Friday, October 18, 2013

30/30: Juliana Coles



30 artists...30 days. Spend the month of October with me at The Altered Page to meet the 30 spotlight artists in my book The Mixed-Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams from Over 40 Amazing Artists. See them in action in their studios, read their 'quirky' bios written in their own words, see some of their art that led me to invite them to be a part of my book, and hear my story of what they each mean to me. Then click on over to their sites and see what they have to say about The Mixed-Media Artist.


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"Artist as not-so-innocent bystander: I am heavy handed and work fast and hard. I carve my Schiele line through the years while breaking my stylus and knocking over my easel. I'm excited/scared, wide eyed and making faces, maybe even screaming, laughing or crying as the line and brushstrokes dance out of control as if created by someone else.


I lovingly tape up wounds just to tear them apart again and again and reglue and retape...mending, tending, healing, transforming...I am not attached to the outcome: I am committed to the process.


Artist as Historian, I weave together the words and imagery of my personal mythology to expose my inner truth."


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From the moment I was introduced to Juliana's artwork I have always been mesmerized. Juliana focuses on what she calls 'Extreme Visual Journaling' which combines text-based-journaling with mixed media art. What separates her journals from the many other journal artists out there today is the rawness that she brings to every page, every image and every word. I get the sense that her journaling sessions are epic, cathartic experiences. This is somebody who leave it all out on the page!

I had never made direct contact with Juliana until I invited her to be a part of the book. Needless to say I was over the moon happy when I received an enthusiastic yes from her. It has been exciting getting to know her better through our communications, the art she has contributed, and her heartfelt responses to the many questions that I asked her for publication in the book.
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GIVEAWAY

For every comment you leave in October on one of the 30/30 posts on my blog, you will have that many chances to win a signed copy of The Mixed Media Artist. I will be giving away a total of 3 copies. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have (but only 1 per post please). Please make sure I have a way to contact you. Winners will be announced in early November. 

69 comments:

Angie said...

Energy jumping right off the pages!!

wanda miller said...

such UNLEASHED energy and original!

angi eharis said...

wow! she is really fun and so is her art! aloha, angi in hana

Ruth L said...

what a journal pages... great visual expressions!

elle said...

I like Juliana's philosophy to always challenge yourself.

Nan G said...

energy exploding from the page.

Roberta said...

I do love the way she lets it all out on her pages. What a relief from all the same old cliched journals out there.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Wow! Juliana does some very interesting work! I love the graphic nature and bursts of colour she gets without being too cliched. If I was ever to get into journalling, this is the type I would like to do.

Robert said...

Amazing stuff! Juliana obviously has a direct connection to what is immediate and visceral in life, and uses her art to document her feelings about these experiences. I love her statement "I am not attached to the outcome: I am committed to the process." Visual self-discovery that I find both intense, and very real!

Kimmer said...

Love Juliana's work. Would love a chance to win your book.

Irma said...

Juliana's rawness in her visual journals is what I aspire to. Can't wait to read more about her artistic process in the book!

Jo Murray said...

What a great find! Not only is her work gutsy and from the heart, she is extraordinarily generous with information via her free tutorials. Well worth watching them all.

Lynda said...

So much to investigate in Juliana's work...

donnaj said...

her style takes journaling to a whole new level~I've seen work friends have done in one of her classes-pretty amazing.

Sandy said...

Visceral! Love it!!

Anonymous said...

Your book will be a nice addition to any mixed media artist's library. Perhaps I will win a copy by leaving this comment. 123beulahbee at gmail dot com

Chris said...

Raw...graphic...honest.

Pd Packard said...

Dang right it's extreme!
Fantastic paintings & luv the Field of Dreams Sketchbook.

Tania said...

Such energetic, exciting and authentic work is very refreshing.

trish quilty said...

over the top journalling and artwork. Thanks for introduction.

queenb2u said...

Amazing! I learn someting new everyday. Thanks for sharing.

Hester said...

Oh my gosh, love the energy of art!

4roomsandthemoon.com said...

Another one of my heroes, Seth!


Juliana Coles said...

Seth: thank you so much for posting my work! and much gratitude for all who responded! The work I do is so intense and it means a lot to me when people can honestly respond and are moved to do so! I encourage you all to use the power of your own voice to tell your story as only you can! I teach online, but will be offering a very special live workshop in puerto vallarta in april!http://www.haciendamosaico.com/ws_01.html

madelincwolf said...

It doesn't get more real than this. Her work is deep, provocative and visual feast.

madelincwolf said...

It doesn't get more real than this. Her work is deep, provocative and visual feast.

madelincwolf said...

Sorry, Seth. Somehow my post appeared twice.

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Wow! I love the one with the fish!

Renee said...

Juliana's work is stunning, full of energy, leaves you wanting more.

Deborah J Bein said...

love the denseness and the color....dbein@hvc.rr.com

lynner1950 said...
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lynner1950 said...

I've taken many classes from Juliana and she is an amazing teacher! Love her process, it is very healing.

Hastypearl said...

Woops! There went my morning watching her tutorials:) love tutorials and artists that share:) Laura

Hue and Me Art said...

I really love all her energy. great addition to your book Seth.

twilightcougar1 said...

I have been a fellow Pirate with Juliana Coles for years...she taught me how to open myself to make art that matters TO ME! She changed my life and I love her...so glad you added her to you book!

Juliana Coles said...

yes pinky thanks for the love and support!

søren said...

Juliana is one of my favorite artists - I love that your book is getting her more exposure!

GVDeb said...

Love Juliana and her process. Her classes are amazing!

Kate Burroughs said...

Love Juliana Coles work and workshops. Even if she makes me mad! So missing the demise of the Art Joournalfest!
Aloha, Kate

Barbara Mason said...

Raw, challenging and deep...

Wendy said...

I love the work of Juliana Cole. I'm a long-time follower...first to her blog...now to her FB page. It's also one of my short-term goals to take one of the classes she offers through ETSY.

Sassy said...

Fun art! Love her approach to always challenge oneself.

Bill said...

What an interesting way to approach art! I wish I could experience that abandon.

Mary Dean said...

I love Juliana! She is an awesome artist and teacher!

Sharon Walker said...

I love the fact you are doing this 30/30 as I am seeing and admiring the work of such talented people whom I may never come across otherwise. Juliana's work is stunning, so visual, you can feel what she is saying even without reading any of her journalling,totally fantastic!

Robin Kalinich said...

Just lovely! One of my first ever paintings was one of Juliana's and now I'm a junky.

Mickie said...

Absolutely, truly amazing artwork and journaling, I was mesmerized on her blog and would love to sit and peruse one of her journals. LOVE her work!!!!!

Shelly said...

Juliana's workshops are POTENT! After experiencing one you cannot help but to change!

Rhonda H said...

Love Juliana Coles!! I had had the privilege and pleasure of taking a few of her workshops in years past and she is amazing! Glad you included her in your book!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I really love her ART!

Art Zest said...

I love the "extreme-ist" quality of her work. I am always attracted to wild graffiti type styles.

Patty H said...

It takes real courage to put yourself out there the way Juliana does. I really admire her for that, and love the vibrancy of her work.

Peg Englishman said...

her work is so real and raw......provokes deep thought.

The Competent Eclectic said...

I love the energy that radiates from Juliana's work.

Beverley Baird said...

Your pages are raw but so powerful!

Blessedsue said...

Incredible art, so inspiring.

Thank you,
Suzanne

Phillipa in NZ said...

I love seeing into peoples studios :)

Lura said...

love her heartboat. thanks for the intro to all these great artists. you are still my favorite though. xoxo

.Trudi Sissons said...

wow! her work has really evolved over the years! Love it!

judithwitkinquilts said...

Your book looks gorgeous! Congrats. I'm taking a workshop with Tracy in Austin this weekend. How lucky am I!

judithwitkinquilts said...

love love love it. Congratulations

Barbara I. said...

I have loved Juliana's extreme visual journaling for quite awhile now. Her journal pages are amazing. Thanks for including her in your book. bkisrael@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Amazing vitality through line, color, and word - visceral creativity!

Patsy Paterno said...

Deep. and disturbing. Patsy from
HeARTworks

Zoe, ontheroad said...

Sure looks like you've moved far forward since last we met in NYS.

Best wishes for a continued success.

Jorin said...

The fishes are great.

Christine Kiehl said...

Interesting artwork.

Gillian Pearce said...

Interesting journal pages. So much in them!

alteredbits said...

okay, i'm kind of secretly in love with juliana now (shhh). in that first spread you have posted, she has conveyed some of my deepest feelings better than i could have conveyed them myself. she is a rock-star (like you!)!!