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!

8 x 6 in., oil on panel

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

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.


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.


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

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

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


6 x 8 in., oil on panel

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

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

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

12 x 16 in., oil on panel

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!