Posters and Giclees… to sum it up.

I am often asked if I do “prints” of my artwork.  The answer to that question is Yes.  The reason for this?  If you can’t afford an orginal piece of artwork, you can still own one of my creations at a lower price point.  No, I do not personally sell my posters or giclees, but my publishers do.  I have two publishers that I have worked with over the past 10 years or so.  What is a publisher?  They buy my original paintings and print them.  These prints end up all over the world.  In retail locations such as Z Gallerie, Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel…you get the idea.  My posters have also become mainstays at Hotels, such as the Marriott in Times Square, The Ashford Hotel in downtown Ft Worth..just to name a few.  They are also present in Hospitals, Banks, Restaurants, Corporate offices etc…   I truly NEVER know where my posters and giclees are hanging. 

I was at a hotel recently and as I was walking down the corridor to the elevator, I had to stop to do a second glance because my posters were on hanging in the hallway.  It is often a fun surprise to see.

I do not licence all of my works, only about 20 pieces or so.  My publishers then create unlimited runs for posters and giclees. 

“What is a giclee?” is often another question that I am asked.  A giclee by definition is A process for producing high-quality reproductions of images such as paintings or photographs using an inkjet printer.  Giclees are usually printed on gallery wrapped canvas. Don’t be fooled however, that a giclee is an original.  Giclees are often enhanced with textures and varnish to give the print depth and the illusion of an original.  I actually had someone contact me a few years ago thinking that he had bought an original of mine at a retail store.  I sadly had to inform him that it was not an original… just a print of my work.

With all of that said, I have to tell you that NOTHING BEATS AN ORIGINAL.  With an original piece of artwork, you can actually feel the energy.  You can see the brushstrokes and every single detail of the paint and textures laid out before you.  I believe that there is more of a soul connection to an original piece of art.  Yes, ALL of my paintings are original as well. 

Whether you only have a budget for a poster or giclee, are just beginning to collect original artwork, or have been a collector for years, know that everyone can own a Julie Havel creation.

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“What inspires you?”

I am probably asked this question hundreds of times a year.  For me, this is one of the toughest questions to answer.  It is also one of the most challenging things to describe.abstract julie havel

I believe that inspiration comes from two places.  The first is from the physical, and what the eye can see.  Nature is definitely the biggest physical influence.  Sometimes it is the greens, orange and yellow tones from leaves on a tree or the vast openness of the light blue sky, or the tranquil deep ocean and all of the mysteries that it holds. When I look at our beautiful world, I am very deeply impacted by texture and patterns.   I suppose this is the reason that I am so attracted to two dimensional mixed media.  When I see an inspiring pattern in nature, I try to recreate that pattern and texture using mixed media.  This physical inspiration comes in what I describe as “flashes” to me.  These “flashes” are images that come to my mind along with what the inspiration was. It will happen, and within seconds it is gone.  Since it happens so quickly, it is sometimes difficult to recall.  I really have to sit to connect with it, and to write down what I have experienced at that moment & how I could transform this “flash” idea into a painting.  These moments don’t happen all too often, but when they do, I get butterflies in my stomach & get very excited to begin creating.  There is so much more to describe this, but I truly can’t put it in words.  Ask any artist, and I believe they would tell you the same.

The second type of inspiration comes from the world that we cannot see.  I have spoken before about my creative guides, and I believe that they flow through me when I paint.  I call this inspiration, because I am putting to canvas, what I have no words to explain.  I cannot describe why I put a certain color in a particular painting, in a particular place.  I am only guided to do so.  My guides work through me, and I am solely a conduit in this physical world in which they can work.  Having this unknown force flowing through me is incredibly inspiring. 

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Influences in childhood, shape who we are as adults.

As we grow and change it is our choice to accept these influences. At least this is what I believe.  Who influenced me as a child…in regards to Art?  Truthfully, it was a combination of individuals.

My first influence was grandmother.  She was always making ceramic figurines.  I even remember her kiln in her basement & loved to watch her create.  That creative gene was passed down to my mother who was also an amateur artist.  I remember when I was very young, she would sit at her easel & create beautiful landscape paintings, as I would sit on the floor next to her and paint as well. 

I also had two amazing art teachers all through grade school and high school.  It was such a beautiful thing to have supportive teachers that accepted a child’s imagination, opening up worlds of possibilities. 

Lastly, in grade school, I had a pal in crime.  She was a beautiful soul who was insanely creative.  We would sit and draw together, paint together & create something out of nothing.  We went to art camp in the summers, and were always known in school as being the “creative ones”.  She was my soul sister and artistic partner. She is no longer in this world, but I do feel that she is often with me when I am creating. She was a wonderful influence on me & I hope to live out this dream for both of us.

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