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

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Winter Closet



Winter Closet

6x6in oil on canvas board  $100.

Day 25 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 a comment by Helen Moreda, laughing about the
mouthwash post asking,"have you visited your closet yet?"
that put this idea into my head. Thanks Helen.
My winter clothes last for years as they never wear out in
our short winter season.
I hang all my winter tops by color.
My hubby used to tease me about this until he started
helping with the laundry, and now he loves it because
he knows exactly where to hang up my clothes.

Artist Note.

My new computer with Windows 8 goes very, very slow
on Blogger to the point where I am waiting until I get home
to do it on my laptop.
I wonder if anyone else has this problem
or maybe I am doing something wrong





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66 comments:

  1. That was a colorful surprise, and put a smile on my face. I love the graphic and abstract feel of it. It also reminds me of a rainbow.

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    1. Glad to hear you like it, Roger.
      I deliberately do not hang them in the rainbow formation of color flow. I wear a lot of purples in the winter and I pop them with a turquoise or teal turtle-neck, so they hang together.
      I really like the larger piece you showed today.

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  2. The color arrangement is striking in this piece, Julie!!
    Love that organized closet! :)

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    1. Thank you Dean. Glad you like it. I wonder what you are going to paint next. hard to top that cow.

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  3. I can tell from your closet that you are very organized....and a colorful dresser. My closet makes it look like I am a priest or a Greek fisherman..haha. Love this painting!

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    1. I laughed and laughed at your "priest or Greek fisherman." I can remember when I wore the dark or really neutral colors. Then I started to age... and that's when I realized I looked like the old-world Greek woman. With my gray hair the jewel tones suit me.
      I enjoyed seeing what you produced in your session yesterday.

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  4. Gosh! The beauty of repetition is everywhere!

    I organize by color also but have sub categories of short sleeve and long sleeve tops. Your husband does the laundry???????????????

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    1. I change out what is on the rod for winter. Absolutely not a short sleeve to be seen. But is is only for three months and then back to the lighter stuff.
      Looking forward to seeing your new work, Libby.

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  5. Absolutely yummy painting (can a painting be 'yummy'?) well, this is....two factors 1. the painting is great and 2. LOTS OF CLOTHES.

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    1. Thanks Ann, but there are not as many clothes in my closet as it may look. Not a big closet. I do like the high light source which illuminates the top of the clothes and have always enjoyed the colors when I switch on the light.

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  6. This fantastic color really caught my eye!

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  7. What a wonderful painting. Such an inventive subject and rhythmic interpretation. Bravo Maestro!

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    1. Nice of you to visit Carroll. Thanks for the bravo!

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  8. The most color I have seen you use yet I think...like a closet rainbow.

    My mother hangs her clothes with colored hangers...black hangers for pants, white hangers for button up shirts and so on. She would approve of your closet. :)

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    1. I love your mother, Lisa. never thought of THAT! I remember how thrilled I was when I could afford to have matching hangers instead of the rickety old wire ones.
      Love - no adore, your new painting. Hiking in a dress no less.

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  9. Wow. Just WOW! Love your colors!

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    1. I visited your site and could see why you like my colors - I love yours too!

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  10. Love this picture, it is so colorful. And the subject--just beautiful.

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  11. Fantastic painting. The colors are striking and what an interesting choice of subject matter.

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit and great comments.

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  12. And I love it. I am with Celeste, way too many darks in my closet. This closet is a work of beauty!
    I know your computer should not be slow but I do not know why it is. You need a geek!

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    1. Glad you do like it Helen because you put the idea into my head for this one. I have always loved the way the light falls in my closet so this went really easily.
      I do have a geek but she is not used to the new Windows 8. Another artists has sent me some handy hints so waiting to see if they help.
      Like you landscape sorry it was hard to do. Bummer... but I like the end result.

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  13. Nicely done! I chuckled when I saw you actually did paint your closet! Then I laughed out loud when I read Celeste's comment about her closet because I fall into the same category with drab colors! Maybe that's strange for an artist?!?

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    1. yes - I LOL at Celeste's comment too.
      I think it is more of an age thing - for me anyway. I have always liked to wear the drab colors. Then I got grey hair and the drab made my skin look drab. A bit of color lifts me up and makes the skin have a bit of a glow. As you age, a gal has to do what a gal has to do!

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  14. I love it! I hang clothes by color too. All your challenge paintings are great. I especially love the tea lights too.

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    1. Yeah! - Someone else hangs bu color. thank you for that Stephanie, I was beginning to feel like a compulsive neat freak, which I am certainly not. Just a method which makes sense.
      I enjoyed seeing your three pieces on your blog. Clever handling of paint on the pear but I bet most will love the teddy best.

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  15. Fun! I hang my shirts by season. Love all the value changes in the wrinkles!

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    1. Good to hear you have a system, Pam.
      Not all wrinkles but glad they made some kind of sense. A few have texture and others subtle patterns.

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    1. A WOW is verrrry nice and I doubly thank you Donne. I was so honored to be mentioned on your blog. Thanks again.

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  17. Very interesting composition and painting. I like the way you varied the spaces between the hangers and the shapes at the bottom of the canvas. It's so true, when well painted, anything goes!

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    1. Thats a lovely comment and I appreciate it Ann.
      Love your two shoe painting.

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  18. Oh gosh this is really amazing ! I agree with Donna ...just WOW !

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    1. It is the blast of color isn't it. Glad you like it. thanks Jane my loyal and true blogging friend.
      Your new portrait is exciting to me because of the way you have the eyes.

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  19. Seriously! My closet would ask me to please keep the doors closed at all times. Very nice painting idea...

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    1. LOL. I love some of the funny comments this post has provided.
      Glad you like the concept. I did too.
      Your two days still life is really lovely.

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  20. It's not something I would have thought of painting, but then my closet is a mess and wouldn't be this fun to look at. Wonderful.

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  21. Now there's a novel idea for a composition and fabulous colours. I think Celeste and I have similar occupations by looking in my closet. :)

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    1. I thing your paintings are totally amazing and tried to leave a comment but was blocked. Please know your painting is deserving of the prize and I fell in love with it.

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  22. Your choice of subject just blows me away! I love your colours and you are so lucky you don't get to wear them often! Over here it's our Summer clothes that don't get worn out! We hardly ever buy summer dresses as it just isn't warm enough to wear them!
    You can really see your handling of the paint in this one, love it!

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    1. I came from Manchester - reportedly the rainiest spot in England so I understand what you mean. Maybe that is why I am in love with the high desert.
      Your tulips today are gentle and lovely.

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  23. Nice to put your clothes like a rainbow!
    I admire your winter look! Another great painting for the series
    "What I have never painted"!

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    1. How are you Rita - better from your cold I hope. Worth it to all be together. The photos are lovely.

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  24. Hi Julie,

    Thank you for your lovely comments about my blog and for joining my email list. So glad you did because now I've found your art - which I admire for its fabulous sense of texture and color. You inspire me!

    Marie

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    1. I love the way you paint women. Thanks for visiting

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  25. This is absolutely amazing, Julie! Who would have thought that this would be a wonderful "subject".. I LOVE it!!!

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    1. Glad you do Hilda and thanks but your latest painting of the reflections in the lake is simple amazing.

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  26. What luscious color and texture. It makes me very happy to see this today with the grey weather we have.

    I love the hanging by color: how organized! (I'm guessing you must have pretty good light in your closet to paint this.)

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    1. Hi Diana, yes I have always placed a good light in my closets because my hubby had a hard time matching ties and such when he was working.
      Your nude is so beautiful.

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  27. Color and texture is outstanding on this one. Can't wait to see what's next?

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    1. Thanks Pattie and I am looking forward to seeing a full moose.

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  28. The colors are glorious, and what a creative idea to paint your closet. This has such a rich, painterly look - absolutely love it!

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    1. Thank you Claire, My creativity has had to be working for this challenge but the idea for this one came in a comment from Helen Moreda a couple of days ago.
      Love your new painting.

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    1. Thanks Myra. Your new video/book stuff is very creative.

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  30. Love the thick paint, ideal for winter wear depiction, the abstract feel to it makes it very attractive, you have not left any subject around I guess, what next!

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    1. thanks for your nice comments. I have no idea what each day is going to be but do wake up thinking about it..

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  31. Wonderful painting Julie..I love it and the idea! I have matching hangers but that's as far as I've got. I'm with you on the colors, I wear lots more color now too...black was cool when I was young!!

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    1. Glad you have the matching hangers. neat eh?
      Glad we agree on color too. Thanks Karen.

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  32. I love these color transitions! Wonderful texture and this painting has a rhythm to it that keeps me involved. Very nice! Although I'm surprised you don't have more red shirts! I figured you'd wear alot of red, after all, you do have a red tea pot!xo

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  33. This is gorgeous, Julie. And makes me a wee bit of jealous of your gorgeous closet and clothes. Mine is small and only separated by type of clothing. LOL

    I'm not having any problems with Windows 8 being super slow. It is way faster than my old one. I would give the tech support people a call on that issue though. Computers are to expensive not to be working properly right out of the box.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I do have a geek service so fingers crossed.
      Do you like Windows 8?

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Julie