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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fall on Your Face and Pastel Painting

Years ago, I think we were in Bolivia at the time, Joanna was going to be in a play at school.  I was going to send her off with the old saying to "Break a leg!"  Well, I mixed up my thoughts and it came out, "Fall on your face!"  That has stuck with me.

I took the advice myself last Tuesday evening and fell on my face.  That is one of the reasons for my absence here.  My sister had surgery in New Mexico and we went to see her.  When she got better and went home from the hospital, we decided to go to the dentist for a teeth cleaning on our way home.  Gene needed a cavity fixed, too.

We arrived in Deming, New Mexico, on Tuesday afternoon.  I went outside to make a call to check on my sister and decided to bring our little cooler back in the hotel room.  I started to the door and stumbled and fell across the sidewalk with no time to put out my hands.  I am pretty sure it was luck not to hit the sidewalk.  My face hit the gravel instead which I think saved breaking my teeth.

Emergency room time and stitches in my upper and lower lips with plastic glue stuff on the outside of my lower lip.  I did not get my teeth cleaned on Wednesday.  Ha.  They had a rough time with Gene's tooth and ended up pulling it, the root had grown into the bone and the cavity was too deep to save the tooth.

On the road we both were having liquid diets instead of getting to try new restaurants and nice dinners with wine.  Ah well.

Our Texas kids came out for Mother's day.  We had breakfast instead of lunch which for me was scrambled eggs!  That is one of the last foods I would ask for on Mother's Day, but it was my first "solid" food and it was pretty darn good.  We had planned to have brisket, corn on the cobb, etc.  It was a nice day and fun to see the kiddos.

We should be in A-1 shape again in a couple of days, health wise.

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Today was Enid Wood's pastel class at the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild. We were trying underpainting with Pan Pastels.  I had never used Pan Pastels.  In anticipation of this class, Gene got me a set of 20 for Mother's Day. 

I forgot to take the little sponges and tools to work with them so used a soft Viva paper towel over my finger and worked like I do on my iPad. 

The PanPastels come in a box, stacked.  I put them in the plastic palette box for easier access when painting.

The pastels in the palette.

My little 5 x 7 painting done with the PanPastels and a bit of soft pastel sticks for the highlights on Pastelbord.  It was fun and different to paint with my fingers.  I will try something a bit different here at home with the regular spongy tools.  The geraniums were from memory and from painting some real ones at Art Connections during Yesterfest.

This is the last class at the Guild until fall.  Enid will have some plein air paint togethers on Mondays in Bastrop and the area.  Check her page, http://enidwood.com/classes/


Regina Burchett said...

So sorry, Jo! I know you must be in pain. So glad the rest of you is okay.

Your geraniums look wonderful though!!

Bag Blog said...

I've been worried about you. Several times I started to email you to see if you were okay. But then I thought you might just be busy and not need me bothering you. I should have gone with my first instinct.

I have a few PanPastel thingies, but I've never really done much with them. Maybe I need a lesson.

Take a look at my blog, a few posts back. I did a couple of pastels.

Joan Tavolott said...

Ouch!!!! Glad to hear you have a sense of humor about it. Falls are always a jolt to the whole body.

Lovely painting...I guess your mouth and face don't matter for that...luckily!

Susan Carlin said...

Yikes! I'm so sorry you got hurt, Jo. Glad to hear you're mending!

Joanna said...

I'm glad you're doing better, Mom. I thought the Mother's Day gathering was nice—if a bit subdued. Hugs...

Rose Welty said...

So sorry Jo! Sounds painful. Hope the healing continues and without delay. Wish I could drop by something fun for you!

Jo Castillo said...

Ah, look at this this morning. So many nice comments.

Regina, Bag Blog, Joan, Susan, Joanna and Rose, I'm happy to say I am eating with a fork now. Still no spoon. I'm drinking coffee without a straw, not too hot though! Should lose the stitches in a couple of days. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! So sorry to read of your fall. Been there and done that! It hurts all over even without all the face part you had.
You did a wonderful job on the flowers!
Take care,
Judi Vreeland

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Judi. i am mostly healed, but still sore, especially the teeth. Sooooo lucky I didn't break any.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

ouch, ouch, ouch! glad to read its better. really lucky you didn't break any teeth, but on the bright side if you had of broken teeth you had a dentist appointment ;)

Jo Castillo said...

Ah, Jennifer. You made me smile. Thanks!

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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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