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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Always Apples Pastel Sketch

Apples are always what I choose when I don't know what to paint or have no umph to paint anything.  I call them my fallback item.  I like painting with red.  Apples are my favorite.  Tomatoes would be a close second but I have no good tomatoes to paint at the moment.  Oh, and geraniums are pretty special.

I had a piece of Pastelmat in size 8 x 6 inches.  Perfect for a quick pastel sketch.  I use any pastel, but this paper doesn't hold a lot of pastel so used some Sennelier to finish with.  They are very soft and creamy.

Always Apples
Pastel on  
Black Pastelmat
8 x 6 inches

This sketch also served for Scavenger Hunt 623

Number 2, yellow  I used association to find my item.  Yellow to banana to fruit to apple.  Actually I did reverse association because I knew I wanted to paint the apple.  Probably not kosher but suited my purpose.

Painting  your fallback subject is another good way to be inspired to paint.  Yesterday I tried using a new media.  Today a favorite item and a favorite medium.

Here are some of the old reds I like....  I have sketched apples and red many times more for the Scavenger Hunts.
Salsa Stuff

 Cherries for red in a Scavenger Hunt.
 My red boots.

 Another red for the Scavenger Hunts.

 Angel Geraniums

 Something red and clear.


 Cutting Up


 Potted Geraniums

Ivy's Apples

 All Washed Up

Goin' Red


Joan Tavolott said...

Lots of lovely reds in these. I don't do apples very often. I stopped buying them because they kept going bad on me because I would put them in the fridge and forget about them. Maybe I need to keep them out on the counter.

Jo Castillo said...

Joan, thank you so much. We do the same with fruit. If you leave it out is turns quickly but in the fridge is forgotten. I like veggies more than fruit. Gene is the fruit eater ... when he remembers.

Bag Blog said...

Jesse always says, "Paint it big. Pant it red! Everyone will like it."

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, thanks for stopping in. Jesse paints big beautifully! I haven't painted anything big in ages. May take that on.....

Jennifer Rose said...

very shiny looking apples :)

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, thanks, I do like to paint apples and other red things. I'm not as fond of eating apples. I like them peeled or cooked with a bit of cinnamon.

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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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