Personal Art Blog

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

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sunrise Over The River



Sunrise Over The River
6x8" oil on canvas panel $150. SOLD

Artist Note
This was painted from a 
watercolor sketch.
which was very loosey-goosey
because it was such a fast rise. 
I tried to take my mind back to 
the actual time but it has been a few years.

Oh well...I enjoyed painting it
and that is the important thing...right?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Aspen Colors


Aspen Colors
8"x6"  oil on canvas panel $150. SOLD


Artist Note
A truly impressionist painting.
I obviously love the aspen tree
and my favorite way to capture them
 is to use this impressionistic 
use of colors.

I just had a three-day weekend trip
to see a friend. 
We are birthday buddies.
They fall on the same week
and throughout the many years
of our friendship, we make time
to enjoy a few days together
during the month of November,
 and we go shopping.
She picks her present and I pay, 
and I pick mine, and she pays!
It is quite wonderful.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Its pansy Time Again!


Pansy Time
8"x6" oil on canvas panel $150.
Purchase SOLD 

Artist Note.
The pansies are back
and I have planted them in pots
on our balcony.
Such a happy flower. 
They make me happy
thru the wintertime.
Anyone else like them?

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Anemones



Anemones
9" x 8 1/2" oil on canvas panel  $225. SOLD


Artist Note.
This is a weird size and 
 I cannot think how 
to crop it in any other way -
so this is it!

This one was fun for me because 
I can see all the colors much
better, and, as you know...
I love color!

Regarding my computer woes, 
(see the previous post)
they were fixed with
a complete close-down. 
I had to download everything
onto a hard-drive and then
install them again.
The IPad was then able 
to get caught up with  
redoing settings after getting rid
of cookie cache and re-setting
Passwords and Accounts.

Not easy and very frustrating
for this computer challenged gal!
Thanks for all the hints 
and support from you guys.
Jennifer hit it right.😊


Monday, October 22, 2018

Pizza Time!


Pizza Time
8x6" oil on canvas panel $150.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note
Inspired by a local restaurant.

Complaining session follows
so don't read any further
if you are not up for it!

I am having problems with
 my blogger site since the 
new update by Apple. 
Sheesh...
so much time spent trying to 
use it and replying to the comments
 from the last post was
daunting, to put it mildly. 

My iPad and computer had the issues 
 I would type everything I wanted to 
for a reply to a comment
 and enter.... and nothing...
and I mean NOTHING!

Finally, I had to do it all 
on my iPhone 6S. 
and THEN have to enter
my name and password
for each one. OUCH!

It took FOREVER...
not that you all are not worth it, 
but, I ain't a saint!
Lots of unladylike words flowing.

If anyone has a solution 
then please let me know.
I would like to reply to my 
blog on my iPad or computer.
Definitely not my phone.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Farmers Market - Pink Cap



Farmers Market - The Pink Cap!
8x6in oil on canvas panel SOLD

Artist Note
I came to an abrupt stop when I 
was passing this stall at the market.
The pink cap was glowing 
with the sun hitting it 
and 
wearing it was a manly man
bearded and muscular!

You have seen the type.
It reminded me how 
times have changed.
When I was growing up 
a man could not be even
found who would wear pink in any form.

I went over and bought some sweet onions
and told him I liked his cap color.
He told me very proudly 
he was wearing
it to support his sister who had
breast cancer.
So there you go.
HOW NEAT IS THAT!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pomegranate Pair.


Pomegranate Pair 
8”x6” oil on canvas panel $150.
PurchaseHERE

Artist Note
An artist friend gave me some
beautiful poms right off her tree. 
I have painted them in
three different sizes and 
this is the first one I finished.

A bright glowing red can be 
very difficult 
to paint. 
Adding white can cool it too much. 
I used 
Grumbacher Red (napathol)
Naples Yellow
Alizarin Perm. 
Thalo Blue
I used white to make a purple
from the aliz and blue. 
The greens were made with 
that wonderful 
Perylene Black and yellow. 
Transparent Brown Oxide
is always on my palette. 

I looked back at the poms 
I paint every year. 
These are the first 
I have done with them
hanging from their branch. 
I enjoyed having the leaves
to help with the design. 

I have made a little video
I will be showing soon. 
Learning to edit!





Saturday, October 6, 2018

Yellowstone Stream



Yellowstone Stream
6"x8" oil on canvas panel  $150.

Artist Note
This is painted from sketches 
I made while on a trip to 
Yellowstone National Park.
What an incredible place.

I have a visitor - 
a very special blogging friend,
Lisa Graham.
She arrived for a weekend stay.

Lisa recently moved from Witchita, Kansas, to 
Castle Rock, Colorado. Just south of Denver.
Happy me...it is a much shorter drive 
and a straight shot down
to Las Cruces on I-25.

Those of you who have followed 
me for a long time will 
remember how our friendship 
developed while she took care 
of her ailing mother 
and then after she died
 I invited Lisa to visit in 2014πŸ’™
Then I visited her...πŸ’™
and now she is visiting me again...πŸ’™

I have always loved the honesty
in her work.
Totally and authentically, Lisa.
She is a storyteller with paint!

Here is her latest post and
I hope you check it out.


Friday, September 28, 2018

Snowflake Dove

Snowflake Dove
6"x8" oil on canvas panel  $150. SOLD. 


Artist Note. 
I have been wanting to paint 
this beautiful dove ever
since I since I first saw it. 
I have painted it seven times 
learning all about 
its shape, feathers, beak and that 
amazing eye...and this finally
is the closest to what it is like
and importantly...the one I like best.

An interesting fact.
I cannot find a thing 
about Snowflake Doves.
I have tried Google and books.
Zip - nothing.
Here is a pic.

Any of you know anything about them?
(David Gascoigne - an expert on the avian world)
They are so truly beautiful 
with the snowflake markings on their wings.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Asian Pears


Asian Pears 
8x6' oil on panel SOLD

Artist Note
The fruit was a gift from a friends garden 
She is an artist so she left a 
couple with branches. Happy smiles!

I tried something different with this one.
I first painted the panel with gray gesso
and then I painted it as I would
a vignette in watercolor.
I really liked the effect in a frame - 
it kind of makes its own border
so I am going to do some more this way.

Here are some greens made
from the 
Windsor Newton Perylene Black
Look how natural they are.

Top row - Lemon and P Black
Middle row - Yellow deep and P Black
Bottom row - ochre and P Black

The 3 blue/gray spots are with white added.
You can see why it makes good greens. I think it 
would be perfect for the ZORN palette
(Vermillion, yellow ochre, black, white)
because it is a beautiful blue-black


I am picking up steam with my painting.
I will be posting more often as I continue
to get comfortable with paint again.
Thanks for sticking with me...
you are the BEST!


Monday, September 17, 2018

Video Demo - Landscape!




Artist Note.
I came across this old video of me painting a landscape.
It was painted on Senso linen. 6x8'
It is at a MUCH faster speed than I paint!
Hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Waterlily Light #2

Waterlily Light #2
6x8" oil on panel   $150.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note
Here I am - back to the Lilypond. 
I am really captivated by the 
three components...
Water, plants, and light. 
It appears almost
 magical to me when
the sun casts through the shaded areas.

I can see why Monet devoted 
so many years to painting
his waterlily series. 
He bought the land and 
diverted water from a stream
to start designing what he wanted.
Seven years of planting, building
and creating.
Then he spent 30 years 
- the rest of his life-
painting it!

The two 80-ft oval rooms
in the 
Orangerie of the Tuileries. Paris,
where the enormous and stunning
murals of 
his water garden are shown
are often described as the
"Sistine Chapel of Impressionism."


Thinking about all the people
and animals who are 
suffering in
The Carolinas 
in the aftermath of Florence.
Sending heartfelt prayers




Sunday, September 9, 2018

Anemones plus Hint


Anemones
8x6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

Artist Note
I really enjoyed painting this one. 
I can see red again!
And painting every day 
I feel the old flow 
is coming back.


I sent out my Fall Newsletter
with this new painting in it and 
was really pleased with the response. 
I am going to paint it larger
and see if I can capture the same 
color harmony. 
Easier said than done!

Artist Hint
I have added to my palette
Windsor Newton/Perylene Black .
if you do not already use it,
TRY IT!
It makes fabulous greens 
with different yellows. 

It also makes a beautiful blue/black
when white is added.

I am excited to find a replacement 
for my LeFranc Cassel Earth black paint. 
which I previously used for olive greens.
This Perylene black produces a much 
greater range of beautiful greens...
and I still get the olive with adding ochre.

I was told LeFranc & Bourgeois had a fire
and that is why it is impossible to get their
paint anymore.  
They were the oldest 
European oil paint manufacturer
and their Titanium White was a joy to use.
Sure hope they come back.





Monday, September 3, 2018

Santa Fe Adobe


Santa Fe Adobe
6"x8" oil on canvas panel  $150 SOLD

Artist Note.

Most of you know how much
I love living here in the southwest 
and this is the painting which
got me back into the flow
of painting again
after having cataracts removed.

I feel like a whole new person.
 I am enjoying seeing clearly.
Life is good
... but the painting part of my life
has only just starting to flow 
instead
of hit and miss.


I have completed
several paintings 
and I am going to 
show them first in my newsletter.
It has been sadly neglected
so I am hoping to make amends.

If you feel you would enjoy 
getting it about four times a year
you can sign up on my website 
using link below

Enjoy your week.
Maybe I will be back before then.









Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fracturing from the Imagination. Step by Step.



Fracturing from the Imagination.

8x6in  oil on canvas panel   SOLD

This is a re-post I thought some of you would find interesting.
I am doing color charts galore...trying to rediscover my palette
since the cataracts removal


Artist Note

I love painting from my imagination.
Finally at the stage where I feel I know the lemon well enough
to paint without looking at one. I start off with a basic design
and then I respond to what the paint does on the canvas.
Here are the steps I took to do this piece.


First I randomly applied color
in two stages.
A thin underneath wash of colors
see the cool mauve and transp
yellow oxide.
Then I did the drawing of shapes
with a rigger  brush and dark paint.
Next I painted the warm red, lifting off
with the handy tool to expose underneath colors
leaving random areas and fruit, plain.




I added the dark at the top
and made a slightly darker
square at bottom right.
This was intuitive.
At this stage they were all going to be
lemons.







When I had put in the dark top
and moved down to place the darker area
I realized it was because I need another dark
so I made the lemon into a plum.
This is the great thing about painting
from the imagination. You have time to
listen to your inner art voice and
respond accordingly.
I paint at this stage in complete silence.
No music or story going on.



I usually start with the lightest and
focal point area as I did here.

Anyway, at this stage I feel  confident
that I can solve the rest of the painting
and as I feel the fracturing technique becoming
more and more natural

This post was in 2012 so by now the
fracturing has certainly become as natural as breathing.




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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Sunflowers and Daisies


Sunflowers & Daisies
10"x 8" oil on canvas panel  $250. SOLD



Artist Note
This is my first painting
with my new pupils!
Notice it is larger than my usual 6x8.
I am having a bit of trouble 
with the small size. 
Out of practice!

This is not my first painting
since cataract surgery
by any means,
 but it is my first completed one.
 My depth perception is
slightly askew.
 and I am having
to learn color without
seeing a green haze
Meaning lots of tossers! 
The only way to stop me
from painting over and over
on the same canvas, 
(trying to get it right,)
has been to razor it!
Bet you are saying...
been there, done that!

Anyway, I am very excited.
with my new vision
and 
look forward 
to the joys of painting
once more.



Sunday, July 22, 2018

A Little Vacation!



A trip to Portland, Oregon. 
with a day outing to Cannon Beach.
Surely one of the most 
beautiful beaches anywhere.

Four days after my second cataract surgery
I flew to Portland for a week.
A wonderful and much-needed visit
to see dear friends.

The sketches are from a previous trip...
one, where my eyes were not blurry from
all the drops I needed to put in!!

I painted from the balcony of the 
Hallmark Hotel,
chosen
so I could capture the
different atmospheric moods.
of Haystack, 
the amazing
monolith rock formation.

I was thrilled to meet two 
BLOGGING FRIENDS.

First, on the trip to Cannon Beach

Lauren Nelson was kind enough 
to drive up and meet me 
and my friend, Jan, for brunch.
           She is as delightful, warm and fun as
the person I know from the years
following her blog. 
(We share a love and respect for animal life.)

 A marvelous hour or so was spent in the 
Dragonfly Gallery, sharing what we 
liked and why...she is smart!
It was stimulating.
Thank you, Lauren, for making the time
to meet me. It will be a treasured memory.
Link to Lauren's blog HERE

A couple of days later I had the 
pleasure of a studio visit with 
another artist
 I have followed for many years.
Randall Tipton
What a guy!
Knowledgeable, articulate, generous and fun!
Patiently, he allowed me and my friend, Jan,
  to pour over his inspiring work,
answering questions and sharing painting
info. I felt like I was in heaven!
Jan and I left both carrying treasured
pieces of art.
Thank you, Randall, for the wonderful visit.

Link to Randall and I recommend his blog

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Poppies!

Poppies!
6"x8" oil on canvas panel  $150
Purchase HERE

Artist Note.
I really love this type of poppy
with the white next to 
the dark center.
I painted it a while ago
keeping it close because I
 really liked the touch of blue!


Personal Note
Many thanks for the wonderful 
sharing of ideas and hints regarding 
my vision needs
 after cataract surgery.
Apparently, many of you have 
experienced the issue.

I am having my other cataract 
removed in the morning. YAY!
The first one has revealed
a crisp, bright new view
of the world
- amazing -

BUT
My brain has NOT co-operated
with the other eye which is 
close-sighted so the monovision
 is totally out 
and "readers" will be needed.
One in every room!

BUT
another blogger has shared 
what she has done 
and it has me all excited. 
I have to wait a couple of months
for the eyes to settle then 
I will pass it on it it works!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Waterlily Pleasure!


Waterlily Pleasure
10" x  8" oil on panel  $225.SOLD

Artist Note
This is another with lots of greens and blues.
The two colors I seem to gauge the best atthe moment.
 I love painting the
waterlily ponds so it has been a pleasure.
 It has gone through
lots of changes though
and I learned from each change.
 It was all about the values of the water.
Too light and it competed with the main lily.


Personal Note
I want to thank all of you who took the time to
pass on information regarding
the lens choice for cataract surgery.
The doctor believes that regular
distance vision would be best...
mentioning that dreadedword...AGE as the reason.
He found monovision to be
less successful
in his more"mature" patients.
Stab to the heart!
I thought cataracts only happened
to mature folk!
so now we know there are
levels of mature, my friends!

So goodbye visions of
having no reading glasses
and I will be forever
searching for them...
unless any of you can pass on helpful hints.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Light On the Lily Pond



Light On The Lily Pond

6"x6" oil on canvas panel $110. SOLD


Artist Note

This is a beautiful lily pond 
which was illuminated
by a
single ray of sunshine.
Although I painted this from 
the photo I took, 
it was still 
very clear in my mind
making it so much easier 
to capture the mood.

I have always been grateful
for my visual memory.
My hubby, bless him, has not
much visual recall.
For him,  directions are given
 by miles and compass, north, south etc,
whereas I see the blue fence,
the yellow house, the big tree, etc.
I bet most of you are the same
as I am.

A little personal note.
As you probably have noticed,
 I have not been posting
anywhere near as frequently
during this past year.

Paintings are taking 
MUCH longer
because I am having  some
problems (quite a bit) with my vision 
but it will be corrected 
in a couple of weeks
when I will be having 
cataract surgery. 
Second eye early next month
Alleluia!

I wonder if any of you have had 
or know anyone who has had
experience with the monovision - 
where one eye is corrected for distance 
and one for close up?
Would you share with me, please?

I have been posting my older work
on Instagram and Facebook.
I hate to have worked so hard 
to build up to build up a following
only to have it all disappear due to 
age and mother nature.

Thanks for sticking with me.




Monday, May 21, 2018

Meet Miss Nova Rae

Meet Miss Nova Rae
8"x8" oil on canvas - gifted

Artist Note

Yes, I know,
this is a bit of a surprise
as I do not do portraits...

BUT
this is the
precious granddaughter
of a dear friend
who has done me a
special and generous favor.

I knew I wanted to
show my appreciation
BUT,
what can you give someone
who has everything?
A painting?

Taste is so subjective
so the choice
had to be right.
What better than to capture
a moment in time
of her Special Treasure.

I loved painting Nova Rae.
It was a challenge for sure
but every time
 I would see this child
I’d catch my breath.
Her eyes were large and thoughtful.
Her skin - perfect
and
she had the neatest outfits!!!
 I knew I wanted to paint her.

My friend got teary-eyed when
I gave it to her.
It meant she liked itπŸ’•


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Rio Chama, Abiquiu, N.M.




The Rio Chama, Abiquiu, N.M.
6”x8”  oil on canvas panel. $150. SOLD


Artist Note
One of the most gorgeous spots 
I have ever painted. 
 Over the years I have captured it
in all seasons but the monsoon season
  with cloudy skies casting random shadows
has to be my favorite. 

There is a particular time when
the sun cuts through a gap and
shines across the river. 
It is magical.

Photographing this painting was
rather difficult due to the blue of the
mountains appearing far 
bluer than on the paintings.
It took forever to get it close.
seriously...
I could have painted another painting!

Anyone know a solution to this problem?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Round Nest in Square!


Nest in Square

24"x24"  oil on canvas SOLD

Artist Nest.
I LOVE this one!

This nest took a while and I enjoyed 
having something to paint on
between my busy schedule.
Can you spot the ladybugs?

I am in a great gallery here in Las Cruces.
-they carry my larger works -
and although my art sales 
have been going
rather well during
the last couple of months,
 I was still really surprised 
when they called to say it had sold 
after only a couple of days.
Why?
No special show and
it was still on the floor 
propped against
a chair leg!

The only reason I am relating this 
is because I hear some artists getting
 all hung up about what they perceive to 
be a poor placement
of their painting
 in a show or gallery
but, I have been everywhere
in many different galleries...
in  the back room, 
the corridor, dark corners, 
even left out for days on a patio...
BUT
all it takes is for the right person to see it.
Because when someone sees a painting 
that resonates in their heart
 they will usually buy it or remember it.

That is why the internet has opened
up such wonderful opportunities
for artists and especially the ones 
who cannot find an established gallery
or place to show their work.

A far larger audience gives 
artists a much better chance to be seen.

There is a discussion about not needing
galleries now with the internet. 
I think for some that may be true 
but I want galleries to survive 
because there is nothing
like actually putting your eyes close up 
to the painting and absorbing the 
artists technique.


Any thoughts?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Cerro Pedernal Storm



Cerro Pedernal Storm 
Near Ghost Ranch, NM

8x6" oil on canvas panel  $150.SOLD


Artist Note.

Georgia O'Keeffe's ashes are spread
at the top of this mountain.

I enjoyed an annual visit 
for five consecutive years at
  Ghost Ranch, NM.
A stunningly gorgeous area in 
northern New Mexico.

Sometimes with an artist friend 
and other times with my
hubby who would patiently
read while I painted.

The water you see is Lake Abiquiu
- an important reservoir 
for this high desert area.

The Plein Air Convention (2018)
which was held recently in Santa Fe,
enjoyed a painting trip out there
 and I confess to being totally envious.



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Working Colander!



The Red Colander
6x8in oil on canvas panel $150.
Purchase SOLD

ARTIST NOTE
I have painted my colander so many times.
It is an old friend
Easy to paint?...nope!
But definitely invigorating fun.

It has taken longer than I  expected!
 I thought I was off and running
back to painting BUT...noooo!
This one was a struggle
 and only finally, am I pleased with it.
The colander is the star so the blueberries
could not dominate. That meant a sheen 
but not the shine from wet ones.
Try that and see what I mean.


I guess I couldn't expect to resume
easily after such an intense
period of moving.
Emotional as well as exhausting.
My heart has to be in
its right place to paint well.

Another aggravating thing is that my
 Google account
has to be signed into
after every single visit to a blogger...
It happened after an update.
Bummer. I comment on a blog
and up it comes this unfriendly command
asking for account and password
but then wipes off what I wrote.
The weird thing is
I have to comment something
 before the command pops up.
Anyone have any hints?



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

.Hydrangeas.



Hydrangeas 
8x6' oil primed linen on panel   SOLD


Artist Note.
I recently moved and a good friend
brought over a magnificent
Hydrangea plant. Another friend brought
me a Calla Lily plant
so I was in hog heaven painting
both of them. 

This was a class demo and went
 much easier than the first one!





Friday, March 30, 2018

Calla In The Hydrangeas



Calla In The Hydrangeas
8"x6"  oil on canvas panel $150.Sold.


A Happy Easter or A Happy Passover
A special time for us all.

Artist Note

The move is over and we
are almost settled in...that is
not exactly right....my hubby settled in 
the very first hour of the second day!
Good to see him so happy.

I have missed my painting terribly.
I have still been teaching regularly but
my quiet painting time 
has been zip.
For me, it doesn't flow back right away. 
It takes several sessions of an intensive
submersion. 
Are any of you the same way?

Anyway - this painting was the 12th
try on the same subject. Ha!
The hydrangeas changed a lot
but the lily stayed pretty much the same
for the duration.

P.S.

I did paint kitchen cabinets and walls
but it is definitely not the same joy!



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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine!


Repost

Artist Note

Happy Valentine's Day to YOU

...and my wonderful,
amazing New Mexico. It is not called
The Land Of Enchantment for nothing.
I love it and am grateful I found it...
or it found me!

Lots of sorting out and making floor plans.
I feel like an architect! 
We are being professionally moved.
Downsizing sounds easy
but we have to make sure 
everything fits
and accessories like 
lamps and paintings
have a home.
Or...
we will have to pay to move
what doesn't fit - out.

Enjoy your day.
If you don't have a Valentine
please remember
the most 
precious one of all is YOU!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

orchid study

Orchid Study
6x8in oil on canvas panel NFS

Artist Note
Repost...
this one goes back years.

The first time I painted an orchid
I knew I would have
to get really familiar with its structure. 
Their center is very intricate and precise...
not easy for someone like me
who paints very loosly.

I don't think I ever posted this study 
when I finished it because I
wanted to keep it for future reference.


We have a moving date!
Let Heaven and Angels Sing!


House appraised full VA loan 
and a lovely family will be moving into
what has been our very happy home.

 Moving in two weeks.
Downsizing from 2500sq ft
to 850sq ft!!!
hahahahahahaha

  Think of me, please, and
remember us in your prayers or
just send good vibes 
for a smooth move. 

This will be my last post 
until after
it is all over with.
Well, maybe one for Valentines Day!

I will keep posting my 
old images on Instagram
juliefordoliverart
just to keep my name out there.

Happy painting days
😍 good friends. 



Thursday, February 1, 2018

Adding Phthalo!


Adding Phthalo

9x8 oil on Black Canvas

Work in Progress.

Artist Note.

A repost.

A more decorative style painting
with a brighter palette.

Artist Note.

This was a demo using

Thalo instead of Ultramarine
Magenta instead of Perm Alizarin.

First, I paint right on the front of 
the clear glass jug 
with my Phthalo blue and then a
bit of the yellow  to make it greener
for another layer in the middle.

Why?...because I didn't
have anything in the right color
large enough to hold the peonies.

Above showing the 
painted front of a clear glass jug

A quick block-in

The black canvas
makes it easy to get the value pattern

This is still based on a
limited palette but replacing the
Ultra blue and Alizarin.
REASON?
Sometimes, what you need/want to paint
cannot be managed with just one
limited palette. 
If you are painting near the coast for 
example, the aqua of the water
will need a green/blue.

Lively spring greens have a freshness
which the red in the Ultramarine blue
neutralizes too much. 

To make clear purples the Phthalo needs 
a cooler red than even the Alizarin
 so a substitute
with the Magenta works perfectly.
Here is the limited  palette
for this painting.

Cad Yellow light
Orange 
Magenta
Phthalo Blue
Black
Titanium White