Bring your fulfilling abstract art to life

Hi, I'm Julie Bernstein Engelmann.

If you paint abstract, you may know these two moments, which feel so different:
  • Your artwork suddenly seems to come to life, vibrating with a life force of its own.

  • Your painting that was so alive one moment, suddenly devolves into chaos--and you wish you could bring it back.
If you know these moments, you know why abstract painting mastery means being able to navigate this process--without losing the life force of the painting and what makes it beautiful.

This is what I help you do. It is my joy.
  • Discover keys to reach your inspired beautiful mess that you love, and then...

  • Find ease in bringing it home to completion in a natural and meaningful way.


This video is a brief introduction to my abstract painting workshops.
Note, The Inspired Abstract workshop is now The Living Abstract.
To view with captions, click to YouTube. 2:11 minutes.

I invite you to work with me through:

The Living Abstract
Live online painting workshop
Start here!

Beauty & Spirit Abstract Artist Circle
Live online painting mastermind
Gain mastery and confidence

See the Circle's 2022 Culminating Online Exhibition

Artist Mentoring
One-on-one with Julie


Weekly Painting Hour
Contemplative painting time with other artists online

Color Mixing for Abstract Painters
Video lesson (9:08)

Color Mixing Tips chart


See FAQs below or Email Julie

From Student Surveys

"I absolutely loved Julie’s workshop. I learned so much that I will revisit time and again on all of my future paintings. I’m thankful for all of the resources she provided and the sharing of her rich experience. Julie is a gifted teacher in bringing out the kid, heart and spirit of a person and a group. She sees, simultaneously, the beauty and the areas for improvement in a huge range of works, styles and experience levels. The critiques of my work and of my fellow students were incredibly helpful. I can’t put into words how magical this experience was for me and it seems for the others as well. And I love the paintings I created in her workshop. I look forward to my next workshop and/or mentoring with Julie, and feel like it’s my great good fortune to have had this special experience! Thank you!"

"Julie is an excellent instructor....Her passion for what she is doing is absolutely inspirational!"

"Not only did Julie provide ways to 'tap into' and express our own individual uniqueness, she also shared the keys to making good abstractions, including color theory and mixing, composition, layering techniques, and other fundamentals of art. I learned so much! Her teaching style and personality gave us students the confidence to move forward, and her critiques were brilliant as she shared her experience about just what we needed to bring our paintings 'over the top.' I would take other classes from her and I recommend her highly."

"I love Julie: Her art, her teaching style, and as a human being. She always makes a workshop a delightful experience."

Frequently Asked Questions

What supplies do I need? Please click to Supplies.

How much time should I devote to painting? The workshop or circle can be accomplished without much outside time, but you'll get a lot more out of it if you can devote extra time to painting outside of class.

How much individual attention will I get? Plenty. Class size is kept small for that reason.

What if I miss a session? Key content is recorded for access or download during the month. You also receive step-by-step PDF handouts.

What support is available between sessions? A private online forum provides resources and a place for class members to post paintings-in-progress for interim feedback.

What if I am unhappy? If you’re not happy, I’m not happy. Please tell me the problem and you’ll be refunded for the unhappy session.

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