Archive for 2012

assisi art residency snow

Assisi residency: winter wonderland

I fell a bit behind on my blogging about my residency in Assisi, didn’t I? In my last post the exhibition had just gone up (the year-end exhibition including work by all the artists who had been on the residency program in 2012). The opening reception was well-attended and a lot of fun. These are […]

the exhibition space

Assisi: sun and setting up the exhibition

I’ve been an artist in residence in at Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Umbria for almost a week now. The sun has come back, allowing for more long walks in the hills. In the studio I’ve been working on some pastel drawings of the city and surrounding landscape. Yesterday we went into the city of Assisi […]

Nerone and his sister

Rainy days at Arte Studio Ginestrelle

The last couple days have been rather gray and rainy here in Assisi, offering us the perfect excuse to sit by the fire and drink grappa for several hours each evening. Days are spent in the studio making art. Yesterday I did a series of sketches with wine bottles, and some landscapes of the rolling […]


Work in progress - Assisi view

Fresh olive oil, art, and a full moon in Umbria

It’s day four of my artist’s residency in Umbria. I’m making progress on a couple of mixed-media pieces, which is good because they need to be finished for an art exhibition that opens Sunday in Assisi. In addition to working in the studio, I sat outside for a bit and drew the panorama around. In […]

Ginestrelle studio

Settling in at Ginestrelle

Today was my first full day working at Arte Studio Ginestrelle (an artists’ retreat outside of Assisi, Italy). Before breakfast I went out for a morning walk through the surrounding hills. The sun was bright and the autumn colors were dazzling. Breakfast featured local deliciousness in the form of fresh ricotta cheese and yogurt from […]

AssisiSketch

Greetings from Assisi

Sketch of Assisi, charcoal and pastel on paper, ©2012 Julie Galante. On Friday I said goodbye to my Munich apartment for the last time and headed south towards Italy. We stayed with friends in Padua last night, and today came the rest of the way to Arte Studio Ginestrelle, a remote artists’ residency outside of […]


Assisi View Mixed Media

Tokyo and Assisi and Kickstarter and me

Work in progress: a mixed-media Assisi skyline First, the big news: my Kickstarter project is live! The goal is to fund my February residency in Tokyo, Japan, by offering original artwork and other rewards to backers. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the support I’ve received already in these first couple days. It’s now my last […]

WomanInBavarianDirndl

Mixed-media portrait: Betty in her dirndl

Betty in her dirndl, 56 x 42 cm, mixed media on watercolor paper, ©2012 Julie Galante. I’m proud to say that I’m still managing to fit in a little bit of art every day, even amongst the pre-move chaos. Less than two weeks left in this apartment, and this studio. I’m focusing on mixed-media techniques […]

MixedMediaWomanDirndl

Mixed media sketches

My artist’s residency in Assisi, Italy, starts in two weeks. I am so excited. Being able to focus on nothing but art in such a gorgeous environment is going to be heavenly. For now I am fighting a million little distractions – planning the move, visa application, saying goodbye to our friends in Munich, and […]


broccoli oil painting

Broccoli: the end of the oil paintings

Broccoli #2, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 cm, ©2012 Julie Galante. Available on Etsy. As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve put away the oil paints until after the move. Today I’m scanning in the last couple oil daily paintings that I have. They’re dry enough to be listed in my online shop, which I’ll keep […]

mixed media assisi in progress

Getting into art every day

I’ve participated in Leah’s November Art Every Day Month for several years now. I really enjoy the challenge of making time for art every single day, no matter how full my schedule or where in the world I might be (plus I love connecting with the other participating artists). This year is going to be […]

Portrait of a Weissbier original oil painting

Next?

It has been a busy several weeks around here. I’ve had back-to-back art shows on in Munich since mid-September, but finally the majority of the work for them is over and I have time sit back, look around, and figure out how to tackle the next batch of excitement. There’s a whole lot more coming […]


detail of my painting in progress

Work in progress: big painting

While all my small cityscapes are across town in a gallery show, I’ve been busy in my studio finishing up some larger paintings for my next show. Well, one painting. One giant, three-paneled monstrosity that it definitely too big for this studio, and too ambitious for the timeframe. But it’s fun to work on, and I’m […]

Window Display Little Munich

Little Munich: the opening

Thursday night was the vernissage for my exhibition Little Munich. We had a great turn out and I got to chat with lots of interesting folks. The small paintings, photographs, and mixed-media art looked quite nice in the space. I always get a little nervous before art openings – I am quite socially awkward, and the […]

Biergarten alla prima study

Just another beer garden scene

Biergarten study alla prima, 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas, ©2012 Julie Galante. Original painting available on Etsy. Greetings from the end of summer. I am desperately hoping the weather will cooperate this evening so I can finish up some photo shoots for a big new project. The scene is set (where else?) in […]


Little Munich art exhibition 2012

Upcoming exhibition: Little Munich 20 Sept – 12 Oct 2012

I am pleased to announce my next exhibition will be here in Munich during Oktoberfest. Many of my Munich daily paintings will be on display, both oil paintings and mixed-media pieces. If you will be in town, please stop by! I will be there in person for the vernissage (20 Sept), the open house, (29 […]

Maß of beer in the biergarten original oil painting

Daily Painting: Portrait of a beer

“Eine Maß, bitte!” 30 x 24 cm, oil on canvas, ©2012 Julie Galante. [SOLD] Sometimes it feels like life in Munich is one big cliche. One big, cold, foamy, refreshing cliche. When the weather is nice in the summer, we often find ourselves at our local biergarten (beer garden) drinking a maß (liter of beer). […]

Chattanooga City Lights original mixed-media art

Mixed media in the USA

Chattanooga Lights, 12 x 16 in, mixed media on watercolor paper, ©2012 Julie Galante. [SOLD] Greetings from the United States. I’ve been in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the past week, producing my first stateside artwork in over 10 years. It’s been kind of like a miniature artist’s residency, and a nice chance to work outside of […]


Biergarten at the Chinese Tower mixed media

Mixed-media postcards from Munich

Biergarten at the Chinese Tower Munich, 10 x 15 cm, mixed media on watercolor paper, ©2012 Julie Galante. [SOLD] More mixed media for you today. I have a couple of postcard-sized watercolor blocks which are great for little mixed-media experiments. I have dozens of drawing and painting implements strewn all over my workspace – tubes […]

The Dance Recital, London

Mixed media: the dance recital

The London Dance Recital, 45 x 30 cm, mixed media on paper, ©2012 Julie Galante. [SOLD] I am immensely enjoying my summer in the studio, although I’m still fighting other distractions to protect my painting time. One of those distractions is my own brain, which has been working overtime trying to figure out what art […]

Annie Portrait in pastel

Summer in the studio

Summer is a wonderful time to be in my studio. The long days give me extra hours of good light. Plus I don’t travel as much in the summer (I am a weirdo who doesn’t like heat), so I have more weeks of uninterrupted time to develop projects. Last week I finished off some commissions […]


Original oil painting After Work in the Beer Garden

Munich painting: After Work in the Beer Garden

After work in the beer garden, 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas, @2012 Julie Galante. [SOLD] This one was a bit difficult to photograph, since it’s dark and has some highly shiny bits. I don’t like to travel very much in summer, because I don’t like the heat. Just as well, since the long […]

bar ready for the open studio

Notes on an Open Studio

This past week I hosted my third open studio here in Munich. With this one I was much more relaxed, knowing more or less what to expect from the event: a bunch of people coming over to have a drink, look at my art, and perhaps buy a painting or two. The guests chat with […]

Emily in her Dirndl, original oil painting

Dirndl Portrait: Emily

Dirndl Portrait: Emily, 80 x 60 cm, oil on canvas, ©2012 Julie Galante. Will you be in Munich next week? If so, you’re invited to stop by my Open Studio on June 12th.  I recently updated my art website to include my first 10 dirndl portraits. Another two are just getting some final touch-ups, and […]

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