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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pastel Painting Day

This was a very "artful" day. I started painting late, a little after lunch, and made some real progress. I started a 12 x 12 inch painting for the show "12 Buy 12" (info in sidebar). I have to have 3 or 4 done for delivery by November 21 or 22nd. Austin Art Space is accepting entries on the 29th as well, but I would like to have mine there early.

Today, I started a pastel on Pastelbord. This will be in my "Footwork" series. I have two done in the past, both pastels. He Dances and She Dances, footwork from the powwow in Austin.

This is the under painting sketch for "Texas Two Step" and I will post the painting as soon as I finish. It just lacks the final touches.

I also sketched for the Southwest forum on wetcanvas.com. To encourage participation we started a challenge . I sketched the blue door in pen and ink and this evening I did the same in pastels. I will call it a pastel sketch as I did it on practice paper, pastel card that I have painted on before and wiped off. The last practice painting I painted on this paper was the Bob Ross look alike.

The Blue Door

This is pastel on Colourfix pastel card, 9 x 12 inches. Done in about 45 minutes. I am preparing to do a large painting of this subject and was working out the composition and colors. It could use less wall to the right I think and the door should be the focus. At the moment the wall is much brighter on the right, so it pulls attention from the door. I prefer some sage or other plants instead of the iris plants. We shall see. Hmmm.


Joanna said...

Maybe you could just make the irises purple or something? :) Nice sketch, regardless!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Joanna,thanks and good idea. You and I didn't notice the leaning door. A friend on wetcanvas noticed. Hmmm. I think the paper was on the board crooked and I painted the vertical parallel to the board instead of the paper. It is however a practice sketch. The wall looks rough and lumpy .. all the old pastel and the paper is loosing some tooth after 3 or 4 paintings. :)

fishing guy said...

JoL I do enjoy seeing your talents displayed on my computer.

Jo Castillo said...

Hi fishing guy, thanks for stopping by so often. I enjoy the photos especially of your critters and home town.

jan said...

Jo, The "Texas Two Step" is looking great, what a fun composition.

Jo Castillo said...

Hi, the painting is finished, I will get a good photo tomorrow if the sun is out. :) Thanks.

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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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