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

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Lilac Bouquet




















Lilac Bouquet

6x6in  oil on canvas panel   $100.

Beautiful lilacs delivered by a traveling friend.
All she requested was to watch me paint them.

Memorial Day tomorrow.
Honoring the fallen Military is a genuine privilege . At 3:PM we will
take a moment to remember... with gratitude.
One of our sons was in the military here in the USA and the pride is still felt.

Growing up in England I remember we had a similar day called
Remembrance Day...or Poppy Day, and we all wore a red silk poppy.
It was in November. I copied the info below
During the First World War, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute of silence at 11am on 11 November. 

38 comments:

  1. What a beautiful and poignant remembrance....thank you. And, your friend must have had a great time watching these lilacs come into new life on your canvas!

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    1. She did enjoy it and I gave her the handy tool to take home.
      Your flowers are just amazing, Mary.

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  2. We have a poppy day here too, Julie. Now I know why it is always vets selling them on the street too. Thank you for that bit of info. I didn't know you were from England. I too was in the USAF and it is something I am so proud of. My dad was US Army as well.

    Anyway, lilacs are my favorite flower. That scent is just intoxicating. Beautiful painting and are those white lilacs behind too? They add to much to this bouquet!

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    1. How nice that Lilacs are a fav of yours. Yes - white lilacs were included.
      Enjoyed seeing your drawing Sherry. Good luck with your grade but I do not like that teacher's methods.

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  3. This lilac bouquet is absolutely beautiful, Julie!
    I as well, would have loved to stand over you and watch you paint this gorgeous piece!!
    My Dad fought in WWII and was a Proud American..
    he's buried in Florida with Mom and too far away
    to put the flag on his grave..so I will light a candle by his picture with the flag right next to him today...a remembrance day to him and all who served.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that about your father...and mother. Made me misty eyed.

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  4. Hi Julie, Lovely Lilacs and fitting blog. I always thought Remembrance Day applied everywhere in the world because it was a world war and I was surprised the US doesn't recognize it. It is certainly is an occasion in Canada and Australia too, but their BIG day is ANZAC day which is in April? and gets bigger every year. It's lovely to see all ages, even teenagers and babies out at dawn in the freezing cold to honour those who served. My grandfather received the Military Medal for rescuing a fellow soldier from no-man's land under fire. I honour him every year by wearing his medal with pride. My other grandfather was probably one of the ones firing at him. He was gassed and suffered the rest of his life with his lungs. Makes you wonder why.

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    1. I love that you wear your grandfather's medal.
      I was fascinated by your story. Two grandfathers on different sides.
      As you said - makes you wonder why.
      Thanks for taking the time to tell such an interesting story.

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  5. Somehow the Red Poppy Day does sound very English. I really like that.

    Lovely painting as always. Those bits of brighter blue really make the flowers pop without distracting. Very nice:)

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    1. Nice of you Libby - thanks. The colors of the lilacs were very beautiful and the blue ones appeared really blue next to the pink ones.
      Your figure work is fabulous and the last one is perfect with the water.

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  6. Dear Julie, it's nice to honor the fallen, I'm waiting for the wonderful day that none should fall, no one more war,I'm praying to all those who have fallen hoping to do it for the right cause. I knew the tradition of red poppies in England, the day dedicated to the military ... this flower so joyful, it seems the blood that has stained the great plains where wars have taken place, as in the lands where I'm living now. In a field of poppies was an ancient necropolis where hundreds of warriors after so many centuries have been found ... how many symbols,as red poppies, intersect with the historical reality!
    Your lovely lilacs sparkling in a so serene space, where, it is seems, always peace for all.

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    1. A fascinating and interesting comment, dear Rita. Hundreds of warriors recently found? Wow! Your country was a place of huge influence in the world. They civilized Britain. I dug up a few Roman coins in our garden and was rather deflated when the museum would not take them because they were...so common!
      I think they occupied Great Britain for 300 plus years. It was about 1600 years ago when they left. Hard to comprehend because America is so young by comparison.
      Glad you liked the lilacs. Love your watercolors

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  7. Wow! Wish I could have watched over your shoulder as you painted this, Julie! This is the perfect look for lilacs!

    Sorry, Julie, but time slipped up on me again this year, but Memorial Day is still strong in my heart. No new painting....I had to repost one from the past for today.

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    1. Thanks Dean. I did enjoy seeing the boots again. Such a good painting and perfect for memorial day.

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  8. Dear Julie - beautiful lilacs and such a wonderful reminder of what Memorial Day means. Take care and have a great day.

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    1. Thanks Debbie. I enjoyed your post too. Beautifully written.

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  9. After what seems like endless wars, your tribute is quite poignant.

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    1. Endless wars - will there ever be an end to them? There is a common saying that is women ruled then there would be no more wars. I am not sure.

      Waiting for a new painting....

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  10. I think this painting is my favorite so far (but that's so hard to choose) ! I honor all of those who served for our freedom and one of them is my husband. :)
    Take care Julie!
    Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer. Thanks for such a great complement.
      Your husband is special in my book.
      I cannot find your art. I go on your page and it is all work by other people. Where are you now?

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    2. Hi Julie! Your new painting is another beauty! I don't know where I am! haha! I have google plus and can't seem to figure out how to set it to go to my blog. I'm not on DPW right now but will come back soon. But you can find me here- http://beaudetart.blogspot.com
      Sorry to make it so difficult to find me. I hope I can figure it out soon:) Take care Julie! I sure love your paintings!
      Jennifer

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  11. Beautiful bouquet BUT I had mistaken your lilac for hortensia!
    Monique shaw

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    1. We have a Mountain laurel which looks almost the same when painted.
      I have to check what hortensia looks like.
      Your ocean painting is wonderful - and you live so close to it. Lucky you!

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  12. Julie, This is stunningly beautiful. Love it.

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    1. Thanks, Angela...And your white bloom is beautiful.

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  13. Oh, I can feel the perfume just by looking at this , beautiful and energetic.

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    1. They did have a lovely smell. Gone now. They were a bit droopy when my friend arrived.
      Your flowers are so vibrant, Jane. You have no fear of color. I admire that.

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  14. I simply am amazed at the fact that you painted all those little lilac petals. AMAZED. It is beautiful.

    Today we celebrated and remembered with our family including my father in-law who served in The Air Force. We are thankful indeed.

    I am so happy you are back. I really missed you while you were so busy with you show.

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    1. Laughing..it looks like they are all individually painted but only the front ones are painted with three values to make them look like flowers - the rest are illusions again done with shapes and values.. Not one actual flower with a center and petals was done. The in and out of the edges create a sense of the lilac too.
      Nice of you to miss me, dear Lisa - thank you.

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  15. Beautiful sentiments, beautiful painting.Thank you.

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  16. Stunningly beautiful, wish I was there watching you create this wonderful piece!

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  17. when I was a child in the 50's we wore those poppies too. I wonder why that tradition went away..I liked it! Beautiful painting. Wonderful colors!

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  18. I sure would love to meet you. I love your art vision.

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  19. I have no idea where my comment that I left is, but this is lovely and you really know how give the right information for the viewer to know the subject. You are an inspiration as always.

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  20. These are lovely painting in your personal style. I found out just how hard lilacs are to paint on my recent workshop!

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  21. This is beautiful. I love the colors and the texture really brings the painting to life.

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  22. marvelous!!!!! I remember those poppies from my childhood. They would stand on corners and hand them out.

    Your lilacs are gorgeous.

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Julie