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

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.



34 comments:

  1. This is beautiful, Julie. So glad you are enjoying your new vision.

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    1. Hello, Carol. Happy you like it, thank you. I am in a whole new world and loving it! I have not seen a new post from you this week so hope younare off having fun somewhere.

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  2. Good evening Julie: It is really interesting to read how you are dealing with cataract surgery and the particular way it affects an artist needing to discern colour in all its shades and hues. Most of us will never need to deal with that level of perception. I have incipient cataracts but my ophthalmologist says I am not quite ready for surgery yet, but I can already discern a lack of definition in avian plumage. Cataracts or not, you are a very talented artist!

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    1. Hello David. I enjoyed your comment, thank you. Regarding your own vision you will find it may need you to tell the doc you want it done. Mine said they were not ready and come back in a year! I was having such difficult problems seeing well enough to paint I went for a second opinion and that doctor said one was mature( ready) and the other other was over mature.
      I knew i could not continue because driving was difficult too. So be your own advocate, David.
      Thanks for your great review of the book on bees. Important.

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  3. Oh my goodness Julie, this is so beautiful! The depth and colors and of course your amazing way of painting sunflowers is just so perfect! I feel happy and blessed to have one of your sunflower paintings...it graces our kitchen and I look at it every day. I am so glad I did not miss this post...very special after all you've gone through with your eyes! xoxo

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  4. You are so special, dear friend. Always supportive and encouraging. Thank you for liking it so much. I saw your new work and am pleased you are painting again after your big move to beautiful Colorado. Hugs!

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  5. We can always count on you for something eye opening and special , and talking about eyes, SO glad for you that your vision is back to normal again.

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    1. What a lovely comment. Thank you, dear Jane. As an artist you understand more about how important is is, than someone who is not. Hope you are enjoying your usual summer off.

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  6. Lovely painting. So glad you are recovering and finding your way back to creating in your wonderful style. I look forward to having the surgery one day, since I began noticing a dulled color perception in one eye years ago (eyes about the same now—so both dulled equally, no doubt). I hope that is one large “plus” for you—a keener color vision—in spite of some challenges.

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    1. Thanks for expressing such an understanding of the process. Mine had been developing for four years but only got really bad in the last year. Hope yours can be taken care of as easily as mine were.
      It is a lovely boost when someone likes my style!
      I tried to follow the link to see your work but could not. I ended up on a Google search and see that you have a great eye for design and color if you are the assemblage artist i saw.

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  7. Happy recovery Julie, those whites are the most amazing thing aren't they? I found them so much cooler than I was seeing them. Lovely.

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    1. Yes, the white is truly amazing. Before they were pale green. Everything was dulled by green, except green! I enjoyed seeing your summer sale paintings. YOU HAVE SUCH A FABULOUS EYE FOR DESIGN!

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  8. I'm so happy your surgery is behind you and you can now forge ahead and see where your new vision takes you!I've got nothing but the highest hopes for you and your wonderfully sensitive work.

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    1. Bless you, Anne, and thank you. I loved your new painting ( the light is fabulous) and what you wrote about where you live.

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  9. Everything about this painting is beautiful, Julie, but I especially admire how you captured the form of the blooms. They are so three-dimensional that I feel I could cup them in my hand!

    It's wonderful that you are moving forward again after your cataract surgery. By any chance, did it help at all to alleviate your previously-existing "floater" condition?

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    1. i am so excited about the floaters, Helene. It turns out they were dark and clumpy because of my pinpoint pupils. Now they float in and out and are much lighter. It is a HUGE difference. I can also see shapes in the dark - this is after forty years of total blackness so I am hoping driving at night will be not be confined to brightly lighted streets anymore. I have been given a whole new lease on life and am so grateful.
      Happy you like the painting. i can see what you mean about the cup effect!

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    2. I enjoyed the back of the swimmers series you are doing, Helene.

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  10. Yay!!! Here's to completing many more paintings with your clearer vision. Lovely composition and color!!!

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    1. Thanks, Joan. Welcome home after your exciting trip to Portugal with Urban Sketchers. I loved your new post on it.

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  11. Very beautiful sunflowers painting !!!

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    1. Thanks Stelios. It was a beautiful trip to one of the Cyclades Islands in your work.

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  12. This painting is beautiful Julie!!! The colors and texture is wonderful. I'm so glad your vision is good ... That's all we want!!!! The vase is amazing as well. Stay well, my friend!!!

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    1. Thank YOU, dear Hilda. We both enjoy beauty - you in faces and me in still life.

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  13. An extraordinary painting. Your persistence is paying off! So glad the surgeries are behind you now.

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    1. Thank you, Debra. Behind me and a whole new world of color I have not seen for a couple of years. It is great.
      I think your blog is a treasure trove of interesting stuff!

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  14. glad the surgeries were both successful :) and great flower painting :)

    you could hold an exhibit of failed slashed paintings :D

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    1. You are always quick witted, Jennifer. I enjoyed a good laugh of the thought of an exhibit of those.
      You new dragon amazes me I wonder how you can do that 3-d stuff and make it look effortless.

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    2. the program does most of the 3D work, I just push around the digital clay until it sort of looks ok lol

      and I'm sure an exhibit of failed art would work, show people not everything works out and the one here still looks neat :)

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  15. Dearest Julie no one would ever know that you were struggling with adjusting from your eye surgery. This still life is stunning. I enlarged it so I could get a closer look. The touches of the lightes carry the eye full circle. So glad to see you are back to painting. I know it gives you joy as well as your viewers! Hugs!

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    1. I am only struggling with seeing true colors again. Almost like having to wear sunglasses it is all so bright!
      Doing lots of little color studies.
      What a beautiful post you have this week, Debbie. It gave me a Blessing just looking at it.

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  16. It will take awhile to get used to your "new vision," I am sure, but what an exciting adventure to experience a new colorful world out there!


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    1. It certainly is exciting, Carol. The BEST thing to happen to me in a long time!
      Hope all is well in your world.

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  17. These paintings are amazing. I love the colors used and the design of the paintings are really beautiful. Thanks for the share, have a fantastic rest of your day. Keep up the posts.
    World of Animals

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Julie