Personal Art Blog

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Working Colander!



The Red Colander
6x8in oil on canvas panel $150.
Purchase SOLD

ARTIST NOTE
I have painted my colander so many times.
It is an old friend
Easy to paint?...nope!
But definitely invigorating fun.

It has taken longer than I  expected!
 I thought I was off and running
back to painting BUT...noooo!
This one was a struggle
 and only finally, am I pleased with it.
The colander is the star so the blueberries
could not dominate. That meant a sheen 
but not the shine from wet ones.
Try that and see what I mean.


I guess I couldn't expect to resume
easily after such an intense
period of moving.
Emotional as well as exhausting.
My heart has to be in
its right place to paint well.

Another aggravating thing is that my
 Google account
has to be signed into
after every single visit to a blogger...
It happened after an update.
Bummer. I comment on a blog
and up it comes this unfriendly command
asking for account and password
but then wipes off what I wrote.
The weird thing is
I have to comment something
 before the command pops up.
Anyone have any hints?



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

.Hydrangeas.



Hydrangeas 
8x6' oil primed linen on panel   SOLD


Artist Note.
I recently moved and a good friend
brought over a magnificent
Hydrangea plant. Another friend brought
me a Calla Lily plant
so I was in hog heaven painting
both of them. 

This was a class demo and went
 much easier than the first one!





Friday, March 30, 2018

Calla In The Hydrangeas



Calla In The Hydrangeas
8"x6"  oil on canvas panel $150.Sold.


A Happy Easter or A Happy Passover
A special time for us all.

Artist Note

The move is over and we
are almost settled in...that is
not exactly right....my hubby settled in 
the very first hour of the second day!
Good to see him so happy.

I have missed my painting terribly.
I have still been teaching regularly but
my quiet painting time 
has been zip.
For me, it doesn't flow back right away. 
It takes several sessions of an intensive
submersion. 
Are any of you the same way?

Anyway - this painting was the 12th
try on the same subject. Ha!
The hydrangeas changed a lot
but the lily stayed pretty much the same
for the duration.

P.S.

I did paint kitchen cabinets and walls
but it is definitely not the same joy!



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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine!


Repost

Artist Note

Happy Valentine's Day to YOU

...and my wonderful,
amazing New Mexico. It is not called
The Land Of Enchantment for nothing.
I love it and am grateful I found it...
or it found me!

Lots of sorting out and making floor plans.
I feel like an architect! 
We are being professionally moved.
Downsizing sounds easy
but we have to make sure 
everything fits
and accessories like 
lamps and paintings
have a home.
Or...
we will have to pay to move
what doesn't fit - out.

Enjoy your day.
If you don't have a Valentine
please remember
the most 
precious one of all is YOU!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

orchid study

Orchid Study
6x8in oil on canvas panel NFS

Artist Note
Repost...
this one goes back years.

The first time I painted an orchid
I knew I would have
to get really familiar with its structure. 
Their center is very intricate and precise...
not easy for someone like me
who paints very loosly.

I don't think I ever posted this study 
when I finished it because I
wanted to keep it for future reference.


We have a moving date!
Let Heaven and Angels Sing!


House appraised full VA loan 
and a lovely family will be moving into
what has been our very happy home.

 Moving in two weeks.
Downsizing from 2500sq ft
to 850sq ft!!!
hahahahahahaha

  Think of me, please, and
remember us in your prayers or
just send good vibes 
for a smooth move. 

This will be my last post 
until after
it is all over with.
Well, maybe one for Valentines Day!

I will keep posting my 
old images on Instagram
juliefordoliverart
just to keep my name out there.

Happy painting days
😍 good friends. 



Thursday, February 1, 2018

Adding Phthalo!


Adding Phthalo

9x8 oil on Black Canvas

Work in Progress.

Artist Note.

A repost.

A more decorative style painting
with a brighter palette.

Artist Note.

This was a demo using

Thalo instead of Ultramarine
Magenta instead of Perm Alizarin.

First, I paint right on the front of 
the clear glass jug 
with my Phthalo blue and then a
bit of the yellow  to make it greener
for another layer in the middle.

Why?...because I didn't
have anything in the right color
large enough to hold the peonies.

Above showing the 
painted front of a clear glass jug

A quick block-in

The black canvas
makes it easy to get the value pattern

This is still based on a
limited palette but replacing the
Ultra blue and Alizarin.
REASON?
Sometimes, what you need/want to paint
cannot be managed with just one
limited palette. 
If you are painting near the coast for 
example, the aqua of the water
will need a green/blue.

Lively spring greens have a freshness
which the red in the Ultramarine blue
neutralizes too much. 

To make clear purples the Phthalo needs 
a cooler red than even the Alizarin
 so a substitute
with the Magenta works perfectly.
Here is the limited  palette
for this painting.

Cad Yellow light
Orange 
Magenta
Phthalo Blue
Black
Titanium White



Monday, January 29, 2018

How I changed an old painting - repost.


Classical still life  AFTER changes

20"x16"  oil on canvas  - unfinished

FIRST Version - below















ARTIST NOTE
This was painted
after taking a
workshop from
Qiang Huang and I was quite pleased
a few with areas of it but this was
back before
I started to use my
Fracturing Technique.
The only parts I
liked were the
brush marks
on the lower cloth.
I copied exactly what he did
because I love Qiang's brushwork!
After some time
the analytical part of my brain kicked in.






















Look at the way
it is all lined up.
DUH....
what was I thinking!
Have to learn to watch
out for the tangents.

I lightly sanded
the old surface then
rubbed a little
linseed oil with a
small amount of
Gamsol added.














I changed the
shape of the vase
 into a pitcher so it
would curve into
the painting and also
moved it in from the
edge. I lowered one
of the peaches and
got rid of the middle
lemon in the small
bowl.  I brought
forward the base of
the small dish holding
the lemon slices by
making it deeper so
it no longer lined up
with the grape.















Then I made the back wall
lighter so the jug would fit
into the passage of light.
I needed to move the
eye around and away
from the top right of
the painting so I
added a slice near the
left edge. I intend to fill
out more of the eucalypti
stalk later. I added fresh
paint all over so I could
start to fracture.

At this point the painting starts to speak to me and I listen.
I have to ask myself what I like and what I do NOT like.
Looking at it in the mirror I decide I should dump it.
BUT...darn it, I have a class I am doing this in front of
so  I will have to ...
excuse me,
but I cannot resist...Keep Calm and Carry On!

I realize I do NOT like the dark area of grapes PLUS
the lower two dark corners. It was like having an arrow
pointing down off the bottom!

What to do? Does it matter?
I decided it did - if only as a valuable learning experience.
I wanted more color...and for it not to be so stiff.
This was a personal taste issue more than correction.
I already had some clementines
so I changed the grapes into an orange and lemon
then automatically the peaches appeared to change
just by using the leaves to make them become clementines.
I took the cloth all the way to one corner and
added the fringe to break up the large dark area
...still to be perfected.








The image above shows developing the fringe.
I ended up taking it further back on the table
Placing the glass over it first to make corrections
on the glass see if I would like it






















I know I have to do some finessing in
several areas to satisfy my
unresolved feelings about this painting.
I think we all have paintings like this and it can be
a great way to discover our reactions to many
aspects of our artwork.

In my case - style change and knowledge growth.
Look what has happened on the glass since I did the very top
pic. An "off with its head " moment and got rid of the fringe.

Made the background lighter too.

 Will this EVER be finished...

Does it matter? That is the important question.

Am I enjoyed playing around with it?
You betcha! I learn a lot by risking ruining a painting than
having the attitude of trying to save it, just to sell.
Maybe this one will never be completed.
But as a learning experience, it was very informative.



Friday, January 26, 2018


Mixed Bouquet.
6"x 6" oil on canvas  $110.  SOLD

This was a demo to show the importance
of having a transparent underpainting.

Artist Note.
 I had a request
to repost this one from last year . 

I am a big believer in leaving
some of the darker areas in
 a painting, transparent. 
There is a certain glow which 
doesn't happen with opaque
dark areas  - in fact I find
they can look, pretty "chalky."

My transparent colors 
used for the demo were:
Viridian
 Transparent Oxide Yellow TYO
Alizarin (permanent)
Ultramarine Blue.

 After a wash of TOY 
I did a mass shape using  Viridian.
Next I lifted out the lighter areas
using a rag.

I followed this with more lifting
with a small amount of Gamsol
on my rag and a scrubby brush.
This was to hit my lightest areas. 

I added Viridian and Ultra 
with touch of Aliz to make darker
greens in jar and leaves.

I added more TOY to back and front.
and shadowed the area 
behind the jar
 linking into the dark leaves

Bringing in color but making
sure to keep it all transparent.

Then the fun part - I fractured it!
(See FREE tutorial on tools and what
I use for fracturing  HERE )

I enjoyed bringing it back 
into form by
 taking advantage 
of the broken areas to add 
interest 

Now into the opaque colors.
I added 
Titanium 
Permanent Yellow and 
Permanent Red light to my palette

I started using a knife and a brush
at this point. 
I left the flowers 
very abstract on purpose. 
That was the easiest part -
 because they were all imaginary.

There are transparent areas
peeking through the opaque 
marks, and to me it makes 
for an exciting surface.
Thick - thin,
transparent - opaque,
warm - cool.

If you are not already using the
transparent colors - or have not 
used them for a while then
please let me know if you are 
inspired to try them.

Happy Painting
Enjoy your weekend.




Thursday, January 25, 2018

Flowers and Stripes



Flowers and Stripes
8"x6" oil on linen panel $150 SOLD

Artist Note.
I am always fascinated with stripes.
The hard part is fracturing them
so they are not hard and straight
but still look like stripes..

I was playing around with  leaving
the natural linen color as a border.
It didnt work for my style.
Bummer!

There is a wonderful artist
who does this very effectivly.
Check him out  - see link below.
  Click on
one of his landscapes to enlarge
and see how effective it is.

Jeff Cochran


A little aside for those who know
what is going on in my life.
The house was just appraised
on Tuesday by the VA. We have no idea
how long before we get the results.
Fingers crossed!

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Ginger Glass Vase


The Ginger Glass Vase

6"x6" oil on Raymar panel $125. SOLD


Artist Note
A lot of work goes into making 
a full size still life onto
such a small board.

I was trying something new...
so, please
let me know that when
you first saw it 
you could tell it was mine.