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

Friday, August 31, 2012

Mugging for the Camera















Mugging for the Camera

6x8in oil on canvas panel  $125.

Some mugs from my collection. I really do like the polka dot one
but never drink out of it.
I bought it purely to paint.

Those who follow this blog know that my daughter moved away with her job
and I had been missing her.
Last Sunday, our local paper did a very nice story on my
move into the new gallery/studio space and also about my daily paintings.
I forwarded Rainy, my daughter, the newspaper link and she sent me
these beautiful flowers with a note saying how proud she was of me!
Tears and tissue time!!!














Artist Note.

Yellow roses are my favorite rose and Callas are my one of my favorite
flowers to paint, but I worked on these flowers for hours today and
for the life of me could not get something I liked.
I do want to paint them so I will try again tomorrow.
I think the problem was  the long shape of the callas mixed
with rather a large rose.
Have to work on getting the design much stronger than what I was doing.




34 comments:

  1. beautiful painting! I love mugs! beautiful flowers too! I hope you get to see your daughter soon - what a lovely gesture!

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    1. Hi Myra - glad you like mugs as well as cups!
      You are really putting out some outstanding and creative pieces.

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  2. these mugs are so beautifully painted, Julie. As far as those flowers, I know you'll figure it out tomorrow! That was so sweet of your daughter.! You did a good job bringing her up, Mom!

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    1. Thanks so much Hilda.
      The flowers are going to be a challenge. I want the yellow and white together but the shapes my not work.
      Daughter is a great on...but her dad had a lot to do with how great she turned out.

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  3. This painting makes a bold statement; very, very nice work, Julie. I also hope you can see your daughter soon; it was so thoughtful of her to send you flowers. Looking forward to your painting of them.

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    1. Thanks carol - I appreciate the extra "very!"
      Looking forward to seeing your next painting and I think - just like you said on your blog - I will do a small study first.

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  4. My granddaughters moved in, filling the gaps left by my children leaving the nest. Now the last, and youngest, granddaughter is leaving - I home educated her (health reasons) and we are just completing an English degree together. She's the last to go (gulp). So, much sympathy to you.

    Love the mugs ... all the best with the flowers!

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    1. You sound like a caring and wonderful grandfather...and understanding of my situation.

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  5. Awww... She has every right to be proud! And you, to be needing tissues :) The most treasurable recognition is the one we get from our loved ones!
    I would need to ease the emotions first before trying to paint the flowers, but you are a great master of your brushes!
    The painting is, as always, gorgeous!!
    Warm regards.

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    1. thank you Konstantina, I never feel as if I am master of anything...except how I choose to be.

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  6. Love the cups too and I can't wait to see your painting of the flowers. I know you'll get it where you want it. It will be a beautiful piece!

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    1. Thanks so much for the positive thinking regarding the flowers..
      I hope you are able to think of starting to paint again and the loss, although I know is still as deep, could be the start of a loving portrait???

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  7. Julie, Love the mugs, the strong reds and black make a powerful statement.

    Apparently, your daughter is as kind and thoughtful as you....big surprise :)

    Congratulations on your new studio, your beautiful flowers, and the newspaper article.......life is good!

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  8. Love the painting - the colors are my favorite. What could be better than to have your daughter be proud of you!

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    1. Glad you like the colors. So do I!

      Nothing is better - I agree.

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  9. How sweet of your daughter. I would say she is probably missing her mother very much. And why wouldn't she be proud to have a mom that's a local artist celebrity in your community. :)

    I am in love with your polka dot mug painting. And I think I would drink from that polka dot coffee cup every day.

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    1. Thanks Lisa - but did you notice the handle on the polka dot mug? Hard to hold it comfortably - but great to paint!
      You are right -she is, but finds her new job exciting and fulfilling.

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  10. Julie, wonderful painting of the mugs. I love how you added the lemons to carry your eye through. What a sweet daughter!!

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    1. Glad you noticed the lemons. Not the same without them.
      Part of the layering I talked about earlier to provide depth.

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  11. I really like this mug painting, though the fracturing/painting knife isn't so apparent.

    Thanks for the story of the roses, Julie!

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    1. You have been busy doing that great egg painting for the challenge.
      Actually the painting is fractured... but not as much as yesterdays painting..

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  12. I love the polka dot mug and the beautiful reds! Your daughter is so sweet to send you flowers but I don't blame her for being proud! Congratulations on your success!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer and I love the wonderful movement in your painting day at the Beach.

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  13. Paint Two - roses, then callas - each with only a hint of the other...

    Haven't seen a painting of yours that I didn't enjoy viewing!

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    1. Good idea but I tried that yesterday. I think I may be too..as Konstantina said, emotionally attached.
      Thanks Roseanne for the comment. Your mug with pansies is lovely.

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  14. Dear Julie, I like how the elements of composition convey, creating a drama to the background! Other stories for your characters!
    Instead calla lilies and roses are difficult for the stems ... but you're too experienced not to find a way to do ... acting actors!

    Congratulations on the well deserved success of all your activities!

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    1. Thanks for the visit Rita and I have painted them with and without the stems. I am trying for design now. I should have recorded each wipe-off
      Hope the new baby and family are happy and well.

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  15. Hey, Julie - Gorgeous painting, and such a nice daughter! I could stand to take a cue from her and support my mom a little more. What a sweet bouquet! - Sarah

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Sarah and neat idea to send flowers to your mom.
      I love your sunflower series.

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  16. Lovely painting and composition.

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  17. Lovely painting and wonderful story of your sweet and thoughtful daughter. The fowers are beautiful and I have no doubt that your interpretation with oil paint will do them justice!

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  18. wow!!!!Absolutely beautiful painting!!!!!!
    Congratulations!!!!-))))

    i want to write more,but my english is bad-))))
    have a nice day
    Christa

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  19. Great painting, Julie! Very imaginative name for it, I might add.....
    Kathy

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Julie