Julie Ford Oliver

New Mexico Artist Julie Ford Oliver has chosen her two favorite paintings from 2012:

 Waiting to be Sliced oil on canvas panel 6"x 8" May 2012

 The Grand Prismatic Pool oil on canvas panel 6"x 8" July 2012

Julie shares her thoughts about these two paintings:
Both are in my fracturing technique as I really enjoy the process of painting this way. It was the discipline of painting every day for my blog which enabled me to develop what I enjoy doing. 
In Waiting to be Sliced, I enjoyed being able to capture the sheen on the blade of the knife while trying out in the early days of Fracturing. 
The Grand Prismatic Pool is more abstract. It was all about capturing the color and mist so to me - it was very successful.
Now for my turn. I love her choices, but also love these two:

 Lemonade oil on canvas panel 8"x6" May 2012

 Meet Mr. Gull oil on linen 8"x6" September 2012

Julie Ford Oliver is a very prolific artist. It's fascinating to look over her frequent blog posts from the past year and watch her highly appealing "fracturing" style evolve.

I find it remarkable that Julie is able to break up her forms in an abstracted way without destroying their solidity. The surfaces of her paintings are gorgeously textured, the shimmering broken forms and colors having a abstract beauty almost independent of their subject. 

Julie has an up and coming online painting tutorial called an "ArtByte", which will include a video demonstration of her fracturing technique. I will update this post as soon as it is published, but for now you can view other Daily Paintworks ArtByte offerings here.

You can see more of Julie's work at her blog, her Facebook page, and her website.

There are so many good painters who blog that it'll impossible for me to get to them all this month, but here's an idea. If you are an artist who blogs, and would like to be included this month in The Art Room, please email your choice of your ONE favorite painting from 2012, along with a link to your blog. Include the title, size, medium, month and year. All of these submissions will be included in one grand and interesting post towards the end of the month.


  1. Julie is another one of my favorite daily painters. Love her unique 'fracturing' style. She is also very generous with sharing tips and information on her blog.

  2. I too have enjoyed Julie's fracturing technique evolve and "shimmering" describes the effect so well. Her blog contains a wealth of inspiration, tips and teachings.

  3. Julie's fracturing technique is fascinating. She is one of my favorite daily painters too. Her work exhibits a wonderful command of value and color.

  4. Julie's technique is amazing! Plus she is so sharing of her knowledge. She is a teacher extraordinaire!

  5. Julie's blog is one of my favorites! I love her technique as well, and I am always amazed by her unique talent. In addition, she is so generous in sharing her knowledge, and seems to have a genuine interest and appreciation for her followers - she is one classy lady in that regard!

  6. It is always a great pleasure for me to see what today has created Julie! It is always a great pleasure to read the words that accompany her art.
    I am happy to be between blog-friends of a special artist and a special person.

  7. Julie is a wonderful painter, and her work is both expressive and impressive! Nice interview and approach as well.

  8. Julie is an inventive and successful artist with a very giving spirit.
    I never miss her blog posts.

  9. Hi Taryn,

    Love Julie and follow her work and thoughts. However, I also enjoy learning about new artist blogs and looks like I've found one here. A keeper! Thank you.

  10. Have taken several of Julie's workshops and they are fabulous as she is as a painter, teacher and person. She always offers new challenges to her students. Her blog offers endless information.


  11. I am intrigued by Julie's unique style. I was fortunate enough to take one of her workshops last month. It was fun and challenging and Julie, as so many other comments above state, is very generous. I'm looking forward to her ArtByte.

    Audrey January 10, 2013


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