*new to me*

in monday tradition, i am sharing something with you that is ‘new to me’, today that includes introducing one of my friends. julia blake.

julia is one of the first women i met when we moved to massachussetts last year. and she is one of the most involved-in-her-community women i know. from local politics to school council to being the ultimate football momma, this mother of six – five sons and one daughter is a talented woman. (everyone needs a julia in their life when they move to a new city!) as our lives have crossed throughout the past year, we’ve shared many a conversation about what we’re both currently working on – what our latest craft craze is etc. yet, Julia never mentioned to me that she could paint until recently! in fact, it was entirely *new to me* when i found out she not only paints, but she takes commissioned projects – portraits, landscapes! Β she’s brilliant with her paint brush!

as soon as i found out julia did portraits, look what she painted for our family! using one of the photos from our shoot with blue lily photography {shown below}, she created a 14 x 18 masterpiece of my kiddos walking up this wall of rocks. i absolutely adore it.

the best part? julia is now a seejaneblog sponsor {see the button on the right?!?}, and is offering a very generous giveaway to one seejaneblog reader! one winner will receive an 11×14 portrait including up to three people valued at $220! original art is one of my favorite things to give and receive as gifts. and Julia’s acrylic work is beautiful! wouldnt this be fun to surprise someone with at christmas? this painting may be just what you need to inspire a gallery wall!

how does this giveaway work?

you can enter up to three times!

1: Go to the ‘contact’ link of Julia’s website and fill out the information about yourself + share which painting you like the best in the comments.

2: Follow Julia on instagram {@blakezoo} and “like” at least one of her paintings.

3: “Like” Julia Blake art on Facebook and “like” at least one painting.

Leave a comment {or three!} below for each time you can enter, winner* will be announced at the bottom of this post on Monday, November 26th! good luck!

*the winner will choose a picture – a high resolution digital photo, and send it to Julia. she will consult with you, whether the photo is a good choice or not, and then paint it! talk about an heirloom! {the winner can up grade to larger size or more people at an additional charge}


congratulations, catherine! start searching for the perfect picture for julia to paint! xo.

{photos by me, Jane Rhodes}

49 responses to “*new to me*”

  1. I would love this! I liked her on facebook!! I would love to see your session with Blue Litly-I follow them-and love their adventures and of course their photos!!!

  2. I liked Julia on Facebook, Instagram and her website! This would be such a great present to myself to have her paint my young family since they grow up sooooo fast:)

  3. WOW! That painting is incredible and the rest of Julia’s work does not disappoint! I contacted her via her website, mentioning her Peonies and Ranuculus II painting, which is gorgeous!

  4. I filled out the form! My favorite picture is actually the one of your kids, Jane! I love the bright colors – Sela’s and Kiana’s boots are so great!

  5. Julia is an instagram favorite of mine. Love seeing what she’s working on. Instagram, check.

    Ok, PICK ME, PICK ME, PICK ME! I’d love to have her masterpiece in my home.

  6. I went to Julia’s website and left my contact information. My favorite (besides EVERY one) is one of her peonies and ranunculas paintings.

  7. I left my contact info. My favorite was the birth order painting. Loved the faces! What an awesome giveaway! Thanks, Jane & Julia!

  8. I just tried to post and I believe it messed up, so I’m going to try again… I love the “looking for waves” picture! We recently moved to the beach so it reminds me of our new home. Thanks!

  9. Love her paintings! I am following her on Facebook. I love her painting with the one tree that looks like it has blossoms. I am moving into a new house so I would love a new piece of artwork!

  10. Yeah, I am soooo excited to win this awesome give-a-way!!!! I never win anything and to win something that I will cherish is fantastic!

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