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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Pears in Bloom, Acrylic painting, Baseball note

I have been trying to adapt to acrylics. They seem to have some great qualities:
  • dry quickly
  • frame like oil with no glass
  • bright colors
  • clean up with water, no fumes
  • use like watercolor for washes, wash over when dry without affecting the previous layer
  • use in a style like oil, opaque
  • you can paint over anything you don't like
  • finish can be dull or shiny like oil
I still have a problem with them. I paint so brightly then when it dries, the painting is much darker. Regular acrylic artists advised me to use less water and use acrylic medium to thin the colors. I tried this. I'm having to paint several layers to brighten/lighten the painting. This is not good for me as I tend to loose the fresh look. Many strokes give an overworked look to a piece.

I keep working at it. I like the finished paintings. I suppose it is just something that I will get accustomed to. I truly haven't painted many acrylic paintings.

Pears in Bloom
Acrylic on board, 9 x 12 inches

Other art news, I met Regina Burchett in Austin on Thursday afternoon. We visited the Davis Gallery, had dinner at Houston's, and went to the Austin Pastel Society meeting. The gallery was interesting and helpful, the dinner was great and the meeting program by Jeri Salter was about plein air at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. A great day off from baseball and being with Regina energizes me for art. After working on art, usually on your own, it is good to be with other artists and especially good friends.

Baseball note:

Score from game Wednesday, February 27. A much better day for the fans. Comfortable in the stands and Texas won. The game ended unexpectedly, for the fans, after seven innings. The teams had agreed to end because of some time restraint on the visiting team. They didn't announce the decision so we were a little surprised when the teams walked out and started shaking hands.

Friday, February 29, the Horns were in Houston for the Houston College Classic at Minutemaid Park. The Horns lost to Tennessee, 5-4, in their first meeting ever. UT vs UT. Read about these games on Joanna's Hook-em page with a blow by blow description and on the official Longhorn page. I signed (paid money) us up for the Houston College Classic to be shown on the site and watched the Houston-Texas Tech game and the Longhorns and Tennessee Volunteers on Friday. Very nice reception and picture. We hooked Gene's laptop to the TV to have a large picture. However, today the site is not responding and I am irritated. The Longhorns play Rice tonight and it will be on TV, but I would have liked to watch the other two games and see the games tomorrow. Hmmmm.


Nancy Moskovitz, artist said...

Hi Jo
I love your new cactus pear painting. You quietly posted your victory over the composition challenge.

re: acrylics. As long as you are painting indoors, try painting with Liquitex heavy or soft body ...without water or medium. This lessens the color shift. You will love acrylics. nancy

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Nancy. I had forgotten that I mentioned the composition problem. :) I bought some of those colors and will try them. Thanks for the encouragement.

Regina Calton Burchett said...

I think you are the Cactus Queen, Jo!! These are just beautiful!!

Jo Castillo said...

Regina, I accept the coronation! Ha. Thank you.

"JeanneG" said...

Hi Jo. I really like the cactus.

Bag Blog said...

I like the cactus too. In fact, The other day I dug through my photos looking for a cactus picture to paint - thanks to your inspiration.

Jo Castillo said...

Jeanne, I just love cactus and guess it shows, thank you.

bag blog, it is strange how the ideas seem to float around in the air. Hope you found a photo you like. There are copyright free photos on and look in images. Thank you....

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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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