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Monday, February 15, 2016

Pastel Sunset and Basket Sketches

My niece, Carolyn, and I made a pact a long, long time ago.   She would make me a basket and I would paint a sunset for her.  She made me a beautiful egg basket a few years ago.   I have procrastinated on painting her sunset much longer than I care to admit.

While I was putting up the entries on the Austin Pastel Society show a couple of weeks ago, I thought about what to paint to enter the contest.  Hmmm.  I had a couple of beautiful sky photos of Magdalena Mountain where we grew up.  That would be perfect for Carolyn.  I painted in pastels and entered it.  It wasn't selected for the show so I can now show it to you and also send it to Carolyn as I planned.  Finally!!

 Trails End
Pastel on Kitty Wallis sanded paper
12 x 9 inches
to be framed in an old barn wood frame

I sketched the egg basket a few times.  It is so special.  She wrote about it as well.  She made baskets from local ivy and honeysuckle.  My basket was her first numbered and signed basket made from a kit in her learning experience in 1995.  That is so cool!

Here are a couple of my sketches of the basket.  They don't do it justice.

And the egg basket.  It is just beautiful, don't you agree?

Memories of days gone by are so special as I get older.  So, now you know the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say.

My brother-in-law, Roger, sent me this link.  Amazing art.  I like the way the artist trims the finished piece, makes it even more three dimensional.

3D Drawings by Stefan Pabst


Joan Tavolott said...

Lovely sunset you painted for her. Her egg basket is super!!! Talent must run in the family!

Loved the link...his drawings are so realistic!

Bag Blog said...

That sunset may be my new favorite of your paintings! I love the light. The basket is pretty cool too.

Jo Castillo said...

Joan, thank you. Pabst is a very interesting artist.

Bag Blog, thanks. I wonder if the baskets didn't have flat bottoms so the eggs didn't roll around? I'll have to ask Carolyn.

hmuxo said...

I love "trails end" Jo. Beautiful light. I've always wanted to work with Wallis paper...I think I would like to try. The egg basket is a winner as well!!!

CarolynM said...

Auntie Jo, your sunset painting is BEAUTIFUL!!! And I am so glad you are enjoying your egg basket!! Yes, the curved sides hold eggs in place perfectly and is ideal for transporting eggs.

The 3D art link from Roger is amazing, the paintings look so real!

Jo Castillo said...

hmuxo, Thank you so much. If you try Wallis beware if you use your fingers to blend. The surface will file off your fingerprints! It holds many layers!

Carolyn, hey there. Thank you, too! Hugs.

CarolynM said...

Auntie Jo, hugs right back to you! :)

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

a hah! thats what the baskets mom had were,mystery solved lol

gorgeous sunset work :D

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, always happy to help solve a mystery! My mom was a sunset fan and it rubbed off!

Joanna said...

Love the painting and the basket.

And, that 3D stuff is pretty amazing. I'm fascinated by the fact that he worked on the glass while upside-down! Crazy.

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Joanna. That 3D art is pretty nifty and captivating.

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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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