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

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Rain Puddles And Red Chili.


Rain Puddles
6x8in oil on canvas panel $135. SOLD


Artist Note.
A sight not often seen
here in early November.
This was during the two days 
of rain we got. 

This view of the chili fields
looks totally different 
than in the full sun. 
Far more muted.

Red chili is harvested 
later than the green chili. 
Left on the vine to turn red,
 it is picked and spread on
roofs and similar surfaces
to dry in the sun -
the traditional way.
I LOVE chili
green or red.

This may conclude my water series.
Notice the "may."
I have enjoyed it.


34 comments:

  1. Ahh, this probably isn't the last of this series, way too beautiful. But, I must say I always look forward to your paintings, whatever the subject. Hugs, dear Julie.

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    1. What a nice start to my evening - thanks Blanche. Nice to come home from a busy day to get a hug too.

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  2. A lovely scene Julie, we badly need rain and storms and flooding rain yesterday skirted around us

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    1. I sure understand what it is like to need the rain but stay dry. I love the sunny climate here but know we need stormy days.
      Absolutely adore your teddy paintings. Amazing what you can do with them.

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  3. Absolutely beautiful Julie! I love the look of the wet fields! And your last post on stormy night was lovely as well! Keep them coming!

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    1. Thanks Hilda - looking forward to your next pastel.

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  4. like drawing chilies but too hot to eat lol

    Great paint textures :D hmm may conclude, hopefully you do paint another for the series one day. Its been really wonderful seeing all of the different locations you have painted with water ;0

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    1. Thank you Jennifer - happy to hear you liked the series. I really enjoyed it too. trouble is I am itching to do some still life paintings.
      Hope your surgery is successful. Looks like a neat slice!

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  5. Your lovely painting really has an "post-rainstorm" look about it, Julie, where everything is so drippy and beat down. Love the reflections of the sky in the puddles. I've certainly enjoyed this series.

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    1. Hi Carol. You must have been having the rain too. Next is the cold...but not as cold as some places.
      I agree - I too love the reflections of the sky into anything. It brings the color down into the land. Hope you are painting.

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  6. I'm catching up on your last few posts and enjoying it very much. Glad you got some needed rain and weren't deluged like some places that got rail along with some serious devastation. This is lovely with the light glinting off the puddles as they go off into the distance. The pops of the red chili peppers make me want to walk right into the distance (with waterproof boots of course).

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    1. Good to hear from you Joan. I laughed at you mentioning the boots because the farmer we bought the chili from wore a pair.
      I love the old type school house you painted with the fall colors around it.
      Someone takes good care of it.

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  7. I have enjoyed the water series too!! You are a master at reflections!

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    1. I appreciate you saying that, Kim. Thank you - I value your opinion very much.

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  8. I LOVE the reflections on those puddles, and the feeling of dampness in the air! When a painting makes me feel as if I'm experiencing the atmosphere myself, it is perfection! As this one does. Beautiful, Julie!

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    1. You are very kind with your praise - thank you, Ann. I will remind myself of it when I go through a stage when nothing I paint is right. We all experience them don't we? it will be good to hear your voice saying 'perfection" over my shoulder!
      Loving what you are doing in France. The Mandarine's are wonderful.

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  9. What a gorgeous texture (as always ) , and I love the subject. Chili fields sounds so exotic , I never saw one , glad you got some rain in this dry area .

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    1. Our Mesilla Valley area , Hatch, is known for its superb Chili. Formally shipped all over the world because of its desirability, competition from other countries selling it for less has made life harder for the farmers. Thats the way of the world!
      The dramatic lighting in your new painting is truly spectacular. Bravo!

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  10. Always love learning about the subject of the painting as well as studying the beauty of a painting. The muted colors are super here and it is so cool to hear about the chilis.

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    1. Hi Sharon. I'm with you - I always enjoy reading posts with stuff I do not know about. Hapapay to hear you like this one. Thanks.
      It was neat reading about your new McD's. You told it so well I felt I was part of the group.

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    1. Thanks Bruce - love your plein aire of the house...a terrific painting.

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  12. Wonderful! The puddles and their reflections are perfect! And I can totally picture those fields.

    So, my husband grows chilies during the year. They do indeed start out green and then turn red just as you mentioned. I bet that field is beautiful:)

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    1. Neat to know your hubby grows veggies for you. I think that is great. My sweetie has never planted even a pansy. We are both experiencing water it appears. Nice - as we really need it, don't we?
      Your post about color is very informative Libby. I know it will be helpful to so many of us.Thank you.

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  13. I am sad that the water series is ending, but excited to see what comes next. Your landscapes have been so beautiful. Sunshine, rain and even Nocturne! Would love to see all those Chilis on the roof :)

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  14. I get excited when I see the red chilis on the roof. this farmer had them spread on the roof on the shed where he kept his sheep. I took some great pjhotos so they may pop up one year
    You must be feeling pretty happy about winning the top prize, l
    Leesa. Your creativity is a pleasure to see and I do enjoy the skill that I know goes into your art.

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  15. Just the right amount of light and color...the puddles just make this! Bravo!

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    1. Hi Celeste, thanks, I agree. it was the puddle which attracted me.
      So good to see you back on your blog. I have missed it. I agree completely with what your post was saying about getting rid of inferior paintings at least once a year.

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  16. I love this, Julie. I can hear the splash-splashing of feet trudging through that water. It reminds me of some of our wetter trips to the Lake District, which we love! Super!

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    1. Ha - splashing! Yes, wet days in the Lake District certainly have their own charm The misty colours for a start. Last time I was there my hubby patiently held the umbrella so I could still paint.
      Seeing your beautiful painting of poppies reminded me of Remembrance Day and all it means. Thank you.

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  17. What I noticed? The glorious greens. Everyone of them. And your puddles are just right. Nice job.

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    1. Thanks, Helen. nice of you.
      I return the complement saying NICE JOB ON YOUR WHITE FLOWERS!
      I especially liked the color of the vase.

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  18. Julie I have loved your water series. The portrayal of the rain puddles is lovely. What a beautiful site with those red chilies. Our weather has been different here too. Sunny and warm for out November.

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  19. The color notes here are so great in the red and greens! The harmony is very special.

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Julie