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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Procrastination on Packing called Sketching

I sketched for Scavenger Hunt 411. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1382750 I'm procrastinating on getting ready for our trip.  Can you tell?

I have to straighten my studio and pack art stuff, empty the fridge and pack food, pack clothes, etc.....  Just two days to go after today.  Yikes!

I sketched on the porch, quickly this morning with the Micron 003 pens with color and in the same old large sketchbook.

Number 5, purple - my pretty watrcolor sketchbook.  I got it in Michigan one time with Sue ages ago at James Brandess Studios and Gallery, Inc., Saugatuck, Michigan.  It has about twenty-five pages and I have used about half a dozen.
Number 6, toes - my covered in socks toes.
Number 7, triangle - A folded napkin.  This shape is always difficult for me to find.  This was Gene's suggestion.  Thanks, Gene!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Sketching for Hunt 411 and Photos

These Hunts just keep on coming and I keep on sketching!  These are for Scavenger Hunt 411  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=20522607#post20522607

I sketched in the living room and then realized Gene was out on the porch, so finished up there, sketching his hand.  These are in the same large sketchbook with an older, scratchy Micron 05.

Number 1, pencil sharpener - this is Gene's but I like it because I can put it in my pocket -- no corners!
Number 2, eraser - well used
Number 3, crossed fingers - Gene's, I get tired of sketching mine.

We walked around the westerly lake this morning, you can't really walk around the other as people's yards come right to the water as do the trees and brush.    I mentioned that it takes about 30 minutes and is about a mile.

Gene investigating some tracks in the mud.  Were they dogs, big dogs?  There were some big bird tracks, maybe the egrets and herons.  There were also something like raccoons maybe.  Interesting.  I should have taken them, too.  Sorry.

Toward our house.  The lake was about as big as the rippley part before this last big rain.  More than doubled itself, eh?

There were a couple of osprey on the fence posts and as I was trying to get the photo some smaller birds attacked and they both flew off, but the one hadn't left yet.  We were quite a ways away, so lucky to get this shot.

The day before we walked on the street and saw some of the nearby residents.

 A small herd of cattle.

 A turtle trying to hide.

A timid rabbit.

I've been working on my list for New Mexico and painting in pastels today.  Here is the small beginning of my list.

By fly swatter is our electric zapper swatter!
I have sketched it a couple of times.  It works great on wasps which Gene is allergic to.

Happy Canada Day!

 Happy Canada Day to all y'all!

We have lots of Canadian friends.  We traveled every summer to Canada for about 10 years.  We went from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island and North to Yellowknife and Ft. Nelson.  What good times we had!  Gene rode his bike on the converted railroad tracks and I painted.  We did play a lot of golf then as well.

We were also friends with Canadians in South America.  We used to enjoy them as they were up to try almost anything.  I asked them why they were so carefree and was told  they could get away with a lot because everyone thought they were from the U.S.  So.....

 This painting I did near Nelson and Kaslo in British Columbia on one of our early trips.

Gene has always kept a journal and this was his cover with photos in British Columbia, too.    I think most of our other photos burned in the fire.  It was before digital, or at least before we had digital or did a blog.  I have some of his other journals stored on my website, I need to figure out how to open them.  Ha.

In Bolivia we lived next door to the Catholic priests.  Both Papi Jim and Papi Nino were Canadian.  They were instrumental in growing our family with the additions of Jennie and Larry.  Very long story about them.  We saw Jim several times after we left Bolivia and Nino a couple of times.  More about Father Jim here  http://jocastilloartblog.blogspot.com/search?q=jim

So, there you are then!

Happy Canada Day to all y'all!

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Last Sketches for Hunt 410

I sketched yesterday and the day before with the Micron 03 and my large sketchbook.  In my studio and out on the porch (which is always nicer.)  These are quick and freehand as usual.

These are for Scavenger Hunt 410 which ends tomorrow.  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=20520690#post20520690

Number 7, inside - the inside of an art bag on the chair
Number 8, tiny - a small silver charm with green over the silver.  It looks like glass??

Number 9, open - my coffee cup
Number 10, closed - coffee cup with silicone lid
Number 11, pair - Gene's shoes
Number 12, solo - one of my shoes

I need to work on my packing list for New Mexico.  I will post it here, too.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Still Hunting Sketches

I sketched two days ago.  Yikes!  Getting behinder.....

I sketched on the porch and in the living room.  I used my Micron 03 and added some colored pencil in my art room before I scanned them.  They are in the large book so this is about 2/3 of a page.  These are for Scavenger Hunt 410 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1382217

Number 3, organic - cherries
Number 4, inorganic - plate
Number 5, square - 8 x 8 painting on wall
Number 6, round - Gene's magnifying glass paperweight. The dark is supposed to be reflections but it looks like it has a hole in it.  ???

I will enclose a photo of the paperweight so you can see it is round and does not have a hole in it.

The acrylic of salsa stuff, are being varnished today and I will post about it when framed.  Stay tuned!

We are going to be traveling for the summer.  As we have aged it takes so much longer to do things.  I should probably be packing today!

Tonight the Chubby Knuckle Choir is playing at The Bugle Boy.  They are so much fun in person.  Hope you have tickets, I think it is sold out! Be sure and check though.   If you got your tickets, we will see you there!

The link is for the current active calendar so if you are not reading this today, you can see the Chubby Knuckle website here

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hunt Sketching and Painting

I've been working on an acrylic still life painting.  I will post and talk about that when done. 

I have done a few sketches over the last few days.  I finished up Scavenger Hunt 409 and now working on Hunt 410.  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1382217  I sketched on the porch which is my comfort zone in the mornings.  It seems to me I do better work when I am relaxed and comfortable.  That goes for painting as well.

Think about when you paint or create the best.  Do you like to work in early morning, evening, or even at night?  I'm not always happy getting up early, but I also don't like to get a late start and I really enjoy the morning after I do get up.  The time of day doesn't seem to be as important in my studio.  I like to have music playing.  I like using iTunes so that I can have an eclectic mix of music including country, latin, classical, jazz, bluegrass, rock, blues and more.

Find your comfort zone and you will probably be more creative.

The sketches from this Hunt are opposites.  A few are inside/outside, sweet/sour and new/old.  This kind of list makes you think.  I like to come up with items I haven't sketched before.  As you will see, I did not hunt out anything new.  I sketched old standbys.

Number 1, related to summer - the straggly  hanging geranium that I took down to sketch so I am looking down at it on my footstool.
Number 2, outside - Gene's birdfeeder

I did not get sketches posted for Hunt 409 and will share them - for the record.

Number 7, green plant
Number 8, blue - this cup that survived the fire is mostly blue in the design and has glass all stuck to it that is mostly blue as well.
Number 9, red fruit or veggie - a red tomato, is it a fruit or veggie?

I do a cryptogram a day and other crossword puzzles.  I liked this that I solved yesterday:

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite. —Sam Levenson

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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