Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"Fracturing" with Julie Ford Oliver


My eyes have been opened to a new approach to Impressionist painting.  If you are not familiar with the paintings of Julie Ford Oliver, I hope that you will check out her blog and her ArtByte tutorial on Fracturing.  I downloaded her tutorial this morning, and the resulting painting is above.  Be kind-- it is my first attempt at this technique, but I got very excited about the prospect of breaking through the forms of my painting to achieve a very unique mood!

My usual painting style is shown below.  I've always felt comfortable breaking up my color into various tones in my painting, but I never disturbed the forms themselves before.  I hope that I will be able to make this technique part of my style in the future.




I'd love to know your thoughts on my attempt to fracture my painting!

18 comments:

  1. I am so delighted to see this Painting, Ann, and this is your first attempt - wow - I can tell if you stick with it you will enjoy the process as much as I do. Impressionism becomes more lively and beautiful with this technique.
    I hope the visitors from my blog take the time to write encouraging comments.

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    1. Thank you so much Julie. I can't wait to start on my next fractured painting! You've pushed me into a completely new direction, and I am indebted to you for that. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your talent with us.

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  2. I love what you have done Ann! I have bought Julie's artbyte too. I am fascinated with her fracturing technique...I have got the tool and as soon as I have time I'm going to give it a go!! I think I will need quite a few trials with it!

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    1. The first thing you need to do is find the things you need to make your own fracturing tool. I had the window washing and painting departments at Home Depot put everything aside and help me rig up something that would work. And it is-- for now! Good luck with your new paintings!

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  3. Ann, I love this painting. I think the fracturing technique adds so much life to your painting!

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  4. Hi Ann...I found you via Julie's post...your fractured piece turned out lovely. I have tried the technique a couple of times and plan to again. I love that you left an office job and became an artist. It's always inspiring to meet those who have been successful. I am a self-taught artist and a registered nurse on a break from the medical world. So happy I found your blog and wonderful art. I love your painting Twilight! The blues and yellows are absolutely glowing. Greetings from Wichita, Kansas!

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  5. I love your fractured painting! Very interesting and beautiful. Great job!

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    1. Thank you Judy. It certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone-and I'm happy that it did!

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  6. The fractured painting definitely has more energy to it, but to me, it's a sad energy. I llike the idea of connecting forms to one another by softening and relating the edges to one another. Your previous style kept all the forms in isolation, hard edges. Maybe you can find a happy medium.

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    1. Thank you-- that will certainly be my goal! I appreciate your thoughtful insight!

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  7. I am new to your blog and a big fan of your work. I especially loved the autumn painting you are showing.

    I too purchased Julie's art byte and think she is so talented to come up with a completely unique way of painting. She is a wonderful sharing artist. I have not tried her technique as yet, but give you much credit for doing so. I think your attempt was very successful and if you decide to adapt it to your techniques, you will find a lovely blend of styles.

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    1. Thank you Carol, it did take some courage to go out on a new limb, but I'm glad that I did. My goal will be to meld this style into what I was doing before. I hope you give it a whirl-- and I will look for your efforts in the future!

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  8. Both of these techniques are really fun to view!

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  9. Love your fractured painting......look forward to seeing more!

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  11. very interesting. Love the movement.

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