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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year, etc.

 Happy New Year!

Wow! I haven't posted a blog since December 20.  How time flies when you are having fun!

I think I will start by posting the one sketch I've done for Scavenger Hunt 342.  I have 2 and a half pages in my sketchbook left to finish.  I should try to finish it today, but probably wont, you know me.  I sketched with the Prismacolor Premier 03 pen.

Number 1, lamp

I also sketched for the December Challenge in the Southwest Forum as I hadn't painted anything.  Very quick just to do something.  I should never do a building or anything requiring perspective in a rush.  The photo had more buildings and things, too.

I like wash hanging on the line, maybe I will paint something similar.

We ended up with twenty-five folks at the farmhouse we rented for Christmas.

Gene and I are seated, on the tree side of the group.  The babies are Roger's great grandsons. Larry,  standing to the tree side behind Gene, is the photographer.  Gene's sister, Sylvia, silk screened the shirts for us and they all fit!  I will post more photos later of the wild bunch.

Roger did most of the cooking!  He made tamales, chile, etc.  He cooked salmon, brown rice and veggies one night on the grill.  Excellent!  We had chile balls, rum balls, bourbon balls, enchiladas, beans, tortillas, fruit, veggies, carrot cake, biscochitos (Jennie and I made), ham, eggs, green chile, red chile and so much more.  Did anyone stick to a diet?  Just the See-food diet, see it and eat it.

We had some interesting mornings.  A few photos for you.

A blue egret captured by Christy at our house.
The frost and steam at our house.

Sunrise at our house.

Our tree with a few doves.  Last year Roger saw it full with hundreds of doves, but we didn't get a photo.

My gifts.  Longhorn baseball gear and art stuff, what more can you ask?
Romeo didn't care for the cold weather.
I guess Santa left this monkey on my desk.
This will be his spot.

More to come with art created with my new goodies in the new year ahead.  Thank you all.


"JeanneG" said...

Happy New Year Jo.

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Wonderful photos, Jo!!! So glad you all had a great time and good food. I especially love the photo of all of you, and the one with the bird!!!

Joan T said...

Happy New Year!!! Looks like you all had a great time together.

Jo Castillo said...

JeanneG, Happy New Year right back to you! Have a great day and New Year. Looking forward to your drawings on wc.

Regina, thank you! We had a great time and I will get some more photos up.

Joan, Happy New Year to you, too. Stay warm when you are out sketching!

Joanna said...

Really nice photo by Christie!

Joanna said...

Also, the Christmas gathering was lots of fun.

Jo Castillo said...

Joanna, Christy is a great photographer, too. She has had a few pointers from Larry and maybe you?? The gathering was a very good time.

Bag Blog said...

Some way, I missed this post. I love the pictures. It looks like you had lots of fun and good food. What more could you ask for?

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, you are so right. Gene and I are so happy to have our family and friends. Great times!

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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


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