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Monday, January 25, 2016

Pastels All Around

I went to the meeting of the Austin Pastel Society yesterday. (There is still time to enter the Annual Juried Show, deadline January 31 see "Juried Show" at austinpastelsociety.org)  Rae Andrews, President, gave the demonstration.  It was about using an abstract under painting of acrylic and finishing in pastels.  It was fun and informative.  Rae works in pastels, acrylics and watercolors.  If you get a chance to see her or take a class you will be educated and entertained.  She is from Australia so talks a bit funny!! 

Rae Andrews, APS meeting

Look at her blog to be inspired and find out about her classes including a painting trip to Spain!
http://raeandrewsgallery.blogspot.com/

It was good to see old friends and make a couple of new ones.  Guess I should get back in the habit of attending meetings.

This morning I  was inspired to get out the pastels to sketch for Scavenger Hunt 436.  I had already decided to do the spheres and stacked rectangles so didn't even look at the page.  I busied myself for about 50 minutes including time to find a piece of used paper.  I was so happy to find 3 small boxes for the rectangles that I forgot to stack them.  Then I went to post them and Hunt 436 ended yesterday.  Ah, well, I got in some practice.  Now Hunt 437 is underway, you can join in here.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1397326

 The boxes are cute.  The navy blue one is Gene's Bulova watch box.  The green held a little glass elephant for my collection and the red and black held some pastels.

Gene had some fruit for snacks so that filled the spherical slot.  I didn't number them as it was too late to post.  Now to think of something for the new list.  Lots of food items.... that means lunch time!


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This post by John P. Weiss on FASO caught my eye.  John was a policeman and paints, sketches and writes.  He does police related cartoons.  This is a sentimental story and brought tears to my eyes.  Be prepared.  It is about putting value on yourself and your art.

http://faso.com/fineartviews/102562/memories-are-roses-in-our-winter

6 comments:

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

So wonderful to see you again Jo.. It's been way too long. I hope those pastels begin flowing again, metoophorically speaking, and more 'Jo' masterpieces are posted..
Take care my dear friend,
Rae

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

sounds like you had a great time at the meeting :)
nice colourful sketches. had to look up what Bulova meant, sounded really fancy :)

Jo Castillo said...

Rae, thank you so much. It was fun to see your demo and all the old friends. I bet your Spain trip will be a hoot.

Jennifer Rose, thanks. Bulova watches are very nice. I will have to blog about the watch. Another long story.....

Bag Blog said...

I like the colorful pastel sketches. They are bright and fun. My next project with my students is a watercolor/ pastel and maybe a lesson on Matisse.

Let's do a workshop in Spain. Gene can be our interpreter, but I will carry my own bags:)


The link/story was a tear-jerker.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, gosh that would be fun!! Spain, pastels and wine!

The story was neat, Weiss is a good writer. I started following his police cartoons and then got off track.

Hope your class goes well, I'm sure pastels will be fun.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

only watches I know of are Rolex and Seiko, long stories are good :D

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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