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

Monday, August 20, 2012

Blossom Study



Blossom Study

6x8in oil on canvas   SOLD

This was a quick demo to show how to work on a color
study for a large painting.

Artist Note.

Here I am exploring warm and cool overlays for vibrations.
You can see them bouncing around. I scumbled a lot of this
using the side of the brush. It gives a broken brushwork effect.
The final painting lost a lot of the looseness and vibrations
of this study and this is where personal taste comes in.
Knowing what you like and don't like about a painting is very important.
Libby Fife and I had a neat blog discussion on taste in art.
See comments Libby Fife
She was kind enough to respond. I really enjoy hearing
other artist's viewpoints.




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38 comments:

  1. this is extremely beautiful - extremely - beautiful!

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    1. Oh MY! "extremely" is a powerful word and I truly thank you, Myra.
      You blog is extra fantastic today with the collage and some dynamite imagery.

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  2. Wow, Julie - your blog is truly a wonderful place!

    Where about in England did you live?

    I've just joined a lot of my friends as a 'follower' of yours, I hope you don't mind.

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    1. It is a pleasure to have you visit, John. Your work is awesome.
      I am from Manchester - Chorlton-cum-Hardy.
      I was back there visiting a sister a few years ago and it has changed so much.

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  3. What a lovely floral! Love that flower arrangement too...!

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    1. Thanks Crimson - how is the liver doing? Hope all is well.

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  4. Fantastic work capturing the beauty and freshness of those blossoms.

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    1. You are so nice, carol. Thank you.
      I enjoyed your interview very much.

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  5. Fantastic painting, Julie! Beautiful colors and love the vase!!!

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    1. Thanks Hilda - looking forward to your next masterpiece.

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  6. This is a fun one! It feels well rounded some how because of all of the colors you snuck in:) And thanks for the mention. I always enjoy talking with you:)

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    1. Hi Libby - they are all fun at first... until I get to the middle and the hard work starts.

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  7. Another pretty vase within a pretty painting. I really enjoyed reading the conversation between you and Libby on her blog. It is so educating to "hear" experienced artists talk. Thank you for pointing that out.

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    1. Glad you visited Libby's blog.
      Your own blog has many interesting exchanges too as well as your wonderful work.

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  8. Julie, if this is a quick demo ... already so totally beautiful ... as beautiful will be ... the Great Work!!!???
    Every your work is a truly MASTERPIECE!!!

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    1. My dear Rita - you are always so sweet and I thank you. I love your new piece.

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  9. Wow, I'm always inspired to bring my oils out and put my watercolours aside when I see gorgeous still lifes like this. Amazing.

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    1. Hi there Nora - thanks for the comment - a really nice one too!
      I have enjoyed your drawings very much.

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  10. The word I come up with is vibrant. And that I think reflects on the play of warm and cool.Great demo with so much information. One just needs to look. LOL. I will check out Libby's blog later. More fun........

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    1. I agree - it is the warm and cools . Wish I could use them all the time to this degree but I find I am better off doing a series and the subtle differences the explorations bring forth.

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  11. I love the blossoms, branches and vase. That pretty much covers it! Another gorgeous painting, Julie. It can be a real challenge keeping things loose. I'm always striving for that. I would love to see your large piece.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer I will have to post the large piece. The differences are huge but you can tell it is the same still life.

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  12. Dear Julie, a beautiful painting! I firstly saw the painting and thought to myself how warm and vivid colours compliment so much the vase... :) Thank you for sharing.
    Warm regards.

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    1. Thank you, Konstantina, and thank YOU for sharing monty Python's... Always look on the bright side. I had forgotten how hilarious that was.

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  13. I have no idea what the big one look like, but you know I like it loose. This one has a nice Asia feeling, well done.

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    1. The large one was more impressionistic.
      Thanks Roger.

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  14. Lovely painting, Julie. I love the softened edges. I am working on mine, it is one of the many things I am determined to loosen up on. Thanks for always sharing so freely. :)

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    1. You are welcome and must tell you that your dogs are fabulous.

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  15. It's crazy but sometimes I still don't know what I like sometimes. This painting like all your others is wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Angela. I enjoy your writings.

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  16. Well it looks like several of us would like to see the finished work so we can compare. I'm awestruck by the background. There's a lot going on, a lot of colour and many blooms and I can't help wondering why it doesn't look too busy. Any thoughts on that?

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    1. Thanks and regarding the background - maybe it is because they are color changes and not huge value changes - maybe?

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  17. I quite agree knowing what you like about a painting, especially one's own painting is so important. I visited Libby's blog because of your mention and love the back and forth between Libby and her commentators!
    It's wonderful to see the warm/cool color shifts in your background here. It adds so much vibrancy to the work. I would also like to see the big one to compare.

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    1. I love your Pocket Venus painting, Shirley and thanks for ths great feedback.

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  18. Julie,

    While catching up on your blog, I saw that you had posted "My Daughter" (egg tempera) on a day when you were not to available to paint. It the first painting of yours that Carol and I saw when we were visiting Las Cruces for a month before relocating to LC. The experience was topped off by meeting your daughter almost immediately.

    Bill Coon

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  19. How nice of you to take the time to comment. I am looking forward to seeing your art on your blog.

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I love that you are taking the time to comment and thank you for it. I am sure other readers will enjoy them too. If you cannot comment through this format then email me at juliefordoliver@gmail.com
Cheers,
Julie