Personal Art Blog

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

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine for a Friend - Yupo


6x7in Alcohol Ink /Yupo  NFS

Artist Note
Continuing the Valentine theme.

I am busy painting my Valentine Cards
 for close friends.
In the one above I only used
two colors - red and orange,
 plus white.
I have no idea how the greenish circles
appeared - honest. I happened when I
dropped the orange on top
of the red.
Obviously the
white mixed with the red
produced the pink!

The biggest surprise was the raised white
area within the heart.
I was trying to cover up
a splatter error I had cleaned
off and it had left a slight stain
 I love the texture.
Don't know if I can repeat it.

Hearts became a well known series for
Pop Artist Jim Dine.
I did own one of his early ones...
 a lovely watercolor, and enjoyed
it for a few years before
trading it for another painting.

I was lucky enough to go on an
artists tour to see his
apartment in Los Angeles
in the early 80's and he was into
painting Robes as well as Hearts.
The robes were HUGE.
I  loved the way
he had framed them and
had them hanging in his
own place.

Pop Art is a fun period to
look  back at,
I have two links if interested.
First one showing diversity of his work
The second one below the art image
shows some of his hearts

click HERE

Jim Dine's (b.1935) Untitled
Three hearts.
I love this one.

Poal Webb's post on
Jim Dine


  1. What great textures you got by accident on this. It looks great! Some lucky person is getting a lovely Valentine surprise!

    1. Yes - the texture area is neat. Maybe the ink is getting too thick because I do not remember it acting that way previously.
      I think going to Starbucks and sketching is a delightful idea and love the results you achieved.

  2. It is Valentine's Day in your studio! Tea for Two is the best, full of warmth. Beautiful still life. The relief looking Valentine is quite the happy accident, I'm sure the lucky recipient will adore. And Jim Dine's work always made me smile--those robes are big!

  3. Nice to hear from you Linda. Thanks for the neat comment.
    Your new self-portrait is fun and very well done.
    Good luck on the new painting using the Venetian method. . I know you will enjoy doing it.

  4. Replies
    1. Fun - definitely! We all need that don't we?
      Good to have a change too.

  5. Thanks Julie, I love Jim Dine's work and hadn't seen what he was up to for a while! Love you valentine too!

    1. Congratulations on your new position with the FWS. Big time stuff!
      Pop art doesn't find the audience it used to but some of the art still attracts me.

  6. What a loving thing to do for your friends.. I thought that white heart with the raised area was something you had collaged in! That happened with the inks? Amazing...

    1. About the texture.
      Working out if the ink is old and getting thicker. I have repeated it with the white but no other colors.
      I enjoyed going back and reading the comments replying to your questioning about pricing paintings differently if you feel a special bond to them. I love post like that. Always something to learn.

  7. I have a love/hate relationship with pop art lol it was talked about so much at school, I stopped looking into anything about it after school was done lol

    have a love/hate relationship with yupo too lol love the effects you can get on it, not too keen on how easy it is to wipe off by accident :p

    1. It is true about Pop Art. Like everything else - popularity has its season and then something else comes along. I marvel at how popular John Singer Sargent is now and when I was at art school they looked down on him as "too facile with the brush".
      I enjoyed your observation about Yupo - LOL! true.

    2. Sargent isn't as popular here sadly, talked about but not as much as in North America. Its a lot of contemporary "art"(junk most of it in my opinion :p and some is actual junk), the "odd and quirky" art seems to be in here. Which is probably one of the reasons I chose to do graphics, not a lot of talk about contemporary art :p

      thankfully galleries and buyers are starting to see a lot of the current "in" art is way over priced

      oops long comment :p

  8. Dear Julie - how is it all the things that would seem like an accident turned out to be just perfect. I think your hearts are lovely. Now I am off to visit your links. Have a super day. Hugs!

    1. As always you see the best in everything. Thanks Debbie.Looking forward to your Sunday post.

  9. HI Julie...wonderful work! I've been catching up and I especially love your Apache autumn! It's been about 2 1/2 weeks since my surgery and I'm getting a bit better. I start therapy on hopefully things will be better... I've been painting but get tired so easily so maybe by next week I will post a painting that I've been working on...I miss blogging but I've been enjoying seeing everyone's work! I look forward to seeing your next painting! Hugs my friend!

    1. I am so pleased to hear from you Hilda and that you are well enough to start therapy. Will really look forward to seeing a painting. Neat hearing you are back painting, even though a bit at a time. Can't keep a good gal down!
      Hope you have a sweet therapist!

  10. You never cease to amaze me. I always learn many things on each of your blog posts.

  11. Hey Sharon - I think your, Thinking Flowers - I have your back - is pretty darn great!
    I enjoyed reading about your goals and the online teaching you have set up and am full of admiration. I know you will do a fabulous job and will have many lucky students.

  12. Wow, this is an unusual piece from you, Julie, but wonderful nevertheless! How versatile are you?! Thank you also for the information about Pop Art; I always come away from here enlightened.

  13. This is a stunning Valentine, I love the energy and the raised center! Great to read about Jim Dine, thanks for sharing his work!


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