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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Powwow Tease Photo, Thoughts on Next Level

I have been thinking about how one gets better as an artist. Practice of course and developing a style or portfolio of work are some of the ways to work toward that. I do feel daily practice is the most important and I fall into the weekly category now I would imagine. I keep thinking I'm doing better at using my time and painting more, but that takes effort and dedication. I do tend to procrastinate.

Stefan Baumann from the Grand View has interesting comments on his daily blog , Saturday, May 3. He paints landscapes and on the Grand View on PBS they present a National Park or beautiful area, discuss that and show his plein air painting for half the time. Beautiful spots they pick to paint. This is a quote from that post, "As I faced my own challenges when painting today, I was thinking about what is it that causes some people to achieve excellence, while others settle into a mediocre complacency. What would you have to do to take your art to the next level?"

This gives us more to think about. Maybe I should go paint and quit thinking!

Here is the first post of photos from the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque on April 25. One of the dancers going down to dance. They bring their costumes in suitcases and boxes and end up doing most of their changing right on the bleachers. You can really see what goes into the end results.

Ah, no painting this morning, we are off to the baseball game.


fishing guy said...

Jo: Now that's a head dress. It makes him much more impressive.

Jo Castillo said...

fishing guy, as I recall his face is painted mostly white. I will try to point him out in another photo. :)

Nancy Moskovitz said...

I too am just catching up. Thank you for mentioning and even recommending me!
I am enjoying your photos immensely. Your flora is very different to my eyes.

Jo Castillo said...

Nancy, thanks. Do you ever catch up? Some of the blogs I usually read have over 20 posts that I haven't read. Argh... Maybe this summer in New Mexico with no baseball. Glad you are enjoying the flowers.

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