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Monday, September 29, 2008

Pastel Painting Night Scene - Evett's

I actually painted a pastel painting today. There is an old drugstore in our hometown that I have planned on painting for years. It is a landmark and one of the few original businesses. It was a bank and then a drugstore for years. Now it is a New Mexican Restaurant. I started with the intention of doing a WIP or demo and forgot to take more photos. I was in the zone, I suppose.

I did take one photo before I got too far. I began with pastel pencil sketch and then Nupastels. I painted on Richeson's Unison Premium Pastel Surface on hardboard in gray called Storm. It is a nice smooth sanded surface.

I used several blues and purple for the sky, brick red and deep red for the bricks. Dark blue, purple, green and more for the darks. Orange, yellow, blue, etc. No pure black or white. I work on the sky first and then try to work all over the painting to get some of all the colors in all parts.

I think it is finished. I will let it set for a while before framing. It looks a little off kilter here in this photo. I think that the photo was off and I straightened it and did a poor job. I will double check the perpendicular lines. You can at least get the idea.

Evett's in the Evening
Soft Pastel on sanded board, 9 x 12 inches


Regina Calton Burchett said...

That looks great, Jo!! Did you do this outside in the dark? Never sure how that works. I really like it!!

Bag Blog said...

Very nice! I like your choice of evening light. It makes the dark and light contrasts so much more fun.

Rose Welty said...

Jo, I really love the colors in this! It makes the place so grand and inviting at the same time.

The Tile Lady said...

I really love this! And it was great reading about the journey from start to finish.

Jo Castillo said...

Regina, Thank you. No, it is painted from photos. I have never tried the night thing. Sounds interesting reading about it from others on wetcanvas plein air.

Bag Blog, I have done just a couple of these, they are fun. More to come.

Rose, this is a great place to get Frito Pie. Yummmmmm. Oh, and tortilla burgers.

Tile Lady, thank you. I enjoy writing on the computer as much as painting...well except for deadlines in either!

Joanna said...

Hey! There's no open field across the street from Evett's! Nice colors, all the same.

Jo Castillo said...

Hi, Joanna, thank you. I guess the dark off to the left is the bank and the tree is beside or behind the bank. I couldn't lighten the photo enough to tell. Guess I could fudge the bank building a little. :)

Nancy Moskovitz said...

Very nice, Jo! Great handling of a difficult subject. I luvs Richeson premium pastel board. Did you do the whole painting in Nupastel??

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Nancy, I guess I lost my thread of thought and didn't finish my remarks. I use a mixture of any pastels on hand. I usually start with Nupastel for the sketch and initial block in and then go to the softer brands. Rembrandt, Daler-Rowney, etc., with Ludwig and Unison for the darks. I have them all mixed so I don't know which is which after they get used and loose their initial shape.

Thanks for coming by.

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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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