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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Peacock Feathers With Roses


Peacock Feathers With Roses
7x5in oil on canvas panel  SOLD

Artist Note
The beauty of the rose always astounds me,
but place it next to a peacock feather and real
competition for the top spot happens.
The real dilemma for the artist is deciding
which one wins.
Rose or Peacock Feather?

This is a pick-up from an older post.
Still swamped!

35 comments:

  1. You always surprise me how you can fit so much into such a tiny format, you somehow manage to give everything the right amount of space and dominance. You are a master of treading the line between representation and abstraction! A master! :)

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    1. Thanks Leesa. I adore your kangaroo. It is your whole surface treatment which intrigues me.

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  2. I hope you are being swamped in pleasurable activities.

    A close run race but the peacock weathers win by a whiskery-bit.

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    1. Weathers...feathers...It is not as bad as some of my own goof by spellcheck when I am going to quickly and do not check.
      Pleasurable in a way, John. I am moving the studio to a new location next month and it takes quite a lot of planning and preparing.

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  3. Gotta admit; those peacock feathers are stunning, especially in your fractured technique. I love them!

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    1. Thanks, Sherry, Happy you are sketching.

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  4. How beautiful, it is a pleasure to see your wonderful work. A cup of coffee and a visit to your blog always get my own creative juices flowing. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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    1. Love this comment, Joan. Thank you. Thank you for sharing your talent also. The one of the lemons looked so much like a Cezanne, with your beautiful brushwork and colors, that my heart gave a jump. Love it, truly do.

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  5. Both are beautiful but I pick the rose!

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    1. I enjoyed seeing your plein air painting. Such beautiful shapes and colors. I have same set up and my box is covered in paint - yours looks so clean...must be newish?

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  6. Oh my! Not only do I love this painting, the brush strokes are what I strive for. Lush and beautiful...not there yet.

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    1. I can tell your brush work has become looser and more descriptive. You are doing really beautiful work, Blanche, Miss seeing a new painting pop up.

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  7. Both of them are beautiful but the colors of the peacock feather are just gorgeous! Glad to see any work from you, even if it is an older post. Your work brightens my day.

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    1. Thanks for that, dear, Joan.
      Your posts certainly brighten mine with your amazing sketches.

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  8. Lovely one from the archives Julie. I hope you are pacing yourself.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I am pacing myself, but planning a move into a new studio/teaching space next month. The walls have to be painted gray instead of the yellow they are now. A wall has been removed , shelves to be built, etc.I t is a very busy time on top of my regular working schedule. Exciting though.
      I enjoyed seeing the way you are working on the piano keys. Fascinating,

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  9. The colors in this are so rich and regal. That bold blue sets the tone for the white roses. Love the gentle sweep in the lower left corner of the peacock feather and its attached feather parts. It just escorts the eye right into the heart of the painting.

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    1. Thanks for the encouraging comment. You really took the time to look at it.
      Are you still working out the skin tones in pastel?

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  10. I think they compliment each other pretty well :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. YOu came up with a good solution to the design. never a dull moment visiting your blog.

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  11. Creams and pinks with jeweltoned counterpoints. An artist's dilemma indeed, but the result is a feast for the eyes. Your textured paint application is so sensual.

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    1. I guess I do like texture and some subjects suit it more than others.
      Thank you for the really neat comment.
      How come you are not posting anything, Helene? Are you workig on your paintings or has a life happening got in the way?

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  12. New post / older post - doesn't matter as long as one of your paintings is front and center! Love this one, Julie!!

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    1. You are always so complementary, Chris. You words always make me feel good. Thank YOU!
      I enjoyed hearing the song you posted- it brought back so many memories.

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  13. Your flower paintings are always so wonderful !!!
    Wish you beautiful springtime my friend !!!

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    1. And I wish you the same, dear Stelios. I can see you will be enjoying spring by painting these gorgeous doors in beautiful places.

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  14. Ahh this is a dilemma, but I think your rose is the winner , absolutely love the color of this one.

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    1. Thanks Jane - I like the colors and was thinking I should use them again.
      Spring is here and I loved seeing your white roses with the pink tulips.

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  15. Rose the queen wins! But, yes, they are in a race!

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    1. What a wonderful painting and post you have with the marigold fields. I really enjoyed the story too.

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  16. Such a dilemma, but to be honest, my eye went straight to the rose and didn't even see the peacock feather until a few moments later. I'm a flower girl I guess.

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  17. You were supposed to see the rose first but the colors of the peacock feather are everywhere to balance it out. I love those colors.
    Your new studio is a fabulous space and perfect to hold your summer classes in.

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Cheers,
Julie