Monday, December 9, 2013

Immie Lou & Winona Sunset

I've been wanting to paint my kitty for a long time.  Her beautiful pale blue eyes and chocolate face, velvet nose and ochre fur.  So Immie Lou was my model for today.....

Winona Sunset finished!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Exhibit and Reception at the Acoustic Cafe

Paintings by Julie Johnston

Acoustic Café for the Month of December
77 Lafayette Street, Winona
Artist Reception, Monday, December 16th at 5:00pm Refreshments will be served.  This event is free and open to the public.

For More information please contact Julie Johnston or

“Sunrise in Pickwick”

Thursday, November 14, 2013

October & November Paintings & The Winona Art Walk 2013! It's almost here!

Sunrise from Pickwick

~There is such a short window of time to catch the colors of the sun rising.  I did a small pastel study before painting this oil in the studio.

Apple Orchard

~This is a oil painting done in my friends' orchard this October.  

And then there is the Winona Art Walk -just a little over a week away!  Please come and visit me as well as many other artists at the Winona Friendship Center!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

August Harvest of Figure Drawing

Along with the great harvest of the garden I have a bounty of figure drawings to post.
My notebooks are is a little of what they are filled with....

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In the Studio


John & Leah

Wedding Dance
I've been working in the studio this week with paintings and drawings waiting to begin or be finished.  Another Door County painting and wedding portraits.  The weather is also perfect for outdoor painting.  Here I come....

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Beautiful Summer Evening at the Red Horse...

It was a beautiful summer evening at the Red Horse Gallery for our Artist Reception Friday evening.

We had a record turn out with wonderful food, drink and good company to share our art with.  Thank you John Sagan for such a lovely space to do it in!

Gary & I are grateful for all of the help and all of the people who came to Fountain City to be with us to celebrate our show!

It will be up through July 28th so come back for another look around!  Who knows?-perhaps a new carving or painting will make an appearance...

Monday, June 24, 2013

A day on the River....

It feels as though I have been spending more time framing and getting ready for my show with woodcarver Gary Flynn at the Red Horse Gallery than painting so it was especially wonderful to get in a boat with a friend for a good part of the day.  While he fished, I sketched with pastels, ink and pencil and took a few pictures.
Couldn't believe my luck capturing a blue heron catching and eating a fish!

There is nothing as peaceful as being on the water.  It's a calm and beautiful world filled with color, birds, wildlife, fish and inspiration.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Earthly Visions: The Month of July at the Red Horse Gallery

I have been getting ready for this exhibit!  A collaboration with a wonderfully imaginative and talented wood carver,  Gary Flynn.

In the last month I've been fortunate to take a couple of road trips.  One to Door County and one to northern MN.  Painting and planning paintings throughout both trips.  I've also been fortunate to paint in Shoreview, MN in my daughter Elisabeth and son in law Riaz's new backyard.  Beautiful each place and serenaded by different wild life in each location.  Fox, birds, bullfrogs, loons, geese, ducks and more.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Store Opening!

The shop is open!

Please visit my etsy store at as I get paintings and cards listed.  My goal is to add new work weekly.

It's spring in Minnesota at last.  Even the turtles were out sunning on Lake Winona today!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Artist Reception for "Dance: A Painter's Perspective" 19, April, 2013

I am humbled, amazed, honored and so very happy and grateful to all who came to celebrate my year long project with me Friday evening.  A count of over 70 from from and near, what a wonderful evening.  I couldn't have done it without the "dream team" of so many fabulous friends.  A few pictures from the evening......