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

Sunday, August 19, 2012

On the Edge



On the Edge

6x8in  oil on canvas

We have all seen this...a thriving tree right on the edge of a cliff
growing out of what appears to be solid rock.
I can plant seeds with tender care into perfect soil...
only to see some survive better than others... and weeds leap out
of places where there has been no water.
Mother Nature continues to astound.

If this appears familiar - good eye and good for you!
It is a repeat of a painting I did back in April but I went back to
where it was and made some changes to fit how it looks now..






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23 comments:

  1. Yes I saw it before and it is still a wonderful painting. Glad you revisited it and "updated" it.
    Not much painting today but a great visit with my daughter!

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  2. You are one with a good eye and memory. Helen. Glad you like it.

    Wish I could visit with my daughter, you lucky artist you!

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  3. How beautiful landscape, refreshing at a time
    superheated! I love the symbol of the great trees on the edges of rocky ... nature is unpredictable! I wish you a lovely week, Julie!

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    1. Thank you Rita. I enjoyed your blog about using darks in watercolor.

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  4. It is gorgeous, Julie! Whenever I see a tree or plant growing like this I always think of the biblical story of planting your house on sand, on rock, on solid ground...

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    1. Thank you Crimson Leaves - I agree with the lesson...Definitely not on the sand!

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  5. Beautiful texture in this gorgeous painting, Julie! It's hard to forget any of your pieces!

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    1. Thanks Hilda - I went for more texture to give me more the feel of the place.

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  6. It really is beautiful-the colors are lovely.

    It always amazes me to see things growing out of rocks. Just recently I saw manzanita trees growing out of the side of the rocky hillside and I also just thought about the plants growing up out of the volcanic rocks in Hawaii. Just amazing.

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    1. Thanks for adding to the interesting comments. I was just on your blog and enjoyed the thought provoking issue you raised. I hope my reply was not too long!

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  7. I join the rest in saying beautiful, Julie!
    I really like the small dashes of pure color the you have inserted here. They generate an excitement!

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  8. This has some nice contrast, and I love how that blue is peeping through the trees, well done.

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    1. Thanks Roger - great iris on your blog today

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  9. It did look familiar! I would love to sit right beside that tree dangling my feet on the edge of that cliff!

    Thank you thank you for your last comment. I love it when you comment. You do it so well.

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    1. You should have seen the drop off from where I did the sketch. It was a loooong way down.
      It is always a pleasure to visit yr blog and was thrilled with your success.

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  10. Love what you do with the shadows and the light, Julie, and how you carry your colors to different parts of the painting. Just beautiful and just amazing!I agree about Mother Nature. I think she's just whimsical at times with what grows where it grows.

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    1. Thanks Carol. Your new cactus flower is stunning.

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  11. Hello Julie:) It's so nice to see how a landscape changes by painting it with a pallet knife. Love it. It has a kind of glow. Beautiful!

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  12. The thick, juicy texture of the paint looks great in this landscape. And I love the color in the vertical mountain face!

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  13. In my garden, holly trees grow like weeds. When I planted the holly berries myself, to form a hedge, nothing happened.

    Wonderful painting, I love the rugged beauty.

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Cheers,
Julie