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
$120 + tax, $20 s/h

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
$750
available

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
$120 + tax, $20 s/h

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

Monday, January 19, 2015

Compatible


Compatible
9 x 12 in., oil on panel
available

I painted this piece in the studio last fall.  Though I did nothing to alter the photo, the painting is really a bit more muted in person.  On our visit to Ireland I did as much studying of the landscape as I could get away with on a family vacation--including taking tons of photos.  This was taken in one of the rare moments of sunshine we experienced.  

-julie davis

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Long View


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

After nine long, cold days the sun finally returned to Austin this morning, so I thought I'd post a warm and sunny Texas ranch scene.  I don't know how folks who live with cold temps and cloud cover all the time do it, but I know I'm not the only one in town who is celebrating the sunshine today!

-julie davis

Monday, January 12, 2015

French Countryside


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

It seems I can never get enough of hay bales.  They are as ubiquitous in the French Countryside as they are in the Texas Hill Country, and I ate it up when we were there in July.  If this seems familiar in feel to In the Round, it's because it's a scene from a different part of the same field.  

-julie davis

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ready



Ready
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

Back in October when I was in Kerrville for KOPE I sketched this composition, and now I finally got around to painting it.  These boats sat next to a small lake in a private park, and looked ready to go out at a moment's notice.

-julie davis

Monday, January 5, 2015

Rolling In


Rolling In
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
nfs

I hope you've had a good start to 2015. I missed posting last at the end of last week because we host a New Year's Eve dinner party in our home each year and my attentions were focused on that all week.  My husband and I celebrated our 22nd anniversary on the 31st--I couldn't be more blessed!  

Just before Christmas I managed to paint five 6 x 8 versions of the above scene--one for each of my siblings and for myself, so we'd all have a connection when we glance at it.  I'm calling it the "Sibling Series." I failed to snap a shot of each piece, but though very similar, (like us) they were each unique, and I think my brother and sisters enjoyed the gesture. 

-julie davis

Monday, December 29, 2014

Adare Castle


Adare Castle
9 x 12, oil on panel
sold

Adare Castle is one of the pieces I had in the Collective Chemistry show at Davis Gallery this month--it sold to a dear friend who thoughtfully surprised his wife with it at Christmas.  When we were in Ireland this summer, we stayed across the River Maigue from this medieval castle--near Adare in Country Limerick.   It's inspiring and frankly, amazing, that a 13th century structure still stands so imposingly.  

-julie davis

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

An Austin Christmas

An Austin Christmas
8 x 6, oil on panel
sold

Well, I got my act together and managed to paint this morning--early--before anyone in my house awoke (it's actually a nice time to paint).  For those of you who do not live in Austin, this piece is emblematic of some of our roadsides during the Christmas season.  You'll find hundreds of cedars that dot the landscape along our major roads decorated by folks who feel inspired...some have themes, but this one is how I like them best. I really enjoy the holiday spirit, and equally appreciate the good citizens who take it upon themselves to pick up after the season ends to leave these cedars back in their natural state.

I found this particular tree on Mt. Bonnell road, on the bend just past the Dry Creek Cafe. 

Merry Christmas, everyone.

-julie davis

Monday, December 22, 2014

Exciting end to the year, and "General Store"


General Store
11 x 14, oil on panel

This was supposed to be a 6 x 8 of an Austin side-of-the-road cedar tree decorated with ornaments (they are one of those traditions that keeps Austin a little weird).  However, I received a Christmas present early and found out Saturday night that General Store (larger version of The Warehouse) won an Honorable Mention in Oil Painters of America's Fall 2014 Online Showcase, so I had to share!  I can't fully explain how entirely geeked up I was after hearing the news.  There were over 800 entries, and they award first through third places, and ten honorable mentions.  I am super honored and pretty ecstatic, and really, really affirmed after the past few months.  

Should I have my act together by Christmas, I will post the cedar on Thursday.  Merry Christmas!

-julie davis

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Van Gogh's View

Van Gogh's View
9 x 12 oil on panel
sold

You might notice this piece is the larger version of a 6 x 8 study I posted on October 27th (still available)...it's a partial view of the lavender field and gardener's cottage that Vincent Van Gogh would have seen from his hospital window in St-Remy-de-Provence.  Van Gogh's View belongs to a dear friend now, and I couldn't be more delighted.  I will get to visit it (as I do her) often. :)

-julie davis

Monday, December 15, 2014

Successful Holiday Show

Irish Barn
9 x 12 in., oil on panel

available at Davis Gallery 

Davis Gallery put on a festive opening reception Saturday night -- everything looked great and I'm delighted to report that I sold four of the five paintings I had on the wall! The above piece was one of them. Below are a few photos from the evening. Thank you to all friends and patrons who came by--that always means more than you know!

-julie davis



...and, my fabulous girls and husband.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Collective Chemistry: Davis Gallery Holiday Group Show - Scattered Storms, The Off-Season

Scattered Storms
12 x 9 in., oil on panel
sold

The Off-Season
9 x 12 in., oil on panel
available at Davis Gallery, Austin

These new pieces will be a part of Davis Gallery's 16th annual Holiday Group Show, which opens this Saturday evening in Austin, and runs through January 10th.  I'm really excited about my recent work--and these two pieces are no exception. Please come by if you're in the area, I'd love to see you!

Collective Chemistry   |   Davis Gallery
Opening Reception: December 13, 7pm - 9pm
837 W. 12th Street, Austin, TX
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm | Sat. 10am-4pm