Monday, November 16, 2009


mixed media collage
solid aspen wood
24" x 48" x 1"
(c) 2009 julie king

layoffs have come and gone at my work and i'm still standing. ten of my co-workers were let go last wednesday morning. my heart is heavy with sadness for each of them. more changes are underway with new leadership, responsibilities and moving of offices. i feel so grateful to still be employed.

the above piece titled "rejoice" was done on a piece of wood i rescued from my artwork graveyard. it started out to be a horizontal beach scene and i never liked anything about it. so saturday night i painted over the multi-colored and layered background to create this new piece. i love it and couldn't be happier with it.

thanks for your continued readership of my blog although the posts have been random lately. i've made a conscious decision to live a full life instead of living to blog. many of you know what i mean, i'm sure.

((hugs)) to all of you on this beautiful monday!


mummybear said...

I know exatly what you mean.

Beautiful work!

Staci Danford said...

It is wonderful.. I love it so much.

Debbie / Prairie Emporium said...

Julie, I love you rejoice art, second times charm.

Ruth said...

That's a beautiful piece.

It's hard to keep hearing about what folks are suffering. I wish the laid off well. I'm so thankful to have a job.

Kim Hambric said...

Love the colors of this piece. Glad to hear that you could recycle an old piece. It's like a thorn in one's side to have old, unloved artwork sitting around.

Sorry to hear that things are so difficult at your workplace. It's good to know that you have such an upbeat, beautiful way of expressing yourself, even when things get rough.

I agree with you -- don't let blogging become a chore.

Jennifer said...

Sorry to hear your co-workers had to be let go, but grateful that you made it through.

This piece is beautiful!!

Christine said...

glad you weren't laid off, your artwork today seems inspired!

Jacqui said...

What a beautiful piece of work Julie - and I am glad you are putting yourself first here - it is so easy to go through the day wondering what to blog about and then never actually do anything - so you are quite right.
My thoughts go out to your laid off colleages, and I hope things are more settled for you. xx

cindy said...

i'm so happy & relieved for you, julie!

Anonymous said...

Thew Julie! What an aweful week to see your work colleages go. So pleased you still have a job.
You Rejoice art is beautiful!

Serena said...

What a beautiful and vibrant piece of art, Julie! I can understand why you would be so pleased with it. I'm so sorry to hear about the lay-offs at your workplace though. Christmas will be tough for so many families this year. :(

Re. blogging - I totally understand what you mean.

steviewren said...

I'm glad you made the cut at your job. I feel the same way about mine. I don't like what I'm doing now...but it's a job. And that's a good thing. I also know what you mean about blogging. I feel like I've run out of meaningful things to say, so I'm kind of on again / off again. Love the new work!

lori vliegen said...

well, miss julie, this piece is definitely my new favorite!!! i LOVE it!!! and about the blogging.....yes,'s to living a full life!! xoxo, :))

Mary Jane said...

Your heart is in the right place, Julie.
Been there.

Your artwork is equisite!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

I like your piece...the way the blue comes out on the right side. Very nice job Julie! I totally know what you mean about living to blog.

RNSANE said...

I am happy you survived and are still working. This news brings back the trauma of my job loss in Feb and the $80 million in budget cuts to the San Fran Dept of Public Health. More layoffs are under way now to more city workers. It is so hard before the holidays.

Beautiful "rejoice." I rejoice with you.

Betsy said...

So glad you still have a job! Rejoice is the perfect theme for your week! :)