Achocalla, oil 20 x 16 inches
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Cry Me a River Over Bolivia
That old song came to mind when I was trying to think of a title for this post with "river" in it. Why, I wonder? Here is the song on YouTube I was thinking of sung by Julie London in 1964.
Nice version by Ella Fitzgerald, too.
We went for a walk by our western lake this morning and I stopped and sketched in my travel sketchbook with the Micron 02. There is a patch of cattails on the side by the flat bridge and I decided that I hadn't sketched that view before.
Number 4, river - I substituted the lake for a river. The sketch is slanted a bit going downhill on the left, so could be a river running that way, right?
Number 5, green - the trees, grass and cattails. The long flat bridge keeps you out of the mud when you walk around the lakes after a good rain or two. They are awfully low at the moment. There is some sort of stuff floating on the water, brown color. Not good. The day was sunny but hazy, the water had green reflections and the sky color was pretty gray.
Joan Tavolott, wet canvas artist friend, sketched and thought of me! Thanks so much, Joan. Check out her La Paz, Bolivia, music sketch.
The sketch does remind me of the market streets, narrow, uphill and downhill. The large llama is made of reeds from Lake Titicaca, the flutes in the box are tarkas made of wood or heavy reeds. The ones on the wall are pan flutes, sampoñas made of the reeds. The guitars on the wall are probably charangos, made from armadillo shells or to look like armadillo shells.
Here's a song with a tarka and a sampoña. I can't imagine how much air it takes to blow the huge sampoña at 12,000 feet above sea level!
Well, I'm homesick now. We lived in La Paz about 13 years split in two tours. It was my favorite place to live. It is like living in the mountains in New Mexico only twice the altitude. Temperature in the daytime about 70-75 and 45-50 at night. Sweatshirt weather. Loved the people, too. Jennie and Larry are our Bolivian children. Loved the bread and other food. Ah, the memories. Thanks, Joan.
Achocalla, oil 20 x 16 inches
Some of other paintings, sketches and stories can be found with a search for Bolivia at the top of my blog.
Not all of course, that is a lot of years to cover. Would require a whole book.
- Jo Castillo
- Bastrop, Texas, United States
- 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
#inktober (27) #inktober2019 (27) abstract (1) Acrylic Paintings (72) Arizona (3) Art House Project (14) artist (82) artist blogger (326) artist bloggerinstruction (1) artist blogger instruction (14) artist blogger instruction (17) artist blogger instruction (26) artist friend (3) at (1) Balloons (1) Baseball (183) Bastrop Sketchers (9) Bastrop TX (34) Bolivia (5) Calendar (1) Canada (3) Challenge (5) Charity Events (67) chile (4) classes (2) coaster sketch (3) colored pencil (33) computer art (5) DailyPaintworks Auction (3) demo video (4) Digital Painting (9) doodle (1) exhibit (131) Figure (4) Fine Art Friends (3) Floweb browsing (1) Flowers (33) food (10) Footwork (1) fused glass (3) Gallery (1) gluten free (5) Golden Open paints (2) Golf (12) House Concert (1) iMac Sketch (1) Inktense (2) instruction (61) iPad Sketch (81) iPad sketches (71) iPhone painting (3) iPhone sketch (17) Jo's Notion (9) Jo's Thoughts (275) Landscapes (137) Marines (25) marketing (3) meme (6) Music (56) New Mexico (128) Nonsense (2) Oil Painting (69) Oil Pastel (1) painting buddies (1) PanPastel works (3) Pastel (25) Pastel Demo (60) Pastel Paintings (382) pastel sketch (61) Pastels (10) pears (3) Peru (1) Photo (83) Photos (815) Plein air painting (55) poll (1) pottery (2) Powwow (3) Recipe (5) restaurants (6) scenery (17) Sculptor (7) sculpture (4) seascape (2) sketch (4) Sketches (1319) snow (2) Still Life (35) Stu (1) Studio (26) Texas (49) Trees (35) tribute (5) Unsorted (7) videos (4) watercolor (73) web browsing (262) web page (11) wetcanvas (1) WIP work in progress (12) workshop (8) World Blog Hop (2) Yesterfest (2) zentangle (1)