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

Monday, January 14, 2013

Puppet Pete



Puppet Pete

8x6in  oil on linen  Not for Sale




Day 13 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.


Artist Note.

A quick study of my marionette, Puppet Pete.
I found this little guy at a garage sale and the owner told me
his name and actually kissed him goodbye. I was startled
to hear PP say goodbye too! I fell for it... and much laughter
and good humor filled the room..
They must have had a lot of fun with their kids back in the day!

He is made out of wood which is nice. How his joints
are made is quite fascinating to me.
I always wanted to find a way to place him into  a still life.
This is the first time I have painted Pete and I know I need
to do it a few times to get familiar with him.



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49 comments:

  1. Oh how fabulous!! And that Puppet Pete comes with his own story makes it even more so. I can't wait to see more incarnations of PP in your work, Julie.

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  2. You have painted him beautifully! String puppets have always scared me a little, you imagine them coming to life after dark!

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    1. Thanks Margaret. I can understand so easily what you mean.
      Love your paint can and roller.

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  3. Maybe we all are like puppets, I love your marionette, thanks.

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    1. You have something there. Someone is usually pulling my strings.
      Love your corner painting.

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  4. Puppet Pete is perfectly precious!

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    1. Love your clever P's
      "Grateful for work" is another good one on your blog

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  5. I love how you are painting things you haven't painted before.This opens up a world of possibilities. I am enjoying your artist notes too;thanks for being so generous Julie.

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    1. I see you are painting different things too. Love the one today.

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  6. I love your work....it is exciting. I find it really difficult to paint things that are cartoonish in nature, but this is adorable! Well done.

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    1. Thanks Christine - I think your non-representational series are exciting with wonderful color harmonies

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  7. What fun! Glad you adopted Pete and now he will live on in your paintings.:) Nice story.

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    1. Nice of you - thanks Kathleen. Looking forward to seeing a new piece of yours.

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  8. Love this one, Julie..so different from your usual...Excellent and a fun painting.

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    1. Definitely a fun piece. thanks Hilda.
      Love your new portrait. The teeth are amazing because they can look wrong so easily.

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  9. PP takes me back to my childhood. That is funny about the previous owner saying goodbye. Makes him all the more special. Love the light that is carrying through this one!

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    1. Thanks Pattie. I aimed the light so I could try to have space around him.
      Your painting is adorable and done so well.

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  10. A wonderful piece with so much feeling!

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  11. That was a surprise, not expected and it put a smile on my face.

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    1. Ha - glad it did Roger. You are treading into exciting water with your newer pieces too. I love what you are doing.

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  12. Your pieces for the 30 day challenge really sing, Julie - and Puppet Pete is my favorite!

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    1. Glad you like him - me too.
      I also love the horses you are painting.

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  13. This is adorable Julie! That was a great find for you.
    Jennifer

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    1. thanks Jennifer. Love your palette knife flowers

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  14. Pete is just charming. He looks like he has lots to say which I am sure you will discover with paint. Fun painting.

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    1. Hi Helen. great to see your onion and shallots painting.

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  15. I've taken to him too. Lovely painting

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    1. So is your chocolate painting!
      Thanks. Polly

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  16. ah julie, your paintings aways make my eyes and heart smile...

    xoxo

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    1. I am happy to hear that. What a lovely complement. I enjoyed your very creative blog so very much Lynne. A treat!

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  17. Love this painting! Thanks for sharing.
    Ellie Boyd
    www.ellieboydstudio.com

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  18. I would love Pete too - how adorable! This makes such a terrific and unique painting!

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    1. Thank you Claire. Adorable is what I would call your little bear.

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  19. Pete is a charmer. You did a wonderful job of painting him

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  20. This is a wonderful painting and the story of how you came by Puppet Pete is absolutely charming. Thanks for sharing it.

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  21. I appreciate your lovely comment.
    Your dog painting is a real kick. So much humor in your blog.

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  22. julie, re: tabitha vever's paintings on shells, click on 'here' in the post. it's a link to her work at clark gallery. i know, her personal site doesn't have any pics of the shell art. i was hoping there would be even more there! xoxo

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  23. so cute! I look forward to seeing PP in more incarnations! especially fractured!

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    1. Thanks lavon. I replied to your email about meeting when I was in Albuq. Did you ever get it?

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  24. I did put a post in here about 'no strings attached' with puppets ... !?

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    1. Oh dear John - did I miss a really good "one" about no strings attached. What a shame. I love your comments.

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    1. I visited your blog and your colors are vibrant and lovely and of course we both like texture!

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  26. Oh what a great story to go with this. Pete looks as though he misses his playmates.

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Cheers,
Julie