Personal Art Blog

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Irrigation Ditch

Irrigation Ditch

8x6in oil on canvas panel  $100.
See DPW Auction

I am off on vacation visiting the kids and grandchildren.
My hubby and I are excited because they have moved from Portland
and are now in Santa Cruz, CA. We know the area well and have
some fun times planned
As I will not have access to the computer easily I am placing this
on auction through daily Paintworks for a good reason.
I have had several paintings sell  multiple times through Pay Pal but
David at DPW has now got a way to prevent that. I have to change
some things with Pay Pal  and will do it when I return.

Artist Note.

This was painted plein air. Because of the drought, the area farmers
had a one time water allotment to fill their irrigation ditches.
Things are bad for this farming community.
I love painting the river and ditches so
 I dashed out to get this done.
A lot of clouds started to form and I thought it would actually rain
but so such luck. The sun merrily came and went causing my
patterns to change. I do not usually alter a plein air  painting
but the bush bothered me.  See original painting below.
Notice how it divides the bottom half  in two
and the top part of the bush is too symmetrical.

Then I made it thinner

Better, but does not seem incorporated into the surrounding area
very well. I remembered some of the weeds and quickly
put some brush marks with a rigger resulting in the top painting.
I had to slap my hand because I would have kept fussing at it.

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  1. A very nice landscape and thanks for showing the progress, how you avoided some traps.
    Have a great vacation. I started my 4 week vacation yesterday and I hope get my painting going again.

  2. It's really interesting to read your thought process on this piece. The colors are arranged so perfectly to make a winning composition! Wow! I was thinking it was very Van Gogh-esque and soothing and satisfying to view. I love it!

  3. Gorgeous piece, Julie! I enjoyed seeing the progression of this painting. Perfect colors and're amazing!! Enjoy
    your vacation with your kids and Grandchildren!!!

  4. nice explanation of your thinking. Lovely painting....of a ditch! I think you can paint anything!

  5. Beautifully painted, love the warm colors of this landscape . Have a wonderful vacation !

  6. It is lovely, Julie. I love the soft yellows in this piece...they do lend so much to depicting the results of little rain.

  7. I love it,your style is gorgeous! Thank you for adding the process photos. It's always interesting to see and understand the work behind a painting.

  8. The painting is lovely (I like the part where you almost had to slap your hand!) and it reminds me of that book, The Milagro Beanfield War. Water and the need for it is really something, isn't it?

  9. How fun that you did some plein air! I like the perspective given by the lines in the field. Your changes to the bush were spot on.
    Have a wonderful vacation and waiting to hear from you when you return. Hope you take some pictures for painting the gorgeous Ca area.

  10. Amazing texture Julie, I love this!!!

  11. What a beautiful painting! Have fun on your vacation!

  12. Enjoy your vacation Julie, I'll just watch Fracturing Techniques until you return.

  13. What a great study in depth and looking right into the painting! The layers are marvelous.

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    This landscape is so similar to that of our fields ... The colors of summer time, shine energy and joy anywhere,now.

  28. Hope you are enjoying a fun filled visit, Julie!
    I really liked all the stages. But the real winner was your final solution! :) Beautiful!

  29. Thanks so much for letting us see some of your process and thinking on this one. I love getting a glimpse of other artists' thoughts as they paint, what they think works or doesn't.

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