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

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.

22 comments:

  1. Wonderful piece, Julie... When you zoom on this painting the textures just pop out... Wonderful vibrant colors in the trees as well.
    It's wonderful keeping the traditions that we do... spending time with friends is priceless!!!!

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    1. Hi, Hilda, You are so right about keeping traditions going!
      Happy you like this piece.
      Hope the snow melts soon. Quite a storm for November.


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  2. Great use of optical color mixing and broken brushwork, all classic impressionistic techniques. What a wonderful friendship, they really give special meaning to our lives. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Bruce, for noticing the optical mixing. Fun
      The paintings from your plein air trip gave me an urgent need to paint snow. You handled it so well your paintings glowed.

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  3. I'm drawn to shadows, so this painting fits the bill!

    Your birthday tradition sounds like a practice to adopt. It's the perfect way to make sure we get our friends something they enjoy.

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    1. Good point...without the shadows there would be no light and where would I be then? yes, we both got exactly what we wanted. Happy time.
      Are you painting at all?

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  4. A VERY happy belated birthday to you, my friend! What a wonderful tradition you both carry on. Your painting sets the celebratory mood for your special day, too, with bright color and festive texture. So beautiful!

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    1. Big smile back to you for the birthday wishes.
      Happy you like the painting. Happy, sunny days, my friend.

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  5. Beautiful, Julie. I especially like the cast shadows on the warm, light ground that echo the sunlight dancing on the golden leaves. And It's such a nice antidote to the chilly landscape outside my studio. We're having some February temps and it's only November! Yikes!

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    1. Yes, November is off to a rough start. We hope for moisture here but we are in the Indian Summer stage.
      Hope you are painting the animal portraits - I love Gracie!

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  6. great textured leaves :D sounds like a good weekend :)

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    1. Lots of texture - yes. I loved painting it. Color and texture make my heart beat faster.
      Your dragon pieces intrigue me. When was the first image of a dragon done, do you know? They never existed...right?

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    2. the word shows up around the 13th century, images are much earlier :)

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  7. WHAT A PERFECT AND STUNNING LANDSCAPE!

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    1. How nice of you - thank you, Sue.
      I was just enjoying your wonderful abstract work.
      Truly exciting works.

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  8. Very wonderful autumn colours !!!
    Happy weekend !!!

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    1. Thank you so much. Love your new painting. Such a feeling of depth.

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  9. Happy Birthday! It sounds like a fun way to celebrate. Love the aspen trees and the texture in this!!! Your darks really make the yellows pop too.

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  10. Hi Joan - thanks for BD wishes and liking the painting too.
    Great post about your Brooklyn Trip. Nice to know the new
    Blick store treated you all so well.

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  11. Beautiful light and fabulous colors in the leaves, oh how I love autumn and the symphony of colors it displays. What a great way to spend your birthday and to exchange presents , I might use this idea myself :-) And of course Happy (belated ) Birthday !

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    1. Hi Jane - thanks for the birthday wishes. It is still coming up actually... after thanksgiving, but my friend has had hers.
      Love your Moroccan Woman. Great job!

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  12. Texture and the vibrancy truly appeals! Happy belated birthday Julie!

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Cheers,
Julie