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

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

'Tis The Season...




Season's Bauble
8x8  oil on canvas SOLD

This was done in the workshop.
A lot of fun.
I did a paint-a-long and it was
neat to see so many different 
versions of the same red ball
using the fracturing technique.

Artist Note
This is my last post before
Christmas.

Peace in the world - will
it ever happen?

I think of the refugees
trying to escape the horrors
of war in their homeland...

The countries who take them in
and the turbulence of of 
conflicting emotions...

I thank our military and their families
who sacrifice so much for the 
ultimate goal of 
Peace.

More than ever 
I am very grateful for 
my life.

May everyone's Christmas or
Holiday be full of joy and love 
for those we care for, as well 
as those who are now only 
memories in our hearts.

Be safe, be warm, and be at Peace
Blessings.



61 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Hope you offer an online workshop soon!

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    1. Hello Mona. Thanks for the visit.
      I am making another video, but do not know how to do an online workshop. I do know they are springing up all over the place. What a wonderful time to learn from them all. Wonderful Dreama has one coming out in January which promises to be fantastic.

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  2. A very special painting, Julie. Love the memories and feelings it brings forth. Your message is equally touching and beautifully written, and I can tell it is heartfelt. May you and yours have a peaceful, loving and memorable Christmas.

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    1. Hi Carol - thanks for such a lovely comment. I appreciate it. Thanks for the Christmas wishes. Wishing you and your family, the same.

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  3. Great painting. Christmas blessings and peace to you!

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    1. Thanks Helen. Happy to read your event was successful.Yea!
      Blessings back, my friend.

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  4. Beautiful Julie, wishing you a great festive season!

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    1. Thanks for the warm wishes, dear Padmaja.
      Looking forward to your next painting.

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  5. What a beautiful Holiday painting! I am thankful for so many things this year..One of them being the inspiration your art gives me. Happy Holidays! I keep thinking John Lennon's words in 'So This Is Christmas...War is Over" has even more meaning this year. ��

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    1. I am so glad you reminded me of Lennon's words. It is a very powerful song - especially after Vietnam. Just as meaningful today.
      I think your painting of Brooklyn, the dog, is truly brilliant. You amaze!

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  6. Oh Julie, I love this gorgeous bauble! how opulent and festive it is. I hope you have a joyous Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Wendy, I return the wishes for a joyous Christmas. Most of all I wish you a stellar painting year in 2016.
      Thanks as always for the blogging friendship.

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  7. My sentiments as well and you have articulated so, so well.

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    1. I send you a warm hug, Lauren, with thanks for that lovely comment.

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  8. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Karen Rodgers

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    1. Absolutely great to hear from you Karen. Wishing you only the BEST and thank you for all you have done to help other artists in need. You have a generous heart.

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  9. A lovely post Julie! Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family!!

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    1. Hello sweet Hilda - I bet you enjoy New York City at this time of year.
      Lucky you! Looking forward to seeing your paintings next year.

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  10. Merry Christmas to you and yours Julie!

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    1. Thanks Marcela. Same for you.
      That's a great nutcracker you painted! Love it!

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    1. Thanks Sharon. I will miss your posts from the gallery.

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  12. And the very warmest best wishes back to you and yours, Julie, for a Happy Christmas and all that's good in the New Year. You're a treasure!

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    1. I feel the same way about you dear Helene.YOU are a treasure!
      Love your snow scene. Such lovely colors.

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  13. Your painting is very festive, I love it!
    Your words really touched me.I wish you a very Merry Christmas,good health and serene spirit.

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    1. Thank you, Celia. I hope to enjoy Christmas very much.
      Your still life painting's great design has helped me with one of my own.
      I forgot how great a strong angle can be!

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  14. What a beautiful post Julie! I wish all the best for the Holiday's Season and the coming Year. Peace and Happiness to all!

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    1. Thank you, Helen. Back attcha!
      I enjoyed seeing the watercolor you are going to be finishing with acrylic.
      Great start.

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  15. Have a great Christmas Julie. This painting is absolutely beautiful and there's no wonder that it's sold. Love to hubbie as well.

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    1. I am sure it will be a lovely Christmas - thanks Sea.
      That is a fabulous post on Kandinsky. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

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  16. Lovely painting and words Julie, Peace to you too and have a great Christmas :)

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    1. Smiles and hugs coming your way. Your work delights me.

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    1. Thanks - you too!
      Love the photo on your Wordless Wednesday.

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  18. Bonjour chère amie,

    Une peinture festive pleine de charme. Le talent de l'artiste exulte même dans l'art de la féerie de Noël. Vos couleurs sont très belles, vivifiantes et pleine de magie.


    Je vous souhaite de joyeuses fêtes de Noël.

    Gros bisous ☃

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    1. My "translation" didn't work today so having to resort to my school time french. Thank you Martine. Happy you like the painting. I like the colors too.
      I wish you a joyous Noel.

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  19. What a beautiful finale to your holiday season. I have never been so awed by a painting of an ornament before! Best wishes to you and your family...

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    1. Hello Meredith - love this comment. Bless you.
      I am excited about your exploration into the abstract and am so looking forward to following your progress.

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  20. Hello Julie,
    I love your very colorful painting. Thank you for sharing the painting and the beautiful message. And for your wishes for the Holiday season. I also want to wish you a very meaningful, joyful and blessed Christmas, together with your love ones. God bless.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely Christmas wishes, Cora.
      I love your apple - beautifully painted and also the plumeria on the previous post.

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  21. Dear Julie such a lovely painting to celebrate this beautiful time of the year. We have so much to celebrate. Most especially for that little baby boy born so long ago in Bethlehem. May He bring true peace to all hearts. Merry Christmas friend. Thank you so much for your friendship. God bless!

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    1. The true meaning of Christmas is often forgotten, but not in my home.
      I love your Christmas post and the blogging friendship we share.
      Yes, True Peace.

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  22. Wonderful Painting and Wonderful Sentiment

    A Very Happy Christmas, Julie!! See you in the New Year.

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    1. Thank you, dear John. Enjoy your Christmas with a the love and fun which accompanies it.

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  23. Wishing you and your dear ones a wonderful Christmas . Love your beautiful Christmas bauble.

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    1. I wish you the same, my friend. Another year of wishing each other it. I love your paintings and your lovely spirit.

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  24. I think you are the queen of texture, Julie! This is beautiful and so festive!!!

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    1. LOL - queen...well, thank YOU, dear Joan.
      I think you are the QUEEN of sketching!

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  25. Very wonderful painting, nice and interesting Christmas inspiration !!!
    My best season greetings for happy Christmas and New Year !!!

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    1. I wish the same back to you and was happy to see your painting of Venice. Your perspective is and scale are amazing.

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  26. Your ornament painting is gorgeous Julie. You have captured the festive season beautifully. Merry Christmas and continued Happy Painting in 2016.

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    1. Thank you, Laura. And I like your poinsettia.
      Looking forward to your journey with paint in 2016. Merry Christmas.

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  27. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Julie - you are such an inspiration to me!

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    1. Oh wow - thank YOU Susan. Your art is certainly an inspiration to me and I am delighted to see such a neat post. Love the dogs and adore the rabbits. Congrats on the sales.
      Enjoy Christmas!

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  28. I bet that was a lot of fun to paint this together. I love yours. Merry Christmas Julie!!!

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    1. I had a fun group and yes - paint-a-longs are fun. Thanks for liking it.
      Your new painting of the cafe scene is fabulous. I LOVE the patterns you use.
      Wishing you the merriest of Christmas wishes, my friend. Cant wait to see what you are painting next year.

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  29. What a beautiful painting and lovely post Julie!! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you and thank you. I hope it will be a Happy New Year.
      I really enjoyed seeing your plate of brussel sprouts and pomegranates seeds. I thought it was a photo at first. The way you have the leafs gently over-lapping the edge made it extra special.

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  30. What a fabulous red ornament...! Just love it. Happy New Year, Julie~!

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  31. Back attcha, my friend, with thanks. same to you.
    I just visited and saw your wonderful floral. OMG...the glass vase is really stunning.

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Julie