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

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Moonlight Reflections



Moonlight Reflections

8x6in oil on canvas  $125. SOLD

Pretty moody wouldn't you say? I realized that my feeling of loss
over my daughter leaving, had an effect on my painting.
After they had driven off with the cat meowing and two dogs barking,
I reflected back to my earlier years of moving and it was always
a big adventure. I can only imagine what my mother felt about
my move to America!

As if by magic, two nice things happened today.
All the supportive emails and comments wishing my daughter well
and giving lots of hints to make it easier - Skype being number one.
I thank you all.

And then I received this lovely Giclee I had won in Deborah Elmquist's drawing.




 I never win anything so I was thrilled.
Here is a link to her site where she is selling it
and you can see a better image it
Her paintings are amazing and she has a great blog.
Sign up for her newsletter and you may win too!

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29 comments:

  1. A lovely painting - I can certainly sense your feelings as you painted this. I also have grown children and have experienced that sadness when they left home. Best wishes to you and your family.

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    1. You are very sweet Sue and we all say thank you.

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  2. Dear Julie,it would be so nice to have children and grandchildren are not too far ... there is skype... Last time, after a great stay of 3 weeks, my niece, who has 20 months, by going away from our house, was very angry. He wondered why but did not find an answer ... Such is life.
    We are all very reasonable, but sometimes the heart speaks its word
    Your landscape of moonlight is maybe the word of the heart.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your story, Rita. I love your new painting.

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  3. I love this dark moody night painting. It is limited in color, but is vibrant with structures and nuances. Well done.

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    1. I appreciate your encouraging comment, Roger. Your waterlily is fabulous.

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  4. The mood makes it magical. A lovely, poignant scene.

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    1. Thank you, Bruce. You gave a great step-by-step of your process o today's blog. I found it really interesting.

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  5. Thank you Julie for your kind words about my work and the link. My giclees are a creation of my husband's doing. Your piece was a special treatment where the image is bonded to a surface and then coated with a special "goop" to make it look leatherish. He's still experimenting with the process and different surfaces to bond the image to. I'm so glad you like. And again, I love your work and how you handle the paint.

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    1. You are lucky to have a husband who is a partner in your art. He did a great job with the goop.
      Thank you also for the positive comment on my paint handling. I like to see all types of art myself and ooh and aah at beautiful work like yours.

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  6. I love this painting Julie! It's definitely a bit different from what you usually paint but just as beautiful. No matter how old our children are, we always go through this awful sadness when they move away BUT the good thing is that things do get better as they settle in...once you connect with skype you'll be able to speak and see her as if she was in the room. My daughter's grandchildren are far from her and she makes it a point to speak with her babies twice a week ! She loves it!!

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    1. It is great to hear such supportive comments, Hilda, thank you and bless you. I understand you mean Your SISTERS grandchildren not your daughters!!!

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  7. Lovely painting, especially enlarged.

    Change is hard, but the world truly is a smaller place today.

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    1. Thank you, Jean
      What you say is true about the world being a smaller place.

      I like your interesting treatment of a model on your blog today.

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  8. That is a beauty Julie. I love the moodiness of it. I fully understand the why of it too.

    None of my children live in our city. We are parents with out children (PWC), there should be a support group to cover the holidays. Skype is terrific for keeping in touch. My son's fair lady comes from Greece yet cooks every night with her mother with the Skype hook up. My skinny son isn't so skinny anymore. They text as well. So if you have never, you might want to now.

    It is a fortunate thing to be able to cry with paint. It helps raise the spirit by letting out the anguish. With this one I can hear the Moonlight Sonata in the background. Sorry about the circumstances.

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    1. As always your comments are quite profound and this one is no exception. Cry with paint. Been there - done that!

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  9. Many of your recent paintings just take my breath away Julie! This is one of those. This new painting method really serves you well. I too can feel the emotion in this. Isn't that what art is all about?

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    1. I think I see a lovely complement and I thank you.
      Yes - I agree. Art has to be from the soul.

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  10. Both solemn and beautiful, Julie! Deep feeling is what I get from this.
    Yes, I believe the recent events are showing their effects here. But, wonderful art! Love how you manipulate the paint!

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    1. How nice of you Dean - thank you.
      Your red, yellow and blue entry is fabulous!

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  11. Just gorgeous, Julie! Love the moody look as it reminds me of the northwest part of the U.S. Very clever effect of the incoming water (waves). You are very thoughtful of the little details in your art.

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    1. Lovely comment and I thank you, Carol.
      YOur latest piece on your blog is wonderful.

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  12. You are so lucky to have an Elmquist. Her work is exquisite.
    I have just discovered your site and must say I love your paint handling. It's so different in such a beautiful way.

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    1. Thank you Shirley. Your blog is a mine of excellent information and I will be back and have become a subscriber.

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  13. Julie, moody but also quiet, pensive and lovely. The painting has beautiful colors in it. And as you know, painting helps with whatever we are going through.

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  14. Hi Helen. Thank you for the reminder that painting helps. Could not get anything done today though so wish me luck tomorrow!

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  15. Your blues are beautiful. Hope they disappear quickly! Goodbyes are hard. Big hugs Julie! xo

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  16. I will take the hug with thanks.

    I really like the lady at the door, painting.

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  17. Moonlight Reflections is stunning Julie. I know the feeling you are going through. I have two daughters and a son who are adults but live in the next state. Actually, my parents & most of my family are there as well. Lonely sometimes but they are always next to my heart. I use Skype too!

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Julie