Personal Art Blog

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

Monday, July 8, 2013

Farmers Market #2



Farmers Market #2

8x6in oil on canvas   $125. SOLD

My second in this series. This was an organic stall and very well
stocked. That is California for you - healthy is a way of life.
I am from re-fried bean country... love them... but we do eat lots of salads
to balance our cravings for Mexican food.

Artist Note.
I had a painting binge on these market scenes. I finished four
over the weekend. Fun, but not as easy as I thought they would be.
On this one I painted a composite of three photos.
My focus was to try and capture back-lighting

Here is my son looking
for a box to carry all the stuff
he bought.
I liked his position with
the back-lighting, but
what a shame there are
no fruits of vegetables.


Here are fruits and
vegetables with the
light at back.
I painted the vegs pretty
much like this, but had
to remove the tomatoes
at the bottom and replace
with a more neutral color.
I found the red came
forward too much.

Another back-lit person
which I change into a female. I
was inspired by the woman's
colors in the 1st reference - and I
made her sleeveless.


Posted by Picasa

29 comments:

  1. I love how you took what you needed from your photo references. No need to be too literal is what I learned from you today.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think this is a really neat comment, Ann. YOU got it!
      It is a hard thing for some to grasp that they do not need to be tied exactly to the photo.
      I am looking forward to seeing the development of your beach umbrellas painting. It is off to a great start!

      Delete
  2. So much information in a small painting--very lovely!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's the challenge for me. To utilize the space the same as a larger one. Since I started painting the small size I found if I wanted it to hold my interest I had to vary the complexity of filling the space.
      Loved your lavender field.

      Delete
  3. When I see the creative ways that lead to the settlement, I console myself! I think sometimes take longer to get this than to paint!
    The lack of experience on my part made ​​me throw away a lot of material in the past, now I meditate more. Watch your meditations is always an inspiration!
    Dear Julia you turn EVERYTHING in your artistic way that always leaves me .... breathtaking!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are the nicest person, Rita. Thank you for your comment. It is true that as we grow with our art we change our habits.
      I really enjoyed seeing your pictures from the exhibit on today's post.

      Delete
  4. I actually like this one even more than the previous one. I'm not sure, but I think it is the slightly more cropped scene and how the composition draws me in and moves my eyes around the painting. Lovely colors as usual.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Pleased you like it, Roger. Thanks.
      I like your nests in space - very abstract and strong.

      Delete
  5. Thank you for showing us the source of your inspiration. Very interesting to see how you work. I love this background light.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Lydie. I loved your mixed media painting and the drawings on the post before are awesome.

      Delete
  6. Hello! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog.
    Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I'm thinking about setting up
    my own but I'm not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Appreciate it

    Here is my web site ... videosescortses

    ReplyDelete
  7. Well done, Julie! I have enough trouble painting from one photograph, let alone combining 4 of them!! Love that guy's hat too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love his hat too. That particular style is very popular in CA.
      Hope you are going to explain the warp/loom on your next post.

      Delete
  8. Very nice combination of photos to problem solve and work out a really nice composition. I do the same with markets, it pays to take lots and lots for reference. Lovely end result Julie!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I did lots of sketches too. It was fun and the colors and shapes of the fruits and veggies really appealed to me.
      Your painting today is so beautiful.

      Delete
  9. The series is shaping up nicely! It pays to take a lot of photos doesn't it? Seems like there isn't one perfect thing but if you have a lot to choose from, you can generate a totally new scene.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Not only photos but notes and sketches too, if possible.
      Sometimes I can take photos and have a heard time getting back in place mentally. When I do a combination it stays and stays.
      Interested to see where your drawing leads. Love your process steps being shown on your post.

      Delete
  10. A beaut, Julie! Great skill at combining photo refs into one coherent, well composed scene! Love the backlight and colors!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Dean. A great compliment because you are so good at back-lighting. Your PIG is very special and a funny post too.

      Delete
  11. Dear Julie - it was wonderful seeing the photo references and how you organized them and refined them to make this into such a gorgeous painting. I think one must have an excellent eye to be a good artist and you certainly have one. Interesting thought that the tomatoes had to go and be replaced by a more neutral color. Even though I don't paint in oils I learn so much from you about color, composition, values, etc. Thanks so for being so willing to share. Love this painting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Debbie. I bet the farmers markets where you live are pretty amazing too. I am enjoying this series.
      Loved reading your post today and seeing how Shelby has grown.

      Delete
  12. So interesting and amazing how you combined pictures to arrive at this lovely, light-filled painting. You really captured what you wanted and I love it. These painting make me vow to visit our local farmers market when I get home..........

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well Helen - you have painting the fruit and vegetables down great already so next step it to do one. Where are you by the way - on another trip?

      Delete
  13. design this home hacks design this
    home hack design this home hack design this home
    hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home
    hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design
    this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this
    home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this
    home hack design this home hack design this home hack
    design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this
    home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack
    design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this
    home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home
    hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home
    hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design
    this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home
    hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this
    home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack design this home hack

    ReplyDelete
  14. Nice post! I like your painting, too!

    ReplyDelete
  15. bookmarked!!, I like your website!

    Take a look at my website; S

    ReplyDelete
  16. A gorgeous piece, Julie! I'm enjoying this series...love all the variety of colors in the fruits and vegetables!!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Beautiful piece, Julie! Can't believe you fit all that info and texture into such a small canvas. Interesting also to see how you combined photo references and made it all work, especially light-wise. Thanks so much for your nice comment!

    ReplyDelete

I love that you are taking the time to comment and thank you for it. I am sure other readers will enjoy them too. If you cannot comment through this format then email me at juliefordoliver@gmail.com
Cheers,
Julie