daily painting titled House and Olive Trees

House and Olive Trees

17cm x 14cm (7"x5"), oil on card Painting status: SOLD
Daily painting for Tuesday 13 March, 2007
Posted in Landscape paintings


Dear Julian,

I've loved seeing your progression over the past year and half that I've subscribed to your email. Lately, I've noticed a shift in your work which, I might add, I've enjoyed. Did you change your palette? Are you working with more black now? I love the vivid colors!

Hi Jolene, I do use black more but ironically not in this picture. The contrast in the pictures is an attempt to catch the strong light here in Provence. I think looking back that the pictures/paintings themselves may not be as different as the reproductions suggest. I am on my third camera and the level of sophistication has risen markedly with each change.

The contrasting darks do emphasize the lights very well. It turns on the sun!

Best wishes, Deano

I enjoy looking at your daily paintings very much -beautiful light, evocative colour and subtle handling. However, the new format detracts from the artworks: the bright, white surround at normal screen luminescence level - as opposed to the previous darker toned beige - makes it very difficult to see the nuances of colour. I am finding that I need to squint right down or form a frame around the image with my fingers to cut down the glare - very distracting. I think the bright white does an injustice to your work.

Harry Westera