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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Scavenger Hunt, Tree, Horse and Wrench

Yesterday, I had a big adrenalin let down. We did play golf and for me I did well. I had a 48 on nine holes. My goal is 54, so nice day! Must have still been a little adrenalin at that time.

Later, Gene went for a bike ride and since it was so nice out I sketched for Scavenger Hunt #70, on wetcanvas.com. For new readers, wetcanvas is a huge artists community on-line with every medium you can imagine. They have 'how to' forums, instruction, photos with no copyright, ect., for all of us to learn from and enjoy. The Scavenger Hunts fall in the Arwork from Life section. Sketches are from life, not photos. Artists take turns making the lists. It gives one the ideas for sketching. I find it useful to keep me sketching and to sketch items that I normally wouldn't, out of my comfort zone. This tree falls in my zone, but the wrench does not. I try to sketch quickly with no pencil drawing and make no corrections. I hope this helps with my painting to use fewer and more descriptive strokes.




Just sat on the deck and relaxed. Item #1, a whole tree or bush. Well, as I said on the last post, our trees are 70 feet tall or so and that doesn't quite fit on a page in a small sketchbook. I sketched a few youpons (holly), the tall ones are about 20 feet tall or so. I like the way they look in the winter. Willowy and simple. I used a red Micron 005 and was out there about 20 minutes.



Last night we were watching a Hallmark movie with Tom Sellek and I sketched #2, my favorite animal. Those that know me would guess that. No live horses around the house so sketched "On Demand" a sculpture by our friend, Charlie Force. He signs them "By Force". Neat, huh? My sketch doesn't do justice to the wonderful bronze sculpture. 20 minutes with the red Micron005.


#3, Spanner (the list was prepared by Firehorse_Australia) for us up here it is a wrench. This one is Gene's Auto Wrench by Black and Decker. He went out and brought it in during a commercial. The teeth are battery operated. Pretty cool. The handle is longer, so bad perspective yet again. :( Same pen and time. I always guess at the time, I never think to check when I start or finish. Between commercials?? I only check the time when I go to write it down.

11 comments:

gene said...

The auto wrench or spammer is a battery operated crescent wrench that was a gift from Joanna, she has given me a bunch of neat tools over the years. For some odd reason I have not had occasion to use this one but I have played with it.

Susan Carlin said...

Nice sketches, Jo. I know what you mean about the let-down. I was so hyper after emailing my APS images. I spent today at the general meeting of an art gallery group I belong to going through the by-laws with a fine tooth comb. Tedius, but left me liking these folks even more. Careful and good-hearted. I love artists!

Joanna said...

I bought one of these for myself at the same time and went to use it a couple of weeks ago and the battery was dead. I did not have a replacement battery handy so I was forced to adjust by hand. Sigh...

Heh heh.

Jo Castillo said...

Gene, I didn't think it looked very used. I was going to ask you about it.

Joanna, your Dad just went through changing batteries is many things here. He does it every January. Sorry you had to work a little harder to use the wrench.

Jo Castillo said...

Susan, Thanks. It is always a relief to finish any project. And, yes, fellow artists are a great bunch. There are a few that are even better. Feel that pat on the back??

Joan said...

Good job on all three of these. It's amazing what we get to sketch from the WetCanvas scavenger hunts. I'm still looking for an insect...have any extras??

Jo Castillo said...

Joan, there have been some interesting items. I remember a self portrait from the rear, one time. :) Sorry on the insect. We have lots here, but none present when you need them! Scorpions love our place. There have been some weird bugs on the screens way up on the second floor .. outside. I should go check.....

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Jo - All of these sketches are great, but I really like the horse - good job!!! You're getting to be a pro at sketching, and you always hated it... and I'm so impressed you keep doing this with a *&^%$ pen!!!

Jo Castillo said...

Regina, When you think about it, sketching with a pen is the lazy way out. No corrections, well, maybe small ones that you can hatch over. None of this erasing and fixing. That would be better practice, maybe, to fix my mistakes. Gee, I may try using a pencil for a while. :)

gene said...

spanner not spammer

Gene

Jo Castillo said...

Gene, I didn't notice the spammer. Hmmm.

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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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