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

Monday, March 14, 2016

Ducklings.



Ducklings

8x6in oil on canvas panel  $140.SOLD


Artist Note.
This is from a photo 
I took in April last year.
Such a sweet scene.

At first
I was attracted
to the reflections 
more than the ducks, 
and then
 the ducklings
came along  and my heart 
did a little bump of
pleasure. 

I took the photos 
thinking that as a painting
it would be too much 
on the sentimental side.
BUT
today I needed a bit of the
'gooey" area of my heart
pampered...
and as I am painting birds
at the moment
I went looking for the photos.

Guess what? Cute
and sweet works...
I ended the day 
more relaxed
than when I started.





32 comments:

  1. What could be happier than a flock of superb bird paintings. There really is something special, for me at least, in birds and you have captured 'it' with smiling perfection

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    1. A flock...good one, John!
      Today I did the Cactus Wren. One of my favs of all the birds who visit me.
      I enjoyed visiting and seeing the progress on the boat building project. I always learn something and...from Nelson's time...really? Blew me away.
      Enjoy your week.

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  2. Really appropriate for this time of year, Julie! I love the little ducklings, the way you handled the water creates a nice contrast for the yellow. How lucky you saw them!

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    1. Hi Celia - thanks for such a nice comment. I was scared to paint it for a long time.
      I enjoyed seeing the Vatican Museum on your post, but I must say your beautiful paintings bring just as much pleasure. True!

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  3. Goodness knows, we can use a little sentiment in this mad world. Yes, it's a sweet painting, Julie, but it's also expertly-painted. All those colors in the "white" duck are a delight. And who could -- or should -- resist those cunning wee ducklings? Besides, with Easter not far off, folks will be reminded of those little yellow "peeps," so this is seasonally-appropriate, too! By the way, I do like the diagonal lines in the way you've composed this.

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    1. How nice of you, Helene - thank you. Such a lovely comment.
      I enjoyed seeing your demo still life and the WIP steps. BUT congratulations on winning an award for your skill with acrylic. YEA!

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  4. brought a smile to my heart instantly! There's always room for sentimentality.

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    1. obviously I agree...always room for it, but in painting it is not always valued.
      My friend is feeling better after reading your post. Nice when you can make a difference.

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    1. Thanks - love your crab apple tree. neat format using the long view that way.

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  6. Nice that you can paint something that gives you joy! I think that's what it's all about! Such a sweet painting from such a sweet artist!

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    1. I agree ...did you find painting the hula doll a fun painting... because it made me smile when I saw it.

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  7. They are so sweet! I used to see little ducklings quite frequently at the park when we lived in The Bay Area. They are just too cute. Glad that they cheered you up too.

    Lovely coloring as always!
    Libby

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    1. Thanks Libby. These are in my local park too.
      Your new painting has stayed in my mind. It is very good.

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    2. Thanks, I appreciate that. That one feels like I am on the right track.
      Libby

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    1. Thank you Stelios. I enjoyed seeing figures in your painting.

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  9. Ah Julie what a sweet scene. I am so glad you decided to go with the "gooey" area of your heart. It touched that same part of my heart. Gooey is good you know! Hugs

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    1. Thanks Dear friend - Sweet is better than ugly, isnt it? I loved the story of the ugly duckling when I was a child. This painting made me remember it.
      These small, fluffy feathered little miracles become so beautiful. Swans are even better. maybe I will paint a swan.
      I really enjoyed seeing the nest and painting of the delightful blue bird on your blog. just exactly my cup of tea!

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  10. very sweet painting and sometimes that is what a person needs :)

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    1. You are wise...it was indeed.
      Love your waterfall - truly. Such lush and green surroundings.

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  11. A little sweet tug at the heart is good. Neat little painting.

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  12. LOVE this painting! I love the texture and the splashes of blue!!!!

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    1. I liked the blue in there too. had to try for a bit of an abstract area and the water was it.
      thanks for the visit, Hilda.

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  13. Oh my, love this piece...so sweet!

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    1. Hi Sherry - thanks. Love your night time painting. Great little painting -good for you!

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  14. Thanks Sue. tried to get on your blog...then over to Google + and couldn't leave a comment either. Love your abstract work. Always!

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  15. I'm all for cute and sweet, gooey and sentimental! These things anchor me when the world is sometimes insane!

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  16. An irresistible and very sweet scene , I think we all feel a bump of joy in our hearts when we see this :-)

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Julie