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

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Yesterdays Mixed Fruit - fixed!



Mixed Fruit

8x6in oil on canvas panel   $125. SOLD

This may look like the same painting as yesterday and it basically is...
with some changes.

Artist Note.

When I saw yesterday's post on my blog this morning
I thought, ouch,...it needs something to break up the
bottom line on the quiche dish.
After painting walls most of the day it was neat to have
something  I could do a little tweaking on.


Here is how it looked yesterday.



See if you agree that the new image has a better eye flow.
The angle of the peach slice breaks up the long line of the base
of the quiche dish and directs the eye to the middle peach.
Just for the fun of it, see if you can spot a couple of other
changes I made to give more movement to the painting.

It does not really matter if it is a better painting or not.
What matters is that I am more satisfied with it now.
We all have to please the artist within.


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20 comments:

  1. An interesting composition and a lovely mix of colors.

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  2. Nice to hear you like the composition. Thank you, Barbara.

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  3. I wouldn't have noticed the line of the quiche dish if you hadn't pointed it out, but I can see the difference after your adjustment. I guess that is what people refer to when they talk about developing a critical eye. I also like the new slant of the leaf on the peach, and the addition of the leaves in the bowl. The painting is a beauty.

    Thanks for the artist notes. I find them extremely helpful.

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    1. Thanks for adding your observations, Sue. They are good ones! Yes - developing a critical eye is important and what you just did will stay in your memory bank to be taken out sometime in the future. It all helps in our wonderful world of painting.

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  4. Hello, love your blog.Both paintings are fabulous and I did notice the addition of a plum by the bowl on the left side along with the peach halve being enhanced. Ah, the leaf, a little longer and more color. What an inspiration!

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    1. Good for you! Yes, the peach half is now one which has had a wedge cut out and not a half. And I did add the other things you saw.
      Thanks for your participation, Blanche.

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  5. Every day with careful analysis of your painting ,Julie,you manage to perfect what to our eyes seems already perfect! Each of these still life is a masterpiece!
    Thank you for showing this process, blogging, so you lead us to improve ...

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    1. You sure are a special artist - thank you Rita.

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  6. You beefed it up! You never know what addition or subtraction is going to work to please you the most do you? Your editing is great (the additions are super!) and you are right-as long as you are happy with the results, then in my mind, your editing is spot on!

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    1. Hi Libby, that is a good way of saying it - beefed it up!
      For me, and I am qualifying it, the best way to handle something "not quite right" is to know no fear and go ahead and make the change. If it doesn't work then it still has been a learning experience and they can't lock me up in the tower!

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  7. I see you have done a lot of changes, from changing from one fruit to another, reworked some fruits etc. I agree that it was a good thing to break up that bottom line. Still a lovely painting.

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  8. Good for you, Roger, you noticed the fruit change... and glad you agree it was good to break up the bottom line.
    Loved your abstract trees.

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  9. I can see the differences as well. I think your changes were good additions. Beautiful painting!

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    1. Thanks Virgina. Happy to hear you thought they were good.

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  10. Julie, I love how you challenge us. I lookedand said to myself...what is the first thing I notice? It's the reds. They are so much stronger and really carry your eye through the painting. I noticed the other changes but that is what "caught" my eye.

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    1. Yes, you are right - the warms dominate. I made one of the plums in the lower left, a peach to help with that.
      thanks for the good comment, Helen.

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  11. Julie, your paintings (especially this before and after) ALWAYS get my brain cells percolating!! (: The after is spectacular, LOVE!!

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    1. Thanks Diane. Your paintings are pretty spectacular.

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Cheers,
Julie