1/29/2014

Julie Ford Oliver

New Mexico artist Julie Ford Oliver has chosen her two favorite paintings from 2013:

Nest and Eggs  oil on canvas 11"x14"  2013
"Nest and Eggs" was the final painting in a series of 31 nests painted over three years. My nest collection is quite large and I have a genuine fascination and admiration for avian architecture, which made it very easy to become totally involved with the series. I painted most of them for my own pleasure with no thought of showing them publiclyand had to be persuaded to agree to an exhibit. I was happy I did as the response was overwhelming.
This was done as a demo at the gallery to celebrate the opening.  I had to work quickly and was rather pleased with the detail managed in such a short time.
Closet Aprons  oil on canvas  8"x6" 2013
"Closet Aprons" was one of those paintings which are painted in the head many times
before actually putting the brush to canvas.  The aprons hang by the closet door in my studio.  It has rather an abstract feel which I rather like.
What was important for me last year? 
I would say the video on my fracturing technique (made for Daily Paintworks) has been an amazing experience - still selling strongly a year later. I have artists contact me with stories of their excitement and adventures with the technique and it pleases me so much. 
You can see more of Julie Ford Oliver's work at her blog and her website, and be sure to check out last year's post on her favorite paintings of 2012.

The current theme is Artists Who Blog- Favorites of 2013. Chosen artists have sent in one or two of their favorite paintings from 2013, along with some words about the creation of the work, or about general new directions and goals. There will be a new artist highlighted each day for twenty five days, so check back often.

17 comments:

  1. Julie is a master! She is such a generous person who shares her art wisdom. I love her blog. She is such a good writer as well! Thank you for sharing her!

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  2. Thank you so much, Taryn, for including me in such a fine roster of artists who blog. I feel blessed.

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  3. This is a wonderful idea Taryn. I love Julie's work and she is such a nice person too. Can't wait to see who else you've selected. I've added you to my Networked Blogs dashboard. Today on my blog, I have a collage of my 30 paintings for the Leslie Saeta challenge done with Pic Monkey. Perhaps you could do something like that for your 25 favourite blog artists. www.paintamasterpiece.blogspot.com

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  4. Love The Art Room and have followed it for a long time. Likewise with Julie Ford Oliver, she is a gem in my art world. What a wonderful artist, teacher and coach for many of us.

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  5. Love Julie's work! I have followed The Art Room for a long time and really enjoy reading about all the wonderful artists you interview. Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Wonderful choice! I love Julie's work, and that she works in both watercolor and oils. Her design, composition, color and most of all brushwork are exquisite! I will be adding your blog to my subscription list!

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  7. I've deeply admired Julie's work for a while now. Every now and then it happens that I find an artist who not only dazzles and intruigues, but also encourages and inspires, I have maybe a dozen in mind and Julie is one of those people. An amazing talent which is beyond question. This is a brilliant blog by the way. I'll certainly be visiting often.

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  8. Julie, this is one of my favorites. You are an inspiration, your
    art and you as a person.

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  9. I feel a great privilege to have the opportunity to communicate with Julie Ford Oliver, wonderful artist, and person with great sensitivity, which in the interaction of her blog with those of other painters is an invaluable guide, generous in sharing her experience of art and generous to help others find the best path.

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  11. Julie Ford Oliver is a marvelous art teacher as well as an artist. Her knowledge of art history is invaluable as well as her current approach to painting. She is a wonder among artists and it has been a privilege to be her student.

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  12. I am a HUGE fan of Julie's work and I have no clue how she was able to narrow down to two favorites because they are all exquisite paintings in my opinion! Too hard to choose!

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  13. and this is why I follow Julie Ford Oliver. Her work is inspiring and outstanding and she is a very giving person. I look forward to her posts and have learned so much from her.

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  14. Just found this sight - I love Julie's work. It is so beautiful and she is too! So glad you are featuring her art. Have a great day.

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  15. Two wonderful paintings depicting Julies' range, remarkable! I always enjoy the Art Room, thank you Taryn!

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  16. I can go on gazing at the nest of eggs. Simply wonderful.

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  17. Both amazing paintings , the birds nest really is an eye opener. Julie is such an inspirational and generous person whom you can't help admiring .

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