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Monday, January 14, 2008

Pastel Paintings as Gifts

Every once in a while a special occasion arises and I decide to paint a painting as a gift. Most of the time, I would rather that the person for whom the gift is intended just pick a painting that they like. When I choose the painting, I feel that the gift receiver may say they like the gift and feel obligated to hang it. Maybe they will hang it up only when they know I'm coming to visit. :)

The elephant for the landlady in Silver City is an example of one of these special paintings. I promised a painting to the landlady in Las Cruces as well and had failed to do it. Today, I decided was the time. Gene picked up the frame for me last week. The openings are 5 x 7 inches. I cut Colourfix paper to fit the frame so that Gene wouldn't have to worry about taping with the odd mat involved.

Here is the painting or paintings on the paper on my drawing board. They are New Mexico landscapes. The mountains are the Organ Mountains by Las Cruces.


Here they are in the frame without the glass for photographing. Gene will put it in and put a wire hanger on it for me tomorrow. It is supposed to be rainy and cooler, so something for him to do. :)


I also painted a gift for Mary, that delivers our mail. She is such a special lady and has been our mail delivery person since we have been in this house. I did this little triple pastel for her for Christmas. The openings were also 5 x 7. The tree scenes are in the neighborhood. I called it Mary's Route. She says she likes it. :) I cut the paper to fit the frame the same way.

17 comments:

Joanna said...

Both of those are very nice!

Rose Welty said...

Your paintings are beautiful! Really Jo, don't worry. I know what you mean though, you hate to obligate people when you are trying to thank them.

If I clean your studio, do I get a painting? ;-)

Susan Carlin said...

Wow! You pack a whallup into 5"x7"!
Those are beautiful.
If the intended recipient isn't grateful out of their gourd, I'd be shocked.

Jo Castillo said...

Joanna, Thank you. Hugs.

Jo Castillo said...

Rose, Thank you and you do know the feeling. :) A painting would be a small price for a clean studio!

Jo Castillo said...

Susan, I appreciate your praise. Mary really liked hers. We shall see on the other. :)

Joan said...

Jo, These are wonderful!! I like the way you framed more than one coordinating painting for them. What lovely gifts!!!

Jo Castillo said...

Joan, thanks! These are fun to do. It is easier for me to do these small paintings. Maybe I don't worry about all the "rules" of painting, just making it fit in the small space. :)

fishing guy said...

Jo: what great detail for a 5x7 painting. I think they came out beautiful and are very special gifts indeed.

Jo Castillo said...

fishing guy,
Thank you, sir.

Bag Blog said...

Who could not love paintings like these.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, you are so nice to say that. Hope you are still doing fine in Scotland. Yippee...

Valerie Jones said...

These are beautiful! I know I wouldn't be disappointed if one showed up on my doorstep from you. hee hee

"JeanneG" said...

Ditto what Valerie said. I really like the first one. Especially the one on the left. Beautiful.

Jo Castillo said...

Valerie and Jeanne, thanks so much. You just never know about these paintings, that is, when I get the urge. :)

Robin Neudorfer said...

Gorgeous work and a treasure to gift to someone.

Jo Castillo said...

Hi there Robin. Thanks.

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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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