place to paint

A few weeks ago on the sunniest day I went for a walk in the hills where I live.Every Friday I walk my friends dog and it gives me the perfect excuse to get outside (I am inside so much printing or painting).

I took lots of photographs as it was so beautiful. There was a slight breeze and warm sunshine. I knew this little walk would provide an inspiration for new paintings and it did;

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I don’t really know why my colours turn out like this but anyway this is my slice of a lovely day.

This painting and  more will be at my exhibition ‘Under the same sky’ at Heart Gallery. It will include lots of landscapes of Hebden Bridge and places close to my heart. The exhibition starts on the 8th of September, I hope to see you there.

Hummingbird prints and colour

Lately I have been working on some brand new prints for an exhibition at Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery . As well as my artwork there will be the talented Jane Ormes showing her lovely prints.

It is the first time in a long time I have screen printed anything big and to tell the truth I was a bit nervous about it.I began by drawing at Leeds City Museum as I felt that would be a nice link to the gallery, being literally up the road from it!

I decided I would start with a collection of small hummingbird drawings as there was a little bird that caught my eye in the museum…


I began to realise as I was printing that putting the colours together was the thing that was interesting me most. It got me thinking that a medium like screen printing has a certain look when developed from a pen drawing, a certain quality of line. Possibly then my USP is my love of colour and the palette I choose.


I began to work on the idea of block colours, so I had a contrast between my detailed line drawings and more abstract shapes.I have been a bit preoccupied with circles in my artwork for some time.


It was so nice to create something organically and develop the work in the print room (I usually plan everything beforehand).

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Colour detail.

So I just have a little more printing to do and I am less nervous.

The exhibition begins on the 2nd of July. There is also a meet the printmaker day on the 9th of July where you can see me drawing, please do come and say Hi!

I will post more prints soon and some of the preparatory drawings shortly. I hope you like them.

all images copyright Julia Ogden

Salts Mill, Saltaire


On Wednesday it was my friend’s birthday (she is called Lisa and writes a very fine blog  amongst lots of other super talented things).

After attempting to go to Haworth (but being snowed off) we ended up in Saltaire! Sometimes the impromptu days are the best though and it was so lovely to have a day off. I never class doing art really as working, erm you can guess how many proper days off I have.

We made our way to Salts Mill which is a haven of beautiful bookshops, homewares, jewellery shops and a two lovely places to eat.


After a food fix of a scone and tea (me) and smoked salmon and eggs (Lisa) we had a look around.

There is an impressive collection of David Hockney’s art work and it was lovely to see his new exhibition “The Arrival of Spring”. I have always admired Hockney’s work as he never stays static. I have often worried with my own artwork that I should find a style and stick to it, otherwise how coherent is it? But there is another voice that says; “it would be nice to try this or that…” So Hockney’s new art work is true to form in that it is not true to form or is actually a new way for him to make art with an iPad.


It is his colour palette that really appeals to me; cool pale blues with strong pinks. Lilacs against greens that range from brights to dark jades.Tree shapes are endlessly fascinating (I draw them a lot) so to see a collection like this was really inspiring.


There was a sense of immediacy to the prints; they felt like moments in time (before you would walk down the roads in front of you).They have really made me want to start drawing on an iPad, as they showed how freeing it can be to have colours at your fingertips when outside.


What a perfect space for art.

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There is that wintery day I was talking about. Anyway good company and good art are all you need even if your plans change!

30 days…November

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first row stand at the hepworth christmas fair 2.hepworth gallery decorations 3.monoprinting done by pupils at crossley fields school, mirfield, (where I teach after school club).

second row 1.autumn walks 2.the corn exchange, leeds printed postcards

third row 1.hebden bridge train station decorations in the making 3.misty mornings

Puppy sitting and the great outdoors

I have started puppy sitting once a week for my friend and it is so nice to do! I confess I don’t know much about dogs, so puppy training has been a learning curve for me as well as Polly! My favourite things about looking after Polly are the cuddles and having a great excuse to wander through the woods and fields.Here is last week’s walk….I was in tree heaven!

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Good girl Polly, the training is going well! Have you started something new this Autumn?