10% of My Total Art Sales Will Be Donated to Protect Our Winters

For the rest of 2016, I’ll be donating 10% of my total sales from JuliaTaylorFineArt.comWildBlueDream.com, and my Etsy shops, to Protect Our Winters.

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POW’s goal is to mobilize the outdoor sports community to be leaders in positive climate action. They focus on educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism. With the outdoor sports industry’s $646 billion in economic revenue, they have an influential voice that crosses party lines, and the potential to reach 60 million+ outdoor sports enthusiasts globally.

In addition to donating to POW, I took their “POW Seven Pledge” and plan to volunteer with them soon.

Read the full version of this post at my sister site, WildBlueDream.com, to learn more about POW, learn more about what I’m doing, and to leave your comments. Please share this post if you’re so inclined.

Please also check out POW’s website at www.protectourwinters.org

Glacier Peak Commission + Video

Several months ago, a friend asked me to do a painting commission as a surprise gift for her and her husband’s 10th wedding anniversary. She didn’t have anything specific in mind, but she knew she wanted me to paint one of his photos.

Jay travels a lot for work, and has a fun Instagram feed full of photos from all over the world. One of Sarah’s favorites was a photo he took descending into Seattle at sunset, passing by Glacier Peak:

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Pretty spectacular, right?

Sarah showed me some other possible photos as well, but we quickly settled on this one since we both felt the colors were so vibrant and inspiring.

A few weeks ago, I finished the piece, and last week it got shipped off to Seattle, just in time for their anniversary. Here’s a time-lapse video of me creating the painting…

…and the finished piece:

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Glacier Peak is 24″x36″x1.5″ on a gallery wrapped canvas.

After Sarah gave Jay the painting, she said: “It is PERFECT and it was so much fun to see Jay’s surprise!” And Jay chimed in: “Girl. Wow. THANK YOU. It is amazing and it is going to be something we enjoy for a long time.”

I love painting other people’s travels and adventures. There’s just something so special about recreating their photos and experiences in paint. Especially when it is a surprise for a client’s loved one!

Have you been thinking about a painting commission? The holidays may seem far off, but now is the time to get started for holiday gifts since commissions can take several weeks. Oil paint needs to be touch-dry before it can ship, so that adds 2-3 weeks of time to the total process.

Check out my commissions page, or contact me to talk about your ideas!

Last Festival of the Year: Gathering at the Great Divide in Breckenridge

julia-wpThanks to everyone who came out to my other art festivals so far this summer! It’s been great to meet and chat with so many different people from all over the country throughout the summer. I love hearing about your travels and adventures, and it’s such a pleasure to see folks connect with my art!

This coming Labor Day weekend, I’ll be showing my work one last time this year at the 41st Annual Gathering at the Great Divide in Breckenridge.

What: 41st Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival

Where: N. Main St. at Wellington Rd., downtown Breckenridge

When: Saturday, September 3rd, 10:00 – 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 4th, 10:00 – 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 5th, 10:00 – 4:00 pm

I’ll have several new small paintings available, as well as a larger variety of print sizes (both matted and unmatted). This is your last chance to see so many of my paintings in one place for 2016. Come by and say hi!

Other fun happenings in Breck this weekend:

Photo Courtesy the Summit Foundation
Photo Courtesy the Summit Foundation

The Summit Foundation Great Rubber Duck Races
Saturday, September 3
This fundraiser event features over 10,000 little rubber ducks floating down the Blue River and competing for prizes. Click Here for more info.

Sidewalk Sale Days
Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5
Local merchants showcase their best wares; get great prices on summer favorites and uncover the hottest trends for the upcoming winter season (free to browse).

Steamboat Art in the Park & Balloon Rodeo: A Perfect Weekend!

julia-taylor-festival-paintingsThis coming weekend I’ll be showing my paintings at the 42nd Annual Art in the Park in beautiful Steamboat Springs, CO! I’m excited to be showing my ski and bike paintings, as well as my landscapes.

Art in the Park features 160 artists, as well as live music, food, beer and wine. It’s sure to be a fun event for the whole family! The weather forecast looks amazing this weekend with temps in the mid-70s and sunshine.

What: Art in the Park

Where: West Lincoln Park, on the west end of downtown Steamboat Springs

When: Saturday, July 9th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, July 10th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

I’ll have both originals and prints for sale. Come by my booth and say hi!

Also in Steamboat this weekend – the 35th Annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo! 

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Photo credit Brian Lackey

The Balloon Rodeo begins at 6:00 am each day, so start your day early and come out for both events! Check out the full schedule of events at the Steamboat Chamber’s website.

Escape the heat and come to the mountains this weekend! Enjoy fresh air, art, balloons, and more!

Vail Arts Festival: Make a Weekend of It!

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A few weeks ago I announced my 2016 summer art festival schedule. I am very excited for my first one of the season coming up in just a few days, the Vail Arts Festival! Please join me and approximately 80 other artists at the Lionshead Village in Vail. Artists representing 22 states and 13 different mediums will be showing their work and interacting with the public. The weather forecast looks great for the weekend, so please come out! Admission is free.

Friday, June 24th, 10-5
Saturday, June 25th, 10-5
Sunday, June 26th, 10-4

Summertime in the Colorado mountains is such a great time to visit. The temperatures are mild and there is so much to do! In addition to hiking, biking, rafting, golfing, climbing and more, there are tons of events going on! I’ve decided to share some other fun activities happening in each of the towns to which I’ll be traveling for art festivals. This post of course is all about Vail…but stay tuned for more posts like this one throughout the summer!

Summerfest-logoSummerfest
June 24th, 4-8 PM
Cost: FREE!
“New in 2016, Vail kicks off the summer season with Vail SummerFest, a celebration of the diverse events and programs that Vail has to offer throughout the summer months. On Friday, June 24th, residents and visitors alike are invited to learn about these programs and
organizations, complete with live music, activities, and food and drink.”

vail-family-fun-festVail Family Fun Fest
June 25th, 11-3
Cost: FREE!
The Vail Family Fun Fest is a few hours of simple fun in the beautiful Colorado Rockies presented in a festival setting. Families can come and enjoy arts and crafts projects, a science tent, games, and more! All meant to provide a great setting for families to relax and play together.

Vail Farmers’ Market Farm to Table Dinner
June 25th, 6-8
Cost: $90-$95
“Please join us for a chef-crafted dinner, sourced from the fields of Colorado farmers, featuring seasonal and local ingredients. Dinner will be held rain or shine, so please dress accordingly and bring your sense of outdoor culinary adventure!”

Bell_PeppersVail Farmers’ Market
June 26th, 10-3:30 (held Sundays through October 2)
Cost: FREE!
The Vail Farmers’ Market is known as one of the best and biggest farmers’ markets in the mountains of Colorado. Enjoy 40 food vendors, arts and crafts booths, live music, and more!

So come to Vail for a day or make a weekend of it! I look forward to seeing you at the Vail Arts Festival this year!

Video: Inspiration and Creation of “Favorite Trail”

Living in the Rocky Mountains, I spend a large amount of my life outdoors. Much of that time is spent being active; hiking, biking, skiing, camping, and backpacking are how I unwind and have fun with friends. Outdoor adventures are a huge part of what make me who I am, and the main inspiration for my paintings.

Last summer I shot several video clips of myself mountain biking the Colorado Trail outside Breckenridge. I literally pulled a frame from one of these clips and painted it a couple of weeks ago.

Check out the video here:

I feel so fortunate to live in such an amazingly beautiful place and to be constantly surrounded by inspiration. I bike as much as 5 days a week in the summer. Getting exercise and having adventures in the great outdoors is really important to me for both my physical and mental health. No matter how bad a day I’ve had, getting out on the bike at the end of the day clears my mind and makes me feel whole again.

I love depicting these experiences through my artwork. I hope that when you view my paintings, you feel the joy I feel when I’m out exploring the wilderness, and remember the happiness that you’ve felt in your own adventures.

“Favorite Trail” depicts a section of the Colorado Trail near my house in Breckenridge, one that I bike on a regular basis once summer is in full swing. The views are spectacular and the wildflowers are crazy beautiful. I love biking just before sunset, when the light is golden and rich, illuminating the landscape in a magical way.

“Favorite Trail” is oil on canvas, measures 36”x24”x1.5”, and is available for sale here.

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My 2016 Summer Art Festival Schedule

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Summer is here and art festival season is upon us in Colorado!

As some of you know, I did my first art festival last June and has a blast. I’m excited to be doing at least four festivals this summer, and I invite you to come visit me and my paintings at one or more of these events!

As of now, here is my summer festival schedule:

June 24-26
Vail Arts Festival
Vail, Colorado

July 9-10
Art in the Park
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

July 23-24
Alpine Art Affair
Winter Park, Colorado

September 3-5
Breckenridge Gathering at the Great Divide
Breckenridge, Colorado

I’ll likely be adding one or two more festivals in addition to these, so please stay tuned for more dates!

Painting a Favorite Local Ski Area – Arapahoe Basin

I’ve been skiing at Arapahoe Basin since I moved to Summit County, Colorado in 2004. I love how incredibly steep it gets, I love the massive views of the Continental Divide, and probably more than anything, I love the friendly locals’ vibe. This mountain feels more like home than any other.

I’ve always loved A-Basin, but recently I started experiencing it in a new way. I’ve been skinning up after the lifts close (and occasionally early in the morning, too). As the days have been getting longer, I’ve been able to start my skin before sunset, and watch in awe as Black Mountain and the East Wall light up with the evening alpenglow.

Usually when I ski I just have my phone for a camera, but a couple weeks ago I decided to haul my DSLR up too. I had tried taking photos in the twilight with my phone, but as you could guess, they didn’t turn out so great. The photos I captured with my DSLR still aren’t perfect (I didn’t bring a tripod), but they are more than sufficient for inspiring some new paintings!

Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll paint the one that gets the most votes! I’m super pumped to paint a new Arapahoe Basin painting and look forward to hearing which direction you think I should go.

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Arapahoe Basin Alpenglow

Arapahoe Basin after sunset

Arapahoe Basin painting

Arapahoe Basin chairlift at dusk

Arapahoe Basin at twillight

A Painting Commission for a Triathlete

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Earlier this year, a long-time friend came to me with a request – to create a unique gift for her triathlon coach.

I am in awe of anyone who does triathlons. I ran cross country in high school and never attempted more than a 5-mile race. I tried mountain bike racing a few years ago, and I decided then that the nerves that come with athletic competition just aren’t for me.

So I admire anyone who takes on any kind of race, let alone a race involving three different sports. Jesse is no doubt a strong, talented woman. She completed an Ironman race just a year after having her daughter! In case you’re not familiar with the Ironman Triathlon, that’s 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling, and 26.2 miles of running. Incredible!

Jesse wanted to thank her triathlon and Crossfit coach, JP, for inspiring and pushing her to reach her goals. We worked together to come up with the perfect gift for JP, who is of course also a triathlon racer.

Initially Jesse thought she wanted to represent all three sports in one triathlon painting, but I suggested that we do a triptych instead. This worked out nicely, because it allowed me to incorporate different color palettes representing the different times of day throughout a race day.

After several emails back and forth for swapping inspiration photos and ideas, plus one phone call, we had a plan. I also provided Jesse with computer-generated mock-ups of what the paintings would generally look like. Sometimes for a commission I’ll do a pencil sketch, but for this painting I really wanted to give her an idea of what the colors would look like and how there would be a common theme across the three paintings. The colors play an important role in depicting the energy of each sport and the mood of each event.

A few weeks later, the paintings were complete. Since she lives in California, Jesse approved the photos of the paintings I sent her via email. After two more weeks of drying time, I shipped them off and they arrived safely in a couple of days. Both she and JP and loved them!

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triathlon painting - bike

triathlon painting - run

If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone special in your life, check out my commissions page for more information, or shoot me an email!

Join Me April 9th: Arts Alive Featured Artist Opening Reception

I’m happy to be named the April Featured Artist at the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge!

Come to the opening reception to check out my latest paintings, have a glass of wine and some appetizers with me, and meet some of the other wonderful artists from the gallery!

When: Saturday, April 9th, 4-8 PM

Where: Arts Alive Gallery, 500 S. Main Street, Breckenridge
(next to Park & Main Restaurant in La Cima Mall)

I would love to see you there; it would mean a lot to me. I hope you can make it!

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If you can’t make it to the opening, my show will be on display through the month of April. The Arts Alive Gallery is open Sunday – Thursday, 11-6, and Friday – Saturday, 11-7.