Personal Art Blog

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

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!


23 comments:

  1. This is really lovely...I am ready to take a bite. Thanks for sharing your method and colors for this!

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    1. Hi Joan, thanks for the nice words. I really loved the three sketches you did of your trip to the beach.

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  2. Absolutely beautiful Julie!!! I thanks for sharing these greens... I have always found it difficult to make it look natural! I copied this ... beautiful texture on the lemons...

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    1. You will find it easy to make good greens but surely you are a master of colors. Your self portrait is really AWESOME. The eyes behind the glasses...OMG!

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  3. The Asian Pears are beautiful on gray Julie. The pears are grown down there in NM! Thanks for the tip about Perylene Black. I do sometimes use the Zorn palette and will try. Keep steaming along!

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    1. Hi Teri, I really enjoyed reading about the cold wax workshop. Great posts,
      Your fish painting is another really strong painting. You have such a great eye for design.

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  4. The shadows are so effective I want to reach right in to the painting. Very nice technique!

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    1. Hello, good friend. Thank you for the neat observation regarding the shadows. Are you painting? I think of you often and know you must be enjoying the change of the seasons in your beautiful area and home.

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  5. Beautiful, Julie! The colors are as crisp and clean as I imagine the fruit to be! The bits of blue on the stem is like icing on the cake.

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    1. Crisp and clean is how the fruit tastes, too. Happy you like the painting. Thank you, Jan, and I enjoyed your post on preparing the aluminum panels.

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  6. Lovely depth and, yes, luscious greens!

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    1. Thank you my, dear Helene. Isn't lucious a fine word in painting ?

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  7. Righty Ho, Julie! Brilliant work! The empty space around the painting only focuses the eye more on the scene, and the neutral gray sets off all those rich colors. Love the light on the leaves and pears. Thanks for the info on Perylene Black. What a fortuitous find! I've got to order some!

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    1. I grinned at “Righty Ho” very British, old chap!
      I love your critique of the painting, Carol. You are so knowledgeable .
      Hope you try the black... because that means you are painting.

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  8. very old school looking :) well done and nice darks to it :)

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    1. Didn't associate it with very old school but i see what you mean. I am at the age!

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    2. oh I didn't mean that! :)

      more the style of it :)

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  9. Love those greens. And thank you for telling us about perylene black. I am going to order a tube.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Lavina. You have a lovely smile.

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  10. Thanks for the tips on the perylene black! I used to use Ivory black many many years ago. I'm always interested in exploring color mixtures. Beautiful pears on the gray!

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  11. Gorgeous painting-and I love the gray...thank you for the color mixing. I have not heard of the Zorn palette, so I'm going to google it! I love to learn!

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  12. Dear Julie I love the simplicity you captured here. The gray gesso makes a great backdrop for the beautiful colors in the fruit. Hope you are having a great week. Hugs!

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Julie