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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hunt 471 Sketches and Photos

A bit of sketching day before yesterday in the big book and yesterday in the travel sketchbook.  With a Micron 03 and 05 respectively.  For Scavenger Hunt 471 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1414893

Number 3, bigger than a breadbox - the roll top desk.  The top of it looks sort of like an old breadbox my Aunt May had with the roll up door.
Number 4, animal - the three bronze sculptures of a dog and 2 horses.

Number 5, ceramic - Gene's mug
Number 6, glass - a small individual size Pyrex casserole

Number 7, something you never sketched before - dinner at Guadalajara  http://www.guadalajaramexicanbastrop.com/ , well, appetizers and drinks.  My wine glass is small or Gene's beer is huge. 
Number 8, new - the new booths at the restaurant.  Beautiful and hand carved.

Our mornings have been so lovely, about 60 degrees F.

Toward the sun and away from the sun, just off the porch.

Hey if anyone is across the pond and near Birmingham, London, Glasgow and many more spots you need to go see Carrie Rodriguez.  She puts on a super show.  The rest of us have to wait until she is back in the Austin area.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hunting on the new Hunt 471

We were going to breakfast this morning so I did a couple of quick sketches before we left in the large sketchbook with the Micron 03.  They cover about half a page.

For Scavenger Hunt 471, http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1414893

Number 1, outside and Number 2, inside - through the same window.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pastel Sketch and Advice

I got out an old piece of paper to sketch on for Scavenger Hunt 470  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1414433
The paper is about shot, but OK for a sketch.  I wiped it off with a brush and then some paper towels.  I didn't wet it because it is chipping, texture is falling off.

You can see some bare spots across the upper right where sky has been.  It will still even do for another sketch I am sure with a wipe-off.  Ha.

Number 9, looking down (2 of 3 items) - pastels on a wooden tray with screen, done with pastels on the old paper.


Art link for the day:

One of the blogs I follow but haven't linked to in ages is emptyeasel.com  The blog is advice on drawing, painting, business and many other art related subjects and artists.  This recent post is about time saving and using your time to your advantage.  I used to be really good at this or at least good at it.  I was productive and was selling art.  I have slacked off.  I must be retiring by default.  You have to paint and schmooz to sell art.  In the schmoozing part, I am including marketing.

If you are serious about your work and you should be, check out this post and blog.... Reminders if nothing else, to get you jump started.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hunting for 470, Photos

I sketched in the big sketchbook, first with it on my footstool/hassock and then at the kitchen table.  I drew with the Micron 03.  I added color to the bowls with colored pencil.  That started out for fun, but takes soooooo long.  Gene was gone on his trike for almost an hour and a half and I was working on the sketches the whole time.  Yikes!

Number 4, first of three things looking down - cup with art pencils, pens, scissors, etc.
Number 5, first of three important things - keys
Number 6, 7, 8 - three of a kind of any items - bowls

We walked this morning.  It is still pretty hot in the middle of the day. It is 1:45 p.m. and 87 degrees out.  Not so nice.  Early it was fine for walking, about 76 degrees when we walked, warmer when Gene was on the trike, but he says he makes a breeze so it isn't too bad.  He rode about 10 miles.

Night before last I was going to our bedroom from the living room.  I stopped off in the kitchen and went to set my iPad on the counter and missjudged the height and hit the counter and knocked the iPad right through my fingers and it fell face down.  Crunch.  It was in the case so it the screen is broken but it still works.  I will take it to Austin and get a new screen one of these days.  Bummer.  Roughly $125 to get it fixed.  Clumsy is expensive.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Wow! Art Links

I wrote this the other day when I had no art to show:

I have not done any sketching or painting so have a couple of friends for you to check out.  I have linked to them before, but today is exceptional.

First Kelly Borsheim:

Kelly is a good friend I met about 10 years ago in Austin at a show.  She joined in the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild for a while and has since taken to living in Italy and working on her sculpture and painting.  She is amazing in sculpting, painting in oils, painting in pastels and photography.  This post is about sculpting in bronze.  The post before was stone work.  Beware, Kelly is a prolific writer, you can spend days reading her blog and looking at her beautiful work.  Still you should see the work involved in her current project:


Next Deborah Secor:

I "met" Deborah on line, probably on wetcanvas.com, and also about 10 years ago.  Deborah caught my eye with her southwest landscapes from New Mexico.  Everytime we went to Albuquerque I planned on meeting her in person.  It hasn't happened.  She is a wonderful pastel painter and teacher.  She wrote for the Pastel Journal and has videos in their book store.  She retired a few years ago to simplify her life and concentrate on her faith.  She is painting again and has offered her free book in PDF form.  Before that you had to download each chapter.  She is a great teacher and you will learn sooooo much from a talented and generous artist.


Leather Rope
Pastel, 8 x 10 inches
A painting done at the old house from a leather rope hanging on the porch.   It was fun to paint with all the detail.  I don't think I ever posted this.

Hunt 470 iPad Sketch to Start, Photos

We were on the porch for coffee this morning.  I took my iPad to check messages from the family and lazy me decided to sketch on the iPad instead of getting up to find a sketchbook, pen, etc.

I used the app, Brushes, and my fingers with as few "undos" as possible to keep it in  "sketch" mode.

Scavenger Hunt 470 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1414433
Number 1, 2, 3, tall - in the yard, a tree, purple martin house and birdfeeder.

Yesterday the boats or kayaks were out:

You can see it was foggy and a bit gloomy out.

The day before we walked around the lake and it was gloomy then as well:

That is our house on the far right horizon between the trees across the lake.

The day before that, though, the sky was beautiful:

 Toward the sunrise.
Away from the sunrise.

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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