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

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cat in Sun



Cat in Sun (sketch)

6x8in oil on canvas board   $100.

This was painted as a very quick demo in the afternoon session today.
It was painted from a photo and I placed him in a grassy setting.
It is definitely a sketch, but I feel I was successful in having him look
as if he was moving. What a lovely, chubby Tabby!

Artist Note.

I know I said I was going to show a step-by-step demo of my
fracturing technique with the painting, Pouncer.
Here is what has happened.
A while back Daily Paintworks had contacted me to see if I would be interested
in making a couple of ArtBytes on my Fracturing Technique as they felt there
would be some interest in them.
I went through th typical feelings of, no one will want to see them...
I am not good enough, but Jennifer Newcomb was very nice
and suggested I take my time and think about it.
In between then and now, I did the move into the new gallery and
teaching space. My life was hectic.
Then along came the Birdbrain Challenge and I submitted, Meet Mr Gull.
From the response I received  from DPW and my blog, I gathered that there
are quite a few who would enjoy seeing how I do my technique.

I sent Jennifer the notes and demo I had prepared to go on my blog regarding "Pouncer"
and I received a very encouraging reply so I am going to work on it
in earnest and see what I come up with.
The DPW crew offer proffessional help and guidance so it could be fun.
Wish me luck please.
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57 comments:

  1. OMG! what a cute cat! how dare you think no one would be interested! I have gone to bed at night wondering about how you do your fracturing! sounds like you have a good plan in place - can't wait to see!!

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    1. You make me feel good - thanks Myra.
      I am loving your Van Gogh flowers series

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  2. Julie, you will do a wonderful art byte. And you have such outstanding examples of your work with the technique done in varying degrees with varying subjects. You can't miss. I can't wait.Hugs.

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    1. Helen my dear, what a true supporter you are - thank you.
      I am loving watching you develop those trees.

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  3. Julie, you will do an excellent art byte. Your technique is fascinating and you have outstanding examples......some highly fractured and some less so.....and you explain why so well. I say go for it and we will all be the wiser. Hugs.

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    1. Interesting how that happens. Somethings ...like with four tiny legs, cannot be highly fractured. Well it could but I want it to look somewhat like what I am after. I am an impressionist after all.

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  4. I love the colors and the way you captured that cat. It is not the most fractured painting you have done, but it is the right amount. Like I said before (I think), one has to adjust one's style/technique sometime to be able to make some subjects work.

    Good luck on the "Art byte"!

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    1. Can you believe how your reply came right after the one above?
      Synchronicity at its best!
      You are absolutely correct. The adjusting has to be done to suit the subject matter. I find the fracturing to be flexible enough to do that.
      When I was exploring developing Fracturing it was a genuine concern because I had tried something similar a few years ago and it did not work on everything.
      Thanks, Roger.

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  5. Dear Julie, your great ability to do and the great ability to to transmit what you do, to others is so special that the proposal DPW is perfect for YOU.
    Your blog, with the friendliness that characterizes, it will then be the meeting point for the experiences! I wish you the success you deserve so much!
    The cat is superb with colors, light and motion!

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    1. Dear, dear Rita. You always know how to say the nicest things in the most poetic way.
      I thank you so much.
      Your roses are truly beautiful today.

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  6. Oh yes, I'd be very curious to know how you do. The result is magnificent.

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    1. Hi Lydie, Thanks for the visit and comment. I like your explanation on the way you did the DPW Challenge. Love Google translator!

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  7. Luck please. Julie, you have the most wonderful sense of humor and you always seem to see my own sense of humor. Makes visiting your blog and commenting always so much fun. I indeed would love to see your fracturing technique. And Mr. Le Chat looks marvelous!

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    1. It is because you are genuinely funny! I choked laughing at "open the window" on today's blog!
      Thanks for the good wishes, Crimson.

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  8. You'll do a great job & I for one cannot wait to learn this technique! I have try to figure it out on my own (using my acrylics) but have not had too much success. Would love a few tips to try to incorporate into my work!

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    1. Hi Donna - the fracturing has principles which will work with
      all medias. You may find part of it will incorporate into your own vision.

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  9. Yay ! I wanted to ask how to do this fracturing thing but It's so hard to post comments anymore, with that "prove you're not a robot thing" That I hadn't bothered. Wish me luck this time and look forward to your "byte".

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    1. Thanks for taking the plunge. I agree about the robot thing. I have had four tries on one post but will not do that anymore.

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  10. I always wondered how you did your fracturing, Julie...a very UNIQUE technique that I know so many people would be interested to learn...Your cat is absolutely beautiful!!!

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    1. Thanks, Hilda, Fingers crossed I do it right. thanks for liking chubby tabby.

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  11. Happy to hear you'll be doing an Art Byte of your technique! Good luck--can't wait to see it.

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  12. Julie, that's fantastic! I'm sure there are lots of artists who will be very interested in your technique. Can't wait to see more on it.

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  13. Julie, This is what I've been waiting for! Fracturing has been on my list of techniques to learn. Have purchased several ArtBytes and love the concept of learning from other artists. Look forward to your ArtByte!!!

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    1. Thank you for letting me know, Margie. I love learning too so we share a great attitude and a love for clam chowder. I hope the recipe is good. I forwarded it to my personal chef.
      Hubby is getting MUCH better in the kitchen.
      By the way I broke my record. it took 5 tries to get through the prove your not a robot thing on your blog. 5!

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  14. Your ArtByte will be awesome! Can't wait, especially when I'm too far away to be able to take a class with you. Good luck! Love all your paintings, especially "Pouncer" since he looks like my "Oreo".

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  15. I love the name Oreo. Big grin.
    Thanks for the visit, Catherine

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  16. How wonderful for you, Julie. I love your new technique and I'm sure your tutorial will be very well received. Beautiful painting, too!

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    1. You are so nice to say that and I thank you Gina.
      I really liked the trio paintings you put together,

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  17. I also know your art byte will be inspiring and filled with good process for all who want to try this technique. But really, I am most interested in the feelings of self-doubt and insecurity that arise in all of us. Thank you for being so honest and then, in spite of feelings, moving ahead along the path! Pouncer is proud :)

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    1. Loved your reply, Anne. Thank you.
      Congrats on your 300th blog. Huge feat. Love your latest painting. Great design.

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  18. The fracturing adds a three dimensional quality to your paintings. It really jumped out at me on this one, but no wonder there's so much interest. Of course you should do the ArtByte. Those are a wonderful learning tool!

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    1. You have been a supporter and very helpful to me and I thank you for this encouragement. Any sign of a painting coming out on your blog?

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  19. Absolutely do this!! BTW, whenever I see one of your 'fracture technique paintings', I think that it takes some excellent drawing skills to be sure not to lose the who idea of the subject, but also allows for some leeway to make adjustments during the process. Really looking forward to your video demo. Best of luck!

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    1. YOU ARE CORRECT. I CAN DRAW, BUT THE BEAUTY OF FRACTURING IS THAT IT SUITS EVEN THOSE WHO LOVE TO PAINT WITHOUT A FORMAL ART BACKGROUND.
      THANKS FOR THE 'LUCK'

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  20. Yes, it's so interesting to learn about artist's styles and how they've developed their own unique process, like yours. Thanks for posting it, and best wishes on your new space and ventures!

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    1. I agree Katherine. I find bloggers to be so open about their process. Thanks for the good wishes.
      You are so good at your art. I enjoyed the visit to your blog.

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  21. Pouncer looks great, Julie! You have made the fracturing work well with animals.
    I'm chewin' at the bit to see the Byte!

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    1. Making me laugh again Dean. YOu are blessed with your great attitude and I know your source.

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  22. Just so you know, my finger is poised and hovering over that "buy" button. Sell #1, get's easier after that Julie. One more thing, stick out that chest, well, just a little bit, lift that head and enjoy your talent. Your followers certainly do.
    Hugs to ya!

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    1. Thanks, Blanche. I am from a culture and period of time where praise was not passed out quite so freely as it is now. It is still hard for me to - stick out my chest! I must admit to being touched by all these comments of encouragement. It sure helps.

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  23. That's me!!! I'm like cats, chasing the sun and then I just lay and enjoy... If only I could purr too :) Lovely cat Julie!
    I hope you could see my hand rising in the air while I was reading your post, you would realise I'm one of the few (am sure are more than few) who whould enjoy seeing your technique, more than enjoy-excited even better!!
    Best of luck dear Julie!
    Warm regards.

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    1. It is great to see you back posting your art and to hear that you are settled back home in Athens,
      Time will tell if I manage to do this right.

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  24. absolutely gorgeous - if I painted in oils this is how I'd like to paint!

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    1. Thank you, because your birds are wonderful!

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  25. Great cat on the prowl. --I would love to see the video I read and reread your description of the process, but still couldn't visualize what you were saying. Definitely, good luck.

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    1. You have stated what I am concerned about. If I have not been able to get it across in a way someone like you with your great skills and knowledge can understand it, then I may not have the ability to do this. Fingers crossed.
      Thanks for the caring and luck.

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  26. I was always thinking why you had done an art byte on your wonderful technique, cant wait to watch it! Actually your technique has been my subject matter to share and praise with my husband during my morning walk yesterday:-)

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  27. I was really touched by your heartfelt story of your aunt and the painting you did.
    Thanks for passing on your encouragement on to me. Talking to your hubby about my work is a nice thought for me.

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  28. Of course now that I am a fully paid up member of DPW (48 hours), I shall demand a front seat.

    Well done, Julie. All your stuff is great, but old Prowler has that special look.

    Don't worry about getting 'it across', I'm a non-painter ... but already you've taught me that a paint brush is hairy ... or was that the easel?

    Seriously, the Very Best of LUCK!!

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  29. It is great to have you as a DPW artist. You will be unique among us.
    Thanks for the laugh...you made my day!

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  30. Heartfelt wishes to you, Julie, on your newest endeavor. There is no doubt in my mind you will be very successful. Know that you are a wonderful teacher with a world of information to share...Good Luck!

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  31. Julie, That is wonderful news. You are such a fabulous teacher, I am sure your art byte will be well received!

    Pouncer looks very energetic.....wonderful result!

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Julie