Carol's Wine and Cheese reception

Come see Carol on display starting August 15th to Sept. 15th.  Come hang out with her in person on Thurs., Aug. 18 from 5 pm to 7 pm.  Here is a sneak preview:

Fall Birch

Floral impressions


Sailor's Sunset



Verdent storefront

Hope to see you Thursday……Enjoy!    Julie

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Hope to see you Sunday!  Julie

L’Chayim Delicatessen to reopen this week for the first time since a kitchen fire in August of last year.  After extensive repairs and upgrades, the deli is open again, and Julie is the first to “Hit the Wall” in the newly refurbished Beulah favorite

Panoramic of L'Chayim art wall with Julie hanging

Panoramic of L’Chayim art wall with Julie hanging

Some of the new paintings featured include:

"Why I'm Here" acrylic

“Why I’m Here” acrylic by Julie Bowman Williams


"Boneyard, #1" Pastel by Julie Bowman Williams

“Boneyard, #1” Pastel by Julie Bowman Williams

The Art Show will be up until June 14th, with an artist’s reception Memorial Weekend Sunday, the 29th, from 2-4 pm.  I will keep you posted!

Julie Hitting the wall

Come on out and celebrate at L’Chayim!    Julie

"Old American" by Carol

“Old American” by Carol

As we got closer to the end of the boot camp, our wall looked like this:

2016 boot camp wall

2016 boot camp wall

We have stretched and pushed ourselves, and tried new techniques.



Waiting for sunset at the Tiki Hut

“Waiting for Sunset at the Tiki Hut” by Julie

We looked for fun reflections to paint.

"A Nesting Home" by Carol

“A Nesting Home” by Carol


“Still Reflections” by Julie

Enjoyed observing the families and all the birds everywhere.

"Wading In" by Julie

“Wading In” by Julie

"Osprey Haven" by Julie

“Osprey Haven” by Julie

Hope you enjoyed the “camping” experience!




"First Light" by Julie

“First Light” by Julie

We have been busy getting back into our painting, as both of us are a little out of practice.  After a few stumbling beginning paintings, we finally are getting “back in the saddle”.

"Blues at Sunset" by Carol

“Blues at Sunset” by Carol

We have been sitting in the bushes by the side of the road, or on the beach trying to finish before the tide runs us out.

"Water's Edge" by Jule

“Water’s Edge” by Jule

Or painting the Christie’s Pottery house, who is also the benefactor of the local art co-op building downtown that we had a show in a couple of years ago.

"Christie's Pottery" by Carol

“Christie’s Pottery” by Carol

"Christie's Doorway" by Julie

“Christie’s Doorway” by Julie

We even plopped down by a local crab fisherman’s dock to paint his boat and view.P1010966



"The Dylan Shane" by Carol

“The Dylan Shane” by Carol

"Back Bayou" by Julie

“Back Bayou” by Julie

We had the privilege of getting to visit during an open house at the old lighthouse at Seahorse Key, that now is used by the University of Florida for marine research.  It is strictly off limits during bird nesting season, and by permission only on other times.P1010590

The trip to the top up a very narrow winding staircase inspired me to paint this one……..

"Going Down?" by Julie

“Going Down?” by Julie

We enjoy watching all the clam boats going out to harvest their catch each day.

"Early Clammer" by Julie

“Early Clammer” by Julie

So far, we have done 18 paintings, and still going!

Hope you enjoyed it,



You never know where your art will take you…….

Last winter I was approached by a co-worker’s wife to do a commission.  She brought me a photo she had taken in the 60’s of a little Greek girl she took a picture of when she and her husband visited the island of Santorini.  I had never heard of or been to the island, or Greece, for that matter.

I looked up the island, and got a feel for the place, basking in the warm sun while breathing the fresh sea air…..what a great place to concentrate on during the dark winter months here at home!




  1. Santorini
    Island in the Aegean Sea
  2. Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century B.C.E., forever shaping its rugged landscape and villages. The whitewashed, cubist houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the clear Aegean and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.
  3. Area: 35.12 mi²
  4. Max length: 11.18 miles
  5. Max width: 7.456 miles
  6. Administrative region: South Aegean                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Interesting, the whole island isn’t much bigger than Crystal Lake!  Armed with all this information, I immersed myself into “my art visit” of Santorini!

          I began on tan sanded paper, and blocked in my shapes in pastel.

    Blocking in shapes

    Blocking in shapes

    Over the course of the next week, I slowly built up the contours and colors of the face.  Now I am ready to start to work on the hands and the daisy, and finally the background.


    Nor for the hands and background

    I wasn’t too thrilled with the one in the picture, so I called on sunny Santorini once again to guide me.


    “Santorini Daisy” in pastel

    She was thrilled with the commission and couldn’t even wait for the occasion to give it to her husband!

    Hope you enjoyed our brief “trip via art” to Santorini!    Julie



February came and we were waiting for a baby boy. The annual trip to Florida was postponed a bit this year.




















Greeting William Taylor Deiss on his second day.










In Florida at last, enjoying lovely mornings with sun and no snow!













Dawn, and clam boats head out.


From beautiful reflections on the bayou, to feeding the wild gulls from the balcony, we so appreciated the warmth of Florida, compared to the Michigan winter.


April and home again — and how Will has grown!


I’m just keeping it warm for baby . . .


Happy baby, happy Mama.


Four generations celebrate an April birthday.


Where am I going? The high rooks call: “It’s awful fun to be born at all.” Where am I going? The ring-doves coo: “We do have beautiful things to do.” – A.A. Milne