Tuesday, October 25, 2011

from the heart

This is Lori. Stellar photographer, wonderful knitter, and all around the kind of person who its good to know is walking the earth. Lori has a great blog.
http://www.loritimesfive.blogspot.com/
This is acrylic and a little bit of oil pastel on canvas, 8x10. I primed the canvas with burnt sienna, then drew in the face with charcol and began to add the layers of paint.
The bird is a roller, from Africa. Lori's favorite bird.





One of Lori's beautiful portraits.



I learned that if you paint things that mean something to you it adds to the still life.

So here is my favorite glass, one of my cafe au lait bowls and the last of the summer peaches.

The geranium blossom is from my mother's garden, and now is rooting in a flower pot!



Lots more cafe bowls to paint...


We went to Santa Barbara for my birthday. Yes, its really this gorgeous




After the museum we stopped in at the ultimate grocery store, Lazy Acres. Can you even believe this produce section?



More ornaments to list today........




Thanks so much for visiting





xx






julie







juliewhitmorepottery.etsy.com

43 comments:

woodland wanderer said...

oh, you had a birthday Julie. I wish i could have known! your paintings are always so lovely.
it seems you had a such a wonderful birthday day.

Valerianna said...

oooo, ornaments in the store, I'm excited! I just had a birthday on Monday, are you a libra, too?

millefeuilles said...

Happy, happy brithday dearest artist!

I am so happy I came across your blog a few months ago. Your work is charming and inspirational.

Stephanie

A bird in the hand said...

I'm going to be in Santa Barbara the first week of February... are you close by??? Or should I not get so excited...

xx colette

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Colette, not too close! I'll e mail you and Valerianna,
yes. Libra too.
xx

lilylovekin said...

Happy birthday Julie, hope you had a great day. What a lovely painting of Lori, I've discovered her blog-it is a treasure.

lilylovekin said...

Happy birthday Julie, hope you had a great day. What a lovely painting of Lori, I've discovered her blog-it is a treasure.

lilylovekin said...

Happy birthday Julie, hope you had a great day. What a lovely painting of Lori, I've discovered her blog-it is a treasure.

Claire said...

Oh Julie, belated birthday wishes, I hope you had a joyous day celebrating in beautiful Santa Barbara............

Love your painting of Lori it's beautiful, must pop by and visit her blog it's been a while.

I like the idea of using pieces in still life pictures that have some meaning to you. Adds to the whole look and feel of the painting..........
I'm looking forward to Summer peaches eaten straight form the tree and warmed by the ☀

Claire X

sandra said...

Hi Julie,
I have tried so hard to purchase from your etsy store but each time it seems I am missing out...any suggestions??? I love your work so much and am dying to purchase a piece or two or three...Happiest of Birthdays to you too!

Lori ann said...

oooooh julie. i've come back and forth here several times, having a peek and then clicking away quickly (was speechless). i'm just beyond thrilled, you know how i feel about your work, your paintings, but this, i hope it's okay to say, is my favorite. i think you did a stunning job, i love everything about it.

thank you for your kind words,and this painting, i am sure this is one of the most special things to ever happen to me.

and of course your still life is beautiful, i love the colors and all your latte bowls, including a part of your mother with that plant is so very special.

happy birthday to you dear friend, glad you had a great day in s.b.

your ornaments are probably sold by now. :)

thank you, xxxxx

Zulma said...

Hola Julie... como estas ? como siempre una belleza tu blog .... me encanta ...besos y cariños !!!!

jen storer said...

All that colour and light and...beautifulness. It is you who give us the birthday blessings, dear girl! Still, have a wonderful, sparkly year. Thanks for the inspiration. jxx

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Your portrait of Lori is wonderful and the still life is charming! Happy Birthday and here's to a wonderful year ahead!

Flossie said...

Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday Julie. May the birthday fairy grant all your wishes.

If only the produce in our supermarket looked even half as good, and what a wonderful name, Lazy Acres. It sounds more like somewhere to go on holiday or retire to, not somewhere to fill the pantry.

xx

kj said...

dear julie, you have impectible taste. you have made lori over the moon happy and that makes me over the moon happy too.

best wishes for a wonder.ful birthday and prosperous year. i know i will see this your beautiful painting again soon. my favorite part is that freeloving hair blowing in the wind.

kj

Librarian said...

A belated Happy Birthday from me, Julie! Love the ornaments and the paintings, and I had no idea Santa Barbara is so beautiful.
Last night, I saw "from the heart" on my dashboard, but when I clicked it, it said that the page does not exist on your blog. So I was glad to have found it today!

anushka said...

you captured lori's essence so well! beautiful painting.

gallerydarrow said...

Oh my gosh Julie, you captured Lori just perfectly.
I bet she could charm a bird on her shoulder.

Happy birthday to you! ♫

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Dear Sandra, Thanks so much for your comment, I can't find your email to write you back. But you are welcome to email me
jkwhitmre@hotmail.com, and let me know what you have in mind for a special order. Thanks so much!
xx
julie

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

you did such a wonderful job on that portrait of lori....it's beautiful....and i love your favorite things painting too...and the last of the summer peaches and the geranium rooting in the glass....i love it all....

sending love,
kary and little teddy
xx

studio lolo said...

What a sweet painting of our friend Lori! Very thoughtful. I know she loves it.♥

Susan @ Home Hum said...

Hi! I came here from a link on Lori's blog--your paintings are beautiful. I loved your photos, too, especially the Christmas ornaments :-). Hope your birthday was full of happiness.

Nantucket Mermaid said...

Everything is so wonderful and Happy Birthday! :)---<

marianne said...

Wow you made Lori very happy and proud!
It is a beautiful portrait of a beautiful person!

Country Rabbit said...

you make me smile ;0)
i so enjoy your posts, happiest birthday wishes sweet lady x
your creations are so sweet, i could gaze at them for hours...love the salad-veg section- how green and plentiful. love the first two paintings as well...lovely post! x

Pamela said...

mmmm..... you've been busy! I am so in love with your stuff!!!

Zuzu said...

Happy Birthday, Julie! You spent it in a beautiful spot.
I guess I keep repeating myself everytime I visit, but I love your art & lifestyle. It is a joy to visit you.
Hugs,
Zuzu

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Happy Belated Birthday Julie!! I love when you post. Your paintings are fabulous. How blessed you are to be so talented.

Helen Philipps said...

Happy Birthday, Julie. Your painting of Lori is so sweet and gentle, and I love the colourful bird. Thanks for the link to Lori's blog too. I like the idea of using pieces you own and love in paintings...(I once painted a little jug of mine, the first piece of vintage china I bought as a student). I do love your delicate little decorations too with their sweet details and delightful colouring.
Have a happy week ahead. Helen x

Maggie Ann said...

Julie looks so sweet, what a nice friend she must be. Belated Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful time.

Mary - Vintage Cottage said...

Belated Happy Birthday! Love the ornaments!

lynne h said...

oh julie, how'd i miss this post? your portrait is beautiful - you are such an accomplished painter... i think you are accomplished at everything creative... : )

these little creatures. oh my goodness...

xoxo

(and happy late birthday!)

red-handed said...

Pretty. All of it.

jone hallmark said...

love your porttrait and the photo of Santa Barbara - on a BEAUtIFUL day!!!~

xo

Shelley Whiting said...

Love the painting of Lori. It's very lovely and magical. Love the loose brushstrokes. A very pretty picture.

Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka said...

Dearest Julie, what a lovely portrait of a beautiful woman!
When you write that if "you paint things that mean something to you it adds to the still life",
it´s exactly the same thing with photography:)
Belated birthday wishes to you my friend!

Will you list more ornaments?
XX
Becky

Pauline said...

Your painting of Lori is beautiful and the jug at the top of the page is magnificent, love the scene on it especially the donkey.

annamaria said...

Lovely and charming paintings- happy you have lots more coffee bowls to paint!Happy Birthday you gorgeous artist!

vicki said...

Hi Julie-
So sorry I missed your birthday- can I say Happy Birthday anyway? Wow- that beach photo is fabulous- what a lovely place to visit-

Your paintings are wonderful- you know I am so enthralled by everything you do. The bowls in the painting are beautiful- and the ones pictured on your sidebar.

You create so beautifully--
Vicki

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Oh, those ornaments are lovely!!! x

Barbara said...

Certainly a beautiful Bay at Santa Barbara.
Would love to swim there.

A good likeness on your painting. You are so gifted.

whimsie said...

the Winsor & Newton box is in great condition for its age.

I have postede a few watercolor boxes on my web site.

http://www.whimsie.com/antique%20art%20supplies.html

It is all so much history of art but I have to confess I occaisionly use the antique paint.

Some of the colors are no longer made.

Animals who garden

Animals who garden
Donkey with green paw