Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Two of a Kind

He Loves Me, 8 x 10

Half Full, 11 x 14

What a treat of a day--I didn't have class (that's not the treat, Laurel), but I painted as if I did--in other words, I spent a ton of time painting, and ended up with two very similar paintings.  I learned a ton doing this twice, one larger than the other, and tweaking things here and there. As Laurel has said, when you do two "alike," the first is more spontaneous, looser.  I think the second benefits from things learned in the first.  In these, I wanted to simplify flowers, which was difficult--there is the temptation to overdo for me.  I also love neutrals, and I wanted to see what would happen if the majority of the painting was high key, grays, whites, etc. Though I'm normally drawn to darks, I like the way these turned out.


Barbara M. said...

Hi Julie,

It's cool (literally) how the quiet grey
makes the flowers pop. Good for you -- two
for one. Lovely work.


Trish Siegel said...

These are outstanding! Very nice job with those grays and whites. What a payoff!

Laurel Daniel said...

These are both spectacular - I love that you are always learning AND that you had your OWN Wednesday class yesterday! :)

Camille said...

Julie - I'm blown away by your progress. It seems like yesterday that you begin painting. I love all of your still life's - especially the flowers!