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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Grandma's Fine Art Friends

I have always said, "Grandma was slow ... but she was old." Well, "Hello, grandma!"

Rose Welty invited me to join a small private group of artists for the purposes of critique, encouragement and humor. We formed the group and set up our blog for the artists on September 10. I am just now posting about the group and the fine artists that are included. And, as it turns out, I am the grandma of the group as well. Wouldn't you know it? The point I am making, however, is not that I am old, just that I am slow. :)

This is your chance to meet the members of the group and learn more about them on their blogs and websites. You will enjoy their work and enthusiasm.

Rose has always been interested in sketching and about a year ago decided to set some goals and sketch for 15 minutes a day. She started her blog in January, 2007. She is a dedicated 'student' and is constantly researching and practicing. She lives near Ft. Worth, Texas, so we may get to meet each other one of these days. You will be impressed by the work/time she invests in art while running her home and mothering small children. You can read about her thoughts in forming the group in this post.

Belinda Lindhardt
is in Australia. She is the mother of two small boys so has her hands full raising a family, too. She works in colored pencil and is interested in trying other media. She has developed a unique tracking system for her artwork that might be of assistance to you artists. Her pencil drawings are very good and most are available in prints.

Kasie Sallee is and artist mom as well with two girls and lives in Oklahoma. She prefers working in colored pencil. You will be intrigued to follow along on her blog about how her work is completed.

Valerie Jones is from Oklahoma as well and works from home while raising two children. She has studied various methods and media and prefers colored pencil as well. She teaches beginning art to adults. She has no website or blog at this time. Hopefully she will let us share some of her work on our blogs .. or maybe she will bite the bullet and start a blog. :)


Rose Welty said...

Jo, you are not old, you are in that "sweet spot of life". You get to travel, sketch when you want to, hang out with your husband most of the time, enjoy ball games for the fun of it...all that sounds pretty good to me!

And you're not slow either missy! :-) Slow people can't paint digitally like you can! And while we're on that post...you are influential...do you know that I finally decided to do something with my random thoughts about a website? It's not ready for prime time yet, but it exists, thanks to your nudging.

Seriously Jo, I enjoy your art, your blog, and am very thankful for our interactions!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Rose, Thank you. I enjoy the interactions, too. I am just so slow in doing things, especially if they don't have a deadline. We always say we work better under pressure, but I think that is an excuse for procrastinating. :)

Looking forward to your website.


Valerie Jones said...

Jo....I have to agree with Rose....You are not slow! You are a great inspiration too!

About a blog...yeah, yeah...I know I need to get on the bandwagon. Someday. In the meantime, you are more that welcome to share my artwork on your blogs.

Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

I agree with the other girls Jo! You are not old at all. You are a great inspiration to me.
I think I am definitely the slow one! I know a lot of it is the fact that I only get little snips of time here and there, but I wish I could work quicker.
~I love what you said in one of your other posts about how long it takes you to paint. "Forty years and a couple of days." It encourages me to know that no matter what I do, it will just help me to be a little better next time.

Jo Castillo said...

Valerie, thank you so much. And, I'm only kidding about the blog. All things come in time. :) We can only do so much at a time.


Jo Castillo said...

Kasie, thank you, too. You all are managing your time so well. I am amazed. I should get a lot more done. Oh well, there has to be time to enjoy life as well.


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