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

Monday, January 19, 2015

Figure Session - Day 19 in the Challenge.


Figure Session
12x9' oil on gesso board 
NFS

Artist Note.
The water-media workshop was great and
it gave me a feeling of freedom
in my oils. I had an opportunity 
to paint the figure today and went
at  it with a very fluid paint quality.
No drawing, but found my angles 
and proportions first with a script brush 
using transparent brown oxide
with Gamsol to make it flow
.
My favorite area is where the chain rests
between her breasts. 
The glare of wet paint caught on the area
her hair 
 in the photo But it doesn't matter as the 
painting is unfinished and 
stands as a study.
The workshop had some good
non-representational artists. 
The collage method was extra powerful
in that and the abstract area.

Here is a photo from the workshop.
at group critique time.
Nancy Frost Begin is holding the
collage and the actual painting is the 
one on the easel.
With Susan Hanssen standing to the left.

It is not one of mine, but I watched 
the experienced artist work on it from 
start to finish and I can tell you 
a strong and beautiful design like this is not easy 
to achieve.




25 comments:

  1. I love this portrait..skin tones are beautiful

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    1. thanks Martine.
      That is a pretty powerful abstract you have done. Kuddos!

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  2. Fluidity in the sweeping strokes is beautiful, love this work Julie!

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    1. Your visit to Jordan has produced some beautiful work.
      Thanks for the lovely comment.

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  3. She is really awesome , you make it seem so easy , wonderful free and loose strokes.

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    1. Easier than when I first started, Jane, but never completely easy.
      Your figures are great and always look as if they are moving.

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  4. What a wonderful piece, Julie, and so glad you enjoyed your workshop. I really need to catch up on your blog!

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    1. Love your oil pastel landscape. Full of movement.
      thanks for the nice comment, Meredtih

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  5. Oh Julie!!! A fantastic portrait...she's SO beautifully painted! I hope you do more portraits,,....I love her skin tones and her perfect pose!!!

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    1. Such a nice complement coming from a professional portrait artist like yourself, Hilda. Thank you.

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  6. this sounds like an extremely rewarding class. I love the format as well as the material.Also its great to see that one can always learn a few new things.

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    1. Hi Kathleen - I enjoyed visiting your blog. It was really clever the way you wrote about Gurney.

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  7. Soft and fluid reigns in this study. That and lovely neutrals.

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    1. Thanks Helen. Love your barn - great strength and shape to its structure.

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  8. Wonderful gestural portrait! I think it needs not a stroke more. The looseness of it gives it life. No nailing down required. Interesting, stimulating workshop you're taking. I'm jealous.

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    1. Thanks for the complement. Coming from someone of your ability means so much.
      I loved seeing color introduced to your portrait of Erin.

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  9. I can see the fluidity. It works so well with the subject and style of this painting. I've been out of the loop for a bit. So It was great seeing all your wonderful work for the challenge Julie and reading about your workshop adventures :).

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    1. Welcome to the challenge. Glad you enjoyed your vacation and I love the love birds.

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  10. What a lovely portrait!!! I love the looseness of this!

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    1. Thanks Joan, I have been enjoying your run of beautiful sky paintings.

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  11. i love it too! fantastic workshop!

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  12. Hello, dear Myra. Hows the painting life? You must be up to something but there has been a dry spell on your blog. Anything coming up?
    You would have LOVED the workshop. Creativity was all over the place. The only things missing were food photos!

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  13. The workshop sounds very freeing. I've enjoyed reading your observations and seeing the work. This figurative piece is my favorite from your sessions!

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  14. Gorgeous portrait study, how beautiful the pose and your interpretation.The workshop sounds like it left you feeling filled with new creative ideas, I really enjoyed following along!

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  15. Beautiful brushwork and a very successful painting!

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Cheers,
Julie