Saturday, December 31, 2011

big

Well, bigger anyway. This is the largest thing I have done in years: Part of my New year's resolve to make some larger things. 24 x 30 and a month of Sundays to paint. Wonderful Sundays with the fog ebbing around , then leaving me for the day with a nice light to paint by.

Swiss artist Paul Klee was one of the pioneers of cubist paintings in the early 1900's.
I've been seeing alot of these riffs on cubist paintings in the last couple of years and have been planning on doing one. Since you portion off the canvas, I thought it was a good way to go big.

I primed the whole canvas first with yellow ochre acrylic. Then I used a ruler to keep the edges square.

I used mostly greens and blues for the base colors, with lots of building up with white, gesso and acrylic mediums for texture.


In a way they are folky like patchwork quilts.


(I'm still going to make tiny things.)


Here's how I start. Over a yellow ochre primed canvas I squared in the blocks of color
on this 8 x 10



When it dried, I went back and tightened things up and added the first layer of color for the images and words.



After more detail I finished with this soft Gel gloss. Its wonderful. I looked long and patiently for the right finish. It adds texture and a subtle sheen.


I put it on and let dry overnight.






Now its time for a new year and do I wish that yours is healthy and prosperous and happy?



Yes



yes,



A thousand times


yes!


xxx


julie






juliewhitmorepottery.etsy.com

49 comments:

Zulma said...

QUERIDA AMIGA jULIE ... PASO A DESEARTE UN FELIZ 2012 !!! LO MEJOR PARA VOS Y TU QUERIDA FAMILIA , QUE dIOS TE COLME DE BENDICIONES Y DE FELICIDAD ... TE QUIERO MUCHO zULMA !!!!

Judy Shreve said...

Julie - I love your painted piece - the colors, the composition - just everything. I have two library books on my desk right now on Paul Klee. He's one of my very favorite artists!
Hope you have a wonderfully happy creative prosperous 2012!

vicki said...

Hi Julie- are there words to describe this? I doubt it! Fabulous does not even begin! Love the colors- the whimsy- love the patchwork design. Great job! Way to go BIG!!

Have a beautiful New Year!
Vicki

Stephanie Gentry said...

Wishing you a happy & creative New Year, Julie! Thank you for sharing your wonderful works of art!

The Cloth Shed said...

Happy New Year Julie and I look forward to more of your gorgeous pottery pieces in 2012.
Best wishes,
Julie x

Linda Starr said...

good to see new years resolutions coming to fruition.

hensteeth said...

My dear, talented, inspiring, gifted friend...wishing you the most creative and happiest of new years. xxx

A bird in the hand said...

Love.
Love.
Love.

Happy New Year.

C. xoxo

Erin said...

Sweet painting! I wish you a very happy and creative new year!

lynne h said...

ahhh, julie... i love the top painting. i love cubes with images in them. there's just something about them... your paintings (and pottery) convey such magic. it just shines right through.

i wish you a glorious 2012 - all health, joy and creativity!! thank you for all you've given in 2011...

love,

lynne

Claire said...

Julie, love this new piece......it does look very much like a patchwork quilt.

One that's been made with love and care, beautiful soft colours and individual pictures....
I saw a hand knitted donkey in an op shop yesterday, he was looking a little worse for wear. But someone had knitted him up with love and made him the sweetest hat with knitted flowers, too cute.

A wonky donkey for sure, I thought of you and Viv.

Those foggy Sundays sound 'just perfick' for painting.

Claire

millefeuilles said...

Dearest Julie,

I have just surfaced from our family holiday in the middle of mountain nowhere and I am thrilled to have taken the time to visit you. This piece of yours is absolutely beautiful and I am very fond indeed of the colours you have chosen. I am sorry my words are even more limited than usual but I am a little travel weary!

I wish you so much joy, peace and harmony for this new, wonderful year. Stay warm and happy.

Stephanie

lilylovekin said...

Wishing you SO much love in 2012, you have brought so much beauty to my life in 2011 (lady plates) I am full of so much thanks. Looking forward to another wonderful year.

farmlady said...

I love to see you trying different and bigger art. This is a beautiful piece... kind of like a patchwork quilt. Love it.
I also wish you a wonderful New Year. May it bring you and your family many blessings.

Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

Your art...no matter what medium...makes me happy. xoxo Happy New Year!

Lori ann said...

Oh Julie, this is fantastic, there is no end to your incredible talent. I love the cubist paintings, but yours is now my favorite.
and i LOVE LOVE the little things. those houses. omg.

Librarian said...

Just like all the other things you make, the paintings are beautiful, and I am looking forward to seeing more of them on your blog this year.

May 2012 be as good as 2011 was, and even better where you feel there is still room :-)

Vicky Lovejoy said...

Wishing you a wonderfully happy new year Julie.
I love your big project, the colours are fabulous and it is full of the joys of nature.
Donkeys are my favorite animals (and hedgehogs too :0)) there is just something so wonderful about them.
Big hugs
Vicky xxxx

holly aka golly said...

Happy New Year! It's always exciting to make new work and venture in a new direction!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Julie, I love it! You are just so talented and imaginative, I guess that's why you're an artist! I wish I had a quarter of your talent! Happy New Year!

kathyd said...

love these paintings .. and i love paul klee . look forward to 2012 with you .
xxoo

Zuzu said...

Yay, Julie!!! I LOVE it!

I usually make small things. Going for something large has always caused me to pause, and then not do it at all.

You inspire and encourage us to go big in 2012! :)

Happy, Happy New Year!!!
Zuzu

Helen Philipps said...

I really love your beautiful new work, Julie! It reminds me of the way I have sometimes created a sampler, in sections where the colours and motifs relate to each other but are separate too. You have just the right touch of delicacy that I so admire. I look forward to visiting you in 2012 and wish you a very Happy New Year.
Helen x

brenda said...

Nice to see your process! I have started painting again.... I love Klee! Happy New Year! and thank you for stopping by my blog♥

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Kay G. said...

Hope you have a very creative 2012!

Carolyn Parker said...

How joyful it is to come home and find more beauty that you are creating, hence, the spread of joy.
It is a delight to read all the lovely comments that grace this page. I doubt if you realize the extent of pleasure and comfort your talent creates in our hearts and souls. Happy New Year!
Love and thanks,
Batty Mae

Jody Battaglia said...

Hello Julie...Charming...
All of your art...Big and small...
I hope to see you soon. Really...Really...a thousand times really...
Have new calendar page fun, Jody

ParisBreakfasts said...

Adorbs!

Melody said...

Your new "BIG" work of art is lovely! Of course I am always drawn to the "tiny" things, it's just a hard habit to break I guess!
Happy New Year too you! :))))

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Beautiful colours in your painting Julie. Best wishes for a wonderful 2012. Lesley x

sharon said...

You amaze me,,,,your color palette is brilliant as well as the images you paint.....just like home.
Happy New year Julie, and I wish you peace, much love, and health!

jone hallmark said...

When I lived in Basel, Switzerland, I would go to the Paul Klee room at the Kunstmuseum (Art Museum) on days that I was feeling sad or lonely. My dad loved Klee's work and I adopted that love when I moved to Klee's native country.

You have inspired me to do a few squares. I'll share when I get going.

Talk soon? Happy New Year, dear Julie!

pat said...

Wishing you the same Julie.. I do hope that in this new year of 2012 our paths will overlap...

Mozart's Girl said...

Wonderful Julie - I love this new project & style. You are so gifted. Colours, texture, subjects...perfect. Hoping that 2012 has started well for you & that it's the best yet for you & those you love xo Rachel

felicity said...

Your painting is really beautiful!

felicity said...

Your painting is really beautiful!

Nan said...

Oh my gosh, this is wonderful. I thought it was a tiled wall.

A Brush with Color said...

A wonderful Happy New Year to you as well, Julie. I love our Klee knockoffs! They're charming. I used your beautiful little dish and spoons over the holidays and thought of you--and people thought they were so whimsical. I sent them to your blog. Hope they visit. These are all lovely--I agree--the cubism paintings are very quilt-like!

polkadotpeticoat said...

I love it all right down to those little cuties!!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I love it. Continued creativity in the New Year!!

Dianne said...

Wonderful! I love patchwork quilts and it definitely has the feel of a soft, well loved quilt!

Lisa Graham Art said...

Hi Julie! It was so great to see you visited the other day! Thanks for stopping by. It's been a while since I've popped over here too. Christmas is such a busy time.

Love this larger piece...when I first saw it I thought it was a bunch of ceramic tiles all hooked together...it is like a quilt and I love every detail. Isn't that soft gel medium great stuff?

Barbara said...

I just love your top painted pottery. Great wall hanging I guess.

The Sea Garden said...

Hello Julie, I LOVE your painting, of course! I was so thrilled to receive the beautiful little pear plate for Christmas from my lovely daughter. Was also thrilled with your comment on my blog! Glad you think our house is OK!

A time to dance said...

Hi Julie remember me ? Your old friend from across the pond coming up for air at last. I love Klee and I love your interpretations ... It's sooo cold here I'm wrapped in woollies and blankets hope the sun is shining on you my friend ...

susan jenkins said...

Lovely tribute to mom , just so sweet.
I LOVe your "bride and groom" series, beautiful!!
xx sis

Esther said...

Cute, quilt-like and very creative. Christie at Grammy's House sent me over.

hapi-ness said...

the little toadstool makes me want to cry it's so sweet! it's all so lovely :) xx

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