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

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Extinguisher!



Extinguisher!

6x6in oil on canvas board  $100.



Day 12 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.

It was the bright green tag which caught my eye on this
fire extinguisher.  I walked by it every day in the classroom
where the workshop took place, each time thinking the
green tag really makes the red pop.
I painted it during a couple of the model's break times.

Artist Note.

This Fire Extinguisher was up against an off white wall with nothing
around it, and not wanting a cookie cutter effect caused by too
much contrast, I first darkened the value of the wall (compare to
white border around the image) and then made a shape of darker
values for the eye to move in and out of by using
a method of paint application we were using in the class.
I was quite pleased with the result.




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34 comments:

  1. Hi Julie - I love all of your paintings of everday objects. You bring such beauty to simple subjects - great color, texture and !

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    1. Thanks, Martha. What a lovely complement.
      I will return it by admiring the beautiful iris you painted.

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  2. Julie, I love each of these! Your unique style makes me smile each time I see one of your paintings. One day my goal is to come and be a part of one of your classes. Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Marcia - be a pleasure to enjoy an artist as good as you in class.
      What a great job you did of Karter's adorable face and your bird paintings is joyful.

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  3. Painted during the model's breaks!!? You're a wonder Julie. This challenge has been a wonderful experience for all your followers. Each one a little masterpiece!

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    1. Bless you, Lauren. That is a sweet thing to say.
      Your lovely painting of Sambuca is quite remarkable. Your deep affection for her shows.

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  4. I love it. The fire extinguisher is great but you know how I love your backgrounds. This one has such movement and texture. the dark space in the upper corner is very inviting but we know it is not the star of the show.

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    1. We both did red today - your peppers are quite wonderful.

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  5. Very nice! I like the texture you create and the abstract in the background. Thanks for the explanation, too.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I enjoyed going back on your blog and see you are using a limited palette. Thanks for sharing your steps.

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  6. Like I have said, you make the ordinary look amazing! Well done with all of these, I'm loving seeing them.

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    1. How nice of you, Ann. I loved seeing how you painted Hamish.(great name for a dog!) Your watercolors are so fluid and wonderful.

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  7. I'm loving all these everyday object paintings - you'll have a great collection when you're done. can't wait for the next one!

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    1. Your blog is one I go to to catch up on the beauty of The Moors and Lake District in Britain as well as seeing such fabulous paintings.
      Thanks for the visit, Sharon.

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  8. Hello Julie:) So original. What an idea to paint a fire extinguisher! And so nice. You were right about the green tag: it is an eye catcher:)

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    1. I do extinguishers and you do an adorable snow rabbit...so it is very nice that you like mine and I like yours.

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  9. Thanks so much Margaret. I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Your work is wonderful.

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  10. Brilliant!Ah, the artists eyes never rest.

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    1. Glad you like it. I saw your scissors and then the tree, and liked them both.

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  11. I am so glad I found your work as a result of this challenge. This is a phenomenal painting! It's so much fun seeing what creative subject matter you will paint each day!

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    1. Thanks Clair - I feel the same way about your blog and enjoyed exploring it.

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    1. Thanks so much and I love your animal one.

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  13. Beautiful painting Julie, what a challenging challenge. Great explanation of handling the background.

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  14. I appreciate that Pat. loved your beautiful landscape. So lovely to see fine art.

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  15. Love the challenge you took upon yourself, I am sure it keeps your creativity soar up! Nice to see an ordinary thing that is mostly ignored, turning in to a lovely painting!

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  16. I've never thought of a fire hydrant as stunning but you've definitely made it so. That green is just exquisite!!

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  17. You took an every day utilitarian object and made it incredibly beautiful...I love this!

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  18. You took an every day object and made it incredibly beautiful...I love this!

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  19. talk about elevating the common place to the status of art...you've done it. Gorgeous!

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  20. you are having so much fun with the 30/30! love it!

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  21. Who would have thought to paint the fire extinguisher. And now you know where you keep it...many people forget. :)

    Amazing impressionist detail! Go Julie!

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  22. Killer painter Julie! I love what you did with the design. And way to go with the 30 in 30 program - love your commitment!

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Cheers,
Julie