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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Turquoise and Orchid



Turquoise and Orchid
8x6in oil on linen  Gifted.

The photo is not too clear and has caught a 
bit of a glare.
Sorry. On vacation and do not have my usual set-up.

I love this little vase. I mean I really love it, and was 
devastated when I accidentally knocked it off
the table and saw it shattered into many pieces.
Our host and good friend, understanding my loss
miraculously glued the jigsaw of pieces 
back together...patiently sanding angles
and matching shapes. It took hours.
What an eye!
What a really good friend.
He grows orchids so this was a gift for him.
MY time for His time seems right... doesn't it?




33 comments:

  1. I have always admired the great patience of the restorers .. I think your friend well deserves this beautiful painting, with a lovely palette of colors that emphasize the vase and the flowers!

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    1. I agree about the restorers, Rita. Infinite patience. Our friend is a scientist and he has it too. Pleased you like the colors. Thank you. You have such a wonderful color sense it is a real complement

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  2. Beautiful painting, Julie! And nice story.

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    1. Thanks Diane.
      I enjoyed seeing your beautiful still life. Yellow roses are a favorite of mine.

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  3. Yes, what an eye. Him for putting the vase back together (wow) and you for painting this lovely work. You are both good friends I would say.

    Hug

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    1. There were pieces of all sizes and it create a complex jigsaw puzzle. I couldn't have done it because of the curves. The last one was a doozy. Love your paintings, dear Lisa, and am looking forward to seeing your next one.

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  4. Glad you have your vase restored and glad we get to see it in a lovely composition.

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  5. Thanks Blanche. I see we both are apologizing for bad photos of our paintings. At least yours doesn't have a glare.
    Love the way you painted his shirt!

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  6. I love the story as much as I love the painting (and the vase)! I'm so happy it worked out for everyone. I can only imagine how surprised your friend must be to receive such a beautiful gift in reward of his patience.

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    1. It makes me feel good to know you like it. Thanks Celia. Yes, I think he was surprised. He has an educated eye for art so I was praying he really liked it.
      Art is so subjective that one can never be sure. I do know he would have feelings for the vase because of all the time he spent on it.
      Your journal sketches are wonderful.

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  7. That is a great friend indeed, Julie! But then you are a great friend too as this painting is gorgeous!

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    1. Aw..shucks, Sherry! Thanksbever so.
      You are like me I guess... friendship is to be treasured and never to be taken advantage of.

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  8. That seems like an especially nice trade off:)

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    1. yes - it appears so. Thanks Libby. I found your painting and remarks about the California Group of water-colorists, interesting.

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  9. This is good know behind the painting.The contrast is great. I like the touch and colour.

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    1. How nice of you. Thank you.
      Your watercolor was full of atmosphere and beautifully done.

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  10. I saw a television minister once recounting something that was broken and put back together.... he said "It became more beautiful....because it was broken". Of course, he was using it as a metaphor for our lives. I've always remembered it.

    This is a perfect trade...it is a wonderful color!

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    1. Perfect trade - eh? I think I enjoyed painting it more than he enjoyed the hours putting it together!
      I REALLY LIKE THE MINISTER'S STORY. THANKS.
      Loved your landscape.

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  11. The backstory makes this painting all the sweeter. It's just beautiful, Julie.

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    1. Nice to hear from you Sue.
      Loving your work.

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  12. Absolutely beautiful...even with the glare...it doesn't take away from this gorgeous piece, Julie!! I love the colors and pattern on this vase... LOVE the story and he certainly deserved the painting! I don't know too many people (besides my husband) who has the patience to put it together.

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    1. Yes - not many have the patience for sure. I feel so blessed to have someone who would do that. I have painted it many times. It is hand made by a Japanese artist and the shape and glazes are beyond beautiful.
      You have a beautiful portrait of a young Japanese girl and I have a pot.

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  13. Dear Julie - what a great friend to salvage your vase. I can understand why you love it too. I am sure he is going to be so pleased to receive your beautiful painting. Hope you have a great day.

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    1. I think he was pleased but not the gushy type. I do know that he is the kind to really appreciate the thought.
      Enjoy your time off to do busy work and will look forward to seeing you back in a couple of weeks.

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  14. Many said it before me. The use of color is outstanding. The blues and then that little bit of yellow-gold down at the bottom. And did I mention the warm background?
    Friends are priceless, aren't they?

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    1. The colors are rich but not gaudy. I had to work up to it cautiously as the orchids are important too.
      Your paintings are full of energy and I love your freedom of experimenting with different subjects.

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  15. And now that you have immortalized both the vase and his kindness in paint, it can never be damaged again! What magic!

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    1. What a lovely way to put it. Thank you, Susan.
      Thanks also for the great post - I encourage everyone to go over and read about Susan's visit to the COEUR d'ALENE art show and auction.
      http://susansmolenskyfineart.blogspot.com/

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  16. A heartbreaker to have lost the vase, but oh what a beautiful memory of it.The volume and color are terrific!

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  17. No Mary - I did not lose it. This was painted AFTER he repaired it. Lucky me.
    Love your Basque girl. You paint them so well

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  18. Julie, this is a lovely painting. So happy the vase was repaired. Really enjoying your post and amazing art.

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  19. Wonderful how things worked out, Julie!! You with your beautiful resurrected vase and him with a painting to treasure.
    That IS a beautiful vase and painting!!!

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  20. I can see why you love that little vase. How wonderful it could be resurrected! This little study is so interesting with the texture and color contrasts. What a treasure.

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Julie