Posts Tagged ‘cityscape’

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A Woman’s Place and what comes next

Way back in August, I had an exhibition called A Woman’s Place. It included around 40 paintings and mixed-media pieces of mine – probably the largest show I’ve ever done. There were several different themes running through the artwork, all having to do with woman and where we belong. At the very personal end, I […]

Stockbridge Kitchen Window

Into September

It’s been a busy week. I brought work home from one show, hung another show, and found out my art has been accepted into a third show. While updating my exhibitions page, I realized that that makes six times I’ll have exhibited my work this year. Very pleased with that number. I’ve also been rejiggering […]


Christmas markets and springtime in Edinburgh

It’s spring in Edinburgh. The sun has been out more than not, trees and flowers are in bloom, and the days are quite noticeably longer. Everyone, even me the winter-lover, seems to be happy about the direction things are heading. In the studio, I’m a bit all over the place. I like to be able […]

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Painting Chattanooga with snow, among other things

I have a lot of different things going on in the studio this week: some paintings of the view out my window, a self portrait that I need to finish quickly for an exhibition, various mixed media experiments, and a small pile of daily paintings I want to re-work. Every single surface is covered with […]

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Getting bigger

Now that that’s over, I’m moving on to some larger canvases, and now suddenly I have too many options. Do I focus on cityscapes next, as I had planned? Pursue Highland landscapes a bit more, as they turned out to be my favorite new subject last month? Go back to the Edinburgh pub and restaurant […]

Stockbridge Painting

Day 27: Stockbridge, and texture

Last week I bought some plaster of paris, mixed it with pva glue, and smeared it on some canvases. Today I picked up the canvas I had made the bumpiest, and decided to paint this Edinburgh street scene on it. This was a challenging task – the surface was so uneven, I had trouble creating […]

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Day 13: Stockbridge study

I have had the idea for a painting like this percolating in my imagination for a while now. I want to make cityscapes with a certain combination of abstract compositional elements and recognizable details. I think I’ve been worried that I wouldn’t be able to produce images that lived up to the ideas in my […]

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Day 8: a quick sunset

This was a very quick attempt to capture a sunset in action. They change so much from moment to moment, every time I mixed a color it was obsolete a minute later. Still, a fun exercise. I have a stack of these tiny 10x15cm stretched canvases, and I’ve never known what to do with them. […]

Sunset study, 20x20cm, oil on canvas.

November: Art Every Day Month begins

I’m so excited for Art Every Day Month this year. Sometimes you just need a kick in the ass to get you working away at the easel on a regular schedule. Even more than that, for me it’s serving as a reminder to share my creations along the way, good, bad, or ugly. I plan […]

Rose Street Study

Daily paintings: more Edinburgh

Edinburgh Study: Rose Street, 18 x 24 cm, oil on canvas. Available. Have I mentioned how long it takes paint to dry in Edinburgh? So much longer than in Munich. I’m still not used to living in such a humid climate. Edinburgh makes up for this minor inconvenience in other ways, luckily. I love painting […]


Daily paintings: Edinburgh

Study: St Bernard’s Well, Stockbridge. Available. Now that my acrylic painting course is over, I’m back on the oils (my current studio set up is so small that it’s easiest to just stick with one medium at a time). It’s nice to get back to my favorite medium, and I’m enjoying getting to know it […]

Down on the Royal Mile

Painting Edinburgh

I handed in my portfolio for my cityscape painting course this morning. I’m reasonably pleased with the work I produced for it – a series of eight acrylic paintings of Edinburgh (supported by dozens of studies, prints, and sketches). Edinburgh has proven to be an enchanting subject, reminding me constantly how lucky I am to […]

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Sketching Edinburgh

Since January I’ve been taking a cityscape painting course at Edinburgh College of Art. It has been everything I hoped it would be – namely, an excellent shove back into daily life as a painter. Sometimes having too much freedom about what art to make next can be overwhelming – endless possibilities, how to choose? […]

Tokyo Street work in progress

The Red Lanterns of Tokyo

Work in progress: Under the fake cherry blossoms, 48 x 36 cm, mixed media on watercolor paper, ©2013 Julie Galante. Finished piece will be available as a reward for a Kickstarter backer at the $350 or $600 level. This month I am working on developing the body of work I started during my February artist’s […]

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First art from Tokyo

Tokyo Night Study, 15 x 15 cm, mixed media on watercolor paper, ©2013 Julie Galante. [SOLD] Time is flying here in Tokyo – I can’t believe I’ve been in Japan for almost two weeks already. I’ve been splitting my time between exploring the city with my camera and working in the studio. Next week will […]

Chattanooga Walnut Street Bridge art

Mixed media: Chattanooga’s Walnut Street Bridge

Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, 12 x 16 inches, watercolor and charcoal on paper, ©2013 Julie Galante. [SOLD] Happy new year and greetings from Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’ll be spending January in four countries on three continents – from here I go on to Germany, Scotland, and Japan. Finding time (and space) to make art is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Original oil painting Viktualienmarkt beer garden

Beer garden season

Biergarten at Viktualienmarkt, 40 x 50 cm, oil on canvas, ©2012 Julie Galante. [SOLD] Munich is a wonderful city in the summer. There are beer gardens everywhere. Long wooden tables shaded by chestnut trees make a perfect setting for enjoying some beer with friends on a long summer afternoon. You can bring a picnic, too. […]

Original Oil Painting: Nymphenburg Sekt Cafe, Viktualienmarkt, Munich, Germany

Munich painting: a sunny day at Cafe Nymphenburg Sekt, Viktualienmarkt

Cafe Nymphenburg Sekt at the Viktualienmarkt, 50 x 60 cm, oil on canvas, ©2012 Julie Galante. [SOLD] Prints available. The daily paintings in my studio these days are all about sushi, but the larger works on my easel are mostly new Munich scenes. In this one I tried to capture a bit of the jumble of […]

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Daily Painting: Zurich with another funny sky

Zurich Riverfront: Yellow Sky, 18 x 24 cm, oil on canvas board, ©2012 Julie Galante. [SOLD] We recently went on vacation (Italy – yay!), and before we left I found myself with a motley assortment of colors still wet on my palette. Hating to let good oil paint go to waste, I challenged myself to […]

Frauenkirche at Night oil painting study

Daily Painting: Munich’s Frauenkirche at Night

Study: Frauenkirche at Night, 24 x 18 cm, oil on canvas, ©2012 Julie Galante. Today I posted a few new little Munich paintings to my Etsy shop. I haven’t made many new daily paintings this year (focusing instead on bigger pieces), but they are so popular with collectors that the walls where I display them […]

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