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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Work, work, work ... pastel paintings.

I have been doing well in going to my studio from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Even staying over a bit. I had a couple of watercolor lessons/sessions with Tina Woodruff. That was good for me. It makes me want to try some watercolors again. I did not take a photo of my efforts or of the oil painting I was working on yesterday. Guess you will have to wait for that.

Here are the paintings I was working on the last week or so...

Fill Up and Go
Pastel on Pastelbord, 6 x 6 inches

Pastel on Pastelbord, 6 x 6 inches

These are framed in black metal frames with UV protected plexiglass and are for the New Mexico show at Peppers in Magdalena on July 9, 10, and 11. See you there?? They will be $85 each. My first time to frame with plexiglass right against the pastel. It looks very good.

Grandma's Porch
Pastel on Pastelbord, 12 x 9 inches

This painting was fun to do, now to find a frame that compliments it. I thought plain black or gold, but not great. Maybe it needs a liner. More thinking on that today.


Teresa said...

Love the colors in the balloons... and the softness of Grandma's Porch. Front porches are so nice and this painting captures that relaxed, slightly worn look of a porch that seen a few summers. Well done, Jo!

Bag Blog said...

I can't wait to see your watercolor efforts. The balloons are wonderful - such bright colors - very NM.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, you would not be impressed with my watercolor efforts. :) Therefore, you won't see them. Maybe after I practice, eh?

Jo Castillo said...

Teresa, thank you. I enjoyed painting the porch. I still haven't found a frame I like with it. Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo,

Great new work. I love the balloons. Such fresh colours.

You put plexiglass in front, instead of glass? Very interesting. Why did you choose plexiglass?
I have a few pastels straight under glass instead of using a matt, because sometimes I think a matt is distracting from the painting.

greetings from a warm Ireland,

raeandrewsgallery.blogspot.com said...

Love the new balloons Jo, great color, fresh and vital. Having this new studio seems to be working out for you huh? Good job!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi, MJ. I ordered the frames from americanframe.com and they don't ship glass. I have to go to Austin (forty miles or so) to Hobby Lobby to get glass with UV or non-reflective so just decided to try it on the small pictures. It seems to have done well.

Jo Castillo said...

Thank you, Rae. I am getting in more time at the studio. Whether that is helping me, I don't know. Ha. Sort of like going to work!

Joan said...

I just love the balloon paintings!!! So colorfu!! "Grandma's Porch" is so nostalgic...love the metal chairs and the colors. Super work, Jo!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Joan, you know I like red, white and blue. Thank you.

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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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