Fresh Coffee, Fresh Flowers, Art by Julie Bonner

Bring the whole family to Tucson Coffee Roasters in May and enjoy Spring paintings by local artist, Julie Rustad. Fun and whimsical acrylics on canvas complement the fresh and airy feel of this local coffee house.   Sip on a fresh cup of coffee, tea or smoothie during the Artist’s Reception May 2nd from 9am […]

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Painting an owl to help our animals

I am so happy I was able to donate a painting for Tucson Wildlife Center of their most awesome owl, Bubba! On Saturday Jan 17th the public will be able to bid on it at during their annual fundraiser, “One Wild Night”! Here’s an inside look into my process of painting this great-horned owl. First, […]

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Dorífora – Day 1 of 30 Days of Painting Challenge

My first painting as part of Leslie Seata’s Thirty Day Paintings Challenge!  Although I feel painting every single day for a month is quite challenging – I am ready to try my best! Wish me luck as I balance helping clients with their graphic design and continuing to grow my fine art business! This colorful […]

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Stay creative and have fun!

I love having a creative career as a designer and illustrator. I’ve been asked before about how I stay feeling creative 24/7 – and here’s some things that work for me. Know your most creative time (and try not to interrupt it) I feel the most creative in the morning so I begin my projects […]

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I’m not messy, I am CREATIVE

Piles of paper…GUILTY. Piles of random doo-dads…GUILTY. Although I have always been creative – I have always been messy too. (Just ask anyone I’ve ever lived with!) I think there’s probably a lot of other creatives that have piles of papers too…Albert Einstein had a super messy desk! If a cluttered desk is a sign […]

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Meet Tom the Robot!

Ever seen a 7’8″ robot made of metal, then made of paper that was hand painted? Well you’re in luck! Introducing…..“Tom the Robot“! This project began when I decided to decorate my 2.5 year old son, Syver’s room with robots. We already own two colorful robot prints by artist Raina Gentry and I was looking […]

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A Furry Family Friend, Julie Paints Jessie

Painting someone’s beloved dog is like painting a person. I was honored to paint a portrait of Bonnie and Fred’s golden mix, Jessie! I’ve met her a few times when I’ve been to their house in Mesa, AZ. Here’s how I painted her! Step 1) Bonnie had sent photos of their dog, Jessie. I chose […]

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Rose in Your Face?

Please help me name my new painting! My Mom didn’t like the title I came up with, “Rose In Your Face”. I have lots of creative friends who can surely come up with something better — so leave a comment below! The title that I like the most will receive a set of my “Fab […]

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Introducing The Fab Flying Five

These “Desert Dwellers” have formed a superpower team  -“The Fab Flying Five”. Each creature is so beautiful and unique they each have their own greeting card now. Here’s a breakdown of this cast of characters. QUAIL – I see these guys walk more than fly, but I’ve heard they can;) And you can’t get any […]

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