For years I stopped painting. All of my early artwork ended up in the basement or trash, so I thought, “What good is it to paint?” I never thought anyone would want to see my work.
I went to college to study biology, but I couldn’t stay away from the art room. I couldn’t help myself from painting on everything and anything. I found a huge sheet of paper and taped it above my bed and whenever I could, I’d work on that drawing. When it was done, I started in on a white cabinet. I drew colorful abstract scenes with colored pencils, crayons and markers. I’m sure that giant drawing and cabinet got thrown in the garbage as soon as I moved. But I learned I couldn’t not be an artist.
When I graduated, I went to work as an arts journalist, writing about the arts for newspapers and magazines. It took many different jobs as a journalist, photographer, graphic designer, floral designer, website developer and more before I finally realized the only thing I could put my heart into was being a full-time artist.
Then in the summer of 2009 I lost my job. It was the first job I ever really loved (as a landscaper). To heal my spirit, I went back to what I adored most as a child – cutting out outfits for characters and making up their stories. My sister-in-law gifted me with a few fabulous vintage wallpaper books, and I fell in love with the colors and patterns. I knew I had to do something with that gorgeous paper.
And that’ s what started all of my whimsical paintings.
I put together my online course Joy of Painting to help you overcome creative blocks and develop your own style – like Steph, a Joy class alumni…
“I’m having so much fun with Juliette and her Joy Of Painting class. Playing with new materials and exploring different styles and techniques is such a nice way to switch things up when I need a little creative boost.” -Steph Joy Hogan
This class is for all levels… perfect for beginners or for anyone feeling like they don’t have enough time or space to create (there’s lots of projects you can do in minutes with just a few supplies).
Ps. Click HERE to join me for a Free Painting Workshop and learn my favorite painting techniques and supplies.