Monday, October 31, 2011

Sir Galahad

This painting wouldn't be nearly as delightful if this puppy's name had been anything but "Sir Galahad!"  He looks like he'd fit inside a small bowl, and I have no idea of his breed, but it makes me happy to just look  at him.  "Sir Galahad" is a 6 x 6" unframed oil.  He comes unframed for $75 plus any applicable tax and shipping.   For more information and to purchase, contact me at

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Best of Friends

I remember hanging out with my best friend in high school, sitting in the sun and sharing secrets just like these two. These two girls happen to be two of my daughter's girlfriends that she is still close with. "The Best of Friends" (6x8 inches, unframed oil) is being auctioned starting now on Just visit my member page and look for my auctions listing. The starting bid is $50. You can buy it now for $95.00 plus $10 shipping (and sales tax if you are a Colorado resident.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Young Collector

I was hiking with my husband recently on a beautiful autumn day.  Much of the way, we followed a family with three young children.  The youngest was just a toddler and was bouncing here and there as he ran along.  With his bright orange sweatshirt and shining blonde hair, he reminded me of a little sunbeam.  I was lucky enough to have my camera ready when he bent down to reach for another treasure.

"The Young Collector" can be purchased for $320 (framed) plus shipping and tax (if you are a Colorado resident).  I take credit cards and you can ask me about making payments if that would be helpful.  Contact me at

Monday, October 10, 2011

Summer, San Luis Valley

At 10 x 20 inches, this is the largest painting that I've done in quite awhile. It's a view of the mountains from a bison ranch and nature conservancy here in Colorado.  You might be able to tell that it is early summer, since there are still some remnants of snow on the mountains.

"Summer, San Luis Valley" is framed and available for purchase for $800.00 (plus sales tax if you reside in Colorado).  If you're interested in this piece, contact me to see what we can work out!  I can be reached at

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"Sun Seeker"

"Sun Seeker,"  8 x 10 in. oil on canvas panel

Cats always find the sunny spots in the house don't they?  I see a cat lying in the sun as I work, and often think how great it would be to stop and lay in the sun, too!  "Sun Seeker" comes framed for $290 plus applicable tax and shipping.  As always, if you have any questions, contact me at

Monday, October 3, 2011


This portrait of Julian was commissioned by his parents.  I fell in love with him as
I painted  his engaging eyes and bright smile .  Doesn't he just exude "boyish charm?!"

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Autumn Stream

"Autumn Stream", 8 x 8 in., oil on panel

All artists love autumn.  The colors, textures, and golden light are a feast for the eyes and senses.  I have so many fabulous fall reference photos that I'm excited to paint, and this scene is one of the handful that I've chosen to paint recently.  Initially, I painted it with a brush, as I normally do.  I ended up with an overworked, dull result that I scraped off of the canvas.  The ghost image left on the canvas confirmed that it was a good composition and that I had been on track with the right colors, I had just scrubbed the paint to death by stroking it over and over.  I've discovered that whenever I'm not using enough paint and pushing the paint around too much with my brush, using a palette knife is like hitting a reset button in my brain.  The palette knife forces me to use more paint and to lay it down in one stroke without scrubbing it into the canvas.  I'm very happy with the results of this painting!  The palette knife strokes lend a sparkling quality to the water and the fall colors are fresh and bright.

The price of  "Autumn Stream" is $200 plus shipping and tax (if applicable).  You can purchase it at that price right now, or you can visit to participate in my online auction.  Starting bid is $100, and the auction ends October 6th. 

Contact me at info@juliekirkland.comwith any questions you may have.