Monday, January 26, 2015

35th Street


35th Street
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
$120 + tax, $20 s/h


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
$120 + tax, $20 s/h

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

Monday, December 8, 2014

Now Open



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

I love that this delightfully green little structure plainly expresses that it is "Now Open," but leaves the passerby guessing as to what type of business it is that is "now open."  I've passed this many times and have not figured it out yet.

-julie davis

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Well-Traveled Path


Well-Traveled Path
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

Another piece from our time in France.  Though this is a simple scene, I was so over-stimulated with beautiful landscape there.  Since I began painting a few years ago, the very first thing I notice when I visit a new region is the trees--and then the colors in the landscape, which added an entirely new aspect to travel for me.  I chose to study this familiar scene because it was a family trip with little time to paint, but I'm definitely looking forward to a trip back someday to work on the less familiar aspects of the landscape there. 

-julie davis

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Warehouse


The Warehouse
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

Sometimes the subjects I decide to paint surprise me.  This old warehouse wasn't much to look at, but I liked the shadows and angles--and the old unreadable, faded signs.  I also find a gravel / grass foreground fun to paint; I can get a lot of energy and direction in it to lead one's eye into a piece.  The grass and gravel were an important part of the composition here--allowing me to place the warehouse off the panel a bit more than would be typical and to focus on shapes rather than a particular building.  That made it trickier to name, until I got really basic and went with the obvious. :)

-julie davis

Monday, November 17, 2014

Long and Winding Road


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

Ok, for those of you who did not receive the image in my last post, I'm very sorry.  I have not determined what happened, but fingers crossed it was a mysterious technical glitch that resolves with this post.  Please let me know if you don't receive an image today--I will keep working.  And thank you to several of you who did let me know about the last one.

The subject here is a wonderfully long ranch road in Center Point, Texas, near Kerrville--the same ranch at which I painted Better Days and Uphill.  Atop the far hill must have been one of the highest points in the county--the view was magnificent.

-julie davis

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Window


The Window
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

During our time in Provence last summer, we came across so many intriguing doors and windows in the old sections of the various towns we visited.  The use of color on doors and shutters juxtaposed with the neutrals of the old building materials was beautiful, and the personality of each, unique.  These blue shutters made this window one of my favorites.

-julie davis

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Pool House




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

Drawing on resources from this summer, I'm posting a piece that I painted in Provence.  As our vacation was a family one and in no way a painting trip, I smuggled the smallest pochade box I could find into my luggage and pulled it out during occasional breaks in the family action.  This was my first piece of the trip, painted in the yard of the beautiful little "mas" where we stayed with another family.  Wish I could snap my fingers and be back there right now....

-julie davis


Monday, November 3, 2014

Uphill


Uphill, study
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
sold

This study came from a photo I took while in Center Point, Texas, at the Kerrville Outdoor Painter's Event.  My winning paining, Better Days, was painted at the same ranch--a piece of land with truly breath-taking views--it must have been one of the highest points in the area.  This was a little dirt road that ran uphill along one of the internal fence lines.  

I find it interesting to explore the abstract shapes in foregrounds, and the edges and indirect lines created by the intersection of grasses and rock, fields and fences, and even the clouds and sky.

-julie davis

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In the Round


In the Round
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

Here is another scene from our trip to Provence this summer. I I like this one more every time I look at it--I'm working on a larger version now because I love the tones I achieved in the study.  I'll not ship this one until next week as I'm using it for reference on the larger one.

-julie davis

Monday, October 27, 2014

Garden Cottage, Study


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

I was fortunate enough to travel to Provence last summer, where we saw gorgeous lavender and many beautiful old....really old structures.  This small cottage was on the grounds of the hospital where Vincent Van Gogh spent some time. In fact, it was a large part of the view from his bedroom window.  Not a terrible place to recover.

-julie davis

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Field


Fall Field
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
sold

So this piece is a deviation for me....though not as much as you might initially think.  Everything that's here is typical, the only thing one might say is missing is a major subject (I'd argue otherwise--here, the field itself is the subject).  I can deconstruct more than a few of my compositions to this. Luckily, I think this one still worked.

-julie davis

Monday, October 20, 2014

Long Barn




Long Barn
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

So many of the older structures I paint lie enveloped in foliage, whether trees, bushes, or tall grasses.  I like that when I exaggerated the roof line of this barn it wound up almost hugging the tree at its end.  For me, part of the charm of these spaces is trying to imagine what they looked like in their prime...and what purposes they've served over the years. 

-julie davis


Thursday, October 16, 2014

October Wildflowers and Quick Draw

October Wildflowers
12 x 9 in., oil on panel
$650 - available

Guthrie Building
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
sold

Remaining from my trip to Kerrville for KOPE are these two pieces.  The first is from the last day of the competition, and the second is a building on Earl Garrett Street, right across from the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center.  It's a charming building, and was a fun subject to paint during the Quick Draw--though I can't say the Quick Draw itself was fun--it's like playing that old game, Perfection.  Anyone remember that?

-julie

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hay Bales


Hay Bales
9 x 12, oil on panel
$650 - available

Forgive the original title....this was named in a hurry before submission at the Kerrville Outdoor Painter's Event.  You can see the lone cow to the left of one bale...I kept trying to name the piece something to do with the cow (like Breakfast, or Head First, or Back End), but my friend, Laurel Daniel, talked some sense into me and helped me get to something less risky and more straightforward in the short time that we had--thank you, Laurel.  

I painted this piece in the company of cattle...they were an active bunch that morning, constantly moving in and out of my view.  At one point, three made their way to within several yards of me and happily ate while keeping an eye on things (and I kept an eye on them).  



-julie davis

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Better Days" - Best In Show - 1st Place Winner at Kerrville Outdoor Painter's Event


Better Days - Best in Show at KOPE

 11 x 14 in., oil on panel, $750
sold

I'm thrilled to report the news that my painting, "Better Days," took first place at the Kerrville Outdoor Painter's Event this past weekend!  To win last year was a huge boost, and to have another judge regard my piece this year as the best again - well, I'm riding pretty high right now.  My friends Jimmy Longacre and Laurel Daniel took second and third places, respectively, and it was a blast to be able to share the experience with them.  

A big thanks to the judge of this year's competition, Phil Bob Borman, and to those who organized and sponsored the four-day event, as well as to those who opened their properties to us for painting. 

-julie davis



@ the Collins Ranch in Center Point

very excited with the blue ribbon :)

with Laurel Daniel and Jimmy Longacre

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Neighbors


The Neighbors
6 x 8 in., oil on panel

sold

I've wanted to paint this scene for a bit--it's from a photo I took recently on a short trip near Austin, and was taken right after some recent rains.  The fields and trees green up so beautifully when we actually have rain--I couldn't resist stopping to take some pictures.  I may do a few more studies on it, but we'll see.  This summer has been a juggling of kids and their service trips so far, I'm trying to squeeze (in) paint(ing) when I can.  Ha.

-julie davis

Monday, June 2, 2014

On the Way Home


On the Way Home
18 x 24 in., oil on canvas

available at Davis Gallery, Austin

The pace of things lately hasn't allowed me much time to post, so my apologies for going off-line for a while.  We've had one graduate from high school last week, another get a driver's license the same week, and another finish 8th grade at her K-8 school.  It's been hard to stay in a painting routine, but I'm getting back on track.  

During the month of June, July, and August, Davis Gallery is offering a summer show, with new works by many of its artists, myself included.  On the Way Home is one of my newer pieces (you'll notice a smaller version from my January 28th post), and will go up with the show on June 7th.  The pieces will be available for immediate sale, and several events such as Meet the Artist evenings and Collector Happy Hours will take place throughout the summer.  I hope you'll stop by if you're in the Austin area over the summer.

-julie davis

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gold Leaf


Gold Leaf
11 x 14 in., oil on panel

available at Davis Gallery, Austin

These trees were intertwined, and the yellow one, though in decline, still invested the energy to produce a few beautiful golden leaves.  I found it compelling, though my husband thought I should name the painting "Old Yeller," or "Yella Wood."  See what kind of help I get around here?

-julie davis