Celestial Forest

“Celestial Forest” coloured pencils 26 x 26 cm.

“Celestial Forest” looks like swatches of colour up close (including if you are sitting in front of your computer screen). From a small distance it morphs into a forest with descending sun behind. (Try walking away from your screen and you’ll see what I mean.)

How did this drawing come to be? I was in the forest at Donnelly River Village in the late afternoon photographing a pair of scarlet robins. I couldn’t help but notice the light effects as the sun dropped in the western sky. It had been raining earlier. Wet leaves glistened in the light breeze. It was – spiritual.

“Hmm”, I thought, “How can I capture this?” I deliberately put my lens out-of-focus and pointed my camera straight at the sun. Then I turned attention back to the scarlet robins. When I got home I knew I had to make a drawing from the forest-y abstraction I’d captured.

“Celestial Forest” is similar to my impressionist Parisian drawings. In the Paris drawings the relationships are between street lights, neon and architecture. In “Celestial Forest” the interplay is between sun and wet trees.

“Melting Memory” (2021) impressionistic Paris – on the same wavelength as “Celestial Forest”

I drew four drawings for The 2022 Donnelly Verandah Residencies exhibition which opens on Friday 19 August at EARLYWORK, Cnr Wardie St & South Tce, South Fremantle.

They are…

“Celestial Forest” coloured pencils 26 x 26 cm. Sold.
“Forest and Bird” Neocolor II and coloured pencils. 26 x 26 cm. Sold.
“Wow Factor” coloured pencils, 18.5 x 18.5 cm. Sold.
“Verandah Resident” 16.5 x 16.5 cm.

What will my five fellow artists exhibit? I am excited to find out – in one week’s time.

If you are a local do come in and have a look. Opening 6-8 p.m Friday 19th August and then every day 10-4 to Sunday 28 August in SOUTH FREMANTLE.

POSTSCRIPT: 28 August 2022. The exhibition closed at 4 p.m. It was such a joy to participate in this group show. I met many people who visited the gallery; some old friends and some for the first time. Several drawings and prints have gone to new homes. I am tired out but so happy.

11 thoughts on “Celestial Forest

  1. xanderest

    Hi Julie , good luck with your exhibition !

    Can’t wait to see it !

    Your latest drawing is superb , but where is the bird ??

    Love , Judy .

  2. anna warren portfolio

    That time of the day when the sunlight is sparking (I do mean sparking, not sparkling) through the trees is captured here so beautifully. As I look at the drawing, I can almost see the branches moving slightly, so the light comes through in different places. Having the raindrops on the leaves would have enhanced this sensation. It reminds me of the times when one is quiet and peaceful, just taking in the beauty of being immersed in the natural environment. As you say, spiritual.

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      What you write in your comments about the times when one is quiet and peaceful – that sentence – is exactly 100% as it was. The forest and sunlight put me into a state of revery. And I’m glad you emphasized “sparking” – what an apt word.

      1. juliepodstolski Post author

        Thanks for your good luck. I have seen one or two other pieces. There is a video and work on fabric. Also audio – the birdsong will be played inside and outside of the gallery. I believe it is an exhibition which will make people feel good inside.


    Julie, I Love 💕 Celestial Forest, It is spiritual and comforting, makes me wish that I was inside the forest, lovely. I moved away and it was lovely too. Great luck at the exposition!!! Hope you and Matthew are healthy and happy!! Do your daughters live close? I loved all the birds, my favorites were the bird that was all puffed out, and the yellow one, not in the exposition. ‘Share the Joy,’ Hugs, Joanne

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Hi Joanne, I’m so glad you love the forest drawing and thanks for exhibition wishes of good luck. My daughters live on the other side of Australia however both of them, with their partners, will fly home for Christmas this year.


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