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Monday, October 8, 2012

Dripping Springs, N.M. Revisited

Dripping Springs, N.M. Revisited.

6x6in oil on canvas panel  $100. SOLD

This is a palette knife painting I did basically from
memory. I painted this view several times yesterday
during the workshop, and each time I would wipe it off.
I was trying to get every little rock in the correct place and
it would get all fiddly.
Today I  went for what Eric Wallis kept stressing - the basic
shapes and color, and like it much better!

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  1. Which is why I would make a very poor painter ... each rock... each shadow ... each spider ... each spiders foot print. I have the ability to make babies look like very old people.

    But he's right ... your picture is wonderful!

    1. Funny - your point about making babies look like very old people. Such a visual!
      Using only the knife helped me get away from every detail.
      Still playing hooky?

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you mucho, Crimson.
      I enjoyed seeing you have the start of a watercolor on your blog. Looking forward to the rest.

  3. Wonderful, Julie. You really nailed the atmospheric mountains.

    1. Thanks, Carol. Sometimes our mountains will appear bluer than other times. The day of the demo they looked quite pale as it was hazy. Later, we had sunshine adding more of a punch to the colors and that is what I tried for here. Shapes and color.

      Lucky you visiting such a beautiful place with your friends. Your painting is wonderful and captures the feel of the sparkle of light on water, perfectly.

  4. I like it-It has a nice vague look to it so you can concentrate on the color and shapes but still get the idea of "the total picture". Sounds like the workshop was pretty valuable.

    1. Thanks Libby. I think it was VERY valuable. I teach massing in the shapes first, but I forgot to do it myself by trying to get all the peaks correct. Eric was great at getting us all pointed in the right direction.

  5. I've been away for a few days and I'm trying to catch up with all my bloggers....Julie, this is absolutely beautiful. The texture is amazing with the palette knife!! Love the cacti!!

    1. How nice you got away. Hope you enjoyed yourself.
      Thanks for the great comment.

  6. I love the abstract feeling of the painting, but it still visible what the motive is. I also love the cool colors of the cliffs/mountain. Well done.

  7. From Memory-two words that can give the creeps... I fail. Every. Time! I have to put together all the objects that I wish to compose on a painting from pictures or life...
    The painting is wonderful Julie!! I love the colours and how they guide the eye through the scenery.
    Warm regards.

  8. As a coincidence, I did almost a similar work yesterday on an older painting, but I wiped that foreground at least 5 times! I love your piece a lot!


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