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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sunflowers In Porcelain



Sunflowers In Porcelain

6x8in  oil on canvas panel  $125.

The rains came and worked their magic.

Artist Note

Lots of texture - almost all of it painted with a knife.
(Thanks for the reminder, Dean H.)
I love placing the sunflowers in this large porcelain vase.
The blue and white pattern makes the yellow/gold pop!

Sunflowers are abundant at the moment.
Look at the bounty so freely shared.
Not my garden I am afraid.
It is hard to gauge from the photo how
large some sunflowers can get. There were a few at
least 10 inches across.











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29 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS piece, Julie! My eyes are taking me all over the canvas and its hard to believe its on a 6x8 !!! Wonderful texture and I love the vase!!!

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    1. You are so nice - thanks Hilda. Still waiting for your next masterpiece.

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  2. I agree. 6 x 8...........wow. Such richness. That beautiful red carries me around the painting. yes......

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    1. I was careful setting up the still life to place the red in there. It is not always easy to do yellow, red and blue.
      Making sure I made the yellow dominant, I worked with a very limited palette so it would make it harder to screw up.
      You did a great job of making your figure have movement. Also love the colors.

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  3. Such a happy painting, Julie! The complementary and energetic colors really make me smile.

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    1. It is happy - I agree. Congratulations on having a piece selected for the OPA. Not an easy thing to do.

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous, Julie! Oh to have a modicum of this talent you possess!

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    1. You do have it - I have had more practice that is all.

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  5. It's another Oliver masterpiece! Just gorgeous knife work, Julie.

    I agree that sunflowers are magnificent....they really scream summer.Unfortunately, we don't see them in Florida, but I usually see plenty in the Carolina mountains.

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    1. Thanks Carol. I thought sun flowers grow all over the country. Maybe we do need the cooler nights. Las Cruces sits at 4,000 ft so it cools off at night.
      Your peppers are so painterly - love them

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  6. Sunflowers are dramatic by themselves; you upped that drama 10 fold. I love this as it reminds me to use my palette knife even more!

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    1. Hi Carol - thanks. Your boats sailing on the lake make me want to set sail myself. Gorgeous.

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  7. Aren't those flowers just wonderful? And the vase is the perfect vehicle for them. We have sunflowers by the side of the road here-small ones- but I have seen them too in people's gardens. They really do get quite large.

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    1. Glad you like the vase - me too!
      Enjoying your Room series very much.

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  8. Sunflowers contain happy feelings for me! Paint it, admire it, photograph it ... always a joy. I love this beautiful still life, full of gestural energy and color.
    Wonderful giant sunflowers in your garden,dear Julie!

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    1. Wish they were in my garden but I made the choice of spending my time painting and not gardening. Hubby waters but nothing else.
      Nifty idea of yours using the pill boxes for your wet paint.
      (see Rita's blog for full details)

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  9. That touch of red just sets off a beautiful painting Julie. Love it!

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    1. Thanks Blanche.
      Your painting today is dreamy and beautiful.

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  10. So beautiful! I do love the depth to the background, which really sets off this arrangement!

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    1. YOUR landscape is beautiful too, Roxanne.
      Love the photo next to the view. Shows it off perfectly.

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  11. Julie - how beautiful. Sunflowers are a favorite of mine and yours looks fabulous in that blue and white vase. You and Dean must be on the same page painting with that knife...so spectacular. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are having a lovely day. Thanks to for stopping by to visit me. I always love it when you do.

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    1. thanks Debbie - yes, Dean reminded me he liked my use of thick oil paint when he saw I was doing watercolors.
      Your orange glazed zucchini bread, looks wonderful. BUT>>>
      it was the painting of the cat which caught and held my eye.

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  12. I'm back! but you've noticed ... thank you for your kind comments.

    Just been looking up close, and much admiration, at "Sunflowers in Porcelain" ...wow... all that knife work! I haven't tried a knife yet ... can you imagine the mess I could make? Lovely-Jubley!!

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    1. Yes - good to have you back, but read you will be gone in September. You have got some great work on your blog John.

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    1. What a great word it is! Thanks Susan.
      Your beautiful drawings continue to amaze.

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  14. Your painting really displays Sunflower Power, Julie!!

    Lush and beautiful! Russian impressionist in the Julie style all the way!

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  15. Stunning, stunning and more stunning! :-)

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Julie