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

Monday, May 7, 2012

Fractured Blues



Fractured Blues

6x8in  oil on canvas board   SOLD

Different shades of blue on small vessels, reflecting into a bronze tray.

Artist Note.

This was the lower part of a demo I did for the Guild members today.
It was of several Iris with these small pieces, on a reflective surface.

The demo was about using transparent colors underneath
and then placing opaques over them.
After finishing the demo, I scraped off the top part and concentrated on
trying the fracture technique on these beautiful little vessels.
I have the paint much thinner than usual because I wanted to
maintain the glow from the transparent areas showing through.
There is a quality to this piece I really like. I am not sure if it is
the color harmony or the fracturing. Maybe both?




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16 comments:

  1. beautiful painting - love those blues!

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    1. Thanks, Myra. Give me blue over green any day!

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  2. This is dreamlike, and I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I agree - it is sort of soft and dreamy. maybe why I like it. It makes a change.

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  3. I think it IS both the fracturing and color harmony. This is a painting that makes you want to keep looking, and come back again and again. That's exactly what we all hope for - and what you manage on a regular basis.

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    1. That has to be one of the best comments ever and I appreciate it. I am after some complexity in my work to keep me absorbed in what I do.

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  4. Very interesting! Did you use a palette knife?

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    1. I am still trying to develop fracturing as a new way of painting for me so I have to find out it if fits all tools and subject matter. I have usually used a palette knife but this one is all brush.
      Thanks for the comment, Jill

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  5. I really like the fracturing in this painting, a wonderful background for the object. I wish I had a teacher like you :-)

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    1. I am pleased you like this one, Jane, because I do too. Regarding the teaching...you made me feel good because I have found I love to teach and it is awesome to see them understand and improve.

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  6. Julie, this painting is magical. What does it? Color for sure but the fracturing technique is so gentle. That gentleness really compliments your colors. The contrasts of hard and soft lines is also in balance. It all comes together and has a bit of magic about it. Thank you for that. And I think I saw that you sold it. Good job.

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    1. Wow - Helen, thank you! I can tell you really studied it. All I know is I do not think I could repeat it, but sure am going to try. Every time I work at fracturing I get a little closer to understanding it, but sometimes it works and others it doesn't.

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  7. Julie, this is so beautiful...and a wonderful technique!! I would love to be there with you while you paint this...I'm impressed.

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  8. Hilda - you are a treasure! Thank you.

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  9. The softness and reflective quality is astounding! Really wonderful, unique work!

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  10. Thanks, Susan. It surprised me how well it turned out for a demo.

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Cheers,
Julie