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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Yay! An Almost Pastel Painting!

Yesterday was the plein air painters day.  It was about 46 degrees or so at 10:00 a.m. when we started to paint.  We are a bit wimpy so we decided to do a still life in the Art Center again.  I'm sure to all the plein air folks up north,  that would have been a balmy day and they would have loved to be outside, working away.

I took my pastels to sketch/paint with.  I'm a bit burned out on sketching and using the watercolors.

The set up was a skull from a small deer that Joan brought.  I thought it was a bit colorless so added some pots "hand made" from my memory.

I started on a "new" piece of tan Pastelbord.  Brown and tan are not my colors so I knew I was going to cover the tan.  I didn't do an under painting with water which is what I would have normally done.  It would still be waiting to dry and you know me about waiting for paint to dry.

Joan's Skull and Jo's Pots
Pastel on Pastelbord, 14 x 11 inches

The results of about an hour and a half with the pastels.  I'm happy with the over all effect.  I will ponder the idea of finishing it for framing.  The cloth and horns need work.  In real life the horns in my painting are darker.  I would also make the cloth a bit more cloth-like. 

I'm thinking that part of the reason I feel it is a pretty good start is that I didn't know what we were going to paint.  I approached it like a sketch not worrying about whether it would be a good painting or not.  I used my easel and stood to paint.   Hmmm. 

We went to lunch at Macocos again.  It was good, Mexican food in the Yucatan style.  After that I met Gene at the food trailer by the Art Center and we sat outside while he had a hamburger and I drank a Coke from Mexico with real sugar.  It was a good day.


Joanna said...

Love this!

Regina Burchett said...

This looks great, Jo - I love the pots you just came up with! I think the colors are excellent.

Jo Castillo said...

Joanna and Regina, thank you so much. It was almost fun painting. Evil grin.

Bag Blog said...

I'm not big on painting skulls and such, but this worked well for you. I think it is the colors and boldness and contrasts that make it really nice. You did good!

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, I would not have picked a skull either so maybe that was why it was easy and I wasn't worried what it would look like. I like the painting over all. ;)

Rose Welty said...

Looks good Jo! I think you are happier with the pastels...that plays into it too. Bravo!

Jennifer Rose said...

great contrast in colours :)

46F/7C is a bit6 chilly to be out drawing lol

Jo Castillo said...

Hi, Rose. Thanks a bunch. Your new works are super!

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, thank you. I'm glad you agree with me on the temps!

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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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