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

Friday, October 19, 2012

Some Kind of Bean?




Some Kind of Bean?

Study. floral still life. NFS

This beautiful plant was a surprise find on a walk today.
I was with a friend and we were on our way back from our annual,
and wonderful, Empty Bowls fund raiser.
http://elcaldito.wordpress.com/empty-bowls/
What a marvelous
gift to the community the potters do. Over a thousand bowls
are made, sold and funds donated to our local soup kitchen.

I have no idea what plant this is, but I do know it had long, bean
shaped pods hanging from it... as well as beautiful flowers
with delicate, curly, thread like tendrils coming out of the
flower clusters
It was used as an ornamental wall covering.
The pods looked as if they had a pretty tough skin.
Anyone know their name?


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39 comments:

  1. A lovely initiative to raise funds!

    Your beautiful unknown plant is now a beautiful work full of light, with a harmony of colors that caresses the eye!

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    1. The plant is no longer unknown - courtesy of John Simlett - it is the Scarlett Runner B.
      Thank you for the lovely comment, Rita.

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  2. Can't get the picture to get larger, but it is still a lovely floral. I see the hint of those curly tendrils and they are a nice detail and gives it all character, well done.

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    1. Thanks Roger. It was hard deciding how pronounced to make those tendrils look. They were all over the place so I edited.

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    2. I would like to see this up close, see the details, it is so educational. =)

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  3. Julie...I don't know what the plant is....but I do know what the painting is...Beautiful!!! Love the beautiful neutrals played against the reds and greens.

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    1. Hi Dean, thanks for the observation of the neutral areas. I find red and green VERY hard to work with and I am learning to make sure there are balancing neutrals to offset the fight between those two colors.

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  4. This is beautifully painted, Julie. I wish I knew the name of these pods..but it made a wonderful still life!!

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    1. I was pleased to find out the name. That is what is great about our blogging friends, they strive to help. Lisa sent me a link to purple runner beans and I am going to paint them. Just imagine - actual purple beans! FUN.

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  5. I don't know what it is but it sure is pretty! Love the sound of that fund raiser. Not heard of it before but I'll bet those bowls were beautiful.

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    1. They were and I picked a lovely, square, purple bowl.

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  6. You are a genius with color Julie. One painting after another impresses me with your expertise. I have no idea what they are called either, but does it matter? They are gorgeous.

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    1. What a generous thing to say about my use of color. It means a lot. thanks.
      Your young girls portrait is amazing and I particularly love the way you painted her hair.

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  7. It's a lovely painting and I can see the gentleness you put into capturing it. The curly details are just scrumptious!

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    1. Your blog painting is wonderful Susan.
      You captured the sun going down so well on the two figures folding the blanket.
      Thanks for the very nice comment.

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  8. Stunning work, Julie. Love the colors in the shadows.

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    1. Thanks Carol. You always get lovely shadow colors too.

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    1. Hey Carol - I adore that cow you painted. Even looks cute and friendly.

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  10. Hello Julie:) I love this painting. The flowers are beautiful and perfect hanging over that wall. Very well done!

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    1. How nice you are - thanks, Renate. You did a great job with the Bouguereau copy.

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  11. Beautiful painting Julie! I like how your cropped it and love the curly tendrils. And I really need to try and get my leaves to look like yours, with all the great color variations!

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    1. Hi Jennifer - thanks for the comment. I tried to leave a comment on your blog but it wants me to join google plus and I am not sure I want to do that until I know more about it.

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  12. Gorgous painting, Julie.

    OK .... let me tell you what sort of bean it's not! It's not a Human bean, it's not a has bean, and it's not a baked bean! But I reckon it is a Scarlett Runner - a type of Runner Bean grown in most British Vegetable patches. The pods get very tough towards the end of the season ... but as you are in New Mexico and not the Manchester area you know well ... it could be anything, that's all I have to say for the time bean.

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    1. Hysterical - love it, love it, love it! You could rent out at parties, John.
      When I came to this country I did greeting cards for a while and came up with one with a runner bean person and the caption, Happy Birthday to a great human-bean. Got royalties for a few years on that one.

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    2. John I forgot to give you the prize for naming the SB. Here is your gold star. Imaginary of course, but as an artist you know it is bright and worth a lot.

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  13. Oh my gosh, Julie, this is drop dead GORGEOUS! The color is haunting and the texture inspiring. Oh, I love it!

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    1. Praise indeed coming from a master painter like yourself, thank you. Your double portrait is amazing, Susan

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  14. I don't know what it is.....but it is soooooooo pretty! Nice painting....as always!

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    1. Pretty, eh, thanks, but your ballerina is pretty stunning!

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  15. I would love to know the name of the plant but I don't, all I can say is that your inspiration of this plant turned it into a beautiful piece of art.

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    1. I bet you have Scarlett Runner Beans over there, Jane. thanks for the complement and may I return it by say your post of the nude is very special.

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  16. Nothing seems to escape your artists' eyes and you created such a lovely piece out of your observation!

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    1. Thank you and I wonder how your aunt is doing - have you heard?
      I go onto your post to see the beautiful colors and marvel at the 3-D effect of your leaves coming towards me. How on earth did you do that?

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  17. Gorgeous Julie! Is it a Purple Hyacinth Bean?
    http://georgeweigel.net/plant-of-the-week-profiles/vines/purple-hyacinth-bean

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  18. Love-Love this painting. You captured the shrub's beauty beautifully. Thank-you for the link for the Empty Bowl event. What a fabulous show.

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  19. Lovely painting with fresh colors! The plant reminds me of a climbing bean we used to have over an old fence. Looks delicious!

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Julie