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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Plein Air Pastel and Watercolor Sketch for the Hunt

I actually painted today!  (Wednesday, but posting this tomorrow in the morning.)  Gene went for a trike ride and took a nap so I had about 3 hours to play in the paint.  It was pretty windy to start so Gene napped and I did the watercolor sketch.  Then the wind died down and Gene rode and I set up the easel for pastel work.

For Scavenger Hunt 500  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1429115
Number 6, live animal - these two mules were hanging around yesterday and today.  As soon as I got my sketchbook, away they went!  I did them mostly from memory and thought they would be back for the color part.  Wrong, they came back about four hours later.

I sketched the idea in pencil, then put on the watercolor of the landscape part and added the ink near the end.  I put the mules in after the rest and added their color.

For your learning experience, I forgot to leave the white for the snow so the tops of the mountain was sky color so the snow is not high to the top of the mountain as it should be.  I should have penciled that in so I wouldn't forget.  The mule on the left has his ears touching the bottom of the bush which is confusing.  The other one lines up his back with the fence almost, again confusing.  It is just a sketch and not planned as well as should be.  I rarely do watercolor so I am pleased with that part.

Vista, Plein Air Pastel on Canson card, 6 x 8 inches.  I am pretty pleased with it.  It is right outside our room, the mules were off to the right.  They stood by the pond for a long time yesterday.   First pastel in ages and ages.  Yay!

 Looking toward Durango from Highway 285 between  Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado

 I wonder what this rock and log thing was.  It looks a bit like a loading ramp that they had in Magdalena to load the old trains.  No tracks here, though.  Hmmm.


Bag Blog said...

I'm glad you got to paint. The pastel is very nice. I always love your water. The watercolor is especially nice. You seem to have a new style - I like it!

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Bag Blog. It was good to play it he dust. Watercolor, not so much, ha!

Joan Tavolott said...

Yay!!! A new pastel! Glad to see you were inspired to do a watercolor and a pastel. Nice!

Jo Castillo said...

Joan, thank you. It was very windy at first so started with watercolor . Finally I could set up the easel for the pastel..

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

love the landscape photos, so pretty looking :)

nice mule watercolour and glad you are pleased with it even after all the faults you pointed out that no one prob would have noticed ;)

great colours in the pastel :)

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer, thanks. I pointed out the errors as a learning experience. Hope it helps someone.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

it probably will :)

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, :-)

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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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