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Monday, February 18, 2013

Grapes and Pitcher





Grapes and Pitcher

6x6in oil on canvas panel $100. SOLD



This is an older piece that I always liked
so I rubbed a little linseed and Gamsol on it
and painted a little fracturing over it.

Artist Note.

It was fun this weekend concentrating on paintings
for my upcoming show in May.
I worked on three. The smallest one is 16x20
I starting with texturing the canvas with acrylic
modeling paste. I then brushed on a couple of
coats of gesso.
When dry, I did my charcoal drawings
over which I sprayed Krylon fixative.  Really handy
to do it this way just in case I got something wrong as
it would be easy to wipe it off without losing my drawing.
The next step was getting the getting the large shapes
massed in with transparent color. I will be
developing them more completely next week.





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27 comments:

  1. Ah...*I* just fractured over an old painting! Maybe that is a good way to start getting a feel for the fracturing technique. I love what you did here. Can't wait to see your new works for the show. I bet they will be fabu!

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    1. Any way is a good way to try the fracturing because it is something you just have to keep working on. A little bit here and there until you recognize something you like. You are such a skillful painter I am looking forward to seeing the results of what you do.

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  2. what a gorgeous painting. It looks just fabulous, especially so with your deft use of the fracturing technique. Best wishes for your upcoming show! :)

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    1. You are so generous and I appreciate it.
      Love your new drawing.

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  3. Love the painting and the shine you got on the grapes--beautiful!

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  4. I really like working on old paintings........just to see my journey. This one worked so well for you....the grapes are a new kind of delicious. We both had a fun weekend painting, didn't we?

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    1. Glad you like it. Yes, we both did, and I enjoyed seeing your non-representational painting. Great colors.

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    1. I really appreciate that - thank you.
      I visited your very interesting blog and will be back.

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  6. Loved the way you gave a new life to an older painting, stunning it turned out to be! I cant wait to look at your show pieces, all the best for the show!

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    1. Glad you like it and thanks for the good wishes.

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  7. This is lovely Julie, quite timeless. I am hoping to get back to some of my 30 in 30 works that I felt didn't hit the spot and try to pull them together, well done you!

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    1. Hope you do -it can be satisfying. It also shows me how my eye and painting skills have changed and some of them are not worth saving at all.
      Your snowdrops are so beautiful on today's post.

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  8. Dear Julie, now I've seen how to proceed to the fracturing, when I write that I admire your work,you know that I admire even more, because I see in your video, how much concentration requires, this way of bringing out the forms in space through gesture and color.
    Each artist can find new ideas , with this attitude, in front of his own works, to create or renew them.
    Your amazing still life shows a grape that I would like to eat and I'm sure in the jug there is something good to drink!

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    1. Thank you my dear, Rita. You words are always poetic.
      Love your beautiful painting today - colors are gorgeous!

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  9. Nice Julie.,..the grapes look good enough to eat:)

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    1. They were - if I remember!
      Love your willow tree. Gorgeous harmony.

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  10. I think this is lovely! I so want to do a grape painting one of these days. Maybe soon since I've been dreaming it for years!

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    1. Thanks Sherry, hope you will too.
      The photos on your post today and both really good. Looking forward to seeing a painting from them.

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  11. I think I am remembering this pitcher (and recalling that I liked it before). Good to do a revisit and make some changes. You just never know what might come of it.

    Also, thanks for the tip on the charcoal and fixative. I've wanted to try that for some time but as with many things I haven't done it yet. So, good reminder.

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    1. Hi Libby - yes...interesting the synchronicity of having both our posts on paintings we have revisited.
      I think we both did good!

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  12. That really sounds like fun and a good way to get more texture on a larger canvas. I just love the way vase and grapes turned out in this one too!

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  13. Gorgeous piece, Julie! I always loved those grapes!!!

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  14. Julie, this painting is so full of vibrancy and life. Love it.

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  15. I have no idea how I missed this one, but I like it too. I prefer your new one. I think it is because you had fracturing in mind from the beginning.

    PS! I do think I intend for the eye to blend my lines etc. but your way is bolder I think.

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  16. This is very beautiful Julie! I love the grapes and the color of them. That little bit of red make them look even darker. The yellow foreground is wonderful. I also love to read how you prepare the canvas. Thank you:) Have a nice weekend!

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Julie