine Arts Gallery
815 Main St
Bastrop, Texas

Call 512 321-8055

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Monthly pastel classes with Enid Wood and Jo Castillo alternating as teachers.  

  • January, watercolor under paintings with Enid Wood
  • February, how to edit pastel paintings, they are more durable than you think, with Jo Castillo
  • March, pastel underpainting fixed with Gamsol with Enid Wood
  • April, landscape paintings from photos with Jo Castillo
  • May,  pan pastel under painting with Enid Wood
See Enid's work at www.enidwood.com  
Jo's work here :) and www.jocastilloart.com

Here is a review of the last class I taught in October

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Professional Photos a la Larry

We always  think, "Oh I could take a photo of that!"  And, we probably could but someone that is a professional will get the perfect look or the perfect light on a person, scene or animal.

I strive to have my art business as professional as possible.  At this late stage in my career I try to keep current and improve my "brand" as much as possible.  I have been looking at websites and those that have great photos, catch my eye.

I decided to go for it and have my photo taken by a professional.  Lucky for me, I have a great photographer in my own small world, Larry, our son!  He came to Bastrop yesterday and we went for it.  Larry took my photos inside as it was drizzling and cold outside.  Plein air panting shots are in the future.

Larry is putting his magic touch to my wrinkled mug. I am anxious to see the results.   Updating my website, blog and other social media will quickly follow.  The money is well spent.  Quality results are in my future!

Larry takes corporate photos, sports, weddings and everything in between.  Make an appointment soon. His business is in San Marcos, Texas. 

Larry Castillo

A quick sketch I did of Larry at work at a baseball game.  Not very accurate but a great memory all the same.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hunt 382 Sketch and Pastel Painting

I sketched at the kitchen table.  It is around 45 degrees today (Friday) so no sketching out on the porch.  I sketched in the regular large sketchbook with a Micron 05 pen and added a touch of watercolor.  I was inspired by Norma who is hosting.  She does freehand watercolor sketches.

For Scavenger Hunt 382 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=20277157&posted=1#post20277157

Number 7, something for a salad - onion
Number 8, juicy - lemon
Number 9, spicey - peppers
Number 10, something to measure with - little pottery bowls that Lea Blue made for me.  They have bluebonnets on the inside and are a mottled blue and white outside.  Lovely and usable.  Dishwasher safe, too.  http://bluedonkeygallery.com/Pottery_Gallery.html

Now I'm off to deliver a painting to Art Conections Gallery.  I will have two paintings there again.
I'm delivering this painting of the Loblolly trees around the corner.

Pastel on U-Art sanded paper, 12 x 18 inches
$450.00, framed against museum glass in a black metal frame

This painting is at Art Connections as well.

Pastel on Pastelbord, 24 x 18 inches
$950.00, framed in dark frame with gold near painting

When you click on the links to my website you can see these paintings in their frames on the wall.

I will be working on new work as I will be the featured artist at Art Connections Gallery in February, info and contact information at top of this page.

Here are a couple of photos in the gallery.  It is a great place with about 80 artists represented from our community.

Pastel class in Bastrop in December........

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Bastrop, Texas, United States
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