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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pastel, Tablet and Other Sketches, Photos

My days are running together.  (It's the altitude .. see previous post)  I have to think to remember when and why.

Scavenger Hunt 507.  One of the items on Scavenger Hunt 507 was a waterscape.  There are a few lakes around here, the closest is Monte Verde lake which I have painted before.  I got out the pastels to do a sketch because water is easier to show in color.  It was pretty breezy and the lake was not very pretty, but today was the last day of the Hunt so I stuck with it.  This was sketched yesterday, August 15.

For Scavenger Hunt 508

Number 10, waterscape - Monte Verde Lake boathouse.  Choppy water.  It is a sketch done in about an hour on blackish Canson pastel card.

And the photo of the scene.... bit of a different angle.  Gene met me there and we drove back home.

Number 11, related to car - part of the dashboard with some toys, sketched while waiting for Gene on his trike.  He rode to Eagle Nest and then we had lunch and drove back.
Number 12, something that relaxes you - being in the mountains.

I went to exercise this morning.  That was fun.  The Essentrics class was held outside where they have the Farmer's market.  Beautiful morning and stretches mostly.  Anyone going by might have thought we were doing Tai-chi.   Class was free, another bonus.   When we finished, Gene came by and said he was riding to Eagle Nest so we made the deal for lunch.

I forgot to bring my travel sketchbook as previously mentioned so I stopped at the Dollar Store hoping to find some sort of tablet or spiral with blank sheets.  I didn't hold out hope for a sketchbook.  I actually found one!  It is a Little Fingers Sketch Pad with 50 sheets of paper, 9 x 12 inches.  They also had some fine line Sharpie pens so I got that to sketch with while waiting for Gene.  Nifty!  It is not very sturdy but I can take something to make the back firm .. Gene's clipboard or a puzzle book!

I haven't been doing many puzzles.  No time.


Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

really like how the paper colour of that pastel comes through, gives it an old rustic look :)

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Jennifer Rose. Pastels, well, any medium is affected by the surface and colors around it. Always a challenge.

Bag Blog said...

There is a little art store in Taos back off the Plaza on Ranchitos. I googled that to find the street name, since I rarely pay attention to names. There was also a toy store with some art supplies called Tiovivo's (tio vivo's) which used to be on the corner near the plaza, but has been gone from there for a long time. It was my kid's favorite store. Jesse walked passed it on her way home from school and often got sidetracked there. If you find the store on Ranchitos, it might be fun to see. I thought it was gone completely, but I guess not.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag, Blog, thanks. I love that Jesse liked art stores when she was little. She is so talented. I will check out the art store. Artisans used to be there and told me they were closing a few years ago. Still show a phone number so will call when it is time. Jesse makes me smile.

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