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

Friday, June 1, 2012

Lemon Slices and White Roses

Lemon Slices and White Roses.

8x6in  oil on canvas panel   SOLD

I have a collector who has become a good friend and she tried
to purchase my painting Plum and Roses, but it had sold before
she could get it. This image I emailed her just as I placed it on
my blog and she said "sold" right away.

Artist Note

I do not usually like to repeat a painting, but as long as I can change
it somewhat it makes it more like what I do with a series.
 I did the overall harmony of the first piece but put in
 an extra rose, two plums in a different place and the little dish
of lemon slices.
I love the little dish I added. The yellow next to the
purple plums...yum!

Remember my demo of a transition color May 29th?
Here it an excellent example.
Notice the transition color between the
the lemon and the deep purple of the front plum.
I mixed the yellow with the purple.
If this was going to be a focal point then
I would have had a sharp contrast.

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  1. Your work is really looking wonderful, Julie. I can see why your collector grabbed this one!

    1. Thanks Gina, I really like the different style you did on DPW today. Good for you!
      Do I see something familiar?

  2. I think you are a genius with a paint brush. Masterful. So glad I found your blog. Awe inspiring.

  3. This smooth transition between complementary colors gently attracts attention, and gives a nice relaxing mood. Also, I love the pair - a vase and this liitle dish.

  4. I like this version as much as the last. Congrats on such a hit with this one! Sales are always welcomed.

    1. Thank you Susan. Sales are welcome so I can buy materials to keep on painting.

  5. Another gorgeous piece! Your white roses are beautiful. What colors do you use for them? That's a challenge I need to tackle. I love the lemons with the rich plums. You did a wonderful job explaining the transition color. Thank you!

    1. Hi J. Thank you!
      I only use pure white for highlights and even then they usually have a touch of color in them. I follow the color of the light. So if the light is warm I will warm up the light with a touch of, say, Naples and the cools will have blues, greens,lavenders.You have given me an idea for a post.

  6. Hi Julie,
    Thanks so much for your help! You made me realize that I real need to pay attention to the lighting I have. So many times I have a display set up but I'm not really painting what I see. I paint a lot from memory or imagination and that may be part of my problem. I try to use natural lighting but the shadows are not always where I would like them. I can't wait to read your post. Thank you Julie. And thank you for your comments on my blog. Enjoy your day:)

  7. It is a genuine pleasure to be of help. I love to keep learning myself.

  8. Totally gorgeous Julie, no wonder it sold immediately. Your colors are always fantastic and there is so much 'good taste' in your paintings.

  9. Thanks so much, Jane,You are a wonderful colorist yourself.


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