Posts Tagged ‘still life’

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Art Every Day Month, day 20

I seem to be in a pattern this week, always thinking that tomorrow I’ll have more time for making art. To be fair, I’ve been busy with art-related activities, if not necessarily the making of it. Tomorrow I’m hanging another show, so today I’ve been occupied with choosing work, making labels, and the like. After […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 16

Barely getting a post up for today, but I made it. Just fit in a couple of expressive drawing exercises this evening. Thank you so much to all of you who have said lovely encouraging things in the lead-up to my presentation yesterday. I am happy to say that it went really well, despite the […]

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Day 21: Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is very popular in Edinburgh – there are so many places around town where one can enjoy this tasty midday carb explosion. ———- 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. Check out Leah’s blog for more […]


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Day 20: whisky with a view

I’ve been distracted this week, and seem to be struggling to fit in my daily paintings before it gets too dark (which is usually around 3:30pm these days). Given that this one was really fast and not very planned-out, I think it turned out OK. There are things about it I really like, and things […]

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Day 14: Christmas drinks by the fire

As I’ve mentioned before, my goal this week is to keep my paintings loose, so I’m resisting the urge to clean this one up. The inspiration for this painting is an image from last Christmas, our first Christmas in the UK. It was an especially memorable and enjoyable time, in part because of the new […]

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Day 11: tapas and wine

I do love the colors of red wine. Must set up some still lifes with it. This little painting was inspired by a lovely, sunny lunch at Malvarosa, a tapas bar in Portobello, Edinburgh. ———- It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase […]


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Day 9: mmmmm beer

Branching out a bit from cocktails today. These tasty beers were consumed at The Potting Shed, a craft beer bar in Edinburgh. ———- 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. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about […]

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Day 7: fruity cocktails

Even more cocktails for you today. These bring back fond memories of a lovely night out at Itchycoo on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Feeling thirsty? ———- 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. Check out Leah’s blog for more […]

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Day 6: happy little cupcakes

What’s happening to me? Up until a couple weeks ago, most of my recent work consisted of moody cityscapes. This week it’s suddenly all sunsets and cupcakes and pink cocktails. I feel like I should throw in some rainbows and unicorns for good measure (both of which are quite easy to find in Scotland, now […]


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Day 5: more cocktails

I think I’m developing a thing for brightly-colored cocktails. They’re not usually my favorite to drink, but they sure are fun to paint. ———- 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. Check out Leah’s blog for more information […]

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Day 4: drooling over macarons

For my new series of work exploring Edinburgh’s food and drink culture, I’m starting small – little dishes and drinks, simple compositions that catch my eye. I have to admit, I’m strangely pleased with this wee oil sketch. For inspiration I used a photo of a dessert we had not too long ago at Field, […]

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Day 3: Painting like Peploe

I just started a short course at Edinburgh College of Art called Scottish Colourists Revisited, where each week we’ll be tackling a subject matter beloved by the Colourists. I love taking art classes – it gets me out of the house/studio, allows me to meet new people, and nudges me to make art I wouldn’t […]


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Day 2: strawberry cocktail, anyone?

When I’m not busy staring out my studio window at sunsets, I’m somewhere in Edinburgh diving face-first into the food and drink offerings of this city. As a travel blogger I learned to start photographing my restaurant meals for posterity long ago. As I search my photo archives for painting inspiration, often these food (or […]

Sushi Plate mixed-media painting

From Tokyo to Edinburgh

Sushi Plate, 10 x 15 cm, mixed media on watercolor paper, ©2013 Julie Galante. [SOLD] Hello from Scotland! I am here amongst moving boxes in our new apartment (or ‘flat’ as the locals would have us believe it is called). My month in Tokyo feels like it was all a dream as I go through […]

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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 […]


Sushi Rolls on a Red Plate original oil painting

Daily painting: inspired by sushi

Sushi Rolls on a Red Plate, 20 x 20 cm, oil on canvas, ©2012 Julie Galante. Original painting available on Etsy. Despite all the yummy spring fruits and veggies that are showing up at the farmers markets in Germany these days, I have been struggling to find something that interested me as a still life […]

Radishes, original oil painting

Wrapping up 2011

Radishes, 20 x 20 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. [SOLD] 2011 has been a wonderful year for me and my art career. I’ve painted more than ever. My paintings have found their way onto the walls of so many new collectors. I’m ending the year full of ideas for future projects. Things are […]

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Day 26: chili peppers

Chili Peppers, 15 x 15 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. [SOLD] I felt like doing something a little different today, and that ended up being this palette knife painting of chili peppers. For the most part I used the colors straight out of the tubes. I was going for simple shapes and bright colors. […]


Dumpling squash painting

Day 24: Thanksgiving dumpling squash

Dumpling squash, 13 x 18 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. Original painting available for sale on Etsy. If there were any wall space whatsoever in my kitchen, I might like to hang this painting in there. It reminds me how tasty these squash are. Can’t wait to roast up the models for lunch! […]

Painting: Brussels Sprouts on the stalk

Day 21: Brussels sprout snake

Brussels sprout stalk, 24 x 18 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. I never really thought about how brussels sprouts grew until a stand at our local farmers market started selling stalks of them. This painting is just the very top of the stalk. The whole thing is a few feet long and has […]

Christmas painting onions and garlic

Day 18: Christmassy onions and garlic?

Onions & garlic & greenery, 24 x 18 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. Hey, if the Germans can use pickles as Christmas tree decorations, why can’t I use garlic and onions? OK, perhaps it would not be the sweetest-smelling Christmas tree on the block. These pine branches are fun to paint. Perhaps I’ll […]


Christmas painting clementines and cranberries

Day 16: Christmas clementines and cranberries

Clementines and cranberries, 15 x 15 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. Original painting available on Etsy. A still life containing pine branches is automatically going to have a Christmas theme, isn’t it? This one started out as just clementines and branches, but as I was painting I decided it needed a small splash […]

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Day 14: juicy pomegranate

Open pomegranate, 20 x 20 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. [SOLD] Pomegranates are one of my favorite fruits, both to eat and to look at. Turns out they’re also fun to paint. If you’ll be in Munich on December 4th, please plan to stop by the Open Studio I will be hosting that […]

Autumn Leaves Painting #4

Day 12: I said I was done with leaves, but

Autumn leaves on blue, 20 x 20 cm, oil on canvas board, ©2011 Julie Galante. Original painting available from Etsy. I felt like doing another leaf painting today. November is Art Every Day Month! I’ll be posting a new small painting here each and every day. After they have had time to dry (a couple weeks), […]

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