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

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 
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.

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


  1. Bonjour chère Julie,

    J'espère que tout va bien pour vous... J'ai fait un petit retour en arrière et j'ai appris votre intervention chirurgicale concernant la cataracte.
    Vous devez retrouver la joie d'admirer la pureté des couleurs, des blancs...
    J'aime beaucoup cette oeuvre où la lumière s'installe parcimonieusement dans le sujet.
    Prenez bien soin de vous...

    Bisous 🌸

    1. Thank you, dear Martine. As always your words are beautiful and I thank you. Your words match your art. Always amazing.

  2. I am very happy to hear that your full creative urges have returned following the cataract surgery. It is routine surgery these days, of course, but I suppose that no procedure is completely without risk, and the outcome is not absolutely guaranteed. Your wonderful imagery, however, has reassured us all that it was a success and that Julie the Creative Dynamo is back! Bravo Julie!

    1. The surgery was easy and painless but the difference it has made to my life is huge. I had pin point pupils and was totally blind in the dark. Now i see shapes and different values and do not need night lights I will be able to drive in the dark! My floaters are not dark anymore and have more space to float. I also have pupils I can see and I like it!
      My mixtures I had got used to have all changed so I am back to a basic palette of six tubes of paint. Fun. I love to learn and that is why I like your blog so much. The banding was neat. My father did it when I was growi g up in England. I enjoyed finding that you both like fresh flowers in the house - we do too!

  3. That's lovely, Julie! And I'm so glad you're enjoying painting again & hope you've worked out the mechanics of seeing while you paint!

    Have discovered I can post as 'Anonymous'


    1. Hello Dear, Jan. Thank you for making the effort to send a comment. You were such a dear friend with your supportive and encouraging help. I had studio glasses made. Clear glass on top and readers on bottom. Work great! Not as ideal as the contact would have been though.

  4. A BEAUTIFUL painting Julie!!! I love Santa Fe... unfortunately I’ve been there once so I didn’t see enough ... but I loved the Adobe homes...the colors and beautiful texture of these buildings!!! I’m so glad you’re healing from your surgery!!

    1. Congratulations on your 50th anniversary. Got married at 5, obviously! What a marvellous painting you did to celebrate.
      Thanks for the kind words. Surgery was easy- getting back to painting was not!!

  5. So happy to hear you're recovering from your surgery - and enjoying good results!! The painting is beautiful!! - I've really missed seeing these!! Paint-on, my friend!!!

    1. I appreciate your upbeat support. Loved visiting your blog and also seeing all the terrific paintings - such fabulous colors and designs.

  6. Nice to admire your work and to know you are right with your precious eyes now!!! I wrote you in my newsletter subscription. Sending a hug,Rita.

    1. Dearest Rita, your beautiful paintings make me smile with happiness.
      Sending a hug back. A big warm one!

  7. great lighting in this :D glad you have got the create urges back and the surgery has been a huge success :)

  8. Thanks Jennifer. Read what I wrote to David above - fill you in about how great it is for me. My big thrill is seeing my eyes with pupils! Its been over forty years with eyes no one could see the pupil hardly.
    Looking forward to seeing your latest creation develop. You continue to entertain my mind and eyes.

  9. Hi Julie, you have gotten back into the flow. It must be wonderful to see better. I do hate wearing glasses (bifocals). I was hoping my diet would improve my eyesight (too much to hope for LOL) but NOOOOOOOOO. Nothing stops getting older. Enjoy your day!

    1. So good to hear from you, Carol. I,too, found diet didn't make a difference!
      Your photo of the dragonfly is amazi g!

  10. Hi Julie,
    Just a quick hi :) Miss Las Cruces already LOL nice work!!

    1. Hi Tiago, congratulations on finding such an amazing new studio.
      Las Cruces lost an amazing artist but you left a strong footprint in our art scene. Thanks for the visit!

  11. Indeed I will, Julie! Your painting has so much depth. I've been studying it for some time. Glad you've arrived at this point with your renewed vision. Look forward to seeing your lovely work again!

    1. I have been painting every day and have about ten unfinished pieces. It is good to be getting the flow back but something is changing. Be interesting to see what happens. Are you painting at all? I keep checking and Mr. Squirrel knows me so well he winks and shakes his head!
      Sending a hug.

    2. Cute, Julie! Yes, I have been wielding the brush. Will post soon, my friend.

  12. There is something about the light in NM combined with the color of the adobe buildings and the turquoise trim that is so perfect. This is so pretty. I am so glad the surgery went so well for you and that you are finally getting the flow back into your work.


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