Dear readers,

Thank you to all who offered me encouragement on my running and in the Missoula Half Marathon!

The half went well; my pacing was much better than the only prior time I've raced it, in 2011, and I beat my previous time...but not by enough! So of course now I want to get faster! (What IS it with this obnoxious competitive drive, anyway?? it causes a lot of pain and suffering!)

In this issue:

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Newsbytes / calendar

  • -- WORKSHOPS IN 2014 and 2015 --
    I have retitled my workshops to "The Art of Seeing Animals" - a better description of our focus in these events.

    KALISPELL, MT (Triple D Game Farm) - Sept. 26-29, 2014. Due to a recent cancellation there is now ONE opening for this workshop!

    WIMBERLEY, TX (Creekhaven Inn) - Feb. 2-5, 2015. An intensive experience in the beautiful comfort of Creekhaven Inn in Wimberley, an hour outside of Austin in the lovely Texas hill country. Call Bill Appleman at 800-827-1913 or visit the workshop website.

  • AMARILLO, TX - Aug. 16: Opening reception for America's Horse in Art (see below for images and more details).

  • DENVER, CO - Aug. 22-23: Opening reception for Society of Animal Artists annual exhibition (see below for my piece in the show and more details).

  • JACKSON, WY - Sept 11-12: the National Museum of Wildlife Art has revamped its Western Visions show to become the "Wild 100", featuring 100 of the best internationally known animal artists. I am incredibly proud to say I am one of those artists! (see below for my large piece).

  • SEDONA, AZ - Nov. 7: One-person show at Rowe Gallery!! WHOOP - my first one-person show! Of course I'll be traveling to Arizona to attend - please mark your calendar and join me!

"Emerging (Study)"
8" x 9" white charcoal on black paper
...I've been auctioning drawings like this every Wednesday afternoon on Facebook. My subjects range from horses and rodeo to North American and African wildlife (here, an incredibly handsome kudu bull from our time in Kruger Park, South Africa).

Frequently, the entertainment value in my Facebook comment stream for these auctions is excellent - I have a lot of smart and humorous readers! Come join in the fun! (Here's another recently auctioned drawing --)


Tidbits - on museums (apropos my upcoming museum shows)

"The best introduction to art is to stroll through a museum. The more art you see, the more you'll learn to define your own taste." - Jeanne Frank

"I go to a museum and see a painting someone living in the past has made and I'm completely blown away. The nature of human beings has not changed. Everyone wants to avoid suffering and look for love." - Dana Levin

"The only way to understand painting is to go and look at it. And if out of a million visitors there is even one to whom art means something, that is enough to justify museums." - Pierre-August Renoir

"Shouldn't a great museum foster serious seeing before all else?" - Mark Stevens


New Work Everywhere!

I have been busy, busy, BUSY with gallery requests and with shows -- so this issue is entirely about new images. Enjoy!


Amarillo, TX -- Aug. 16 to Nov. 8

14 x 18 scratchboard

For the first time, I'm showing work with "America's Horse in Art", a show held at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. I have two scratchboards in the show, including this one. As you all know, I adore horses, and rodeo is just the perfect theater of horse action for an artist like me; here, a cowgirl and her handsome black quarter horse are rounding the second barrel on course. The opening reception for the show is August 16 (I won't be able to attend). For more information, visit

Denver, CO at The Wildlife Experience -- Aug. 23 to Oct. 26

16 x 20 scratchboard

It's an honor to have been juried into the SAA as a Signature member, and it's an even bigger honor to have a piece juried into the annual exhibition, which is international in scope. (This good-looking guy was hanging out in Grand Teton park last fall - the light was right and I knew a scratchboard might do him justice.)

While I'm not planning to attend the opening reception on Aug. 23, I look forward to hearing about the show from other artists and patrons. For more information, visit The Wildlife Experience website.

Jackson, WY at the National Museum of Wildlife Art -- Aug. 30 to Sept. 21

"(Wolf Suite) White Wolf: Ponder"
20 x 40 oil on canvas panel -- framed (and sitting on my mantel temporarily)

Every fall finds me journeying to Jackson Hole for the Western Visions events at the National Museum of Wildlife Art - the show is international in scope, and it's always a wonderful time to catch up with fellow artists from the U.S. and abroad.

This year each artist was asked to send two works (one medium, one larger) and a drawing. I chose to do a suite of wolves for my 3 pieces; here, in my large oil, a white wolf caught in a shaft of light against a moody background. My medium piece will be "(Wolf Suite) Gray Wolf: Tenderness", a 24x18 scratchboard, currently gracing the home page of my website. My drawing is one of my signature white-charcoal-on-black-paper works and features a black wolf. I look forward to seeing the show, and to seeing many of you in Jackson in September!

Sedona, AZ

"Night Totem"
30 x 24 oil on gallery wrap canvas

Rowe Gallery has received my work with great enthusiasm, and I'm now preparing for a one-person show at the gallery - the reception will be First Friday, November 7th!! I hope to see some of you there; this will be my first show in Arizona, and I couldn't be more excited!

In the meantime, I've sent this new cougar painting to Rowe; this elegant cat is catching a spot of light against a mysterious background. I wanted elements of both night and day in this painting, along with a sense of ambiguity about his setting.

Whitefish, MT

14 x 11 scratchboard

This coiled bobcat is one of two scratchboards I've just shipped to Dick Idol Gallery in Whitefish - the other is a young fox portrait which you can see on my website. Scratchboard is, of course, fantastic for textures - and this dynamic cat pose was just made for the medium!


READERS RESPOND - footnotes to the July Artzine:

"I loved your sharing of the process you used in rendering the painting of the lions. It portrays a couple that seems to have bonded in a way that many humans long to experience."-- I loved this note - thank you, Jean G.

"Thanks for sharing the photos of your lion painting. You obviously don't go through the "what the hell was I thinking?" stage of a painting like I do!" -- Sue H., I do indeed experience stages of doubt on some of my pieces...I would guess every artist has her moments of uncertainty, often in the middle of the piece when the end isn't necessarily clear and the work is hard. (But hey, if it were easy anyone could do it!)

"Thank you so much for including your step-by-step process of your painting "Lionhearts". Such a beautiful painting and seeing your process is very encouraging to your fellow artists such as myself. It makes you feel as if we are in your studio looking over your shoulder while you paint! I would love to see more of such works included in your Artzine...maybe a step-by-step of one of your scratchboards now??" -- Lori R., I'll have to remember to photograph the process on a scratchboard. Too many images in this Artzine to do a WIP (work-in-progress) sequence, obviously!

That's it for August. I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter (and thank you to the many readers who respond after each Artzine, thus giving me good material for the "Footnotes" section :-) - if so, I encourage you to share it with anyone and everyone. I appreciate your help in building a bigger audience for my work!

Warmest regards,
Julie T. Chapman

Artwork of Today’s Wild West (and Africa!) with Contemporary Flair
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