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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Early Light - day 10 in the CHALLENGE

Early Light

9x7in watercolor on Yupo  

Day 10

A friend's sunroom is the source of
this painting. It faces southeast
and is flooded with light in the mornings.
Her plants go crazy and put mine to shame.

Artist Note.
Yupo is not the easiest of papers to work
with. I admit I am more comfortable with it 
than when I first started, but still find it a 
tricky surface to get used to. 
I love the watery appearance so it has 
been worth the time experimenting and learning
all about it.
I am gathering 
quite an arsenal of techniques and will 
share them when I know they are solid.


  1. julie, julie, julie... wow...

    these pieces on yupo draw me like a magnet.


  2. I am really liking your chair paintings. I will probably steal your idea--though I have no red chairs in my house just an interesting bamboo number. Empty chairs are a great metaphors for lonely--so are empty nests.

  3. I would not have guessed that this painting was on Yupo but I was drawn to it immediately when looking at the 200 or so images on the challenge page. Looks to me like you are using yupo with expertise - and delivering beautiful transparent watercolors with it. Very very nice!

  4. Bonjour,

    Une grande envie de m'assoir dans ce magnifique fauteuil rouge... Belle oeuvre.
    ❁ Gros bisous ❁

  5. Replies
    1. Hi Margaret - Yupo is more or less a plastic type paper and absolutely NOTHING sinks into it so you can wipe back down to the white surface.
      This has really hard to handle consequences - particularly if you like to layer. Just the least pressure from another attempt of placing a color over a color can disturb the paint. The advantages are many though and those are what I am discovering,

  6. Just gorgeous !!!
    Have a nice and creative day Julie !!!

  7. I have loved almost every piece I've ever seen done on Yupo. This is no exception and is just so beautiful, Julie!!

  8. Such a different look when using Yupo paper, Julie.! Love this series!!!

  9. The edges are so unique and delightful. I like the way the paint pools darker at the edges and when you allow it to bleed into other areas. Fantastic! I'm beginning to think you have a red chair thing going on, and I LOVE it! WON-DER-FUL!

  10. Julie - your arsenal of techniques is certainly working fabulously! I love the fluid free appearance that you achieve with this surface. That red is becoming a favorite of mine. Have a great week-end my friend. Hugs!

  11. I love the effect, too - it gives some what of a 'stained-glass' look to it!

  12. Oh dear, after looking at these beautiful images on Yupo...I'm getting more curious about using it. Love your experimentation.

  13. What's not to love about red and green and a classic chair. Nicely done.

  14. Julie, I love paintings of chairs, and this one is a beauty! Love that color RED!

  15. This is a winner with that glowing red chair!

  16. I want to sit in that chair. I think you could call watercolors on Yupo "Puddle Paintings" because it looks like painterly pictures made from puddles. Amazing what you do on that Yupo, Julie. I appreciate how difficult it is to paint on now thanks to you.


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