Thursday, April 15, 2010

Quick Paintings/Keeping it Fresh

 Holiday Park, Utah - acrylics

It's late.  I've had a hard day substitute teaching, computer class, no lesson plans, etc., etc., whine, whine, whine.  I decided I'd show you some FRESH paintings that I have done (since I don't feel very fresh right now).

Every once in a while I just prep quite a few canvases with a general under painting of a red violet, diazonine purple and cadmium red light.  I don't mix them together.  I just put blobs on  my glass palette and then blob the colors on haphazardly and quickly on the canvas.  I let it be thick  or whatever.  It's just quick.  Then I dry it thoroughly.

("Blue House/Gardner's Village - acrylics)
After that I get a photo that I HAVE TAKEN and paint quickly.  It's a great way to force yourself to just see the contrasts of colors, values (lights and darks) and composition.  I just go for it and let things fall however they do.  Because I've practiced so much with these artistic elements I kind of know what I'm doing.

  So, I can zero in, quite quickly, to the essential elements-get them in simply.  I've managed to come up with quite a few jewels.

I do have some that aren't my favorite but they often turn out to be a find for someone else.  I've sold a lot of these.  Because I don't have to spend a ton of time on them I can price them very reasonably.

("Gully/Hogle Zoo, Utah" - acrylics)

I just thought you'd enjoy seeing a few.

                                                                                        ("Park City, Utah, Houses" - acrylics)


  1. I always use a thin Burnt Sienna ground. It gives a lot of warmth; especially to landscape.

  2. Yes. That's a good one for doing portraits too. Using the colors I talked about tonight really takes guts. Once you get used to it it's great but it is a little scary at first. Burnt sienna is such a great color-love it. I go through that so fast. Some people like to mix that with blue to make a wonderfully natural green for landscapes. I'll have to try the b. sienna sometime under a quick painting. I love to get new ideas! Thanks!

  3. Awesome work, Julie...and thanks for stopping in at my blog. I appreciate your taking the time to look through at some of my older posts...I always kinda liked cat liberal, too. I'm not even sure what the symbolism is exactly but just liked the image.
    I plan on keeping in touch.

  4. I thought I left a comment earlier but don't see it now...I'll wait and see if it pops up logo.