Saturday, April 20, 2019

Try Different Materials

Keep trying different materials!

This colored pencil piece was completed on sanded pastel board. I found the progress moved much faster than on most papers. The color lifted well, if needed, to make changes.

It did wear down the lead quickly but you can continue with a flatter tip. This art work was framed in a floater frame.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Do you find your art changing?

On a vacation I took just this past year I observed many paintings. I enjoyed them all but I was drawn to color and impressionism. I'm always on the lookout for something that catches my eye and thinking how it can be applied to watercolor or colored pencil.

This time I thought about how I am always mixing color first and then putting it down on paper.  In this study, I painted right from the tube! I found doing this really refreshing! I was thinking the colors as values verses a color as blue or yellow.  I applied colors as light, dark or middle tone. Time to do more of this!

I think change is good. It keeps you interested and you find yourself improving!

"You have to move in faith and not fear" Tia Fuller

Thursday, January 31, 2019


You can now find my art work at ROX Arts Gallery in Aspen Grove in Littleton, Colorado. I have joined a wonderful group of very creative artists (35 artists in fact). You'll be surrounded by multiple mediums that are truly inspiring!

Every 2nd Friday of the month there is an artist reception where you can come and meet the artists, see their work and enjoy refreshments.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fall Art Classes To Begin September 2nd and 3rd!


Kids Drawing Class  Ages 8 - 13
10:00 - noon
3:30 - 5:30pm

Join us for some drawing fun! This class promotes solid drawing skills through age-adjusted exercises. Learn right brain training, light and shadow, perspective, composition, and more!

Students will work toward choosing their own subjects. Exercises will be given to practice at home to build eye training.

Adult/Teen Drawing Class  Ages 13 - adult
1:00 - 3:00pm

Adult/Teen Drawing Class Ages 13 - adult
4:00 - 6:00pm

 Adult/Teen Drawing Class  Ages 13 - adult
6:30 - 8:30pm

You've always wanted to draw, but you weren't sure where to begin! Join us in a relaxed, risk-free environment. Right brain exercises will be integrated with classical, old-master training techniques to instill a complete foundation of skills. You'll be surprised at your results!

Listed on the right of this blog you'll find the Registration Form!  When you send  the Registration Form and include Tuition to Julie Fisher at 4662 Biscay St, Denver, Co  80249 your place in class will be reserved!  (This is not the class location.  Class location is given below.)

TUITION:  Tuition is paid monthly. We meet once a week for a 2 hour session. 
                     Four class sessions is $80.00.

Please check out the supply list and come to class ready to start!

CLASS LOCATION:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 6322 S Lakeview St, Littleton, CO    80120  (classroom 3)
       - Main intersection nearby:  Broadway and Caley  (Caley is between Orchard Rd and
         Arapahoe Rd)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Whip Those Cute Little Paintings Out and Sell, Sell, Sell

At one time I thought if I could paint a bunch of cute little paintings, I could sell them fast and make money!. I found a small stuffed horse and scrunched it up in a blanket and tried to paint it........I couldn't.......It didn't have any meaning for me.  I had no special connection to the horse or blanket.  I never did complete the piece and I'll never forget that learning exercise.
adult student

adult student

I find I need to relate somehow to the subject or it will be unsuccessful. Now, if the toy was one that you'll see in my baby picture and the blanket was a quilt my mother made, THAT'S a different story!
If the mountain landscape is where my siblings and I have experienced hiking, biking or being  snowed in at the family cabin....that's what you paint.  If you notice the gorgeous shades of reds and greens in a lovely shaped pear.....that's what you paint.  The subject you choose should have meaning to you.  Now I know after much practice you may be able to paint or draw almost anything but there will be little emotion radiating from these pieces.  They won't be a part of you and the viewer will notice.
student age 11

teen student
older adult student
When you choose a subject for your next project, pick something with meaning, something you can relate to and you'll find you'll be more successful.

Friday, January 23, 2015


If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint" then by all means paint and the voice will be silenced.        -Vincent Van Gogh-
Iowa Storms-watercolor-by Julie Fisher

County Road 35-watercolor-by Julie Fisher

Monday, January 19, 2015

Try Something New With Your Art

Are you in a rut? Try something new.  It doesn't have to be a big change, just something different to keep the art flow going.  Is your art all the same size?  What would it be like to experiment with a larger size.  Go smaller.......smaller yet.  Take that challenge to think how to get a composition down in the new space you now have.

Try painting in a different place.  If you paint inside, try painting outside.  Prepare for outside and include a camera in case you don't get a chance to finish.  Paint in a nearby park, at a dog park, where children play, where the shadows are interesting when they hit a house or other buildings. Take a lunch and make a day of it.

Have you every tried abstract work?  Pick some of your favorite colors and experiment.  Maybe put a pile of objects down and just paint shapes, not the objects.  Cut magazine pages out, cut into different shapes and patterns, lay them down in such a way that is pleasing to you.  Now go!

Sometimes it just takes making a change with get the excitement of art going again. Give it  

Try something different and have fun!

"One of a Kind" (on Pastelbord) by Julie Fisher