Summer always means watermelons to me, and seedless watermelons, with their rich colors and shiny skins are the height of a small summer indulgence that feels like decadence! I loved painting the juxtaposition of color with colorlessness, and light with dark. This painting is on a wood panel and will need a frame for display. 

- Julia Bright

Seedless and Proud

Oil painting on wood

Signed on front

18" h x 30" w x .5" d
6 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.