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

Monday, July 29, 2013

Farmers Market #12



Farmers Market #12

7x5in watercolor  - still in process.


During this market series I found a fascination with
plain old garlic.

Artist Note.
In my last post I mentioned I had become fascinated with
the garlic and that led to a weekend of nothing but
drawing and painting garlic.
Above is the one I tried using the fracturing technique
I developed. I obviously pushed the colors, but that is
the fun of trying different ways of exploration. I have to live
with it for a while to see if I will place it for sale.
The fracturing is still pretty new to me in watercolor
and keeping paintings I sense something works...or doesn't,
helps me on the next one.
I completed another one in a very traditional method
which I also like and I will be posting that.

Below shows my sketches and another watercolor
in process.
















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22 comments:

  1. I like this one a lot. It's pretty (if it is possible for garlic to be pretty!). The garlic is a great shape also so I am not surprised that you spent the weekend with them:)

    I am interested though in how you did the fracturing, not being really familiar with watercolor techniques. Would you re wet the paint, blot off and then repaint? Wondering if I could do the same thing with gouache.

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  2. I look forward to seeing the "traditionally" painted garlic... But those vertical fractures add a wonderful sense of geometry and structure to this, SO lovely!!!

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  3. The fracturing in watercolor gives a very interesting effect. I like it lots. And I am looking at all your prep work and thinking....Helen, you need to be doing that. Your prep shows in your final paintings. Every bit of prep only enriches what we do. Thanks Julie.

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  4. Very unique approach, Julie - and the fracturing almost seems to make the garlic seem lively!

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  5. ooh, am loving this in watercolor!

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  6. This fracturing technic seems to suit at watercolor painting. This one is beautiful.
    Wonder if it will be possible to do a mixed media with it ? I play with pastel at the moment (a friend offered me some ) and I would bet it could work,layering by layering.

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  7. This looks very promising. I love how your translate your fracturing technique to watercolor. It has similar qualities, but has it's own character. I love the bold contrasts in in color and values too.

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  8. How beautiful! Not any one could do this, Julie. You have an exquisite eye and mind for creating. The colors are amazing, the fracturing technique in watercolor is inspired.

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  9. Awesome!! It gives it such a different effect, Julie. I absolutely love the colors in the garlic.. wonderful work!!

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  10. Just wanted to drop by and say how much I have enjoyed your market series...you have enough for a lovely book. Beautiful work as always, but using a theme like this reminds me of your bird nest series. The "whole" speaks to the single piece. A very thorough way of approaching painting.

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  11. I love the fracturing technique in watercolor! It adds so much interest.

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  12. Beautiful! Your fracturing technique works really well with watercolor . . . like you've been doing it forever!

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  13. Who would have thought fracturing could be done in watercolor, but you did it! This is lovely and it's like looking at it through the waters of a colorful river. Love seeing your sketches too.

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  14. Hola me encantó visitarte.Te seguiré muy interesantes tus pinturas.Saludossss.

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  15. At first I didn't realize this little painting was in watercolor...then I read through, I had to go back & stare at this - how cool is that! I have to admit- Julie your blog is so well written - a great spring-board for launching ideas- thank you so much for all you share! and ps....I LOVE my new painting!! :-)

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  16. Un acquerello fantastico e pieno di vitalità.
    L'aglio non è un argomento facile...così nella tua fratturazione acquisisce un fascino tutto speciale!

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  17. Always enjoy your work Julie. Thanks also for writing a great blog. You keep me inspired!

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  18. watercolor fracturing! wow- new dimensions and a beautiful painting 'as is' . I love that idea and this garlic.

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  19. Ah...two of my favorite things -- garlic and that beautiful red! Beautiful!

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  20. Amazing, how you did this in watercolor, I like it very much!

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  21. I love all the verticals going on here, fabulous watercolor and delicious colors!!

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Julie