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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pastel Sketch - Apples

I sketched for Scavenger Hunt 399  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1375890  on Canson paper with my pastels.  It looks like my daily pastel practice will be "almost" daily as I didn't do one yesterday.  Anytime I do practice, it is a good thing.    I spent about 30 minutes on this apple.  I used the same apple for the whole and the slices as the challenge on the Hunt was to sketch a piece of fruit whole and cut or opened.

Number 2, fruit - challenge to sketch it whole and cut or open.    I choose an apple.  We had pears and nectarines, too.  Apples is what I paint when I don't know what to paint.  I like the color and the challenge of making them look like individuals.

I have a lot to do today.  I am donating a painting to the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild for their fundraiser.  It will be a raffle item and I am making the tickets, too.  I make a card with for the back that doubles as a certificate of authenticity and has info for the winner.  I will post about that when done.  It is due to be at the Guild Gallery tomorrow.

It is Longhorn baseball day and they are in Nebraska today, so will listen to the game on the internet.  They lost their games on Friday and Saturday.  Maybe rooting for them long distance will help!  Hook 'em Horns.

I am also still working on taxes in between other things.

My "horror-scope" may help today:
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Procrastination gets a bad reputation, but sometimes it’s the best answer to the problem. Today procrastination will help you manage life.
I am a bit confused on how procrastination can help.  We shall see!

Gene puts a quote in his journal every day.  Recently there was one that said, "Most people put off until tomorrow what they should have done yesterday." --Edgar Watson Howe

That is more like me.  Ha!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Playing in the Pastels - Day 2, Pastel Painting, Hunting

I decided to continue my practice this morning.  I spent about 45 minutes on this, so maybe it is a sketch instead of a painting.  I had a series of fruits and vegetables going a few years ago.  I will add this to the bunch.

Bunches Of ...
10 x 8 inches
Pastel on Canson paper

I will post it on Scavenger Hunt 399  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1375890
Number 1, something from the fridge

That works for me.

Ralph Serpe started Creative Spotlight http://www.creativespotlite.com/ He invited me to post there a long time ago.  That site has grown and grown and so they added Art Instruction Blog  http://www.artinstructionblog.com/  where  has a slew of free videos and "how to" posts.  Many varieties of media and artists.   I did one waaaaaay back in about 2006.  It is still there if you care to see it.  I haven't changed my technique very much since then. 


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Playing in the Dust, Pastel Buffalo

I did a quick pastel painting for the Southwest Art Challenge on wetcanvas.com.  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1373983   We paint from photos which is not my favorite way to paint.  I usually think about it and then do a sketch instead.  The photos were so nice this time, it was hard to resist the buffalo in the snow.

Buffalo from photo by Dave Slaughter from the wetcanvas.com image file.  About 8 x 11 inches on Canson pastel paper.  About 45 minutes painting.

I should do this more often.  To play with some pastels and try something new is good for your eye.  You gain experience and confidence with every practice piece.  For the snow flakes it is just crumbled pastel pushed into the paper with a painting knife.  I think the back rounded side of a spoon would have worked better.  I see a couple of lines that wouldn't be there.  I didn't notice until I took the photo.

Canson paper does not have much tooth so that makes you be more deliberate with the pastels.  You can only put a couple of layers on before it is too thick to continue.  

My horror-scope for today is/was:
   VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If you don’t act when you see the opportunity, someone with less experience and wisdom will. Take initiative. It won’t be as much work as you think, and you’ll get help once you commit. 

I already have help, Gene sent me the horoscopes from the paper.  Ha.  I also did a piece of practice art and a blog post.  Woohoo!
Alyson Stanfield has a good blog post today about having a more productive day.  About prioritizing, ignoring, taking breaks (even a nap) and slowing down at the end of the day.  Check it out, some great tips throughout her blog.  She is an inspiration, especially on the business side of art.
How to Have a More Productive Day  http://goo.gl/kaPkXi

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gallery Notes and Events

April is a busy time in Bastrop.  As you know my pastel paintings hang at Art Connections Gallery in downtown Bastrop, Texas.   It is an interesting gallery, a bit on the European style with art floor to ceiling and full of a multitude of different artists, works and styles.  It calls for more than one visit.  It is just about impossible to see everything the first time.  Here are a few of my paintings that are at Art Connections now.  http://www.artconnectionsgallerybastrop.com/jo-castillo.html

 Pump House
Pastel on U-Art, 18 x 12 inches

 Cactus Blooms, Too
Pastel on Pastelbord, 24 x 18 inches

Pastel on Pastelbord, 12 x 12 inches

Something you may not know is that a percentage of sales, 10%, goes to charity.  Each artist picks the charity of their choice. 

I have designated the Family Crisis Center here in Bastrop  http://www.family-crisis-center.org/   for my work.  The Crisis Center helps four counties and many people.  They are caring and helpful.  No one is turned away.  If their services don't fit your situation they have resources to help you find the place or persons to help you.  They work with immediate problems and have prevention services as well.  They have need of volunteers and donations, give them a call or donate on-line.

Coming up at Art Connections for April 

Thursday, April 2, Gallery Talk with John B. Chandler, photographer

Friday, April 3, First Friday with John B. Chandler, photographer, featured artist.

Details can be found on the Art Connections Website at http://www.artconnectionsgallerybastrop.com/events.html

The Family Crisis Center is teaming up with the Children's Advocacy Center for their joint fundraiser on April 11.  It should be quite a night.  Details can be found here:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sketching or Nothing

I have been either sketching or no artwork at all lately.  The Scavenger Hunts are great for making me do something.  I have been part of the group for so long that I feel guilty when I don't sketch.  I'm not sure guilt is a good reason to get out the sketchbook, but it seems to work for me!

I sketched in the large sketchbook yesterday at my desk.  That is how the mouse and photo loader came into play.  I am cleaning off the desk and catching up on my paperwork so I can do our taxes.  Better get with it, right?

For Scavenger Hunt 398 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1375297
Number 5, first thing you see in the morning - the projected time on the ceiling.  When Gene got the clock it bothered me to see the light up there.  It flashes the time and outside temperature every 3-5 seconds.  I am used to it now and when we stay at a hotel or someplace else, I miss it.  We take it with us if we are going to be gone a few nights.
Number 6, shadow - the shadow from my extra mouse and photoloader.
Number 7, shell - no shells in our house, so am subbing this pottery pot that survived the fire.  It is from Peru and sort of shell shaped.
Number 8, nail - my pinky nail

For my art link today, Jenna, http://thecozyred.wordpress.com/, on wetcanvas.com, Southwest Forum, shared this with us.  The painter is blind and is "amazing" as Gene might say.  Scroll down near the bottom of his page for a video.  Inspiring!


 Arckh!! Not doing what I said, I gotta get out of here.  Caio!

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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