Personal Art Blog

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

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hydrangeas and Coffee Bean Plant


Hydrangeas and Coffee Bean Plant

8x6in  oil on canvas panel SOLD

Hydrangeas with sprigs of coffee bean plant.
These  hydrangeas have a lot of a creamy color in the center
with pale blue edges to the petals. I got them at Trader Joes
in Albuquerque at weekend. They are not perky!

Artist Note.
This is a repeat of a favorite post.

This was a demo done in class today.
I had a lovely set up using the the reds of the strawberries from
yesterday to move the eyes around from the coffee bean buds.
I blocked it in like this.


Then I realized I would not be able to fit it all 
in during the time I had time.
So  - out go the strawberries!
Next I used the fracturing technique
and came back.
reworking every area.

Had family visiting this week
so not much painting accomplished 
after classes.





27 comments:

  1. Love the lessons that come with your wonderful paintings Julie, always two for one. Beautiful painting.

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    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment, Blanche.
      Hope you are painting one of your lovely still life pieces.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I was touched by your bird story.

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  3. A superb combination of plants and colors , gorgeous painting , and hydrangeas really are my all time favorites !

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    1. Wow - thanks for the great comment, Jane. It means a lot, especially as they are your fav flower.
      I can tell you think that "eyes are the windows to the soul" because you do them so beautifully in all of your portraits.

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  4. The Hydrangea and Coffee Bean Plant is absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy the family visit.

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    1. It was a wonderful visit, Thanks, John.
      Happy you like the painting. ...cant be anywhere near as much as I like your portrait work. You just get better and better. The latest one is stunning.

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  5. Beautiful as always, Julie! Love the ovoid shapes of those beans.

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    1. I like the shape too.
      Good to see you back doing your art, Sherry.

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    1. And how adventurous you are with your art. I really enjoyed your post.

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  7. An energetic combination of plants , shapes and colors. Love how the darks are carried throughout the painting. A delightful bouquet! I like the vertical emphasis done by direction of the surface and brushwork.

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    1. You have to look carefully, Carol, but there are many horizontal and angled marks too. Happy you like it.
      It was simply wonderful seeing the first painting since your confinement and what a gorgeous painting it is.
      Your husband is a terrific photographer. I mean it. Please let him know.

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  8. I am always amazed at what I learn from you. Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you Sharon. It was great to see your new studio space. Great little video.

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  9. The flowers are luscious, Julie, but my favorite part of this painting is the vase. You've described the form and "weight" of it so convincingly, those deep blue tones and the reflections and yummy highlight really draw me in.

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    1. I was pleased with the vase also so thank you for noticing it, Helene. Are you painting at all? It has been too long and I miss your posts.

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  10. good thinking on the fly to fix your problem :)

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    1. Thanks jennifer and good for you for sticking to sketching with your left hand. It worked out great!

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  11. Very wonderful flower composition !!!
    Have a nice and creative week !!!

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    1. You have a steady hand, Stelios. The detail on the doors in your new painting is perfect.
      Thanks for the visit.

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  12. Dear Julie you know the perfect touch to keep the eye moving on this beautiful painting. Your fracturing technique just adds so much movement and texture. As always love your work. Hugs!

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    1. I enjoyed reading your post, Debbie, and seeing the photo of the Sparrow and reading about the hymn. I googled it and the version I heard was beautiful. I can see why you like it.
      Thanks for the lovely comment, my friend. It means so much.

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  13. Lovely composition and the red color really does keep your eyes moving around the painting. This has so much wonderful texture with your technique! Well done!

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  14. Thank you, Joan.
    I enjoyed seeing your sketches from the museum visit and reading about the group you belong to - the Urban Sketchers.

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  15. One of my favorites. I am also enjoying your video on fracturing. I do hope you make another in the near future.

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Cheers,
Julie