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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Straw Broom



Straw Broom

8x6in oil on canvas panel $125. SOLD

My second painting for the 30 in 30 days Challenge.
Sticking to my self imposed rule of painting something
I have never painted before. This time - A broom!



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57 comments:

  1. Wow! You made something beautiful out of such an ordinary object - love it.

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    1. Thank you. I think it is the color and saw your beautiful use of color on your blog.

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  2. Well, this settles it! You paint brooms wonderfully well. I just love your work.

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    1. Thanks - so nice of you, Sharon. Love your wedding cake painting!

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  3. This is a lovely painting and the yellow glow is perfect. Good luck with your next paintings.

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    1. Thanks Polly. Know what you mean about setting up facebook. I just made one for myself. Ugh! Took me away from painting!

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  4. In Italy the arrival of the new year was a tradition to throw the old broom and buy a new one. The broom is the means by which travels the "Befana", the good witch who bring gifts to good children (even to me as a child).
    Broom-Gifts of all types these days that precede the "Befana", even made ​​in silver,they bring lucky!!! Your job today is very much in keeping with these traditions ... traditions even feel where you live? A really pleasant work, dear Julie,casual in appearance... only!

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    1. Hello dear Rita, Love the story of the broom in Italy.
      Thanks as always for your generous words of praise.

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  5. Great broom. Great use of warm and cool, complimentary colors. Fun.

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  6. Love this painting Julie, the palette and brushwork are fab, and I especially love how you simplified the straw broom. Great start!

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    1. And I return the complement with your street scene. The way you did the light pattern is awesome.

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  7. Julie, Awesome! I love the broom...composition is perfect.

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    1. Thanks Marie. Your Day 2 piece is great as well lo9ve your pottery.

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  8. You really stick me with this one, because I always fight with the question "what to paint next?" Partly I ask what I would like to have on the wall and partly if I can do a subject in an interesting way.
    This one is stunning in it's simplicity, well done.

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    1. I never put my own work on the wall...well, one piece in my hubby's office...so I never have to deal with that question. My golden rule is I have to WANT to paint it.
      Glad you like this one. it is different for me.

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  9. Julie, your straw broom is as beautiful as any of your rich, generous floral paintings!

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    1. Lovely comment and I thank you Pamela.
      Your poinsettia paintings are gorgeous.

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  10. There is something so wonderfully simple about the broom in the corner as the subject. Great light and texture as always:)

    Good luck with the 30/30 challenge. Yikes!

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    1. Wonderfully simple is also the beautiful design and colors in your latest painting.
      Yes- the 30 in 30 challenge is interesting, but I usually paint one a day. The thing that is different is I am challenging myself to paint subject matter I have never done before. That will make it harder. I am off on a workshop all next week so THAT will be interesting.

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  11. Awesome. It is a great subject! And congrats on finishing 30 in 30.

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    1. Thanks Nora - but this is number 2 of the 30 in 30 days Challenge. You will be seeing it all over as there are over 250 artists participating.

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  12. Julie, this is such an appealing painting. What a great idea for the challenge to try new subjects!
    Have fun.

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  13. Timeless!Great to see you in the challenge too!

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  14. Oh look at that great composition and your usual marvelous shapes and color! Sweeping out the old year and looking forward to more of your challenge works.

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    1. Fun comment Mary - thanks. Looking forward to seeing your wonderful paintings too.

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  15. Wow! Cool exploring new things :)


    Jessica (sketchesofwords)

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    1. I agree - it is fun to explore. Thanks, Jessica.

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  16. Mesmerizing! Just love it.... keep expecting Cinderella to wander in and pick it up.

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    1. Glad it is Cinderella and not the witch!
      Thanks for stopping by Dottie.

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  17. I absolutely love this - it has such a sense of 'story'.

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    1. Thanks so much Hilda. Love the romantic dancers

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  19. I love this broom, I feel I could go right out that door and take it for a spin. OK Julie, wishful thinking at my age. It's a beautiful painting.

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  20. Beautiful composition, and wonderful warm colors , really lovely painting. How to put poetry into an everyday scene , brava ! xx

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    1. thanks Jane. Cannot take credit - I painted it just how it was and made the bucket a little bit to the left.
      Your portraits are stunning.

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  21. Well that worked nicely didn't it?

    Great comment from Blanche, it could be the answer to the high fuel prices!!

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  22. A broom! That would be a new one for me, too. It's a lovely painting!

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  23. Well I love it! Brooms make quite a nice focal point, methinks. And I vaguely see Carol Burnett clomping around in my head...

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  24. A masterpiece! The lighting is fabulous.

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    1. Thanks so much Twinkle... said it before...love your name!

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  25. Wonderful composition, Julie. And the yellows and blues set off by the grays. C'est magnifique!

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    1. I love grays same as you - with a bit of color! Your gift box has some lovely neutrals.

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  26. This is simply beautiful.
    There is life in that broom.

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  27. Thanks and I loved your post on Calcutta.

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Julie