Monday, January 12, 2015

"What the Trees Told Me"

Hello Dear Reader,

I want to share 6 of 10 pieces I am working on for my first Solo Art Exhibit!! I'm so excited to see a long sought after goal and years of love and passion come together in this way. When I can share more, I will. I thought it would be kind of cool to see each piece and share the accumulation of them all together.  Below is the group so far...



"A Woman of Strength" (detail...below)



"A Woman of Grace" (below)



"Beatitude" (below)



"The Humble Poetess" (below)



"The Lover" (below)


"The Traveler" (below)


Stay tuned!

xxx

Julie

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Art

I hope 2015 serves to be a year of creativity, health and happiness for you all.!
Here is a sampling of some of the new art I have been working on the last few months. A variety of art dolls, sculpture and dioramas working with a lot of clay and paper.









Some of these pieces are SOLD but, if you are interested in any of them please let me know for further details.  
Thank you for taking the time to visit. 
xxx

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Yearly Summer Sale 50% OFF! :)

Hello dear readers, 

I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know that my yearly summer sale is going on right now through tomorrow. Until tomorrow evening, midnight PST 6/22, EVERYTHING in my etsy shop will be 50% OFF. This includes original paintings, textile wall hangings, dolls....everything!


Use the coupon code at checkout:
SUMMER50

Enjoy! And, I wish everyone a blessed summer! 

xxx

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Weavings/ Textile Wall Hangings

Hello Dear readers:

Just wanted to share some new Weavings/ Wall Hangings I have been working on. I purchased a good size (18 x 21") loom and, true to my usual form, have been addicted to weaving ever since it arrived on my doorstep.  


Of course, a series of events transpired that I never expected.

First, weaving is extremely time consuming. I mean, lots.of.time.
I spent between 20 and 30 hours on EACH of these pieces. Weaving after dinner, in the early morning, when I'm helping my son with his homework; every little chance I could.  
 Maybe I'll get faster?

It's okay if I don't because, second, weaving is a spiritual art. I never knew this but I assure you that it is. It is the most relaxing art form I have ever participated in. I can go for hours with out getting up to use the ladie's room or get a drink of water because I am so intertwined in the methodical rhythm of what I am doing.  

I should probably take a class to learn what I am really doing, or even attempt to follow a pattern for that matter but I just wanted to start making it up as I go so that I wasn't restricted by anyone else's ideas. Maybe I will do that in the future though. 

Lastly, I'm meeting a wonderful world of artists from this other world. The weaving world is a very creative and supportive group and I am so glad to see inspirations from other people that I had no idea could be so involved and beautiful. 

Art is endless and seamless and, at times, quite intoxicating.

Thank you for your visit. 
Off to string my next warp. ;)

xxx

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Teaching at French General this Summer!

Hello dear readers!
I'm so excited and honored to share that I will be teaching "Bastille Femmes" Art Doll Class this summer on July 12th at French General in Los Angeles!!!
Below are 2 samples of the dolls we will be making with hoop skirts, scalloped overlays, vintage ephemera, porcelain doll arms, the works!




For details you can visit
or the

There are many other wonderful classes there I would love to take!

Hope everyone has a great and creatively blessed week!

xxx

Thursday, March 13, 2014

New Art Doll Pieces

Hello dear readers.
Well, I've stayed consistent in one thing. I am still obsessed with making dolls of all sorts. I have added pictures of what I've been working on the last few months. Clothespin dolls with paper clay faces, peg dolls with felt dresses, even a piece with an old bed spring and chandelier parts! 








Some of these are available for sale in my SHOP , others are awaiting big adventures I can share with you soon. I am working on a big project that I cannot wait to share so, until then, I hope you all are well, happy and creatively blessed.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
xxx
Julie

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Saying Goodbye to My Boo

Happy weekend dear friends. I haven't been inspired to do a doll for some time...and, lately, I've spent many of my treasured yet rare, quiet moments just drawing. So, last weekend, when I had been saving this vintage hankie for something very special I decided to make a Frida doll. 
I also had a beautifully intricate old scrap of lace, an old silver plated candy dish which I turned upside down to use for the base and an old jello mold.
I hand sculpted the sweet Boo Boo kitty from paper clay and then painted her with acrylics.
For, you see, last weekend was a pretty awful weekend to tell the truth. My sweet Boo kitty, who my parents gave me 15 years ago after rescuing her from the woods near their home in the state of Washington, passed away.
 In my lap. 
With my hand on her chest and, I felt her heart stop. 
 Awful. 
Horrible.
We had taken her to the vet the day before and they kept her overnight. Thought it was liver failure. But, they called the next day to say she could come home with some antibiotics and thyroid medication.  
I can't go into details because it is really painful but, I can tell you, that she died a couple of hours later. And, not the pleasant way they leave us when they are "put to sleep".  
I saw the death throws and I can assure you I never, ever want to see that again.  
At least she was with me. 
True.
That is comforting.  
But, being that close to death, in its rarest form, stripped some of my innocence and I'm not sure if that is a good or a bad thing.  
I have seen people that have passed on and I have been with animals when they are put down but I have never seen one leave this world in their own, natural time.  
I love my animals so much, as I know many of you do too, that it is so hard to see them go.
I am crying again as I am writing this even though I purposely waited a week until I thought I would be able to compose myself enough to put these words to paper.  
So, please know, 
I am not sharing this experience to bring you down or to be depressing. 
I know many of us have memories of losing our fur babies and that it is raw and painful for each of us.
Rather, I am just sharing to say, 

I would never choose to feel any other way about God's living creatures.

I love animals too deeply? Yes.
I feel that they are closer to God then most people I know just like babies and children? Yes.
Losing them sucks terribly? Yes.

BUT...

They are more real, sincere and unconditional than I could ever hope to be.
They give endless love and I will always, forever be eternally grateful for that. 
And, I will continue to take them in.
And, not kill bugs and spiders. 
Its not the way for everyone but, its the way for me.
And, that makes it all okay.  

In memory of my sweetest girl Bagheera "Boo".
My only kitty that hugged me when I held her.
I loved hose hugs. 
I will never forget them.
xxx 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Come...stay in touch! I've missed you!

Hello lovely friends of blog land. I am stopping by to share with you some new prints I have added to shop and to say hello! 
If you are so inclined I would invite you to follow me on instagram as I post something there almost daily and then you will be able to get sneaks peeks of new projects that I am working on:






Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope to see you soon! xxx
Julie