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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Abstracted Landscape plus Monet Inspiration


Cloudy Skies
8X6" oil on Raymar panel $150.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note
In this painting my goal was\
abstracting to only the
main shapes
of what I saw in the landscape.

I used colors from one of
Monet's Landscape themes.
It is a great way to learn how
 he really used a LIMITED palette.
The same few colors mixed
in different proportions
make for an interesting
 harmony.

 Below, left, is another Monet waterlily painting
You can see how I matched the colors 
on the plastic sleeve overlay before
using them in a still life of my own.
Scraped and gone, the painting exists no more
but it was a terrific lesson on the green
because I found it was mixed
from yellow and purple.
Reddish purple and blue purple.

23 comments:

  1. It is an evocative image, Julie, the kind of scene that leaves the viewer to interpret it in the way he sees it, perhaps even dictated by the mood of the moment. Well done!

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    1. Yes, you surprise me and I thank you, David. More for the viewer to place their own interpretations. You talk like a painter!
      I really was extra delighted to see Miriam's butterfly images. I have been studying them lately.

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  2. Such a bold and un-fiddley landscape! It's very effective and what an interesting discovery for mixing those greens Just shows how productive it is to explore color mixing! Your use of a plastic overlay is so clever. (Too bad about the wipe out; I like the jug.)

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    1. LOL at un-fiddley!! We speak the same language old chum.
      Happy you liked the jug. I did too but it was a demo so away it went.

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  3. I like those textures, the color, the impressionist touches, an extraordinary work.
    Congratulations.
    Greetings.

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    1. I am happy you enjoy the impressionist style of colors. Me too.
      You did a great painting of the Colosseum. I would be scared to try it.

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  4. Julie, I'm really enjoying your latest work!

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    1. That was an amazing piece you did on Theo and Vincent. I was engrossed reading it. You have no idea how much I appreciate and value your support, Kim. Thank you.

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  5. Wow,what an incredible talent you have! I can not stop looking at your work, so beautiful ☺

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    1. Thank you so much Natalia. Your recipes have great pictures!

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  6. This is a beautiful landscape Julie. Gorgeous colors... I'm working on a piece for an exhibit next month using only 3 colors.. green, white and black. I never worked with a limited palette before and its turning out to be SO interesting and amazing to see what you can do with only 3 colors. Again...LOVE this painting!

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    1. I am interested to know what shade of green. Hope you show us on your blog when it is finished.l
      Your sweet little dog is FAB!

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  7. Julie - I love the simplicity of this landscape. Isn't it amazing the colors we find when we unclutter the view. I have always been drawn to purples and blues - you certainly know how to mix wonderful color my dear one. Hope all is well with you. Yes "Scooter" is a great mouser. :)!!

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    1. Hello friend, i admire you for finding something to like in this abstract. I put the fence in after. I knew it was a bit too abstract when I caught my hubby looking at it upside down.

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  8. I like that abstracted landscape but what calls to me is the still life you did with the Monet inspired colors. Great way to match the colors!! Good thinking.

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    1. Nice to know you like that. It is a great exercise for the classes to match a masters color.
      Love the new paintings but your carousel painting is amazing.

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  9. I love looking at your beautiful paintings and second, always learn something I can try in my own work. Thanks for sharing Julie.

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    1. Hello dear Blanche. Hope all is well and you are getting some painting in.

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  10. You are our modern impressionst, Julie! A lovely work! And thanks for the tip on the plastic sleeve overlay:)

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    1. My chest is puffed up and I am beaming...modern impressionist indeed. Thanks Chris.
      Interesting techniques you are sharing on your blog.

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  11. yes, the colors look so harmony...beautiful.
    great works

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  12. the texture on the paint goes really well with an impressionist theme :)

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Cheers,
Julie