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Monday, June 25, 2007

Reading Assignment

No reading assignment, not really. I don't have my photo display ready, too much fun playing today. I went to Austin, dropped off my new reading glasses to have them repaired. They had too much correction and my computer screen looked like an upside down trapezoid. Then I went to pick up my paintings at the North Hills Gallery.

This afternoon I went to Regina's and we played in the dust. Pastel dust, that is. A break that we both needed. It is so fun to paint with a friend. You get energized and cheered on. I forgot my camera so don't have a snapshot of Regina's. She was painting a sunset. I worked on this.

9 x 12 inches, pastel

I had to name it. When I showed it to Gene, he said, "What is that? Oh a bottle." And it does look like a bottle at first glance. So the name must be there. Maybe I will finish it sometime. It is about half done. We put in about two hours work and had some break time, too. It is on Wallis paper, so if I don't finish it, I will clean it off and do another painting there. That paper will take scrubbing. I wish I had done it in the portrait format, it would have looked better, a better focal point. Nothing lost, each painting is practice and a learning experience. Thank you, Regina!

Leslie D'Allesandro Hawes is giving a colored pencil lesson/demo on her blog. I cannot do colored pencil drawings, I have zero patience. Check it out, a fun learning experience. Her drawings are exquisite ... and fun.

Maggie Stiefvater
is back from her horse show and has some great advice for people that do shows. She can help you have a successful show. She has a sense of humor, so you can learn with a smile on your face.

I wanted to mention for those of you that don't know. F & W Publications bought the wetcanvas.com site. They are the Artists Magazine bunch. They bought the Pastel Journal a couple of years ago as well. The many, many artist members of wetcanvas are wondering if it will stay the same. We shall see. You can read the welcome or introduction of the new editor here. I do enjoy the site, I stick mostly with the pastel forum, the plein air forum and the Scavenger Hunts. When I have time to spare, I look around a bit more. There is a forum for any art itch you have. It is huge. These are the statistics on the home page as I type this.

Members: 108,848 Online Now: 2004 Posts: 5,767,395


Anna Sellers said...

Your day sounded wonderful. I would love to have a painting friend to spend a day with like that.

I really like the colors you used in the background of this. There is just something about the color in pastel paintings that sings to me.

Jo Castillo said...

Anna, thanks so much.

Pastels are great, I am more addicted to them all the time. I try to work in other media just to get out of a rut, but they are special.

Regina suggested yesterday that we have a virtual paint together day while I am gone. We will try that!


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