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Inside Ju Ju Green Art

We asked Julia Fellers-Green about her process and inspiration. Read on to find out what makes her work so beautiful.



PROCESS


1. What medium(s) to your work in? Why? I work primarily in acrylic, watercolor and gouache paint. I also use a good deal of gold leaf when finishing pieces. I’m also very interested in moving art from a canvas to your daily life. I am working on some new functional art projects. For example, I used large scale floral paintings to create beautiful silk scarves.



2. What materials do you use? I paint primarily on canvas, wood panels or paper. I used acrylic paint from a variety of makers and I love the process of gold leafing. It is so messy, but so beautiful.


3. Briefly explain the process of creating one of your pieces.

A good deal of my process involves gathering inspiration. On hikes, walks, biking with family, I am always gathering inspiration from nature, the beautiful Lowcountry landscape and Charleston. Once I am overflowing with ideas, I go to the studio. I usually work from photos taken on my “gathering” expeditions or sometimes from memory. My paintings are definitely impressionist or abstract but their root in is the beauty of my southern surroundings. The final and perhaps most important part of my process is giving back. I worked in nonprofit financial development prior to having my boys, and I feel strongly that a portion of my proceeds as an artist should go to support the invaluable work and contributions to our world made by many nonprofit organizations.

5. How did you decide on your signature? How do you create your signature?

My signature has always been my initials. Prior to marriage, I signed pieces JRF and now JFG (like the peanut butter!) I tried tinkering with that at one point, so a few people have pieces signed with my full name or JuJu Green. But, it didn’t take. Back to JFG for me.




INSPIRATION

1. What series of work do you have? Briefly describe them.

I am sharing pieces from a few different series of work. A couple of the smaller pieces are from my abstract marsh series. These are always popular and because of their small size are perfect pieces for adding a punch of color and beauty to bookshelves, tables, etc. I am also sharing pieces from my newest series, “Summer-Filled Soul”.



2. What is your favorite piece of art you ever made?

Often my favorite piece is the one that was most recently completed! I feel like and I certainly hope that I am learning and growing as an artist with each piece. That is definitely the goal!

3. What are some new pieces you are creating? How did they begin?

Currently, I am working on abstract beach scenes titled, “Summer-Filled Soul”. The idea for these beaches is based on a couple of things.

First the quote from Albert Camus: “In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger, something better, pushing right back.” This quote speaks to me so much, especially this year.

The second source of inspiration for these pieces is the intersection of the peace and calm of the ocean and a good beach day with the never-ending action and change of the ocean and visitors to the beaches.

4. How do you organize your inspiration for your pieces?

I keep a file of photos that inspire me as well as a journal with notes and sketches. I refer back to both of these things when starting a new piece.

5. Where do you see your art?

I am a lover of colorful art and believe it blends in any home. In my own home, the most important thing I seek when adding pieces to my collection is finding art that speaks to me each time I look at it. Art that I love for its own sake.

If you love a piece, you will find the right space for it!

I create a variety of sizes. The smaller pieces on wood panel with gold leaf finished sides are perfect for bookshelves, bedside tables or as part of a grouping.

My art is definitely bright and often has a coastal theme. It would be perfect for beach house, though, I believe it would blend well in any home.

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