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

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Gold in the Mountains

Gold in the Mountains.

7x5in  oil on canvas board  90.

The most popular viewing time for aspens is in the fall. My hubby, Jim, and I were visiting our friends the Hons, in Frisco, near Lake Dillon, and the day was glorious with a deep blue sky making a breathtaking vibration next to the golden aspens. I was in heaven and determined to paint them the next day. Wrong! Our host, Bud, woke us up telling us we had slept through the fall. Sure enough a blanket of snow covered everything in sight and it continued all day, creating an incredible, muted beauty. Amazing it could change that fast.
Lesson learned. In the mountains...paint it when you see it!

Artist Note:

This was a demo painted with the knife, from my imagination.
I lived in Denver, Colorado, for 8 years and was able to paint aspens a lot, so I feel comfortable painting them from memory.
I deliberately made one aspen angled to provide some movement among the strong verticals and linked the main area of leaves at different angle. I was careful to mass the leaves and not to do the polka dot effect and remembered to place shadows under them. Courtesy of tips from Kim English the fabulous artist I studied anatomy under in the late 80's.

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  1. Julie, this is a beautiful painting...and from memory!!! I have no memory..LOL and couldn't do this. I need the reference picture in front of me..You're amazing! Love the light hitting these Aspens!

  2. Wow gorgeous! and what a memory!I really love your colors and the tip about massing the leaves instead of polka dotting them went right in with me. Glorious work!

  3. Your blog and each painting here are amazing. Thank you so much for your nice comments on my work.
    Best wishes,

  4. Yes lovely rich buttery painting. I followed the link to Kim English, very nice work, I'll investigate him futher.

    PS. pity about missing the painting oportunity at your friends' place!

  5. You really captured that gold light of the fall leaves. Lovely!


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