Watercolour extraordinaire Julie shares her passion for the medium and creative career highlights
Painting is famed for being a relaxing form of art and the effortless look of Julie King’s beautiful water colour paintings certainly takes you to a calm happy place full of colour. Her latest book The Paint Pad Artist, Water colour Flowers guides you through the process to create beautiful work with Julie’s expertise leading the way. We caught up with this artistic lady to talk about her inspirations aspirations and why the natural world is her muse.
Tell us what a typical day in the life of Julie King looks like
Some days I’m teaching and others are a combination of work and teaching so having a varying schedule is good. I often start by replying to emails or preparing for a class. If I have the time a good walk sets me up – it gives me time to think about the day ahead and I love to absorb the atmosphere observe the changing seasons and gather inspiration and ideas. I regularly teach in the morning and spend the rest of the day in my working on class preparation commissions or speculative work. At the end of the day I may spend a short period of time gardening or go to yoga for relaxation, but I usually end up answering more emails!
Why did you write a third book?
Search Press commissioned me to write and plan six projects for The Paint Pad Artist Water colour Flowers. I love to work in paint pads and adored the concept of producing a hardback spiral-bound book with the look and feel of an artist’s paint pad to encourage the art of flower painting.
Your background is in textile design – how did you become so focused on watercolour?
For my 16th birthday, I was given a metal box of Winsor and Newton artist’s paints and became fascinated with watercolour. During my degree in printed textile design, I used watercolour to produce ideas for fabrics and would always gravitate towards flowers and the natural world for inspiration – with its translucent flowing qualities,
watercolour was the perfect medium to render the beauty of nature. I used gouache paint when designing fabrics, but I kept up my love of watercolour by painting in my spare time because of the relaxing and therapeutic benefits.
Your work is so unique what inspires you?
Nature is my biggest source of inspiration and I am particularly drawn to colour – the interactions of one colour against another the effects of varying light shade and composition. I almost feel that flowers speak to me and cry out to be painted! I can’t wait to put my brush to paper and translate them into beautiful water colours.
What has been a ‘wow’ moment in your and what else do you want to accomplish?
Writing a book was an achievement for me along with being asked to teach on P&O cruise ships which gave me the opportunity to travel. I always enjoy having goals to work towards – I would like to design my own range of floral fabrics write a book on garden painting and produce works of art for specific interiors in both water colou, I could do with more hours in the day. Had I not become an artist I still would have felt the need for a profession connected to flowers so would probably have chosen to be either a florist or garden designer.