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

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Roses and Cherries...


Roses and Cherries
8x8" oil on canvas SOLD

Artist Note.
I made a video of painting
this piece. It was a good one 
because it showed the 
struggle in the middle. 
I know you are all
only too familiar with that!

I emerged victorious, 
quite thrilled, and guess what...
the guy with the camera
had it all out of focus!
To say I was bummed
is an understatement.

The bad luck Video story continues,
I have had three videos made
this year by three different
video experts and not one has 
been usable. 

Maybe I will have success in 2016
I made my Fracturing video 
for Daily Paintworks
myself. I just set up a camera 
and went for it. 
BUT... I had a 
lot of requests
to show my palette at the 
same time and that 
created the problem. 
I do not 
know how to do that myself.

Enough of all that...

Here's to a wonderful 2016 for all of us.
May our supportive bond of blogging 
friendships continue with the 
 stimulation and encouragement
that is so special. 
I appreciate every one of you, 
and wish only the best for you all




69 comments:

  1. Your fracturing video is the best - palette or not! So sorry to only offer encouragement, no video experience here.
    Please don't give up. What a treat it will be to watch a master at work!!

    Have a safe, happy evening, Julie. And I'm wishing you your most awesome new year yet!!!


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    1. You are a gem of a blogging friend, Chris. Always encouraging. Bless you.
      Love the elephant you painted - sitting down looking so adorable. I love elephants.

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  2. Wishing you the happiest of life, good health and cheer. May success continue to follow you my friend. Yes, I'll be back starting tomorrow. Happy New Year.

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    1. I am enjoying seeing your blog again and love your palette knife work.

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  3. Sorry about the video filming, Julie. The idea sounds wonderful, though, so maybe another time. Your painting is stunning. The rose in the lower middle had wonderful light and shadows. Love the sharp contrast on that one petal on the left. Also, gorgeous neutrals on the tabletop.
    Certainly, I wish you a spectacular new year with wondrous art opportunities!!

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    1. Thanks for such a wonderful comment, Carol.
      Hope for the same for you - wondrous art opportunities sounds marvelous.

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  4. Julie you do roses like no other! Lovely painting.
    And I too give thanks for all of our blogging friends. The love and support handed out so freely. I thank each and every one who contributes.
    Happy New Year. We all rock!

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    1. Your flowers are beautiful, Helen. The colors especially work for me.

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  5. happy new year, julie! may it be a beautiful one!

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Lynne - same for you too. Love your new watercolor - perfection!

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  6. OOh goody! I would LOVE to watch a video of you painting :) Happy New Year Julie!

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    1. Happier because of the lovely tribute you gave me, dear Lisa. Your series of artists who inspire you has been fabulous. Thank you.

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  7. Thank you Julie for all of your support this year. Here is hoping for a successful 2016 (with no video mishaps!) for all of us.

    Beautiful roses. Struggle or not, they are very elegant and delicate.
    Libby

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    1. Thanks are reciprocated, dear Libby.
      This will be an important year year for you and your work.

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  8. Wonderful painting in spite of your video woes, Julie. Wishing you an exciting and succesful 2016.

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    1. Thanks - I shouldn't let the video thing get to me, right? It did though.
      I know you will enjoy a successful year, Carol because your work is always original. Your sense of design is awesome.
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  9. Happy happy New Year, Julie. I hope you and your loved ones will have a blessed and wonderful 2016. This painting is very beautiful. I stared for a long minutes at it because I really love it. Sorry about your video making, maybe next time you will be successful.

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    1. What a nice comment. Thank you Cora. I love your sunrise painting. You should keep trying the oils. I loved your apple too.

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  10. A master piece Julie,Happy New year!

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    1. I was thinking the same about your ocean painting. Have a creative year, padmaja.

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  11. Gorgeous still life as 2016 incipit,Julie!!!
    My best wishes for a Happy New Year, where good health will allow you all the other activities.
    Having friends in blogland as in real life is a joyful sign of abundance of graces. God bless you, your family and all the friends meeting here in the warmth of your presence.

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    1. As always your write so eloquently, Rita dear. Thank you and I send blessing for a creative art year.

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  12. What a shame about the videos Julie - so frustrating for you. I hope to watch your fracturing video very soon!
    I love this painting, particularly the little gold footings under the pot.
    Wishing you a happy and splendiferous New Year!

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    1. Hi and thanks Wendy. Love your pearl ring. WOW! Gorgeous painting!

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  13. Could you set up two cameras, one on your painting and another on your palette and then edit them together? I love your paintings! Happy New Year

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    1. I have tried that Dotti and it is the editing that I have to learn. I am doing a bit at a time, but feel I am so awkward at it. it all takes precious time. You are so nice to want to help. If you know a good and easy editing program let me know. have a wonderful 2016

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  14. Beautiful painting Julie! Wishing you all the best in 2016!!

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    1. Thanks Kim. Same back.
      I have to say your peacock is stunning - the colors are perfect together.

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  15. May 2016 bring you a successful video! If you want to try another on your own, could you borrow a second video camera, point one camera at your palette and one on your painting and "splice" the video together afterwards? ... Asks the fan who has never taken more than an iPhone video in her life, much less "spliced" a thing! 😜

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    1. Sounds easy, but it isn't for me. It is the time it takes to learn the stitching together of the two videos. I have not figured it out yet and I have tried. Oh boy...have I tried!
      Thanks for the visit, and is it Kris like on your blog or Dana?
      I love the abstracted faces you do. And the colors you choose are wonderful.

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  16. I think I would have titled this, Rich & Romantic! Always a gem without any hint of struggle. Happy New Year to someone who is always an inspiration for me. Wishing you the very best in the coming year Julie!

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    1. Ha - the middle part of painting certainly was a struggle, Mary. Glad it looks freely done. Looking forward to seeing your wonderful paintings in 2016.You inspire me too.

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  17. This is so lush and lovely. I admire every bit of it, Julie. How disappointing your video didn't work out, but as others have said, please try again. (And it looks as if doing it yourself is the best alternative.) Carol Marine has done Artbytes with palette and painting side by side, perhaps she'd share her expertise? Regardless, watching you create something as exquisite as this painting would be a delicious treat. Yum!
    As always you set a fine example to get back into the daily painting routine. Happy New Year!

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    1. Hello Helene - love your words. You are very understanding and I appreciate them.
      It is the editing to match the two videos I cannot do.
      I could if I took the time but oh boy...it doesn't come naturally.
      Hope you are proud of your still life - I think it is gorgeous.

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  18. What a beautiful painting Julie!! I really look forward to seeing the video....yes, 2016 will be the video year...what a treat!

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    1. Thanks, but no video Hilda.
      Hope you enjoy a wonderful painting year in 2016.

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  19. Wow this one is a bit special I just love it.

    I had no idea of how to paint until I watched the videos of the Will Kemp Art Studio... so I can safely say a good video is worth it's weight in gold, it's how I learnt, albeit I'm still a novice.

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    1. I will have to check out Will Kemp. Hard to believe you have not painted all your life, John. You are a remarkable talent at so many things.
      Looking forward to seeing what you do next.

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  20. very pretty painting :)

    use a wide angle lens with the camera to get the palette and painting in the shot? one camera on the painting, one on the palette and edit shots together? zoom out to get both in the shot?

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    1. Thanks for the advice. I have not tried a wide angled lens. Will let you know how it goes.
      Looking forward to seeing your hawk completed. it will be gorgeous

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  21. Lovely painting!!! I love your lighting on select petals! Funny how you haven't had luck with the videos. One of your videos would be such a treat! Happy 2016!

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    1. Hi Joan.. Thanks. I love your flower series. You should make a video yourself!

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  22. Dear Julie - beautiful painting. Sorry about the videos but I am sure 2016 will see you being quite successful in that area too. Hope your new year is blessed in every way. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Debbie. We will have to wait and see if there will be a video.
      If it is meant to be I am sure it will happen
      I enjoyed your words of wisdom today.
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  23. This is a heartmelter alright! Re the video...I went back and looked at your fracturing video and I think pulling the camera back until the palette is visible and dropping the camera down about 6 inches would get the job done. Won't be quite so close up, but by choosing 'full screen' mode while they're watching will provide as much detail as in your current video.

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    1. Sounds it may be the answer. thanks Lauren. You have always been so helpful. heart of gold.
      Any more birds coming?

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  24. How come many of my favourite paintings are sold when I read your blog? Could it be you are saving these for yourself? Happy 2016.

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    1. ha - LOL!
      Nope - I say when I decide to keep them. Like my birds nest I recently posted. Happy 2016 and good luck with the Challenge.

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  25. Very beautiful floral painting, so nice and warm colours !!!
    Happy and creative new year 2016 !!!

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    1. Pleased you like it - thanks, Stelios.
      Your new Venice painting is a beauty.

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  26. Gorgeous, beautiful painting! I love everything about it!! I am sorry to hear about your video problems. It is more unlucky for us, it would have been a huge treat! I hope your year ahead is full of happy, creative moments!

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    1. And I hope your year will be too, Celia.
      Looking forward to another year of seeing your wonderful watercolors.


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  27. This is gorgeous Julie! Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy back attcha, Jen. Love your peonies too. Beautiful colors!

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  28. Lovey painting Julie, oh yes that would be a treat to see a video of your process. Hopefully you will be successful this year . Your work is amazing. Have a wonderful New Year.

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    1. Thank you so much, Joan. I was just looking at your beautiful still life painting. Love the way you painted it.

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  29. Love your year end painting. I so understand your frustrations w/ the video! OMG!

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    1. Hi there, Pam Good to hear from you and know you understand. Thanks.
      So you are off in warm sunny Mexico for the winter. Lucky you. Fortunately you are sharing some of the goodies you encounter. The ceramic pots you painted are awesome and the glazes just right.

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  30. oh dear....now I have ANOTHER favorite Julie-Ford-Oliver painting!!! good gosh...this is exquisite!

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    1. Such a wonderful comment. Many thanks, dear Celeste..
      Your boot studies are awesome.

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  31. One of my alltime favorite! I love the overall texture and the freshness of this painting is glorious. Have a splendid year Julie, full of beauties and new creations! Hugs

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    1. Hi Helen - I wish the same for you. Your words are special. Splendid is a wonderful word and not used often enough. I would love a splendid year.
      I was admiring the portrait you painted - Happy! Great title.
      You always capture the expression so well.


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  32. OMG IO love this. When I first saw it on my phone the pic didn't come up, so I got on my desktop and it takes my breath away. I have found your same problem about showing my palette in videos I take. This may not work for you, but I put my paints on a large foam plate so I can show it to the camera as I mix or paint. Not perfect, but it works.

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    1. That is a good idea. There was a painter who had a big wooden palette (on TV.) I always wondered how she didn't get paint all over herself! I guess I could try that. A foam plate may not be firm enough for palette knife work.
      How are you keeping up with giving your online courses? happy to see you started a Facebook page.

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  33. Coming back to see this gorgeous painting. It's so incredibly beautiful. And I really feel like 2016 will be the year your video gets made successfully!

    Excited to see what you do this year Julie!

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    1. Hi, my lovely friend - lets see if you are correct about 2016. I am beginning to think it doesn't matter. at all.
      Your three new winter paintings are perfectly perfect... in three different ways. I love them.

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  34. Gorgeous painting, Julie! Flowers and cherries, quite a combination of taste and smell...
    Wish you an Happy and Creative New Year 2016, Julie!

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  35. Hi Julie - I just noted your response to my comment above. I totally agree - new "e-technology" is a terrible time sink/time thief and not for me either. That's exactly why I've never become a video buff. Meanwhile, it is definitely Dana, not Kris! My art blog is DaneArt.org. Perhaps you've seen someone else's?

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  36. Incredibly beautiful, the harmony of the colors is exquisite !

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Julie