JOURNAL

Art Journal of Julie Breton abstract painter, view new artwork, studio update & inspiration. | Journal de Julie Breton artiste peintre. Voyez les oeuvres, l'atelier & ce qui m'inspire.

ART EXPLORATION

JULIE BRETON | ART STUDIO

JULIE BRETON | ART STUDIO

JULIE BRETON | ART EXPLORATION

JULIE BRETON | ART EXPLORATION

In an attempt to discover and grow as an artist I often experiment with new media, supports and subjects. I work with transparent velum to which I add layers of graphite, acrylic paint, coloured pencil, dry pastel & markers. I see what happens and then adjust from there trying to find new materials, media and subjects to work with.

With a specific subject in mind, I stain raw canvas with dark colours followed by layers of lighter hues. I draw marks with graphite, charcoal, pastel and conté blending them to the previous layers. I even work with gigantic canvases on the grass outside the studio. These all serve one purpose, to open up my mind and become a better artist.

You can follow my experiments and discoveries on Instagram below.

GLASSHOUSE ABSTRACT SERIES

JULIE BRETON ART | TROPICAL LUST

JULIE BRETON ART | TROPICAL LUST

I am intrigued by the changes that occurred at the beginning of the 20th century and how they brought about the birth of the modern era. I am also fascinated with old buildings. Even more if the building in question is decrepit, abandonned and left for the vegetation to regain it's stake on the land, as for Victorian era glasshouses. I get chills from seeing vintage photos of their opulent grandeur and the social status they came to represent. I imagine them filled to capacity with lush tropicals and rare botanicals competing for light.

JULIE BRETON ART | NATURAL HISTORY DETAIL

JULIE BRETON ART | NATURAL HISTORY DETAIL

I can't help but think that at the same time, the growth of the industrial revolution was bringing upon new ideology and cultural shifts. And so with time, these impressive structures became a thing of the past. This artwork series depicts the polarization of old and new ideas with lush botanicals surounded by unexpected shapes and colours. You can follow my progress on Instagram below.

LIVING WITH ART

CURATE & DISPLAY | KITCHEN RENO - ART BY  BERIT MOGENSEN LOPEZ

CURATE & DISPLAY | KITCHEN RENO - ART BY BERIT MOGENSEN LOPEZ

How often did you see a fantastic piece of art and thought to yourself "maybe someday"? What if someday could be now? There are many ways you can incorporate art into your everyday life without investing your entire paycheck or digging into your emmergency fund.

My very favorite UK Stylist, Tiffany Grant-Riley a minimal design and slow living virtuoso, has found clever ways to incorporate art into her everyday life. Have a look at her latest project on Curate & Display, a kitchen reno in her very own Victorian Era Chatham House featuring art by Canadian artist Julie Breton.

CURATE & DISPLAY  | KITCHEN RENO - ART BY  JULIE BRETON

CURATE & DISPLAY | KITCHEN RENO - ART BY JULIE BRETON

It's all about planning and making the right choices. First she made sure that key items like flooring and paint colour were the absolute perfect shade for her project. Followed by well curated accessories like fantastic French kitchen towells and a Miele coffee maker none the less!

When it came to the artwork, less is more. A perfectly framed print and small original abstract look stunning next to the Nordic Blue shade of the walls and cupboards. They are also easy to switch whenever you feel like a change. With the right frame choice, they look like upscale artwork and you get all the satisfaction and benefits of living an artful life!

PRÉMONITION

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This painting from the Émotions series inspired by the classic French novel Madam Bovary is one of my favorites. I had been searching for the perfect title for a few days when, on the eve of my 29th birthday (give or take a few years), a meteorite entered the atmosphere passing over Nelson to crash in the mountains nearby. It produced a flash of light and a deafening rumble only Thor could be proud of. The next morning I knew this painting should be called Premonition. This can only mean that the next 45 years will be amazing. Hold on to your hat Picasso!

Cette peinture de la série Émotions, inspirée par le roman classique Madame Bovary, est une de mes préférées. J'étais à la recherche d'un titre depuis quelques jours quand, à la veille de ma fête, une météorite est entrée dans l'atmosphère au-dessus de Nelson pour atterrir dans les montagnes un peu plus loin. Cet événement atmosphérique a produit un éclat de lumière intense et un grondement digne de Thor. Le lendemain, je savais que cette peinture devait s'appeler Prémonition. Je crois que mes 45 prochaines années seront les meilleures. Picasso j'arrive!

ÉMOTIONS

Emotions is a new painting series inspired by Gustave Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary. The novel takes place in 19th century provincial France and follows Emma

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SKETCHBOOK

This year I am resolved to discover a sketching method that works for me. I usually work on large scale canvases that offer me freedom of movement and can withstand

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