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

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Pencil with Lemons



Pencil with Lemons

8x6in oil on canvas panel    SOLD

This color combination, red, yellow, blue and green, all in the same painting
can be one of the hardest to pull off. Need your sunglasses?

Artist Note.

This is for the Daily Paintworks Challenge , Seeing Double.
Hosted by Artist, Kimberly Santini.
You have to do two painting of different sizes from the same source.
I painted two side by side.
I will post the other one tomorrow.

Regarding the rainbow of colors in the painting above.
The grey cans help act as a foil against the bright red colander.
All the yellow lemons have some green and red in them.
The green leaves have red and yellow - get the drift?
Everything should be harmonious when mixtures contain
similar bases.
The turquoise pencil is the stand alone color but turquoise
is a yellow/green blue and I moved small touches of it around
here and there.
I think the golden rule is to not have equal amounts of all
the different colors but I have seen it pulled off beautifully
in expert hands.






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20 comments:

  1. Beautiful painting, as always, Julie. I love all the colors but my favorite are the metal cans..nice work!!!

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  2. Hello,Julie.I really admired how much expressive power can focus on small-format:in YOUR hand,Julie,works VERY well!!!I'm thinking for this challenge and is hard for me.

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    1. I agree, Rita, the small format can be difficult and in the beginning it was a Carol Marine workshop which helped so much.
      Thanks for the lovely complement.

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  3. The painting with primaries and secondary colors came off very well. Grays made from various mixes of those colors are excelent catalysts for bring them all together. I can't wait to see the other.

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    1. Thanks, L.W. I have noticed you give excellent art comments.I can tell from your work, you really know your stuff!

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  4. I have so enjoyed your lemons and seeing how you fracture. Wow! that is all I can think of to say.

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  5. Thanks Angela. I will take a WOW any day!

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  6. Julie this painting has a brightness that I love. I am sure it happened due to how you so successfully blended your colors creating harmony throughout. And the grey is so important. Looking forward to tomorrow and thanking you for the explanations. I always pick up information.

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    1. Good of you to comment and you are so right about the grey being important, Helen. - thanks

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  7. unusual technique, which looks amazing, I imagine not that easy to achieve.

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    1. Thank you, Diana. I still do not find it easy but it is absorbing.

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  8. Another Wow Julie, what a fantastic painting, I too love the 'can' and all your reflections

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    1. Thanks so much, Jane. Usually the Brits do not like color, but I love it. I like what you do because you 'see' color too.

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  9. Well , I almost can't get color enough when I paint, so this one really calls my name :-) The two cans gives perfect harmony to the whole composition.

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    1. Color is what I love about your work, Jane. Your sunset was fearless and amazing.

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  10. The pencil indicates a border between built-up and free space, between rich colors and calm tone.
    The pencil is a stranger here (color, shape, function), but is exposed in a center of the composition.
    So probably the pencil is on duty ;)
    Perfect painting, Julie! Congratulations!

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    1. Wow - you sure know how to make an artist feel good. Thank you Maga.

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  11. Magnificent painting Julie! I love that turquoise pencil and the metal can is perfect!
    Happy Painting. I look forward to seeing the second one.

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    1. Thanks Nora. Magnificent... My head is getting big.

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Cheers,
Julie