10 Tips to Build a Website

10 Tips to Build a Website

Greetings from web designer transitioning to full-time artist, Julie Dyer Holmes. If you are creative person/artist getting started with building an online presence, you may be wondering how to build an inexpensive website. Here are some tools and tips you can use to get your online presence up and running for less than $30. Tip […]

Tis the Season – 5 unique gift ideas

Tis the Season – 5 unique gift ideas

If you’ve waited till the last minute to shop for goodies this Holiday Season and you live in or near Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill, NC and you love buying one of a kind, creative and thoughtful gifts, search no more! Here are 5 suggestions with special *notations* if the recommendation also happens to be […]

Learning to keep it simple

Learning to  keep it simple

As an aspiring figure painter and student at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA for the past year and 1/2, I have probably sketched and painted the beautiful human figure hundreds if not thousands of times. During my first year of school, I was working in charcoal 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. This […]

Color: A New View

Color: A New View

My second year of school at Studio Incamminati has been filled with so many new changes and delightful experiences including color! I felt as if last year, which was my first, was an endurance test where I was challenged at every turn to create charcoal drawings as realistically as possible using the least amount of […]

Endurance training: an art school requirement

Endurance training: an art school requirement

Hellooooo from Philadelphia! As I pass the 1/2 way mark of my first semester of art school at Studio Incamminati in downtown Philadelphia, PA, I am reminded of…well… endurance training for the Bizz Johnson Trail marathon race I ran and finished in 2007. In the photo I’m at the finish line (on the left) with […]

Building a new foundation as an artist

Building a new foundation as an artist

Hello again from Philadelphia where there seems to be rebuilding going on everywhere. The building behind our apartment building was demolished a few weeks ago. Now the focus is on the ground and excavating, leveling and preparing the soil for the new building. As a student and artist, I am learning new fundamentals and preparing […]

Feeling flayed…and that’s okay

Feeling flayed…and that’s okay

Greetings from Philadelphia where there have been ground-shaking changes all around me. Over the weekend, my 5-story apartment building shook as another, smaller building (pictured here in this paragraph) behind mine was demolished and bulldozed to the ground. Similarly, my perception of my ability to draw accurately is getting a bit of a bulldozing as […]

Art school: a new journey

Art school: a new journey

As a WordPress website designer, I am always thrilled to see a client begin (and keep on – yay Melanie Rudnick!!!) blogging and managing their website. Here in this blog, I’ve decided to partake in some of my own ‘dog food’ by blogging about my experience as a student in contemporary realistic art at Studio […]

How to create a new blog post in WordPress

How to create a new blog post in WordPress

You’re a busy small business owner seeking local clients or you’re an artist, author, or non-profit and you have a new website in WordPress and you want to improve your online presence. Woohoo – congratulations on the new website! If you worked with me on that website, then you had training on how to update […]