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

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting to be Sliced




Waiting to be Sliced.

6x8in  oil on canvas panel  SOLD



After soaking the lemons to get rid of any pesticides,
 I drained them ready to slice for lemonade or my glass of water.


Artist Notes.

I have painted this cheerful, red colander before and it doesn't get any easier.
Especially with the fracturing technique. I am still figuring it out. Some things
are easier than others.

My colander was not a full circle because of my viewpoint which was not
directly overhead.
This is how I do a slight ellipse.



First I draw a square in the size I need.
Corner to corner to find the center
then half it both ways.
Make your circle as shown
Estimate the depth of the bowl and
the size of the base.
As I was looking into mine I could see
the full bottom with more of the sides
showing on the far side.
First I drew the horizontal line below,
but parallel to the first one (see red)
add to existing center vertical - as
a reminder - and do a smaller, full circle
for the bottom of  the bowl.


In my case I did this first before I placed the lemons back into the colander.
It helps me understand the depth of what I am working with.
It is is not perfect, but it beats the heck out of making a box
in perspective to make the correct ellipse.

21 comments:

  1. Another winner, Julie! The process is so interesting..if I only understood it!..LOL Your fracturing technique is outstanding!! and love how you painted the knife.. so realistic...

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    1. Thanks, Hilda. I still do not know how to use the fracturing for everything but am enjoying the exploration.

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  2. beautiful! love the way the red just pops out at you - just a beautiful expressive painting!

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    1. Thanks, and I wish you a happy painting day.

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  3. Love the looking down and love the red with the yellow. Great job.

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    1. Thanks, Helen, I loved the fruit you did today

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  4. Hello,Julie!Beautiful textures,lively colors..Your pictorial language is perfect pleasure to my eyes!

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    1. Thank you, Rita. I loved visiting your blog.

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  5. Your lemon paintings are wonderful and very inspiring. I love the fractured style. It gives them a special appearance and makes them much more interesting.

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    1. Great comment - I appreciate it. Love your drawings and poetry.

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  6. Very informative post, Julie! I very much enjoy your style and set ups.

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  7. thanks for the nice comment. I appreciate you letting me know this. It makes me feel soooo good!

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  8. Thanks so much for the explanation! Love the painting...the bright colors and loose technique are so appealing.

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    1. Thank you. Nice of you to comment, Maria.

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  9. Your painting is fascinating to me. But I need a time to figure out why. First I need to contemplate your works, with a great pleasure anyway :)

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    1. Contemplate away and if you can figure it out please let me know as I am still trying!!!

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  10. so much depth and texture to you work. it fascinates me as well. i've been studying it for a while and i'm thrilled with every stroke.

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    1. I like the idea of depth, so thank you Suzanne.

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  11. I don't know how I missed this spectacular one, I am really drawn to that red bowl! Your sense of color is just amazing ! xx

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    1. Thanks Jane, Talk about color - your sunset piece made my jaw drop - what a stunner.

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  12. The ideal composition. Beautifully balanced contrasts. Delightful painting. And interesting tips.

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Cheers,
Julie