Julie Canudo is a mixed media artist, mother, wife, and lifelong learner. She resides in the Bay Area, California, where she received her BA in Art from San Jose State University in 2005.
Embracing the dynamic between light and dark, her artwork is inspired primarily by the rhythms of nature, solitude, spiritual contemplation, the internal emotional landscape, childhood magic, the everyday sacred, wanderlust, and the process of discovery through creative play. She's explored various creative processes such as plant-based papermaking, darkroom and digital photography, mono printing, mixed media collage, intuitive painting, self portraiture, image transfers, found poetry, and art journaling. Her passion lies in exploring the creative process.
In addition to teaching gelli printing classes in the South Valley Gilroy/Morgan Hill area, she teaches art in her homeschool co-op groups that her children are a part of.
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Some favorite quotes:
"When it comes to passion, I think we’d all agree that a bee seems very dedicated to its task - but it’s not passionate about any one flower; it’s passionate about gathering nectar"
— Refuse to Choose!, Barbara Sher
“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
"Art and music are not simply objects, but an experience of opening to mystical awareness." ---Richard Rohr
“Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness” ― Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
“The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul-place.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
"But I keep on creating because I have to, I need to, and I believe it makes me a better mother to my children than the unfulfilled full-time mother they could have if I didn't." --- Lucy Pearce, The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood