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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Chicken and ... Tortilla Soup and Blue Window

Yesterday I sketched a chicken for wetcanvas.com, the Southwest Forum, June Monthly Challenge. This is pastel, 6 x 6 inches on Pastelbord. I will wipe it off and go with another painting, though, it was fun for practice. Thanks, Sandra, for the photo.


I went down yesterday and forgot my keys. I had to park about a block away and carry some heavy art books that I wanted to put in my studio. I thought, Gene's keys are in the pickup so started back to get them. Then I realized, I was in the Explorer. Gene was coming to town so he brought the keys. I had about an hour to wait so I read one of my art books, Helen Van Wyk's Favorite Color Recipes. She was an excellent teacher for color. I have some old tapes (VCR) from PBS shows with her programs and they are very instructive. It is good to refresh my brain once in a while.

I also finished up a small pastel for the New Mexico show in July. I painted it from the veggies I bought for a class.

Tortilla Soup
Pastel on Pastelbord, 7 x 5 inches

This will be at my show at Peppers in July. (Send me an e-mail for purchase information.) The painting is darker on the left in real life, more mysterious regarding the flowers.

I also got a photo of the Blue Window which is also for the New Mexico show.

Blue Window
Pastel on Pastelbord, 11 x 14 inches

This was fun to paint. I love how pottery and old walls look in pastels. Maybe that is because I love pottery.

Now off to the studio to paint.






9 comments:

Bag Blog said...

I always love your NM paintings. I like the chicken too - he has a gleam in his eye - "Gallo del cielo." Do you know that song? I like the Joe Ely version best.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, thank you. The hen was fun to do. I hadn't heard that song. Pretty interesting. Joe Ely does seem to have the best version. You gave me a new song!

My sign in word verification was "mulaman" Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket.

Teresa said...

Such a handsome rooster... a shame to "wipe" him off! :-)

The "Tortilla Soup" and "Blue Window" paintings are just beautiful. Wonderful job on the colors, shadows and composition. Two thumbs up, Jo!

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Teresa. Guess I need to go take photos of chickens. I just don't like to be around them. My job as a kid was to gather eggs and clean the coop. Yuck..... I still don't care for eggs and chicken.

I enjoy doing a still life, especially if they have tomatoes or apples. :) Oh, and geraniums. Red stuff!

raeandrewsgallery.blogspot.com said...

I LOVE rhe rooster Jo, he has such life in him. Great job!!
Rae

Jo Castillo said...

Hey there, Rae. Thank you. I had never thought to do chickens until recently. Very interesting.

Barbara Pask said...

Hi Jo, I love all three of these. You didn't really wipe the chicken did you? No! I love him or her, lol. I have that book by Helen Van Wyk and really like it. She was a talented artist.

Jo Castillo said...

Hi, Barbara. I liked the chicken, too. It was a good practice, but the photo was by Sandra for a project on wetcanvas and I like to paint from life or use my own photos in case I do a masterpiece. Ha.

José said...

Hi Jo,

It's always a joy to get a visit from you on my blog.
These are really great works and I quite like the "Blue Window" one, in which you convey light in such pleasant way.
The painting also presents a convincing sense of depth through a good depiction of values.
Great work !

Kind regards,

José

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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 Niños. (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