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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sketches and Marketing Links

I sketched at the studio/gallery yesterday. I worked on a pastel of wildflowers, too. I wiped it off a couple of times. I know in my mind what I want to put on the canvas, but it just wasn't going down. I finally got one that "sort of worked".

I really like Karen Margulis' wildflowers. I don't want to copy her, but I do like the loose random look of the flowers in her work. I do like more detail in my paintings. However, my flowers were looking pasted on. Was I putting in too many? Were the values too similar? More thoughts on that today as I try again. It is very difficult to get them to look natural as opposed to a still life where the flowers have been arranged in a pleasing design already.

In the time I was pondering this I did a couple of sketches. My mind wasn't really on sketching, but I at least scribbled a little and cleared my thoughts .. or organized them a little. These are for Scavenger Hunt 176. I sketched with a Micron 03 and a Rotring Art Pen. I hadn't used the ink pen for sometime. It felt nice. It is a little harder to control as the nib slides very smoothly across the paper. These are very quick freehand sketches.

Number 2, pen nib. I sketched the Rotring nib with the Micron and vice versa. I did the rest of the sketches with the Rotring. Number 3, crumpled paper -- a scratch pad on my desk.

Number 4, phone. The phone on my desk -- really that is a phone. So sad. Number 5, favorite food. At the studio it was either chocolate or nothing. :) Chocolate wins every time anyway.

I have been forgetting to put a new link in my posts. I get a marketing newsletter and thought you might be interested in the blog. Eric Rhoads has some advice for us.

I also get the helpful newsletter from Xanadu Gallery. Maybe you will like their tips as well.


This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jo: I always enjoy your sketches. I really wish I had that talent.

Jo Castillo said...

fishing guy, you may not sketch or paint but you have a great eye with your camera!

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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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