Personal Art Blog

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Silver, Red & Turquoise!


Silver, Red & Turquoise!
6"x 6" oil on gesso board $125.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note.
I am proud of this one.
Big beam and a happy Julie!

Tomorrow is the last day 
of the 
Fracturing Technique workshop. 
(The cherries were painted before it.)

What a great group of
talented artists, I was lucky
enough to have.
I will ask their permission 
to show some of their work
in my next post.

First, I need to relax.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mums, Picasso & Cherries


Mums, Picasso & Cherries.
8"x6"  oil on linen panel  SOLD

Artist Note.
 The cherries are still
inspiring me, so I went into a 
different color palette
and am happy I did.
I find the color harmony
in this one very appealing.

This is an extra personal painting
because I used 
an old and much loved
Picasso top
as the background.
The challenge of this was
how to do a "busy" painting
but still manage to
keep a focal area.

It was fun to paint.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Spilled Cherries


Spilled Cherries
6x8inches oil on canvas panel $140. SOLD

Artist Note
This went thru several incarnations,
starting off with a silver bowl.
It became a fight of reflections!
I know when I am beaten 
so I went and got a white bowl
off the shelf.

This is another painting
 from the big box of cherries
we bought at Nichols Ranch


Situated a beautiful 80 min drive 
from Las Cruces,
the orchards are 
at an altitude of 6,800ft
- much cooler than here!
Leaving, we stopped to admire 
this view
of the brilliant streak of light
below the distant mountains 
created by
 White Sands National Monument.

Hot today with more 
heat on the way.
 My new studio in nice and cool.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Striped Pitcher



The Striped Pitcher
8"x 6" oil on canvas/panel $140. SOLD


Artist Note.

I LOOOOVE my new studio!

 I want to show you my
set-up for painting a still life

 I needed  something that was: 
convenient to get to... 
right by my easel...
      and very versatile...

This fits the bill perfectly.

I screwed two shelving strips 
into the wall
making them long enough 
so I could adjust
the viewpoint from either,
eye level - see below
- or moving it down for 
taller still life set-ups.
 (See last image)
It is so easy to adjust. 

. I used the longer18-inch brackets
to support a good sized surface. 
I used a 20"x20" piece of plywood
on top of the lower brackets
and  placed a piece of
24' foam core over the top
This also prevents my overhead light 
from interrupting a
single light source.
I can have fabric over this 
to drop down behind
And I can also use colored paper
The gooseneck light
 adjusts in any position
from any side.
This shows how 
I can also use the
  sight-size method. 

So there it is. I hope I get a 
lot of use out of it.
Whoo hoo!!






Monday, May 29, 2017

Cherry Time and New Studio Pics

Cherry Time
6x6" oil on panel

Artist Note.
Getting back into painting after
a break is pretty humbling.
I did this one and liked it...
but was told it didn't pop...so I
reworked it and maybe ruined it?

Which one do you prefer?



Cherry Time#2
6x6' oil on panel 


Oh well...at least I am painting
again and loving doing it.

Here are a few shots of
my new studio space.

You enter to this area.
I am very pleased to have
a place for some of my nests
and fav fountain.
Also, I enjoy having
a separate area to eat
lunch or relax with a drink.

The classroom
The room is 24' long  and
I have the whole end of it! YEA!

A convenient shelf runs along
the wall
for the artists to place their
iPad and source material on.
A mirror hangs by each station
so they can check their works
with fresh eyes.
The  corridor turned out to be
 the perfect place to
have the shelves to hold everything
from masking tape to rulers
Also, the above photo is great
because you can
see the difference in the
 light bulbs colors.
All walls are the same gray.
The corridor has LED lights
and they give a pinky cast
The classroom has daylight
5500 with CRL 90
a perfect balance!
and the entrance area
you see at the end is of
 a typical fluorescent
and gives a slight yellow cast.


Meet the Guild's oldest member
- he loves hanging around!!
Look at the great still-life storage!
PLUS
I have a really large room
which holds everything -
including an area with individual
cube storage space for
the Guild members to  store their
large items they do not
want to tote all the time.

And.... best of all....
it gives me space for a permanent
photo area.

This will be a happy creative space
for me and the
members of the
 Artists Guild of Southern New Mexico.

We have a Guild member I have to thank.
RICH.
A retired master carpenter from
Philly, he has generously given
many hours to 
painting walls and building shelves.
It must have driven him nuts
listening to my 
voice suggesting...
"maybe a little bit more to the right!"

Always patient and always good humored
we are grateful and 
thank you, Richard Haggerty!

Here is one of his paintings
Talented for sure!

Thanks for staying to see everything


Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunflowers and Workshop Info

Sunflowers and Pomegranates
8x6" oil on canvas panel SOLD

Artist Note.
The move to a new studio is finished!
Yea!
I will be putting up some photos of it, 
but first, I need to get the word out
  that I have had a cancellation for
my June 20th workshop 
so a slot is available.

3 Days + 3 HOURS
 WORKSHOP
oil or acrylic

Only 6 artists in the class.
I keep it small so everyone gets
the attention they need


June 20th - 22nd 
with the morning
of 23rd for wrap up
 and individual 
review and direction 
as needed.

$300.

All supports will be provided 
for the first day of
 technique exercises along
with a gift of my handy tool.

The workshop covers the best way
to use the fracturing technique
to suit the individual artist's  
own strengths and vision.

My personal color preferences
will be explained  with a lot of 
demos to make it easy to follow.

I love teaching and would be delighted
help you with your journey
into expanding your
painting skills.

I always get glowing testimonials 
after class and can forward
any if desired.

If interested...
Please get in touch with me
At
(cut and paste)
juliefordoliver@gmail.com

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Desert Cardinal


Desert Cardinal
6x8in  oil on canvas panel $140. SOLD

Artist Note.
A member of the Cardinal family
It took me forever to pronounce
Pyrrhuyloxia
and I can understand why the 
much more popular
Desert Cardinal is used
The bright red of the northern cardinal would
be like a neon light for predators
in the scrubby desert so nature
in all her wisdom
added the neutral colors on top on
this southwest dwelling wonder.

This guy is a regular at my feeders
I have two pairs visit, and 
although of the same genus,
one male has a lot more red than the 
other under his wings.

I was excited to find the nest of one of them
on my daily walk.

Their population has declined by 53% since 
1966 - most likely due to the southwest desert
being cleared to agriculture and urbanization.
Fortunately, some of their habitat is
safeguarded within national wildlife
refuges, parks and other protected areas.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Rose Duo

Rose Duo
detail 
oil on canvas

Artist Note.
This is a detail from a painting
in the M Phillips Gallery.

I am in the middle of moving my 
gallery/studio and into a new space.
Lots of planning, etc.
And I am also working on a 
couple of paintings
but they are not completed. 
Trying to stay stress free.

Presently I have a retail space
right on Main Street, downtown
Las Cruces.
Great location - except they close 
down Main Street without notice
causing a lot of aggravation.

I am still going to be in a building
on Main Street,
but in the next block.
It is an office space with parking 
right behind it.
Nice and clean but a few things
had to be done.
You can see a partition wall was
removed so the two rooms
became one large room.

Then a neutral grey paint painted
on  all the walls. A guild member
is doing all the painting and he has
done a great job.
Thank YOU, Rich!
Here you see the start of
space planning.
My easel in blue,
and white tape for
shelf placement.
File cabinet footprint.

There is a lovely curved wall
in an area I will have for a table
to each lunches at.
I will also have a another
workstation
 along the wall or me
to do demos etc for the classes
I have until the middle of April
to do everything and many
members of the guild
are offering to help.
It will be FUN!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Daffodils and Hyacinths - Watercolor





Daffs and Hyacinths
6x6in aquabord watercolor SOLD

Artist Note
Spring and all the beauty it brings.
The Quail have had their first babies.
Nests are being used all over the place.
The daffodils are up -
blossoms are on the trees
and the
March winds have been
a'blowing!

This painting is on aquabord.
I quite like the way the colors absorb
into its dimpled surface,
creating a different appearance
than on paper.

The best part of course is
that no glass is required.
I prefer to wax for protection,
but a couple of layers
with a light spray of varnish
is also perfect.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Peacock Feathers With Roses


Peacock Feathers With Roses
7x5in oil on canvas panel  SOLD

Artist Note
The beauty of the rose always astounds me,
but place it next to a peacock feather and real
competition for the top spot happens.
The real dilemma for the artist is deciding
which one wins.
Rose or Peacock Feather?

This is a pick-up from an older post.
Still swamped!