Exhibits

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


I have small unframed paintings for sale on my website

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Happy Anniversary Jennie and Brandon and First Sketch for 451

It is Jennie's and Brandon's one year anniversary today!  Woohoo!  Congratulations!  We love having Brandon in our family.

You can read about last years fun here:
http://jocastilloartblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/when-it-rains-it-pours-perfect-wedding.html

Only two more days before Hunt 451  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1405511  is over.  Where have I been?  What have I been doing?  The answers are nowhere and nothing.

I'm still having difficulty in painting and working on my art.  Maybe the answer is to just play with my art.  Read what John P. Weiss has to say on FASO.  He is an interesting painter.  Check him out as well.  He was a policeman. (I think that is like a Marine: once a policeman, always a policeman.)  Links in this post.

http://faso.com/fineartviews/107283/how-to-get-unstuck-when-you-feel-like-quitting

Number 1, brilliant color - of course, the geranium.  I sketched on my iPad with Brushes and my fingers.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sketching Yellow

Scavenger Hunt 450  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=20820574#post20820574
is in full swing.  I always flinch when I see "yellow" on the list.  In our house, that color is very scarce.  Gene has a couple of New Mexico shirts that, like the New Mexico flag, is yellow with a red Zia sun symbol on it.  We have a battery powered fly swatter and a couple of Gene's tool containers are yellow.  We have some new cleaning cloths that are yellow.  That is about it.  Oh, and sometimes, bananas.   I have sketched them all.

We were on the porch this morning and I said to myself, that's a wonderful thing .... no that is a song .. I said to myself that I could sketch the fly swatter or Gene in his yellow shirt.  You see which won.  It is so nice that Gene doesn't mind, too much, how he looks in my sketches.  He is a good sport about my mistakes and often asks, "Do I look like that????"

This is Number 5, yellow - Gene is not that tan.  Really.

This is one I did in 2013.  Guess the truth all falls somewhere in between in colors and looks.   Poor Gene!

Today is our grand-dog's birthday!  Happy Birthday to Romeo!

Sometimes it is good to just get out of the house.  I went with our friend, T, to breakfast or brunch about 10:30 a.m.  Good to talk art and just have a few laughs.




Monday, May 09, 2016

Hunt 450 Sketches

Scavenger Hunt 450 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1404908
That sounds like a huge number to me this morning. 

I sketched in the big book with a Micron 01 pen and colored pencils.

Number 1, teeny tiny - earrings
Number 2, orange - my Longhorn cup that is regulated, uh ... relegated,  to a shelf as it is cracked.
Number 3, green
Number 4, indigo - Gene's water fan looks very indigo from across the room, not so much very close up.

Weather is a weird today.  It feels warmer but is just more humid and the wind is blowing so when I am in the wind, I want long sleeves or I feel cold.  Gene is on his trike for a short ride he said which means about an hour.  He should be back soon.

A new restaurant is opening in Bastrop.  Mama Fu's will open today they advertise.  It is a few weeks late so we will see if they actually open.  We look forward to it.  They have several in Austin and they are very good, consistent and mid price range.  They have gluten free soy sauce for me so I can eat Pad Thai and other dishes I like.  Check them out:
http://locations.mamafus.com/
https://www.mamafus.com/



Saturday, May 07, 2016

Hunting Sketches on my iPad

Scavenger Hunt 449 is over today.  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1404319
I did get a couple more done on my iPad.  Yesterday I sketched in the App, Brushes, and tried a stylus that Joanna gave me with a brush on the end.  It was OK but no more painterly than ever and not easier to make straight lines, etc.  I will try the regular stylus another day.  :)

I am amazed that it takes me much longer to sketch digitally.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe it is the color as you go and that makes it more like painting.  Instead of drawing shapes only, I'm thinking about shadows and different tones to give shape to the items.  I'm obviously not more careful!  There are still crooked lines and bad perspective.  Maybe it is just lack of practice.

Number 10, shoe cleaning stuff - I didn't look but the polish is probably dried up.  We wear mostly sneakers and sandals around here.


Number 11, weather outside - sunny and nice.  Perfect weather here for about a month before the heat arrives. 

Well, the Longhorns were typical of the year.  They are in West Virginia and lost the first game of the series 11-2.  Like my sketches, hard to know why the games and players are so different on a day to day basis.  Hope they can win today!  Hook 'em Horns!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Scavenger Hunting Favorites

Scavenger Hunt 449 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1404319
is well on the way.

I sketched out on the porch in the big sketchbook with a Micron 05.  I probably spent about 20 minutes or so on all the sketches.

Number 6, an animal you have never sketched before or an insect.  I saw a "dead" bug on the floor and got a paper to pick it up.  It was only half dead and half of its legs were gone.  Yuck.  But there it is.
Number 7, favorite candy - Snickers or almost any chocolate
Number 8, favorite flour(s) - one I can eat!
Number 9, favorite food - I really had to think about that.  I like most foods.  I used to really look forward to fresh bread and butter in restaurants and miss that.  So I picked bread and butter.  I put the butter knife there and thought maybe that should have been my favorite knife in the previous sketch.  Ha.





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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