Personal Art Blog

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

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Mexico Snow

 New Mexico Snow
6x8in oil on canvas panel SOLD

Artist Note. 
Taking a trip to the snowy areas
of New Mexico
is always delightful. 
Although the colors are not those
of my typical bright palette,
I do find I respond with 
pleasure to the 
muted earth tones 
against the bright white of the snow.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sunflowers and Blue Bowl

 Sunflowers And Blue Bowl
8"x6" oil on canvas panel $140 SOLD


Artist Note
The sunflowers are still around. 
Cheerful spot of color
during these winter days.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Red Hearts and Sunflowers




Hearts and Sunflowers
8"x 6" oil on canvas panel $140.SOLD


Artist Note
Thinking ahead to Valentines Day.
I have had this terrific vase 
for many years 
and it is sturdy enough 
to hold large Sunflowers. 
Something bright for 
cold days.


Monday, January 9, 2017

World Bank


Re-do
Farmers Market#15
9x8"

Artist Note.
I was honored by the World Bank Group
to be asked for another one of my 
Farmers Market series
to be used on the cover or their
Global Agriculture brochure.
BUT...
I had not taken a high enough 
resolution image.. RATS!
What a lesson...and a reminder
to ALWAYS take a 
proper image with my trusty Nikon
and not 
just the iphone one.

 I really wanted 
them to be able to use it so I 
painted it all over again. 

I found it is impossible 
to get exactly the 
same with the 
fracturing technique but similar 
colors and placements
turned out a decent copy.

Fortunately they liked it and 
I will have the pleasure of knowing 
my painting will grace the cover 
again in 2017

If you would like to see the first one



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Golden Light


Golden Light
14x11in  oil on canvas SOLD

Artist Note.
This was a demo I did last month.
I started with a charcoal drawing
and scrubbed a coat of
Indian Yellow (transparent)
to cover the canvas. Adding
a little Alizarin and
Transparent Brown Oxide
as I worked out from the light
Keeping the paint transparent
as long as possible was my goal.
I mixed Ultramarine Blue
with the yellow to make
a transparent green
and Alizarin, Ultramarine
and Transparent Brown Oxide
to make
the dark of the Ravens.
I fractured everything with
the tool and
went back in and reinstated
and started with using
some opaques by adding
Naples Yellow to
Indian Yellow and greens.

Following the principle
of warm light/cool shadows
I introduced the cooler
blue/greens at the end.
They look more blue on the
screen than they
actually are.




Friday, December 30, 2016

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas
8x6in oil on canvas panel $140. SOLD


Artist Note
It is hard to believe
 another year has passed.

I am not making any 
New Years Resolutions 
as I am grateful for so many
aspects of my life.
I am learning to be a 
little more forgiving of 
my shortcomings. 
What a shame it 
has taken me so long
to get to understand that
just like my paintings,
some parts of me 
are better than others! 
 Also, I can correct, erase, 
and improve
when I can "see it."

I am truly grateful for all 
my blogging friends,
and to all the artists
who honor me 
by allowing me to be their mentor.
I love painting and teaching.
They both satisfy me on a deep
emotional level.
 I THANK YOU.

Wishing you all the 
very best for 2017.
...catch
these 
blessings 
and hug!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Tis The Season...


Wishing
for
PEACE
and JOY 
in your heart
during this very special season.

Blessings and thanks
for your 
wonderful support..

Julie

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Moonrise - Ink On Copper.





Moonrise
6x20 in alcohol ink on copper SOLD

Artist Note.
These images are from 
my Avian November show
This one got lots of attention.
The copper gleams through 
and creates an inner light.
I really liked working on it.

As I mentioned 
in a previous post,
I pushed myself to try 
doing some creative work
for my avian series.
I KNOW
I was totally creative with 
the one below.
The nest is actually
made of rust...
the bottom of a rusty bucket.
I wanted to use the walls
of the bucket
for a different project so
gently tapped out the bottom 
and when it fell to the ground
I saw it shaped like a nest.
I treated the rust and mounted it after 
I had painted the background shapes.
  It looked like a nest to me, but I
felt I wanted to pop an egg in.
Painting the egg was the
hardest part. 
If it was wrong 
then there would be 
no way to correct it.

(click to enlarge)
Rusty Home
18x21' treated rust mounted on
black acid-free foam board
painted with acrylic.
below - close-up of rust piece.


I was pleased I could break 
out of my usual imagery.





Friday, December 16, 2016

Waiting - watercolor on Yupo


Hoping
(Window from Chimayo, New Mexico)
8x10in watercolor on Yupo  SOLD

Chimayo is famous for
El Santuario de Chimayo
and the documented healings
from the "sacred earth"
The link is worth the visit.

Artist Note.
Watercolor on Yupo
is pretty remarkable,
 allowing for stress-free
painting due to the
clean lifting ability

Different techniques
are fun to try...
like in the one below


Threesome
9x7  watercolor on Yupo  SOLD



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Life Cycle


l
Life Cycle
13x10in mixed media on paper SOLD

Artist Note

Yes - a little different for me but
I did enjoy using acrylics
in this piece.
I love the colors of turquoise
and earth tones together.

My process...
after layering acrylic
colors and disturbing the surface
all over with the fracturing
technique,
I restored certain outlines
with
water-soluble artist's crayon.


I have been really busy.
I enjoyed a trip to
Art Basil
in Miami where I saw lots
of work, I wouldn't call art.

I also saw many brilliant 
paintings
which fed my soul.

I came back refreshed
and went right into
my fracturing workshop.
Lots of talented painters
with great attitudes.
They were all established
artists so a lot of good paintings
 came out of it.

It is always great for my moral
when I can help an artist
find a new direction to their
painting style. A great thing
about the fracturing technique
is you can use it a little or a lot.
It is really neat to see how
they adapt to their own
personal preferences.

Thank you for trusting
me to inspire you,
 Brenda, Kay, Carol,
Ana, Marilyn, Lindy and Candi.

Life is good.