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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Olive Oil #1


Olive Oil #1
8x8in  watercolor on paper  SOLD

Artist Note
This watercolor was painted in the dentist's waiting room. 
I did the drawing during the hour drive to Mexico
using an purple watercolor pencil. 
Any errors from bumps in the road were easy to wash off.


This painting has been selected by a tile company to add to their
licensed line of unique tiles. They offer a high end line of
 tiles for kitchens, I hope it will be popular.


54 comments:

  1. That Olive oil watercolour is great! It has a nice strong opaque quality in some areas which I find really hard to achieve with watercolours! Great work, and I look forward to seeing more!

    All the best,

    Tom

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    1. Thanks Tom. I like to mix opaque colors like Cerulean and Yellow Ochre with my transparent colors. I also use some Chinese .White for where I have not been clever enough to get it right!
      I visited your blog and found you are a very accomplished artist. I do like your work.

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  2. Oh, my that is exciting! I can't imagine the tiles won't sell out, fast!! Love to see your watercolors.

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    1. Taste is so subjective - who can tell if it will be liked. It is a neat process. They break the image into several tiles to go over a stove or feature area in the kitchen.
      Hope lots of people are signing up for the free drawing of your work. I have!

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  3. I just realized you drove to Mexico for dental work?! Hope it went well, Julie!! :)

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    1. Four down and two more visits to go. An all day affair.

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  4. What a creative waiting period it was! It is so beautiful and I am sure the tiles will be a hit!

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    1. Your latest post is inspiring with both the moving story of personal courage and the stunning painting.

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  5. Fabulous watercolor Julie...and it's sold for tiles...that is so exciting! I hope you're feeling okay! xo

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    1. I can at least smile in public now without my "bugs bunny" temporary front teeth shining forth! Seven done and four more to go.
      The new paintings for your show look fabulous. Hope we see them when hung.

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  6. Love it, love it, love it. Julie, you make me laugh...painting in the car and in the dentist's waiting room. I'll bet there are very few artists who can do that!

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    1. We have a friend who hates to drive in Mexico so he goes with us and I paint while his are being worked on. Same set up as in the car. tray on my lap.
      You are wrong about the few, Sue - lots of artists can do it. I have a hard time just sitting doing nothing for an hour at any doctor or dentists office.
      usually I sketch, not paint.
      Your mixture of fracturing and Carol Marine brushwork influence makes for a great combination.

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  7. Bonjour,
    Je suis impressionnée de lire que vous avez réalisé cette superbe aquarelle dans une salle d'attente... Quel est votre dentiste ? Il ose vous faire attendre aussi longtemps !! (sourire)... Je crois qu'il faut aussi le féliciter car il nous permet aujourd'hui d'admirer une belle oeuvre aux couleurs fascinantes.
    Je suis heureuse que cette-ci sera aussi appréciée dans ce magasin.
    Gros bisous

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    1. I translated and thank you so much. I am grateful for Google translations so when I visited your lovely blog I could read it. I had four years of French at school but never developed a memory for it. Shame on me!

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  8. This will be very popular! Great set up, color and appeal! I can't fathom painting in the dentist's waiting room though! what calm and confidence :)

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    1. Hi Mary - thanks. I cannot tell you how time flies when painting so the hour spent doing this was fast. The drawing was already done on the way down so it was a matter of painting in the colors - light to dark. Only hubby and friend in waiting room and one of those in the dentist chair!

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  9. Wonderful painting! No wonder the tile company chose this. They may soon want to sign a contract with you for your next hundred works :)
    Best wishes.

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    1. Glad you like it - thanks Vinayak.
      Love the portrait of your son.. You must be very proud to have such a fine looking child.

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  10. Love the chiles and love that it is sold. How creatively you use your time. Amazing. Lovely.

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    1. Hi Helen - I guess you would say I have a passion for art. Always doing it.
      Great apple series but I really loved your calla lilies.

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  11. I just read old magazines at my dentist's office. Most people complain they don't have time for art - Lesson for today from Julie - 'What a load of rubbish!' Beautiful painting and congratulations on the tile company choosing you, that IS time well spent :)

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    1. I always carry at least a sketchbook for anytime I know I will have to sit and wait. For a while I used my Ipad to draw with, but missed the actual feel of the paper.
      Your colors are lovely in your new painting. Soft and dreamy.

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  12. Congratulations Julie ! Imagine painting at the dentists! I never want to be n there long enoug!!xxx

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    1. Neither do I! - unfortunately I know that this is a long process because hubby and a friend having work done too. Painting makes it pass without the anxiety I always feel at the dentist.
      Love the painting on your blog- he is so cute!

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  13. Very wonderful oil colour composition !!!
    Have a very nice and creative day !!!

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    1. thank you and I wish you happy painting days.

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  14. A deft hand for working in the moving car and at the dentist office! Goodness!

    Glad the piece was purchased. Wouldn't that be nice to have this as a tile?

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    1. practice makes perfect as they say.
      You have an interesting topic on entering art contests Libby. Glad to see all the participation.

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  15. Congratulations Julie on a very successful wait in the dentist office!

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    1. neat comment - thanks Carol. Love your new painting.

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  16. My daughter is a chef and this screams her name. Love, love , love this.

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    1. Lucky you having a daughter as a chef. Mine is a good cook but doesn't live here.
      Your daffodil paintings are a breath of spring beauty.

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  17. How beautiful!! I've often thought certain paintings would be awesome as tiles and this just proves it! The pears and blue bowl in the fracturing technique video widget at the top of your blog is another.

    This piece is just beautiful, Julie!! Hope you are not in too much pain and that the stress is ratcheting down. I worry for you!

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    1. Hi Sherry - thanks for this really neat comment. You are great!
      My pain has gone and so has the original infection. Just getting the whole process done on Monday's as it is my only day off from work. Drags it out but that's the way it goes!
      I was impressed with your daughters generous commitment to The March of Dimes Walk for Babies. What a lovely way to honor Jonah.

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  18. yaaaaah! you rock, Julie! painting in the dentist office; so cool! and look how fab it turned out!

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    1. Thanks Lavon. Always supportive and ALWAYS appreciated

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  19. Wow!....What a multi-tasker you are, Julie!! A wonderful watercolor in the dentist!!

    Congrats on the hook up with the kitchen tile folks!

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    1. Laughing here at multi-tasker. My mind gets lost if I do more than one thing at a time. You can ask my kids!
      What a beautiful portrait you have just done, Dean. it is amazing and I loved seeing the process steps.

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  20. I'm sure it will sell massively. It has an real Mediterranean feel. I really must get in to licensing.

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    1. I think anything showing olive oil has that mediterranean feel. I am going to try it in oil.
      Your 30 stroke oil is lovely.

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    1. I thought the same about your photo,
      Thanks for the visit.

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  22. Your "on the road" work is absolutely amazing!! Maybe I should try that? lol
    This is a beautiful piece...full of color and I love the bottle of olive oil!! Hope you're well!!

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    1. Thanks so much Hilda. I am feeling better teeth wise. The stress that caused my clenching of teeth is still going on.

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  23. I'm still bowled over by the whole dentist story...and that you can sketch there (and not be distracted!). It was also interesting to read your use of opaque w/c used with transparents also! This will be a super lovely tile!!!

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    1. Hi Roxanne - thanks for the visit and neat comment. Your tulip painting is so bright and cheerful. You are great with the palette knife.
      Hope you mother is doing better. What an ordeal you went through.

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  24. Any place is good for creating, never tried a dentists waiting room though :-)) Looks like you got quite inspired there, another awesome and colorful work, lovely kitchen scene !

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  25. You are correct...and place is good for creating art. Just need the time.
    Your portrait is really good.

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  26. Incredible Julie! Hard to believe you did this while waiting at the dentist...you are inspiring!

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    1. Hi Karen. If you think about it, anyplace you do it has the same requirements. You just need the equipment to be able to fit on your lap. These are not quarter or half sheet sizes by any means. Not inspiring... just passionate about painting while I still have time.
      Your spice painting is wonderful. What talent!

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  27. Wonderful painting - and even more so knowing it was done in a waiting room. How do you do it? I'm a pretty messy painter and tend to get splashes everywhere (me, walls, floor). Do you use a waterbrush or something special?

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    1. Hi Michele - how do I do it?
      I paint small - this was only 8x8 inches. I use the little traveling kit by Windsor Newton. Fill the water well from my drinking water-bottle. I have a lap try and also a small pochade box everything fits into. I prop the painting in the lid and place it at the right angle. Any splashes go into the painting and I dab at them.
      Your owl is beautiful with the perfect watercolor softness for the feathers.

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    2. Thanks for the info Julie. I half suspected there wasn't any real secret - I have all the kit you mentioned myself but still feel a little sheepish getting things out in public.

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  28. Dear Julie - I am sure it will be popular. I can see this in the kitchen and it will be lovely. Imagine painting it in the dentist's office. Bet it kept your mind off the coming dental work...maybe I should try this when I visit my dentist. Take care and have a blessed day.

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Cheers,
Julie