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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pastel Sketch

Actually it is the sketch part of a painting I started at the pastel class yesterday with Enid Wood.  It is always good for me to get together with other artists.  Inspiring and good for your spirit.  Enid is so generous and such a fine pastelist.  The class was about purple and how to use it in your paintings.

Enid's worksheet included info about how purple can appear warm or cool.  It gives a feeling of distance in landscapes.  It harmonizes greens and creates luminous shadows.

One of the artists that I enjoy his use of purple is Richard McKinley.   I really like his use of purple in trees and landscapes.

One of the artists brought an assortment of vegetables that had purple in them.  She put a few on a plate and shared her still life with anyone that wanted to paint.  I much prefer painting from life than from a photo so I started on the vegetables.  She had a beautiful eggplant there, too.  But you can't put in everything!  Of course I will have to finish from the photo of the set up and my imagination.

My plan was to post work in progress photos that I took on my iPhone.  I could not transfer them to my iPhoto yesterday.  Rats.  May have to resort to sending each by e-mail.  I am having to update the software on my iMac.  So many things are not working with my old system.  Irritating as before I could use programs from the 80s but now everything is going to apps.  I don't care for that, so much has to be done on-line.  Expensive for satellite when you live in the boondocks.  Sigh....

Enough grousing.  Here is the start of my painting, the sketching part, which I am using for Scavenger Hunt 344. (Click on it to see it larger.)

Number 2, hunger - well, something to curb your hunger.  It has quite a ways to go.  It will be called "Mishmash", I think.  Eventually it will be finished and with luck and patience I can post a work in progress of the pastel on Pastelbord, 14 x 11 inches.


Rae Andrews, Contemporary Texas Artist in all media said...

Good job Jo , I bet it was fun to have Enid show you some of her wonderful techniques..
She is a very knowledgable artist.

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Rae. Enid is great. I hope to post the finished painting later today!

Joanna said...

Glad you got to paint.

Sorry your computer tools aren't behaving. I need to come out and work on those things with you soon. Hugs...

Jo Castillo said...

Joanna, thank you. Painting with other artists is always fun.

One of these days we will update my computer, thanks, tech support!

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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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