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Monday, June 23, 2008

Painting with Sue


We had a great visit with Sue in Michigan. We had time to take in a painting class at the Flint Institute of Arts. We did have a great time and I enjoyed meeting Hazel Frost, the instructor, and the other students. Thanks to Hazel for allowing me to sit in. They were working on color via color charts so I painted from a magazine photo that Sue had. I am sorry I don't know who to give credit to. I painted it just for fun and to gain a little knowledge. It was a beautiful photo and had good perspective and composition.

Practice painting with Sue
Acrylics (?) on canvas, 9 x 12 inches

I cropped the painting and that moved the fence into the center, etc., which didn't quite work as a great new composition. It still looks OK considering. And what else was I considering? We went to one of the main craft stores to get some brush cleaner and we found a rack of "Painting for Dummies" for $5 a kit. That seemed fun, put a little kit in your purse or art bag and go. I picked the "Acrylics for Dummies" so I could paint and it would dry. The kit included a set of six tiny bottles of paint, two tiny brushes, 3 cardboard surfaces, 5 x 7 inches, and instruction for one floral painting. Not too bad, huh?

The paints, however, were very watery. The coverage was not great and at the end of the three hour class, it was a little sticky. Now, three days later, it finally feels pretty dry. :) You can still see the canvas in places. Great for learning and having interchange with other artists. That is always good to get the creative juices flowing. Thank you Sue!

4 comments:

Joan said...

It's always fun to get together and interact with other artists! Glad you could join them. This looks almost like a pastel...nice!

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Joan. Nice to interact with you as well. I miss the Hunts.. We may have to start a sketch blog... :)

Teresa said...

Hi Jo,

Love your painting! Awesome color choices... and so atmospheric. Wow.

Jo Castillo said...

teresa, thank you so much. It was a beautiful photo to start with which always helps. :) I do work with a limited palette. With those paints, they didn't give a color name, so I used white, red, blue, yellow and a touch of the brown. I borrowed a little cadmium orange from Sue. :)

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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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