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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Trouble Focusing

You know I have been having a hard time focusing on and making art.  I found this article today on the Fine Art Views Art Marketing Newsletter.  This statement caught my eye:

Life is short, especially when you're in the last third of life. You can no longer afford to make wimpy art, I tell myself.

I should take heed to this statement and article and evaluate my paintings.  I'll let you know how it goes.  :)  Below I put a few samples of my most recent work to think about.

Let me know what you think of the article ....


Be a Rebel!

by Sue Martin

This would be a good time to write a new seasonal artist statement. Perhaps it's something that doesn't quite fit now, but one that you will grow into as you continue your new season of art making. [...]

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This excerpt appears courtesy of FineArtViews Art Marketing Newsletter by FASO,
a free email newsletter about art, marketing, inspiration and fine living for artists,
collectors and galleries (and anyone else who loves art).

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Siesta Time
Pastel, 24 x 18 inches

Flor de Cholla
Pastel, 7 x 5 inches

Pastel 14 x 11 inches

Desert Dancers
Acrylic 6 x 12 inches

Hour Cow
Pastel 7 x 5 inches
Daybreak Pines
12 x 18 inches

Twilight Pines
16 x 20 inches
Info about these paintings and more on my website at:

Added Note, two minutes after posting:
I posted this and then realized immediately that it is April 15.  Not many folks have time to browse on the web.  They are doing taxes!!


Bag Blog said...

I don't do taxes - that is the nice thing about being married to an accountant and having an accountant son.

Good questions in the article. #4 and 7 caught my eye. Sometimes by the time I get ready - everything in its place, I have lost my inspiration - become distracted by all the doings. Sometimes just the thought of all I need to do in my art room makes me not want to paint. Lets face it, I'm lazy.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, lucky you. I've been doing taxes since I started working as a teenager. I use TurboTax now and that helps.

I am very easily distracted, too. I seem to get bored with ideas if I can't comple a project right away. I've had some wildflowers on my easel for a couple of weeks. Sigh........

Azulparsnip said...

Wow, JO these works are awesome!!!!

Jo Castillo said...

Hey Azulparsnip, nice to see you here and thank you very much!!

Joanna said...

I like them all but Flor de Cholla is my favorite.

Jo Castillo said...

Joanna, I know you like the flower or wildflowers the best. I would like to try the cactus in real life instead of a photo. I'm just too lazy as Bag Blog says she is. Hmmmm.

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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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