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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Spilled Cherries


Spilled Cherries
6x8inches oil on canvas panel $140. SOLD

Artist Note
This went thru several incarnations,
starting off with a silver bowl.
It became a fight of reflections!
I know when I am beaten 
so I went and got a white bowl
off the shelf.

This is another painting
 from the big box of cherries
we bought at Nichols Ranch


Situated a beautiful 80 min drive 
from Las Cruces,
the orchards are 
at an altitude of 6,800ft
- much cooler than here!
Leaving, we stopped to admire 
this view
of the brilliant streak of light
below the distant mountains 
created by
 White Sands National Monument.

Hot today with more 
heat on the way.
 My new studio in nice and cool.


23 comments:

  1. I think the pale inside of the bowl makes the cherries really stand out. Beautiful abstracted background.

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    1. Thanks, Joan. it is taking me a while to get back into painting but I really like this one. The background is a favorite scarf. It has several patterns on it so is ideal for a still like backdrop.
      How about the lobsters you just painted - fabulous!. I bet you are proud of that one!

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  2. Oooo...amazing how many variations of red a cherry can hold! Wonderful! Missing the Southwest but Maine is currently lovely Julie! :)

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    1. Good to hear from you Shelley. Happy you are painting after the trip. I love the way the light is falling on your horse.
      Yes - Maine - you are in a good place for sure. We will be topping the 100 degrees tomorrow. Dry heat makes it easier to take and my new studio is nice and cool. Loved meeting you!

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  3. Your spilled cherries look so good!!! An outstanding piece as always, Julie!! ❤️

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    1. Thank you, dear Hilda.
      It was great seeing you did a still life. Love, love, love it!

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    1. Hi Jean - I love that word - thanks so much - means a lot!
      Happy to know you like Kathe Kollwitz too.

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  5. Color combinations are fabulous Julie. Beautiful painting.

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    1. Hello, my good friend, I think about you and wonder how things are without your lovely Bonnie. Our Pets are our family
      for sure. I still miss my dog so very much.
      Thank you for the lovely comment.
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  6. Beautiful composition, Julie! My eye is led right up to that stunning single leaf above the cherries. Amazing colors! It would make a wonderful 500-1000 piece puzzle. I mean that with the sincerest and heartfelt praise!!

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    1. This is a fabulous comment - thank you, dear Carol. I think I will print it
      out as a reminder a good one comes along every so often.
      I love it. A jigsaw puzzle, eh? I was raised in a home where we always had one going. My daughter excels at 3-D ones.

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  7. So beautiful Julie. I especially LOVE the abstract background. The leaves and cherries are so perfect as is the bowl. The white bowl allows the cherries to be the star of the show!

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    1. Hi Sharon, I liked the background too. Happy you do.
      It looks like you had great results from the workshop. I enjoyed seeing all the happy faces as well as the sunflower paintings.

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  8. Jewel-like cherries are such a joy to paint, and you capture all those luscious red-and-purple variations beautifully. I really like the relected colors on the inside if the bowl, too. And (as frequently happens) I am intrigued by the way you inject colors into your backgrounds, Julie. This has almost a "madras" feeling to it.

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    1. Hi Helene - I always enjoy your comments because you hit on different areas - like the madras part. I remember the pattern and I can see what you mean. Now madras is called Chennai. I visited there about 6 years ago. The old classic is still being made.
      Have a wonderful week.

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  9. Your new studio really seems to be agreeing with you!

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    1. Thanks Bruce - yes - I am as happy as can be. It is because it is organized and spacious.
      Thanks for the visit. Hope you are painting something wonderful.

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  10. Ah Julie - it is always encouraging to read that someone as talented as you struggles with certain challenges...wonderful job. All the delightful colors makes this painting beautiful. Speaking of beautiful - wow gorgeous picture of the landscape. Looks like you can see for miles and miles. Was just talking to a friend that the sky seems so big out west compared to here. So glad to read you are enjoying that studio. Have a great week-end friend - hugs!

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    1. What a lovely comment, dearest Debbie. Thank you.
      Yes, our skies are amazing, but mainly due to not as many trees blocking the view. Also, the dry air makes the distance much clearer. All I know is I feel very much at home in the southwest.
      You are right... I am Loving the studio.
      Enjoy your week. Hugs back.

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  11. Love the set up of this painting and the wonderful background colors and mosaic style .

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    1. Thanks, Jane. I really like the way you painted the tulips with the three leaves between them.n Lovely!

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  12. Very wonderful painting with so nice colours and light !!!

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Cheers,
Julie