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Friday, January 4, 2013

Cauliflower Flower



Cauliflower Flower

6x8in  oil on canvas  SOLD

Number 3 for 30 of 30. 27 to go - yikes!

Artist Note.

For the first time it occurred to me why they call this
a cauliflower. I have never painted one before
and it kept reminding me of a hydrangea. I found I
kept putting more color in because white and green
did not make me the happiest artist on the planet.
I also found it very difficult to keep it loose and yet look like
what it is...a big creamy blob surrounded by green.
The person who bought the cabbage piece asked to see
this one before I posted it, and wants it as a companion piece.
Loving vegetables - Parsnips anyone!


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30 comments:

  1. You can paint anything. I can understand that the buyer of the cabbage piece bought this too, they will look great together. Me, I am jealous. I am sitting here wonder what to paint.

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  2. Julie -

    Love this painting and your blog! Your thoughts are insightful and true...I look forward to reading more.

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  3. Hi Roger... wondering what to paint? YOU?
    Nah - not for long. I love looking forward to your daily posts.

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    1. Well, I have done 9 paintings with scenes with Rowan berries. In a way this is new for me, close-ups of nature. I could explore more, but then the nagging feeling comes and says "enough is enough" or?

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    2. I think you paint a series until you cannot find anything new to say about it in paint. You inspire others to do a series, Roger, when you do this. I personally have loved seeing each new incarnation. Your close-ups are fabulous.

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  4. This is enormous fun - seeing what you'll come up with each day. Really delightful Julie!

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    1. How nice and encouraging you are, Lauren. Thanks.
      I loved seeing what you did to change your painting.
      Fascinating!

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  5. If you can make a cauliflower look this good, I'm a shoo in for a portrait looking beautious!
    Great colors. As usual, I love it.

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    1. I am still laughing over your husbands comment you fortunately passed on in your blog.
      Thanks for your visit, dear Blanche

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  6. Indeed it looks like a flower........a beautiful flower. I am so glad you are having fun with veggies. This challenge is really opening doors isn't it.

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    1. I agree, Helen, but I find all challenges open doors and then it is what we make of it. For me I have always painted more of the "beautiful things" so that is why I chose to paint things I have never done before. Guess what... I still find myself wanting to make them more beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Susan. Love your painting of Sparky.

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  8. This is amazing, Julie! When I zoomed on the cabbage I see all of that wonderful colors and texture...you did a great job on this as always !

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    1. Thanks a lot, Hilda. Yes, I had to put more color than was actually there.

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    1. Thanks so much Stephanie - fabulous apple on your blog.

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  10. You certainly dealt with white and green beautifully! Love the curvy green leaves.

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    1. Yes - I bet you would do a great job of a cauliflower with your watercolors.

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  11. Love this Julie...I'm loving your vegetable paintings and your thoughts! Would love to be able to write like you do...I'm better at talking than writing!














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    1. The only vegetables I have painted before are the pretty ones. radish, scallions, garlic tomatoes. Working on parsnips and how ugly are they, but they have interesting marks and shapes.

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  12. I love the unusual subject matter! Vegetables! Clever you to think of them!

    HOWEVER...
    ...a word of warning...
    ... never paint cauliflower and melons together!
    ... it makes one meloncauli .... boom boom!

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    1. This is hilarious, John. Our Art Ramble was tonight and I must have passed on the joke to nearly everyone. I prefaced it with... there is this Brit...so you got credit.

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  13. You're right! It does look like a flower! So well done!

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    1. Thanks Pam. Loved your painting - another desert one.

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  14. I love it that this is a companion piece for a cabbage painting! So fun. Lovely job!

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  15. i love cauliflowers and love this painting!

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  16. Oh this is just delightful! The collector with the cabbage piece (I loved that one!) is going to be thrilled!!

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  17. marvelous!!! you are inspiring to me!

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  18. This like a family discussion. I have enjoyed the comments very much right here in this post specially on top comments. Hopefully, It will be carried on. :)

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Julie