An Oldie…

December 15th, 2010 by jules

This one I did eons ago in watercolour.  Not really my favourite medium and I never do watercolour now but folks seems to like it so I thought I’d throw it up…


Time for some serious updates!

December 9th, 2010 by jules

Its been a while since we’ve updated this site, but we’ve still been painting and isn’t it time for a new look for julesandnate?  Lots of ideas in the works, here’s one to get the ball rolling, from

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November jn Collaborations

November 22nd, 2009 by jules

and I have been busy with life lately, but we remembered that one of the things in life we enjoy is painting together.  To that end we made some time to paint…finally!  Don’t let life get in the way of your passions, its these moments of happiness that string themselves together that make your life what you want it to be.

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Nate Goes Digital

November 1st, 2009 by jules

has ventured into the digital realm in his painting, Thanks to the invention of the iPhone…here are a couple of his first ones.  When is Jules going digital?  Not any time soon I don’t think, but you never know.

Lady Bugs



Parsec by Stereolab

October 4th, 2009 by jules

ParsecThis painting was the second musical painting I did based on a song called Parsec by Stereolab.  It was for a friend in California where it has hung in his living room for years now.  He is planning to move back to Canada soon which I am very happy about, maybe I should do a companion piece as a welcome home present….hmmm.

A Painting for Myself

September 17th, 2009 by jules

I’ve been painting for most of my life.  With nearly every painting I do, I sincerely believe that I will keep the finished piece for myself.  Then once the painting is completed, inevitably, someone falls in love with it.  When someone loves my work that much, I insist that they have the piece.  How can I not, I can always do another one for myself…except that I never do.

So, finally, I recently decided that I will do a painting for myself.  When it is complete, it will hang in my house, for me, no matter who loves it.  The piece I am planning will be one of my musical paintings of a song that I have loved since I was a little girl:  Old Man by .

So that is my intention, only time will tell what happens to the piece if someone should happen to fall in love with it.

Galleries: Let Them E-mail You

September 11th, 2009 by jules

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Obviously, and I love Art.  We love painting and try to paint as often as we can.  Gallery visits however, always seem to fall by the wayside.  We enjoy going and are usually inspired as we leave, but keeping track of what is going on where, and working Gallery visits into our schedule seems to be consistently designated to the back burner.

This is something I have decided to change, and I found a great way to do it.

I recently began signing up for the e-mail lists of relatively local, minor and major Art .  Now, as the emails come in, I effortlessly know what is going on where and can now easily add the event to my Google Calendar.  Its simple and effective…why didn’t I do this ages ago??

Started a Painting: Hate it and Starting Over

September 2nd, 2009 by jules

I’m at the beginning of a series of four small flower paintings for a client…first up is the Lily of the Valley.  That was my direction, just a painting of a flower.  Although I know a realist work would be appreciated, its just not my style.  I did warn her that I do not do realism and she said no problem.  Off I go to start a painting.

The problem is, I know the clients taste, and I honestly do not think it is the type of painting I do.  So I start on a precious little lily, and immediately hate what I am producing. In the back of my mind, I was trying for what I thought the client wanted, and that is never the road to happiness.  The client catches a glimpse of it in progress and proclaims she loves it, but seriously…it is so hideous, I’m actually embarrassed I did it.  Not too embarrassed to show mes amis reading this though, so here it is…

Right after I took this picture, I jesso’d the canvas, so it really didn’t happen, right?  From here, I am going to begin anew, I hate it and I’m starting over, trusting that [...] Continue Reading…

Good Art? I vote for Frida

August 22nd, 2009 by jules

I was having a random conversation recently with my friend Jimmy, about what else, but Art, and what makes art “good.”  His take was along the lines of ‘Art lets you see what you want to see,’ basically the old ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ cliche…hmmm.

This discussion along with my recent re-obsession with all things , made me wonder why it is I love her so.

There are many reasons I enjoy gazing upon Frida’s work.  I love the Mexican culture she depicts, her style of painting, her subject matter and her story.  We all have a story in life, but knowing Frida’s story as I do, she truly inspires me.  Frida lived her own life as she chose, as a strong woman of conviction.  She took her adversities as they came, and worked through them, and most of all, she kept painting.

Summer Paintings: New work by Nate

August 11th, 2009 by jules

has been busy!

This summer has not been the hottest weather-wise but it has been great for going outside, not leaving a ton of time for painting unfortunately.

However, Thanks to a few days of rain, Nate has completed some more new paintings this summer…