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

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Apache Autumn

Apache Autumn

6x6 in oil on canvas panel $110. SOLD

Artist Note

I recently joined
a group of
painters
who belong to 
"Lets Paint New Mexico"
This is my first painting.

Here is the photo 
submitted to all of us. 
We are free to paint 
our own interpretation.



The group was started 
by a wonderful artist 
I have followed for years 
They  are on Facebook
and their website is

I enjoy the variety of 
the different artist' styles 
and the non- competitive 
attitude of their goal - 
accepting the challenge to create
a piece of art based on a 
photo of New Mexico.

Sounds like the type of
stress free challenge
I will enjoy because
New Mexico is visually
gorgeous and is not called
The Land of Enchantment
for nothing. 

I don't think you have to 
live in New Mexico to
 participate, but it helps
being familiar 
with the area.
I have painted in the 
Bosque del Apache
many times before.







39 comments:

  1. What a wonderful choice of scene! Rich, creamy color and hearty texture! New Mexico definitely is unique in its skies, vegetation, light and history. I just love it, and you have the perfect place to spread your art wings!

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    1. Thats a very nice observation, Carol. You always write interesting and astute comments. When you were teaching did you get so focused on the particular lessons that it was good to have a pleasant interruption? That is what I am hoping this group will give me.

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  2. Bonjour chère Julie,

    Une peinture riche en lumière... J'aime beaucoup les petites touches de bleu parcimonieusement appliquées. Elles apportent un très joli contraste avec le feuillage automnal.
    Je vous félicite et je suis certaine que vous êtes heureuse d'avoir rejoint un groupe d'artistes.

    Gros bisous ♡

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    1. Martine wrote
      Hello dear Julie, A high light painting ... I love the small blue accents sparingly applied. They provide a very nice contrast with the fall foliage. I congratulate you and I am sure that you are happy to have joined a group of artists. Kisses ♡
      Thank you, dear Martine. I was admiring your wonderful sketch and really love the dog!

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  3. Hello Julie, your interpretation of that photo is very expressiv and powerful and therefore it seems to take me into the sceen. I love and admire the style/way you are painting in/at :)
    Beo

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    1. I appreciate your complement, Beo. I enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your journal paintings. They have a wonderful energy that I liked.

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  4. That is a beauty, for sure! Good for you for joining a group like that. I like their non competitive approach:) I hope the experience turns out to be just the thing.
    Libby

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    1. Thanks, Libby.
      I am hoping that I will find enough of the photos inspire me to break my regular schedule. I do not paint from photos very well, but I have painted enough of New Mexico to feel I can do it okay.
      I am really enjoying your series inspired by Hoover Dam. You are generous sharing your process and ruminations.

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    2. Thanks Julie. I think I know what you mean about the photos-having a connection of some sort to the painting. You have a feel for your landscape just like you said so I suspect you will do well:) Looking forward to the results!
      Libby

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  5. so much in a little painting. Beautiful!

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    1. Hi Sharon - thanks for the warm fuzzy. Hope you get back to painting after the move.

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  6. Such a great interpretation! I would expect excellent focus and color from you and this certainly delivers.

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    1. Thanks Mary. No one does the landscape better than you. Your new piece is a perfect example of excellent focus and color!

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  7. Its a lovely little painting--I love NM--hope I can come down sometime!

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    1. You certainly would be welcome here, Kathryn. I am happy to know you love NM.
      We are doing portraits this month at the guild so was impressed by the wonderful one you did.

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  8. Gorgeous autumn colors and great interpretation . How nice to join a group with so many talented artists !

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    1. Painting autumn seems weird while winter has set in but the memory is still strong. Love your new portrait - such gorgeous eyes.

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  9. Gorgeous burst of color, it is beautifully interpreted! Great idea for a painting group!
    I missed commenting on your big flower painting below,I love the way it turned out!

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    1. Color is important to both of us isn't it? Thanks for liking my work because it is mutual - I really like yours. Thanks for the lovely comment, Celia.

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  10. As is the case with all your landscapes, this has wonderful energy and vitality, as well as an apparent spontaneity. I say 'apparent' because I know there is a wealth of skill and technique underlying that illusion of ease.

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    1. Not as spontaneous as it looks. You are right there. Smart gal. There were a few versions!! Congratulations on your beautiful still life. The onions are especially amazing.

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  11. Nice painterly interpretation of the scene.

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    1. Thanks Carlene. I can say the same about your lovely snow scene. ..beautiful grays too.

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  12. Hello I have been following you for a few years. I live in CO. part
    of the year & Las Cruces part of the year. I have dropped in your shop on the Art Ramble. I am an art student & over 65 senior.
    I thoroughly enjoy your colorful palette choices.
    Carol Watson

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    1. Hello Carol. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a nice comment. Say hello to me next time you are in the gallery.

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    1. Your drawing of the brush is full of life too.

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  14. Stunning painting, you made it so much more!

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    1. Thanks Bruce. It was a pleasure to read more about your amazing trip.

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  15. You played up the best section of that photograph. Nice idea this group had. Your usual energetic work. Love it!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I was amazed at the variety of techniques on your latest post. I can see you are recovering nicely - and that is good.

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  16. The photo was nice but you gave it life!!! Beautiful!! The group sounds like a good idea.

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    1. Congratulations on finishing the Challenge, Joan. quite an accomplishment.

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  17. You made the photo even more beautiful with that bright autumn yellow shades. Very beautiful painting.

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    1. Thanks for such a nice comment, Cora.
      Your technique on the pots is perfectly suited to their aged look.

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  18. Not only do you paint a stellar painting...you name it perfectly too...!

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    1. LOL - it was already named I cannot take credit. I will pass your complement on.'
      Love the new painting - full of atmosphere. Don't miss the umbrella.

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  19. Beautiful painting and amazing autumn colours !!!
    Happy weekend Julie !!!

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    1. Thank you. I like your old Ottoman bank building. It was interesting to read its history

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Cheers,
Julie