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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Art of Another Color - Pastel Sketch

Ballet is art in a different medium with a different color for your spirit.  Enid Wood, www.enidwood.com, took me to Ballet Austin on Friday morning.  It was a practice session.  I went with her a few years ago and we tried sketching.  It is an hour long program as a preview to their big event in April.  We decided not to sketch and just watch and absorb.

The event, Exit Wounds,  is April April 6 and 7 at the Long Center.  It is about courage.  Stephen Mills, Artistic Director, dedicates this work to his mom who passed away some time ago.  We saw three of the dances.  The music was beautiful with a sad and haunting sound.  Put together with the music and graceful expressive dancers it was really nice.  https://balletaustin.org/
Taken from the website:  The title, Exit Wounds, refers to the idea that when those we love and those who have influenced us exit this life, they take with them unrecoverable and intrinsic elements while leaving with us positive memories and important lessons.
I hope you get to go and let me know what you think.

I'm slow on the draw for Scavenger Hunt 535.

I felt like some color in my morning and got out the pastels.  Well they are out already.  I leave them ready to go.  That is a wonderful thing about having the studio.  I should keep my workspace decluttered, I might be more inspired.  My worktable is a magnet for anything with no place else to go.  I regress....

Number 2, teddy bear or doll
Number 3, crumbled paper (challenge, use lined paper)

I took a few photos in Austin:

 The rodeo is in town and this was one of the champion calves coralled near Austin City Limits.

 Willie Nelson's sculpture outside Austin City Limits.  You can see the corrals to the left.

 The door to Manuel's, a Mexican restaurant that is an icon in Austin.  I like the door, of course.

A peek down Congress avenue.


Rosemary said...

Hi Jo, Always enjoy visiting with you! Loved reading about the ballet! Wish I could see "Exit Wounds". Coming here is always an inspiration. One minute you make me want to grab the sketch pad and the next, drag out the pastels! Sketching on the i-phone? I have only a 5s and too small to sketch. What a great job you do!! I do have apps on the i-Pad but have not used them. My bad! Well, as usual stayed to long. Really enjoyed visiting Austin with you! So much to see!

Happy Easter to you and Gene!

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Rosemary. Good to see you as well. We might get to San Antonio in a couple of weeks and I will see Susan Carlin .. isn't that how we got together? Congrats again on your awards and new supplies. Anxious to hear about your new studio!

Jo Castillo said...

Rosemary, I started sketching on Gene's first iPhone, but have used the iPad more since I got that. This bigger phone is better than the old ones .. spacewise. They change the apps and I go so long between that I have to learn all over again. Heh, heh. My excuse anyway.

Bag Blog said...

It has been a while since I have seen ballet. Years ago, Jesse and I went to see Tulsa Ballet put on Cinderella. It was funny - in lots of ways.

I spend lots of time decluttering my work space so that I can get to the space. It is a deterrent. Sometimes I put things away and can't find them when I need them and spend lots of time looking - another deterrent. Sometimes I find things that I lost - Yay!

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, ballet was never in our world. The dancers are in amazing shape and beautiful to see. I understand it takes a great toll on the body and feet. There were dance lessons offered in Magdalena when I was a kid. I think I went to tap class and ended up in the ceramics painting class.

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