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new art and a way different inspiration from ryan spring

TITLE: HOPE. The Original Mixed Media Painting is available in my etsy shop.
I’m kinda in LOVE with this new painting, HOPE. I painted it to express all of the freedom I feel when I acknowledge my wildest hopes and dreams, knowing they can become reality. I had so much fun playing with layers of paint, then spray painting on stencils, then adding paper cut-outs (I’m LOVING to cut and paste half circles at the top, as if my characters are on stage). Then I add all sorts of materials from my studio-pastels, acrylics, ink, and pencil. I’m finding less is more and often cover up parts when they get too full of pattern, but it’s all part of the process, getting through tons and tons of layers until I see where the character wants to be until finally I know what they’re trying to say.
A while ago I stenciled the word “HOPE” on a tshirt. I still had that stencil at the back of my closet and when I found it I just knew it had to go into a very special painting.

I’ve been meaning to put up a stencil template for you to try too, but haven’t yet decided on the right one. So in the meantime, I thought you might find inspiration from one of my favorite artists, Ryan Spring Dooley. He’s an old friend of mine and so much an experimenter in every medium, I can hardly keep up.

Ryan paints the most wild things out and about, in places you’d never expect. He always finds the perfect way to connect spaces with art. 
 TITLE: Dream Your Dreams by Ryan Spring Dooley
And no matter how much time passes between us seeing one another, it always seems like our artwork overlaps, in some way. I mean, I feel like I have definitely wanted to title something “Dream Your Dreams,” yet I am certain it looked nothing like this.
TITLE: City Limits by Ryan Spring Dooley
And then there’s Ryan’s AMAZING animations, featuring his illustrations, photos, cut-outs, words, whatever! I just adore watching them and pretty much laugh every single time.

TITLE: Choo Choo by Ryan Spring Dooley
The last time we made art together, he showed me how he creates these magical movies….thousands and thousands of drawings that he photographs individually because he likes the old-skool, handmade effect. I think I made it through thirty sketches of one of my characters before going back to a painting. 

Ryan also creates these really lovely paintings on canvas.  I always love hanging out with him because then I get to use his stencils too. They are WAY more beautiful and elaborate than mine. He hand cuts the most elegant faces and imagery and then layers it over and over to create texture and pattern. 
Are you inspired yet? Visit his website to see more.


  1. wow these are amazing!!! I could watch stop animation all day. x

  2. i am beside you
    in love
    with hope…
    both your
    & hope's
    live heartbeat.
    thump thump

  3. I love his large-scale paintings. Very cool. I like the idea of art being a part of one's environment.

  4. Wow, I love Hope Juliette and it is such a fitting message for our life and times.
    Thank you for introducing us to Ryan too. I will have to come back and check it out some more.
    Have a great week, love and hugs.

  5. great painting. i'm loving the wings and especially the awesome owl mask.

  6. I love your new painting and wow, your friend is also amazing! Thanks so much for sharing his art with us!

  7. Thank you, everyone! It is so nice to hear your feedback on my new painting. And I'm so glad you get to see Ryan's fabulous work too!

    xo, juliette

  8. Dearest Juliette, your new painting is gorgeous and so meaningful! I love it too lots! Ryan Spring Dooley's work is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration with us! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

  9. YES! I'm INSPIRED!!!!! thank you, thank you! great work, both yours and his.

  10. Very nice! And I have told you yet how very much I LOVE your art?'

  11. Amazing! Love your hope painting. 🙂

  12. What an inspirational post, Juliette! I really enjoyed spending time with you and your friend today 🙂

  13. Great work . . . I've been thinking about creating a piece with the word 'believe' incorporated into it somehow as a reminder to believe in myself.

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