Welcome to my blog! Here is a short introduction to my art career. I studied art at Canterbury University in New Zealand gaining a Diploma of Fine Arts 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. Before that time I painted in oils. 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.
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.
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.
My Facebook art page is… www.facebook.com/JuliePodstolski
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All my recent work is mixed media – coloured pencils and oil pastels. This new work has elements of abstraction and realism so I choose to call my style Abstract Realism.
In 2017 and 2018 I am working on a drawing series for an upcoming exhibition Remember Paris to be exhibited in September 2018.
Below is information about the 2018 exhibition on Paris…