New Art. Untitled No. 6 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

"Beetlejuice 99", 24x24 Acrylic on canvas

"Beetlejuice 99", 24x24 Acrylic on canvas

Hola Amigos! This week I wrapped up this new 24x24" gallery canvas..

This palette lends itself well to my personal grafitti symbols.. secret symbols that I add into almost every painting. I've never listed them all because I like the idea of someone, someday, pointing them out to me... I have a dream that someone might study these paintings (not academically...just personally) and would maybe want to speak to me about them... 

Don't forget my huge online workshop, "8 Great Paintings" is on sale for a limited time. Click here for more info.

The Class Auction Project #Craft

This year marks my 4 year anniversary of completing auction projects for Kate's class. Every grade will complete one craft project (which is supposed to be a collaboration with the children) and the projects are auctioned off during the annual school fundraiser. Since Kate is in 2nd grade this year, the focus is First Holy Communion. 

A group of parents recommended a "Memory Box" that will be made to hold all of the mementos of the day; photos, rosary, bible, program and/or special jewelry. 

I rescued this unfortunate home decor item from a store here for about $16. The size was perfect for our needs and the construction was much more solid than "blank" boxes sold at big box craft stores. But man....was it plain.

I knew that a box like this would be a treasure if I incorporated gold leaf into the design. To hold the gold leaf, I purchased this cheap-o picture frame with small raised detail and attached it to the top of the box.

One of the best mementos of receiving First Holy Communion is that the children are receiving it with their best friends, their classmates. Each child in the class made a small piece of art that I  pre-measured to cover the inside of the box. So that we didn't feel rushed during the school day, I sent the pre-measured paper home with everyone and asked that they complete the artwork using colored pencil. Why colored pencil? Because I knew that the pencil would not run or bleed when I used polymer medium to attach the art to the box. If the kids were to use marker, this would have been a big mess.

The box is covered in layers of archival acrylic paint, in sort of a distressed, but not too distressed finish and gold leaf detail on the top of the box. The gold leaf is the gourmet item on this "build" so I hope it attracts high bidders.

See some of my past auction artwork here:

Tile Mosaic Artwork

Paper Rosary Beads

Dark. Period.

Untitled 30x40"; Mixed Media on Gallery Canvas

Untitled 30x40"; Mixed Media on Gallery Canvas

I feel like I would wish for bionic vision.. I wish I  had a small metal switch behind my ear so that I could manually adjust my iris depending on the current indoor lighting conditions. Dark day in the studio? I could over-expose 1-2 stops.. That's what I would wish for.

In other news...here is the latest addition to my collection. I am going to coat this in something extremely glossy before the show. Thank you for stopping by!

New Art. Untitled No. 3/16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

36x48" Gallery Canvas ; Acrylic and Graphite

36x48" Gallery Canvas ; Acrylic and Graphite

Continuing with the discipline of one fine art painting/week.. here is week 3. The climate in San Diego allows me to paint.. dry..layer..dry and repeat pretty frequently...and I am finding that one week seems like a reasonable allowance for me.

This one of the largest paintings I have attempted to date.. It's huge here in the house..and there are not many places to hang it. I am working on three of these to anchor my upcoming show. Physical demands for blending paint in this wide of an area are pretty demanding... I'm really happy with this. Hope you like it.

Two book-reports are in the wings here... They will be ready soon.

Thanks for stopping in today.

Online #mixedmedia Ecourse Sale Ends Friday

Class sample!

Class sample!

Class sample!

Class sample!

I have a sale on two HUGE online workshops for you that ends this Friday! Make layered, rich, thought out paintings...I'll help you every step of the way if you want.

Click here to learn about the 8 Great Paintings Workshop.

Click here to learn about the Mixed Media Variety Show with Julie Prichard.

You won't want to miss this...

In Review... The goals I torture myself with.

The first submission..

The first submission..

At the end of last year, I got a wild hair.. I decided that since I have never tried to enter any of my artwork into a show before, that I would go down to this gallery that I liked in Balboa Park (San Diego, CA) and enter a show. This particular gallery only accepts art by way of a juror... so the challenge was on. But here is where my self-torture comes in: I decided that I was not going to get into one show (which would have been a totally acceptable feat in my opinion)... I decided that I was going to get into EVERY show in a one year period. What the hell is the matter with me? I had nothing to lose the first time I went down there. You are only allowed to enter 2 paintings each show. One of them has to be 12x12" or under...and the other can be up to 8x8'. There is a different juror every show. My stomach hurts thinking about this... and it's over...

The painting at the top of this post is the first one I entered. I got in. Slight pressure ensued for getting into the next show.... I only had a "streak" of 1.

Entry #2

Entry #2

Pictured above is the 2nd painting that was juried in..second show. Another boost of confidence. I then decided that I would submit a different painting each submission...never the same painting twice. (Some artists submit their winning art into more than one show.) Now, while these two larger than 12x12" paintings were accepted, my one-foot paintings were not getting in. I was having trouble with the small size.

First Juror's Choice Award

First Juror's Choice Award

And then there was "The Score". This was a very emotional and personal piece that I made.. It's one of my largest paintings too. On this night, I actually stood back to observe the jury process... my first time. Of course, I had a stomach ache.. I am 3 months into my goal now... with two paintings behind me. Don't want to have to start from scratch again next year..the pressure was so much.

I remember watching the judge place the Juror's Choice award on this painting. I couldn't believe it...I was truly happy at that moment... thinking about how terrible it was to paint this piece. He also liked my small work, "Vintage Picnic", pictured below. I am on my way..

Vintage Picnic, 2013

Vintage Picnic, 2013

The regular show schedule took a break at this point to welcome the 52nd Annual International Exhibition. Talk about wanting to throw up. 1200 paintings were submitted into this show.. I entered three pieces, and "We Have Paris" got in. I was pretty beside myself.

We Have Paris

We Have Paris

Ocean Front 24x36" 2013

Ocean Front 24x36" 2013

I start to have a serious problem by this point.. I was making myself so nervous that I would break my streak, that I was painting and painting and painting over these paintings to get them just right. "Ocean Front" has a rusty lower portion that does not photograph well. In person, the Juror likes it and this one got in too. My smaller art is still struggling though.. maybe I am using all of my energy up on the larger pieces..

Prehistoric Afternoon, 12x12"

Prehistoric Afternoon, 12x12"

The July-August show brought some good news. A one-foot piece, "Prehistoric Afternoon" got into the show as well as my favorite painting, "Untitled Yellow" (shown below).

24x24" Untitled Yellow

24x24" Untitled Yellow

Untitled Yellow brought me my second Juror's Choice award. I am still honored and humbled when I am selected to be in a show...but to win? Honestly....it's a thrill and unexpected.

I had the pleasure of speaking with this Juror.. She is a professor at a college here and when asking me about my art education, she was surprised to find out that I do not really have formal art training. I have years of photography experience... but I didn't pick up acrylic paint until much later. That conversation made me really happy... I kept going.. SO many times I wanted to quit this self-imposed challenge I set on myself...

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In September I submitted two paintings for consideration and landed both. The 24x24" painting "Fragments" (shown above, left) is a tribute to my brother.

Thankfully, the gallery welcomed a big photography exhibition following this show. Did I enter? NO! Are you crazy? The deal was to land paintings...not photographs.. maybe next year. ;)

"Above" 2013 Mixed Media on Yupo

"Above" 2013 Mixed Media on Yupo

Towards the end of this year I started to work on Yupo...a lot... developing the new online workshop, "Mixed Media Vacation". (Now maybe you see why I convinced myself I needed one!) This was the final show of the year.. Two paintings in. "Above" and another favorite of mine, "Borrego", pictured below.

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I did it. A painting into every show this year. 12 originals in all. I am beat.

I don't know why I did that to myself... I do know that I am elated that I did it and stuck through the pressure for 12 months. It was really hard after I had a few entries under my belt.. and not knowing the juror or what their tastes would be was really difficult. I also exposed myself to a lot of paintings this year that I normally wouldn't have gone down to look at... artistic expansion for sure.

I also sold some paintings this year... that was a nice perk as well!

So this is how this works... I set a huge goal that makes me crazy...think I need a vacation... rest for  a few hours and then find something else to throw myself in to. 2014 will be a new direction. I figure I have been-there-done-that with the gallery now... Now I will grow a section of my art brain that has been stalled...it's got cobwebs... and I know it's going to be a huge learning curve and push... and I'll tell you how I do next December.

Happy New Year, Everyone. Get out of your comfort zone and do something crazy. A little. 

New Workshop Now Open *Fun Techniques*

Acrylic on Yupo 9x12"

Acrylic on Yupo 9x12"

Take a departure from the rigorous and technical applications we have been learning and relax and move paint around without a critical eye. Julie breaks these easy and repetitive techniques down for you so that you can loose yourself in a fun day of painting! Work on several paintings at a time and explore High Flow acrylic paint, Yupo and painting for the sake of painting. My new camera footage shows multiple camera angles to keep the viewers engaged (no more looking at hands on the screen and hearing a mystery voice!!)... you will feel right at home with me in my studio through the magic of television!

Mixed Media Vacation - Now Open!

YES! Here I am...

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The last juried exhibition of the year....and I got my two paintings in! The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) is hosting the opening for the latest regional exhibition this Friday at 6pm. You can see my piece on Yupo (pictured above) as well as a 12x12" canvas , "Borrego" at the show. I won't be there this time...

I had a set  back last week, being on the receiving end of a rear end collision. Man...that doesn't feel good. I am still very sore.. have not been playing tennis... don't mention my beautiful new car... such a drag.

So anyway, it should have been out by now... BUT There is a brand new online workshop coming your way within the next week! Keep in touch with me on Facebook... or subscribe to my newsletter to be the first to know.

It was so much work to consistently submit new art to the shows this year... more on that later.. a recap... but I am proud of myself for sticking with it..and making plans for even more fun in 2014.... BIG plans.... sights set. 

See you soon.. I need to lay flat for a while.

To Glaze or not to Glaze. #Art #Mixedmedia

"Borrego" 12x12" Stretched Canvas

"Borrego" 12x12" Stretched Canvas

One time, in referring to me making a painting in a short amount of time, someone asked me, "Can't you just whip something up?" The answer is no.

I have self imposed issues with painting just for the sake of painting...I always paint in order to make something really great...sometimes I get it..other times I beat myself up. But the point is, that my process is not one for rushing. Each painting I make takes me a minimum of two days.

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The first day I sit down to paint, I apply heavy layers of acrylic paint...scratch and write into the wet surface (above, photo left) and get what I call the "bones" in place. I allow that first phase to dry completely and then come back in the next day with the "details". The detail phase allows me to shift color gradually, add accents of color (in this case the rust areas and the blue in the lower portion) and smooth everything out. The "details" phase brings my paintings to life. The painting becomes more rich...the layers are more vibrant..the "flatness" of the base layers of paint is gone.

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"Borrego" is coated with a thick layer of self-leveling gel..which pulls and cracks. Fitting, right? The desert floor right here on my wall. 

We teach these techniques in depth in our online mixed-media workshops. Click here for more info and to see all of our sample art. Thanks for stopping by today.

Bettlejuice Returns

12x12" Acrylic on Stretched Canvas.

12x12" Acrylic on Stretched Canvas.

A new painting for today... companion painting to this painting I made a while ago. I love these graffiti like doodles... and my favorite mark, the letter "X". 

I guess this painting is my answer to art journaling... I used to make paintings like this in my journal, but soon tired of working in the journal so much..I like these very much out, larger and on the walls..

Have a great weekend! I am working on a big, fat photography tutorial for yoooouuuuuuu.

The Diptych. A Painting Re-envisioned.

Above: The old painting. 24x24 mixed media on stretched canvas. 

Above: The old painting. 24x24 mixed media on stretched canvas. 

I forced myself to sit and paint two new paintings this week... and while I was working on those two paintings, I grabbed this tired number from my kitchen wall...where it has been hanging, silently for at least two years. 

Evidence.

Evidence.

SO soo sooo many times I had passed by that painting while giving it the evil eye. The composition bothered me..and it's there...on the corner of Boardwalk and Main...in the heart of my small kitchen. Man...did this painting bother me. 

In progress.

In progress.

Maybe it was the size of the painting that was bothering me... Shown above, my latest painting to come home from a stay in the gallery. (This painting is also shown in my book...recognize it?) The idea came to me to make this painting (on the right) that I love so much, a sibling. They would hang on the wall together.... It was challenging.

Ahhhh.....much better now!

Ahhhh.....much better now!

I painted that painting more than 3 years ago. My style has changed subtly... so I was worried I wouldn't be able to make a diptic in the first place. My palette has remained pretty unchanged though, so I plugged away for a few days....holding them together, hanging them, reversing their order, marking, glazing, collaging....until I felt I should STOP. Can you even recognize the new painting? Only the collage bones remain... I think they look great together.

Re-working an old painting is not challenging to me...it's the act of trying to match another painting that made me think so hard last week.... Do they mirror each other? Go together? Match? No. Yes. No. Like Destiny's Child...different outfits, same group.  

What do you think? Got anything bothering you on your walls? 

edit: It just came to me that I think I like them switched around....I'm going to switch them now. Art is always changing..and that's what keeps me interested. 

Stencils in my paintings...sometimes..

14x14" Mixed Media on Gallery Stretched Canvas.

14x14" Mixed Media on Gallery Stretched Canvas.

I like pink paintings.. but not happy, sugary pink paintings....more dark and mysterious pink paintings. How about you? I have not been using too many stencils in my paintings these days.. although I love some of these basic shapes here and there, I also struggle with adding things to my art that can be placed in your art? Sounds greedy... but do you know what I mean?  

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Here's a whole wall of darkish paintings.... if you'd like to buy one, just ask. Several of them are in my book...have been in juried shows.... that's my "internal family tree" right there. (Prices start at $200.) 

Emulsion *New Painting*

 "Emulsion" 12x12 in. Acrylic on Stretched Canvas.

 "Emulsion" 12x12 in. Acrylic on Stretched Canvas.

I sat myself down and started some new paintings over the last few days. This one matches my mood today. I feel let down..and a little beat up. The weather is crappy too...which is probably contributing to my feelings. Probably not really though. The painting pictured on top, below is how this neat little painting started out:

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You, know... Yupo.

"Above" - Mixed Media on Yupo, 16x20

"Above" - Mixed Media on Yupo, 16x20

I've had these sheets of Yupo sitting around for a long time.. Working on Yupo presents a new set of challenges for the artist working with acrylics.. The drying time is almost instant, and scratching can remove the paint entirely from the painted surface.. Having said that, I did enjoy working with it. and I have some ideas for future paintings on it.

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