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Monday, October 29, 2018

Yes, I'm Still Here

 Boy, I let painting slide and now I'm letting sketching and posting slide.  What's up with that?

I did sketch for Scavenger Hunt 562.  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1455908

Number 1, fruit - Working on my watercolor skills which are basic at the moment.  The apple isn't bad, I love to paint apples.  In real life it is a bit tomato like.  Jennie said my pear needs help.  Well I need help so am practicing and taking a class.  Right?  Watercolor in a watercolor sketchbook about 7 x  10 inches.

We have been to a few music events in the meantime. 

Thursday morning they had a big event at the Lost Pines Art Center.  Hannibal Lakumbe gave a workshop (One of 5 I believe)  introducing the band kids to  his love for jazz.  He has played in many great orchestras and written many pieces.  He had one of the students play on her clarinet and he and a piano player, drummer, singer and himself on trumpet.  The student had her part on paper and he let her play through and then took away her music and told her to play with feeling.  Fun...  He is a resident something with the Philadelphia Philharmonic at the moment so he is picking 2 students to go with him to his opening.  He is on page 72 of the score.  (You can check him out on YouTube)

"Healing Tones" Master Workshop
L-R Brannen Temple (drums), Hannibal Lokumbe (trumpet), James Robinson (vocals), Michael Stevens (stand up bass), Red Young (piano), and Akin Francis  (Photo from facebook Lost Pines Art Center)

We went to The Bugle Boy (thebugleboy.org) in La Grange Friday night to see Terri Hendrix and Susan Gibson.  They are super performers on their own and were so much fun together.  They both write great tunes and play multiple instruments.  Wow!
Then on Saturday afternoon we we went to Austin to the Saxon Pub to see George Ensle.  He has a beautiful voice and writes great ballads.  He wrote Gene's birthday song as you may recall.  I put a few short videos on Instagram

Some great advice for your mailing list is found on the RedDotBlog by Jason Horejs, owner of Xanadu Gallery.  This is about follow up for sales.  He has great posts about the business/gallery side of art.


The sun came out for a couple of days.

The sunrise on Thursday I think, you can see the moon in the upper right photo.  It was opposite the main sunrise.

Whew, hope you didn't give up.....


Rose Welty said...

Good on you Jo for pushing through with watercolor! Looks like it is coming together.

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Rose. It is completely different for me. I like the abstracty things you've shown on facebook/instagram lately. Pretty.

Joan Tavolott said...

Nice to see you are continuing with your watercolors. I think you're doing well. Yes, the pear lacks the definition of the apple but apples has such strong colors to help them stand out...not like the poor pears. That's a bit unfair I think. :) Sounds like you had a musical weekend. The article makes a lot of sense. I downloaded it to save and will have to go check out his other articles.

Bag Blog said...

I love your watercolor! Do I see Christmas cards in your future?

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

lots of nice fruit :) your apple looks really shiny, the pear probably needs a bit more shading, but you are right, you are taking the class to learn :)

Jo Castillo said...

Joan, watercolor class again today. See what happens. Skipping plein air this morning, rainy, not as brave as you to go out in the rain! Jason has a great blog and advice. Thanks.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, no Christmas cards! Maybe a note once in a while. Ha. Need a lot more practice. Thanks.

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Jennifer Rose. I'll have that homework reviewed today. Yikes!

hmuxo said...

Love this watercolor Jo!!! I love the apple..... I would like to do a still life painting. I took so many photos when I visited Sedona that I would love to tackle.....a change from portraits!!! You're inspiring me!!!!

Jo Castillo said...

hmuxo, there is much to learn from painting still life. It is like plein air as you can see color in shadows and decide what to put in or leave out. Changing the composition for the best presentation. You have the best foundation for shadows from painting from life in your portraits. Have fun.

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