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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bolivia Oil Painting, On the Shore of Titicaca

I painted this small landscape in oils. I was still in my brush painting mode. I truly love Bolivia. I feel that it is my second country after the good old United States of America. We lived there almost ten years at two different times. Longer than anywhere else before retirement. We have been in Bastrop longer now.

The people in Bolivia are kind, generous and good. We have many memories and friends from there, including our precious daughter and son, Jennie and Larry.

This view is along the shore of Lake Titicaca. When I took the photo, we were probably driving to Oruro for Carnival or to Cochabamba to get away for R and R from La Paz.

Today is the day before Ash Wednesday and that reminds me of Carnival. It was said you have to go to Oruro for Carnival so we went a couple of times. The dancers are amazing. They dance most of the day at an altitude of about 12,000 feet above sea level. The costumes are beautiful and heavy. It takes a lot of energy and oxygen at that altitude just to breathe, much less dance and play musical instruments. It is a most amazing thing to be there see the beautiful ceremony.

On the Shore of Titicaca
Oil on canvas panel, 7 x 5 inches

You can buy this painting on my Jo's Notions page of my website. $50, free postage, unframed.


Joanna said...

Like this one, too!

'Hadn't thought about the devil dancers in Oruro in a long time. Sigh...

Jo Castillo said...

Thank you, Joanna. I saw they are having the Brazilian Carnival in Austin this weekend. That's late isn't it?? Ah well.

Teresa said...

Hi Jo,

Been catching up with your blog posts. Though I'm not "from up North" I still smiled when I saw your frost photos! We don't get many good snows, but thick frost is not unusual. Enjoyed reading about your oils. I'm noticed that I'm working light to dark in oils too (don't most oil painters/teachers go dark to light?). Perhaps that's a carryover from watercolor. It's easier for me to visualize where I'm going when leaving darks until last. Love both of your paintings!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Teresa, Thanks for commenting. I do like to hear about how people work. I'm sure watercolor has a big impact on all your techniques. I am the opposite so have a hard time with watercolors. I have a hard time saving the light! :)

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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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