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Monday, March 21, 2016

To Blog or Not to Blog - Bluebonnet Sketch, Photos

To blog or not to blog?  Question of the day.  I am pretty sure I would not be able to just quit writing/posting my blog.  I have become to think of it as my old friend.  It is always here.  Listens to me without complaining and lets me share ideas with some friends.

I wasn't sure that I had anything to say for today.  I'm still not sure, but I did a sketch and needed to post it to the Scavenger Hunt 444 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1401520 and that gives me an excuse to post here.

I sketched with watercolors.  Unusual for me to start with the watercolor application.  I usually sketch with my pen and ink and add color.  Today I did a very, very loose pencil sketch just to find the middle of the page.  I added in color where I wanted it, then added the ink at the end.  I was using the little watercolor brush that holds water in the handle.  I was also sketching on drawing paper so not really water friendly. 

This equipment does not allow for a splashed around background, too wet for my paper so the background is a bit splotchy.  I will have to try this on some watercolor paper.  Maybe it will be more believable. 

Number 1, unique thing to your local area.  Bluebonnets are not unique to Bastrop, but are pretty unique to Texas and that is my local area, right?

I was prompted to go outside for this sketch so took some photos to give support to my sketch.

The field toward the westerly lake.  Not too many wildflowers yet and not too many leaves on the trees on the right.

Some Indian Paint Brush across the street.  They are so beautiful and show up at the same blooming time with the bluebonnets.  They are great together.

Our mini group of bluebonnets in the corner of the yard.  I keep hoping for more but the patch hasn't grown.

A close up of a Paint Brush in the yard.

One of those same little bluebonnets a few days ago.  The cold weather seems to have made them a darker blue.  Hmmm.


Bag Blog said...

I understand the blog question. It makes me feel like a professional quarterback - will he retire or won't he? Should he go out with a bang or a fizzle? I think I will just keep on posting as I feel like it. You are right about the blog being an old friend.

Your watercolor bluebonnets are just pretty great. They are just right detail and yet very painterly and journal-ly.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, thanks for conversing with me. I will keep on with my blog as long as it keeps going. This is the longest I have stuck with any type journal. I like my blog more than other social media.

Watercolor is another story, ha! Since I haven't been painting, I should practice it more. Appreciate advice and critiques.

wabbitt said...

I have 3 topic focused blogs. I don't care that anyone's reading. (Thank you for your visits, btw.) I'm going to write anyway, I'm going to sketch anyway. I've kept handwritten journals for a long time, but the online journals are often more convenient just for putting my thoughts down or sorting out the thoughts flying through my head. I just can't get into typing on the iphone--I have a journal app--so I do have a thin notepad I carry in my bag incase a keyboard isn't handy.

Jo Castillo said...

wabbit, Hi there! Fun to see you and your "stuff" once in a while. Your new printer pen is really nifty. Love how you experiment with so many things. Yes, we have to keep writing and creating. Thanks for the visit!

Joanna said...

I like the bluebonnet water color sketch! Of course. :-)

And, I'm glad you keep blogging. Very glad for that.

Jo Castillo said...

Hi, Joanna. Thanks. I'm pretty sure my blogging is a habit now, addictive it is!

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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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