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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Rock Painting ... uh, Painting on a Rock and Scavenger Hunting 175

I painted yesterday, but not a painting. I was putting lettering on a rock for a dedication of a tree. Not easy to paint nice smooth letters on a rough rock. I didn't think that far when I was asked to do it. At first I thought I would put a design in white, like a doily perhaps with black letters. As I was checking it out, I found that not to be a good idea. The letters on the rough rock would look more crooked and not smooth. I painted them in black on a rather orange rock. I tried high lighting the black with white, too, and that looked tacky. So it is just black letters. The sandstone or limestone is porous and has black (perhaps lichen or mold)

I continued on it today, adding a couple more layers on the letters. It looks a little blah. I will look at it again on Sunday before I call them Monday with the done deal. I will get a snapshot, too.

I was going to paint a pastel today. Guess what? I had no paper or boards for pastel at the studio except a big one and I want to try a couple of little pastel wildflowers while they are so lovely. I know for a while I will be looking for something that will be at home. It will take me some time to get things moved. Sigh......

In place of painting, I did a little sketching for Scavenger Hunt 175. I sketched in the regular sketchbook with a Micron 03 pen, freehand, as usual.

Number 4, stone - these are some beautiful black and gray stones in a ceramic bowl that Regina brought for my studio warming gift. Nice to touch and look at. They reminded me of my Mom. When she was little at the ranch back in about 1915 - 18 she and her sisters would play with smooth rocks they found. The black ones would be horses and the others cows or whatever. They passed many happy hours with their herds of cattle and horses on their imaginary ranches. Thanks, Regina.

Number 5, tool - a battery driven screwdriver that Gene put in my studio. It is red and black, very spiffy looking.

We, Judy Hawes, Gene and I, had the reception tonight that was a beginning of "First Fridays" in Bastrop. The Guild had a reception for the high school photographers. It was nice for the young students and there was a pretty good crowd of students and parents. We had a few visitors in that didn't know about my new studio/gallery so that is good. Judy brought in some new necklaces with little painted canvases incorporated into the design. Wouldn't you like to have a little painting with you with a tiny painting of Monet's water lillies? Come by and see her jewelry. Very nice.


Teresa said...

You're such a dedicated sketcher.. sigh... some of us are not nearly as industrious ;-)

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Teresa, thank you for your nice words. I really have to work at sketching. It is like my homework. The Scavenger Hunts have kept me sketching .. a little guilt if I don't do at least one each 9 days. :)

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Jo - you have weird friends who bring you rocks? I thought you were painting rock images, not the rocks themselves! Funny - and hope you had fun!

Jo Castillo said...

Regina, hi there and thanks again. Did you see my link in a newer post about how to paint and draw rocks by Deborah Secor. Interesting.

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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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