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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pomegranates and Sunflowers - day 18 in the challenge


Pomegranates and Sunflowers

8x6in oil on canvas panel $135. SOLD



day 18



The pomegranates are out in full force, 
and sunflowers are still out and about as well.
I decided to go full force into color
Red,Yellow, Blue and Green.
This what happens after three days of rain...
courtesy of Madam Odile! 
I hear some places are flooded and I feel
so sorry for the people affected.
Lucky here because it has only been a steady rain.

How did I ever stand it when I lived 
in Manchester, England - reportedly (at the time)
 the rainiest spot in England?
I was a swimmer and I can remember the jokes 
when they found out I was from Manchester...
usually along the lines of - I was cheating when 
I won a race 
because 
I was born with web feet (flippers)



24 comments:

  1. Love your red, yellow, blue and green. A rainbow of colors which will bring rays of sunshine for us.

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    1. Thank you, Sue.
      Your pears are painted with really beautiful colors.

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  2. This is such a fantastic piece Julie! Gorgeous colors! And I'm so happy that you're just getting the steady rain and not the flooding! I can't believe how bad the flooding is in your part of the world. I just got back from Virginia so I need to call my brother in law who lives in Tucson.....again, LOVE this painting.....

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    1. Hi Hilda - thanks and glad you like it.
      Tucson has been hit but they have plenty of experience at handling it. I was there once during a rainstorm and watched a car float past where we had all been made to get off the road. Hope it will be okay for him.

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    1. And I do love your new piece in the Challenge. The colors are so beautiful. You know I love turquoise.

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  4. Nice strong colors. Very pretty:)

    Rain or drought-we are stuck in the extreme it seems.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Libby.
      yes - the extreme for sure.
      I see pretty photos on your blog - which ones will be painted?

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  5. Your paintings are so complicated.It is hard to believe they are finished in one day!
    Beautiful

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    1. Sometimes I wonder why I do not just whip out a single apple or pear
      when I am doing a challenge...it really would be so much easier.
      BUT...
      I get lost in my painting and always try to go further for my own sake.
      I am fascinated by what works or doesn't. This took several hours, but by choice.
      Your new beach painting is amazing. Always a treat to visit your blog.

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  6. Love all those gorgeous colors, Julie!! :)

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    1. Glad you like them Dean. I know you like color, too.
      Did Mike love your Smokey painting?

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  7. seems like you can't go wrong with sunflowers and then if you can add some red and blue in there you've got it. This is beautiful. I love what they're sitting on. Looks like a placemat or somehting. Anyway, I love it.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sharon. I am trying the stripes to see if I can get them not to look too rigid.It is a piece of material.
      Your motorbike amazes me. I do not have the courage to try one so my hats off to you.

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  8. Another inspiration for the day. Lovely Julie.

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  9. Thanks, dear Blanche. You always make my day when you pop in and comment.

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  10. Have you ever done any Beach scene watercolors? I have 2 that came with my house & I think they may have been done by you. I am in Florida but who knows where they were purchased? Thanks Cheryl Vacco

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    1. I have done several beach scenes, Cheryl. They could be mine . How interesting. Hope you like them np matter who did them.
      Thanks for the visit.

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  11. Have you ever done any Beach Themed watercolors. I have 2 & I think they may have been done by you. I love your style.

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  12. A lovely composition Julie and impressive execution! I had never before heard that about Manchester. Does it still own the title? Do you still swim?

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    1. I googled about Manchester and I laughed reading some of the articles. Yes - it often is still called the rainiest although apparently it never has been. No do not still swim.
      I have vertigo so cannot swim anymore. Shame as I adored it.

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  13. Never ever surprised to see sold signs on your work. They are always just so phenomenal and gorgeous, Julie!

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  14. You are so good at those sunflowers! Just beautiful! Love the pomegranate color too. Couldn't be better!

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  15. Oh Julie - another winning work of art...those sunflowers with the pomegranates are simply gorgeous. How do you come up with something so lovely everyday?? Can't wait to see what is next. Hugs.

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Julie