Posts Tagged ‘landscape’

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Art for a cause

If you subscribe to my newsletter or follow my Facebook page, you may already know that my husband’s leukemia has recently returned. The first time he was sick, in 2013, I really struggled to keep making art during his treatment and recovery. This time around, I am trying to make art a priority as much […]


On my easel this week: Stockbridge, lighthouses, Ardnamurchan

  I’ve been busy inside the studio and out these past couple weeks. It’s daylight out almost all the time these days in Edinburgh, so it’s easy to fit in painting time. My subject matter seems to have drifted to be all Scotland all the time at the moment.   I’m also hard at work […]

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Sketching outside

Aided perhaps by the long days and sunny weather, I’ve been getting back into sketching outdoors recently. It helps that I’ve finally sorted out my sketching kit. For the longest time I was unhappy with my options, and could never quite work out how to improve things. I love sketching in charcoal, but don’t like […]

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Painting the Isle of Skye

It’s a busy week in the studio, as I’m finishing up some oil paintings and framing some works on paper for the 3 Harbours Arts Festival. As I was cataloging my new landscapes, I realized that a fair number of them were inspired by the Isle of Skye, a beautiful island off the west coast […]

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Highland landscapes show, and getting organized

Feeling a bit more organized this week. On Monday my new Scottish landscapes went on display at Bistro Provence, a French restaurant in Leith (a neighborhood of Edinburgh). They look good on the walls, and people had lots of nice things to say at the opening, so I’m starting to believe that landscapes and I might […]

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January landscapes

Happy new year, my three readers. It’s cold and drafty in my studio, but I’m pretty sure it’s building my character, or something. This month my art has mainly focused on Scottish landscapes. Landscapes are a new challenge for me. How to create paintings that are interesting? Communicating an aspect of the beauty of a place […]

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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 […]

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Day 29: paint like frosting

Stepping away from the smooth white skies of yesterday, I decided to play around with some thick impasto abstract skies today. Which do you prefer? The paint on these reminds me of frosting, like what you would put on Christmas cookies. Mmmmm frosting. Maybe I should go back and paint another cupcake or two. It […]

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Day 28: white skies

In my mind’s eye, when I think about the imaginary landscapes I want to paint, they almost always look like a variation of these paintings: white skies, low horizon, dark land, sometimes a strand of bright color in between. I’m very compelled by this basic structure. Is it interesting enough for an entire series of paintings? […]

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Day 26: painting Plockton

I love these tiny little 10x15cm canvases – I can easily paint several of them in a day. Right now I seem to be a little obsessed with Plockton, a Scottish Highland town we recently visited. (Yesterday I wrote about our trip to Plockton on my travel blog.) Going back through the dozens of photos […]


Day 25: Highland-like

Less than a week to go in the month, and then I will probably go back to painting larger pieces. So what do I want to create in these last few days? I decided I need to push myself a little more – to make images that are unexpected, not my usual creations. One way […]


Day 22: smooshy paint

I’m not going to lie to you: this is just a bunch of paint smooshed onto a panel with a palette knife. And it was lots of fun to make. ———- It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. […]


Day 19: Plockton, take 2

Look familiar? Today I painted the same scene as I did yesterday. I had intended to make it much more monochromatic and moody than yesterday’s, but some bright oranges and blues still managed to sneak their way in. As a ground I re-used a canvas board that had a very three-dimensional painting on it, so […]

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Day 18: a seaside Scottish town

Not a great day in the studio today. I blame the sun. It was a very overcast day out, and my studio lighting isn’t good enough to compensate. Perhaps it’s time to look into some proper lighting to get me through the Scottish winter. I was hoping to work on several pieces today, but it […]


Day 17: A Highland Lighthouse

I have a friend who loves lighthouses. I mean really, really loves lighthouses. Before meeting her, I can’t say that I had much of an opinion at all of lighthouses, one way or the other. I had fond memories of visiting one on Cape Cod as a child, but beyond that I really had nothing […]

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Day 16: more imaginary Highlands

These are so much fun to paint. Inspired by all the Scottish Highlands photos that I’m sorting through for my travel blog, they’re little made-up landscapes. These two are a little bigger than the last ones: 15x15cm, oil on canvas. ———- It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily […]

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Day 12: Abstract Highlands

I’ve been sorting through photos from a road trip to the Scottish Highlands these days (putting together posts for my travel blog). While I haven’t been drawn to paint any specific image, I wanted to play around with the kinds of shapes and compositions that I’m coming across in these photos. Plus sometimes you just […]

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Day 10: Bridge across the Forth

The Forth Rail Bridge is an iconic structure not far from Edinburgh. It’s a popular subject with local artists, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before it made an appearance on my easel. ———- It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be […]

Daily Painting: Oetz Valley, Austria

Daily painting: Austria’s Oetz Valley

Ötz Valley, 18 x 24 cm, oil on canvas, ©2012 Julie Galante. [SOLD] The pop-up gallery on Saturday was a huge success! (More details on that in an upcoming post.) This was one of the new paintings I had on display there, barely dry enough to leave the studio. It garnered some very good feedback […]

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Inspiration from the Faroe Islands

Voted the best islands in the world by National Geographic Traveler, the Faroes are full of breathtaking views that would inspire almost anyone to create. I’m in the middle of a series of daily paintings inspired by the Faroes, myself. This painting is available in my online shop.

Oil painting: Colorful Faroe Islands village

AEDM day 25: more Faroes

Faroe Island village, 18 x 24 cm, oil on canvas board, ©2010 Julie Galante. [SOLD] Today I am dreaming of what it would be like to spend a month on sabbatical in the Faroe Islands, painting everything I see, people and places. I got a little frisky with the tip of the palette knife on this one. […]

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