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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yupo Floral



Yupo Floral

6x8in watercolor on Yupo paper  SOLD

Another trip to the dentist and I accomplished three
small paintings this time - two bird nests, and this floral.
All three from the imagination.
Artist Note.
This is what I call a decorative piece. 
I did a basic cartoon of  flowers with a rigger brush, 
then added light washes of several lavenders and soft greens.
Next, I anchored the design with a strong abstract design 
going from orange mixed with red and green (to tone it down)
 into even darker brown shades.
I lightly drew lines with the rigger to add some
 interest to the flowers. 
Working on Yupo is challenging but I am learning to 
take advantage of the run, drips and movement on the surface.
When I compare this to my previous post of apple blossoms
I can understand how surface quality may be used to provide 
an artist with a personal style. This particular technique lends itself
to more of the abstract and decorative aspects of painting. FUN!


24 comments:

  1. Julie, this is outstanding!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kami. I tried finding your blog but read how you had stopped. Your work is beautiful so I do hope you continue.

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  2. Dentist, ouch! Painting, wonderful of course.

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    1. Hi,dear Blanche. Yes some ouch involved but even the dentist gets tired of so much work she has to do. At least I am lying down.
      Waiting for you to finish your painting!!!

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  3. This is lovely. You are such a good painter of flowers! I hope you are soon finished with the dentist. Ouch!

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    1. Thanks Carol. I enjoyed seeing your Dreama inspired paintings

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    1. Thanks Maria. I thought it was a neat article about your plain air painting trip.

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  5. Absolutely fun! You are so productive. I love the airy quality of your background and the way you used the rigger tool.

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    1. It is fun and also absorbing trying new techniques.
      Loving your boat series. That looks like fun too.

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  6. Bonjour chère amie,
    J'ai pensé à vous hier en me retrouvant dans la salle d'attente de ma dentiste, où les revues défraîchies et anciennes trônent sur la petite table centrale... Quelle belle initiative que de créer et oublier la fraise quelques instants du dentiste !
    Une très belle oeuvre. Merci de la partager avec nous.
    Gros bisous et joyeuses fêtes pascales.

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  7. delicate,just like the apple blossoms, and lovely. I didn't know this kind of loose control was possible on Yupo...wow!

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    1. Hi Mary. Have you tried the Yupo? I should imagine you could do fabulous things with it. One of your river paintings especially.

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  8. Wonderful floral painting !!!
    Have a nice day !!!

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    1. Thank you. Your church is really outstanding. Greece is full of many wonderful buildings. Lucky you!

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  9. You sure get a ton of texture for the smooth surface that is Yupo. You are right, personal expression and lots of fun:)

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  10. Another stunner, Julie! I love the hard edges you can get from Yupo (for some reason, I tend to gravitate to lines and edges, I think). No surprise this delicate piece has sold. And yes, to me there is a distinct delicacy, despite the edges you can get on Yupo.

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  11. This is painted beautifully, Julie. I understand yupo is very challenging but you always make your paintings look so easy!! lol.... Wonderful work!!!

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  12. ooh wow! This has a GREAT effect!! I think you're on to something wonderful (yet again)!!! Thanks for describing the technique. It's been ages since I had tried out Yupo paper....as I recall it takes being "brave and courageous" and allowing those 'funny things' to happen & finding ways to take advantage of them as you learn to 'go with it'!!

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  13. Amazing you did this on yupo , so beautiful , and yupo is so challenging. I wonder how you can keep the final painting from disappearing ? , it tears away so easily !

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  14. This palette is gorgeously unexpected-love especially those drippy darks!

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  15. Julie - This is simply stunning. Your work on Yupo is just as beautiful as your oils and other watercolors. I have worked on Yupo and it is challenging but I enjoy it because if you don't like it - wash it off and start over. I certainly know why this piece sold. Hope you have a great day.

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  16. A fantastic find, Julie!
    With you, it's look around the corner, and there's a new style! Love the line work and everything about it!

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Julie