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Julie Morin

Julie Morin

CONCEPTUAL MAGAZINE: Dear Julie, we are delighted that it’s finally time to sit down and ask you some questions! Our little team is infatuated and in love with your art! Your girls exude beauty like no other. The colors you choose for each painting are like a rainbow of love and happiness! Thank you for taking some time to let us get to know you!

What’s your story? 

JULIE MORIN: Thank you for having me, I'm the one who's honored! So let's talk a bit about myself... I was born in Paris, France, but I lived all my childhood in the South, on the French Riviera. I took some painting classes when I was very little, but eventually I chose to play the piano and ballet for nearly 10 years. After that, I started studying Business and Marketing and I had nearly enough time to sleep at night, the study was demanding. I, definitely, didn't have time for art back then. Once I made it to Business school, I started to travel a lot... Washington DC, Lyon, Paris, Shanghai, and Madrid. I, finally, graduated and met my Dutch boyfriend. We went back together to the Netherlands and never left! I am 27 now and planning to go live in Canada and Paris for a little while.

CM: When and why did you first become interested in art and painting? When did you pick up a brush and why?

JM: I've always been interested in Arts in general. When I was 14 years old, numeric cameras first arrived on the market. I'd borrow my dad's camera and would record everything at school and in my garden, making short films with my friends and dressing them up with accessories, beautiful clothes and make-up. So, my first medium of expression was a camera. I used to doodle a bit at school, but it is until much later that I actually picked up my first brush. Only a year ago, actually. I remember going to my neighbor back then, who is a retired leisure painter, and asked her about the basics of painting. I had absolutely no idea of what I was doing! And, also, no idea of the importance it would rapidly take in my life.

CM: What type of artist would you describe yourself as and how would you describe the art you create?

JM: I don’t really like to put labels on things, and I feel that when you're starting your career, your art is constantly changing. I'm curious to see where my next pieces take me.

CM: Let’s talk more in depth about the girls you create? Why do you paint these beautiful girls? What’s the story behind this? What message do you want to get across with them, if any?

JM: I've always been an advocate for women's rights, and I feel deeply inspired by strong and independent women. The women figures that I paint always exude confidence as a way of inspiring others to love who they truly are and to not fear to get out there in the world. That beauty is all over, from within to around us. They are modern amazons, fighting for recognition, respect and admiration. I, also, try to add nature elements and animals to reinforce that message and underline the importance of the earth, of our roots and origins.

CM: You do abstract art as well. Tell us about that.

JM: Abstracts are such a challenge for me! I am a control freak, I love to own something from the beginning to the end and to know where I'm going the entire time. But an abstract painting works differently. Whatever I want to put out there on my canvas, it almost always becomes something else, completely different than my first vision... as if it had a life of its own. It's very interesting but challenging at the same time, as I don't have the feeling that these abstracts are coming from me. I'm still trying to figure this out!

CM: So, you have over 25K followers on Instagram! WOW! Congratulations! What’s the story behind that??

JM: Yes, it is crazy! Social media has helped me a lot to broaden my audience and show my art to different kinds of people. Last April, I received the visit from an art director of a gallery in Singapore, who found me through Instagram. This tool truly connects people from all around the world. Amazing!

CM: You also have a YouTube channel? What made you begin one and when did you do so?

JM: Yes, I do! As I said earlier, I was always very interested in creating visual content, so a YouTube channel was naturally the next step to my art journey – I record myself while painting and edit the videos in a inspiring and aesthetic way (at least I try! Haha). My paintings show what I envisioned in my head, and through my videos I want to show the process behind this vision. The motion helps to give it more body and content.

CM: So, I’ve seen on various posts and on IG that you have ME/CFS. Can you tell us what that is and what it means for you? How does it affect your daily life?

JM: Yes, it's been 2 years that I'm very sick to the point that I had to stop working and could barely leave my home. This illness is not very known and some people have misconceptions about it, which makes it even more difficult. That's the reason why I talk about it on Instagram. Since I have 25k followers, I must take a role to educate and inform people about this condition, which affects 17 million people worldwide. It changed my life and my boyfriend's a lot, but we are hopeful that the future will look brighter once I get a proper treatment.

CM: What is a day in the life of Julie Morin like?

JM: My days are not very representative of a painter's life I'm afraid, because of my condition. Some good days, I can paint for 30 minutes in a row, and still be able to clean my brushes, which is good. Then, I need to rest as my muscles need to recover. Computer time and screen time in general is also demanding, but if I'm well organized I can still get things done... slowly but surely! The fact that I painted so many artworks still amazes me sometimes, seeing how sick I am. But it gives me hope and feeds my soul. I don’t know what I would do without art in my life right now.

CM: How much, would you say, you have improved since you first began painting up to now? What helped you improve?

JM: I've improved a lot, especially knowing I never had lessons when I first started painting. What helped me was to paint a lot, naturally, get feedback on my pieces from the people around me, watch Youtube tutorials, and also try a lot of different techniques in painting. For instance, I found that working with acrylics was difficult for me, that’s why I prefer oil painting. When I sketch on my canvas, I now do it very softly, almost invisible, and start right away with applying the right tones to define the first forms. This seems to work for me. I am also very critical of my work and I don't stop until I agree that I cannot do better. Sometimes, I spend hours and hours (even weeks) working on the tiniest details, that nobody would notice if I would ask, but that gives this extra "wow" to my artworks. That's how I improve, I think, piece after piece.

CM: What is something about you that we don’t know and you wouldn't mind us knowing?

JM: I have the most vivid dreams ever! I have a very busy imagination and I talk in my sleep every night, asking questions to my boyfriend that don't make any sense at all (haha!). Sometimes, I even move or catch objects in my sleep. Actually, this is very helpful for my art process as all my inspiration comes at night when I go to bed and close my eyes. Then, no matter how hard I try to ignore them, I need to get up, put the kettle on and start sketching or writing down my ideas for future pieces!

CM: Talk to us about your tools? What medium do you use?

JM: I use oil paint for my figurative works, and acrylics, watercolors and inks for my abstract works.

CM: You sell your work. Tell us about that. Do you make prints of every painting or only select ones?

JM: Yes, I started selling my work as I saw that people were interested in what I was doing. I am also planning on contacting galleries and hopefully, hold my first exhibition when I'm fully recovered. For prints, I select only my figurative pieces for now.

CM: What inspires you?

JM: Everything. It can be a ride in the metro, the color of a skirt of a woman passing by in the street, even the smell of a fresh croissant in the morning, or a strong emotion that I felt at a particular moment in the day. It all mixes, somehow, in my mind and translates into colors and forms on the canvas. I love to observe how beautiful this process is. I also like to be challenged by people requesting me specific artworks, and to give life to these ideas which otherwise might have never existed.

CM: Are you influenced by any other artists? If so, which ones?

JM: Yes, I like to browse through new artist's works to get inspired and see where they're at. The first piece that I fell in love with was the painting "Yellow-Red-Blue" by Wassily Kandinsky. I was touched by the colors and the geometry which gave it a beautiful structure. I've also always loved Klimt, and Enki Bilal when I was a teenager. Social media also helped me discover the works of talented artists, such as Charmaine Olivia and Brittany Lee Howard, who I find extraordinary.

CM: Do you have any advice for artists who are just beginning their journey?

JM: Use the gifts that you have and your passion for art and creative living, and work hard. Very hard. I shall quote Jacques Brel here, a French singer: "There is no talent. The talent, it's having the desire to do something. All the rest is sweat, perspiration, and discipline. I am sure of it. I don't know what Art is. I don't know any artists. I believe that they are people who work hard at something."

CM: Julie, once again, thank you so much for sitting down and answering these questions for us! We appreciate it, I appreciate it very much. We love your talent and your creativity. You are one fierce woman! Much love to you!

JM: Thank you so much for your kind words, and for the encouragements! It was a delight meeting with you. I hope our roads will cross again!

You can find more of Julie's work at

http://juliemorin-art.com/
https://www.instagram.com/juliemorin_art/

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