Author Archives: bjdecastro
Ranchita Arroyo Grande Morning – Middle Values
Â Next I start working on the middle values. First is the background.Â I pull out my number 1 filberts, rounds and flats to put in the shapes. Working back to front, I move toward the middle ground and then lay in the first layers of the pasture.Â As I move forward…the brushes get bigger. After … Continue reading
Ranchita Arroyo Grande Morning – Underpainting done
The underpainting is done and just in time for the weekend.Â I will let it dry for the next few days before I beginÂ again. I made sure I was pleased with the distance mountain range and the far edge of the property on the horizon before I quit for the day.Â These areas must be … Continue reading
Ranchita Arroyo Grande Morning – Underpainting
I finally get to enjoy the wonderful smell of my oil paints and feel the brushes in my hands.Â ;)Â Â I begin the underpainting. Oak trees are the most amazingly shapedÂ trees on the planet and probably the most fun to paint.Â It almost looks like I have tried to finish the foreground tree trunk…but no.Â Â … Continue reading
Ranchita Arroyo Grande Morning – Compositional sketch to canvas
Â Starting a new piece is always exciting, but you can’t get your hands in the paint, until all the compositional details are worked out. This landscape was more of a portait of a property than anything else, so I had to be true to the elements in the piece.Â But I did take artist … Continue reading
Ranchita Arroyo Grande Morning
Starting a new piece called, Ranchita Arroyo Grande Morning.Â It will tell a story of one of the most serene places I have ever been to in my life. “The Making Of..” pics will follow soon.
ARS makes Photobucket finally comply
I wish I would have found ARS sooner! Since March of 2011 (almost a year!), I have been form-filling and letter writing trying to get my copyrighted artworks off of Photobucket’s website. ARS stepped in…and in 1 day, yes, I said it, 1 day…they got Photobucket to comply. Thank you ARS! Fellow Artists…if you have … Continue reading
Capriole, Vienna, by Bj. deCastro – Featured Painting!
Capriole, Vienna, by Bj. deCastro, was the Featured Art-Of-The-Day painting at Azoony!
Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy by Bj. deCastro gets facetime in a nice Italy 528 review!
Italy 528 received a really nice write-up in the epicurian section of The Age magazine in Austrailia, which featured a photo of the wall-sizedÂ print of deCastro’s painting that was custom-made for the restuarant. http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/italy-528-20111024-1mfks.html?postedRating=successful&assetId=2726496
“Thank You Bj…The journey we took together to design my logo of Old Growth Oak Morgans was one that I will always treasure. You placed on canvas a picture of the devotion and passion I feel for this breed. You are not only a talented world reknown artist but a fantastic writer and friend. I … Continue reading
“Your paintings vividly capture the spirit…”
“My browsing the web led me to your site. I love the way you take inspiration from the many beautiful places you’ve seen in your travels. Your paintings vividly capture the spirit of these places and make me yearn to once again meander through the cobblesone streets of Rome, or while away the hours in … Continue reading »