Archive for November, 2012

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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