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Monday, September 9, 2013

House in Pecos, NM



House in Pecos, NM.

watercolor on moleskin paper  5"x7"

Day 9

Pecos, New Mexico, is a very old, rural town and it is
where Longmire , the TV show is mainly filmed.
I was there recently and managed to get some great
sketches and photos. It is a gorgeous mountain area and
the native sunflowers were in full bloom.
The tin roof is typical of the areas in New Mexico
where they enjoy snow and rainfall due to their
proximity to mountains and they are often on an adobe
structure. This house is small by today's standard and
the average families were larger then than now. Can
you imagine 6oo sq ft... and six kids?

Artist Note.
My fracturing video is still selling on the Daily Paintworks
site (see top right.) I have been amazed and delighted
by the response. I feel that even if it causes an artist to
experiment for only a little while, something to help their art
will come out of it.
I came across a Sue Harrell painting and the thumbnail
caught my eye. She is trying the fracturing technique
and doing a fabulous job . She gave credit to the video.
Thank you, sue.
Check her out... click here Sue Harrell

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26 comments:

  1. Nice darks, Julie. They really make this painting pop!

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    1. talk about pop - your two abstract landscapes are totally awesome.

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  2. Pecos is an interesting little community, pretty much totally unique. I have been there several times and love the coolness and especially the rushing water of the Pecos River. Your fracturing technique works so well for you. I continue to experiment but watch each painting evolve with almost total use of a knife while losing the fracturing. Never give up, you would say. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Your new painting is a stunner, carol and congratulations on winning an award in the big show up there.

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  3. I would love to try your fracturing technique in watercolor, if ever you come out with a video. Stunning work, I love the freshness of your approach.

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    1. Nice compliment from an experienced water-colorist like yourself, thank you Celia. I loved your blues and greens in today's painting.

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  4. I am so impressed with you last two watercolors Julie. You really have gotten your special fracturing technique integrated into both mediums. Super!

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    1. Nice of you, Bruce, and I like your painting today too. especially love the active brushwork. Good luck with your move to France.

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  5. Love all your work ! I plan to give your tech. a try this winter.

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    1. I loved your lilacs and birds. You enjoyed the Yes canvas and so do I. hope you enjoy the video.

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  6. Dear Julie - what an amazing watercolor...such a beautiful place too...you always manage to capture the light which makes your work so outstanding. Just beautiful friend.

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    1. You always make me feel so good - thank you Debbie, I enjoyed reading about the tall Ships on today's post.

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  7. Gorgeous as always, a very soft spot in my heart for little adobes with tin roofs!

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    1. You do, I know you do as you paint them so beautifully.

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  8. Hi Julie, I clicked on the painting to enlarge and then I could really study it. It is very nice and I love how the darks surround the house, making it really become the focal point and all the other interesting parts of the painting lead you into it. It requires some time spent to enjoy and I love that!

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    1. Hi Egretta, nice of you to let me know you took some time to study it. thank you.
      Your hydrangeas and zinnias are great together, good idea to mix them

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  9. Beautiful! Your watercolor looks so thick! I don't know how you do it! Beautiful darks

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    1. I guess they look thick because they are layered but there is no thickness except for the cad yellow flowers which I used right out of the tube.
      Congratulations on your award.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. And your painting today is very dynamic - I loved it.

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  11. This is a beautiful painting. The mountains in the background and the beautiful desert colors give this old house a sense of place. So nice.

    Thank you, Julie, for your kind words. I was surprised to see so many visits to my blog until I read your blog this morning, and realized that the folks who visited are fans of yours. It's nice to know that others love your work as much as I do.

    I'm enjoying the fracturing technique - although last evening I managed to paint a major whoopsie and will have to paint quickly this evening in order to stay current with the 30 day challenge. I'm glad to know (from your videos) that whoopsies are ok!

    Thank you again, Julie.

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  12. I am pleased they visited. Blogging artists are so supportive.
    You will find the fracturing is easy to do a little or a lot depending on
    subject matter.

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  13. Hi Julie,
    I find your fracturing technique beautiful and fascinating. I really must try it - thank you so much for the inspiration!
    Kathryn

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  14. Julie,
    This is also another beauty! You have a wonderful technique!
    http://awapara.wordpress.com/

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  15. Oh my goodness...I LOVE this sweet house...even if it is only 600 sq ft. The colors are perfect and those dainty touches of yellow make me want to yodel a happy tune. I love all your paintings in these latest posts too. And I am not surprised your video is still selling. I watched it again the other evening turning an idea over in my head.

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  16. Julie, this is delightful! Actually when I was a kid, my folks were very poor. Their first house was about 500 sq ft max. We had to bath in a round galvanized tub as the "bathroom" did NOT have shower or tub, just a sink and toilet. I wonder if it still exists....

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Julie