Thursday, March 3, 2016

Catwalks


Catwalks, 8 x 16 in., oil on panel
*juried into 2016 American Women Artist's National Juried Exhibition, Sept. 23 - Nov. 13, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont

It's been far too long since I managed to write a blog post. I've honestly found Instagram to be a much more efficient way to share what I'm up to on a daily/weekly basis, and you can find me there at instagram.com/juliedavisstudio/. I'm still committed to selling my small studies here on my blog, I just haven't had that many lately, as I've been working on a bigger series with these silos. I do intend to be back with more soon, so stay tuned!

I've loved working on these, and I've been able to use my palette knife a good bit more than I would in landscapes due to all of the man-made and cast shadow lines that come into play with the silos. This piece is pretty detailed so you might give it a click to see it better.

-julie davis

Monday, January 11, 2016

Weisinger's Hill


Weisinger's Hill
9 x 12 in., oil on panel
nfs

If you've followed my blog long enough, you might recognize this scene from some paintings I did a while ago. The vineyard and winery belongs to my stepfather, who started Weisinger Family Winery in Ashland, Oregon something like 30 years ago. I've been fortunate enough to visit several times, and have enjoyed exploring and painting in the vineyards (followed by a glass of Weisinger's Malbec or Tempranillo, of course!)

I used my old plein air studies to create this 9 x 12, and gave it to my stepfather this Christmas. As he now spends most of his time in Texas, I wanted him to have a window into the vineyards he spent so much time cultivating while he built the heirloom business he owns today. Love you, John!

-julie davis

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The One with the Barrel


The One with the Barrel
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
$120 + tax, $20 s/h

Happy 2016!  Most of us with kids at home are back to an educational system-imposed schedule at this point (can you tell I prefer having my daughters around?). As today is the day ours went back to school, it's my back-to-art cue (which I like almost equally as well as my girls, but really, my girls win). 

This is another little Provence piece in the vein of The One with the Blue Shutters. These names make such sense to me because this is how we referred to these apartments and villas while we walked around and admired them. Sometimes they seemed very similar, but close attention revealed that each had wonderful details and individuality that set it apart from the others (hmmm...kind of like my daughters!).

-julie davis

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Good Day


A Good Day
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
$120 + tax, $20 s/h

Naming this one seemed simple if I thought of it from a bovine's perspective--which, not to insult the cattle, was relatively easy. Hoping if you're reading this, you're having a good day, too.

-julie davis

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


View from the Hill
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

Earlier this fall I painted with Plein Air Austin just outside of Austin on some land near the Salt Lick (a relative barbecue institution around here). I came away from the paint-out with several studies, and this piece was derived from one of those 30 minute studies. 

For those of you in Austin for any time over the holidays, Davis Gallery is up and running with its annual Holiday Show. I dropped several new pieces by the gallery last week for it, and Bill, Jen, and crew there have been hard at work hanging everything to have it all ready this week. The show is open now through January 9. Stop by if you get the chance!

Lastly, I'm officially on Instagram now: @juliedavisstudio--give it a look:)

-julie davis

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hillside


Hillside
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
$120 + tax, $20 s/h

Small cedar trees like this one dot the landscape in and around Austin, and soon some festive folks will begin decorating the roadside ones with tinsel and ornaments in celebration of the Christmas season. Last year I managed to do a painting of one near our house. I'll definitely try to get to one again this year. 

I liked the way this tree had a small cut in the ground that led up to it with the grasses working to fill in the gaps. I've done a slightly larger version of this study for Davis Gallery's annual holiday show that opens soon here in Austin--I'll announce dates when I have them.

-julie davis


Monday, November 9, 2015

Study - cattle





Cow Study
9 x 12 in., oil on panel
nfs

This is a quick study I did from some photos I took out in Center Point, Texas. Though cattle are slow, they aren't ideal models because they tend to move around a bit more quickly than I can manage to paint them. I never thought I'd be studying the anatomy of cattle, but life is full of surprises. I actually enjoyed a new type of figure and a deviation from trees for a minute.

-julie davis

Monday, November 2, 2015


The One with the Blue Shutters, study
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold


Taking two months off from posting was never my intention.  I promise that much has been going on beneath the surface. Like a duck's feet paddling underwater, I've been invisibly at work (and play), and I'll send out a newsletter soon with more about that (sign up for it on my website: www.juliedavisstudio.com), but it's time to get back to posting.

I came across this little apartment on our trip to St. Remy in Provence a while back, and admired the blue color they chose for the shutters so much that I stopped to take pictures. I decided to only paint the upstairs--there was not much going on at the street level. I think I envy whoever lives there. 

-julie davis


Monday, August 31, 2015

Evening Commute


Evening Commute
9x 12 in., oil on panel

I received news today that Evening Commute has been accepted into the Oil Painters of America's 2015 Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils. The show will be held in Birmingham, Alabama in October at Beverly McNeil Gallery, and will be judged by Calvin Liang. It goes without saying, but I'm saying it anyway -- I'm very flattered to be included -- thanks, OPA!

-julie davis

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Exciting news

At Rest
9 x 12 in., oil on panel
sold

General Store
11 x 14 in., oil on panel
$750
available through Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ during the AIS Show, Oct. 1 - 29, 2015
480.945.7751

After what seems like quite a long time, I'm home from summer travels and obligations and am able to offer a  post -- with news I'm very excited to share! Within the last few weeks I've learned that the above pieces have been accepted into two separate shows of which I'm really honored to be a part.  At Rest was juried into the American Women Artists 2015 National Juried Exhibition & Annual Member's Show, while General Store was selected for inclusion in the 16th National Exhibition of the American Impressionist Society. These are some of my first stabs at national shows. I couldn't be more honored and am truly jumpy with enthusiasm about it. 

The AIS show will take place October 1 - 29 at Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, and the AWA exhibition will be held November 12 - 30 at Bonner David Galleries, also in Scottsdale.  I'm looking forward to getting to know Scottsdale a bit better this fall:). I will share more as the shows approach, but I'm super motivated going into what is typically my most productive time of year.

- julie davis


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Show at Davis Gallery

"There's a Summer Place We Can Go"
Davis Gallery 
837 W. 12th St., Austin, Texas
512.477.4929
opening reception Saturday, June 27, 7-9 p.m.

Nature's Gateway, 11 x 14, oil on panel

Davis Gallery is hosting its annual summer show now through August 8th, and the opening reception is this Saturday evening from 7-9 p.m. Unfortunately, I'll be out of town for the reception, but if you're in the area I hope you'll stop by! I delivered these five new pieces to the gallery last week.

-julie davis
River's Bend, 9 x 12, oil on panel
sold
Look Both Ways, 11 x 14, oil on panel
Dry Creek Cafe, 11 x 14, oil on panel
sold
Ring of Bales, 16 x 20, oil on panel
sold

Monday, May 25, 2015

Old Garage


Old Garage
9 x 12 in., oil on panel
$750
available

I don't think any grass in this part of Texas is this color anymore....this was early spring, and after the copious amount of rain we've had in the last few weeks (5 inches today), everything is green. Or underwater. It's actually been quite devastating to many in our area. Wimberly and San Marcos have had flooding not seen in decades. While we desperately need the rain, this pace is hard to sustain. We are hoping for sunshine tomorrow. Like the sunshine on this old garage...:)

-julie davis

Monday, May 18, 2015

Morning by the River


Morning by the River
6 x 8 in., oil on linen panel
$120 + tax, $20 s/h

I had a few minutes Saturday morning to play with a photo I'd taken years ago in a park here in Austin. I love the light in it, and though I painted this same view back in 2010 when I'd been painting just a couple of years, I felt enough time had passed that another attempt would be free from any vivid memories of the first try. Not that the first try was a bad memory at all, I just wanted it to feel more like a case of first impression.  And thankfully, it did. :)

-julie davis


2010

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Near the Water


Near the Water
8 x 8 in., oil on panel

This is another scene from my studies out at Turkey Bend near Marble Falls.  Again, I did four studies on a divided 12 x 16 panel--two were 15 minute studies and two were 30 minutes. I can't describe how unrefined they were, but they were important color and value notes, and I surprised myself at what I accomplished in that short time. And the best part is that instead of walking away with one painting, I walked away with material for several. :)

-julie davis

Monday, May 4, 2015

Red Trailer


Red Trailer
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

Sorry I've been posting inconsistently lately. Spring for students is as busy as Christmas is for adults, and therefore it's busy for mothers of students, too. I spent most of last week on the road to a golf tournament in Houston to watch our girls play and in Waco helping our eldest move some things out of her dorm before the end of the year (and taking our middle daughter on a college tour).  Luckily, the latter two were on the same campus. :) So I haven't pushed much paint consistently in the last month, but I did get to a small piece today.  I really love the energy of line, and I got to play with that a bit in this one.

-julie davis

Monday, April 20, 2015

River's Bend


River's Bend, Study 2
6 x 8 in., oil on linen panel
$120 + tax, $20 s/h

From my notes, sketches, and studies from Marble Falls last week, I tried a more finished study of one of the compositions I had come up with. Since the first study had a self-imposed 30 minute time limit, it had a few miscalculations:)--I was able to work out some of the drawing flaws here and design this one a little more. It's still just a 6 x 8 study, but I'm planning to work on a larger piece from this one--just experimenting a little bit first.

-julie davis

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cool Hilltop


Cool Hilltop
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
$120 + tax, $20 s/h

Fortunately, spring has been relatively rainy in the Austin area this year--and we are grateful. It's made for a wonderful wildflower season, and the bluebonnets this year are no exception. This little piece came from my outing last week near Marble Falls. It was an on-again, off-again morning with the sun and clouds vying for dominance.  

-julie davis

Monday, April 13, 2015

New Award!


Evening Commute
9 x 12, oil on panel
private collection

I was very excited to find out this weekend that my painting, "Evening Commute," was given an Award of Merit in the American Women Artist's 2015 Spring Online Juried Show.  I've loved this painting, and am really happy the judge liked it, too.  Thank you, AWA!

-julie davis

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Studies and Bluebonnets




@ Turkey Bend Recreational Area, Marble Falls, Texas

Today I joined our Plein Air Austin painting group out in Marble Falls, Texas, to paint at the Turkey Bend Recreational Area (real name!).  Rain is moving in this weekend and as the bluebonnets are at their peak, the rains will probably knock them around a bit and cause grass to outgrow the flowers, so now was the time to paint them.  Though the water is still very low on Lake Travis because of the drought, the views at Turkey Bend are still gorgeous, with bluebonnets temporarily making up for the water loss in covering the ground in blue.  

You might be able to make out in the last photo that I chose to do four small studies rather than one more polished painting in the time I had (about two hours).  I can thank Jill Carver for this idea--more on the seismic-shift workshop I recently completed with her in another post (one reason I haven't posted in a month). Since I didn't have much time, rather than rush through a piece and be frustrated, I divided a 12 x 16 panel into four sections, and timed myself on four studies. I did spend about 20 minutes making several thumbnails in my sketchbook first. The first two studies were 15 minutes each, the second two were 30 apiece.  Note: they are not intended to be a finished piece--they are raw studies. The purpose is getting accurate color notes and the values correct, so that with my sketches and photos in the studio I can create one or more larger pieces. I found several compositions I liked, and simply turned my easel around to the next view when I was ready for the next study. I really like this way of working....I felt super productive and came away with material for several paintings.  Pretty fun!

-julie davis

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Look Both Ways


Look Both Ways
nfs

Architecture is such  different form of problem solving from pure "land" scenes.  Somehow to me it's more like doing a giant math problem--one specific step at a time--get too loose with one step and it all falls apart.  Trees, grass, or hills are more easily manipulated to an artists' needs.  As much as I dislike math, I appreciate the order of these scenes--and they do have their freedoms, just in a different way.

-julie davis

*This is St Remy, France. The orange building is a shop called Florame (essential oils), and the one directly to the left is the local Farrow & Ball (lovely paint and wallpapers) store.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hilltop Village


Hilltop Village
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

My first go at a European village. This is the town of Gordes in southern France--one of the most beautiful little villages in the Luberon because of its location on the edge of a plateau. My family was fortunate enough to get to tour it last summer, and it's taken me a while to get up the courage to paint it.  For me, the challenge was to refrain from using too much detail, while still getting enough in there.  

-julie davis

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dry Creek Cafe


Dry Creek Cafe
11 x 14 in., oil on panel
sold

For those who went to school at UT or grew up in Austin, or have just been here long enough to know about this hidden gem, the Dry Creek Cafe is somewhat of an Austin institution.  It's an old dive bar, with a charming, rickety deck and a view of Lake Austin that isn't exactly unmatched, but it's good. And some would say most importantly, cheap beer.  It's nicely tucked away on Mt. Bonnel Road so unless you already know about it or just stumble upon it, you'd never end up there.  This painting is part tribute, part memoir, part record....

-julie davis

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tree Study


Tree Study
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
sold

Occasionally I just like to study trees...they were my fist love in painting, and when I feel a little rusty or just want to keep my focus simple, I go to these peaceful guardians and just relax and play.

-julie davis

Thursday, February 12, 2015

2013-2014 book available!




I'm really happy to report that I've just received the first copy of my most recent Blurb book, JULIE DAVIS - Plein Air and Studio Selections from 2013 and 2014, and it's now available online at http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/518991-j-u-l-i-e-d-a-v-i-s-landscapes (in both ebook and print formats). That link takes you to the ebook ($4.99).  For the print version ($20.00), click here: http://www.blurb.com/b/6003541-j-u-l-i-e-d-a-v-i-s-landscapesI always benefit from reviewing the past two years of work; it's a nice record for me of where I've invested myself. 

I've posted a preview of my book in the right column of my blog, scroll till you see it.  Enjoy!

-julie davis

Monday, February 9, 2015

Passage


Passage
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

This is one of my favorite kinds of scenes--why I paint landscapes.  Long views with distant hills and gentle giants.   It's the peacefulness, I think, and I will never grow tired of it.

-julie davis

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Woodpile


Woodpile
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
$120 + tax, $20 s/h

We have a little place on the Guadalupe River a couple of hours from Austin.  Our neighbor keeps his firewood neatly stacked between two trees near his house.  In the early morning, the sun rises over the bluff across the river and drapes its light between his house and the donkey barn on the edge of our property. The light gives a glancing blow to the woodpile this time of year.

-julie davis

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Ranch in January


The Ranch in January
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

I do these long views occasionally to work on foregrounds.  I know of a couple of things I'll do differently next time, but hey, it's a process.  Painting in winter in Central Texas means more yellows and ochres--not the green of spring everywhere.  I definitely like the greens, but the grasses this time of year complement distant hills nicely.

-julie davis

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Old Garage, study


Old Garage, study
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

The sun is out again and it feels so much like spring in Austin it's as if we're being teased.  The strong shadows on this old garage really make me crave more of this warm weather, but it looks like we'll have a cold, wet weekend.  I'm not complaining, though--we'll take any water we can get!

-julie davis

*And an update on my camera.  Right now I'm using a small Olympus because my Nikon's autofocus had completely quit.  I wound up having to send it off somewhere cold for repair.  Hopefully that fixes all its odd behavior!

Monday, January 26, 2015

35th Street


35th Street
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
sold


35th is the nearest major street to my house--the one I travel down multiple times most days.  Camp Mabry, a National Guard headquarters, is on the left in this piece, so there are acres of undeveloped land along 35th.  That land always makes it tempting for me to snap a shot when the sky is beautiful and the sun is just right....yes, I admit to being guilty of snapping this photo while driving. I promise never to do it again. But this sky was too hard to resist.

-julie davis

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tree Lines


Tree Lines
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

As with my post from Tuesday, "objects in blog are not as vivid as they appear." I have got to get my camera sorted out--the photos I'm taking are in technicolor, and I haven't changed anything.  The auto-focus, however, has not worked, so I'm perplexed.  I'm bound for the camera shop.  This little piece is a relative of "Compatible," in that they're both from the same area of the Irish countryside.

-julie davis