Do the rocks in your watercolor landscape look like bowling balls and popcorn? Learning to see rocks as
“individuals”, as well as learning to visually combine many rocks and pebbles into a single collective
shape is crucial to successful landscape painting. This workshop will focus on the challenge of painting a
landscape in which rocks, boulders and pebbles are significant features. There will be demos, exercises,
critique and painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic
spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The only prerequisite is an attitude
of joy in the act of painting!
Phoenix artist, Julie Gilbert Pollard, paints in oil and watercolor in a fluid, painterly manner. Her painting style,
while representational, is colored with her own personal concept of reality. “The eye may see as a camera ‘sees’,
but the mind’s eye sees an altered, imagined image, what it wants and hopes to see. It’s that elusive image, uniquely
mine, that I try to express in my paintings. This amazing world of ours is often a mysterious, sometimes
frightening, place filled with scenes and subjects that excite my eye and imagination! The magical allure of the
natural world, and my reverence for it, compel me to attempt to capture its essence on canvas or paper.”
Enjoying an extensive career in art, Pollard is the author of three North Light Books: Discover Oil Painting (2016),
Watercolor Unleashed (2013) and Brilliant Color (oil & acrylic, 2009), plus nine videos for ArtistsNetwork.com (three
Watercolor Unleashed, four Oil Painting Unleashed, and two Acrylic Unleashed). Additional publications include various
articles and book inclusions including Plein Air Magazine (2023), Splash 23 (2022), Watercolor Artist Magazine (2021,
2018 & 2013), The Art of Watercolour Magazine (2019), Splash 18 (2017), Acrylic Works 3 (2016), and Art Journey
America Landscapes (2012).
Pollard has given instruction in watercolor and oil since 1985 in numerous venues such as Art Travel Italy in
Tuscany and La Romita School of Art in Umbria, Cheap Joe’s Art Workshops in North Carolina, Vale do Lobo in
Portugal, Watercolor Live 2022, and Sedona Art Center School of Art in Arizona. Current venues include online
and in-person with, among others, Scottsdale Artists’ School, French Escapade V.I.E.W. Online Painting
Workshops and Madeline Island School of Art in Wisconsin. Hudson River Valley Art Workshops in New York
will be hosting her Plein Air to Studio workshop in July 2024.
A frequent award winner, Pollard’s oils and watercolors have hung in numerous juried and gallery exhibits. Most
notable awards: Best Impressionistic Painting in Best of America, National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, 2012
and Best Use of Light & Color in Best of America, National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, 2011.
Pollard holds four signature memberships: National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, Arizona Watercolor
Association, San Diego Watercolor Society and Plein Air Painters of Arizona. Her work is included in many
private and corporate collections and is represented in Arizona by Esprit Decor Gallery in Phoenix, Raku Gallery