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

Sunday, May 6, 2012

First Onion Painting



First Onion Painting

14x11in  oil on canvas panel

I thought it would be interesting for you to see the first onion
painting I did for the Fruit and Vegetable show, but never entered.
Compared to yesterday's image it looks very ordinary.
The question is...if I had entered this one
would I have won the Peoples Choice Award?

Artist Note.

I appreciate everyone who sent an email asking about the shaper
I showed. I am replying to all of you as fast as I can.

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14 comments:

  1. Of course it would have won, it's beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks, Dana. It is something I will never know.

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  2. Julie, this is such a beautiful painting and so amazing. I think you would win with this one also.

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  3. Hi Marie , good of you to be so positive. Thanks so much.

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  4. This is beautiful work! I love the unafraid use of colour. Very nice indeed!

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    1. I appreciate that. I do love color!
      You have a beautiful sense of color harmony in your work.

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  5. it's beautiful! i think you could have won!

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    1. That's the thing...we will never know!

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  6. I like the second much more. And I think its a compositional/values thing. The mouth on the jar is the first thing my eyes go to, then the onions. That is not to say this is in any way a bad painting. It just means that if its onions you're after, the one you entered says that better. In any case I like them both, but for different reasons.

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    1. Good comment Louise - you are correct and I agree. What you do not know is this was originally a demo I did with apples instead of onions and it was all about how to paint the light hitting the jug.
      When I needed a painting of onions, I thought how easy it would be to make those apples into onions and I bought some kale to cover the other apples. I enjoyed it but knew I had to do something just with onions for the show.
      Now you know the rest of the story!

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  7. Sure you would have won Julie, this piece is amazing, too !

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    1. Thanks Jane. You may be interested to know the jug is from Italy. I love it and have painted it a lot.

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  8. Beautiful painting but I agree. The painting is about the jug first. Area of hightest contrast trumps in this painting. And congrats on the award. It is all fun, isn't it?

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    1. Hi Helen, if you go up the list to read my reply to Louise you can read the story about the jug!
      Thanks and I agree...it is all fun, except when I am struggling like crazy to capture what I cannot.

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Cheers,
Julie