Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cloudy Day

Cloudy Day

8x6in  oil on canvas panel $125. SOLD

This was painted plein air last week.
We actually had some welcome rain

Artist Note.

The front area was painted very abstractly.
just shapes of color and values to suggest
growth. As the painting is "site specific" I
tried to make it recognizable as the
Organ Mountains, but fudged on proportions
to fit my emotional response to light and shadow.
Fast - all done with palette knife.

Following my last post on the hurtful
critique where a peer said he would puke
if he saw one more mountain painting - a
wonderful and hilarious suggestion by send a postcard of my painting
and write
... here...just for you...have a puke!
Love it, love it, love it! Thanks Celeste.
Brilliant. Wish I had the nerve to do it,
but just  the thought has been fun.
celeste bergin paints FABULOUS landscapes.
Check her out.

I received many excellent comments putting
into perspective the critique issue.
Very helpful and thank YOU all.

I am going to give away a painting in my
next post which will wrap up the year.


  1. Oooooh, LOVE this!

    Best wishes for a very Happy New Year, Julie.

    So glad to have you for a blogging friend - you're a pleasure to know!

  2. Love the mountain painting, got a lovely abstract feel to it.
    Art is a sensitive subject, what is art? etc. I think what one paint isn't as important as how you paint it. From my point of view, art shall be fun, personal and make the viewer feel something. I rather do things that some love and others hate, than something that is nice and boring.
    That doesn't mean that I am right and others wrong, everyone has a point of view.

    You are bold, personal and absolutely not boring. =)

    I wish you a Happy and Creative New Year!


  3. Lovely shapes and colors. Feels hopeful, with the bits of pinkish.

  4. The richness of the foreground is amazing. Sometimes fast is just what is called for. Powerful landscape! Puke not!

  5. Richness of color and brushwork and they support each other beautifully! Love catching up with your blog, the feather ornament as well as the comments on critique. Celeste is right on as usual!

  6. I REALLY LIKE what you have done here!
    The texture really work...Happy 2014 : )

  7. I am mesmerized by the textures in this gorgeous painting, Julie!! I so think mountains are beautiful and miss seeing them as I could when I lived in Washington. I wonder why this range is called "Organ" Mountains...I know there must be a story there...

  8. The mood of this is lovely!!! (I agree with Celeste!)

  9. I love your piece , Julie! The elements at work on the earth!

    The "Puker" should just move on if he sees some piece of art he doesn't like. Don't tear it off the wall. Because soon someone will come along who has every right to see it...and will adore it. Don't condemn any genre of art.

  10. love this painting too! love the colors and textures!

  11. Julie - fabulous painting with lovely colors. Celeste's comment made me smile too. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  12. You can really get some atmosphere going! Great job:) I'd just love to see those mountains in person too:)

    Have a great start to your New Year. Thanks for all of the wonderful posts this year:)

  13. Julie, I so admire your boldness. The confidence your show with brushwork or palette knife is wonderful. You are a true inspiration to me and it has been a continuing pleasure to visit your blog and feast my eyes on your work. Thank yo. And thank you for your always encouraging words to me. I wish you and your family a wonderful New Year!

  14. Gosh, this really makes me want to get myself outside to paint! Just a wonderful image.

  15. Wonderfully colorful for a rainy day painting and I love the texture.

    Wishing you and yours blessings at Christmas and for 2014!

  16. I hate to keep missing your blog, Julie, My New Year resolution is to try to stay in contact with my blogging friends.

    Have a Very Happy and Successful New Year!

  17. You captured that unique light that falls onto mountains which I adore! I am in love with that bit of blue in the far back mountain and the way you lead us into the painting. It is breathtaking!
    I always appreciate the encouragement you show all artists that visit your blog! Your positivity is reflected in your paintings, in any subject you choose.
    My best wishes for a happy New Year!

  18. hahaha!! thanks for the mention, Julie! I love this painting! That man ---! I've met a lot of people like him! ugh. Glad you listened to yourself and not him! :)

  19. for ever changing view ... beautiful .....wishing you a very Happy New Year Julie !


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