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

Thursday, November 1, 2012

First Snow Along the River



First Snow Along the River

6x9in oil on linen mounted. $125. SOLD

This is full of subtle color changes, I say subtle because after
painting along the river in full autumn glory, this appears rather
dull by comparison. Dull it is not though because as I mix
the colors I find all the beautiful neutrals. Blues, lavenders,
golds and rusts and it has a oncoming winter glory of its own.
The next change will be after the wind comes along and
whips off all the dead leaves from the trees, and the wonderful
skeleton of the tree shapes will create a dramatic, dark punch.

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43 comments:

  1. A painting full of triangles and yes, beautiful neutrals.....but that blue just sings. You welcomed the change of seasons very nicely

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    1. The blue and gold harmony is one of my favorites, Helen.
      I find just a tiny bit of pure blue mixed next to the gray blue and other neutrals makes the whole area sing.

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  2. What a wonderful use of colour. You have mastered this unique technique of paint application so well. I hope you will create more of these beauties throughout the winter.
    Best wishes :)

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    1. How nice of you - thanks, Vinayak.
      I am thrilled to learn of the birth of your first child. Love the photo of him.

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  3. Watching this landscape I could say that was painted near the places where I live!The river snow covered, mountain trees with bare branches...The art is really universal language.
    The poetry of the changing season that you put into your art work,I feel in the same land where we live , and through blogs, brighten my day.
    I am happy when I see the red dot on your works.
    Someone has brought home a piece of happiness!

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    1. Thank you Rita. Good to know the river and trees are a universal theme.
      Love the flowers and what you wrote about using watercolor.

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  4. Julie, I don't know what I find more beautiful...the painting itself or your descriptive words. Anyway, I sure think this painting is fabulous and I love the textures I can see on the canvas too.

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    1. Thanks so much and hope you have a lovely weekend,

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  5. I love your combinaison of colors, neutrals makes vibrate the orange. Have a nice day!

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    1. I appreciate it Lydie and your single sky wash is beautiful.

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  6. So beautiful landscape in November temperature.

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    1. Thank you Maga, I love the beautiful fall colors in your Tuscany paintings.

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  7. Excellent Julie. A gorgeous landscape in very appealing color. Well done.

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    1. Nice of you Carol. I find your lavender and green colors appealing too. "Appealing" has a nice ring to it doesn't it?

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  8. This has such a sense of place for me, I feel like I've been there. I feel the crisp cool fall weather and feel refreshed by looking at this painting.

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    1. Your beach painting has great blues and I would like to be there!
      Thanks for the great comment, bruce.

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  9. Love those luscious, layered, colors, Julie!

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  10. Beautiful landscape Julie. Discovering the neutrals and playing them up is the fun part of painting. Oddly enough I am looking forward to the woods being bare. I love tree forms, (even though I hate the cold dampness of the season),and the play in Payne's Gray.

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    1. You are correct about the fun of the neutrals and I also love the next stage of the skeletons of the trees. The dying and dead leaves are still on.
      Your tropical painting was a blast of fun to see. I like what you chose to put in and your code for the chairs is really great.

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  11. Whatever you do Julie, you just have that magical touch, look at this landscape, a place you would really love to go and see, wonderful colors and composition .

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    1. Thank you dear Jane, I return the complement by saying your painting, Time for Tea has a lovely, restful color harmony which all teatimes should enjoy.

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  12. This is the fall/winter I remember from my childhood. I love the beautiful neutrals enhanced by the shots of vivid color. I feel cold just looking at it.

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    1. It is funny but you made me realize I cannot remember the colors being like this in England. Maybe because I was from the rainiest spot in England and the no sun bit meant no blue shadows.

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  13. Hello Julie:) Your landscapes are never dull! I love it in your special style. I love the colors and the lights. Beautifully done:)

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    1. I like that you think my landscapes are never dull. Thank you so much.
      I enjoyed reading and seeing your video obout the lantern for halloween

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  14. Your winter painting is as glorious as your autumn one! The addition of blue just fills so much of life in to the scene.

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    1. I agree about the blue. Thank you so much, Padmaja.

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  15. What lovely contrasts in this glorious scene you've captured!

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    1. Thanks and I was thinking about your opening and wished I could have attended. You make wonderful paintings.

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  16. This is a great painting, Julie.....love it!

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    1. Hi Kathleen, thank you, and I really love your two painting and cat, Lucie, on your blog today.

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  17. Beautiful neutrals Julie...must say I love that color combination too! I get a feeling of calm looking at this painting...autumn is my favourite season of the year!

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    1. I guess most of us feel Fall is the best time of year...that is until we paint the beautiful clean snow and then the spring leaves and colors and then the summer glory and back to the wonders of fall.
      Your new painting is exquisite.

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  18. just love all those beautiful dashes of paint....lovely!!

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    1. You are generous, Celeste and I thank you. Love the "sparkles" in your floral painting and the clean out of the mediocre is fabulous advice for us all.

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  19. The pure painterliness of this is so inspiring!

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    1. Love that work painterliness and I REALLY thank you for it.
      it is great to have your work back on the blog and the horses are truly amazing. You can do it all.

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  20. I almost missed this on, busy renovating my hall way. I love the mood in this one, early winter. Well done.

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    1. Renovating eh - any murals of trees? Glad you like this one - thanks.

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  21. This is a stunner, love the heavy look of the sunlit snow!

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  22. This is awesome--no wonder it sold! Weren't you tempted to keep it for yourself?

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  23. Another lush and gorgeous painting! It's precisely all those neutrals and grays that interact with the color to make this a jewel!

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Cheers,
Julie