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

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Door in Mexico - Guadalajara





Mexico Door - Guadalajara

6x6in oil in canvas board  $100.



A few years ago I did a series on doors in Guadalajara, Mexico.
I fell in love with the bright colors they had absolutely no
problem using.
I had visited Portugal and Spain before I came to America and
really loved the bright colors of their buildings.
Imagine my pleasure in
discovering the similar use of color in Mexico.

There is a huge American and Canadian community of ex-pats
near Guadalajara in a town called Tlaquepaque.
It is a very beautiful historical town nestled around a huge lake.
You can find a re-creation of the buildings and landscaping
 in Sedona, AZ.
They did a wonderful job of duplicating the tile work.
I see many an artist painting there when I visit.



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28 comments:

  1. Love your blog Julie..I spent some time in Tlaquepaque last March..wonderful..can appreciate your painting

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  2. How nice to hear that. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.
    Love your painting and the way you did the shadow, color changes in the hat

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  3. How much light fantastic! Lots of light and plenty of color, bring to mind the colors of the Mediterranean places! The world is so beautiful and colorful everywhere and you, Julie, painting capture the joy.

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    1. You are correct about the Mediterranean places, Rita, You are lucky to be able to be around them. When I was in India I found the saris to be the wonderful spots of color. Especially as they were hanging in the sun to dry.

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  4. Oh such gorgeous colors, Julie! Love the lush pot of flowers, so welcoming at the door.

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    1. Thank you, oh brave one - shaving your head. Good move though as I read how dangerous the hair dye can be.

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  5. I agree the colors are beautiful! Love the pot of flowers! Have a good day Julie!

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    1. Thank you Donna. I really think you have done a beautiful painting with your fairies.

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  6. Besides the colours, which are fantastic, I adore the little game of light and shadow!!! As always, gorgeous painting Julie!
    A hug :)

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    1. I thank you for such a nice comment. Light is the important thing to me. Without light there would only be dark.

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  7. Julie,
    Love this theme and your painting. Do you offer any online classes? Unfortunately I am in south Florida!

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  8. Hi Maria - thanks for the complement.
    No I do not but am working on a video Artbyte for Daily Paintworks and will let you know when it is released.
    You are very creative and I love your Etsy store.

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    1. I would love to know when that video is completed. Thanks for your kind comments and for stopping by my Etsy shop!

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  9. Doors and doorways are so fascinating. Here the colors sing and the light is lovely. I hope you do more.........

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    1. Thanks Helen, have a great time on your trip to Hawaii.

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  10. Love the door and loosesness of brush work.

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  11. I am really enjoying your break from still life--though you really are a champ and I have to send my daughter in-love your url; still life is her chosen genre. The red clay and aquamarine color scheme seems to be the scheme South of the border.

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    1. I just saw a still life on your blog and liked both of them but hey - we both have a cat on the same day, too.
      Thanks for the visit.

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  12. Must be a wonderful place to be.. very inspiring for artists. Love the lush brushstrokes and of course the bold colors and the strong light.

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  13. You are so nice, Jane. Thanks for the great comment

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  14. That's a great idea Julie! I love the painting too.

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  15. Hello Julie:) Very nice and colorful painting! I love the subject you paint. Beautiful!

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  16. I love the beautiful vibrant colors in this piece!!

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  17. I love Tlaquepaque and you've done a wonderful job capturing the feeling and color of Mexico.

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Cheers,
Julie