Personal Art Blog

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

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Workshop Review

Sunflower Demo  sold

Artist Note.
I always really enjoy my
workshops but this one
was extra special due
to the fun and talented artists
who all got on so well.
A true blessing.

On the first day 
I provide all the surfaces to
 do the fracturing exercises
and a black panel is one of them.

I sketched out the placement
with white chalk.
 Then I started adding
 the orange/yellow transition color
alongside the dark center.
Next, I added the
yellow and green shapes only.
Looking at the light and dark pattern
I then fractured 
 randomly 
with the handy tool.
Added background colors
remembering to use opposing
strokes and then I fractured
lightly again.
I follow the fracturing marks
using brush and knife...
Defining certain areas. 

Artists are encouraged to
bring it back according to
personal preference for
the amount of detail.

Here are a few of the paintings
the artists did in the workshop.
Wish I could show them all.
Lindy

Carol

Michelle
Veronica

The next three paintings
show how 
 different artists used 
the fracturing technique
to have their own voice with paint.
Three dogs - all different!

Cheryl 

Connie

Veronica

Thank you, everyone, for
allowing me to show your work.

If you are interested in the
Fracturing Technique,
here is a link
Fracturing Tutorial



26 comments:

  1. I'll bet it was a WONDERFUL workshop. You inspire such great things as evidenced by the results of your students! The area I need to focus on for me is..."I follow the fracturing marks using brush and knife..." I need to watch your video again and practice, practice, practice! Loved the step-by-step! Thank you for sharing that!

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    1. Hello, Carol. Thanks for such a warm fuzzy of a comment.
      I wish I could take credit but all the artists were good already and
      three had taken it before. I do recognize that it is a complement when they travel so far to join me in beating up their paintings! Takes a true desire to learn, for sure and that is what our path is all about.
      I know you must be exploring some absorbing thing with paint today.
      You are correct, Carol - it is by repetition that we improve our skills.

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  2. Wow, Julie! What a great post!
    Those gorgeous paintings done by your students demonstrate the skill, patience, and the ability of their teacher to communicate and to encourage! Who wouldn't want to take a workshop from such a gifted artist?!
    Beautiful, beautiful paintings!! Thanks for sharing them!!

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    1. Thanks Chris - You have me blushing with such nice words.
      I also agree about the terrific work everyone did .
      I really enjoyed seeing all the Art Deco inspired work you have been doing. I also loved the gelli plate work on the feathers and it made me want to have a go at it. I have a lot of feathers.
      Hope you find your perfect house soon.

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  3. Just reading Carol's comments about fracturing. I also have the video and try adding a little of your technique in my word. Sometimes it works. Thank you dear Julie for sharing words of encouragement and your work.

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    1. Yes, I understand the "sometimes it works" I find it is most successful in backgrounds when first trying it.
      Congratulations on your award winning painting. I certainly agree it is a fabulous piece.

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  4. Beautiful flower and Wonderful photos of the progression of this painting. Your work is so good and no surprise that it was sold! And it's such a treat to see the work of your students....they all did beautifully....I love Veronica!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Hilda, I agree, they did do beautifully.
      And talking about beautiful...your new portrait is beyond a beauty!
      The way you did her hair amazed me.

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  5. What a great post! Love how you share your process and then your students' work! It is true that we can be influenced but our voices are all different. I love how you can see that hear....such lucky students!

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    1. Thank you, Kaethe.
      It IS important that everyone keeps their own voice and I am happy you see that here.
      I ADORE your crow. Powerful and so well done.

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  6. Ah, Julie, once again you make it appear so straightforward and logical. What an accomplished instructor you are! Glorious sunflowers, painted with your characteristic vitality and verve -- nothing more appealing, I'd say.

    Your workshop participants' paintings were a delight to see. For those of us who envy their access to you, it's a wee glimpse into their experience and to the inspiration you provide. Lucky them -- and wonderful results. (Like Carol and Blanche, I also revisit your video from time to time to get a "bit of Julie.")

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    1. Hi Helene, once again you write a wonderful comment leaving me beaming! Bless you, my friend.
      Hope the paintings for the gallery are coming along well. I am really looking forward to seeing them.

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  7. Thoroughly enjoyed the progression shots of your painting as well as seeing the other artist's workshop work. It must have been a marvelous time for all.

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    1. It was a really good group and they worked very hard. I loved seeing what they all painted.
      Beautiful looking spinach spinach and feta cheese recipe you posted, Carol. Looking forward to trying it.

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  8. nice bright sunflowers and the students produced some really nice work :)

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer.
      I like the great start to your dragon. Your sketches are always so alive.

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  9. Beautiful work from your students! Loved it all. So wish I could come sometime. I'll have to get the technique and work on it cause I love the results.

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    1. Congratulations on the very well prepared post you made on the workshop you did on drawing on the right side of the brain. The videos you made added a lot and I could see how involved the young men were. Good for you!

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  10. Wow , some awesome works here. What a pleasure it must be for you to see the wonderful results of your teaching !

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    1. Thanks, Jane. It certainly is a pleasure.
      I really enjoyed seeing your neat interpretation of the gull. I love it!

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  11. Dear Julie - your students did a fabulous job. Truly a testimony to your wonderful teaching. The sunflowers are delightful and so much a part of summer's joy. So glad you shared. Have a great week friend. Hugs!

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    1. Hello, dear Debbie, Thank you for the sweet words and I agree about the sunflower being part of summers joy. So are hollyhocks and I really love the color of the ones you have on your blog.
      Sending a warm hug.

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  12. I loved seeing your steps in the technique to make this beauty emerge. Wonderful!!! Looks like a very successful workshop seeing the results your students had.

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    1. Thank you, Joan. I really think your latest painting are wonderful. The two seated figures you drew from behind, really are special.

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  13. Beautiful work by all! So inspiring! One day I hope to attend one of your workshops Julie! Maybe you could offer an on line course or downloadable videos! Imagine how many artists you could share your talent with :)

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  14. Thanks, Mona. I see so many artists doing the doing the online courses and admire them for it. I get tremendous satisfaction from the person to person contact and hate to give that up just yet.
    I miss your regular blogging.

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Cheers,
Julie