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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Peppers Art Reception Show, Magdalena, New Mexico

Better late than never, the saying goes. My fifth annual show during Old Timers, at Peppers, July 12-13, went very well. It is always nice to see old friends and family. Saturday was the reception from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday I was scheduled to paint from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. I think I ended up staying and painting until 4:00 p.m. Paintings were sold, door prize was won and as they say, a good time was had by all.


As usual, I didn't get a photo of the wall when we put up the paintings. I sold some paintings, so these photos are later in the evening with old paintings from last year filling in the blank spaces. Sunday we took down a few of the old ones and rearranged the walls. Guess what? No photo.

There were many people at the reception on Saturday. We served cheese and wine with an assortment of soft drinks and cookies. Most of the visitors signed up for a doorprize.

My plan was to paint the door prize on Sunday as a demo in acrylics and then Gene would stick on the frame and we would draw for a winner. We got to Peppers on Sunday and it was raining pretty hard. We put the food and my painting gear under a tent and prepared to paint. We needed jackets in the cool weather.

We decided to take the food inside, but plein air painting requires putting up with rain and cold so I started to paint. Lilly, my young painter friend, was going to paint as well. I had not put gesso on the Masonite panels thinking I would show how to do that and it would be dry in 5 or 10 minutes in this dry climate. It took about 45 minutes to dry sufficiently to paint on.

Peppers in the fog.

I started painting the hills to the north with the trees nearby for my work. It was pretty foggy and you could not see the more distant hills. I had a couple of people brave enough to stay and watch. About 1:00 p.m. it cleared up, jackets came off and I finished the painting.

The start of the door prize. 8 x 10 acrylic on wooden panel. Looks a little like a beach in this photo, eh?

The finish of the painting. I left the background in both photos so you get a glimpse of what I was painting. The winner of this painting was Bertie Gwin. She was our bookkeeping, typing teacher in high school so that was nice.

There were still folks around when I finished the acrylic painting, so I started a pastel painting.

Peppers Tree, pastel 8 x 10 inches on Pastelbord.

I didn't quite get the pastel finished. Gene put it in a frame and I traded it with Robin Baker, a one stroke painter from San Antonio, New Mexico, for a welcome sign painted with flowers.


Lilly painted the Peppers building and the plants outside. She is becoming quite the artist. She has won a prize at the Socorro County Fair two years in a row.

I painted this of Lilly a couple of years ago at Peppers. She is about 9 this year.

15 comments:

Joanna said...

I don't remember seeing that painting of Lilly before. Very nice.

Bag Blog said...

I love the acrylic demo. The whole show looks like lots of fun.

Regina Calton Burchett said...

The demo painting turned out great, Jo - the sky is especially good. Very dramatic. So glad you enjoyed your show and that it went well!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Joanna, I think that painting was 9 x 12 and I had your Dad cut it to 5 x 7 and took out all the roof and wall. Distracting in the large size. Gave it to Lilly's mom. Thanks.

Jo Castillo said...

bag blog and Regina, thanks so much. You know that I love talking as much as painting, so the actual painting time isn't much. I can see after the fact many things I wish I had done. Mainly the edges of the hills should be softened as it was foggy. The weekend is always fun but lots of work. :)

Joan said...

You really had an active day, and productive too. The paintings look great, and I like the one you did in plein air, braving the elements. Good work!

Rose Welty said...

Glad to hear it went well Jo...well done for sticking to the plan and braving the elements!

The one of Lilly is very nice...love the oranges.

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Joan, yes, I thought about those guys up in Minnesota that paint in the snow and ice and decided I was pretty well off ... even a tent. Ha. Thanks.

Rose, yes Lilly is a cutie and she posed so nicely that year. Now she is busier and finished her painting without a last critique from me. :) She is pretty good and always wants to paint.

fishing guy said...

Jo: Waht a nice story and I certainly hope the trip was worthwhile for you.

Jo Castillo said...

fishing guy, thanks for your comments. We had a great time. We are now in Silver City, NM. Cool!!!

"JeanneG" said...

I like the painting of the hills. Especially the mountains. The pastel is very pretty with nice bright colors. Like everyone else said, the one of Lilly is very sweet. So glad you had a good show and made some sales.

Susan Carlin said...

It's so good to see photos from your show! I was SURE that painting was a beach. Loved how it turned out. You plein air painters astound me.

Abraham Lincoln said...

This is the "first" blog I have seen that addresses painting in a sensible way and then shows the paintings in progress. I like your work and your courage to paint in/after the rain.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville Daily Photo

Jo Castillo said...

Jeanne, hi there. Thank you for complimenting the hills. It is hard to paint the cedar trees without them looking like pasted on polka dots. :)

Susan, thanks. It is fun to paint outside. You have to be fast to capture the light and then try not to keep changing it as the time passes. By the finish of this one, you could see the further hills and it looked like a different place.

Mr. Lincoln, thank you, too. I think I saw your page via the fishing guy blog. The hunmmer at the top is spectacular. I do try to keep it simple when I paint.

Jo Castillo said...

Susan, I forgot to mention that I didn't see the "beach" until I posted the photo. Good thing or I might have messed it up trying to change it. Ha.

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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