Personal Art Blog

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

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Chopsticks & Bowl


Chopsticks & Bowl
6"x 8" oil on canvas panel $135. SOLD


A favorite bowl caught my
eye and I did this before 
painting another floral.

48 comments:

  1. Very effective perspective you've chosen, Julie, and I love the depth of the scene! The blue design on the bowl looks etched into the surface. Truly eye-catching!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Carol. I had to be careful with the design on the bowl. I did not want to make it too important so it is actually painted on in a low value white. I wanted the background to have texture to contrast with the smooth porcelain of the bowl.
      Thanks as always for your visit. Looking forward to your next post.

      Delete
  2. Oh, I just love this bowl and the red chopstick are just perfect for it. How do you manage so much textures, Julie!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is because I love texture, Martine. I deliberately contrasted the smooth bowl with the paint in this one. I do envy the work of the smooth realistic painters - it is just that my pleasure appears to be in texture. It will change along the way but while here I am enjoying it.
      Your spring flowers are a shot in the arm on a cold dreary day but I have to give a shout on your wonderful post when you went to the Jazz Festival in Montreal. The Modernist Painting collection in the museum is fabulous.

      Delete
  3. Thats wonderful, Julie!! It looks like a photo but expresses much more than a photo - I'm not sure if this is understandable... anyway, I love it.
    Beo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Welcome Beo - thank you for such a lovely complement.
      Thanks also for sharing your process on the Raven painting. Neat to see how an artist works. Love the three ravens and the middle one made me smile.

      Delete
  4. The realism of the bowl juxtaposed with the really fractured background gives me the best of both worlds. How really clever and a bit wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi John...oooh clever eh...not a word you use often so I like it. You are the clever one because you saw what I was after. A deliberate juxtaposition.
      Thanks for the visit. Can't wait to see what comes next - boat or pen?

      Delete
  5. Dear Julie - I can see why this bowl would be a favorite. Such a beautiful and lovely painting. Hope you are having a great week end. Hugs!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your drawing of the dried corn cob is gorgeous. You have the artist eye managing to see beauty everywhere.
      Your zentangles are stunning!
      thanks for the kind words. Hope you enjoy ther week, too.

      Delete
  6. Just outstanding....! love that shine and such lovely accurate shapes. Bravo!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Celeste. As you know the shapes are hard to keep symmetrical and I never know until I am editing it so there were several groans...followed by adjustments before I got it almost right.
      Love, love, love your little red bird... great brushwork!

      Delete
  7. Do you ever have problems with finding things to paint?? I think not because your work always has such a fresh feel. This has a very wonderful presence to it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL - no Mary - I have too many things I want to paint. Painting the small ones is a whole different experience than larger painting. Some things lend themselves to smaller but most don't. Easy to have more impact with a larger size.
      The colors in your new painting are wonderful and I truly do love the color of the fisherman's shirt!

      Delete
  8. Great painting! Love the textures.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Susan. Fun to do.
      It looks like your painting of the three bikini wearing ladies was fun to do too. Your colors make me happy thinking of the heat of summer.

      Delete
  9. The way you placed the chopsticks make me feel as though I can reach out and touch them, lovely depth. The designs on the bowl though subtle caught my first attention, this is beautiful as always Julie!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are always a supportive gem, Padmaja. Thank you.
      We share the enjoyment of using the knife as well as brush don't we?

      Delete
  10. Clever use of blues with those reds-a great range with some hidden colors to search for. Always the skilled engineer:):):)

    Libby

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HA! Skilled engineer - NOT!
      Mine is completely intuitive the engineering aspect comes at critiquing time and lots of scraping usually follows. Not unlike you moving your papers around.
      Hoover Dam is amazing so I loved your latest piece, Libby. You captured a profound element of loss.

      Delete
    2. Thank you Julie. It's always work in the best possible sense to get things to where you want them-no matter the thought process. Paper or paint, it's always lots of decisions and thinking but in a good way:)
      Libby

      Delete
  11. It caught my eye too, Julie. Beautifully painted! Love the intense blue.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Carol. The blue is a mixture of blues because it was hard to capture it.
      The bowl is from Japan.
      I enjoyed seeing your magic palette knife at work on the palm tree fronds!
      Beautiful range of greens.

      Delete
  12. Replies
    1. That's what I thought when I saw your drawings. Superb!

      Delete
  13. Replies
    1. Thanks, Kim. I had problems leaving a message on your plein air, Germany post. You may get two or three comments

      Delete
  14. I have to agree with everyone's comments with respect to color, composition, and variation of textures. What strikes me most, however, aside from the visual beauty of this, is how the broken edges seem to enhance the reality. The solidity and form of the bowl and chopsticks are made even more evident by your wonderful technique. I admire your work so very much, Julie; you take what you see, and you celebrate it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You write wonderful comments -
      Thanks for these lovely complements, Helene. I am going to bask in it for a while....
      We are focusing in on the portrait at the Guild this month so I was studying your beautiful one for hints. Your flesh colors are so lovely.

      Delete
  15. Very very beautiful - I love that blue and the red.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Welcome Teri - I appreciate the word beautiful because I think you must have the most beautiful view EVER - right outside your window. I enjoyed seeing all your Alaska paintings the view inspired. Neat showing value images below them.

      Delete
  16. So pretty! Those Oriental bowls are so beautiful and you did it justice. Happy New Year Julie! May 2016 be filled with joyful painting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Happy New Year back, Stephanie. It will be a great year for your work. I love what you are doing.

      Delete
  17. Beautiful,vibrant colors give to the China bowl a solid shining presence lifelike.Stunning!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you dear Rita. I was so pleased to see your wonderful new post for 2016. I hope that your creative and expressive brushes continue to produce their magic imagery for us all to enjoy.

      Delete
  18. love that blue :D all the colours are great actually :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thanks Jen.
    Color attracts doesn't it?
    I love the colors you used in your hawk. Such a yummy gold/yellow!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wonderful painting Julie, I don't think I ever posted one I did with chop sticks, they do add a once dimension. Like your better, smiles.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes - the chop-sticks add a nice element to the design. Hope you try them.
      Love your fruit. I tried to leave a comment but not sure it went through.
      Smiles back, my friend!

      Delete
  21. Beautiful bowl and I just love that blue! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Helen. Love the blue myself. The warm of the flower resonates next to it.
      I think your drawings over the wash backgrounds are really, really good.
      Hope you do more.

      Delete
  22. This is such a pretty bowl. Expert painting as always. I love how you fractured the chopsticks.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha - thanks - it wasn't easy, Lisa. I would accidentally cut them in half and have to try, try, try again. then they would look bent! They took longer than anything else.
      Any chance of a painting of Misou and Hurley?

      Delete
  23. You get such a wonderful shine on your bowls and vases...and amazing colors. This is beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I have to echo everyone's comments with a big sigh and smile saying "I just love your work Julie". It always has so much interest, so much for the eye to really look at the juicy, colourful bits that make the whole. :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. I absolutely love everything about this Julie! So pretty and shiny - great composition!

    ReplyDelete

I love that you are taking the time to comment and thank you for it. I am sure other readers will enjoy them too. If you cannot comment through this format then email me at juliefordoliver@gmail.com
Cheers,
Julie