Monday, August 29, 2011

Morning Commute, Birmingham

"Morning Commute, Birmingham Station" 
watercolor (18" x 24")

Here's another from the Railway Series.

And here is a slide show demo of how this piece came together.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

An Afternoon with a Friend

watercolor (11.5" x 6")

When two people meet, 
and they share the same passion of painting,
an incredible thing can happen. 
An afternoon get together
can vacillate from a major chit-chat event,
to sharing of "learned inside tips", 
to the delight of pure silence...
with only the sound brushstrokes separating you.
Thank you Dana Cooper, I had a wonderful time!

Today's painting was painted in Dana Copper's lovely home and is available.
email me if you are interested.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Filling Station

"The Filling Station, Old Towne Orange"
watercolor (12" x 16")

Todays piece is from last weeks demo at Chemers Gallery.
So much fun painting with friends, listening to the fabulous live music, and eating luscious Italian Ice.
This painting was a bit of challenge I have to say....
if you saw the reference photo you would see all that I had to take out, 
and a few things to embellish on so as to make this piece work.
I wish life was more like that...
that God would let me whimiscally take things out and add to other things...
all to make a better picture.

Today's painting is available at Chemers Gallery.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Summer en Plein Air #8 -Sold!

"El Matador Beach, Malibu"
watercolor (7" x 10")

Being a native Southern Californian,
its always a treat when I discover a local place I haven't been to before.
Yesterday we went to the beach for a family day 
(minus the dog, so assured a less chaotic adventure -see here for back story).
We ended up at this beach,
and a delightful place it peaceful and pictureseque!
And I actually got to do this piece start to finish en plein air.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Nostalgia Train, 1930's- Sold!

"Nostalgia Train, 1930's"
watercolor (9" x 12")

Here's another piece from my "Railway Series" showing at the Segil Fine Art Gallery.
If you're interested, click here to see the entire show online gallery.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

(One Half) Summer en Plein Air #7 -Sold!

"Dog Beach, Huntington Beach"
watercolor (6" x 9")

Continuing on with my "Summer en Plein Air" series.
Yesterday we went to Dog Beach in Huntington Beach, Ca.
The whole family went...including the dog.
I have never seen so many dogs and surfers in one place before.
So very entertaining.
As entertaining as it was, it was very chaotic. 
Throw in an umbrella that won't stay in the ground, 
a dog that won't listen,
sand flying all over the place from all the dogs running around, 
and people that have the nerve to set up camp right in line where I was painting....
Suffice it to say, I only started this painting en plein air and had to finish back at the studio...
hence the the title
"(One Half) Summer en Plein Air #7"

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Evening Ride- SOLD!

"The Evening Ride"
watercolor (12" x 16")

Lots of good stuff to share.
Last night was my "Railway Series" opening at the Segil Gallery.
Lots of friends, family and collectors (new and repeat) came out.
Awesome food, drinks and visits!
Met lots of new people and new collectors too!
and lots of red dots went up!
We had a large screen monitor set up with a couple slide show demos of paintings that are in the show. 
Here's the demo for today's painting.

Couldn't join us? 
drop by the gallery until Sept 3 to see it in person (click here for details

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sneak Peak...

"Disembarking in Uppsala, Sweden"
watercolor (12" x 12")

I had the hardest time picking a painting to post today.
I wanted to give a sneak peak for my Railway Series that is opening on Saturday at the Segil Gallery.
(click here for show info)
But which painting to post?
This little one was nearly the last painting I finished...and it turned out to be one of my favorites.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Shopping in Beverly Hills

"Shopping in Beverly Hills, Via Rodeo"
watercolor (7" x 10")

OK ladies.... dream with me for a bit...
A beautiful sunny day in Southern California,
Your husband just gave you a "the sky's the limit credit card" (remember this is a dream), 
you spend the morning at the best day spa,
nails and hair are done so devinely,
off to lunch and shopping with your favorite gal pals.
Where shall we go?
Beverly Hills of course!!

Today's painting is available email me..and it can be yours.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lincoln Ave, Altadena

"Northbound on Lincoln Ave, Altadena"
watercolor (10" x 7")

Something about driving toward the hills in Los Angeles...
combine that with the mix of palm trees...
and you get the quintessential "Southern California-scape"

Today's painting is available...want it? 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Summer en Plein Aire #6

"Lifeguard Tower #1, Pacific Palisades"
watercolor (7" x 9")

Summer is in full swing here at the Hill Household.
And now that I am all painted out for the train show...even more free time!
Off to the beach we headed.
Daughter frolicking in the ocean,
Me under the umbrella, capturing this familiar sight.
My conundrum for the day?...our beach day started out foggy and overcast,
painting started out as such.
Half way through the painting the sun comes out...
Do I finish as I started ...grey and hazy? 
or switch to bright sunny day?
Well, I decided to stay on as planned, ignoring my reality.
I kinda liked that..."ignoring the reality".

Today's painting is available,
just email me

Thursday, August 4, 2011

11th, 13th, and 18th!

 "The Golden Vineyard"
watercolor (11"x 26")
available at the "Touch of Gold" show

In just a span of a week (August 11th -18th), 
you have 3 opportunities to come out, 
hang with me and see some of my latest work. 
Take your pick...or make the circuit like I will be!

August 11th-

Pleased to announce that I have three paintings juried into:

"Pasadena Morning Commute"  (12" x 16")
“A Touch of Gold”
Art Exhibition at The Women’s City Club of Pasadena
August 1 - October 31, 2011

The artists’ reception 
Thursday, August 11
  6 pm to 9 pm.

Women’s City Club of Pasadena
Historic Blinn House
160 N. Oakland Avenue in Pasadena, CA  91101. 
  (free parking is accessible behind the building from Madison Avenue)

August 13th-

Very pleased and excited to announce a solo show at the Segil Fine Art Gallery

"Engine 486" (21" x 14")
"Summer Salon: 
Julie Hill Presenting Her Railway Series"
a collection of original watercolors by Julie Hill 
based on current and historical railroads from around the world.

August 13th, 2011
Saturday 4 pm- 6 pm
Please join us for tasty summer refreshments and a meet and greet with the artist.

Segil Fine Art Gallery
110 West Lime Street
Old Town Monrovia, Ca 91016

                                           (626) 358-5563

August 18th-

I will be doing a painting demonstration at:

"Cycling in Tustin" (12" x 15")
Enderle Center Summer Concert Series and
Chemers Gallery Artist Demonstrations
While the music is playing, artists will be displaying!

Thursday evening
August 18th

Entertainment and artist demonstrations  

Too much fun doing demo in July!
Chemers Gallery
17300 Seventeenth Street
Enderle Center
Tustin, Ca 92780

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Laundry Day In Radicondoli, Italy

"Laundry Day in Radicondoli, Italy"
watercolor (7" x 10")

Another re-visit to Radicondoli, Italy.
How is it that the Italians can make a mundane task look so romantic and cultured?

Today's painting is available
email me