daily painting titled Winter Light

Winter Light

19cm x 11cm (7½"x4½"), oil on gessoed card Painting status: SOLD
Daily painting for Sunday 15 February, 2009
Posted in Landscape paintings
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Hi Julian
When I look at all of your paintings, I admire your wonderful use of the black colour. It reminds me of two great Shools: Barbizon shool (Charles Fran´┐Żois Daubigny for instance) and the tonalist artists like John Henry Twachtman, Alexander Helwig Wyant and Georges Inness. It's so difficult to integrate this colour into so colourful paintings. Your painting " Road to les Baux" is so eloquent about that. It is a real challenge like Vermeer did it too.

Best regards

Ah, Julian, it is really wonderful to see your landscapes. This is so perfectly titled since it captures the essence of light in this time of year. I spoke to my friend in the Aude yesterday, and she told me it has been raining for 2 months there. I assume you have had much the same weather.

Yes Dona, lots of wind, snow, rain and darkness but this weekend was sunny and calm.

Hello Julian, I recently discovered your lovely blog and paintings and now follow it regularly. I have visited in the Auvergne on two occasions and fell in love with the area. Your paintings are so evocative of that region and bring back wonderful memories. I am a relative newcomer to oil painting, still learning a lot. I was wondering if you use a coloured ground over the gesso on your small paintings. I am planning to do a series of what I intend to call 'Objets Trouves', on small canvases.

the colors of todays painting are so subtle, i am enjoying the grayed out orange, greens, even blue sky. here is florida it has been so bright!! even tho winter.....a relief to see other scenery. thank you as always, julian. and a happy birthday even tho a bit early.

My son Bob Gore put me onto your website and I love your work - especially still-lifes, which I love doing in oils, too. I'm interested in "oil on gessoed card." Coated masonite (latex paint and eggs)I've used for yrs. Didn't think a "card" would hold up. M A Butt, San Mateo CA

Mostly I work on a white ground but wash in initial layers using thin fast drying earth colors or alkyd based oils—it's difficult preparing boards that have a ground when you don't know what you're going to paint that day, so I keep a supply of ten or so boards of different dimensions so I'm prepared if I need a letterbox format or whatever for that days inspiration.

Thanks Julian, I really appreciate your information about your work. I am starting to experiment with this myself and will definitely try these methods.
Lorraine K, Saskatoon, SK Canada

Thanks Julian, I really appreciate your information about your work. I am starting to experiment with this myself and will definitely try these methods.
Lorraine K, Saskatoon, SK Canada