My sweet friend Julie is an amazing artist.
She is a painter and a sculptor,
a potter, (with two kilns in her studio)
and works with many different media.
Everything she creates is ... simply incredible.
I went to her home last summer and took
many photos while I was there for a luncheon
and pottery painting party with friends.
|This was our luncheon table setting. So pretty and colorful!|
|Julie telling a funny story to us before lunch!|
|Looking at the back of her very unique home.|
Let me also tell you,
she lives on an old estate in the orangerie
that was converted to a single family residence
years ago. The home is light and airy and gorgeous.
Because it was an orangerie, her outdoor
gardens were once under greenhouse glass roofs.
|Every short wall you see once had a glass greenhouse structure above it. Now these foundations create outdoor garden rooms.|
|Lots of beautiful views to inspire the artist.|
When you visit Julie,
it is such a treat
to be with someone who
radiates talent and creativity.
Such an inspirational and spiritual soul.
Not only is she beautiful inside and out,
she is sweet and clever,
and has a dynamic personality
with a great sense of humor.
Take a look at some of her artwork.
|This is a self portrait.|
|Every section and each item used for this mosiac represents a part of Julie's artistic journey.|
|She made herself a pair of shoes to match when she revealed this piece at an art show.|
Julie was asked to sell her self portrait.
She decided not to but made a
couple other similar sculptures to sell.
One is this little gal entitled
"games we used to play".
Take a close look at every layer and detail
of this little cutie. Aside from her body,
sculpted from clay, she is constructed mostly
of games and game pieces.
|Her hair is made of jacks and little dice sets.|
|Julie's husband sliced the faces of blocks off to make ruffles on the skirt. Find the hidden words.|
|This cutie-patootie sold but she has other pieces foe sale and does commissioned pieces as well.|
Here is another sculpture Julie made
of a woman.... in vintage attire
with a kitchen/fruit theme.
Julie describes this woman
as a housewife from the 50's
in her housework apron.
She wears it as her armor
shielding her from her daily chores.
|The apron is like a shield made from layers and layers of vintage food tins and cans, etc.|
|Julie spent hours cutting apart large vintage tins with cutting shears to make the dress and apron.|
|This sculpture is still availalable.|
Think of the hours that go into each of these pieces!
|This is a commissioned piece Julie made. This was a gift from a wife who had it made for her husband --- symbolic presentation of her husband and some of his passions. The letters on his face spell out meaningful words and sayings.|
|Julie oozes talent and inspiration!!!|
Here is Julie in her studio
giving us all some direction
for our painted platters that we
were making that day.
Julie is famous in our area
for her spectacular glittery and one-of-a-kind
Christmas decorations and ornaments
that she sells at local and national shows.
She also has a new line
of fall pumpkins that she plans to sell
at these shows as well.
For more information on
commissioning art by Julie
or to purchase one of her sculptures,
or to get a listing of the shows
she will be attending this year,
you can contact her directly.
Julie Whitehead Holdsworth
So lucky to know
this wonderful and talented lady,
my friend, Julie.
|I made a brown version of a Blue Willow pattern for my brown and tan kitchen that day!|