Spring is a busy time for me at my day job. I wanted a still life set up that would wait patiently until I got to it. And wouldn't wilt, fade, droop or rot. More traditional still-life subjects, such as fruits and flowers are wonderful to paint, because they're beautiful, colorful, living things, and you can feel the "chi" energy running right through them. But if I don't paint them quickly enough the studio can get a little ripe, if you know what I mean. So this time I chose one of my other favorite subjects, translucent cellophane candy wrappers. I shudder to think that these wrappers, unlike fruits and flowers, will never biodegrade. But what can you do. They're ubiquitous in the modern world. And they're really really fun to paint.
My name is Julie Kessler and I'm a representational artist. I love painting in oils with their vibrant, juicy colors. Lately I've been exploring the unique qualities of gouache, watercolors, colored pencils and other media. I started this blog to share my work and thoughts about making art. I toss other things into the mix too, such as painters that I love, and art books and exhibits that inspire me. Your comments are welcome. I'd love to hear from you!