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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Milk or Lemon in Your Tea?



Milk or Lemon in your Tea?

8x6in  oil on canvas panel   SOLD

Still on the lemons. I had a couple of requests to see more of my dishes
so I thought this would be a fun way to show them.

Artist Note.

The color temperature of the light bulb - in this case warm, dictates the
colors of the shadow.
Warm light, cool shadow and cool light, warm shadows.
It really did make an aqua shade on the creamer.
My question is...I think of aqua
as a warm blue. Do you? Should I have painted a cool blue
even though it looked aqua and warm?

With paint, everything is relative to what it is next to and
the aqua is certainly cooler than the colored rim.

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19 comments:

  1. Very interesting composition, I like your playing with triangular shapes.

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    1. I appreciate that. Thank you. It took me quite a while to set it up.
      Your Tuscany paintings are beautiful!

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  2. First of all, I love your style of paintings. And I love the lemons!
    I get so confused about warm and cool colors, interesting what you say about light and shadow. I like the aqua in your painting, it is just right.

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    1. Thanks, Judy. It is a nice way to start the day reading such a great comment.

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  3. I love the acqua! In fact, I love all of your paintings. I am interested in hearing more about how you achieve the texture in your paintings. Are you painting alla prima? Do tell.

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    1. Yes...I am painting alla prima. I start off with thin transparent colors underneath - sometimes a wash and other times using the basic shapes. I place the dark areas in next, still trying to keep transparent and the opaques come in last. I use a very light touch so I do not take off the paint as I put it on. Sometimes I use a knife and others an angle brush. As I am still trying to work on developing what I call fracturing. These small paintings can take me four hours...or more, but I get totally absorbed by the love of the act of painting and it flies by.
      Hope this helps.

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  4. I agree with you totally. The aqua, though a warm blue, looks cool in comparison to the lit side of the creamer and so breaks no rule or logic. I am amazed at how you are able to churn out one gem after another every day.
    Best wishes,

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    1. Thank you, Vinayak.
      Thanks for calling them gems. It is not always easy to produce one daily because I am a dedicated experimenter. I have not missed a day yet though it is not always easy.

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  5. I'll take lemon please! And your aqua rim looks very fitting and inviting here. Yes it's all relative...

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I love your Monarda painting.

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  6. You are knocking it out of the park with these last still lifes. Making me want to try some yellow objects. You are great with the yellows! I am liking this fractured style too!

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  7. Thanks Carol. I loved the yellow shorts on your challenge painting and Daddy's Girl is wonderful. Tugs at the heartstrings.

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  8. Thanks, I really like your work too.

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  9. This tea setting is delicious, gorgeous porcelain and superbly rendered. No milk or lemon just a bit of honey , please :-)

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  10. Honey in your tea...I had forgotten all about that. Very nice, I will have to try it.
    Thanks for the great comment, Jane.

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  11. Please don't stop painting lemons, Julie!! Your work is AMAZING and love the colors and set up!

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  12. Hi Hilda, thanks for being such a loyal supporter. I means a lot.

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  13. Wonderful use of the complimentary purples and yellows in this!

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Julie