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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Orchids

                                                                                   
Orchids
6"x12" oil on canvas panel  $200. SOLD

Artist Note

This was a demo for
 the last class of the semester
at the Artist Guild SNM
It was painted on a surface 
already colored
by a previous wipe-off.

I started with the transparent
darker areas first, adding
the colored opaque areas bit by bit
as I gradually moved into
the whitest areas,

I used a photo I had taken
at Trader Joes of the
tops of the orchids through
the  clear wrapping.
Purple, yellow and white flowers.
Beautiful together.

This is an unusual size but I like
how it flows
and do not want to crop it.
It will need a custom frame.

Thank you for all the
great comments on my last post.
I am sorry I have not had time
 to answer them.
Busy, busy with Thanksgiving
and fun company.
Plus...
the house still on the market!!





40 comments:

  1. I love the way the flowers flow and the amazing color combinations! Beautiful area on the bottom right corner with the gestural marks. I am happy you had a nice Thanksgiving!

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    1. Happy you noticed the gestural marks, Celia. I didn't crop it because I liked the way that area happened so naturally. That is not always the case.
      Your rose painting with Rome in the background is very beautiful and special.

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  2. Trader Joe's has some amazing flowers that are perfect references to your beautiful paintings! I have Orchids that are just opening up and I wish I can paint flowers like you to paint them. Lol....again, wonderful work, my friend!!!! As far as your house, I think after the holidays....things will look up.

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    1. Happy to know that we both love orchids. Elegant and organic at the same time.I consider every day I have left in this beautiful house - a gift. After we managed to get rid of "the buyer from hell," peace came back into my heart. We are fortunate that we have no deadline for getting out. The new place we are moving to is not available yet so it is all good except for having to keep the house in tip top condition ,DAILY!!
      Your new portrait is wonderful as usual, Hilda.

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  3. So lovely, Julie! Isn't it fun when you have the camera out at stores. LOL I have fun with it. Here's to a great December.....

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    1. Hi Carol, I really enjoyed your post about discovering what was wrong with the jeep and the video was a real treat. I love having a good laugh. Thanks for the visit.

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  4. Great idea to photograph those orchids through their cellophane! The colors and composition are spot on. Happy holidays/Merry Christmas Julie!

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    1. Thank you, Teri.
      I really enjoyed seeing the process pics of your still life using cubism.

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Bruce.
      I keep thinking of the red chairs - love that painting.

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  6. so pretty and delicate orchids :)

    I thought you had gotten a better offer on the house?

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    1. Hi Jennifer - thanks.
      Yes, we had a full price offer and it turned out to be a horrible experience. Had us in knots with more and more demands. We thankfully terminated the contract. Since then I have been a very happy camper. A thankful, Julie!
      We have no pressure to sell as nowhere to go - yet.
      Your drawing is quite AMAZING!

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    2. well thats good the contract was terminated, can be hard sometimes to get out of them

      could always live in your new studio ;) lol

      and thanks :)

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  7. I love how some of this is in focus and some isn't so your mind completes the flowers. This is really lovely!

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    1. And thats a lovely comment you gave me. Thank you, Joan.
      Let me return the complement and say your NYC library post brought back a lot happy memories.

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  8. I just love your flowers, light touches everywhere and the natural look. Beautiful! Hope you’re getting in the Christmas mood!🤗

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    1. Hello Helen, happy you like it, thank you.
      It is nice that we both enjoy painting birds. I think the way you caught it in flight is marvelous. Congratulations on the sale.

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  9. Dear Julie this painting is so beautiful. I love the format...it certainly seems perfect for the composition. Orchids are such lovely flowers and you have captured their special charm so well. Hugs!

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    1. Hello, my friend.
      I am pleased you like this one. Thank you.
      Hope all is well. I am really looking forward to your post tomorrow.
      Blessings.

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  10. Beautiful. Love that you used a wiped support. I do that a lot. Not good at wasting things. I love your color choices here and I love orchids.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. I thought your post on gesso was very helpful for a lot of people. You a born teacher!

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  11. love the unusual canvas - I will copy the idea for a painting of the floral arrangement my wife received on our cruise which is wide and low.

    As usual the 'simplicity of the complexity' is amazing. A gorgeous painting.

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    1. I treasure your praise, John. Thank you for taking the time. That was a fabulous cabin you had on that cruise so i know the flower arrangement must have been a stunner too. Looking firward to seeing it.
      Hope the weather is nice on your return home.

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  12. Such beautiful blooms, Julie! I love the format for this scene as it makes it even more unique! You are so clever.

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    1. I agree, Carol, orchid blooms are gorgeous.
      How is your painting coming along? You were going to be experimenting so i hope thats what you have been doing.

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  13. I love the composition and the appropriate size, they look phenomenal!

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    1. I appreciate that because I admire your design strength.
      Your figurative pieces are especially great in both design and color. Sending love and wishes of PEACE across the miles
      dear, Padmaja. Good health for the new year.

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  14. Now, this is right up my alley! Love everything about it Julie....the soft colors, the abstractness, the composition...yummy!

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    1. Thank you Carol - I LOVE your new abstract of the ocean. Brilliant in every way!

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  15. Gorgeous as always Julie! Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm the same, don't comment much but lots of admiring going on. Always love your work. Happy Holidays. : )

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    1. What a lovely comment, thanks, Nora.
      Happiest of holidays back at you.

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  16. Happy belated Birthday Julie! So much to be grateful for. Art, friends, family, health, and travel. Wishing you the best on this trip around the sun!

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    1. Thanks, my friend. A highlight was your visit this year.

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  17. The purple colour enhances the flowers.

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    1. I agree - that was a purple orchid behind the white one and not on artistic decision so cannot take credit!
      Thank you for your comment.

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    1. Hello Askok - thank YOU. Wishing you many happy days.

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  19. This particular panel works well with your subject. It is a light, airy and beautiful painting.

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    1. Thanks, Helen.
      I love your new figurative painting - a real winner!

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Cheers,
Julie