Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Finishing a Painting!

20 x 24 Oil
by Julie Ferrario

It was time to finish this painting!!
I had started it just before I remodeled our kitchen.
I worked on it during the remodel, 
but my life and home were so interrupted with a remodel and a move 
that I just couldn't focus on a more complex painting.

The trick is to just keep plugging along.  
Don't give up.
Get back to it when you can.


 I was inspired by a magazine cover I saved from a trip to Georgia.
Several years later sketched it out in a value study
There was just something about the 
flowers, the sign and the brick wall that I loved.

As I studied the picture I was curious to find out more about the poster.  
What a delight to find ...

Berthe Hoola Van Nooten

She was a Dutch botanical artist, 
noted for her botanical plates illustrating 
"Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l'Ile de Java" in 1863-64. 

Born: October 12, 1817, Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: April 12, 1892

Van Nooten had accompanied her husband on a trip to Jakarta, 
the capital of Java, one of the largest islands in Indonesia. 
When he died unexpectedly, however, 
the young widow found herself alone 
in a strange country, deeply in debt, with a family to support.

Though unable to afford passage back to Belgium for her family, 
Van Nooten was undeterred by her bleak situation. 
She realized that flower books were all the rage in Europe, and decided to put her artistic skills to good use by painting the exotic plants and flowers of her home in exile.  
With Queen Mathilde-Sophie of the Netherlands as her patron, 
van Nooten produced 40 detailed illustrations of the island's flora, 
which were subsequently printed in Belgium by famous printmaker P. Depannemaeker.

http://www.studiobotanika.com/avactis-themes/sb/images/exh08.jpg The result of her hard work,
 Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l'Ile de Java, was first published in 1863-64 using the new technique of chromolithography.  

"Van Nooten was clearly a more than competent artist, for the splendid tropical plants, with their lush foliage, vividly colored flowers and exotic fruit, have been depicted with great skill. She managed to accentuate the splendor of each species by adopting a style that combined great precision and clarity with a touch of neo-Baroque exuberance, reveling in the rich forms and colors of the tropics." — Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi, 


It is a testament to Berthe Hoola van Nooten's 
strength, creativity and perseverance
 that she accomplished such a daunting task under the most difficult of circumstances. 

Today, van Nooten's work is among 
the most sought-after of female artists 
from the 19th century; 
original prints from 
Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages typically sell for upwards of 
$500-1,000 each.


Okay so back to the painting....I think I got stalled on the writing I had to do on the poster.

I simply took out my ruler, pencil, eraser and bravery and just got started.

 Step by step you get it done.  
Yes I had to erase.
Yes I had to paint loosely even on the lettering.
Yes I had to wipe off some lettering & start over.

 Then I got to play with the flowers....FLEURS!

There is sumthin about playing with FLEURS that I just love to do!

Thanks to...
Berthe Hoola Van Nooten

Her story helped me find my
strength, creativity and perseverance
to accomplish my painting
after a year of upheavals!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tulips To Try!


by Julie Ferrario

It's time to get back to a style of painting I had started a few years ago.  
My husband sent these tulips to me just because he was gone for a week on business.  
They were a surprise filled with love and brought me much joy!

I can't think of a better way to start a new painting in a style I haven't done for a while than with a subject matter that brought me such nice emotions.  
So here goes.

 First I start by deciding on the background colors.
I want the colors to be pleasing to look at & compliment the subject.
I head outside and start splashing around.  
I try to leave areas of lightness and darkness based on what I'm planning to do.
It can take several layers of outside painting until I'm satisfied.

 And then the drawing and planning begins over the top of the canvas...
It helps me to work out the design and values.

 At my work station I have the sketch and photos available for reference.  
I begin the painting....carefully plotting out which leaf goes in front of which other leaf or flower.
I want to keep the background as much untouched as possible.  
This leads me to paint loosely as well.

 Once I get the first pass done, I step back in several ways to see if 
I like what I have done,
if it needs more or less of anything,
and to just look at it with fresh eyes.

Over the stove...

from 180 degrees sideways...
I take photos and look at it through my camera...
or on a wall somewhere.... 
I then add final details and make final fixes .

for the final touches

 I cover off areas I don't want hit by the splattering effect.
This is my highlighted area....focusing on the two tulips in white...since I've come up with the name while I'm painting...

"Just the Two of Us"
Since these flowers were given to me from my husband who is my best friend, 
partner in life, and high school sweetheart.  
Now that the children are off to college and their own lives...it is
Just the Two of US...again!

 Add in my Signature....J. Ferrario

 Thanks for the flowers!

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