Author Archives: Julie

Aftermath

I’ve been working on a series of oil paintings recently based on photos I took in August of some of the coastal destruction and erosion of the Northeastern coast caused by Hurricane Irene.  I find the shapes and general disorder of the uprooted trees to have a weird kind of excitement.  This painting is the […]

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Galline Montepulcianese

This painting will be up for auction at the Salmagundi Club’s 2011 Fall Auction to be held at 47 Fifth Avenue, New York on Friday, October 28th, starting at 8:00p. Last June I spent a wonderful day with friends in Montepulciano, and these hens were running around the courtyard of the Avignonesi vineyard where we […]

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Portrait studies

Thought I’d post one of my portrait studies done at High Street Painters in Brattleboro, VT.  It’s a struggle but I’m making a little headway….  The model (Monica) was great to work with!  Will post some more portrait efforts after this one.

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More painting starts

Here are two painting starts using a light oil wash on oil-primed paper (left) and on gessoed masonite board (right).  I decided to paint the one on the right in pastels, so then added a coat of acrylic ground and fine pumice to create a good tooth.  Will post the finished product when I get […]

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Another plein air oil painting

I did this painting in oil just before I left for France, to sort of get myself in the mood for plein air painting.  Ironically, the heat and low humidity this day in CT were very much like what I was to encounter each day in Provence, so it served as a good “warm-up” for […]

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More from Provence

Here are a few more of the plein air studies I did in Provence.  One is of the “Dancing Trees” in the morning light, the next is of the scene looking north from the wooden drawbridge outside Arles that Van Gogh painted many times, and the last is a little study of some potted herbs […]

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Back from Provence

Well, I’m back from 8 days in beautiful Provence, painting the countryside with a group of plein air pastelists.  We stayed in a monastery not far from Arles and Avignon, called L’Abbaye de St. Michel de Frigolet, and each day took a painting excursion to a different locale, including Nimes, Arles, Les Baux, and the […]

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Spring Paintings

I recently completed two little pastel paintings showing little  hints that Spring is really around the corner.  One is of the eucalyptus trees along the Pacific Coast –  from my recent visit to San Diego, where Spring starts around February – and the other is of the scrub of the Eastern coastline, where Spring arrives […]

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Demo and One-Day Pastel Workshop in April

I will be giving a demonstration “Exciting Underpaintings for Exciting Pastel Paintings” on Thursday, April 28th from 6:30 – 9:00p at Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art in Chester, CT, followed by a one-day workshop “Pastel Landscapes: Painting Outside The Lines” at Maple & Main on Saturday, April 30th.

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Shadberry Silhouettes

Shadberry Silhouettes  (SOLD) I just finished this pastel which is part of my ongoing Erosion series.

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