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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Apricots and Turquoise



Apricots and Turquoise

8x6in oil on canvas board  $125. SOLD

Surprised I got anything done because I had some
heart pounding moments today. This should tell the story.



Not one, but two rattlesnakes, having a party mating
right outside my studio. About 5 feet from my door.
Those are the two rattles you see with the black and stripes.
I used my ZOOM lens naturally!!


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26 comments:

  1. And you could hold a paint brush after seeing that? Yikes.
    The painting is lovely. My favorite little part is the beautiful background,shades of lemon and apricot and then pow, the turquoise just pops. How much fun is that? And I know, I always like the quiet spaces.....

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    1. We have snakes every year so we watch out for them. Our house is right on the edge of the desert. I used to move them with a long pole until I found out they can jump 3 feet so now we call Animal Control.
      Thanks for the nice comment on the painting.

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  2. Oh my gosh, looks like you are living in a dangerous place ! Your painting didn't seem to resent though, gorgeous color combination as well as the painting of the Peonie below...just fabulous !

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    1. Hi Jane - only dangerous if you are not watchful. They do give off a warning with their rattle.
      Glad you like the painting...thanks!

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  3. Maybe Rita be not able to leave the house for a weeks ... but then , Julie ,how do you live and paint normally?
    CONGRATULATIONS for your beautiful work!

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    1. Laughing here...the snakes are not out in winter so you could emerge then. Nice to know you like my work, thanks.

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  4. Oh my, just a bit distracting!!! Your painting is beautiful, love the complements of apricot and turquoise.

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  5. Your painting, Julie, looks so calm and serene, not at all how I'd be reacting to these visitors! Such beautiful color combinations in the painting!

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    1. Oh I reacted - believe me!
      Glad you like the colors.

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  6. Amazing you were able to create such a beautiful painting after that encounter! Thanks goodness they were in plain site and busy!
    Jen

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    1. Busy! Fun comment...love it!
      Thanks for the visit.

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  7. Oh my goodness! SNAKES! RUN!

    I love your painting. I love all your paintings.

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    1. Do you have poisonous snakes there, Lisa? Any vipers, adders, water mocs? Sound like an expert with the SNAKES RUN!

      I love you for loving my paintings. Thank you.

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    2. I am sure we have snakes. But BEAN keeps them in line I am sure because we don't see them. Only the occasional garden snake and in that case we don't run, we scream. :)

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  8. Julie, really don't have anything like rattlesnakes here in England. It does sound exciting, but must have been really scarey. Do love that turquoise colour and the style of your work !!

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    1. Hi Carole - I remember when growing up in the north of England, we had a small deadly snake, but cannot remember what it was.
      I appreciate you letting me know you like my style. Thanks.

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  9. Glad I looked at the painting first those snakes are just plain scary. My teeth are chattering.

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    1. I have enjoyed all the humorous remarks about the snakes.
      Thanks for the visit. I like your little dog with the bows.

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  10. What a heart stopping moment! But it seems you used the energy in that luscious painting! The paint application and texture is remarkable!

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  11. the apricots sing with the turq vibrant brushstrokes ... i've had a few harmless snakes on our doorstep .. 2 rattlesnakes julie !!!

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    1. Your painting of apricots is gorgeous, Jane.

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  12. OMG, it seems that snakes also love your art, Julie ... :)
    Very beautiful composition, not only because of this (absolutely beautiful) turquoise bowl.

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  13. I really like the blocks of color laid in via the palette knife!

    About the snakes..ain't love beautiful??!! That would definitely make ME watch my step!! :O

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Julie