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

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Santa Fe Gate

Santa Fe Gate
8"x6" oil on canvas panel $150.
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Artist Note.
I found this delightful gate
on a trip to Museum Hill in Santa Fe.
The property must be old because 
the trees were very tall. 
Fall color were glowing through here and there
and the yellow was like a spotlight on the lens
...way too bright,
so bright the camera had to be adjusted
so they didn't bleach out.

Then it was important to decide, 
was the gate the focus
...or the golden trees?
I hope the gate is noticed first.


  1. Beautiful color on the gate Julie!!! I noticed SO many gorgeous colors when we went to New Mexico..... Excellent painting.....

    1. Thanks so much. Hilda. I like knowing that you enjoyed New Mexico.

  2. Hi Julie, it's beautiful! I loved your description, "The property must be old because the trees were very tall." Almost poetic, and certainly describes the scene best. It evokes a feeling I can't put my finger on at the moment. Don't want to use the wrong word. Enjoy your day!

    1. What a lovely and appreciated comment, Carol. Thank you. I sure hope you are feeling better.

  3. Well,it IS tricky, Julie! When I first looked, my eye went immediately to the charming turquoise gate and the Naples Yellow spots of light next to it. After reading your comment, however, I looked at it again and this time the bright golden sunlight in the trees seemed to dominate. However, that golden light was echoed in the shrub adjacent to the gate -- clever you! -- so my eye then tracked back through those highlights on the ground to the gate. Whatever route the viewer takes, it is a delight.

  4. Good reading of the eye tracking...I always have a problem when two focal points shine forth.
    As you know...the eye can only handle one at a time.
    Hope all is well and you are painting.

  5. my eyes actually went right to the middle of the gate an bright colour so I took the whole painting in at once :) great shadows on this

  6. I see the gate as the focus, lovely!

  7. The lit walkway going almost to the gate and then past the gate guides your eye so nicely! Of course I love the turquoise of the favorite Santa Fe color! This is great!!!

  8. Beautiful painting, Julie! You managed the light so very well! The light leading up to the gate and the spot of sun behind the gate do indeed make it the focus!!

  9. Julie definitely the gate is what drew my attention...I found myself wanting to go deeper into the painting following the path of light. This is absolutely a winner sweet friend. Love it. Hugs!


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