Monday, 28 October 2013

Progress of RIALTO AND GONDOLAS 2

"Rialto and Gondolas" 

In this second stage of the painting, you can see the building on the left is virtually completed and the canal is basically blocked in using blues and purples, still mindful of not hiding the bright pink underpainting. I have started in with some reflections and the gondolas are blocked in using black but need some alteration. The buildings and the Rialto Bridge have more detail and some are now stone coloured but will not stay that way!

As I am now painting with a palette knife, I find it is a quick process and enjoy painting in relief with the thick oil paint. This is working pretty well, especially in the detail of the buildings and the reflections in the water. It is difficult to show just how much the paint is in relief, but the next picture will be taken from an angle so you can see how effective it is to build up with oils so the painting stands out from the canvas.




"Rialto and Gondolas" 
(progress 2)
14" x 18" x 1"
wrapped canvas
Oil
© Jules Art Gallery 2013

Progress of RIALTO AND GONDOLAS 1

"Rialto and Gondolas" 

This painting - comprising a view of the Grand Canal in Venice, showing the Rialto Bridge, and a station of Gondolas, was the start of a painting instruction class from one of Wendy Jelbert's painting Venice book, that I particularly liked.  The book even included tracings so you can get the composition right and get to the painting stage quickly rather than struggle with getting your drawing right for a long time. 

This was perfect for me as I have always had problems drawing buildings and have had dreadful hours trying to get the perspective right. I therefore have tended to avoid subjects where these are needed. But this method is good practice for me and quicker to get to the main event of painting.

The daytime scene I originally painted was in watercolour, in cobalt and ultramarine blues and cadmium yellows in the main composition, which did work very well but now I am going for a more dramatic evening light.  

I decided to try something new, and paint 'dangerously'  by using an acrylic bright pink underpainting for the sky, water and partly on the bridge and buildings. That dried quickly and then I started in with the water and sky in oils, but also with a palette knife - but allowing the pink background to show through. 

The bright pink underpainting  and the purples in the sky and water, show that it is evening, and the sun is almost set.  Reflections from the pinks in the sky can easily be picked out in the water of the Grand Canal, and in reflected lights in the windows of the buildings.
So far, so good!


"Rialto and Gondolas" 
(progress 1)
14" x 18" x 1"
wrapped canvas
Oil
© Jules Art Gallery 2013

TECHNICOLOUR WINDMILLS VII - SOLD

"Technicolour Windmills VII"

This acrylic painting symbolises the windmills of Portugal,
in the heat of the summer. 
The painting also reflects the colours of
summer as seen on brightly painted houses 
and their traditional fishing boats.



"Technicolour Windmills VII"
(from a series of ten all now sold)
24" x 30" x 1.5"
wrap around canvas
Acrylic
© Jules Art Gallery
Sold into a Private Collection




LAST LEAF FALLS - SOLD

"Last Leaf Falls"

This is an abstract painted in acrylic and metallic paint on canvas depicting the
last leaf to fall from the tree, symbolising the arrival of winter.




"Last Leaf Falls"
30" x 24" x 1.5"
wrap around canvas
Acrylic
©JulesArtGallery
SOLD



Monday, 30 September 2013

SEPTEMBER FINAL SQUARE

September Final Square for the 30 in 30 Painting Challenge




© Jules Art Gallery 2013

Sunday, 29 September 2013

BEYOND THE LAKE - DAY 29

September Painting Challenge - Day 29

" Beyond the Lake"

Mountains again, but in water-mixable oils...
Now, before you start, I know some people question
the use of these and say they are not such a good thing  as you are not gaining
anything by using them? 
What is all the fuss about...?  you definitely
cut out the smell of turps,... and yes I know all about odourless turps...
 But water is cheaper and far less fuss, but the purists don't like em...
Apart from the water and the turps tho seriously.....what is the difference?
 Can you tell an 'oil' painting  from a 'water based oil' painting? 
Just wondering.... I don't know if you can, can you?
By the way, do you see the huge octopus head in this painting.....
yup! me too....!!


"Beyond the Lake "
10" x 8 "
Water-mixable Oils
©Jules Art Gallery 2013

Saturday, 28 September 2013

MONET'S BRIDGE I - DAY 28

September Painting Challenge - Day 28

"Monet's Bridge I "

Well this painting is self explanatory... kind of.... and yes, I
know it looks like teeth!!! But it's just the reflection in
the water! Yes I am going to redo this one, properly and
with the benefit of more time!


"Monet's Bridge I "
12" x 16"
Watercolour and Pastel
©Jules Art Gallery 2013



Friday, 27 September 2013

CARMEL MISSION - DAY 27

September Painting Challenge - Day 27

"Carmel Mission"

My painting today is a scene from
Carmel, from a class with Johannes again. I think
I am improving with my painting, as this is
one of the best I have done I THINK!!!
I know...... I still have a way to go!



"Carmel Mission"
11" x 9"
Watercolour
©Jules Art Gallery 2013


Thursday, 26 September 2013

THE GREEN WOODPECKER - DAY 26

September Painting Challenge - Day 26

" The Green Woodpecker "

Here is the British Green Woodpecker drilling his
nest in the tree as usual! He has fabulous
bright red crest on his head, and a 
spectacularly bright leaf 
green coat!


" The Green Woodpecker "
9"  x  6"
Watercolour
©Jules Art Gallery 2013

Sunday, 22 September 2013

LILACS AND APPLE BLOSSOM - DAY 22

September Painting Challenge - Day 22

"Lilacs and Apple Blossom,
with Ceanothus"

Today's watercolour is a bunch of flowers I picked from the garden.
Lucky for me I had photographed these for a painting when
I did, or you would not be seeing it now. The Ceanothus with it's lovely
honey scent and beautiful blue colour, and the Lilacs are both always over far too soon.
The apple blossoms were blown away sooner than we would have liked.
But here they are in all their glory!



 "Lilacs and Apple Blossom,
with Ceanothus"
9" x 12"
Watercolour
©Jules Art Gallery 2013




Saturday, 21 September 2013

MOUNTAIN VIEW - DAY 21

September Painting Challenge - Day 21

"Mountain View"

This painting is an experiment with oils and a Bob Ross
mountain scene with plenty of happy little trees!



"Mountain View"
18" x 22"
Oil on board
(unfinished)
©Jules Art Gallery 2013

Friday, 20 September 2013

THE VILLAGE - DAY 20

September Painting Challenge - Day 20

"The Village"

Today's painting is a real place! 
A little village in South West of England that is very pretty 
and peaceful 
and very popular with tourists. 
This view attracted me as an artist due to the great 
variety of trees and plants, 
and also the variety of different buildings.
The village is a painter's paradise,
 I am just sorry I cannot tell you exactly where it is,
 I forgot it's name!


"The Village"
12" x 16"
Watercolour/Acrylics
©Jules Art Gallery 2013

Thursday, 19 September 2013

INSPIRATION - CROCUS - DAY 19

September Painting Challenge Day 19

" Inspiration - Crocus"



"Inspiration Crocus"
Watercolour and Pastel
8" x 11"
©Jules Art Gallery 2013

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

THE DUCK BASKET!

September Painting Challenge Day 17

" The Duck Basket!"

Yes it really is a basket weave plant pot! The 'Duck' is
also covered in moss, and contains a planted Pansy
which is in full bloom. I really enjoyed
painting this little scene today!



"The Duck Basket!"
8" x 10"
Watercolour
©Jules Art Gallery 2013

Monday, 16 September 2013

DAD'S SHED - DAY 16

September Painting Challenge Day 16

"Dad's Shed"

The focus of this painting are really the flowers, I wanted
to capture the beautiful dark crimson irises a colour which I have
not seen in irises before, and the variety colours in the
little window box which are spectacular!



"Dad's Shed"
10" x 6"
Watercolour
©Jules Art Gallery 2013


September 2013 - Half-Way Collage

30 in 30 Painting Challenge

To mark the half-way point
Here is my collage of paintings completed
Not quite 15 - but almost!!


© Jules Art Gallery 2013

Paintings included: 
1. Red Pepper    2. Sea-Garden    3. Hibiscus    4.Summer    5. Winter
6. La Gondola    7. Iris    8. French Chateau    9.Elegant Lady - Geraniums    10. Pair of Pears 
 12. Nesting Time    14. Shark Tank    15. Blue Boy
(Paintings 11 and 13 - to follow! perhaps)


Saturday, 14 September 2013

SHARK TANK - DAY 14

September Painting Challenge Day 14

"Shark Tank "

This watercolour is inspired by the London Aquarium, and the
photo on the ticket we bought when we went there to see the sharks.
The Easter Island heads in the tank were also worth seeing as
well as the sharks!


"Shark Tank"
10" x 10"
Watercolour
©Jules Art Gallery 2013


Thursday, 12 September 2013

NESTING TIME - DAY 12

September Painting Challenge Day 12

"Nesting Time"


"Nesting Time"
10" x 8"
Watercolour
©Jules Art Gallery 2013


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

PAIR OF PEARS - Day 10

September Painting Challenge Day 10

"Pair of Pears"


"Pair of Pears"
8" x 8"
Watercolour
©Jules Art Gallery 2013

Monday, 9 September 2013

ELEGANT LADY - GERANIUM - Day 9

September Painting Challenge Day 9

"Elelgant Lady - Geranium"


"Elegant Lady - Geranium"
10" x 8"
Pastel
©Jules Art Gallery

Sunday, 8 September 2013

FRENCH CHATEAU - Day 8

September Painting Challenge Day 8

"French Chateau"


"French Chateau"
10" x 8"
Acrylic
©Jules Art Gallery

Saturday, 7 September 2013

IRIS - Day 7

September Painting Challenge Day 7

"Iris"


"Iris"
10" x 7"
Pastel
©Jules Art Gallery

Friday, 6 September 2013

LA GONDOLA - Day 6

September Painting Challenge Day 6

"La Gondola" 


"La Gondola"
8" x 7"
Watercolour
©Jules Art Gallery 2013


Thursday, 5 September 2013

WINTER - Day 5

September Painting Challenge Day 5
(not shown on the
challenge blog)
"Winter"


"Winter"
10" x 7"
Acrylic
©Jules Art Gallery


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

SUMMER - Day 4

September Painting Challenge Day 4
(not shown on the challenge blog)
"Summer"



"Summer"
7" x 10"
Acrylic
©Jules Art Gallery

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

HIBISCUS - Day 3

September Painting Challenge Day 3

"Hibiscus"


"Hibiscus"
8" x 8"
Pastel
©Jules Art Gallery 2013

Monday, 2 September 2013

SEA GARDEN - Day 2

September Painting Challenge Day 2

"Sea Garden"

For the second painting I decided to paint the scene from our aquarium at home, and added some shells instead of fish. Normally you cannot add sea shells to an aquarium as the minerals have an adverse affect on the fish... so you can only add sea shells to an aquarium in a painting..!!!


"Sea Garden"
8" x 9"
Watercolour and Pastel
©Jules Art Gallery 2013-15


Sunday, 1 September 2013

RED PEPPER - Day 1

September Painting Challenge Day 1

"Red Pepper"

To start the challenge a lovely red pepper, which was
a challenge for me to paint, but I enjoyed
painting it, and will enjoy cooking it later!!



"Red Pepper"
6" x 6"
Watercolour
©Jules Art Gallery 2013

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

FRENCH BREAKFAST

"French Breakfast"

Shown on EBSQ painting site,
as Art of the Day Sept 7, 2015.

This painting is to mark our holidays in France, when our family explores
 the countryside, slowly travelling down to the South staying 
in  a different Hotel,  or Auberge, every day. 
Although we often have the croissants and coffee for breakfast in England,
 the Gitanes are not ours, and in the painting they serve only to note
 the French penchant for strong cigarettes!



"French Breakfast"
Watercolour
11" x 14"
© Jules Art Gallery 2013
Original in Private Collection 

SHOWN RECENTLY IN THE 
CREATIVES - SEE.ME - EXHIBITION
LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
JULY - SEPTEMBER 2013
(http://JulieJules.See.Me)




Saturday, 8 June 2013

ANNA - SOLD

"Anna"
Norwegian Sailing Vessel

My watercolour of  "Anna" an old Norwegian sailing
vessel was inspired by a photograph I saw in the
Maritime Museum, Oslo.



"Anna"
14" x 10"
Watercolour
Bockingford Paper
Summer 1993
© Jules Art Gallery
Private Collection

Friday, 17 May 2013

NORWEGIAN FISHING VILLAGE

"Norwegian Fishing Village"

To celebrate Norwegian Day 17th May I am publishing
my painting of a little village on the West Coast of Norway 
which I painted a while ago. 
I so miss the countryside of Norway with the tall trees 
and prettily painted wooden houses.  
So Happy 17th May to all my Norwegian friends.





"Norwegian Fishing Village"
23cm x 35cm
Acrylic
May 17th 1996
©Jules Art Gallery
Private Collection
Exhibited in West Sussex, UK.

Friday, 10 May 2013

PORTLAND BILL - SOLD

"Portland Bill"
Portland Bill,  the second most southerly point of England after Land's End. 
This is a very popular view of the lighthouse that is seen on many tourist mementos
 in the area, and is such a wonderful place to visit.

This painting was sold in an Art Exhibition in Crawley. West Sussex -
 some years ago,  and is now residing in a private collection.









"Portland Bill, UK"
16" x 20"
Watercolour with Acrylic
©Jules Fine Art Gallery

Sold into Private Collection
Exhibited in West Sussex, UK.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

BLOOMING SUMMER REVISITED

"Blooming Summer Revisited"

My latest watercolour is an homage to 'summer'
that we have been waiting for - with baited breath.
 The seemingly never-ending winter is gone, and a reluctant spring
eventually saw the daffodils emerging from bud!
But when they finally bloomed we began
to sense the promise of summer.

I hope you enjoy this painting which I began
in a 'paint along' class with Johannes Vloothuis. 

However, I have included much more greenery 
and more flowers in my version of the painting
as this is the type of garden we are
more used to in Europe.

 I think it is now  finally finished!



"Blooming Summer Revisited"
30cm x 40cm
Watercolour with Pastel
Schleicher and Schuell  paper
20th April 2013

RECENTLY SHOWN IN THE
CREATIVES - SEE.ME - EXHIBITION
LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
JULY - SEPTEMBER 2013
(http://JulieJules.See.Me)

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

WEYMOUTH HARBOUR II - SOLD

"Weymouth Harbour II"

"Ferry me across the water, do boatman do!
If you've a penny in your pocket, I'll ferry you!"

A watercolour painted from a photograph, to show the
harbourside in Weymouth  about twenty or thirty years ago.
There are many more yachts in the marina these days, 
but there is still a working fishing harbour and it is still very pretty.
You will find a few antique shops these days along the quay, but 
you will also find some good fish and chip shops
selling freshly caught fish - wonderful!

 You can also still get a ferryman to take you from one side
of the harbour to the other  in his small rowing boat, but it 
will cost more than the old penny
you would have paid sixty years ago!


"Weymouth Harbour II"
14" x 18"
Watercolour
Bockingford paper

© Jules Fine Art Gallery
Sold into Private Collection


Sunday, 31 March 2013

FINAL COLLAGE MARCH 2013


 Final  Collage of paintings posted in March 2013!




1. Mother's day   2. Dancing Daffodils  3. Still Life with Peeled Oranges  
  
4. No Supper Tonight!    5. Happy Baby    6. The Mill, Pont Aven

All paintings ©Jules Art Gallery


Sunday, 24 March 2013

STILL LIFE WITH PEELED ORANGES

"Still Life with Peeled Oranges"


This still life watercolour  of a lemon and pomegranate
 with oranges is one of my favourites.
I have cropped it here to emphasise the focus of the painting.



"Still Life with Peeled Oranges"
Watercolour
©Jules Art Gallery
Private Collection

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

PONT AVEN


"The Mill, Pont Aven"
 in Brittany, France.

 This beautiful place is where the
 French Impressionist Paul Gaugin
started his Art School  in the building which
 is now a museum to the Impressionists.

This particular view can be seen from 
a little stone bridge
 in the centre of the town.
 There are also many other pretty places here,
 which I continue to paint.


" The Mill, Pont Aven"
 (Brittany, France) 
  11" x  9"
  Pastel
©Jules Fine Art Gallery
  Summer 1993
(Private Collection)

 SHOWN IN THE 
CREATIVES - SEE.ME - EXHIBITION
LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
JULY - SEPTEMBER 2013
(http://JulieJules.See.Me)

Monday, 18 March 2013

HAPPY BABY!

"Happy Baby!"


A pastel study of my son before he was 1 !!Where does the time go?!





"Happy Baby"
 10" x 10"
Pastel


© Jules Fine Art Gallery
Summer 1992
Private Collection


RECENTLY SHOWN IN THE
CREATIVES - SEE.ME - EXHIBITION
LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
JULY - SEPTEMBER 2013
(http://JulieJules.See.Me)

Priints available  on Fine Art America
Julie Jules

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

MOTHER'S DAY


"Mother's Day"

This painting of my Mother's Day Bouquet, shows the Arlington Lily,
 an oriental variety which is so pretty with frilled edges to the petals.




"Mother's Day"
 12" x 8"
 Pastel
©Jules Art Gallery
  March 2012

Friday, 8 March 2013

DANCING DAFFODILS


"Dancing Daffodils" 

....to herald the Spring!

'I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.'


Poem by William Wordsworth





"Dancing Daffodils"
30cm x 40cm
Pastel
Bockingford Paper
Schleicher and Schuell
©Jules Art Gallery
8th March 2013


Friday, 1 March 2013

NO SUPPER TONIGHT!

"No Supper Tonight!"

This painting is about a crab that avoided being 'cooked' ! 
Having escaped after it was tipped out of a bucket....
by 'someone' .....
the crab then made its short way back down the beach 
- to the sea and freedom! 



  "No Supper Tonight"
12" x 15"
Watercolour and Pastel
Bockingford Watercolour Paper
©Jules Art Gallery
1st March 2013


Saturday, 2 February 2013

STONEBRIDGE

"Stonebridge"

I began this painting at the end of 2012 in an online 'paint along' class,
  with Johannes Vloothuis, a great artist from Canada. 

I painted it in watercolour originally but I have now reworked it and added pastel to give it texture, and the snow more depth.  I think there are a few improvements I will make including chopping ....perhaps ....a couple of inches off the bottom of the painting! This will stop the viewer's eye from being led out of the painting by following the river, and will instead draw the eye into the church which is the main focus. I have added a cropped version under the details of the painting below so you can see that it will work!


"Stonebridge"
12" x 16"
Watercolour and Pastel
Winsor and Newton Watercolour Paper
©Jules Art Gallery
2nd February 2013



"Stonebridge"
updated


Thursday, 31 January 2013

FINAL COLLAGE JANUARY 2013


 The 30 x 30 Painting Challenge

Final Collage


All the paintings I submitted to the 30 Day Challenge can be seen here and by the end of the challenge I had 19 daily paintings completed.  I found it a valuable experiment which I may well try again sometime, perhaps!  I found it a struggle to broaden my choice of subject, and try not care too much about the end result, as it was the process that was most valuable. 
Most of the paintings are on this site, and the titles are as follows:

1. Lilac Trees  2. Autumn in Stratford-on-Avon  3. Dress Rehearsal   
4. Deep Snow in Winter   5. Western Point   6. Venice at Dawn   
   7. The Villa    8. Little Rock River Falls   9. A Study of Roses   
10. Going Home   11. Midnight Blues Guitar   12. The Winner

13. Time for Tea!  14. The Wait   15. Poinsettia

16. Robin in Winter   17.  The Pink House  18. The Rose   
 19. The Mill

All paintings ©Jules Art Gallery

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

AUTUMN IN STRATFORD UPON AVON

Day 30 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge

"Autumn in Stratford upon Avon"

Stratford-upon-Avon, home of 'the bard' - Shakespeare. 
This is a small watercolour painted from an old photograph I found 
during my panic to find something to paint!
I particularly like the tree on the right, 
with its bending branches heavy with golden leaves.



"Autumn in Stratford Upon Avon"

9" x 12"

Watercolour
©Jules Art Gallery
30th January 2013



Tuesday, 29 January 2013

A STUDY OF ROSES

Day 29 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge

"A Study of Roses"

The roses in this study are part of a small bouquet of silk flowers I have in a vase.
Silk flowers are very useful for drawing from as the flowers will not wilt away, which
will give me plenty of time to improve this painting!  



"A Study of Roses"
6" x 8"
Watercolour and Pencil
©Jules Art Gallery
29th January 2013

   

Monday, 28 January 2013

WESTERN POINT

Day 28 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge

"Western Point"

This painting was inspired by the lighthouse and the
yachts sailing round the point which I thought rather
too near the rocks for comfort....



"Western Point"
12" x 16"

Mixed Media
Watercolour, Acrylic and Pastel
©Jules Art Gallery
28th January 2013

Friday, 25 January 2013

ANYONE FOR TEA?

Day 25 of 30 Day Painting Challenge

"Anyone for Tea?"

This painting depicts a very old teacup and saucer that were made in 1939 which I bought about five years ago with part of a tea set, as it was so pretty and such a lovely design and I was so glad that it had survived the second world war!




"Anyone for Tea?"
7" x 7.5"
Pastel and Acrylic
©Jules Art Gallery
25th January 2013





Wednesday, 23 January 2013

DEEP SNOW IN SARUM

Day 23 of 30 Day Painting Challenge


 Inspired by the view over countryside, during this past winter.

"The snow laid deep over the valley, while the ruins of  the Castle lay
hidden in their shroud of white mystery, as if never there...."
Jules



"Deep Snow in Sarum"
8" x 12"
Pastel
©Jules Art Gallery
23rd January 2013

Only Available as a Print

Monday, 21 January 2013

GOING HOME

Day 21 of 30 Day Painting Challenge

"Going Home"

I started a large painting today  from a recording from one of 
Johannes Vloothuis online classes.  I have not finished with this painting, but it 
looks great as a black and white print, although the original is in colour.

 

  "Going Home"
18" x 14"
Oil on board
©Jules Art Gallery
21st January 2013



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