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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Farmers Market #16



Farmers Market #16

6x8in oil on canvas panel  $125. SOLD

The flower stall at the farmers market was a glorious
riot of color.

Artist Note.
My favorite flower stall is still to come, but is difficult to paint
and I am thinking I may not be able to manage it.
It had a lot of pale colored flowers in white tubs
- delicate lavenders and pinks, white, creams and pale greens.
They appealed to me in a different way than the bright colors,
but as they were kept in the shade it became really hard to 
see the flowers stand out. They maybe impossible for me to
paint and I will have to wait until I know how to accomplish it.
I am appealing for your help.
Any suggestions will be gratefully received.   Pleeeeease!
Afterthought...
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28 comments:

  1. Your summer is so obviously full of color and life. Every painting you've shown has been a jewel.

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    1. wow - thanks so much.
      I am excited with your idea of doing a "timed painting" series

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  2. I have been loving your market series and this is a very lovely painting as usual. I like how you are experimenting with oil colours and I feel as if I am right there in the middle of the Farmers Market. Your beautiful paintings bring back to me sweet memories, so thank you very much !!!
    Have a very happy weekend !!!

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    1. How nice to hear that - thanks. Your latest painting brings back very happy memories for me too. You are so good at design and color.

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  3. I could never offer suggestions but I sure love the idea of the paler color scheme. Sounds beautiful so I do hope you manage it, Julie. I think the flower stalls are my favorites!

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    1. A paler colors scheme would be easier if it wasn't in shadow. I have done several studies but am not satisfied yet...
      Hope you have a lovely weekend seeing family.

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  4. Honestly Julie, I don't think you'll have a problem with your next painting...I can't wait to see it...maybe a darker background so you can see all those wonderful lavenders and pale colors? I'm sure you'll do another fantastic job. I love the way the lady is leaning down to pick her flowers and the light hitting the umbrellas....love it!!!

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    1. Yes, a darker background makes a nice contrast to a sunny display, but these flowers were all shade so the colors were not easily discernible. There was something magical about the harmony and i am trying to capture what I saw and felt. Maybe a close up will be best?
      Love your new portrait, but what a sad, sad story about her tragic death. Your gift will bring years of pleasure to her parents.

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  5. The colors are glowing, I love all the yellows and red! I look forward to seeing your next painting in this series!

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    1. thanks Celia - I really like your baskets of lemons.

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  6. This one is really pretty. It's almost electric with the color too, somehow.

    Maybe if you show the photo people might have a better idea about offering suggestions. I know that contrast usually saves the day-color or value or temp-but maybe seeing the rest of the scene might help:)

    I know you can do it too-the solution just hasn't presented itself yet:)

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    1. thanks Libby. The photos did not show the flowers much at all because they were in the shadow...so no contrast. It was all subtle color changes and not manay value changes I did do some sketches and they are my guide. My memories are quite special and I remember a deep feeling of beauty as I looked at the scene. How to capture what I felt as well as saw, is my dilemma.

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  7. Interesting problem. I think there are a couple things you could try- changing the color might be the simple way, but I think you like it because of the pastel hues. So making them slightly darker than they looked to keep them in the shadow and surrounding them with their compliment in the sunlight should make them a focal point. If they still look to washed out, maybe try to add more intensity in some spots. Just a thought... good luck! Can't wait to see how you solve the problem!

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    1. Good suggestions Bruce - thanks. Actually your white cows in the shade are a similar problem and your works very well

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    1. Thanks Myra. Glad you are getting ready to paint again.

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  9. Hope Bruce doesn't mind me adding to her comments but what about a darker background to make the pale colors pop a little?

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    1. Going to give it a go - thanks Blanche.
      You have beautiful colors in your new painting.

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  10. I agree with Crimson Leaves about making suggestions to you, the Master! I wonder if the flowers in shade would be any different than painting a cloudy or foggy scene. We will all be waiting to see how it comes out. In the meantime, #16 is bold and colorful, loose and rich. Great as usual.

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    1. Good idea about suggesting a foggy scene. Hmm...I wonder.
      i am enjoying your paintings of your trip to Norway, as well as your southwest scenes.

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  11. This one is on fire, love the energy.

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    1. Thanks Roger and energy and fire is a perfect description of your latest one

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  12. I like how Roger said it...on fire. Very colorful...like a market rainbow.

    I would help you...but you know....

    however, I have every bit of faith in you that you will accomplish what you set out to do.

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  13. Faith eh...my job could have been made lighter with some suggestions. Oh well. I have had some good ones and now to work...
    It was neat going through all the photos on your latest post. I enjoyed it.

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  14. these market paintings are fantastic....love all the color..excellent!

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    1. I love the one you did today too. The blues are so moody.

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  15. I love the counter balancing light and shadow areas, Julie!

    About you dilemma with #17, ( you probably have it solved by now anyhow) I would say to make the darks around the flowers a bit darker...and add a bit more chroma to the flowers than is present in the photo. Looks as though there will have to be a compromise such as this while still retaining some pastel look.
    Looking forward to your solution! :)

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  16. I can't wait to see how you handle the lighter pastels in shade....And since you love the photo and the memory so much- it will indeed be a special one!

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Julie