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

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Apples Blossoms



Apple Blossoms

14x11in oil on canvas  SOLD

This one was done back during the actual blossom time.
I have painted blossoms in this vase before...in fact I do 
one every year because I love the combination.
It is larger than my typical daily painting so I did not
post it - it went straight to the Phillips Gallery here in Las Cruces.
A beautiful gallery and I feel so fortunate to
be in there. I rather liked the painting so
I was delighted to hear it had already sold.

Artist Note
Classes are finished for the summer and before
I take off for the month of July I am having some
extra shelving put in the classroom.
Quite a project. One of the members of the Guild
is a top-of-the-line carpenter and he offered his help.

First, he hung plastic sheeting to keep the dust 
out of the gallery area. 
It impressed the heck out of me, but then I remembered
he is also an artist and would think about that type of thing.
I moved my easel back 
there too so I could carry on painting.


Saw horses were erected and wood cut to size


Here he is patching an area.


 More to follow next week. Rich is off visiting his son
who is a Green Beret, for the weekend.

41 comments:

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    1. thank YOU, Martine. Your watercolor flowers are lovely.

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  2. So beautiful apple blossoms in an amazing composition !!!
    Have a nice weekend Julie !!!

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    1. Thank you and I love your ladybugs.
      You enjoy the weekend too.

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  3. I am amazed at the way each individual blossom is meticulously done and together they look so cohesive and beautiful Julie!

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    1. It is an optical illusion, Padmaja I only painted about four of the blossoms and the rest are suggested in true impressionistic style.
      Your sunset is a beautiful marvel.

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  4. Your work and Karen Bruson's are often sold before I even get to them on my blog roll each morning! I love this one; the braches with flowers are such a nice change of pace from flowers with stems and leaves.

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    1. It may seem that way but it is not always the case.
      Nice that you like this one. Thanks, Sherry.
      Your Mona Lisa was a fun way for me to start my morning. Hope you do some more along that line.

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  5. Lovely work Julie, I really like the warm background...it has a glow :)

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    1. Thanks leesa. Are you not blogging any more - just doing the Google+? I tried to see your latest work and could not find you.

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  6. Very nice to have a carpenter on hand!

    Have a good month off. It is well deserved and I bet you are going to come up with some beautiful work:)

    PS-the apple blossoms are lovely.

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    1. Thanks Libby.
      I hope I will.
      Watercolor/color theory makes for an interesting post.

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  7. Julie - no surprise to see that this lovely painting has already sold. You paint the things I love and with that beautiful impressionistic style. What a nice and thoughtful man to be doing your work at the gallery. He must be multi-talented as well. Hope you have a great week-end on your own. Maybe you can put your feet up and relax a bit. You certainly deserve it.

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    1. Thanks for the visit and kind words.
      I know we will both have a lovely weekend.
      Blessings.

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  8. Stunningly pretty Julie! I love fruit blossom of every sort - so evocative of spring. You have these flowers in the perfect vase!

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    1. Thank you Wendy. I have a collection of vases that over time I have learned what I like best in them. I just popped an artichoke flower in this vase and it struck my fancy so I may paint it. I love your daughters drawing of the lizard. Amazing how it just stayed there.

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  9. Hi Julie, Love the apple blossom painting. Everything you paint is so awesomel...love it! Looks like excitement is in the air for you. Look forward to hearing about your travels...enjoy!

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    1. I have really enjoyed your boat series. I know I would paint them if I lived there.

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  10. Such a delicate painting Julie and as always...your painterly vases are what makes your works so beautiful and recognizable for me.

    Yay for new shelves. A Green Beret? Wow.

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    1. Hi Lisa. Thanks for the nice complement. I loved your post today. Neat bunny.

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    1. I am still laughing from your imaginative post today. Way to go - Myra!

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  12. A beautiful painting, Julie. I'm not surprised it sold so quickly.

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    1. Hi Egretta, you raised an interesting subject about your art being copied. A complement but scarey it can happen. I will keep watching your blog for more info.

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  13. Another work of inspiration. Thank you.

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    1. I enjoy what you are painting, too, Blanche. Thanks for the visit.

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  14. I love the idea of revisiting the same subject for several seasons. Bringing all those lovely bits of color together is magic! Can't wait to see the shelving, looking for inspiration for some of my own new studio stuff this summer.

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    1. You are having a busy time what with the move and having to unpack. Glad you took time off to paint your latest fishing one. I always love the way you paint the water.

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  15. So happy for you that the painting is SOLD. And so happy for you .....a vacation month! Time to slow down and fill up. Enjoy.

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    1. It is a busy time of planning and changing - refueling after a busy schedule. I am planning to enjoy it.
      I like your hazy day painting, Helen. Don't have haze here. It is too dry.

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  16. Oh my, I envy that worker making things better in your Studio--! I bet it is going to be great. Speaking of great....that painting....wowser! Just gorgeous. :)

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    1. Hi Celeste. Thanks for the visit. All of last weeks paintings have have been beautifully painted. You inspire.

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    1. Thank you Sue. I loved your Walt Whitman quote and collage.

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  18. Blossoms do belong in that vase. Pattern against pattern is delightful. The painting reminds me of the stage settings in The Mikado, the Gilbert and Sullivan story. Your handy man is conscientious. The plastic he hung is called Visqueen by us in the business. Another thing to do is to seal off the air ducts and heat vents to prevent sawdust from going where you don't want it. Have a lovely Vacation Julie.

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  19. The Mikado - I can see it!
    Fun hearing your professional background coming through regarding the carpenters. He already had done the sealing. You know your stuff.
    I am enjoying following your posts on Alla Prima 11.

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  20. What a lovely painting. I especially admire the color contrasts. I can see why it sold so quickly!

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  21. I can see why this painting was sold, Julie! This is so beautiful ...the apple blossoms are the perfect subject!

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  22. Julie I hate I missed seeing you last week and I see when I return to Las Cruces you will be off. I did love visiting your shop and visiting the gallery down the street. I found your city beautiful....Marcia

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    1. I hated to miss you, too. Even though the studio is closed for July please Call me when you are in town next time.. Email me first and I will give you my phone number and we can plan on meeting. I travel to meet artists!.

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Julie