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.
My Facebook art page is… www.facebook.com/JuliePodstolski
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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.