About Julie Podstolski

At my art desk with my drawing "Spring Song" 2012.

At my art desk with my drawing “Spring Song” 2012.

I studied art at Canterbury University in New Zealand gaining a Diploma of Fine Arts with a major in painting.  I graduated in 1980.

After completing university, my then-boyfriend-now-husband (Matthew) and I moved to Australia 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.  We live in Perth, Western Australia.

I am a full time artist who, in 1994, discovered coloured pencils.  Before that time I painted in oils.  What inspired me to take up pencils was the birth of daughter no. 3 (Lucy).  I wanted to keep painting but it was impossible with a new baby as I was always being interrupted when I wanted to paint.   I wondered – why not try coloured pencils?  As pencils are a dry media, I could pick them up and put them down without negative consequences.   No longer would I be annoyed by mixed oil colours on the palette drying out before I could even get around to painting with them.

I bought pencils and paper and never looked back.  For some years I alternated oil painting with drawing but in the end I had to admit that I preferred working with pencils to paints.

"Spring Song" coloured pencil drawing, 2012.

“Spring Song” coloured pencil drawing, 290 x 430 mm, 2012.

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 16 times since that first trip to photograph maiko and geiko in order to draw them.

Satsuki-san and I on the occasion when I presented her with my coloured pencil portrait of her. February 2015.

Satsuki-san and I on the occasion when I presented her with my 2014 coloured pencil portrait of her. February 2015.

"Coiffed" my 2015 portrait of Satsuki-san.

“Coiffed” my 2015 portrait of Satsuki-san.

Update: 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 coloured pencil drawings.  Thank you for looking.

Matthew and Julie in Bruges, December 2013.

Matthew and Julie in Bruges, December 2013.

Here is a three minute short film about my art.  It was commissioned by Elements Art Gallery to introduce my solo exhibition “Life is Beautiful” and was made by Mustafa Al Mahdi.   Life is Beautiful – Julie Podstolski

I was interviewed by CPSA (Colored Pencil Society of America) as my drawing “Step by Step” won their “Explore This! II” Show in 2015.  The interview is in two parts: Here are the links:     Part I            Part II

I have an art page on Facebook.  www.facebook.com/JuliePodstolski

I invite you to click on Contents of Posts Index to check out my posts on all things coloured pencils, photography and art.

In 2017 I am experimenting with a combination of oil pastels and coloured pencils.  I lay the oil pastels down first with a bristle brush and then layer with coloured pencils over the top.


15 Responses to About Julie Podstolski

  1. Julie you have my respect, your drawing is amazing. Watercolor, and pen and ink are my media of choice. I think really good colored pencil is very difficult. You work is extraodinary!

  2. John Garrett says:

    Great Blog, Julie! I started CP’s in 2011 and is my favorite medium now, though I have always had a love for Pencils.

  3. Great drawing and great blog. Look forward to seeing more of your work Julie, MM 🍀

  4. Jules Forth says:

    Julie, I just love your work and yours is the only blog I follow .. it’s so interesting. Do you know when you’ll next be having a show. My husband and I loved your works of Paris, especially since we lived there for a couple of years. Do you have any other works for sale of Paris?
    Kind regards, Jules Forth

    • Jules, that is indeed a compliment you pay me. YES to another exhibition. I am exhibiting in Perth (Elements Gallery, Dalkeith) this coming September. The show opens on 4th and runs until 22nd. I’m calling it “Life is Beautiful”. There will be drawings from Paris, Kyoto, New York and Fremantle. Who knows what I’ll draw between now and then. My husband and I are travelling to the South Island of New Zealand in the not-too-distant future so perhaps NZ will make an appearance in the exhibition as well. I already have 22 drawings for the show. I’m aiming for around 30…same sort of numbers as my 2012 exhibition “Paris en hiver”.
      Oh by the way, I still have five drawings left over from my last Paris show as well. Two will be auctioned off at the annual “Help the Homeless” auction in June (at Fremantle Town Hall). Proceeds go to Fremantle Street Doctor. These five are here at home. Let me know if you’d like me to email the images to you.

  5. Will Kirkland says:

    Julie: I loved hearing about your life and journey to colored pencils. Thanks for helping me to find this site so that I could learn more about both you and your art. Your an amazing artist. Good luck with your upcoming show. Regards, Will

  6. Hi Julie,
    I just jumped to your blog because I read about the mural art at Freemantle. It seems you are a wonderful artist. What a pity – I have been at Perth for one week and now I am already at Sydney.
    But I will following your blog- even when I am back in Germany.

    • Hi Petra, thanks for your message. Clearly our paths have been destined NOT to cross…at least not yet…maybe one day? Actually, last week I was in Sydney! Thank you for following the blog though. I’m delighted to have you here. I hope your Australian trip is going wonderfully. All the best, Julie

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