I am delighted to share with you the selection of lovely subjects on offer this summer, both in-studio as well as on Zoom if needed.
It’s important to note that, apart from the Life Drawing sessions, my dates are, currently, flexible. For this reason, I have not added dates to the listings below - if you are interested in attending a workshop, please note the duration of that subject and get in touch, giving me an idea of dates that suit you. Also if there is a workshop you would like to do but it isn’t featured below, please get in touch and ask! I will do my very best. All sessions are tutored, and if in studio, social distancing will be observed.
|Julie D, underpainting.|
LIFE DRAWING: Fully tutored sessions. Friday 18th June, THURSDAYS 22nd, 29th July, Thursday 5th August. 6 - 8pm with refreshments. Cost £35 per session. (These sessions are in-studio only). Number are limited to allow for social distancing.
ART FOR TEACHERS! (Two days) All you teachers deserve a medal for the work you have put in over the past year, and more. This workshop is for you to recharge your own batteries and reconnect with your creative side. I will make all the decisions for you! You just need to turn up! Drawing and watercolour.
OIL painting workshop (five days):
A fully tutored workshop taking you through the pleasure of setting up an arrangement, drawing it and painting it, in black and white and then colour. You will complete at least two paintings as well as some colour studies during this week. 10am - 4.30 Mon - Thurs, 10am - 12.30 on Friday. Cost £600
|Early stages of portrait in colour pencil, Julie D|
WATERCOLOUR skies (one full day): This workshop will give you the time and space to play with paint and get to grips with clouds and sky.
TROUBLE SHOOTING WORKSHOPS If you are struggling and would like a tutorial to assess your work practice and help getting to the route of a problem, please get in touch for a one to one.
DRAWING TREES (one day) on location, weather permitting (otherwise, in studio).
LOCATION DRAWING (one day) Comber doorways and buildings. With refreshments at my house! Tues 3rd August 10am - 1pm
BOTANICAL DRAWING (one day) - or rather, drawing of a botanical subject, using chalks and charcoals, and pen and wash.
|Student pastel drawing. (Margery)|
ART FOR TEENAGERS (two days) A creative experience in the studio fo school age students wanting to expand on their skills and work with like minded others.
For information or if you have any questions please email
With lockdown easing, I was delighted when my friend Claire asked if I fancied a trip to the Ulster Museum, in Belfast. A MUSEUM? OUT? HOW EXCITING!!!!! So the booking was made, and on Saturday we packed out pencils and headed off.
|And...relax. We have arrived.|
|Moleskine sketchbook, pen drawing of four girls sitting on the museum steps, using their mobile phones.|
So we settled in with the sketch books, and set to looking out. I"d brought a small sketch book, and my eyes were attracted by the four girls to the left, huddled together but not speaking, playing with their phones. A very modern sight. And unlike people-drawing in the olden days, where you had to be very quick because... well, because they MOVED, now you are fairly certain that you'll have several minutes of a stationary pose to draw without fear of any movement whatsoever. Sigh. Perhaps they will be a generation of no-neck.
The great thing about working in pen is that you just get on with it. No rubbing out, just keep going. Very liberating.
We spent a couple of hours in the cafe, looking out, before wandering around the building. A lovely day out. Just remember to book in advance.
My studio is now fully open, with only distance students remaining on Zoom. For details on classed please email email@example.com for info and dates.
Website, for more images, is www.juliedouglas.co.uk
|Mary and Liam, the finished painting.|
This portrait was a birthday present for Mary, from her husband Liam and shows both of them.
|First layer (oil paint thinned with Sansodor), to get everything in the right place!|
|Start of the second layer of colour on the jacket|
|This photo shows the size.|
Babies are challenging to draw as their skin is so perfectly smooth - too much tonal variation and you can accidentally age the subject by months, if not years!
|A couple of stages along the way to completion. As you can see in the background, usually all areas have at least two colours, to get the tones and colours required.|
Here he is on Christmas Day, being shown his portrait!
All workshops are currently on both Zoom and in studio. If you would like info on weekly or one-off workshops please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This much loved dog died very recently, and I was happy to have done this coloured pencil artwork (from a photo from when she was a young dog) for the owner to remember her by.
For info on workshops (in studio and on Zoom) please email email@example.com
Cats are an interesting addition to any studio, and not, I must admit, for the faint hearted. They have a knack of wanting to sit just where you are, or on the computer keyboard or, wait for it, ON YOUR ARTWORK. This is a common occurrance for my students too, as many of them finish off their Zoom class by sending a photo of the cat either drinking their water colour water, or sitting directly on top of their painting!
|'What's the story?'|
|'I give up'|
|Finally, dear little Lulu, who was fond of lifting the pencil and 'helping'. Fondly missed.|
Dogs are such loyal loving pets that many people choose to honour them with a portrait. This lovely dog was very poorly, and her owner asked me to do two portraits of her before she died, one for the owner and the other for his daughter.
I was lucky enough to be able to take the photos myself, particularly as she was a dark haired dog, which can be difficult to photograph. It's also nice for the owner to be able to select the reference from a variety of suitable photographs, to choose the one which means the most to them.
It's been a busy few months for commissions, which has been thoroughly enjoyable. Some were of much loved people, and others were of much loved pets.
Here are the first two, graphite drawings of a father and son, who were prominent Solicitors in Belfast.