Julia Wakefield

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Taking to the Southern Skies

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018


I’m currently exhibiting in the upstairs gallery at Urban Cow along with Camilo Esparza, Alan Ramachandran and Amanda Hassett.  The theme was ‘Under Southern Skies’ so I have found myself metaphorically taking to the skies with my interpretation.  Birds are a part of my daily life: in my morning walks by the creek and by the sea I both see and hear them.  A Nankeen Night Heron was roosting in a tree on my front drive for 3 months before I looked up and spotted it, and now, four months after its departure, a relative (offspring?) has moved in to take its place.  When I drive through the city, birds fly over the traffic jams and roost on the high rise buildings; when I travel interstate and to other countries I see the same birds or their relatives and I realise that many of them travel far farther than I do every year, entirely under their own muscle power and just with the help of prevailing winds.



I’m also realising that rather than having one favourite medium, I love to combine media in order to convey a particular idea or feeling, and the birds are leading me into new territory.  Clouds are best conveyed with watercolour, but I’m also finding ways of working with clouds in digital media; the birds in flight are often watercolours or monotypes, but sometimes they morph into silhouettes or patterns, which are best conveyed with handmade stencils or layers in Photoshop.  The works in the current exhibition mark the beginning of this new direction, and I plan to spend the next few months following the birds wherever they lead me.

Iron Man

If you are interested in learning more about how I arrived at some of the images in ‘Under Southern Skies’, I’m giving a talk and a demo on the last day of the show – June 30, at Urban Cow, from 1-3pm.  No need to book – just turn up!

SALA 2014 is upon us already!

Friday, July 18th, 2014



Winter Waltz, an appropriate etching for this time of year!

Winter Waltz, an appropriate etching for this time of year!

I have just emerged from a week of the most debilitating lurgy, winter is buffeting us with gusto, and I am supposed to be opening my studio in a week’s time! Aagh!  We will get there, and the big compensation for the weather at this time of the year is that the garden looks beautiful – so long as you don’t look too closely at the weeds.


The SALA program has featured my picture this year, so it’s easy to spot me under City of Onkaparinga, but unfortunately the paper catalogue got the date of the opening wrong – I’m opening on July 25, 4 – 7 pm, but it’s put July 27 – although  the website’s got it right. Too bad, I’ll just lay on the wine and nibbles on both dates. I’m supposed to be open Friday – Sunday 10am – 4pm every weekend from July 25 to August 24, but do call me to let me know you’re coming, just in case I have to duck out for supplies or emergencies.  I have work on show at Mrs. Harris and at Bittondi in August as well, so I may be called on to gallery sit on one or more occasions – watch this blog and I’ll tell you when this is likely to happen.

New for this year’s SALA are some monotypes that Bittondi’s Inked2 inspired me to work on.  I love teaching this form of printmaking, as it’s a great way of developing – and indeed, discovering – new ideas.

Mindscape 1, ghost print

This is the ghost print – the second pull, after I pushed the ink around on a sheet of glass for about an hour and a half and then took a first pull that was much darker and moodier.  I felt the first one needed to be less blue and more defined, so I scanned it, printed it out on a smaller scale on watercolour paper, then hand tinted it with black gouache. This is the result:

mindscape 1 for UC

I like both images – and I’d never have arrived at either of them if I’d started working on paper rather than glass.

‘Inked2’ is still on at Urban Cow until August 2, so I can’t bring my prints back in time for the studio opening, but they’ll be on display the following weekend.  I recommend you go and see the Urban Cow show before it finishes, as it’s a superb display of different printmaking techniques by 14 Bittondi members, on the theme of Exploration –  which for me, is what monotypes are all about.