Gallery: Art Connections Gallery 123 N. Main Street on the Square in La Grange, Texas.
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Monday, June 11, 2007

Little Hot Feet and Magdalena Pastel Paintings

I started the pastel painting yesterday of the little dancer's feet. As I said they are Mexican folk dancers in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This is the sketch start of the painting with some color testing. I will move the yellow skirt nearer to the center to keep the lightest lights and darkest darks in the focal point of the painting. I think the feet are the way I want them. The heels in the upper right will be very much in the background. It is on green sanded Colorfix paper. It is about 9 x 13 inches, seemed like the longer landscape cut would be good for this idea.

We shall see how it progresses.

I was looking for frames for the balloon painting and the Magdalena painting. They are both very blue and that is difficult. You think silver would be good, but no it isn't. I think I will end up framing them in black gallery style frames. Most of my new work is framed that way and the paintings seem to show nicely as a group for the shows. Works for me, anyway.

Here is the finish on the Magdalena painting. It is 16 x 20 inches on Ampersand Pastelbord, soft pastels. You can see the WIP (work in progress) here.

The viewer is coming into town from the west and is a ways out of town. Highway 60 is so straight from Magdalena to the ends of the Augustine plains just before you get to Datil, New Mexico. Probably about thirty five miles of straight, straight road, just up and down through the hills. From the west you can see Magdalena from about 10 miles out and it is downhill all the way. The rain is around the point of the mountains on the continuation of Highway 60 to Socorro. Magdalena is our home town where my show will be on July 7 at the Old Timers Reunion.


Leslie Hawes said...

Be proud of that Magdalena piece. It's fabulous!

Jo Castillo said...


Thank you. Your praise gives me a big boost! Yes!


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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


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