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

Monday, December 9, 2013

Window Study



Window Study

8x6in oil on canvas panel  SOLD

This is the first window oil painting study done
using the watercolor painting as reference.
It has a really unfinished look to it, but
a lady saw it and liked it just the way it was.

Artist Note.
I start another 3 day workshop on Wednesday
and am looking forward to it.
One of the artists from the previous one
emailed me these images below of  a demo
I did.


















The one above had a transparent
underpainting before the opaque colors
were added. Here the light/dark patterns
can be seen with some fracturing marks.


















When I do a straight line I prefer to
use a credit card or knife. It prevents it
from appearing too perfect. I have added
the light on the window, the flowers started
and it looks like I had also done the window
frame. By the way - that is not MY
Chico card!


















Shutters added - remembering to paint
the area in shadow a cooler blue.
and here I am using the
knife on the foliage. Sometimes I use the
flat part underneath and MUSH for softness,
but here I am adding some texture by
placing paint on with a slight downward
swish.
Sorry I do not have a finished photo.
I thought some of you may be interested
in seeing some of the process.

This is a really busy time for me and sorry
I am not answering all your interesting
and encouraging comments. I do appreciate
each and every one of of you and thank you.

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30 comments:

  1. I adore the window painting,love the light! Great demo shots, thank you for sharing them and all the steps you go through.

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    1. You are welcome... and let me say I ADORE your waterlily

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  2. Julie - I do so enjoy seeing the process. You have so much to give and I think your window painting is beautiful. Don't work too hard my friend and enjoy the Christmas season.

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    1. Thank you Debbie, I love your post with beautiful pictures of the birds at the feeder. Love your sketches too.

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  3. The looseness of the window painting brings to mind a glimpse. Just a glimpse. And so wonderful is the play of the red and green compliments.
    Thank you for another demonstration. They are viewed, reviewed and appreciated. Enjoy this busy holiday season.

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    1. You are always very supportive Helen. Thank you. Love your latest floral paintings done for the challenge

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  4. I think it is more than a study, and unfinished is more often a good thing than the opposite (overdone). Knowing when to stop is hard, and I do have to ask myself if I will ad something or take away something with additional work.
    I think this one looks great as it is. If in doubt, do another one and explore your options.

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    1. I agree, Roger...smart Roger! I will be doing another one as I like the subject matter very much.
      Slipping the calla shape into your other flowers was a wonderful touch.

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  5. I think windows are such lovely subject matter, this one is beautiful and the lady who bought it was very lucky :) Leesa

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    1. Thanks Leesa. She is not an art collector and this was her first original. I was surprised because they usually want something very detailed.
      I watched your video on your Google plus and really enjoyed your skillful use of color and shape.

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  6. Love the colors and the concept of fracturing. Beautiful as always.

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  7. Glad you do, my dear - hey don't you usually have your coffee in the morning with my blog?

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  8. I'm glad that you used a Chico's card for that demo...haha...Nordstrom's wouldn't have been right! (kidding). Thanks for the photos-- very cool! I love the window scene. (Come to think of it...I don't think you've put up anything that I haven't just loved!)

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    1. Nordstroms - ah...those were the days when I lived in California.
      Loved your comment - how special for me and it means a lot. Thanks Celeste.
      Your landscapes have so much mood, but also love the photo of you with the cats.

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  9. Thanks for the extra photos, they're great to see your process. I love this window study. It reminds me of a window long ago in a cabin. Great mood!

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    1. Hi Mary - log cabin sounds intimate so I can see the connection.
      Love your new painting. The way you do the water is ALWAYS amazing.

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  10. I can see why your customer liked this piece as is. I find myself wishing I was sitting at the counter, looking out the window, and dreaming with a cup of morning coffee. Ah Julie...your work is always just so pretty!

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    1. YOu are so nice - thanks Sherry.
      Neat and generous idea to have a give-a-way. Love your painting for your Christmas card.

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  11. Love seeing more photos and I like to use a credit card too! Can get differetn edges from a knife or your fracturing tool. I would love to take a workshop from you- would be so fabulous. Hope to one day!

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    1. What fun we would have. I tried to get on your blog but it kept not connecting. Will try later.

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  12. I always like to see the process. What do you mean that's not your Chico's card???LOL:)

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    1. It was an artist in the classes card. Great one. More flexible that my old Visa one.
      I enjoyed your photos and mini rant!

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  13. Julie, the light is subtle but very strong in this, and the juxtaposition between the warm and cool gives the painting a powerful punch. Really, a beautiful little gem.

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    1. The light inside was rather dim but the warm colored fruit really had a glow.
      Loved the painting of your pilots wings. You did a beautiful job. 30 years gone - just like that. The one thing we can count on is change.

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  14. I really like the window study...doesn't seem unfinished to me, such a beautiful atmosphere. ! And always nice and inspiring seeing your steps .

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    1. We both have done windows at the same time. Difference is... yours has a sexy nude in front of it and very beautifully painted.

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  15. I love the progression in this painting, Julie... I learn so much from your studies..
    The painting is beautiful!!!

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  16. Thanks Hilda. Your handsome hubby comes from a large family eh? Bet there is never a dull moment.

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  17. Thank you, Julie for the sequence photos and explanations. For me, it's like a mini-workshop. Appreciate your time in posting this!

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  18. Thanks for posting the demo. Fascinating.

    As for the painting, I like it just the way it is, too!

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Cheers,
Julie