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

Monday, March 4, 2013

My Easel



My Easel

8x6in oil on canvas  125. SOLD

This is my easel at the Guild Studio.
The one in my studio at home has a crank.
Handy for the 6x8in boards - joking!
I was not doing them small when I got
the easel.


Artist Note.

This easel was given to me by a close friend
and amazing artist Kate Palmer. (check her art)
She lives in Santa Fe with her wonderful
husband Robb, who made this easel.
Kate's studio was featured a couple
of issues ago in Southwest Art.
I remember years ago when I first saw
her studio my jaw dropped.
Not only is it gorgeous - it is TIDY!

Thanks for all the comments on my last post.
I was without internet for two days and
wonders of wonders...no withdrawals!
I had a marvelous and very special trip.
Great to see our daughter looking so happy.
I managed to paint there and back so the 6 hours
each way flew by.
For those interested in my travel set-up in
the van see HERE






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41 comments:

  1. julie, julie, julie. you are a woman after my own heart... you have a travel setup!!!

    xoxo

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    1. Hi Lynne - yep. I do.
      Love your new painting.

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    1. Thanks Myra - I am loving your butterflies.

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  3. An easel, the backbone of an artist space looks fabulous in your magical hands, the palette with paints squeezed to the background rendition looks awesome Julie, I would have loved to see a reproduction of one of your still life canvas sitting on this easel:-)

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    1. Thanks for the very nice comment, Padmaja.
      Actually, that was the start of a still life painting
      on the easel.
      How is your relative who came from the USA to visit you doing?

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  4. How wonderfully colorful. Great subject.

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  5. Thanks Helen. I have a fondness for this easel because it was made by a friend. I also love the little shelf just below the shelf I rest the canvas on. Handy for the shaper and other stuff.
    Your abstract is as neat as can be. Fun watching your results.

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  6. wow, YES canvas looks great. i've tried Fredericks watercolor canvas but didn't like it - when layering you end up lifting more color off than laying it down. plus the surface is pretty rough. it sounds like YES is smooth and absorbent...

    thanks, julie. : )

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    1. I painted watercolors using my handy tool on the Yes canvas and like it very much. It has a much finer weave than Fredericks. It does lift off, but I want that. If you use a dryer brush then you van layer to your hears content but still blend your edges and shade your transitions in beautifully

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  7. What a fun and juicy painting! Looks like so much fun that I bet it could motivate a non-painter to give painting a try!

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    1. Not sure about that but it was fun to paint.
      Your painting is really lovely and the flowers, bottle and copper container are gorgeous.

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  8. I just love this painting. It is so personal too. I popped over to see your auto-studio. How on earth is the car kept clean. You must be a careful painter

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    1. I keep the car clean by placing everything in pizza boxes for travel. Small ones are perfect for my daily painting size and the large one for my palette.
      The occasional bump makes the painting more interesting.
      How's the weather over there?

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  9. This easel sure saw a lot of paint :-) it's a gorgeous work ! And I did have a few chuckles checking out your traveling gear ....I wonder if the driver finds those 6 hours of driving long ? :-)))

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    1. Hi Jane - no, my hubby the driver, loves to check what I am doing and we always have a book to listen to. Time flies.
      Your floral is beautiful and the frame really suits it.

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  10. What a gorgeous painting, Julie! This speaks to my soul and I find myself thinking what a gorgeous book cover this would make for any story about an artist.

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    1. Hey there you go - great idea! The lady who bought it is going to use it for something but I forget what she said.
      You are coming along great with your new painting, Sherry.

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  11. A great painting of your creative zone, Julie! Love the come-and-go edges throughout.
    Very nice traveling setup.....Though I'd advise folks not to use it while they're driving...For example, you know how tough they are on cell phones now!

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    1. You made me laugh...thanks.
      I commented on your handsome croc but didn't see it come up.
      I think you are a natural with acrylics.

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  12. Love that easel painting! All the beautiful colors. It made such a great painting!

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    1. I do have paint all over it. Well used!
      Your azaleas colors are gorgeous.

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  13. This is a beautiful painting. The colors, energy, composition and subject are all wonderful. Thank you for also sharing your traveling set up.

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    1. Hi Sue - thanks for such a lovely comment.

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  14. I like Crimson Leaves suggestion! It would make an awesome book cover! So there you are....Along with that red vase!!! The red vase with the yellow flowers is pretty awesome, too. Maybe put it on the second page! 8)

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    1. Hi Lavon - howzitgoin' Love your idea about page two.

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  15. Welcome back, now get on painting.... =)
    I instantly saw what it was and I love how you kept everything laid back and let those splashes of color/paint make the painting sing.

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    1. Hi Roget - thanks and you got a laugh out of me at "now get on painting!"
      How about you knocking my socks off with your large and small floral painting. Wow!

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  16. I just love how many subjects you tackle and this painting, in particular, shows how much you love painting!
    Enjoyed seeing the car set up. You are so clever!

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    1. You nailed it Celeste - I do love painting. Through and through.
      I love your landscape from Sunday and todays head study. I can tell you also love to paint!

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  17. Wow!...and did I say Wow?? what a super and evocative painting, it is energy plus!

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    1. Thanks Mary - I see we both worked on a larger rose painting. Mine is not finished yet. I love Dusty Roses.

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  18. AMAZING!!!!! I LOVE this painting, Julie! Wonderful work!

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    1. Bruce BinghamMarch 5, 2013 at 3:59 AM
      That's so creative, I'd never have thought of that! Nice painting too.

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      LavonMarch 5, 2013 at 6:56 AM
      amazing!!I satisfy myself with a camera and several memory sticks. Love your results, tho!

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      TJ ScottMarch 5, 2013 at 7:20 AM
      I just love your paintings and your blog! This painting is gorgeous. I just love the way you paint. I downloaded your video on fracturing and can't wait to try your method in hopes of getting even close to something like this. Huge fan!!!!

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      Sherry SchmidtMarch 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM
      Wow, what a neat set-up and wonderful painting! I can feel myself getting "woozy" already if I tried painting in a moving car....

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    2. Thank you Hilda, Love your amazing new painting.

      Bruce, Lavon, TJ, and Sherry. I guess these all linked together.
      I really appreciate your comments.

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  19. Dear Julie, what a wonderful easel
    that you have ... And how you painted fabulous!
    It seems lit by a magical aura! Just as it is magical that YOU can paint on the road. You are so special!
    I can not read three words in the car without suffering from motion sickness!

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    1. Hi Rita - you always write the most wonderful comments. thank you.
      I really love the two paintings on your blog. What talent you have.

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  20. OK Here comes a serious challenge! New Painter on the Blog!

    Check it out!

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  21. Well... Dear Mr John Simlett... honorable esteemed artist. You have my curiosity all fired up for your new blog. I understood what you meant when you said you always dive in so I am expecting something special. You have it all with the drawing and values so color will be a cinch.

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  22. I love this painting Julie, as before you make a mundane item look beautiful

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  23. This looks like a very useful easel! Lovely painting here, too, Julie.

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Cheers,
Julie