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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On the Shelf - #1



On the Shelf - #1

6x8in  oil on canvas  $125.

I have a shelf by my easel in the new studio and I am
planning to do a series of still life set-ups on it.
Today it holds my Licorice Altoids, small mint Altoids,
a baggie of raw almonds, a sample jar of blackberry preserves
and my mechanical pencil.

I found it difficult to fracture the baggie and still make it look
like clear plastic.

27 comments:

  1. You did an amazing job with the plastic bag, Julie!. I can imagine how difficult it was to paint.. I also LOVE the background and table.!!

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    1. You are so supportive, Hilda. Thank you very much.

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  2. it's beautiful! i love the fracturing - and what detail on the baggie!

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    1. Thank you, Mayra. I guess I could collage a bit of baggie on it! I love what you are doing.

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  3. I think this is amazing. The plastic bag is really convincing. Its very difficult for me to paint edible stuff, primarily because I cannot control the temptation to pop some of it from time to time ;)

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    1. You made me laugh about eating the props.
      Thanks for the visit and I think the portrait you painted and the beautiful drawing of her a couple of posts before that is truly lovely.

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  4. Greetings Julie from a fellow Brit. You were successful though as the red and blue stripes indicate that it is a 'ziplock' bag and therefore transparent. I love your blog and follow it regularly. Thank you. Sharon.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. I loved visiting your blog and am looking forward to seeing the new painting when finished

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  5. This one is awesome. You really captured those object and I love those splashes of red.

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    1. Hi Roger - awesome also fits your new tree painting!

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  6. I wish I knew what you meant by fracture...But I sure love what you've done here, Julie. Who knew a plastic baggie could be so beautiful??

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    1. Hi, thanks and Fracturing is a term I came up with to describe my process.

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  7. You did a wonderful job on the plastic baggie. I give you extra credit just for attempting such a difficult subject matter.

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    1. You are so nice to give me extra credit - thanks Carol.
      Love the color harmony on your post today.

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  8. That's interesting. I would have thought the pencil would have been more difficult. All are convincing and I'm amazed how you
    could fracture such details with just the right amount of info. Your process is intriguing Another nice one!

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    1. What a super comment. Thank you Bruce.
      Your figures on the beach are wonderful.

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  9. Popped over following your comment on that funny painting and my rose. You like it? Really? Have you not seen your own roses? Lol! Hmm.. They put mine to shame! Really glad you commented because it means I found your lovely blog :0)

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    1. How nice of you Sandra. Thanks. I will look forward to following your interesting blog

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  10. Well done, Julie. You managed the plastic bag beautifully! Looks wonderful. What a great series this will be using that shelf! I'd like to do that! Hmmmm.

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    1. hi Carol. Glad you thought the bag was okay because you have a good eye. I have another shelf one going. Hope you do one too.

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  11. Wow, Julie, I love this casual still life. Those bright stripes on the baggie are perfect!

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    1. Thanks Sherry - I enjoyed seeing your wonderful watercolors.

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  12. Wow, wow and wow. You can make any object look painterly and beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Nora but I do believe that YOU are the one who does that!

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  13. How you managed to say Altoids in about 3 strokes I'll never know! It's great!

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  14. Fantastic Julie! You achieved what you were going for on the plastic bag. My favorite is the mechanical pencil.

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  15. Hello Julie:) Your art is always nice, and this one is too! I love the subjects and the back and forground are wonderful of color!

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Julie