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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Daffodils and Hyacinth #3

Daffodils and Hyacinth #3

8x6in oil on canvas panel  $125. SOLD

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Another one of the daffs while they are still blooming.
This time in a more formal setting.

Artists Note
There was considerable interest shown on my previous
post when I mentioned using a wax finish on watercolors.
I have used it previously and I personally love the more
mellow finish it gives than a regular varnish.
On one of my pieces, a certain brand of wax lifted some of
the color, but I have another brand I am testing on
watercolor/Yupo and wax coating. It is perfect, but Yupo
has a smooth finish and the Aquabord has a slight pebble
type surface...makes a difference. Will let you know how it
goes. Here is KIM's comment yesterday.

 Beautiful painting!!!I am working on a painting 
I plan on mounting on a board and coating. After doing some research 
I cam a across a great video by Birgit O'Connor, Framing Watercolor 
without Glass. She recommends using Golden Acrylic Spray with 
UVL protection. 5-7 coats and you must let it completely dry in-between 
coats or you may get clouding. She uses a few coats of gloss for clarity t
hen follows with the last coats matte. I'm going to try this. 
Hope this helps!  by Kim Minichiell

Thanks, Kim, I enjoyed the video.


  1. Each color swirls around the painting. My eye travels. It's a good thing!

  2. There are trends on the internet...I notice everyone seems to be talking about wax these days! I will have to look into it---so I feel like I am better informed!!
    As for this is wonderful. You always get a wonderful "volume" in your paintings.

  3. nice work! such a nice artist you are :) I really loved all your art works

  4. This one is really beautiful! I love looking at all of the little strokes close up:)

    I have thought about spraying my gouache paintings. Looks like this video might provide some info:) Thanks!

  5. What a bright ray of hope these long lasting flowers should be bringing you! They are so beautiful, Julie!

  6. Your daffodils are so vibrant! The yellow and blue are a gorgeous mix and I love the addition of the vase.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences with the aquaboard.

  7. Gorgeous gorgeous. I want that beautiful vase!

    It would take a lot of patience to coat a painting with Kim's technique. Seven coats!

  8. I agree. I am so glad the Spring flowers are giving you inspiration. And they contrast so nicely with your vase. Gorgeous painting, Julie!

  9. Hi Julie, Thanks for the shout out and posting the information from yesterday. Since you mentioned wax. I've tried that too on one painting. I don't have it anymore therefore I don't know long term how it held up. I used Dorland's Wax Medium. I also use this as a medium for oil painting. Which wax are you experimenting with?

  10. Dear Julie - catching up on your posts - the daffodils are fabulous in that lovely vase. Very interested in the wax versus the varnish that you mentioned in your previous post. Hope you will tell more about this technique and also with Yupo paper too. Hope you are doing well. Have a lovely day.

  11. Beautifully painted, Julie!! I love the vase and the way the light is hitting it!

  12. I am traveling now, but had to take time and check in with your latest. Very beautiful and you are ahead of our spring season. excellent information on the wax varnish, I love that idea and the softer finish.

  13. Beautiful painting as always Julie. I am fascinated with the "wax" thread as I have never heard of this before.

  14. My gosh, this is a beautiful, beautiful painting! So vibrant.


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