Thursday, August 10, 2017

End of Summer Small Works Sale

If you're like me, the end of summer isn't your favorite time of year. It does, however, often lead me to reorganizing and getting ready for fall, which is a good thing! 

On that note, usually these are $120, but I need to make room for new studies and new work in my studio. So as of Friday, August 11, twenty of my studies will be 25% off. That is $90 plus tax (if you're in Texas) and $20 shipping. Some are new and some are old. Many of these have never been posted for sale. Below are a few of them.

IMPORTANT: I will begin putting purchase links up before Friday and they will be fully posted by 12:00 a.m. Central time Friday on a new page on my blog. Look for the tab at the top of the blog that reads "SUMMER SMALL WORKS SALE." Find your favorites! I'll start shipping them out Monday!

Hillside
8 x 6 in., oil on panel

Storm
6 x 8 in., oil on panel

Tree Study, Golf Course
6 x 8, oil on panel


Low Country
6 x 8 in., oil on panel

The One with the Barrel
6 x 8 in., oil on panel


Monday, July 10, 2017

R A D I A N T - Davis Gallery Summer Group Show, AIS Show, AWA Show

Shuttered, 11 x 14 in, oil on panel
sold

Waco Taxi Co., 9 x 12 in., oil on panel

El Cobertizo, San Miguel, 9 x 12 in., oil on panel


I'm happy to invite anyone who will be in the area this weekend to stop by and share a glass of wine with me at the Davis Gallery summer group show opening reception. Davis represents a talented group of artists, many of whom will be attending the opening. We always love to see friends and supporters at openings! The three new pieces above are available and will be in the show.

This year the exhibition focuses on "radial compositions, luminescent surfaces, circular shapes, and all things Radiant. The goal of the exhibit is to invite the audience to explore the importance of form, composition, and tone, by studying how each piece fits into the show's parameters."

My take on the Radiant concept was to select sunlit structures and/or create compositions with a radiating lines to lead the eye into and around the painting. I hope you'll stop in Saturday night--I'd love to see you.


Opening reception: Saturday, July 15th from 7-9pm 
The show will run from July 15th through August 19th.

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American Impressionist Society 18th Annual 
National Juried Exhibition
September 28 - October 29
Montgomery-Lee Fine Art
Park City, Utah


Grandmother's Porch, 9 x 12 in., oil on panel
available, contact Montgomery-Lee Fine Art


I was notified this week that Grandmother's Porch was juried into the AIS annual show--a big honor for me, as there were 175 pieces accepted out of over 1400. I will be shipping this piece off to Montgomery-Lee Gallery in Park City for the show early this fall.


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American Women Artists 2017 Annual Master and Signature Members' Show
 and National Juried Exhibition
Tucson Desert Art Museum, Tucson, AZ
October 13 - December 3
The Feed Mill, Marfa, 11 x 14 in., oil on panel
available through Tucson Desert Art Museum

Additionally, The Feed Mill, Marfa, was accepted into American Women Artists' 2017 Annual show--I'm super excited about both of these juried exhibitions, and will hopefully be able to attend at least one of them!

That's a long blog post, so that's it, but please stop by and see the Davis show and say hello if you're in the Austin area!

-julie davis






Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Workshop Announcement and "The Feed Mill, Marfa, study"

Workshop: The Language of the Landscape 

This is BIG for me. I'm naturally a bit on the reserved side, but I'm stepping outside my comfort zone and have agreed to teach my first workshop this fall! It will be held November 3rd and 4th in Kerrville, Texas, and will be hosted by the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. 

The workshop is entitled The Language of the Landscape, and in it I'll share the practices and techniques I use to successfully translate the complexity of the landscape into a strong painting. I'll teach tools for efficiently gathering information outside, review composition and design, and reinforce values and the importance of simplifying. $275 for two days--the link to register is below. I would love to see new and familiar faces, so come paint with me! Register here.




The Feed Mill, Marfa, study
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

A larger version of this little study was just accepted into this year's American Women Artists Tucson Desert Art Museum show, Under a Vast Sky. That's pretty exciting news for me, as it's another national show, and is also AWA's inaugural museum show for it's members. They've set the goal of securing 25 museum exhibitions in 25 years. The rationale is that "work by women artists makes up only 5% of the permanent holdings of art museums in America." AWA is working to improve that statistic. And...with over 680 images submitted for the show just 63 were selected, so that makes me feel pretty good! Under a Vast Sky will be held October 13 through December 3, 2017, and the opening will be November 3 from 5:30-8 p.m.

Therefore this study goes down as one of my recent favorites! :)

-julie davis


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Texas Capitol Building


Texas Capitol Building
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

After living here in Austin for nearly fourteen years and painting for over half of them, I finally took the opportunity to get out and paint the Texas Capitol building last month. On site I did a little bit larger version, but I wanted a "pocket-sized" one for fun. Here it is. :)

-julie davis


Monday, April 24, 2017

Tipsy


Tipsy
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

My apologies for the inconsistent posts lately! I've been hard at work all spring behind the scenes. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I've taken two workshops, one with Randall Sexton and Plein Air Austin here in the city, and one in Kerrville with Matt Smith through Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center. Both workshops have kept me trying new techniques reinventing some old, and renewing some of my equipment and supplies. Spring is a time of renewal, and I'm on board. :)

This little guy is a tree out on a golf course in Bastrop, Texas. I spent a couple of days out there following my youngest at her tournament, and sketched and photographed more than a few trees in the process. Despite the overcast skies, I got some fun study material.  This painting sold to a dear friend of one of my daughters. She's just finishing college, but is already an art lover and a collector! 

-julie davis

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tall Grass


Tall Grass
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
sold

This is another small piece that came from my trip out to Cypress Mill, Texas on that cold fall day. This barn and old trailer were on the property, and I walked all around through the grass and between the fenceposts taking photos and eventually working up a sketch. I finally painted it this week.

-julie davis

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Value of Color Studies




I first began to create color studies on a regular basis after a workshop given by Jill Carver in Texas in 2015. I'd done them before, but never in the lightning-quick manner Jill had us doing them, and never as my primary means of gathering information outdoors. Jill opened an entirely new practice to me that week, and I owe her a debt of gratitude. Because I often sell my 6 x 8 studies on this blog, I'd always felt decent pressure to make even my studies excellent. Attempting perfection, needless to say, isn't the most productive way to "study."

Above are some studies I completed this morning in my studio using sketches I did outdoors and photo references I took while on site. Notice they're all on one board, which was divided into four sections with painter's tape while I painted (the color difference under the tape is due to the panel I used being an old one that was half-toned). This way I can't sell them--the pressure is gone. (It's certainly possible that I could cut them apart later if one is so amazing I just have to post it for sale).  :)

Below are some quick (like stream-of consciousness-quick) thoughts on the value of doing these studies. Color studies are:

*A natural bridge between a thumbnail sketch and starting a refined, finished painting
*A great way to gather lots of information outdoors in a short time (perfect for times when you're painting outside and the light or weather is changing rapidly)
*Practice for mixing the colors you'll eventually use in the larger painting
*A simple, fast way to get accurate color notes when painting en plein air
*An efficient way to "brainstorm" in paint time-wise and space-wise. Set time limits on yourself (no more than 30 minutes to an hour on each). Also, you can easily get four or six on one panel.
*A way to affirm that you're being productive when all else fails!
*A tool for trying various compositions if you can't decide based on thumbnail sketches
*A good way to stay loose and produce the painterly look that you might want to use in your larger painting
*A great exercise in painting quickly if you're trying to get faster
*Perfect for painting a scene you're in love with but only had time for a sketch and a quick photo (like the amazing scene you discovered after you packed up and were heading to your car, or the one you got a photo of while with your family and had only your phone and sketchbook in hand).
*Freedom to relax--you're not aiming for a finished painting, but the bonus is that sometimes you get one!

Color studies work out the kinks, let you know if your idea has the potential to translate into a successful painting, and keep you at ease while accomplishing both. 

-julie davis




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hill Country Cold Front


Hill Country Cold Front
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
sold

This piece came from a venture out to Wenmoh's Ranch in Cypress Mill, Texas last fall. Though the cold front came through right as we arrived to paint, we were able to brave it for long enough to get several short studies in before we succumbed (I think temps went from 70F to roughly 45F for all you tougher souls from up North). I painted this piece this week from one of those studies.

-julie davis 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hill Country Cold Front


untitled
12 x 16 in., oil on panel
available

Picking up where I left off...:) As I mentioned a post or two back, I've been building my more daily presence on Instagram (@juliedavisstudio) rather than here on my blog, but going forward I'll continue to post small works (6 x 8 and under) for sale here. I may post some larger ones, but those will end up for sale in galleries or shows, and like this one, will not be for sale online. 

2016 held a ton of changes for me personally, and I won't get into all of them, but a high school graduation, a move, and a remodel are just a few. So I put on my mom/wife/house manager hat for a while, and haven't been able to paint as consistently as I would like. I believe I'm finally getting a crack at consistency as of this week (!!), so look for posts several times a month here, and several times a week on Instagram.

This piece I worked up in the studio from a plein air study I did in November at Wenmoh's Ranch near Austin. A cold front blew in just as we drove up--the beautiful blue skies gave way to gray, and temps dropped instantly--but it was welcomed cold weather in this unseasonably warm winter!

-julie

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Catwalks


Catwalks, 8 x 16 in., oil on panel
*juried into 2016 American Women Artist's National Juried Exhibition,
Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont
available, $850

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

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
sold


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

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
9 x 12 in., oil on panel
available, $800

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
$900
available through Davis Gallery, Austin, Texas
512.477.4929

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

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

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

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