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Friday, February 09, 2018

Hunting for 529 in Pastel

Yesterday was a beautiful day, warm and sunny.  Today is warmish but cloudy and gloomy.  Gene rode his recumbent trike so I got out the pastels and sketched for Scavenger Hunt 529.

Number 10, column - one of the corners of the house.
Number 11, architecture - the roof and the building in the back

I was outside about an hour by the time I finished.  Actual time on the sketch was probably about 30 minutes, give or take.   I did not want to make a painting.  The Canson MeTeintes paper was used on the rough side, so I just turned it over.  That paper does not take many layers so that is about as finished as I could get without dragging out softer pastels.  I was using just my plein air or traveling pastels.

And a look at the actual corner.

Sketching was a practice, warm-up, study time event.  With the internet we have turned it into another genre of art for creating journals, blogs, coloring books, etc.  Do you sketch regularly? 

For me, sketching has been practice and homework.  Maybe a pass time when traveling. I doodled a lot which is now called Zentangle.  I still doodle when I listen to the baseball games at home.   I did not sketch regularly at home until I started my blog and sketching for the Scavenger Hunts way back in 2006.  My style hasn't changed much over the years, but I sketch more quickly and a tad more accurately if I put my mind to it.  It is good for my painting.  It has almost become fun!  You should try it.


Joan Tavolott said...

Nice pastel of this corner. Sketching is so important. I know artists who never sketch...and I just don't understand that. It is like doing a ballet without any warmup. lol

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Joan. Great analogy. Drawing is important even if you do abstracts.

Lou Baggett said...

Yesterday was beautiful and warm. Today is in the 30's. I like that you got outside to paint. Setting up art stuff is half the battle for me.

Jo Castillo said...

Lou, dawned on me a few days ago you went from Bag Blog to Lou. I like it.
The temps have been weird. It is cold here today. High 30s-low 40s. Yuck.
I do not like setting up, I have enjoyed the studio so I can leave the pastels out. I love oil painting, but you need an hour after to clean brushes and put away everything. Not fun. Thanks for stopping by.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

i'm overrun by piles of paper with random sketches on them, most are crap tho lol

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, I can just imagine your sketches, you do many projects! Thanks for stopping in.

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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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