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

Monday, December 8, 2014

Calla Lily Study




Calla Study
12x9in oil on linen  Sold


I took some of the calla lilies out of the 
previous rose and lily bouquet 
to do a separate study. 
This one was done on
a sheet of Senso - a wonderful, 
clear primed linen -  
leaving the natural color as 
part of the background. 

Artist Note

When I do a study using "paint",
I quickly try to
grasp the essential essence 
of my personal response to 
what I am 
feeling 
as well as what 
I am seeing. 

If I am tackling 
a brand new subject,
I like to do a detailed 
exploration where
I  start with a tight 
and accurate drawing. 
I have many, many 
calla lily drawings.
Love their grace.

40 comments:

  1. Dear Julie - the calla lilies are so beautiful and you definitely captured their grace. Hope you have a beautiful week. Sending you hugs across the miles!

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    1. thanks Debbie. Grabbing those hugs and will watch your favorite Christmas movie...Its a Wonderful Life, with a box of tissues, of course.

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  2. I get a strong sense of ethereal, of sadness in this piece, Julie. Maybe my own mood this day. I sure think this is beautiful and evocative.

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    1. Not sad, but certainly aware of the incredible elegance of this flower. Also the fact that my daughter picked flowers she knew I would love to paint, added to my emotion.,
      Bummer about your car. So very sorry Sherry.

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  3. Excellent advice! Day one, I didn't. Day two and three that bit of smarts came back. Calla lilies are you. They are a glorious flower and you get that just right.

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    1. Hi Linda - happy you are enjoying the Caribbean weather and capturing it with paint. I still like that first one, but understand what you mean.
      Thanks for the visit.

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  4. There are so many gorgeous areas to this one! I knew right away too that the linen was showing through so nicely!

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    1. Thanks Libby. Hope the show went well for you.

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  5. NICE POST!
    This is so-so gorgeous = )

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    1. Thanks Sue - I am still enjoying your collages. Today was "Beauty" - loved it!

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  6. I like your design in the this. The colors and composition work nicely together! Your work is always so pleasing to look at...it's my art therapy!

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    1. What a lovely complement - thanks Kaethe.
      I enjoyed seeing your before and revised painting of the trucks.
      Great either way.

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  7. Love the elegance and dignity of callas. Your touches of bright blue give it a touch of "oomph!'

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    1. We are two of a kind. I love the little touches of blue. They went in last.

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    2. I also forgot to say how much I am looking forward to more items in a jar. You did such a great job with the tomatoes.

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  8. Bonjour chère amie,

    J'aime beaucoup ce bouquet avec des tonalités remplies de douceur...
    Une superbe composition.

    Gros bisous ♡

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    1. Thanks and love back.
      You exhibition looks gorgeous and your new painting is going to be a stunner when finished..

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    1. Thanks - congratulations on your your successful show. I especially love the silver and lemons.

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  10. I love the colour especially.Your colours are very special.

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    1. I love your watercolors and am honored you like my work.

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  11. Oh, what a treat! Just beautiful, Julie!!

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    1. Thanks Chris. You made a touching tribute for Pearl Harbor. Bless you.

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  12. I really love this piece. The balance of the white lilies to the other colors seems so perfect and very expressive. I admire the way you immerse yourself into a subject with all your studies. That shows true dedication to your artistry, and the results of that are so beautiful!

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    1. I thank you for taking the time to write such a neat comment. Thank you also for the helpful links on your latest post on how to watermark and place text on our images. You are a born teacher!

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  13. No one paints cala lilies like you do, Julie! Just breathtaking and, yes, filled with feeling!

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    1. I appreciate that, Susan. Your giraffe is a real christmas stunner and your new painting of the horses is classic Susan.

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  14. Your Callas stand out on canvas background,dear Julie.
    The harmonious gesture with which you painted the whole composition gives sense of emotion that you felt to the viewer .
    Always joy is painting loved flowers. Happy new Callas painting!

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    1. Nicely put, dear Rita, painting something we love is joyful.
      Your own painting of you holding the baby shares the smae joy.

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  15. For me, this piece represents so much of what you have taught us over the months about painting. The result is full of elegance and grace. Love how my eye travels through the painting. Yes, indeed.

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    1. I like your new floral also Helen, and am looking forward to see if you want to
      stay with that style.

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  16. You see with beauty from within and with your brush. Wonderful painting Julie.

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    1. glad you like it, Blanche. Thank you.
      I feel you have done a fabulous job with your new landscape.

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  17. This is beautifully painted, Julie!!! I love those little splashes of vibrant blues..
    Wonderful work!!!

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    1. Hi Hilda - I felt it needed the blue. It was actually a very light greeny blue that I found myself punching up.
      Thanks for always showing your support.

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  18. Beautiful! I love the bits of color between the callas!

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  19. Very beautiful flower painting !!!
    Have a nice and creative day Julie !!!

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  20. You've certainly captured that elegant and aloofness that the lily always seems to to feel, it's almost a snob amongst flowers.
    A great painting.
    I always take note of the highly appropriate background hues you choose ... it's the area I'm struggling with.

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  21. I love the lyrical lines and graceful dance of the lilies in this one.

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  22. Julie, the colors in this one of just so elegant and rich. You are such a master at color!

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Cheers,
Julie