Responses to Julie’s posting on Facebook of “Oak Creek at Briar Patch”, a 10×14 watercolor (available for purchase): “Love you work. Love the play of water on the rocks. This is so pretty. Absolutely gorgeous as always. Exciting . . . such a rush. Awesome, just like all your work . . . But don’t get a big head! So good!! I love your paintings!! This is wonderful, Julie!
Julie is a Master and a Mentor! Being in one of her classes is a worthwhile experience. You go Julie!!
Comments from Julie’s Facebook Friends about “D.J.’s Locker”, a 20×23 watercolor: “Cool. Really awesome, Julie!! Your usual beautiful work. Beautiful. Amazing, Julie! I love this one! Wow! Different! Excellent composition and subject matter thinking shark week – Love it! Very beautiful, Julie. Oh, Wow! That is wonderful! So awesome!
“Nice painting , Julie”, comments about Julie’s 20×23 watercolor “D.J.’s Locker”
Working on things you taught. Your book is truly wonderful and I appreciate it even more because of the personal contact!!”
Lynn Peterson, an artist at a recent workshop. The book is “Watercolor Unleashed”; your own eBook can be purchased HERE. “Thank you!”, Lynn
Cynthia, admiring Facebook-posted watercolor and oil painting images of Julie’s:
“Incredible, truly a gift she has!”
Thank you, Cyndy!
Roberta, responding to Julie’s post on Facebook about her workshop at Briar Patch Inn:
“Your work is beautiful.”
Linda K. (Posted at Artists Network.com on Aug. 18, 2017):
“Terrific video. Beautiful technique and color. Helpful!” – about Julie’s downloadable video “Painting the Autumn Landscape”.
Stefanie, a student at Julie’s recent 2-day workshop at Scottsdale Artists’ School :
“I’ve been taking workshops for about 4 years and of all the watercolor painting workshops I’ve taken, Julie’s go beyond my expectation. I just phoned Scottsdale Artists’ School to brag about her class. I look forward to continuing at SAS because of Julie’s quality workshops.”
I purchased “Discover Oil Painting” and liked it so much that I wanted to buy “Brilliant Color” as well. I’m disappointed the book is no longer in print but will instead purchase the eBook from ArtistsNetwork.com.
I admire your work very much — your paintings are so vibrant and alive. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with those of us who not only desire to learn but who also are warmly touched and inspired by your art.
In response to Julie’s recent Briar Patch Inn, Sedona, workshop:
“Dear Julie and Bob, We cannot thank you enough for the lovely Sedona painting trip. We appreciate all the efforts made on our behalf, and how welcome you made us feel. Hoping to join you on another adventure after your recuperation from this trip! In loving friendship, Teri and Nancy.”
From Richard Smith, BFA, Sculptor and painter, Victoria, BC, Canada, his reviews of Julie’s book
Discover Oil Painting, How to Paint Landscapes:
To Julie’s website:
“A real thanks to Julie for putting out a book that gets to the heart of the matter clearly, shows the way and then gives you exercises to help you try what you’ve learned. Once again, a great book.”
Absolutely great class! It was just what I have been looking for to improve my painting skills with oil. Thank you for your patience with me and for the demo which was very crucial to the experience.
I worked on my painting further and applied what I learned in your class. Although it is not complete I just might share it with you.
Hopefully you will return to Sun City Grand soon.
You are a great teacher – fun, funny, inspiring, clear, easy to follow even for newbies yet advanced enough to take seasoned painters to new places (a great combination), kind while being honest (another great combo). It is a pleasure watching you create your magic, and I am enjoying watching my own work evolve. So happy I found you.
Posted on NorthLightshop.com:
Painting Cascading Water
By Jeanne, 5 Stars, on 3/7/2014: “Julie does a wonderful job of explaining how to draw and color the project!”
By PA Painter, 5 Stars, 8/23/2012: “Julie Pollard has produced a wonderful DVD for any watercolor artist at any level. Her directions are thorough and thoughtful, and she manages to convey a great deal of knowledge to the viewer in one DVD. Julie’s explanation of how to interpret and draw a complex subject such as cascading water is clear and understandable. Beautiful color palette and unique style. I highly recommend this to any watercolor artist.”
By Kathy, 5 Stars, 7/4/2012: “Julie’s DVD was one of the most inspirational ones I’ve seen. You can’t help but pick her love of color and waterfalls. It’s one that I want to watch over and over because she offers so many techniques.”
Painting White Flowers
By Sonia, 5 Stars, 12/29/2015: “Beautiful painting of “white” roses, clear instructions. Thoroughly enjoyed this video and will return to it several times. Living in the UK, I like the ability to quickly download instructional art videos rather than having the additional cost of international postage.”
By Faye, 5 Stars, 8/22/2015: “This video was very good. Julie had a pleasant speaking voice and an easy manner to her instruction. The camera was placed so that you could always see what she was doing. The colours used were lovely. I felt I learnt a lot from this video and would recommend it to anyone who paints in watercolour.”
By BJ Ranous, 5 Stars, 8/20/2015: “Julie is an accomplished artist who can show you how to achieve a beautiful watercolor painting in this video. Her understanding and control of color is exceptional and I have learned a lot from her. She also has a number of books published that is a welcome addition to my reference library. Highly recommended.”
By Brenda, 5 Stars, 12/22/2014: “The download of Watercolor Unleashed by Julie Gilbert Pollard is very clear and easy to understand instructions. Very impressed.”
Other DVDs have one 5-Star review each; one DVD has a 3-Star review.
Thank you, everyone! Julie
Posted on NorthLightShop.com:
Pat, 5 Stars. on 7/27/2015: “Lots of instructions in detail and pictures to support what you are learning….makes the watercolor seem easier to learn than I thought it would be !!! You won’t be disappointed in this book….at least….I’m happy I have it.”
Leo, 5 Stars, on 5/18/2015: “Received Watercolor Unleashed and read and learned immediately. Book is easy to follow and instructions extremely easy to understand. I was painting shortly after my first short scan of book….Many thanks for Julie Pollard’s excellent instructions and illustrations.”
Thank you, all! Julie
I want to thank you for making your class such a positive experience for me. Even though the work was advanced , I still was able to take away many ideas that were new.
Hopefully, with lots of practice, it will come more easily. I look forward to one day taking another of your classes. Your enthusiasm when teaching was highly contagious!
“I signed up for watercolor classes with Julie Pollard because she is highly
skilled at painting moving water, and her landscapes are fresh and colorful.
This class improved my skills way beyond my expectations! She demonstrated a
variety of approaches to suit individual styles, and provided personal
instruction when needed. I would recommend her classes to anyone interested
in fresh and creative approaches to painting.”
Watercolor Unleashed – New Directions for Traditional Painting Techniques
By Julie Gilbert Pollard, Format: Paperback Book
Review posted 5/18/2015 at http://www.northlightshop.com/review/product/list/id/89813/category/515/)
Well written book
Received Watercolor Unleashed and read and learned immediately. Book is easy to follow and instructions extremely easy to understand. I was painting shortly after my first short scan of book….Many thanks for Julie Pollard’s excellent instructions and illustrations.
Watercolor Unleashed – New Directions for Traditional Painting Techniques
By Julie Gilbert Pollard, Format: Paperback Book
Review posted 7/27/2015 at http://www.northlightshop.com/review/product/list/id/89813/category/515/)
Lots of information and pictures to help with techniques..Happy
Lots of instructions in detail and pictures to support what you are learning….makes the watercolor seem easier to learn than I thought it would be !!! You won’t be disappointed in this book….at least….I’m happy I have it.
I thank the enthusiastic students who attended the recently completed SPAC workshop in Sidney, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada – thanks to your attentiveness and talents the workshop was deemed a success.
These are comments offered by workshop students:
“Julie, With great thanks I gratefully acknowledge a big leap in my paintings . . . . Thanks for your “easy go” directions and positive influence. A great 4 days, Thank you.” – Durell
“Dear Julie, The workshop was great, especially like that I now look at watercolour in a different and fun way. Thank you for all your encouragement. Had the best time! ” – Shirley Roberts
“Julie, Thank you for a great week. I have been inspired, motivated and have learned a great deal! Thank you.” – Judy
“Thank you so much! Videos are great – the real presence is better.” – Judi
“Thank you, Julie. You have given me a different way to look at doing watercolors.” – Judy
“Julie, This was an experience of a lifetime and I very much appreciate your coming to impart your knowledge & expertise in such a relaxed and sensitive manner. Come back soon!” – Gale
“Thanks for the motivation & inspiration.” – Lily
“You have been a great inspiration to all.” – Bob Cherneff
“Julie, As always – great workshop. Thank you, Love you.” – Ivriya
“As always, Julie, your classes are so wonderful and so are you!” – Judy W.
“Really enjoyed your approach & positive feedback!” – Joyce
“Dear Julie, We thoroughly enjoyed your class! I feel that we’ve learned a lot of useful things & I truly enjoyed meeting you! Hugs!” – Cindy
“Julie, I have really enjoyed your class and learned a lot.” – Pam
“Julie, I loved your teaching approach! Will never forget ‘reflections & values’!” – Roxie
“Julie, Thanks for everything. Learned some new tricks.” – Jean
I thank all of you! A workshop cannot succeed without students who “give their all” – you most certainly did that – – Thank You!
I too am a watercolor artist, not like you but I try. Love your work!
Sincerely, Laurie, from California (June 2015)
Thanks you so much for opening up the world of watercolor to me. You were so generous and positive with feedback, sharing tools and techniques, and accepting everyone in the class where they were at. Your recent workshop in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ, was a lovely experience that helped me to break the ice and finally venture into a field I so long admired from the sidelines.
I’d love to be on your mailing list so I can plan to attend if you ever teach up here again!
Bright blessings, Ada
Thanks for your lovely words! It’s always such a pleasure to see someone take to watercolor so naturally as you did. Welcome to the world of watercolor!
Hope to see you again soon!
Julie is receiving compliments because she’s an awesome teacher! I’ve taken a class with her, so I well know it.
Sandy Farley, President, Arizona Plein Air Painters, Sandy Farley Fine Art
Thank you, Sandy, for your kind words and the opportunity to teach the APAP workshop. The group was enthusiastic, in spite of the occasionally wet weather, and a pleasure to paint with. Granite Dells Watson Lake is a plein air paradise! Julie
“It’s raining it’s pouring
But we will paint in the morning.
The paper is wet, we’ll be loose, loose, loose,
I hope we don’t get attacked by that goose.
And when we are done,
Then we will get sun.
So my advice is
If you want to paint out,
Go in a drought.”
Despite the harsh weather (APAP Plein Air Workshop, April 24-25th) you had arranged for a warm conference room (Forest Villas Hotel, Prescott) and continued the lesson. We didn’t miss a step.
Thank you for your time and teaching. I learned a lot and I truly enjoyed my time. I have already started on an in-studio painting of the lake.
Take care, Margi Hansche
Good afternoon, Julie,
While attending the APAP Plein Air Workshop April 24th & 25th in Prescott what an adventure we all had. It will always be memorable. Learned a lot, was entertained and truly enjoyed the company. You made the entire experience worthwhile. Thank you so much for your patience, your lovely personality and your teaching acumen. I always enjoy your words of wisdom and your demonstrations. If you ever need someone to assist you, I would be proud to do so. I can sincerely give you accolades in every area of teaching and putting on a workshop.
Regards and friendship, Liz Ramsey, Mesa, Arizona
As fickle as the weather was on our Prescott adventure (APAP Plein Air Workshop, April 24-25, 2015), Paul and I were glad we came and enjoyed the opportunity to hang out with you and some new friends in such an interesting place (Granite Dells, Watson Lake, Prescott).
I always like to get in a course with you when I come to AZ. Your style of painting is so lovely and fresh looking and never overworked. I also really appreciate the way you share the tips on painting which you have discovered over the years. You are fun to be with and I look forward to attempting another plein air experience with you in the future.
With gratitude, Marge Modell, Minneapolis, Minnesota
I am excited to get your new book “Adventure into Oil Painting”. I am a book freak…having bookshelves full of art instruction. Of all of them….I must say that YOUR Brilliant Color is by far my favorite in terms of juicy color photographs and follow-alongs, PLUS your explanation of color use is so well done…it’s the only one that just made sense and that I ‘got’. When I read it…it was like ‘ahhhh’….! So my seriously sincerest compliments to you, your art and teaching methods.
I found your Watercolor Unleashed just as great!
I have all your DVD’s…often wishing you would do a DVD based on your ‘Brilliant Color’ oil paintings.
Thank you, Lisa! In fact, I will be filming 4 North Light oil painting videos in June; these new videos will be available soon, November 2015. Julie
“Watercolor Unleashed, the Notebook” — really, really helps with the mechanics of watercolor.
Sondra Schlotterback, Dec. 12, 2014
Wow! You are spectacular in your delivery and vibrancy!
I am a retired illustrator from Boeing of Seattle. I won accolades with my premeditated approach . . . and was awarded Employee of the Quarter in 1995 from among 110 other illustrators . . . when I found your painting video, and your book, I was hooked! I like vibrant and off the wall color schemes! You qualify in all regards in my book…Your layering techniques are spot on, and just what I needed to kick start my understanding of how to go from the under painting to the finished product!
Thank You! Sincerely, James Humberg