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 […]
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 […]
I never know what to title blog posts here – I usually want to discuss a half-dozen random things in each post. These days I am spending a lot of time in my new studio, excited about having so much space, trying to figure out what to work on next. I have some ideas for a […]
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 […]
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 […]
While all my small cityscapes are across town in a gallery show, I’ve been busy in my studio finishing up some larger paintings for my next show. Well, one painting. One giant, three-paneled monstrosity that it definitely too big for this studio, and too ambitious for the timeframe. But it’s fun to work on, and I’m […]
Untitled (in progress), 40 x 30 cm, mixed media on paper, ©2012 Julie Galante. My studio looks a little different this week. The oil paints have been temporarily shoved to the side to make way for some new works on paper which I’m creating for an upcoming show. This particular piece is being created on […]
Dirndl Portrait: Kim (in progress, detail), 60 x 80 cm, oil on canvas, ©2012 Julie Galante. I gave myself until the end of February to complete at least 10 (preferably 12) of these large dirndl portraits. It will be close, but I think I will make it. I have five that are complete and another six […]
Bea in her dirndl (work in progress), 80 x 60 cm, oil on canvas, ©2012 Julie Galante. I have nine large dirndl paintings that are in progress or finished so far, all of them hanging out around my studio. I think they’re going to make for an interesting body of work – so many beautiful […]
Sarah in a dirndl (work in progress), 80 x 60 cm, oil on canvas, ©2012 Julie Galante. Happy New Year! I’m back in my studio in Munich and painting up a storm. My first goal of 2012 is to complete the first 10 paintings in my Women in Dirndls series. I have about seven of […]
Bea in her dirndl (work in progress), 80 x 60 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. Before I start bombarding your with daily paintings for Art Every Day Month, I thought I’d post a look at one of the larger pieces I have in progress. It’s part of a series I’m working on, portraits […]
Petra in her dirndl (work in progress), 80 x 60 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. I love how painting changes the way I see. Now that I’m spending so much time painting dirndls, I have a whole new appreciation for the infinite variations they can have. Wandering around Oktoberfest these last few days, […]
Dirndl portrait: Emmy (in progress), 80 x 60 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. I have so many paintings in progress right now and I’m excited about all of them. I’ve recently started on a new series of 80 x 60 cm (32 x 24 in) portraits featuring women wearing dirndls. These traditional Bavarian […]
Self portrait with iphone 4 (work in progress), 70 x 50 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante If you follow this blog you’ll know that I’m in the middle of painting a series of portraits with modern technology attributes. I’ve been putting my subjects in unnatural posed positions, and seeing what different kinds of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Untitled – in progress, 60 x 80 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. I’m racing against time these days, hoping to finish a few works in progress so I can display them at my open studio event at the end of the month. I really need to stop painting soon so that I don’t […]
Em on the tube (in progress), oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm. For this portrait I’m working from a photo I snapped with my iphone while riding the tube in London with my friend Emily. The florescent lighting of the subway car combined with the flash from the iphone created a slightly eerie, strangely-colored […]
I am absolutely loving Scotland, even though I miss my studio.
I’ve been out of the studio this week, traveling to Prague to see the Christmas markets. I’m hoping to sneak in a little painting time over the next couple days, but it’s difficult with house guests underfoot. I have a couple works in progress that really need finishing. Available in my online shop. The week […]
Munich Wienerplatz (in progress), oil on canvas, 60 x 70 cm, ©2010 Julie Galante. This one has been in progress for a while now. It’s a larger, more detailed version of a scene from one of my daily paintings. I haven’t quite figured out what it needs so I can call it finished. Ideas?
What do you think? Does this painting work better with a blue foreground, or a red one? Oil on canvas board, 18 x 24 cm. I’m open to other suggestions, too. Not really sure where I’m going with this one.
Even when I’m not posting them here, I often take photographs of my works in progress as part of my process. Seeing a photo of a piece helps me evaluate it with different eyes and make decisions about where I need to go next. In person, I was getting frustrated with this piece because it […]