Fan Art: Julie

Another example of your many talents, this impressive oil-on-canvas work is entitled ‘My Spiritual Education (King’s College, Cambridge)’.

Thanks for sharing it with us, Julie. I’ll leave you to introduce it, but will first add that there have been a few more additions made to the gallery, so do take a look and feel free to share any thoughts.

This is how I saw King’s College from Queen’s Road on my visit to Cambridge back in the summer of 2002. I was hunting feverishly for this college, which seemed to be hidden amongst the tree-lined Queen’s Road, and on passing a gap in the trees, my jaw dropped at such beauty. I tried to capture that vision from my mind’s eye when I started painting it at home.

I have named my painting ‘My Spiritual Education’ for a few reasons, the main reason being that David Gilmour and some of the members of Pink Floyd came from the town of Cambridge. I have always likened David Gilmour and Pink Floyd to my teachers as I have learned a myriad of things from their music and philosophies – you name it, from mysticism to politics. As I received my education without “my teachers” physically being available, I learned it spiritually.

You should see my library because of this band!

Cambridge is also known as the “seat of learning” and with King’s College Chapel being a “chapel”, one can state that it is spiritual.

My sincere thanks again to everyone who has made a contribution to this special part of David’s site; I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

– FEd

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

26 thoughts on “Fan Art: Julie”

  1. That’s a fantastic piece there Julie, you’ve captured it really well, looks great.

    A quick question though, how were you able to get it into the gallery? Just curious as there is something I’m tempted to get in there.

    1. You can send it to me, Asher, or tell me where it can be found online. Leave a message for my eyes only, if you want.

  2. Very pretty Julie. Such lovely work.

    I hope you and everyone are doing well dear FEd.

    Barbara P

  3. 🙂 I love your painting. It is quite beautiful.

    I also love all things David Gilmour and almost all things PINK FLOYD. My favorite band and fave lead guitarist since the mid sixties. Yes, I am old but I have seen hundreds of concerts for $2.50-$10.00 each. I also have many vinyl albums in like new condition, not for sale and a Thorens TD-160 pro turntable.

    I cried for weeks when I heard about Rick Wright. Glad to find another great fan.

    Have a nice day.

  4. Great work, Julie. 🙂

    I visited Cambridge some years ago and I agree it’s a very beautiful and inspirational place.

    I like the title you chose, too.

  5. Julie, it’s so intense, you transmitted the beauty of the place just fine. I’ve never been there yet, but I promised myself to go and visit Cambridge soon.

    I understand very well and share your concept of “spiritual education”, I also consider David and the Floyd guys as my spiritual teachers for many aspects in my guitar playing and sound building.

  6. This is lovely, Julie. I love all the textures. And it makes me feel as if something is going to happen. Makes me want to go sit in the grass and listen. 🙂

  7. That’s lovely Julie.

    I think it may be because I’ve drank too much coffee today, but that poppy looks as if it’s so damn happy that it’s danced across the bottom of the painting.

    1. That’s funny. I can now visualise the poppy as one of those flowers that danced to music in their pots that could be purchased back in the late 80s.

    1. If it’s already online, please let me know where I can find it by including the URL with your next comment.

  8. Julie:

    What a lovely original work of art! Love the colors, the way you have interpreted the changing hills, trees and distant building.

    Very refreshing view.


    1. Thanks for all your kind comments all, it has given me a bit more confidence as I used to be ashamed of my artwork.

      Anyway, as FEd mentioned about ‘The Elysian Fields’ and I note it is in the gallery (pardon the glare, the painting is behind glass) I will comment on it for you all:

      I have always called the album cover of The Division Bell the Elysian Fields due to the fact that Ely Cathedral is in the background with a field in front of it. I called it this in a Hipgnosis-type fashion i.e. like the picture on ‘A Nice Pair’ “A Man Out Standing In His Field” sort of thing – a play on words. One simply has to look beyond the steel (or stone) heads.

      Anyway, when on my honeymoon my husband and I were driving past a field full of poppies after visiting Ely Cathedral. I made my husband stop the car so that I could take a photograph.

      I started painting this around October/November time. When I started painting in the Earl Haig (Poppy Appeal) poppies, it nearly sent my insane. I nearly did want to cut of my ear (go figure).

      So I borrowed the Hipgnosis language to name this painting, and being as the Elysian Fields are like a heaven (where the good and heroic souls go) in the Underworld in Greek mythology, I used the poppy to symbolise the soldier reaching the Elysian Fields. I hope that makes sense.

  9. Good example of atmospheric art which encourages the eyes to be drawn in. Interesting shadows and haze, loved the explanation/artists statement. I think everyone is a teacher, why even FEd has taught me a thing or two.

    Is it too early to wish everyone a Happy Christmas? If so I will wait until midnight.


  10. Very nice, Julie, not only your painting, but also what you wrote to introduce it, a very interesting and sensitive comment.

    I was fortunate enough to visit Cambridge two years ago – sort of ‘pilgrimage’ 😉 – and immediately fell in love with it, the atmosphere, the River Cam, the swans, the bucolic landscapes, the famous colleges of course, loved the Bridge of Sighs and the Mathematical Bridge (Perfect. 😛 ).

    Was very surprised and delighted to see this on a wall inside the lovely Anchor Pub where some members of a future famous band spent their time…


    1. What a lovely tribute to the band, Michele.

      I was in fact in Cambridge a couple of months ago, and I still have not yet made it to Grantchester Meadows. I also want to go punting on the Cam and take photos of all the bridges with a view to painting them. There is just so much to look at and do when you’re in Cambridge that time passes by.

      I have actually visited the village of Grantchester and had a drink of pop in the Rupert Brooke pub but did not have time to find the Meadows.

      I will do my utmost to go to The Meadows next year along with my Martin Backpacker guitar and picnic goodies.

      I just keep getting drawn to Clare Bridge all the time.

  11. That is really a beautiful picture, Julie.

    Plus Fed, thanks for adding the wireman tattoo on the gallery. I hope all is going well.


  12. hey fed, and gang.

    sorry i haven’t stopped by lately or been into chat.

    i just wanted to let you know i have found a new job, things are pretty busy there so i don’t have the time to mess about on here. 😛

    anyways, i will try and drop in whenever i can, i’m sure you will be so relieved to hear that, lol. 🙂

  13. Thanks to all for the music, this site, the blog, for all.

    I want to do something related to the band – I will post when I figure out what best to do.

  14. Beautiful, Julie. I am still very proud about having received one of your earliest works. Keep up painting in any colour you like!

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