I found this Robin's nest in my backyard tree, and the colors of the eggs were so brilliant, I had to paint them! I actually set up my easel on a ladder, and tried not to disturb the nest while I was painting. The dark color of the surrounding foliage actually made for a fantastic background. Catching these small moments of peace and quietude, that's what inspires me! This painting is on composite board and will need a frame for display. 

- Julia Bright

The Nest

Oil painting on composite board

Signed on front

8" h x 10" w x .5" d
2 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.