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

Friday, March 8, 2013

Santa Fe Door



Santa Fe Door

8x6in oil on canvas panel  $125. SOLD

Here is another New Mexico blue door.
This one is in Santa Fe. The adobe is very
old and has been patched here and there...
but not by an expert!
The door is slightly more turquoise than
the photos shows. For those of you who
are unfamiliar with this area - it is a strand
of red chili peppers hanging on the wall.
Called Ritras they are very popular and
come in a wreath style too.
Check here RISTRAS

Artist Note.

I was overwhelmed at the response to my
600th post. As well as the wonderful
comments, I received personal emails galore.
It made me so happy and appreciated that
I realized it how nice it would be if we all sent
at least one blogger, (we follow) a thank you
for not only their talent, but
the "time and effort" they put into it. 

I am going to be busy!


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39 comments:

  1. Love your blue door. I've painted a couple of blue shutter paintings. Fun.

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    1. Hi Judy - you will love New mexico because blue doors and shutters are all over the place. It is the perfect foil for the adobe colors in the ocher and sienna family.

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  2. Very nice! I love the doors of Santa Fe, this is a lovely color. Beautiful!

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    1. Good to hear you love Santa Fe. I have to have a regular fix every year.
      We both feature blue - your blueberries - my door!

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  3. The paitning really capture the warm climat and that door catches my attention, well done.
    PS! Happy 600th btw.

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    1. Thanks Roger.
      You did another portrait I really like. Different but equally eye catching.

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  4. Great painting! I love this sort of door scene, and you do them so well.

    I'm building up a pile of reference photographs of 'entrances' (not doors) and one day I may get around to drawing them.

    Have a nice w/e

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    1. You have captured my interest, John and waill look forward to seeing them. Waiting...waiting for your new blog to have another entry.

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    2. It has had 3 entries
      http://gatepostpainter.blogspot.co.uk/

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    3. 3 entries - okay, you have doubled my interest... maybe it is a bird house?

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  5. Oh goodness! I missed that post and so forgot to say thank you of course! Time and energy is worth a lot:)

    I do love these blue doors and your style lends itself nicely to conveying the texture of the stucco. I can picture the chilis also:)

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    1. Hi Libby - just visited your blog and saw and enjoyed those great sketches of your trip to Mexico.
      Glad you like my blue doors - thank you!

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  6. Such an exquisite palette and gorgeous piece! That turquoise does a wonderful job in implying "southwest" too.

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    1. Hi Sherry - in my travels I have seen a lot of sunny counties use blue on their doors. India was a surprise especially when I found they also use turquoise in their jewelry too.

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  7. Your blue door paintings are probably my favorite thing that you paint. Whenever I see a Rista I always think of an old Mexican kitchen with a large window over the sink and shutters. Then I want to make enchiladas.

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    1. Oh MY Lisa - thank YOU! - I am inspired to paint the image you presented. I can see it so clearly in my mind. Coming up!

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  8. Love your New Mexico doors, Julie!! and love that perfect shadow on it..the stucco is awesome as well as the colorful flowers!! What can I say but I love this painting!!!

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    1. Glad to hear you like it - thanks. You have been to New Mexico haven't you, Hilda?
      Your portrait is so outstanding and I love his hands. Usually hard to do, you made it look easy.

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  9. The blue door has a sense of cozy mystery... doors and windows of the houses, everywhere, fascinate me.
    Those who live there, who care these beautiful plants, who stretched out the colored cloths in the wind?
    The signs of life, the doors, the windows ,all the objects speak of human beings and your Art,dear Julie, offers them to us in their dazzling beauty.
    I'm so happy for your words on bloggers!

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    1. They fascinate me to Rita. I can never see me getting tired of doing doorways.
      I loved the way you described the flowers - stretched out the colored cloths in the wind. You are a poet.

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  10. Happy 600+! And best wishes for many more! Your color sings in this one, Julie.

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    1. And I loved seeing your beautiful gate too. Your orange tile roof added a spot of color and made the painting sing.

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  11. Southwest blue doors are one of my favorite things, and you've done this one beautifully. Congratulations on #600! I don't know how you do it all....and so well.

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    1. Thanks Kathleen, and you handle a lot of things too. Your painting of the historical theater is simply a stunner!

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  12. I love doors, especially your colorful ones! They hold a sense of mystery to me and I always want a glimpse inside. Your consistency in blogging is simply awesome. I love your idea of sending special thanks to others, it helps to know there is someone out there that cares:)

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    1. I agree about wanting glimpse inside. But the mystery of whats on the outside fascinates me too. One of my favorites during this 15 year, fascination with doors is one with my
      dog waiting to go a walk, looking at her leash and partially opened door.
      Yes - it is a good feeling to know you are appreciated.

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  13. Doorways are so fascinating. I will add them to my very long list of things to explore with paint. Today I paint! I would love to capture of chroma and warmth of your painting. It's lovely.

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    1. Hope you do - glad you like this one.
      Enjoyed seeing your new post of the lesson your teacher gave you. She must be delighted with your progress.

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  14. Ah, that door makes me want to go through it ...beautifully done, The chilis hanging along side really "make it"!

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    1. Hi Celeste - the door leads into a garden and the house lies beyond. Very old - it has an historical plaque.
      Love the big juicy stroke in the sky on your new landscape.

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  15. I have been staring at this wonderful door ever since I saw this post go up. It reminds me a bit of some places in San Diego, where we used to live years ago. Congrats on the 600th post!! and much gratitude for all the knowledge & thoughts you share so beautifully! Your blog has been so inspiring (and your instructional video has gotten me out of the 'winter funk' and given me some new 'food for thought'/directions to explore!). Cheer & blessings to you!

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    1. Great to hear from you Roxanne and I enjoyed your informative post on your experiments with paint. Love what you came up with.
      Thanks for the warm fuzzy and blessings back to you.

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  16. This area should be a feast for the eyes of a painter. I love the contrasts of color, light and texture. A new gem this painting.

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    1. Thanks, Lydie - nice comment and I thank you.
      Your painting of the mermaid is beautiful.

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  17. This door puts me right back at some favorite places in Taos and Santa Fe. So gorgeous in color and the texture alone says 'adobe'. Congrats (a bit late) on your 600th...you're such a grand inspiration for us all!

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    1. delighted to find you love northern NM. Me too!
      Thanks also for the lovely complement.
      Want to mention how much I love ALL your fishing paintings.

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  18. Nice one Julie, looks like a cool place to go check out. Love those adobe style houses.

    ~Randall

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Cheers,
Julie