As always, my inspiration for this piece is the movement of light across the canvas, and how various colors and shapes work together to unify the painting and create a mood of tranquility and peace. The pumpkins in this still life come from my pumpkin patch, and were my first experiment in pumpkin growing. As always, I paint only from life, and use hand-ground oils, hand-made birch board, and Maroger medium, the formula of which is based on 18th century recipe of Maroger. This piece is on a wood board and will need a frame for display. 

- Julia Bright

Pumpkin Patch Harvest

Oil painting on wood

Signed on front

18" h x 24" w x .5" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.



Julia Bright
Boulder, Colorado

Getting to Know Julia

Julia Bright bases her still life paintings on 17th century French and Dutch art methods, which means that her process is very time-consuming and deliberate. She uses hand-ground oils, birchwood supports, and maroger medium, a thick gel that is mixed into the paint to keep it from running off the panel and to speed the drying process. Similar to the Old Masters she admires, Julia is preoccupied with light and how it affects the objects she paints. Her watermelons and pumpkins are all the more enticing for it, as the light dances across the forms, altering the color and providing depth. Julia emigrated to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union when she was a teenager. Her passion for painting was undoubtedly developed as a child visiting the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, where the great works of Chardin and Ingres mesmerized her.