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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dried Artichoke Flowers



Artichoke Flowers

6x8in oil on canvas SOLD




Day 29 in the 30 in 30 Days Challenge
My personal goal for this challenge - to paint only
what I have never painted or thought of painting before.

I was muttering away last week about how I was missing
painting flowers and another artist told me she bet she had
a flower I had never painted before. She brought it to the
Guild today and she was right, I had never even seen one never
mind paint one. Here it is - the artichoke flower.
For those of you who were like me and didn't know about this,
the thorny part in the center of the
artichoke (that you cannot eat) becomes a very beautiful purple
flower. These were past their prime and were at the totally
dried stage but I still loved painting them.
There were three heads on the one stem - very dramatic.
I will be painting them again I am sure

Personal note...
The artist who gave me these flowers owns a winery here

in New Mexico with her husband. She is a really good artist
and does some of the posters for the marvelous festivals
they hold. She is taking a year off from painting,
BUT will be back!
Have fun, Denise, we will all miss you.


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33 comments:

  1. Love the intense textures, Julie! I also like the undertoning showing through the layers.

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    1. Thanks Dean - I am so envious of your beautiful flowers

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  2. Wonderful shape and depth. And they are beautiful flowers, aren't they?

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    1. I cannot wait to see them before they dry out. I love the shapes. hey - You did great painting with your other hand.

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  3. Beautiful purple color and texture, Julie! Nicely painted!!!!

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    1. Thanks Hilda. Hope your day is a good one.

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    1. Hi Myra - hope that your video making continues to grow and grow.

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  5. Wow...those are pretty! Never heard of those either. Learn something every day. There is something about the way the purple with the browns looks...delicate, but strong at the same time.

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    1. Hi Lisa - love your new patchwork painting.

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  6. wow how does someone take a year off of painting? that's interesting! This is a gorgeous painting...the subject matter and your style go perfectly together.

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    1. I understand what you mean. She is very creative and I think her next year will be working in glass. Then she will be back painting. She does a year and has off a year.
      Glad you like the flowers.

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  7. What a stunning subject and you have painted them beautifully! Someone down the road from us have the same plant in their front garden for us all to admire when we pass by! Sounds like you had a ball painting them too!

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    1. I am going to look out for them now I know what they are. Love your green shoes. neat as can be!

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  8. The structure of these flowers and the palette you choose, gave another stunning work,dear Julie!

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    1. You are wonderful with your complements Rita - thank you.
      I am looking forward to your next painting.

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  9. Beautifully done - and I really like the subtle colors surrounding the interesting blossoms.

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  10. I love the limited color range, with the splash of purple. I also love how you managed to make one more dominant than the other and becoming the focal point.

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    1. Hi Roger - good comment and I appreciate it.
      How about you doing the more abstract approach. Inspiring.

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  11. I'm convinced there is nothing paintable that you cannot make beautiful. Love everything about this work.

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    1. What a lovely thing to say - thank you Blanche.
      I enjoyed seeing your palette knife landscape

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  12. Amazing flowers Julie. Love your colors and the flowers pop. The textures are really wonderful.

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  13. The purple gives out so much of vibrancy to this painting, love the three dimensional look here.

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    1. Yes, I agree about the purple. Happy to hear it looks three dimensional.

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  14. What strikes me about these flowers is the value of the purple and gold...just right. Where does one find blooming artichokes, I wonder?

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  15. Very interesting, indeed, Julie! Those thistle cousins make me smile.

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  16. Oh wow! I didn't know artichokes turned into this over time. It is indeed beautiful! Looks like the choke is good for beauty!

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  17. Gorgeous Julie - colors and textures. And artist and winery owner...wow... :-)

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  18. Dear Julie:) I haven't commented on every painting the last 29 days, but I saw them all. Each of them were beautiful. I loved to see all the different subjects, the one even more beautiful then the other, but all beautiful!! We have now seen everything in and around your house and even in your closet! haha
    This painting is also very beautiful, if not the most beautiful. The colors are stunning!! Have a nice weekend:)

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Cheers,
Julie