Welcome to my blog! Here is a short introduction to my art career. Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, I studied art at University of Canterbury in Christchurch, gaining a Diploma of Fine Arts (3 year course) with a major in painting. I graduated in 1980.
I moved to Australia with my husband in 1982. We thought it would be for a year but three decades later we are still here – with three Australian daughters; Emily, Alicia and Lucy. Matthew and I live in Perth, Western Australia.
I am a full time artist who, in 1994, rediscovered coloured pencils. (I say ‘rediscovered’ because I used to draw with coloured pencils when I was a child and a teenager.)
From art school until 1994 I painted with oil paints. What inspired me to use pencils was the birth of daughter no. 3 (Lucy). I wanted to paint but was frustrated by the demands of motherhood. I wondered – why not use dry media? As pencils aren’t wet, they can be picked up and put down without negative consequences. No longer would I be annoyed by mixed oil paints on the palette drying out before I could even get around to applying them to canvas. (What I mean is, I used to put the baby to bed, then mix up some paints on the palette. Sometimes she didn’t want to sleep so I wouldn’t even get around to beginning to paint.)
I bought pencils, paper and never looked back. For some years I alternated between painting and drawing but in the end I had to admit that I preferred working with dry media to wet.
In 2003 I accompanied Matthew to Japan for a business trip. There I saw a maiko (apprentice geisha) in Kyoto. I quickly photographed her and when I returned to Australia I made two drawings of her. Since that time I have learned everything I can through books, films, friendships and social media about maiko and geiko (geisha). I have returned to Kyoto 18 times since that first trip to photograph maiko and geiko in order to draw them. (In 2018 I think I am finished with this subject.)
I started this blog in January 2013 with the aim of writing about coloured pencils but many months later I find that this is also a place to show photographs. I take so many photos! Before the blog I never had the chance to show them to anybody. I enjoy sharing photographs just as much as writing posts about drawings.
In January 2021 my website got a beautiful makeover. You can see my whole collection of oil paintings and coloured pencil drawings (over 40 years of art works among many different categories) by clicking HERE.
My Facebook art page is… www.facebook.com/JuliePodstolski
Click on Contents of Posts Index to check out my posts on drawing and photography.
Much of my recent work is mixed media – coloured pencils and oil pastels. This new work has elements of abstraction and realism so I call this style Abstract Realism.
To understand my mixed media technique, take a look at Brush and Pencil.
To learn how I make colours glow, check out Undercover White
To see how I team up Neocolor with Luminance, see Perfect Partners: Neocolor and Luminance
Art is my friend and companion. I don’t do art for money or to enable me to “be someone”. Indeed, if I try to “be someone” I always fall short. The profound joy of observation and then recreating my vision with coloured pencils is my recipe for a rich and fulfilled life.
My most visited page on this blog is the Art Materials page. This page has links to three posts where I share my methods – at the bottom of that page.
In April 2021 I held an exhibition of drawings, sharing the gallery space with my colleague, Sculptor, Robyn Varpins. The next exhibition will be from 20 to 30 April 2023.
In April 2022 I was Ann Kullberg’s guest artist on her CONNECT webcast.