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

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Roses From A Friend


Roses From A Friend
8x6 in oil on canvas panel  SOLD

Artist Note
A friend from the Guild grows these 
Peppermint Candy Roses. 
This has to be the fourth time she has 
brought them in for me to paint.
Not easy...
I have had the hardest time 
painting them.
Imagine - multiple petals and 
stripes on some and not others.
I finally got one that I liked
and fortunately she did too.
Thanks for your patience, Joann.

43 comments:

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    1. Ohhh how nice is that - a magnifique plus a bravo - I thank you.
      You are so clever making those beautifully painted little pouches. Love the bird!
      Really, really special.

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    1. Hi Lynne, thanks. Everyone should know about your amazing post on how you make the teabag prints. I was totally fascinated and loved seeing all your other pieces. It truly is a fabulous and informative post.

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  3. Very wonderful roses bouquet!
    There are subject more "elusive"for painter than other, but you won the challenge of Peppermint Candy Roses.
    Clear light colors moved with spatula bring aerial rhythm and luminous mood in all composition.

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    1. How gorgeous your anemone flowers are, sweet Rita, You are a master at watercolor. I really like the blue-gold colors harmony. My fav!

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  4. I can only imagine the challenges this presented! But, it is exquisite in its final pose. The glass looks like thin crystal - very delicate, and the convex/concave aspects of the rose petals are a wonder to me.

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    1. Hi Carol. Thank you for such a lovely comment. I can tell you really did look at it. I wonder what you are working on - more bunnies? Those wonderful ears have stayed in my mind.

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  5. O-o-o, I really think this is delicious, Julie. I particularly like the yellow touches in the centres of the flowers (they look as if they're heritage blooms) and I'm crazy for your painting of the jar. Not only does that glass look good, it looks as if it was a joy to paint! Wonderful.

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    1. Thanks, Helene, yes - the glass was fun to paint,...so much so it took over from the roses. After a couple of wipes offs I reminded myself the roses were the star not the glass. Painting sure is an intellectual pursuit!
      I have to say the way you painted the braid on your portrait was extra special and I also loved the way you painted the hair round her face. I guess I am drawn to admire areas I have trouble doing.

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  6. Very wonderful flower painting !!!
    Have a nice and creative day, Julie !!!

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    1. Hope you also have a wonderful and creative day, Stelios.
      I bet you are out in the gorgeous Aegean Sea area painting your heart out.
      Lucky you!

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  7. Your difficulty ( but I never really believe you :-)) ) doesn't show at all, the roses look so natural and perfect , just gorgeous !

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    1. Ha ha...you don't really believe me. Thats a riot, Jane. Trust me, only one painting out of 10 do I have a straight shot from start to finish. I get to the middle, struggle, then wipe off and start again.I am improving...it used to be one in 20!
      I love your fall grapes. Stunning color harmony.
      It was a pleasure to see your

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  8. Beautifully painted, Julie. Love the way you handled the glass.

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    1. Thats nice of you Carol - thanks. It was fun.
      I bet you enjoyed painting the glaze on your beautiful, antique French teapot .
      You captured it perfectly.

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    1. Thanks Laurie. I feel the same about your angel. Beautiful!

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  10. These are so pretty! I can imagine the difficulty in sorting out the stripes! But, you did a great job. And I love the idea of peppermint roses for some reason. Kind of like candy or chocolate or something crossed with flowers. Blame the holidays:)

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    1. When you see them in real life they kind of knock your socks off. Large and have an internal glow with the creamy center. The stripes are a surprise when you discover them. Just like the candy.
      Are you working on more digital work? I do admire you being adventurous and very up to date.

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    2. Thanks Julie. I have done a few more digital sketches and am finishing up a piece started last week. Everything seems to be taking some time:) Thanks for asking

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  11. This is fabulous Julie! The flower is so beautiful....realistic yet impressionistic!

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    1. Hi Hilda, Pleased you like it thank you.
      I was very touched by your lovely painting and tribute on Veterans Day. What a fine young man.

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  12. Oh my Julie this is simply magnificent. No one would ever guess these were difficult to paint . They are so beautiful friend.

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    1. I thought they would be easy. Sometimes I wipe off what would be fine and I just cant see it. I try to match the image in my mind of how I want it to look. Its a process. These roses are beyond gorgeous in real life and I certainly didn't capture what I wanted to but I think I conveyed my pleasure in painting them.
      Thanks for the visit, dear Debbie. Enjoy each day.

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    1. They are even more so in real life. Thanks Celia.

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  14. gorgeous painting :)

    I am not the biggest fan of roses, but I must find some of these to plant lol they beautiful and so colourful

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    1. LOL...and I am not a fan of dragons but am learning to like them through your lovely little drawings.

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    2. lol :)

      find some of the roses, but £7-9 each ouch. will still get a few tho :p

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  15. My favorite kind of painting. Love the subject, the color, the composition. Good things come to those who wait.

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    1. Or one could say...if at first you do not succeed...try, try, try again. I do that all the time with my paintings. Do you, Sharon? Or do you just move on to another painting...the smart thing to do!
      What beautiful accessories your fiber artist makes. I especially love the felt and silk scarfs.

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  16. Mind blowing roses, your roses always are!

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    1. Hi Pamaja - I was actually thinking of you today. I was plein air painting and the sun hit the water and it looked just like your painting of the Oman coastline.You named your painting Glitter, and that is just what it looked like.
      You nailed it!

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  17. Absolutely stunning flowers! I love this technique as it is clear that it is not a photo but beautifully painted flowers.

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    1. Wow - how nice - thank you, whoever you are...and from the UK.

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  18. Great job. I love roses and love to paint them........but not easy any day. You captured how delicate the petals are.

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    1. I agree - not easy but I loved the way you abstracted the shape of your white roses. Simple shapes, but definitely roses.

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  19. Absolutely beautiful! Your struggles do not show. Great piece!!

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    1. Glad they don't show... probably because I scrape all the way down after each attempt.
      You have a wonderful way of making your cows appear likable. I have always felt tentative when near one, but I swear I could walk right up and say hi to your new one.

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  20. How lovely that your friend often brings you flowers to paint. She evidently knows that you have the know-how to do them justice. Beautiful.

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  21. The composition and the color in this are just lovely! You have a winner!

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  22. Beautiful, you make it so hared to ever have a favorite because I love all of your paintings!

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Julie