WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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174 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 it's less than a week after Julia Bringhurst Blake's first open studio. More than 100 paintings crowd the hallways, living room, and kitchen in her home, identifying tags still stuck to the walls. Each area has a theme: floral, figures, beach, trees, sky. Styles range from detailed representational work to vibrant free-form florals to sophisticated abstract landscapes. Smack in the middle of the living room, a freshly completed canvas leans against the furni- ture. Its enormous surface is infused with energy: vivid color delineates the low horizon; huge brushstrokes trace clouds roaring across a massive sky. The work expresses Blake's personality: enthusiastic, open, confident, and strong. Untrained as an artist, in her three years of painting she has found a passion and pursues it with verve. "I'm a bold person," she says. "There's nothing timid about me." A collector of vintage fabrics, Blake thought she might take up quilting when her youngest child, Cooper, started preschool three years ago. Not that she needed another interest or activ- Green Hydrangeas on Blue studio palette composition canvas inspiration gallery imagination Painting with Passion Julia Bringhurst Blake L I S A R O G E R S writer artist profile

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