Personal Art Blog

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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New Mexico Hollyhocks




Hollyhocks 
8x6 inches oil on canvas panel $140. SOLD


Artist Note.
This is adapted from a
Lets Paint New Mexico
Challenge.
I say "adapt" because I had to 
change some areas to fit my 
6x8in format.
It certainly was a challenge 
but that is why I enjoy
doing something 
which makes me 
struggle more than if I had 
picked the content myself.

Lots of very good artists 
participate and it is 
such a pleasure to see the 
different interpretations 
and techniques.

I hope you go on the site
below
and scroll down to see it all.
Maybe you would 
enjoy participating yourself.


40 comments:

  1. Wow Julie! This is so gorgeous! I love all the texture! Wish you would offer a floral painting e-course! :)

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    1. Hello Mona - I love your comment - thanks so much.
      I will let you know if I do, BUT...
      I was admiring the roses you painted and don't think you need any lessons. You can do it all!

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  2. Those sure are pretty aren't they? I picture them growing up the side of an adobe building or over an archway. A very nice rendition!
    Libby

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    1. Thanks Libby. Hollyhocks are all over New Mexico during the summer, and yes, they go beautifully with the adobe colors.
      I have been enjoying the stormy palette you have been using and I hear another storm is on its way... maybe your series is not over yet.

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  3. These flowers are truly beautiful Julie! I love the colors and texture in these Hollyhocks!!!!

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    1. Thanks Hilda. The flowers do have a certain texture and the triple petal ones are very hard to paint.
      Still loving your ballet slipper painting.

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  4. Such a great composition! Love those white blooms and their placement!

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    1. Thanks Kaethe - the thought of you talking about drawing on your post is a shock. You appear to be able to do it all and do it brilliantly. Glad you like this placement of the flower.

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  5. Love what you did with the reference. Beautiful.

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    1. Thanks and oh, jean, I love the purple torso!

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  6. The dimension and softness you portray are downright magical!

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    1. Hi Lauren - great to see you and I w=ent right over and posted a comment on your fabulous Blue Heron. I will watch to see it it posts because it dint before. I do want you to know what a great painting it is. The way you painted the reflection and water make it extra special and dimensional.

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    1. Always a treat to hear from you - thanks, Lavon!

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  8. Beautiful little painting Julie! Thank you for the link to LPNM. Great idea. And the variety of painters on the challenge is so cool!

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    1. Good to hear from you Teri - I almost bought that wonderful orange you used in "The One That Got Away!" Gorgeous color.

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  9. I love how you interpreted the photo,the mix of red and white flowers is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you. I find it fascinating the way all the artists interpret the photos differently. No right or wrong way...just personal preference. Thank you for the lovely comment. Cant wait to see your next painting.

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  10. Oh, my! What a beautiful grouping of colors! I love the palette...in particular the creamy soft yellowish background color. Hard to tell it's a 6" X 8" size from a photo. Looks like it could be larger. This is a real gem!

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    1. Hi Carol - I was thinking about you this morning. It is almost a full month now since your accident. Your recovery will be well on its way. I am sure you can't wait to get it all behind you.
      Thank you for the lovely comment and support even though you are going thru tough times. You are the BEST!

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  11. the colours you have used work really well together :)

    its interesting to see how so many people have interpreted the photo, so different

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    1. Hi Jennifer - I am glad you found the differences interesting - me too. I am always tickled in my classes when the same set up can be painted with so many different interpretations and skill levels. The best part is the actual enjoyment every individual feels with their own act of painting. We are so lucky to have art in our lives, aren't we?
      Like with your peacock - it shows that you loved the colors and the doing...

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    2. we are lucky, and lucky to have the resources and time to create. the peacock was all about seeing if the markers would even work on the Yupo, since I had no idea what would happen with them. but we are lucky to be able to experiment with things. and using the i'm an artist as a reason people sometimes think I am strange works well too :p

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  12. These are so gorgeous! Love the palette and the lusciousness of these beauties. I'll have to check out that site. Thank you for always teaching me!

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    1. Thanks so much ,Sharon.
      I should be thanking YOU. Always a positive vibe to your blog and I learn so much about how to live and make the most of life.

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  13. Julie, you know that your version is MY favorite!! Truly, this is a beautiful
    painting!
    I was raised in Detroit, and hollyhocks grew wild in the alley behind my house. I would often take the shortcut down the alley to a friend's house, but would never forget to admire those charming flowers. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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    1. Good to hear it brought back memories. It may have been too wet for them in the north of England where I grew up because I cannot remember seeing them but i was in a big city.
      Congrats at finishing the 30 Challenge. Wow! After being away from painting I could see how valuable the challenge was because as you got into the rhythm your watercolors seem to flow effortlessly and the final elephant was a jaw dropper. Perfect!

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  14. Another WOW piece , I love hollyhocks and these are gorgeous , wonderful texture !!

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    1. Good to know you also love hollyhocks. Do they grow where you live now or was it the country of your birth?
      You have a neat snow scene (love the car tracks) and I wondered if you have snow now or was it from a different place?

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  15. When did you sneak this one on? - just seen it. Such a gorgeous painting, I clicked on it and looked at the paint-strokes etc It convinces me that I shall never be able to paint properly, nevertheless, I shall have fun trying.

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    1. You were most likely having your afternoon nap when I posted it, John!
      That ...or in the boat...have you formally launched the Seagull yet?
      Happy you like the painting and no more baloney about "never"... you already do things I can not do. Mutual admiration eh!

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  16. I did go over to see the other paintings for the challenge. Challenges are a good way to stretch ourselves. I love seeing touches of the colors of the flowers in the stucco wall and the warm yellow that gives it such a glow! Great job on this!

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    1. Thanks for a great viewpoint.. You did a wonderful job on the 30 Day Challenge and maybe going to do the watercolor one. I hope you do. I love all the animals you did for the 30 one.

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    2. Thanks so much, Julie. I am already behind for the watercolor challenge, but since it is freezing out maybe I'll stay in and do a few. lol

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  17. Love this warm painting bring up memories of summer for me. It has been very dreary in Northern California. Just beautiful.

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    1. What a shame - a dreary winter. I have always enjoyed visits to our son in sunshine. I am enjoying seeing your figurative work and creatively adding them into a collage format... neat!

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  18. I agree with Mona, you should offer a course. Sign me up when you do!

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  19. Dearest Julie you have just painted one of my favorite flowers. They are just gorgeous friend. Our hummingbirds just love to visit them in the garden. So fun to watch them sip their nectar. Will check out your link too. Thank you for sharing. Hugs!

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  20. Wow! Superb paintings, all of them. I particularly loved "Snow in New Mexico", perhaps because I love the snow but have only seen it in pictures. Hopefully I will get to see it some day and paint it plein air too :) Thanks for such inspiring artwork .

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  21. Gorgeous!You handle red incredibly!

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Julie