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

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tulip Study on Yupo


Tulip Study
9x12in watercolor on Yupo Paper
unfinished

Artist Note
These beautiful purple tulips 
caught my eye because I had been 
using the color magenta with the 
Phthalo Blue limited palette.


Although I really like the top part 
of this painting
I am going to put it on one side
and think about how to solve the 
lower area.

I am warming up on Yupo 
to try painting 
CROWS!!!

67 comments:

  1. Glorious tulips! Hopefully painted from life. It's time for a little Spring--so the folks in Boston tell me. This is a beautiful painting Julie. The overlays are perfect. I'm so glad you took time away from the crows to warm up. They warmed me up. I'm ready to shed this puffy coat.

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    1. Hopefully painted from life ???- I guess you did not scroll down to see the actual tulips. Yes, from life. Only way to go with florals for me.
      Maggie Smith looks so different in your drawing than in Downton Abbey - must be the lighting!

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    2. And the make up. I chose a non theatrical photograph of her. The lighting was strong. I suspect to wash out her aging skin.

      You're right. I didn't scroll down. Of course from life. I wish I could get over to the nursery to buy a pot. Sub degrees tends to keep me in the cabin.

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  2. Your work translates so beautifully on Yupo. I like the delineation of the areas of color! Look at all those gorgeous greens!

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    1. I had a teacher who said that lavender and green are money in the bank! Such a popular color combination.Thanks for liking it, Carol. Hope all is getting better on the home-front. .

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    2. Yupo is liberating isn't it. Cant wait to see how you solve the lower right corner. Love the rich purple flowers and the mingling of colors.

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  3. There's something to be said of the artist when the painting takes top honors over the real thing Julie.

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    1. What a lovely complement, Blanche, thanks. Waiting...waiting for a new piece on your blog!

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    1. Thanks Roseanne. I enjoyed your post on the structure of the rose.

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  5. GORGEOUS painting Julie!!! I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING SO BEAUTIFUL
    as this....!!!!

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    1. Oh WOW! thanks so much dear, Hilda. You made my day with your enthusiastic comment. Lovely.

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    1. Pleased you like it - thank uyou.
      I saw your beautiful nude and I loved the clarity of your beautiful skin colors.

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  7. Wonderful rich colour for those Tulips

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  8. Thanks - fellow Yupo painter! You captured the strength of the colors in your floral too.

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    1. I like your post about the Statue of Liberty.

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  10. The purple or magenta tulips are just beautifully done. And it's amazing what happens when we have the discipline to set a work aside for a bit.

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    1. Well I am hoping it will come to my. I started off with painting the wrapping around the pot ,but wiped it off - Ah...the beauty of Yupo!
      You are on a roll with your abstract painting. Like them a lot.

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  11. Oh that Yupo paper....it is so unusual! I love how you harnessed it's power! I am looking forward to seeing the crows too. :)

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    1. It is unusual, I agree. Also frustrating! Also easy to lift off so that makes it worthwhile. I am having a blast painting the crows with it - none good enough to show though.
      Your new portrait painted with 'end-of-palette' paint is lovely. I also got a kick out of your terminology.

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  12. How absolutely stunning! Yupo seems to allow for intensity of color! When I use it, I never manage that same effect. Hmmm...

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    1. I think a lot depends on the brand of paint, Sherry. Saturation or intensity differs with each brand.
      I keep checking your posts to see if there is any news about the baby,
      Still in my prayers.

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  13. That color is so rich! Just gorgeous. And I know you will find a resolution for the lower part like you mentioned. It's such a great grouping of shapes and colors. Looking forward to the "final-final." :)

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    1. I think I have come up with a solution. Scary though.
      Your new painting is the same as you described above..."great grouping of shapes and colors." Thanks for the visit, Libby.

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  14. Beautiful Julie. My solution on what to do to the bottom is.....nothing! Love the abstraction.

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    1. Thanks Carol. I will think that over. I came up with an idea for a small area which I thought may make it more satisfying to me. I will wait.
      Your new floral is bright and beautiful. I really like it.

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  15. What a fun and beautiful painting Julie!

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    1. Thanks Kaethe.
      I was painting two dogs today and all I could think of was how easy you make it look. Not for me!

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  16. Beautiful! I love the tulips. Gorgeous color and you captured their delicate nature. I look forward to the finish.

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    1. I do too - daffodils and tulips are the promise of Spring.
      Your painting of the shadow on the mission is beautiful.
      Thank you so much for the visit.

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  17. Already beautifully magical like this, so full of life !

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    1. How nice of you - thanks, Jane.
      Your beautiful give-a-way hydrangeas was a lovely and generous idea.

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  18. after being buried in snow for a week, I'm so glad to see tulips, even ones on paper. They are beautiful. Love the soft look.

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    1. I laughed at your clever post on all the work you did to open up your gallery.
      I like the painting you did - made me want it to snow here.

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  19. I did leave a comment ...I bet I forgot to hit the publish button!

    I wonder what I said ....ah well, it was bound to have been something nice, but we;ll never know :0)) .....oh ...Hello Julie btw

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    1. Welcome to my world of forgetting to hit publish.
      I am pleased you published a photo of your new home.
      The setting has to be one of the most beautiful in Wales or the whole of great Britain. Lucky you, and you know what - you both deserve it.

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    2. The National Geographic Magazine has voted this coastline the second most beautiful in the World (Newfoundland came first). We are very lucky

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  20. This palette is just so gorgeous and your painterly, drippy, swipey, tulips are amazing. I can't wait to see your crows on the Yupo.

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    1. Big grin reading, painterly, drippy and swipey! You are the BEST!
      Your new painting is fascinating. I could look at it for hours and keep finding something new.Of course - it has birds in it!

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  21. Lovely result with those tulips Julie! I love the drooping look , that Yupo thing can create marvels.

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    1. Thanks, Helen. Drooping provides a lovely curve. I look for things like that. I see you have a beautiful one coming forward in your lovely peony painting.

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  22. Every time I visit your your blog I so appreciate the beautiful paintings and information you share. I finally got around to adding your blog to "my favorite blogs" scroll so that I will visit more often. Your color scheme always brightens my day!

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    1. What a lovely comment, Carol. Thank you. I enjoy your posts very much and the new still life is one of the reasons why. You can paint everything and your animals are always fabulous.

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  23. I love all the luscious looseness in this painting, the purple is gorgeous! I like the lower area, I think it makes the tulips the stars!

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    1. Thanks Karen - I also enjoy the looseness the Yupo makes and thats why I have stuck at learning how to use it.
      You painted one really cute dog, and as usual - have done an amazing job with the eyes.

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  24. oh, this is so lovely! so soft & pretty, great work !

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    1. Thank you Erin Kate. I enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing the three panel seascape. You are generous to show the great process shots plus video.

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  25. You are makin me want some thalo! the beautiful transparent color is like stained glass, just super!

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    1. Thalo is deadly for me. I use a modified thalo color called Ocean Blue and it is a middle value.. I admire artists who can use Thalo straight.
      Love the sky in your new post. Gorgeous!

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  26. What beautiful color and movement you've portrayed in this one. It looks wonderful as it is, but I'm curious what else you want to do with it!

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    1. Thanks Diana - pleased you like it.
      I have worked out what I am going to do and am relieved because I quite like this one.
      Your new landscape has such rich and beautiful color...and I enjoyed the story of the French car rental.

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  27. A particular color for these tulips, very unusual for me, so intensely purple that gives a beautiful contrast to the leaves. I am very curious to see your crows, but already sure that they will be remarkable as always your art works.
      Have nice week.

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    1. The actual color of the tulips was even stronger and I neutralized it a bit.
      Crows...I have been so busy I have not had any time to do them.
      I am so happy for you having the family visit. The girls look great.

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  28. This IS really a bright and fUN work!
    Love all of IT!

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    1. Thanks, Sue.
      I like your textured red abstract. Now that is what I call fun work.

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  29. So masterful and beautiful. I love the greens and the freedom of flows on yupo.

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    1. Thank you Irina. I agree - green and purple go well together.
      I found your night scene to be calm and beautiful. The color of the sky is perfect.

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  30. Love these tulips and the idea of letting it rest to see how you will resolve the lower section. Maybe you will see it's perfect as is!

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    1. No - not sure ,but think I may put some dark to create the lighter pot.
      Congratulations on getting into the show. fabulous piece.

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  31. Excellent colors and the yupo works so well for this!

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    1. Thanks Joan. Nice of you.
      I enjoyed seeing your sketch of the snow and trees.

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  32. JULIE - WHAT A STUNNING WORK. TULIPS ARE A FAVORITE OF MINE AND YOU RENDERED THESE SO BEAUTIFULLY. HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING THE DAY. HUGS

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    1. Sorry to hear of your accident, Debbie. h
      Heal quickly.

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  33. Quelle belle réussite ! Vous avez su tirer un parti fantastique de ce papier....

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  34. yoooo hooooooo Julie.....looking for crows here...calling all crows...come in crows

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Cheers,
Julie