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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Got those paintings all together... Update on the Tree

Finally, I have the twelve new paintings for my show all together on the preview show page for Peppers Gallery. Gene framed the last of them last Friday or so.

You can go see the preview of each larger image here. They look pretty cool all framed up. I will post a photo when we get them hung.

I was updating the web page and kept counting only eleven. I realized then that, Family Tree, was still sitting on my easel! Gene will frame that this afternoon or tomorrow. Whew. It is always more work than it seems. Now that I was posting, I realize there are thirteen paintings. Maybe that is the problem ... thirteen! I hadn't put "Malpais and Cacti" on my page. Arghhhh. The above photo will change on the page.

I still have to make the info/price cards and update my brochure. I plan a newsletter as well. I did already mail invitations to the local folks. If any of you are in New Mexico during my show or this summer, let me know!

You may remember that I was updating "The Tree" I finished it and it will be in the show, newly named, "Family Tree". I really like the new version. That tree was soooo large and interesting, that I just couldn't give up on it. The shadows on the family are stronger than show in this photo. It was difficult adjusting the saturation. It all looks better in real life. We will see how it does with non reflective glass against it after the framing. I used that glass on "Regina's Geraniums" and "Malpais and Cacti" as well. It seems to dull them a slight bit, but much less reflection. Glass is a problem with pastels. I have museum glass on the "Tiendita de Chile" and it is better, but that piece of glass was $50, 16 x 20. We shall see what people think of the differences.

Family Tree
Pastel on Pastelbord, 18 x 24 inches

I hope I do better this year. Two years ago I made a list and as I went down the list I was putting the small items in a briefcase. I did not put "briefcase" on the loading list for the cars and we left it behind! I had to reprint all my cards, brochures, door prize tickets, etc. Luckily Mom Frances had a printer and a Mac so I was able to use my designs without remaking those. Ah well, it is always something. If you know us, you know we always have an adventure when we do anything!


Regina Calton Burchett said...

That is an amazing tree, Jo. The light on it is so wonderful - it must be early, early morning. Great painting!!

fishing guy said...

Jo: I love the Family Tree, it is special.

Bag Blog said...

It looks like you will have quite a show. The Family Tree is great. My favorite is the Rocks on Water. Have a great time.

Joan said...

Jo - These are all gorgeous!!!! I love "Rocks on the Water!" You have a wonderful collection for the show. Good luck!!! Make sure you don't forget to pack anything essential!

Nancy Moskovitz said...

Jo, your paintings look so good together; it makes for a strong show. Your family tree illustrates Gurney Journey's recent post on the value of leaves. Interesting.

Jo Castillo said...

Regina, thank you. I think some of your remarks have encouraged me to work with stronger light.

fishing guy, thank you. I just couldn't do away with that tree. It is actually in Silver City and I will visit it again.

bag blog, thank you, too. I like Rocks on Water. Gene doesn't care for that one. I think he feels it is a little abstract in that it is a close up and he enjoys the whole landscape.

Joan, appreciate your comments. I'm working on a complete list this year, ha.

Nancy, thanks. I missed that post on Gurney Journey. I haven't been reading much. I will check it out. :)

Susan Carlin said...

Jo- your collection is impressive! Oh, and don't forget the briefcase!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Susan, Hopefully some of your last minute organizing skills will rub off on me! Thanks for the nice words and support.

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