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

Monday, May 2, 2016

Vincent's Irises And Fruit



Vincent's Irises And Fruit
8x8in oil on canvas  SOLD

Artist Note.
The camera is unable to show all
beautiful shifts of colors I
copied from the tablecloth with
van Gogh's Irises painting
printed on it.
I kept it very impressionist in
technique.
Definitely all about the colors.
And - yes, I am
mesmerized by these colors!

Here is the portion of his original
painting they cropped to fit
the square format of the tablecloth .
You can see along the lower
edge of my painting
is the middle area down
in front of the
leaves against the
brown of the earth.


The jug is one my mother made
in her seventies.
Hand coiled and beautifully
glazed. One of my treasures.

this is the second painting I have
painted inspired by the cloth
(red teapot, three posts ago)
and I have another in mind.
Thank YOU again, Anne,
for the truly inspirational gift.




39 comments:

  1. Wow Julie this is so rich in color. What a truly exquisite jug. Your mother was a lovely artist as well. I am sure that piece is highly treasured. Can not wait to see your next piece with this beauty of a tablecloth. Hope you are having a super day. Hugs!

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    1. My mother never did any type of art making except knitting until she was 70. She took up pottery at 70 and was declared to be a natural talent by the judge of a big show. She made me serving dishes of all types and I still use a few of them every day. I feel her fingers in the impressions if the surface. Very special.
      I enjoyed seeing your beautiful watercolor paintings of flowers. You have a sensitive eye for what makes a flower beautiful. You go beyond the photo into the different realm of pure art.. Expressing your "feeling" the true beauty of the flower.

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  2. What a heart-stoppingly, beautifully painted work you have created, Julie. I do wish Vincent could see what inspiration he has given to artists such as yourself. The blues and greens are of the same cool hues that make his work so effectively charming and approachable. The same with your sweeping strokes that accentuate the flow and enthralling chaos of an iris garden. Be still my heart!!!

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    1. Vincent's work...oh MY! I have seen many of his paintings and love his warm and cool colors - definite brush marks and outlines.
      Would love to pop up to Chicago to see the Art Institute's show and stay the night in the re-creation of the famous "Vincent van Gogh's bedroom in Arles."
      I am thrilled every time i see one of your birds and your new one is adorable...gosh he is soooo cute! I like your technique and the colors are wonderful.

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  3. I love how you are doing a still life with such a beautiful, complex design on the cloth. Amazing!!!

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    1. Thanaks Joan. Not so complex - I saw them as abstract shapes of blue or green.
      Enjoyed seeing your sketch done on I pad, but still love the hand drawn hammer.

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  4. Oh how I love this!!It is so special to have your mothers beautiful pitcher in this painting, fits in perfectly with the Van Gogh tablecloth. Truly special work, Julie!!

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    1. How neat to see your wonderful watercolor of Constable's house from the Hay Wain painting. I had not thought of that painting in years.
      Thanks for the nice comment about this painting.

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  5. You sure picked out some wonderful details of the painting and incorporated them into your own piece. Definitely an "inspired by" sort of rendition. I zoomed in also to try and see all of your color shifts. Everything looks so effortless (color, brushstroke, etc.) yet is so nicely structured. A mix of all things "Julie!" :):):)

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    1. This one did flow more easily than most so the word effortless fits. Glad it shows. I wonder what you are working on? I really like the new changes to your blog and website.

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    2. Thanks Julie. I liked that dark gray background but thought that the white was more consistent with my web site.

      I have a new piece that I wrangled into existence, I mean finished, yesterday! I hope to have some pics shortly. Thank you for asking:)
      Libby

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  6. Wonderful how you are weaving what you love and inspires you into your work, Julie. Delicious color!

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Like most of us it is important to have a connection to the subject. I could tell you loved painting the light on the girls windswept blouse and also how much you were enjoying using gouache. Lucky being artists aren't we?
      Your

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    1. thank you, Kim. Hope you are painting up a storm.

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  8. Deborah said it all. So rich in color. Outstanding palette. Lovely strokes.

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    1. Thanks Helen. I found the painting with the wonderful edges. I couldn't' get there from the link on your name here.
      Thanks for the great comment. I appreciate it.

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  9. great colours :D i think the shape of the fruit goes really well with the shapes of the irises

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    1. Me too - I think the shapes all connect well - glad we are on the same wave length.
      I was amazed your painting of the dragon is all digital.
      You are handy with using it. Changing the background with just one click! Amazing.

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    2. thank you, still need a lot of practice and now that I am one school for the summer thats what I am going to be doing

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  10. Wow, Julie, this is such a complete delight -- an absolute ROMP of color. It is reminiscent of Van Gogh, but it's also 100% Julie! How touching and lovely that you have a lasting connection through the treasures made by your mother's hand. Very special.
    Like you, I was fortunate to have seen some of Van Gogh's paintings years ago, and I'll never forget it. I'm also similarly lucky to have been gifted with placemats that have his images. I love them all, but most especially the irises.

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    1. I love color so you know how much I enjoyed seeing your brilliantly hued maple tree.
      We do have similar tastes...It good to know you have van Gogh place mats I will look out for them, and it is nice of you to understand the connection with my mother's pottery, thank you, my friend.

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  11. geez...this is just gorgeous! I really love how you gave it the van Gogh "whirley" business. You just nailed it.

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    1. LOL -" Whirley" business...I love your humor, Celeste - You are the BEST!
      I wish you every success with your Alla Prima reception and demo. Joanne is a fabulous artist so between the two of you it will be a great evening.

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  12. How creative Julie! I love the wonderful colors, shapes and lost and found edges. It's a delight!!

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    1. Thank you Karen. It sounds as if your just described your painting, "Low Tide." I guess that is the check list for good paintings and I thank you for the complement. Our taste is mutual.

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  13. Very interesting lesson and so wonderful irises and fruits !!!
    Have a nice and creative day Julie !!!

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    1. Thank YOU for your nice words. It was neat seeing a second version of your window painting.

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  14. What a wonderful way to have my morning coffee and your seeing your beautiful work. The day is glooming on Long Island, but your painting brings glowing hint of spring and warmth. Love this painting, the colors are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. A glowing complement like this from an artist of your your level.
      made my day. Thank you. Hope it doesn't come across as returning the favor insincerely when I tell you how gorgeous and beautifully painted your landscapes are. The mood you established in both of them is outstanding. that is what painting is all about. creating a reaction from the viewer, isn't it?

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  15. Spectacular piece Julie! This is "your" technique ! Love the colors and perfect set up. Even more special the fact that the vase was made by your Mom!!!

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    1. Thanks Hilda, I loved the colors too. He is one of my favorite impressionist painters. Fun ti use his palette.
      s always I love your new portrait. You get the prettiest ladies to paint. What gorgeous skin this last one has.

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  16. Gorgeous is the first word that comes to my mind when looking at this! The inspiration comes through and no wonder...your mother's pitcher and the table cloth! A wonderful piece Julie!

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    1. Hi Kaethe - thanks..happy you like it. I loved painting it.
      Did you enjoy painting the one of your father-in-law? It is such a complex piece but looks effortlessly painted so that usually means it flowed well. It deserves to go in the show and win.
      Congratulations on your "Dinner Party" winning a merit award. You are on a well deserved roll!

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  17. Amazing! Although the colors aren't true as you pointed out, they still sing in this snap. And knowing about your Mother's Pitcher makes it all the more meaningful. Just gorgeous!!

    and thank you for the kind words, much appreciated!

    Happy Creating my friend!

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  18. Really really love your color mix here. The painting looks so fresh with that blue color. Gorgeous.

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  19. You and your mother do lovely work Julie.
    : )

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Cheers,
Julie