Artist - Tricia Julian



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An Apple today keeps the gremlins away

Posted by Tricia Julian on February 10, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been without a computer for the last few days and have changed over to an Apple! I should be very happy, as I love all the other Apple gadgets and have no problem using them. I am, however, finding I am taking a bit of time to adjust when it comes to using the Apple laptop. I'm sort of winging it and hopefully don't delete anything/ anyone in the process of discovering what all these buttons with funky symbols actually do!

I am hoping the change will eventually make downloading all the pics from my iPhone easy and that the compatablilty will eventually speed things up. I use technology all the time as an artist, but in the mean time am bumping my head when it comes to the different formats etc.

I have been experimenting with big abstracts again. Mixed media/ texture/ colour/ form - all the things that get me excited. When I look down at my hands and see paint under my nails, I know I'm not doing my landscapes! I have a few commissions in the pipeline (not abstracts), so am just enjoying myself 'messing with paint' in the mean time.

Now for a change of pace!

Posted by Tricia Julian on February 1, 2012 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (3)

After doing a number of landscapes, I had a flurry of inspiration on the abstract front.

 I think my landscapes are meticulously done, with attention to detail and precision; whereas my abstracts are unfettered, with free flowings lines, big, bold movement and colour. I just love it!

I also did a big close-up of wild flowers, again with lots of bright colour and bold strokes of my brush.

For me, I HAVE to mix it up or I feel cheated. Doing small, controlled pieces to doing big, free flowing ones, just allows me to express myself completely. I am not one or the other, but both - in control and conscientious as well as free spirited and experimental and need both sides to express myself as a whole artist.

Pics to be posted soon.

Landscapes versus abstracts!

Posted by Tricia Julian on January 20, 2012 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A few months ago I was viewing my landscapes with a critical eye (which artist doesn't) and decided I wanted to improve on what I saw. As a member of the Blaauwberg Art Society, we get to attend different lectures and demonstrations by various South African artists. That month it was a demonstration by popular landscape artist, Dale Elliot. How's that for serendipity! The demonstartion was fantastic and informative and as a result I did one of his interactive courses.

I am now painting (and enjoying) landscapes! Which for an artist who loves doing big, bold abstracts, is quite something and they are very popular! I have done a number of ones of the area in and around Robertson and now am working on a series of Boschendal Estate scenes. I have even done some abstract landscapes, bringing the two styles together.

 I have not given up on my  big abstracts, but am now lucky to be able to enjoy expressing myself doing something so complete different as well!


Posted by Tricia Julian on October 14, 2010 at 2:17 PM Comments comments (0)

Was inspired by artist, Paul Birchell's talk and demonstration last week! I have been searching for a while now for a way to successfully meld together a number of mediums I love - not great on canvas or paper, but perspex! So, thank you Paul! As he was talking a number of lightbulbs kept going off in my head! INSPIRED!!


See the first fruits of this labour in my new Mixed Media Gallery.


Check out my new pieces in the Nature Gallery.

13 Sept 2010

Posted by Tricia Julian on September 13, 2010 at 7:12 AM Comments comments (0)

I am currently starting a new abstract and am looking forward to large, bold applications of colour!! After finnishing my last piece (birds in a row), it'll be a completely different flow and style - and I like to mix it up!