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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pansy Time



Pansy Time

6x8in oil on linen  $125.

Every year I get into painting beautiful, colorful pansies.
I subdued this first attempt.

Artist Note.
I was really delighted to see some artists share their fracturing
experiences after viewing my video artbyte.
Check out this wonderful Sunday post by Celeste Bergin.
Even though she is already a fabulous painter
she still is not only willing to experiment,
but to also let others know and pass on credit.
Celeste Bergin (click on name to see)
I love her two paintings.

Another one is Lisa Graham  (Click on name to see)
She works in a completely different medium and
visual technique, but was still courageous and
publicly willing to give it a go and give credit.
She achieved some great layering effects.
To my eye, the surface became interesting with the
multiple marks. Her story telling is always a pure delight
and I am an avid follower of her blog.

One of my favorite artist is one we all know. Kind and
generous, Rita manages to get to so many blogs to support
and comment.She tried the fracturing with watermendia.
 Rita Vaselli (click on name to see) I really loved what
she achieved on a couple of her paintings. Again, what an
adventurous spirit to try something new and share it by
passing on the information to others.

These talented artists are all established, but willing to try
something new. I am indebted to them as it thrilled me no
end to see them have a go.

Send me your attempts and I will be so pleased to share
them on my blog.



35 comments:

  1. Your work and style really are beautiful. Would your "fracturing" technique work with acrylics?

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    1. It sure does, Page, my first attempts were in acrylic.
      You have to use a retarder like Slow-Dry and I also used a texture and varnish to isolate the colors I wanted to stay as is when scraped back.
      Have a go and see what you achieve.

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  2. I love how you give enough information for the eye to blend and put things together. Up close you might miss it, but step back and you got it. Very nice composition and colors.

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    1. Thanks Roger. Your new piece works on the same principle doesn't it? I love the colors you used.

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  3. This painting for me is all about that gorgeous vase with the pansies giving a message of "we are here, wait until we really come out!" And as you know, I love the foreground. Fractured, complex, great.

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    1. neat comment - thanks Helen. I like your, "stepping out of the box" colors today

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  4. Julie, love "Pansy Time"! Thanks for mentioning me here. Your tutorial is great and I am most intrigued about how it can help me and other painters not rely so much on brushes only. By the way, you have me listed in the keywords labels as "Candice Bergin", lots of people make that mistake and I never mind, because she's so cool! I'll answer to both! haha! Thanks again for the super Artbyte....it is excellent!

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    1. So sorry about that. Brain Dead and rude of me. Thanks for being so sweet about it.
      I really love today's second red chair as well and appreciate you very much.

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  5. This is just beautiful! Love the subtle impressions of the pansies!

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    1. And I think your willow is beautiful too.
      Thanks for the nice comment, Donna.

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  6. Julie, this is magnificent. It fits my personal criteria of fab-ness.

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    1. Great term...fab-ness and I thank you for it. I went to your blog and saw some amazing non-representational paintings and thought provoking information on your blog. I will be back.

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    2. Thanks, Julie, I am a traditional painter, but don't have much time to dedicate to it because abstraction commissions keep me too busy. It is my plan to reverse the cycle first down time I get. Best wishes ~

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  7. Julie...this is a gorgeous painting...I love that strong deep purple in the pansy and the vase/sm pitcher with the blue vine/floral pattern is perfect to go with.

    A huge thanks for linking to my post! I am returning to some fracturing soon because I really love the effect it has and I want to get better at it. What I really want is to be a master at it like you, but I know this will not happen. I am ok with this though. :)

    PS: The grapes painting in the previous post is also superb. The grapes and that creamy pale yellow...no wonder it sold.

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    1. Hello Luv - thanks for the all complements you pay me. I cannot say enough about how great you make me feel.
      I adore your work and your latest is the best yet!

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  8. Dear Julie, lovely pansies! You caught their intensity of velvet in contrast to the porcelain pitcher!

    Thank you for the kind words that you gave me and the link to my blog.I am very happy to have as a neighbor-computer a teacher like you.
    The beauty of the works that you paint,the generous words of teachings, encourage me in my journey.
    And last but not least, the technique of fracturing is a lot of fun! I have acrylic colors,for students, in jars, and wood panels, mixing a little retarder, I might be able to do in the future, a test of fracturing more like your Artbyte!

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    1. You have the gift of words as well as painting, dear Rita. WE all learn from everyone ( I do you too) and the wonderful thing about painting is that it is lifelong learning.

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  9. Your technique really works well on this one, Julie!! The darks lend it a classical feel.

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    1. Thanks so much Dean. I adore your little calf with its mother .

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  10. Julie, everything you do has such class. I look forward daily to see what you will present on your blog. I like that in your paintings there is always some portion that is more detailed than the fractured portions. In this case the scalloped rim of the pitcher is finely done, and you've done it before with leaves in a bouquet as well. Perhaps a place where the eyes can rest. You are certainly a master of painting, and very generous with sharing your expertise. Thank you!

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  11. You are a generous and sweet person to write such a beautiful complement. It means a great deal to me so I sincerely thank you.
    Your flowers are absolutely amazing, Carol. Truly!

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous pitcher in this piece! You sure find some unique pieces for your beautiful paintings, Julie.

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    1. Thanks so much Sherry Are you loving your new harp?

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  13. Thanks for sharing the other blogs and their fractured paintings. Each one still retains the artists individual look as well as giving it a more active surface. I admire your willingness to share and help others grow. I feel only confident and generous artists do that, knowing they can never be truly copied. You help to make the world a more beautiful place Julie!

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    1. I am glad you took the time to look. Shows you are truly interested in art. Thank you Bruce for the lovely complement.I do not know about how confident I am as much as I know I truly enjoy sharing. If someone can paint the same way exactly as me I hope they find the same joy as I do. Taste in color and subject matter will be most likely different.

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  14. Beautiful painting, Julie!!! I give everyone so much credit for trying the fracturing technique!! I enjoy it so much.!!! I love the colors on this one as well.

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    1. I give the credit to everyone too. If they just get one tiny thing to make their paintings better or more fun then I will be so happy. Glad you looked at their work.

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    1. Thank you so much, Arianna. Sorry the translator didn't work but i loved your manikin.

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  16. I love the painting, the background in particular. It reminds me of taffeta....remembering those taffeta prom gowns when the color changes in the light. I promise to try the fracturing....really enjoyed your video.

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    1. I never had a prom or taffeta dress. I am envious.
      Glad you enjoyed the video - thanks Kathy.
      Love your landscape of the ranch.

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  17. J'aime beaucoup l'effet de lumière au dessus et sur la cruche. L'ensemble est très agréable.

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    1. Loved your watercolor of the large cats.
      Thanks for the visit, Lydie.

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    1. Thanks so much Lauren. Did I thank you for your great comment on the artbyte? It was so nice of you and I appreciated it.

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Julie