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

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Afternoon Light On The Falls



Afternoon Light on the Falls
6x8in oil on canvas 

Artist Note.
About a major ooops!

My husband called me at work
 as I was cleaning my palette
ready to go home.
We started talking about his day
and I continuing to clean with
the phone in one hand
 and palette knife in the other. 
(Cleaning the paint piles etc.)

He had me laughing and
I was relaxed getting out the 
alcohol to finish cleaning the 
palette...only it wasn't the palette
I had cleaned...
it was my painting!
Nothing left but mud.
Trust me, 
it was not a laughing Julie
who hung up the phone!!!!


42 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh how terrible. Did you repaint it? This is just lovely.

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    1. I had class so didn't get chance to paint it again. Not sure I will. It would be more like work than fun. Are you the same? I would have to make it different some way to excite me.
      Thanks for the visit. I really enjoyed your blog and your new kitty has such wonderful eyes.

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  2. Julie this was just so beautiful. Best of luck with the repainting!

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    1. Thank you, NK. I wonder if you would rework the same thing? I say that because it looks like you also enjoy the stimulation of diversity. I liked your digital explorations and then your sensitive portrait ... followed by a series of lovely photos of a place called the Rock Garden. (With a waterfall!)

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  3. Very beautiful painting with an amazing light on the falls !!!
    Happy Sunday Julie !!!

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    1. So far... a very happy Sunday! Thanks for the lovely comment, Stelios.
      When you say "amazing light" I know you see light that way because your new painting shows your gift for painting light, superbly! I especially love the way you showed it on the buildings.

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  4. Wow! Be careful! Sorry it was your painting but very happy you weren't doing surgery or something! LOL:)

    This one is lovely. The green water and foliage at the bottom is particularly nice. You have a good series going.

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    1. LOL - no distractions during surgery for sure!
      Yes, the series started by the lily pond got me back into water and I am loving it...well, until this disappointment. It did make me realize I am not a multi-tasker! Texting and driving has to be very dangerous.
      You gave some good hints on your post, Libby, and it was interesting seeing how you worked out the designs for your paintings on the computer.
      have a great week.

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  5. Oh my, but you did enjoy the conversation so much that made you absent from the present moment.That was a plus! I agree it will be more work to repaint it than fun.

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    1. I enjoy my husband. Always upbeat and kind.
      He makes me laugh every day and isn't that a beautiful gift in life?
      What are you working on at the moment?




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  6. Oh no! So is this the lovely painting before you destroyed it? I hope not as I love the texture in the rocks and the water.

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    1. Yes - this is the painting, freshly done and photographed. I had it in my mind to clean my palette ready to go home but instead cleaned the painting. Easy to do if the brain is not working. I take off all the old paint with a palette knife and then spray the glass with denatured alcohol - works great. A habit of many years. Only this time it was the painting I cleaned...scary, no?
      it was a real pleasure to see your beautiful fall tree. The colors are glowing

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  7. Whatever the process...the depth on this is perfect! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Kaethe. Looking forward to your next post.

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  8. So sorry about the painting Julie but it's a funny visual! Did you hit him when he got home? Lol. This is a gorgeous piece ..they get better and better! The texture on the falls and rocks are amazing!

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    1. Yes...wanted to hit something...anything! It didnt last long and then I recognized my mental powers are diminishing....scary thought but recalled I have always been a bit that way so its not age. I once put the hot iron in the fridge and the milk where the iron was stored. 30 then!
      The beautiful horse is another painting of yours where I am aware of your skill, but also the ability to capture an emotional quality in your work.
      Always a pleasure to visit your blog.

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  9. Oh no! That is crazy, must be love.

    Some pretty incredible work here. How do you stay so inspired?

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    1. Thanks JanettMarie. The same way your paint your series of glasses - my interest level of discovery is high. As soon as it diminishes the series will end.
      I still enjoy your martini glasses the best. Memories of back in the day...

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  10. I hope this wasn't the painting that was lost!!! This is beautiful!

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    1. Lost isn't quite how I would put it, dear Joan. Destroyed fits better! i still enjoyed painting it, and that is what matters.
      Your drawing of the commuters is great - all sleeping!

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  11. Bonjour ma chère Julie,

    La fameuse tarte des soeurs Tatin n'est-elle pas née d'une étourderie ?!...
    La tarte était cependant délicieuse tout comme votre oeuvre ma chère amie !
    Un véritable régal pour les yeux...
    Merci pour ce joli partage.

    Gros bisous ♡

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    1. translation.Hello my dear Julie, The famous tarte Tatin sisters she is not born of thoughtlessness?! ... The pie was delicious, however, as your work my dear friend! A real feast for the eyes ... Thanks for this beautiful sharing. Kisses ♡
      It ia a great story about how the tarte came about. Accidentally!
      Thanks for sharing that. I have painted a totally different mood over this one from the marks which were left.
      Your post is full of wonderful photos. Your view of Montemarte is fabulous. Lucky you!
      Looking forward to your next canvas.

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  12. Without a doubt, your little gems are becoming more beautiful with each one you paint. What an inspiration you are Julie.

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    1. Well, how are you Blanche...not painting or painting and not showing? I miss your posts so please give at least one a go. You were on a roll for a while.
      Thanks for the visit and lovely comment. I will treasure it.

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  13. Oh my gosh! It was this painting?!!!! Amazing palette knife work. Well, if you did it once you can do it again ... thank you for sharing your oops!

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    1. Hi Teri - thanks for the support. LOVED your painting of the house. What terrific greens you mixed. I always have problems with green so tend to be in awe when I see it done right.

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  14. Aye, aye, aye! Not funny at all, I know! But, can you hear me laughing? Hopefully, hindsight will eventually make it amusing to you as well, Julie. All that work!!

    What a gorgeous combination of colors you have in the painting above, and the varied textures just breathe life into it. A showpiece, for sure!

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    1. Yes...I laughed after I kicked myself !!! Then I thought how much I had enjoyed painting it, and that is what it is all about.
      I do realize how I cannot multi-task. I mean my mind cannot do even two simple things at the same time. Well... walking and talking I do well together.
      Hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather.

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  15. Oh my! We can get distracted can't we? You recovered well:)

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    1. Only paint! If it had been one I had worked a week on then that would have been different.
      Not found a yellow poncho/slicker like yours yet. I love the colors of you painting in the rain... beautiful neutrals.

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  16. This is another super painting. I love the depth, the energy, and the spectrum of warm browns you create.
    Distraction can happen so easily. I was once sketching a commissioned portrait on a large 30 x 24 canvas. I was working in oil, and reached for another color -- unfortunately, I reached to the acrylic paint drawer in my taboret. I continued, then realized what I'd done. The acrylic wouldn't adhere to the oil base, and carrying on with oil would be impossible on a now compromised surface. New canvas; start over. Now I make sure my oils and acrylics are in opposite corners of my room!

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    1. You sure know how to make a person feel better. Thanks for sharing your own ooops! Much worse than my loss because of your much larger size.
      I think your new still life is STUNNING. Beautifully composed and perfect in every way.

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  17. oh bummer! So sad that this is the one you cleaned off! But I know what you mean - I'd find it hard to re-paint as well....my mind is off to the 'next adventure' to follow my interest. This one's so lovely though....perhaps another waterfall, in a different location will find it's way to your canvas again! I was just thinking about one I scraped off last week that I was just 'unable to redeem'. It felt bad at the time...but now I'm realizing I would have felt much worse if it had been a keeper like the one above! (sigh, hugs, thanks for sharing .... one of those crazy dilemmas of fellow artists!)

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    1. Thanks for the understanding, sigh, and hug. Yes, the deliberate wiper is certainly frustrating but cathartic at the same time. The hardest part of this was the proof of lack of focus. At my age I am always looking for signs of "you know what."
      Your new landscape is full of life. I really enjoyed seeing the texture and colors in the foreground.

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  18. A major oops , but if this is the result of the mud , I wouldn't worry too much if it happens again :-)

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    1. No mud all gone - along with this painting. I had taken the photo and was cleaning up to go home. If it happens again I will worry. means I have totally lost it!
      Your beautiful new portrait is another winner. I happen to like her hat and the way you painted it.

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    1. Sad part is...am I losing my mind!!!
      It was great seeing your very ominous character - beautifully painted, but still ominous. That my dear is pure skill to go from Whinnie to this.

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  20. Oh no Julie! :(

    That water again...so wonderful.

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  21. Hi Lisa - you know what a good sense of humor Jim ha so it would be easy to see it happening.
    Happy you are connecting your stories with paint again. I love your work!

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  22. So sorry Julie! Driven to distraction! It sure is beautiful!

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  23. Julie!!! When I read this post, I gasped and actually had to drag my hand away from my mouth. What a horrible shock; bless you! Don't worry about your mind; this is the reason I NEVER answer the phone in the car because I enter into the conversation completely and visualise the conversation not the road ahead. Ah well...
    Sharon

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Julie