Personal Art Blog

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

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Farm in the Valley

Farm in the Mesilla Valley

6x8in oil on canvas panel   $125. SOLD

This was very quickly done on location and "tweaked" in the studio.
It was a very beautiful day and the pecan orchards at the back of the fields
still have their leaves.

Artist Note.

The "tweaking" part was the foreground. I had an even space
either side the larger front bush. See below. I try and stay away
from even spacing with either positive or negative shapes.
I used my painting knife to smoosh some of the paint from
the smaller bush sideways into the larger one, but I had to
mix more paint and create a new shape. Once I did that
I started making small adjustments here and there, and had
to force myself to stop. I know you all understand the
need to to do that. I could go on piddling forever and
completely lose the plein air freshness.

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  1. I love the painting. I didn't think of it first, but when I followed your reasoning I realized what you were talking about, and agree with the decision. It is something I will take with me when doing my tree abstractions. I tend to like the repetition aspect of it, but know also that I need to explore other venues. I always learn something on your blog.

    1. I love repetition too, but there is more power with uneven spaces "within" the symmetry of repeat shapes.
      YOu do it already so it must be instinctive.

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    1. I have to tell you I am still laughing over the start of your blog...that should bring them flocking in!!! Priceless.
      Thanks Crimson.

  3. Your fracturing technique works so well in this beautiful landscape, Julie!! I'm glad you stopped when you did...perfect finish!!

    1. Thanks Hilda - so you too have "been there with the stopping" Love the tiger.

  4. I absolutely love it! The colours are fantastic, Julie! I know what you mean by having to force yourself to stop working and I think that this very point when you leave your brushes down gives each artist his/hers identity-maybe I'm talking nonsense, but I really believe that behind artist's choices stories are awaited to be told.
    Warm regards.

    1. I agree with you completely. Unlike me, you have the wonderful gift of words to tell some of the stories. Your blog is special that way.
      thanks Konstantina.

  5. Julie - this is a gorgeous painting and also love your zinnias and marigolds. Your art is fabulous Julie - love the impressionistic style you use. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.

    1. Nice of you Debbie - thank you. I enjoyed the trip on your blog.

  6. I think the word piddling was invented just for artists! I am very familiar with it. And how often have I been told to vary my distances to make the work more interest. Lots. What a beautiful feeling this work elicits. Calm, beauty, freshness. A good thing, for sure.

  7. Have a grin reading the first sentence. Vary the distance is a piece of advice I have not heard before so will tuck that one away.
    Your red roof on the building in the hills accomplishes it very well.

  8. Gorgeous piece! Lovely technique. I tend not to look at artist's blogs, but I must make the effort...I've missed such a lot of your paintings it seems by relying solely on DPW.


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