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

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Continuing...House in the Valley

House in the Valley

14x11in  oil on canvas

Continuing with the painting from my previous post.
I started with the house area and painted out
from there on a larger sheet of canvas taped to a board.
The previous image was the center area.
I like working on a painting this way as
it gives me a choice of image size.
I learned this in watercolor. Often the painting
had a decent part, but as a whole it did not work.
I would cut the best part out - mat it and it and it
looked great. No one ever knew the failure to
manage a larger painting well.
I will study this one for a while before
making up my mind on the size.

Artist Note.

I am relieved and thrilled that the workshop went
verrrrry well. I thank you all for the encouraging
It helped a lot that the workshop artists were already
experienced and ready to make some changes.
It takes a lot of courage to fracture at first. I mean...
who wants to mess up their own precious painting
But they were all intent of learning how to
make their paintings more interesting and painterly.
The reward for their courage?
Some wonderful painting came out of the workshop.
I took some photos and will show them tomorrow.

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  1. I cannot wait to see the students' work, Julie. And this is such a gorgeous painting. I knew it would be from the first post of it.

    1. Glad you like it - thanks so much and congrats on getting the house.

  2. Wonderfully painted scene, Julie! Excellent color and texture.
    That's a great tip about finalizing size.
    Anxious to view the students' pieces.

    1. I love your rain painting on the challenge, Dean. I have been so busy I did not check but I think it is one I will do.
      Thanks for the great comment.

  3. A very appealing painting, Julie. Another winner!

    I too, am very interested in viewing your students results.

    1. Thanks, Carol.
      I will be thinking of you with such a great sounding, group show.

  4. Absolutely beautiful, Julie! Its going to be wonderful seeing your students work!!

  5. Glad you want to see them.
    I love your painting of a cockapoo. Cutest little thing, and oh, those eyes!

  6. Another stunning painting, Julie.

    1. Thanks, Gary, but stunning is what I call your treatment of your cupcake painting. Simple and yet stunning.

  7. So glad the workshop went well. I'm looking forward to learning more about it.
    I do something of the same with the shrinking or expansion of canvas size as you've done here and in the previous post. Mine are usually expansions in my "from life" paintings. And usually I'm not as brave as you in my shifting sizes!

    1. Hi Shirley, let me start by saying how beautiful your portrait of a young bride it. Then...thank you for your comment on our sharing the same adventure with sizing our paintings,

  8. Lovely painting, Julie. It reminds me so much of the southwest scenes I've seen on our fortunate travels to New Mexico. Little gems of scenes tucked under a grove of trees or behind a fence on acreage. Love the little tree in the yard. Can't wait to see and hear more about your workshop. Those lucky students!!

  9. You are correct about it being so typical, Carol, and glad you have experienced it. The first image did not capture the surroundings quite as well as the expanded version. So far I am leaning to keeping it larger. Congrats on selling your beautiful hummingbird piece.

  10. Julie, do keep it larger!!! love it! so envious of all those students. do you have another fracture class coming up soon? I live just north of Albuquerque and will happily drive down to your area and find a place to stay for a few days!!!!

    1. Thanks, Lavon. I am doing a fracture workshop in June 2013. Would love to have you. Nice places to stay around here.

    2. OK, How do I sign up for this June class? It is going to be really hard to wait until then! Especially after viewing the results of your students this morning. Yowser! just in love with this technique. Even if you get that artbyte posted I still will want to come down and take the class in person! (Cause that's just the kinda gal I am! LOL)

  11. Looking at your work, it seems always to be there,dear Julie. They have real presence, and touch my eyes and my heart. This happens to me for the works of art of the artists that I love, even though the painting styles are sometimes very different! The Magic of Art!
    It will be nice to see the works of the painters of your workshop!

    1. Thank you, dear Rita. Always a pleasure to read your words.

  12. Love the painting and anxious to see how you crop it. The wonderful light continues........

  13. Hello Julie:) I love this one. The colors are beautiful and that house is lovely! You make it look so easy but I know it isn't. Great art!!

  14. I love this piece Julie, buildings are a fun subject and your style with them is just perfect...painterly and lovely. I am so happy to know your class went well.


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