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

Monday, February 11, 2013

Red Vase From a Friend




Red Vase

8x6in oil on canvas  $125. SOLD

First, I want to thank everyone who purchased
my video and for all the encouraging comments.
I have placed a link on my side bar for anyone
interested who missed my first announcement.

I love the shape and color of this vase.
A friend from the Artists Guild
brought it in for me yesterday so this is
my first time painting it.

Artist Note.
It usually takes a few attempts at painting a new subject
for me to get where I can  'feel" it in paint.
This particular vase has horizontal, multiple ridges
which I found, after a struggle, will take some exploration.
I went for the basic shape instead. Simplify, simplify.
Do you remember KISS - keep it simple stupid! 
I do not hear it used anymore but it is still as
appropriate today  Very valuable lesson for
painting a complex vase..



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48 comments:

  1. I love that motto. Only I say KISS - KEEP IT SENSATIONALLY SIMPLE > I'm often reminding myself that less is more! This piece is breathtaking.

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    1. Love the "sensational" addition. Thanks for the visit.
      Loved your work.

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  2. I like the 'lost and found' elements you have in your work. Although my medium is watercolour, it's something I also endeavor to include in my own work (and my students'). Sometimes I even succeed!
    Best wishes
    David

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    1. Thank you David. I visited your blog and am in awe.

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  3. beautiful! the colors really stand out!

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    1. Color is a love we both share Myra. Love your latest series

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  4. Beautiful Julie. Great painting, great friend :)

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    1. Hi Gina - thanks and glad you like it. Your sugar hearts are really great.

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  5. That painting is on fire, love those reds. When I see this painting I get an Aladdin orient feeling. The fun thing is (and a good thing) that I didn't see the sunflowers first. They are lovely.

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    1. I worked hard to keep the sunflowers subservient. The painting was about the vase. I did like the color harmony in this - the same way as I love the colors in your new piece.

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  6. Laughing out loud. I almost posted KISS when I posted the latest barn painting last night as that is what I am working on now.
    The vase has a beautiful shape and the painting an interesting play between warm and cool. Very nice.

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    1. Glad you think so Helen. Thanks for always being so supportive.

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  7. Lovely colours, you have painted this beautifully Julie. Congratulations on your artbytes!

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    1. Thank you for praise on both the painting and artbyte.
      I saw your new painting and it is lovely, but the glass is the star!

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  8. Gorgeous! I love those blue violet and magenta kisses! Oh hahaha KISS lol. I do have to remember that!

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    1. Hi Kelly - thanks so much. I tried to find your work but the new google plus info bar prevented it.

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  9. Your saturated colours are wonderful in this piece, Julie. It simply glows. And however much you struggled with those lines in the vase, you've made it look easy. Spot on!

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    1. great comment Diana and I thank you.
      You make your beautiful drawings look easy and I know they certainly are not.

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  10. Enjoyed your artbyte, Julie! Did you use a piece of car windshield wiper for the squeegee? Want to make one!

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    1. Thanks so much for liking it. I use a squeegee refill from Home Depot. I promise you will love it. Even if it is only to remove paint cleanly.

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  11. This is gorgeous! Wonderful color.

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  12. The yellow and the red are competing with each other in the way they are glowing, another stunning piece from you!

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    1. Yes - red into yellow is a natural as they are companions on the color wheel. Your blog post was different and quite profound this time, and it has got me thinking...

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  13. Dear Julie, in my bloglist appeared a rose with a different title and then page not found .. But now everything is ok, I click on roses and I see the post with the red vase.
    Red and "gold" bring an intense and warm celebration feeling .
    I like to see and feel what you painted, as if they were words that get to my heart.

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    1. Love the way you write - like poetry Rita. thank you.

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  14. KISS sounds like the instruction for writers, "Less is More"! Which perhaps supplies me with an excuse for missing so many of your posts (sorry) ... I loved 'Playtime' btw.

    I live in a chaos of new exciting projects and no time! (see my forthcoming post... when I get time).

    The Red Vase is wonderful, Julie. A real masterpiece.

    I will get round to the video very soon! A treat in store!

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    1. So good to hear from you John. I pop over to make sure all is well. Glad your life is exciting. When you see the video you will hear my Manchester accent. I could actually hear it.
      Hope your family are all doing great while you are busy.

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  15. Just bought the video - will watch ASAP!

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  16. Love the upward reaching cascade of yellow flowers, Julie! Also love the colorful dabs against the dark!

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    1. Thanks Dean. They are sunflowers and I deliberately arranged them to not be two dark circles with yellow circles around them. Love the way you used red too.

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  17. Wowee, wow, wow. I adore the rich colors you used in this piece. It has a bit of a Persian feel. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Susan. I like your rich colors in the primroses, too.

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  18. Your paintings are always amazing, Julie but when you paint a red vase it's even better!!! Love this piece!!!

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  19. I have just come across your work, I was looking at the DPW's art tutorials and decided I needed to look you up. I do believe I have just become a fan! I look forward to following you work and checking out your fractured tutorial and possibly implementing a few new techniques. :-)

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  20. Thanks Karen. Anything I can help with just let me know.
    Nipped over to your blog and like the way your write as well as paint.

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  21. Mavervelous, Dahlink!...but my KISS is Keep It Simple Sweetie....My heart cannot do stupid....love your red vase. haven't had time to hit Home Depot, working OT at the dayjob. urk! Hope you get a chance to see my painting of the rose arboretum...

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  22. Great advice, Julie, and words that I need to follow more often. This vase and flowers is so beautiful! So rich looking and the colors create a beautiful harmony. Outstanding, once again.

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    1. YOu are amazing with your flowers. I enjoy them so much, carol.

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  23. Stunning painting Julie--like a modern Fechin and I mean that in a good way! Looking forward to watching your Art Byte this weekend! Cheers from Colorado! Aimee

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    1. Any reference to Fechin would be a complement to me so I thank you. I try to belong to the same type impressionist school of painting. Lots of artists use it and I respond to it emotionally. Hope you enjoy the video and appreciate you getting it.
      LOVED your beautiful and colorful flowers!

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  24. I fell in love with this painting and was sad to find it was already sold. It has lead me to explore your amazing work and technique! I just watched your Atbyte and love your style and humility, your process and tool could help loosen me up. Although I think the beauty of your finished product is so intuitive that it would take a life time! Thank you.

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Cheers,
Julie