Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


Oil painting of the square in front of Santo Stefano church in Bologna, Italy

Daily painting: Santo Stefano, Bologna

Bologna – Santo Stefano, 18 x 24 cm, oil on canvas board, ©2011 Julie Galante. [SOLD] I love Bologna for its extensive porticoes, which cover the sidewalks and allow you to enjoy a stroll through the city center in almost any weather. This scene also depicts Santo Stefano, kind of a complex of churches all […]

Venice gonodoliere, OIl on Canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante

Revisiting Venice

Venice gondoliere, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm, ©2011 Julie Galante. If you follow this or my other blog, you’ll have an idea how much I love Italy. It seems unfair that a single country can contain so much wonderful food, art, and beauty. I find the combination irresistible. So it’s not so surprising […]

Assisi outside Hotel Pallotta

New cityscape: Assisi, outside the Hotel Pallotta

Assisi – outside the Hotel Pallotta, 60 x 80 cm, oil on canvas, ©2010 Julie Galante. Over the past couple months this blog has become mainly a chronicle of my small daily paintings, but I want to continue to share my larger works, too. Like this one, the first full-sized cityscape I’ve completed for a […]


Assisi by palette knife, 24x18cm, oil on panel

Palette-knife Assisi

This week I’m playing around with palette-knife painting. I just love the textures that come out of applying thick blobs of paint via palette knife. I didn’t love the way the materials worked on these first attempts – perhaps the paint wasn’t as thick as I’d like, and the board (gessoed Masonite) not quite the […]

Rovinj, 24 x 18 cm, acrylic on panel.

Medieval cities in paint

I love medieval cities, especially the parts where the buildings are chaotic mixes of construction and decay from various centuries. I am constantly in awe of how beautiful they manage to be. I mean, how is it that people 600 years ago could create buildings that could age into something this charming, while my culture’s […]

Daily Painting: Naples harbor

This isn’t one of my favorites, but it was fun to play around with a new style. It certainly doesn’t do justice to Naples.


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Little daily paintings

For most of my art career, teachers and mentors have pushed me to paint larger. While I appreciate the advice in general, this month I’ve been feeling the urge to run in the opposite direction. I’ve been playing with tiny canvas sizes, anywhere from 15 x 15 cm to 30 x 30 cm, and producing […]

New subject

I’m still working on a few portraits, but I decided it was high time to start on a new body of work, as well. So I’ve started on a series of cityscape paintings. The first ones were inspired by the canals of Milan’s Navigli neighborhood. Here’s one of the works in progress. I will be […]

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