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

Friday, December 19, 2014

Callas At Christmas



Callas for Christmas

6x8in oil on canvas $125. SOLD

Artist Note.
Such a busy time of year.
This will most likely be my last post
until after Christmas.

Is it too much to hope for 
Peace in the World?
Wherever you live -
 I know we must all wish for it.
I thank our military, and their families
who sacrifice for this ultimate goal.

May everyone's 
Christmas or Holiday
 be full of joy and love for 
those we care for, as well as those who 
now are only memories in our hearts.
Be safe, be warm and be at peace.
Blessings!







50 comments:

  1. Jewel like colors. So rich and so engaging.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. Your watercolors always sing with beautiful colors. Your series on the ornaments have been a pleasure to see.

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  2. once again a wonderfull works...love the generous paints

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    1. Hello Cecile, thank you for your generous sharing of my painting on your page. Love your beautiful poinsettia.

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  3. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Julie! Thank you for beautifying this world and our lives through your incredible art and inspiring spirit. Have a joyful holiday!!

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    1. What a lovely comment. Thank you, Carol. Your work is at such a high level it always is pleasure to visit your blog.
      Hope BOTH our holidays are joyful.

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  4. These lilies are beautiful!! Seasons greetings to you and your family, I join you in wishing for peace on this earth.xxx

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    1. Thanks for the visit and lovely wishes.
      I love your sleeping cat drawing. It made me smile with pleasure.

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  5. ohh, I have always loved Calla lilies...and these are especially beautiful!! Have a happy Christmas, and best wishes for all good things in the year to come, Julie!!

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    1. I love the calla lilies too but they took me a long time to learn how to paint them well. At first they turned out more cartoony.
      You did a wonderful job with the small format of ACEO on your floral. it appears much larger.
      Thanks for the Christmas Wishes. Hope the same good things for you.

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  6. Thank you Julie and sending you the warmest of good wishes for a happy and healthy 2015.

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    1. Warmest wishes coming back at you, too. Thanks for the information of my work being on that blog. I got a kick seeing it all.
      Enjoy a wonderful christmas and may 2015 be everything you want it to be.

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  7. Merry Christmas to you and your husband, Julie. I will miss you. Your callas are stunning.

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    1. I know it will be different for you this Christmas but sending the best possible wishes for a wonderful 2015.

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  8. Sweet and beautiful painting and a beautiful sentiment to accompany it . Cheers and blessings to you and yours.

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    1. Thanks for the blessings, Karen.
      I have to say I am awe of your drawing skills.
      The drawing of the shoes, is awesome.

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  9. Blessings to you and yours. Have the most wonderful holiday Julie.

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    1. Thank you Helen. I hope you do too and may 2015 be a great year for us.
      Are you not painting? I loved your last floral.

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  10. I hope for peace in the world as well. Merry Christmas, Julie - thank you for sharing your incredible art and for generously sharing techniques and ideas with us this past year. Your blog has been a joy to follow. And many thanks for following mine and leaving me such encouraging comments. You are greatly appreciated! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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    1. Your three Christmas paintings are quite marvelous, Susan, and should be seen far and wide.
      What a wonderful and generous comment. it means so much to me. Thank you.
      Obviously I feel the same about your blog.
      Cant wait to hear your good news.

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  11. Wishing you and your dear ones a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the New Year .

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    1. Thank you so much, Jane. I wish you the same for a happiest of times this Christmas and especially a healthy, happy and successful New Year.

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  12. Wishing you much joy for you and your family this Christmas! Your Calla Lilies are always my favorite.

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    1. Thanks Celia. Your snowman made me smile.
      I send much joy for you and those you love not only for Christmas but for the New Year, too.

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  13. What a gorgeous painting...you never disappoint! Merry Christmas, Julie!

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    1. Your nutcracker is almost real with that wonderful eye! Love the colors. Merry Christmas and I will look forward to more wonderful paintings in 2015.

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  14. Thank you for this thoughtful post and a year of gorgeous work and inspiration, ..including these Callas. Merry Christmas!

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  15. Thanks Mary, I always love visiting your blog. I have enjoyed another year of your work and look forward to next year watching for the inspiration gained from your Key's workshop.
    Merry Christmas and a healthy, successful 2015.

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  16. Your work is always inspiring! Thank you for sharing it! I have learned so much by seeing your paintings and reading how you have created them! This is beautiful! You are beautiful! Love your spirit Julie! Happy Holidays!

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    1. Hi Kaethe - your two cats are marvelous. You nailed your shadow values brilliantly.
      Thanks for the really lovely comment. You made me feel special.

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  17. Dear Julie - such a wonderful post. Always we must pursue peace and like you it my hope that everyone receives it. Thank you for all the lovely art you share and your generous tips as well. Hugs!

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    1. I have enjoyed another year of your blog soooo much Debbie. Always a place of peace and inspiration. Thanks for the lovely warm wishes .

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  18. Not too much to hope for I don't think.

    Merry Christmas to you. I have enjoyed blogging and sharing with you all year. Here's to a good and fresh start.

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    1. Thanks Libby. Two good book recommendations on your post. Thanks.
      I have enjoyed blogging with you too.
      Looking forward to seeing what the New Year will bring forth in both our work.

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  19. Julie, hope you have a fab Christmas. Happy solstice, too.

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    1. Thanks Lavon. You are great and I thank you for your support and encouragement thru the year. Happy Christmas and hope the coming year will be a great one.

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  20. Dear Julie, your Callas speak of beauty.
    Beauty is also peace of mind, heart and spirit ...
    Life with its vicissitudes is already an adventure to live, but without the evil of war there would be more hope for all of us on the planet.
    I thank you for your friendship on Blogger that is a time of peace and beauty in my days.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Sending hugs, Rita.

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    1. I think you have a beautiful spirit, dear Rita. You write words of poetry and encouragement to so many of us.
      I thank you too for the friendship we enjoy and look forward to another year of growth in our mutual love of art.

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  21. Lovely callas! Have a Merry Christmas!!

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    1. I will Joan - thanks, you too!
      I really enjoyed your, Blog Hop Around the World, post.

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  22. Merry xmas and Happy new year Julie. Your callas are really beautiful. Love how the warm whites shine against the cool reds and pink of the background.

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    1. I wish you the same and thank you. I hear congratulations are in order for a prize you won at Dick Blick. Yea!

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  23. Same to you, Martine and how beautiful are your lovely poinsettias.

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  24. Beautiful painting apt for the festive season, wishing you Merry Christmas and a great 2015 dear Julie!

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    1. Another year of blogging friendship. Thank you so much, dear Padmaja.
      Your final painting for the year is a real beauty. Green is hard for me so I admire anyone who can do what you have done.

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  25. Stopping by to say Merry Christmas dear Julie! I can't wait to see your paintings in 2015. I hope you having a lovely time right now! xoxo

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    1. ah...my sweet, talented friend - I cannot wait to see yours either. I do know it is going to be a great year for you. I feel it in my bones!
      Merry Christmas back. It has been lovely so far.

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  26. Merry Christmas Julie Ford Oliver!

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Cheers,
Julie