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

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall Colors Along the River



Fall Colors Along the River

6x8in  oil on canvas board   $125.

The colors can seem unbelievable at this time of year.
We are not quite at this stage of color here in Las Cruces, but up in
the northern part of New Mexico
the aspens and cottonwoods glow with brilliant oranges
and many shades of yellow and rust.

Artist Note:

This was a demo of neutralizing the fall colors, but still keeping the colors bright.
Every color has some "yellow green" or "reddish purple" in it.  Yes - even the blue.




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38 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, Julie! This is a fantastic piece. There's nothing more beautiful than Fall colors... Love it!!

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    1. I agree, Hilda, fall is amazing and everyone seems to love it.

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    1. thanks and so is your blue bird and feather!

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  3. Gorgeous! I love the way you modeled the bright color with shadows.

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    1. thanks Mary. Your tree is so beautifully painted. I love the way you paint.

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  4. I want to walk in this place you have painted. Real bad.

    I am afraid we are not going to see a lot of Fall splendor here...we have had a very dry two years.

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    1. If you have color it will be like ours - next to the water. The rest of the places are like yours. We are in a drought also.
      Glad you like the painting.

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  5. This is so beautiful!!! You know I love color and this color is so crisp and fresh. Amazing job!

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    1. Hi Marie - thanks. I know both of us love color and your flowers and berries are very lovely.

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  6. This looks like a much bigger painting. It is really grand and the colors just sing.

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    1. Thank you Ruth. I found the colors in your Canyon Wall piece to be really beautiful too.

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  7. I have a weakness for fall colors, here they just shine brilliant through your magical hands Julie, beautiful!

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment. I am still thinking of the quote in your blog post by John Burroughs,
      "How beautifully leaves grow old." Fall is the perfect example.

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    1. Thanks, Celeste. I love the way you can use the color green.

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  9. Your wonderful landscape contains ALL THE MAGIC of the season on a sunny day!Colors sing!
    A feast for me especially,dear Julie, because in Northern Italy where I live, fall is surrounded by a haze almost every day!
    (These days I'm working on Project of bees with the online course and I see that it is very challenging! It takes time to learn new things!)

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    1. You are soooo very nice Rita. Thank you.
      Your bees are amazing.

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  10. Where my Mountain Ash (Rowan) have few leaves left, my Magnolia Grande still has large white flowers. Funny old climate Yorkshire as you know!

    Love your painting.

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    1. That was a remarkable post you have today, John. I am proud to have you visit my blog. Thank you.

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  11. OOhhh, this so what I am exploring right now and nice to see something that capture it so beautifully, very nice painting.

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    1. Hi Roger - thanks. You have the fall colors at the moment,too?
      On today's post - how did you get the top apple to appear to levitate?

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    2. well, that can be a good or a bad thing.. hehe.

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  12. A stunning painting, Julie! So evident why this is my favorite of all the seasons too. Look at that mirror-like lake too!

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    1. Good morning Crimson. Pleased you like it. Thank you.
      Sending some energy your way. Looking forward to seeing your watercolor develop.

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  13. Hello Julie:) Beautiful colors! The water looks so calm. Did you less knife work in it? The reflections are super! Very very nice!

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    1. No same knife work but used the back of the knife to create a smoother surface. This piece was not fractured knife because when I demo there is a different focus each time. This one was on how to keep the fall colors vivid but not gaudy.

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  14. I opened up you blog and the first thought was, "I want to go there right now!" Really nice. And it's fun to look for underlying colors isn't it? Always surprising.

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    1. Thanks Libby - glad you would like to join me in a walk there.
      Yes - I like broken color where you can see other colors peeking through.
      Excellent preparation drawings on your blog. Will be interesting to follow the development into a painting

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  15. I absolutely adore the feeling of this one, Julie!! I even love the term, 'neutralizing the fall colours'-totally artistic, somewhat poetic...
    Warm regards.

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    1. Nice of you to visit and comment. Poetic? that is where you reign Queen. You are wonderful with words.

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  16. I love the freshness of this...it's inspiring me to get back to painting with gusto after my exhausting holiday.

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    1. Hi Ken - anything to get you back so I can enjoy seeing your wonderful art. I know you will do well with the prints.

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  17. Wow! This is so beautiful Julie! I love it! That's a good lesson on toning down the colors; it's so tempting to use the most vibrant colors, right out of the tube, but it works so much better to mix with a "mother" color. If I had extra money I would buy this one!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer.
      Your colors are glorious in the challenge piece

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  18. Julie, just lovely! your reflection work is marv. Can't wait for your art blip on fracturing!

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    1. Hi Lavon - thanks for the visit and comment. The art blip ( love you calling it that) is taking time and I am at the stage where I am thinking I have some nerve even thinking I can do this!!!

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  19. This is a wonderful painting and a wonderful one to study. I am thinking I would have to play with the colors myself to fully understand what you did as in my eyes the colors just sing. I will keep looking and discovering. I think I am after the pockets of neutrals close in value to the brights??????

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Cheers,
Julie