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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Blue Screen Door


The Blue Screen Door
6"x6" oil on canvas panel $110.
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Artist Note
A typical New Mexico door...
except this one was in Texas!!

I am always drawn to 
blue doors wherever I see them.
This place had lots
of cats hanging around 
and I attempted to paint them.
Notice the word
attempted...and notice,
 no cats!
Paint, scrape, paint, scrape.
Sigh.
But loved painting this anyway.

Wish I could wave a magic wand 
and restore everyone's homes
lost to fire or hurricane.
It is beyond my comprehension
the scope of what I am seeing.

Prayers to all and extra
gratitude
for those who help in such
dangerous situations
like the
 firefighters, policemen 
and other heroes.

But please...
also remember the 
voiceless, displaced animals.

25 comments:

  1. Hi Julie, this is lovely. I was wondering if this was new or one of your older paintings you are posting during your moving time. I hope all is going well for you with that. I assume you must be getting some reduced air quality from the CA fires. I have relatives all up and down the state and some of them are on the verge of having to evacuate. Scary stuff. I pray they and everyone else get through this safely.

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    1. Thanks Carol, yes, a new one. Painted during class time.
      Congratulations on your amazing weight loss. You have motivated me to get back to it. I am on a modified version at the moment.

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  2. Isn’t it nice to know that “blue doors” exist in more than one place and so does inspiration? Amongst all the devastation the art spirit continues. I believe it will have a part in the healing and recovery going forward. The air here in California is getting better and the fires are more contained, there’s hope!

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    1. Hi, Kaethe, thanks for the visit. I liked what you wrote about inspiration! Very true.
      Good to know the art spirit is intact.
      Thanks for letting me know your air is clearing up. So dangerous for those with asthma.
      Have a great week!

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  3. Dear Julie - smiled reading your comment regarding to painting a cat...they can be very illusive :)! Echo your thoughts regarding all the fires, hurricanes and devastation that has been happening. May God be with each person as well as those beloved animals. Love your Blue door. Hugs!

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    1. Illusive is the perfect word. I enjoyed your post about not much color this fall. .It is the same here. We have not had the cold nights to snap it in.
      Happy you like the painting. Thanks, dear friend.

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  4. Super great post. Love the door. I love doors period. I'm crazy that way. You're too sweet!

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    1. Hi Sharon. We love the same things - I keep noticing that. I enjoyed your thought provoking post. I was raised the same way as you so have the same habits to overcome. Have a great week.

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  5. hi Julie, I love blue doors, too. Lovely piece! Wish a cat were in it. HAHAHHA

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    1. You are great...lol. Indeed.
      How are you doing?

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  6. Love your paintings and comments. Thank you Julie.

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    1. Hope you are painting, Blanche. Miss seeing a new one.
      Thanks for the visit.

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  7. most of the doors around here are boring browns which is why we painted the fence gates different colour of green and blue. helps brighten up the place :)hope the move is still going well :)

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    1. I love the thought of you painting your fence gates different colors. Is there such a color as Dragon Blue/green?
      The move was disrupted with a very demanding offer of full price but then the drama started. We are happily doing a little jig celebrated getting out of a deal that certainly was not good for us. House back on the market and I have more time to finish the packing process. A Happy Julie is a productive Julie!

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    2. im sure the neighbors hate it tho considering all the fences are brown. im sure people love the bright apple green fence we put up, i do know one neightbor really likes the bright colour :D

      more money for the house is good :) and yay for being more productive

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  8. What a super little painting, Julie. I love it. And I echo your thoughts and prayers for the poor people and desperate, displaced animals. Dreadful, dreadful...

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    1. Hi, dear Trudy...Good to hear from you. Read what I wrote to Jennifer above - it has not been a bed of roses...

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    2. Oh, crikey. Still, if you're happier, that is good, and productive even better. Crossing everything for you and a happy outcome soon.

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  9. Wonderful painting Julie. We experienced Hurricane Irma.....not fun. As a result, we are moving from Florida to North Carolina. Goodbye beach, hello mountains!

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    1. Hi Carol - your cat painting is wonderful.
      I understand the plan to move. We have friends who live in Punto Gorda and are moving the the mountains of NC. The have a boat and will summer on it. With the weather patterns getting more and more severe it may be the smartest thing to do. I wish you luck with your move.

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  10. Gorgeous painting, Julie! Love blue doors, whether they are in Italy, Greece, New Mexico or Texas!
    The unimaginable suffering of our neighbors and animals is simply heartbreaking. Important to remember to pray for them!!

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  11. True about the blue doors being universal but we seem to have more of them here in New Mexico.
    It appears the worst is over in California but not for those who lost everything. yes, prayers help.
    Thinking of you with your move. Hope it is exciting to finally get your own place.

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  12. Blue doors just make you feel good...and makes the home seem warmer and inviting. This is so lovely.

    The fires have been so horrible! I can't imagine what the people who lost everything are feeling. I think and pray for them as well as the strong, brave men and women that are fighting the fires. They are very special.

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  13. (Sorry if you've got this twice.)
    Absolutely beautiful painting, Julie, and lovely comments. Yes, we pray for everyone involved, including our furry friends.
    Sharon

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  14. Beautiful light hitting that blue door, Julie! When I visited New Mexico years ago I noticed many colorful doors....every one so unique...amazing work as always, my friend.

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Cheers,
Julie