Posts Tagged ‘thoughts’

ScottMacBook - 1


My husband died a month ago. I’ve been rather quiet online since then, busy with paperwork and grief and more paperwork (death brings so much paperwork, especially if you’ve lived in several countries). But sooner or later I want to reemerge – to continue to share my art and my thoughts and my writing, even […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Portrait of a Weissbier original oil painting


It has been a busy several weeks around here. I’ve had back-to-back art shows on in Munich since mid-September, but finally the majority of the work for them is over and I have time sit back, look around, and figure out how to tackle the next batch of excitement. There’s a whole lot more coming […]

The Dance Recital, London

Mixed media: the dance recital

The London Dance Recital, 45 x 30 cm, mixed media on paper, ©2012 Julie Galante. [SOLD] I am immensely enjoying my summer in the studio, although I’m still fighting other distractions to protect my painting time. One of those distractions is my own brain, which has been working overtime trying to figure out what art […]

Annie Portrait in pastel

Summer in the studio

Summer is a wonderful time to be in my studio. The long days give me extra hours of good light. Plus I don’t travel as much in the summer (I am a weirdo who doesn’t like heat), so I have more weeks of uninterrupted time to develop projects. Last week I finished off some commissions […]

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 […]

original oil painting in progress: woman with macbook air

On being a doer, and an attribute portrait in progress

Woman with MacBook Air (work in progress), 80 x 60 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante I am loving my current project, a big series of portraits with modern technology attributes. The first four or five portraits should be complete and up on my website within a week or so. My goal is to […]

oil painting - portrait detail

Flesh, portraits, and Lucian Freud

Detail of a work in progress, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. Another big-name artist died this week: Lucian Freud. Figurative painters are in the minority in today’s art world, especially ones creating truly new, interesting things. I tend to seek them out and study their work; they comfort me against fears that nothing new can […]

Original oil painting: Two paint tubes, two brushes

Dreaming up some art influences

Two paint tubes, two brushes | 15 x 20 cm | oil on canvas | ©2011 Julie Galante | available on Etsy Last night I dreamed I was interviewing for something art-related. The interviewer (a stern older man) asked me what artists influenced me. I struggled to answer this, tossing out the first names of […]

Scott - oil portrait with attribute, in progress

A series is born

So just the other day I was whining about how hard it is for me to work in series. Work in Progress: Scott with MacBook Pro.©2011 Julie Galante. Now suddenly my studio is full of related paintings in progress, and I have six more models lined up. I do believe I’ve found myself a series. I’ve […]


On portraits and attributes

Jessica, 60 x 80 cm, acrylic on canvas, ©2007 Julie Galante. I’ve been thinking a lot about attributes recently. In portraiture, an attribute is an object included to help the viewer identify the subject, or to communicate something about the subject. Artists’ self portraits often include paint brushes or a palette, for example. Catholic saints are […]

the drying rack is full of unrelated randomness

Puttering around the studio

This has happened before. I have a big, several-month expanse of time in the studio ahead of me. Time to buckle down, get productive, take my art seriously. I’ve been playing around long enough; it’s time to make a Series Of Work. Time to paint a bunch of big canvases, sticking to a similar subject, […]

Christmas market at the Chinese Tower

Happy creative 2011

Christmas market at the Chinese Tower, Munich | 18 x 24 cm | oil on canvas | @2010 Julie Galante. [SOLD] Happy new year! I had intended to start my new year by diligently posting my art goals for the year, but a couple crazy things came up this week and that just didn’t happen. […]

Little easels

Easels and organizing

I had my parents bring me some small display easels from the US (all of the ones I’ve found for sale so far in Germany are ugly). They are perfect for displaying my daily paintings done on canvas board and hard board, which will come in handy in my studio (collectors often visit so I […]

To join or not to join

Since visiting Munich’s new Brandhorst Museum this weekend, I’ve been trying to justify buying myself a membership to the Munich art museums. For €90 you get a year pass to several of Munich’s best art museums (plus a couple in surrounding towns, as well). Without the pass, I am unlikely to spend €90 on admission […]

Would you let Google use your art for free?

My husband brought this article to my attention today, about how Google has been asking artists to create skins for them for free. The reward to the artist, naturally, is “exposure”, that insipid internet currency. I am familiar with this sort of scenario, not with my art work, but rather with travel writing. Ever since […]

Yet another reason to love winter

When it’s 0 degrees out, it’s perfectly acceptable for me to throw my long winter coat over my studio clothes and go shopping. Never mind that those studio clothes are really paint-stained sweats with holes in them. A nice long coat makes it all ok. Yay winter!

Too Old

I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with myself when we decided to move to Munich. I had a hunch I wanted to more aggressively pursue my career as an artist, and so I investigated going back to art school as an option. I found the website of the Akademie der bildenden Künste […]


The single most exciting thing about our new apartment is that it contains a room which I get to use as my studio. A whole room just for my art! I’ve never had that before. It’s thrilling. I love this room. It is big and bright and has a big window with a lovely view. […]

Getting back into things

I spent the last month and a half of 2007 traveling without a single art supply; so far 2008 has mostly been occupied with settling in in our new apartment in our new city (Munich). One of the most exciting things about this new apartment is that I have a studio in it. I’m still […]

Work in Progress: Tomoko

I often reach a point in a painting where I really love something about it, even though I don’t love it as a whole and I know it’s not finished. I get kind of panicky at this point, because I’m afraid that if I work on the painting too much more, I’ll ruin whatever it […]

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