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

Monday, February 2, 2015

Snow, Water and Crows #3




Snow, Water and Crows #3

6x8 oil on canvas panel  SOLD

The colors are not accurate and I do
not have any editing tool to correct it
at the present time.

The three panels so far have an uncanny 
way of looking as if they could be
part of a whole. It is because I am using the same 
limited color palette.

I am finding that I have an interest in learning
to paint the crows...

so I have started to do some little studies.

I am enjoying painting all of this snow and 
water...we have no snow left so am 
depending on memory and photos.

Feeling free as a bird (no pun intended)
after the pressure of the Challenge.

I also worked quite a few more hours today
on the 
large Farmers Market painting.
I am learning a lot from working on such
a huge size. Like my shoulders ache!





32 comments:

  1. These are great! The crows are a brilliant addition. They give the landscape life--but not too much. A deer world have been on ver the top. Blues are the toughest to reproduce with an ordinary photo editing program. I keep oogling,Adobe products, but have yet to go for one. A test drive with blue is required. The three paintings together do look like a triptych--a river runs through it.

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    1. Interesting about the blue in the editing Makes sense. If I desaturated too much I lost the warms. I need to learn more. I use blue a lot but I use a different light to photograph them in than this one so I thought that was the problem.
      Your sketches make my day. Showing the beautiful watercolor by Van Gogh made it even better.

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  2. The subtlety of your crows is absolutely wonderful...like a blurred reflection in the water. I love the panels together, they really do look like one painting.

    Enjoy your freedom! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks a lot Lisa, This looks different with the snow doesn't it? When you were here it was all green trees and grass round the water.
      That is a great recommendation on your blog, by the way. I really am grateful you introduced me to her wonderful sound

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  3. The colours are perfect, with a few of them going a long way and looking as if there are many more - does that make sense? :0)) Love the narrow canvases on their side, I've only used them vertically so far.

    I like crows, they have a sense of humour (US ones have a sense of humor) they also live in families. There again, the only birds I don't like are dead ones!

    Glad you broke free of the 30 day slavery (Romans notwithstanding). Also glad you liked the Afghan. ..... it's a Moroccan next!!

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    1. Hi John - yes - I like the horizontal format too. I have never thought of a run of them though and will look in a way of doing something with it.
      I am liking crows the more I read about them. Smart and loyal. great combination.
      The 30 day challenge is only hard because I am not used to it. When I fist started I went over 400 days straight. I have since gone back and eliminated some of the real bombs off my blog. l left some of the so so's to keep me humble!. The Afghan is really a wonderful painting.
      Looking forward to the Moroccan.

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  4. The colors in this limited palette are beautiful and work so well together. You're on to something special Julie.

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    1. Thanks so much Blanche.
      Your final painting in the challenge is wonderful - really loved seeing you get more confident in your mark making as the challenge went along.

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  5. I love the bright colors you use, and the texture is magnificent ! Such a great snowscape .

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    1. Do you get any snow where you live, Jane? It only lasts a day here and then melts.
      Your daisies are so fresh and spring like.

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  6. Isn't it fun to have fun? These panels are so inviting. Love how a limited palette just works. Beautiful blues...........

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    1. You are using a limited palette too I think. I like your more abstract approach.
      The way the long stems reach out sideways really appeals to me.

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  7. This is absolutely amazing Julie.... the whole atmosphere is so beautifully captured. Just awesome !!!

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    1. That is a lovely complement from someone who paints the atmosphere in such a spectacular way. Thank you.

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  8. I so enjoy your work Julie! And appreciate you sharing so much of your process, great for us newbies! If you have not heard of her, Lindsey Kustusch has wonderful crow paintings...check her out!

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  9. You, my dear, are a treasure.
    Thanks so much for the name. Love her work - amazing!
    I liked your lovely beach painting with the figures along the shoreline.

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  10. This palette is so pretty. I really like the three panels the way you did them. Did the buyer take all three? I hope so! I can visualize them separately framed, in matching frames, in a row on the wall. Lovely work, Julie!

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    1. Thanks for the idea. These have not all gone to the same buyer, but I am certainly thinking of a future little trio.
      Looking forward to seeing more steps completed in your music sheet painting

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  11. I have so much respect for your work- the paintings just vibrate. So much movement. I can feel the cold.

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    1. What a nice thing to say - thanks Sue.
      Your newer landscapes have a gentle atmospheric edge I really like.

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  12. Beautiful painting, Julie. LOVE the blues in the water and congratulations on selling this!!!

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    1. Thanks Hilda. I love the classic blue and gold combo too.

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  13. The 'crow work' doesn't look like any work at all...you make it look easy :)

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    1. Not easy - is art ever easy, Mary. It seems the more we know the harder it gets.

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  14. Dear Julie - I so love your limited palette...the colors are just gorgeous and your crow studies look like paintings to me. Hope to see your large painting soon. Take care and have a blessed week dear friend. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Debbie. Glad that everything is looking up in your world.
      Love and hugs, friend.

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  15. The color combinations are working together beautifully, great choices of color within your limited palette! The panels look great in a group and I love your crow study! Congratulations on completing the challenge! I hope your shoulders will ache a little less now.

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  16. So beautiful!! I love how some of your paintings are just on the edge of abstraction... (and such lovely balance of color and fractured/brushy goodness) and I look forward to seeing more crows!!

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  17. Lovely piece and I love how it fits in with the other two pieces because of the color palette!!

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  18. So happy to have met you today! So love these paintings but can let them go, as I must!
    Wife of Man Who Calls to Crows

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    1. Hello Peg... I enjoyed meeting you too.
      Will get in touch with the next in the series.

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  19. Thank you, Julie. I look forward to seeing them.

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Cheers,
Julie