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Thursday, January 01, 2009

First Sketch of 2009 and Thank You

I painted with pastels today. I'm working on one of the 12 x 12 inch Pastelbords that I had on hand. I'm doing some saguaros. Maybe I can finish it tomorrow. This evening I did one sketch for Scavenger Hunt 114. It is my first sketch of the year. It is nice to get the first sketch done. break the ice, so to speak. This Hunt runs until January 4, so I have an opportunity to get some more done.

Number 4, game - the letters and tray from an old Boggle game. Jennie has Boggle on her iPod now so we played on that for Christmas. This is now an antique, I suppose. The perspective is not great (freehand drawing). This is the second effort, I won't show you the first.

I want to thank all my followers and readers of my blog, and some of you that just look at the paintings! :) I have made so many friends and learned so much through this effort. This has been another super year for my blog, I started in June 2006. I never thought I could post so regularly. I have started a diary or journal many times in my life and would write once in a while for a month or so and then abandon the project.

I want to thank my Scavenger Hunt buddies for keeping me on track and sketching regularly. A good year there, too!

I post sporadically to the Pastel forum, Southwestern and the Plein Air forum on wetcanvas.com. Great artists in those forums. Wetcanvas is a great place to interact with other artists and see what is new in any media you can think of.

I admit that I am somewhat addicted to blogs. (Is that like being a little bit pregnant?) I want to thank those of you whose blogs I read that let your entire post show on my reader. I read so many blogs and it saves time and I get to read more blogs if you do that. I know some folks put a snippet only so that I have to go to their blog to "up their stats". Personally if I am in a hurry, I don't go to the blog to read it there. On the blogs that I read on my reader, I do go to your blog to comment and once in a while to check out the look and see what you have going in your sidebar,etc. But I do so appreciate the shortcut to reading in my reader. Ah, the cat is out of the bag. How many blogs that I read will now only have snippets or will you be hoping to boost your stats? We shall see. Thank you guys. I hope you have a great and prosperous New Year. I am looking forward to 2009 and more and better blogging! See you around........


Joanna said...

Thank you, Mom! I enjoy getting to read something about you every day. Hugs...

Rose Welty said...

Nice boggle Jo!

I am so with you on the reader thing. I have unsubscribed from blogs that did that, because when I went to the effort of bringing up their site I realized it just wasn't worth it.

And, you can still have stats from the number of subscribers...in fact, those can be more reliable numbers than just pageloads.

And I also go and look at the sites often after I've read the post - and comment! :D

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Joanna, that works both ways, huh? Thank you for all your help with this and my website. Love ya..

Jo Castillo said...

Rose, Thank you. It is sure hard to keep up with everyone. Once in a while I take Joanna's advice and mark the blogs all read and start over. :) Hugs..

Joan said...

Jo - I'm so glad you post so often. I enjoy reading your blog and checking out the people/materials you mention. Thanks for being a blogging buddy!!! I like your Misfit painting below...nice colors!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Joan, thanks. I do love color. It is great knowing you. Someday we will have a big wetcanvas convention or at least a Scavenger Hunt get together, right?

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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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