Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Join Me this Weekend for a Great Studio Show and Sale!

Join Me!


I hope that if you are in the Ft. Worth Texas area this weekend or next you will join me at one or both of the following events!  Come by for refreshments and a glass of wine!  Hope to see you there!

Studio Show and Sale
Extremely reduced prices for the holiday season
Featuring the work of Judy Crowe and E. Melinda Morrison
December 1 ~ 5 to 9 pm
December 2 ~ Noon to 5 pm
2417 Ryan Ave.
Ryan Place
Ft. Worth 76110

Here are a couple of paintings that I'll have for sale

Sweet Reds 4x10 oil on panel

D is for Dolly 10x12 oil on canvas on panel

Gifts from the Orange Tree  12x9 oil on panel

Hill Country Bluebonnets 16x20 oil on canvas

Wild about Spring 16x12 oil on canvas

Next weekend, December 10, please join me from 2-4 for light refreshments at the Ft. Worth Public Library where I have been displaying  10 of my paintings for the last month.
Ft. Worth Public Library show
December 10~2 to 4 in the afternoon

Here are a couple of the paintings hanging there.

At the Corner Cafe, France 14x12 oil on linen panel

Cow Smiths 9x12 oil on panel

Baaa to the Bone 5x9 oil on canvas

Cocky 14x11 oil on linen panel





Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tis the Season...for friends, family and joy!

"Tis the Season...for friends, family, joy, and a cup of Cheer!"


We have so much in this country to be thankful for! Even amid the tragedies we seem to be seeing much more frequently, my aim is to try my best to see the good.....the good in others and the good in whatever situation I find myself in.  Granted, it's not always easy.  Sometimes I just want to grovel in the sadness for a while but then I have to remind myself that in doing so only brings myself and those I love down so in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to wish each of you a very happy holiday season in the hope that you will find some joy in the days that are upon us and that you are able to focus on the good and not the bad.  (I may have to remind myself from time to time!). Thank you for  reading this blog.  For those of you that have purchased from me in the past, thank you for your support and I hope you have and are still enjoying the paintings that you have purchased.  

Should you be in the Ft. Worth area in early December, please come by for a cup of cheer at my friend Melinda's studio.  Melinda and I are, for the 2nd year having a studio sale.  We will have framed works as well as small inexpensive studies for sale.  Just come by and look if you would like! In the next couple of weeks, I'll be posting some of the work that I will have for sale at the studio show.  Melinda and I will be doing demonstrations during the sale.  If you would like to know more, please go to my website.  
www.judycrowe.com

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas holiday!  





Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Last Chance to Bid on Paintings by Judy Crowe! Hurricane Harvey Relief fundraiser..

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fundraiser

Friends, My goal is to raise $2000.00 for Houston Non Profit
West Street Recovery
So Far, I've raised 1400.00!  These last few paintings will be auctioned off this week.  If you would like to join me in my effort and receive a nice painting below retail pricing, just click the 
"Click Here to Bid" button below each painting.  All bidding begins at just $75.00. Retail ranges are from 695.00 to 1295.00. Unframed. Thank you!
Judy

These are the four paintings up for auction-

"Texas Wildflowers" 14x11
Oil on linen on board


"South and West" 8x10 
oil on board



"New Orleans Life" 12x9
Oil on board


"Garden Roses"
14x11 oil on wrapped canvas
(no framing needed)


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Thank you! I've raised over $1400 for hurricane relief-2nd week



Thank you!  I've raised over $1400.00 for Hurricane Relief!
I'd like to raise at least $2000.00 and would like to offer a few more paintings for Auction over the next few days.  Thank you again for your support.  If you would like to bid on "South and West" below, 8x10 oil, Please


"South and West". 8x10 oil






Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Only one day left to bid!

Hurricane Harvey Relief
Only One day Left to Bid on these two paintings!  

"Dressed In White". 9x12  

"Bayou Home"

Friday, September 08, 2017

On The Sunny Side


Hurricane Harvey Relief Auction
100 % proceeds go to West Street Recovery in Houston
or Salvation Army
Your choice

On The Sunny Side
11x14

Starting Bid 75.00


HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF AUCTION
DAY 3

Daisy in the Bluebonnets  oil 9x12
Starting Bid $75.00
Retail - $795.00


This painting was done from a photo that I took several years ago when the bluebonnets were very plentiful...I did a lot of painting outside 'plein air' that year.  

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief Auction Day 2

Hurricane Harvey Relief Auction Day Two

Dressed in White 9x12 Oil on panel
Starting Bid $75.00
Retail - 695.00

I have a collection of tea pots, antiques, flower pots, etc etc etc.... This is such a simple subject but I really enjoy painting the little white tea pot...and these are daisies from my yard.  Thank you for looking and bidding!  All donated funds will go to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey...through West Street Recovery.  

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The Power of Art to do Good-Hurricane Harvey Relief Auction Day 1


The Power of Art to do Good
I lived in Houston for 25 years and although I don't miss the traffic and humidity, I still have wonderful friends that are still there and many great memories raising my two youngest there.  My daughter who has been posting regularly for about 6 months on Facebook and Instagram for me still lives inside the loop.

The devastation that we now see on television and the fear we felt during the storm for friends and our daughter has prompted me to want to help in some small way.  For the next 5 days (maybe more) I'll be posting small paintings on my blog with a link to purchase through an online auction.  All net proceeds (I still have to pay PayPal a fee) will go to a local non profit that we have been impressed with- 'West Street Recovery' -located there in the heart of Houston.

These 'millennials' are out helping in any way they can those that have lost their homes.  They were out there rescuing people from the high waters during the storm!  Just search West Street Recovery on Facebook to learn more.

If you would like to bid on a painting, simply click on the link below the painting and then follow the directions.  You do not have to have a PayPal account to purchase a painting.  Please make sure we have your up to date info including email and shipping address should you win the bid.

Thank you so much for helping us..help others!

Blessings, Judy

DAY ONE PAINTING 

"BAYOU HOME" 9X12 OIL ON LINEN PANEL

"Bayou Home"
Click Here to Bid    Starting bid - $75.00
Retail - $995.00

Bayou Home was painted on location "en plain air"  in a small coastal community in Louisiana named Chauvin.  Chauvin is just south of Houma near Cocodrie.  Every summer I traveled to that area to paint for a week with other artists.  This little community also suffered during Hurricane Katrina which changed the landscape there somewhat...it's still a great place to paint.



Friday, August 18, 2017

Cassis Sun-French Plein Air

"Cassis Sun"  9x12 oil on panel


This little painting is a plein air piece completed in France on the Mediterranean in the town of Cassis.  Available.  Contact the Artist at www.judycrowe.com for more information. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"Wild Spring"

"Wild Spring"
12x12 Oil on canvas panel

I'm happy to announce that Wild Spring will be a part of the American Impressionists National Show in Provo Utah in October!  This was a fun painting to do.  I love painting flowers and all of these were picked from my dear friend Bernice's yard in Spring Texas.  Bernice is soon to be 87 years young.  She still keeps up her home, gardens, babysits her grandchildren, cooks for her family (not as often as she used to...)and she still paints! She's really an inspiration.  I met Bernice years ago when we moved to Spring Texas after my husband took a job with Compaq Computer Co. (now Hewlitt Packard).  Bernice and I became great friends after I learned that she was also a painter.  Next time perhaps I'll post a painting that I did when we were on a trip to Cocodrie LA together.    

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Moonshine Picnic

"Moonshine Picnic" 12x16

It's hot here in Texas!  The watermelon stands are in abundance alongside the country roads.  I have one in the fridge I'll be cutting tonight and will leave some over to paint tomorrow...the above painting entitled Moonshine Picnic was done a couple years ago and is so named because a small town near me-Glenrose (where the painting is now hanging in the White Buffalo Gallery)-is evidently supposed to be the moonshine capitol of Texas!  

Here's a little history from the online "Glenrose Reporter":
"The wooded limestone hills around Glen Rose feel quiet and look postcard-pretty today. But in the 1920s during the height of Prohibition, the hills were alive with stills.
Illegal whiskey known as moonshine -- so named because it was often made in secret and at night by the light of the moon -- flowed, and so did big money.
Somervell County Moonshiners, merchants and lawmen were “in cahoots” to make large amounts of whiskey for export to Dallas, Fort Worth, and beyond. Trucks filled with bootleg whiskey rolled out of the county bound for thirsty customers in Dallas and Houston." 
So happy Summer and stay cool!  
If you would like to read the whole article you can find it here:

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

From Sea to Shining Sea

"New England Charm"
8x10 oil on linen panel

New England Charm was painted last November 'en plein air' in lovely Bennington Vermont.
One thing that impressed me when I was visiting there was the number of American Flags that were flying outside so many homes.  

I am very thankful for our freedom which maybe we take for granted too often perhaps??...Freedom to attend the church of our choice, freedom to speak our minds-and to publish it.  I think along with Freedom comes Responsibility tho.  Responsibility means being respectful when we speak our minds and how we take advantage of our freedom.  It doesn't give us an open door to say exactly everything that comes into our heads-things that can destroy another person's spirit.  In my heart and mind it means remembering what the Bible says about the tongue-and how it can injure beyond compare. Proverbs 12:18
"Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing."
God Bless and Happy 4th!


Monday, July 03, 2017

Bluebonnet Country

"Bluebonnet Country"  16x20
oil on canvas

A couple of years ago, before we moved to our more northern locale, I loved to go out and see and paint the bluebonnets.  In Texas, bluebonnet season is usually around March - April...but only lasts two weeks sometime during those months.  I used to drive about an hour to Brenham, Chapel Hill, Bellville, Texas and beyond.  The bluebonnets stretch from Houston west and in years where there was abundant rainfall the year before, it can be a glorious sight to see.  The year I took this photo was one of those years.  I painted a lot plein air that year but this one was actually done from a photo-something I don't really care to do but I was happy with the result of this one.  Usually I overwork studio landscapes (particularly bluebonnets-it's so easy to get soo picky with these).  I hope you enjoy and thanks for looking!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Country Cable Guy

The Country Cable Guy 
10x12 Oil on linen panel
sold


 We live in the country and one day last fall I was driving down our country road and this cowboy fellow was out working on the cable lines...The sun was just right and I fortunately had my camera with me...

A bit later, our phone service went out. I called the phone company and then as I was leaving my husband and I saw this gentleman again...out working on our line.  I said to my husband "that's my country cable guy!"  He stopped to talk to them and invited him up to the house to see the painting...and the rest is history.  Now they own this small painting and they love it!  Yeah!  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hello Again

"Spring's Harmony of Color"
24x30 oil on linen



June 21, 2017


Friends~Hello Again
If you are still out there...wow...thank you.  My last post was November of 2015.  I have been painting but I have had a lot of other things in my life as well.  I hope those of you that are still out there and are still subscribed to my blog will take a look once again and let me know too.  I plan on posting again at the urging of my daughter who is working my social media for me.  Thank you Jill.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed writing.  

So much has been going on.  My stepmother recently passed-I was her guardian.  Not enough time when life gets in the way sometimes.  I miss her but I am grateful I will be able to get back into the swing of my everyday life.  For those of you who have been caretakers, you will understand.

In the coming weeks, I'll be posting new work so I hope that you will let me know what you like-or don't.  Also will be posted are paintings in stages and perhaps even some videos.  I'll be posting on other artists works as well and insights that I have had over the years about materials, color and things learned from others that I hope will be helpful and useful to you.  I hope you will join me!  

Take care!


Sunday, November 01, 2015

Roses and Ribbons

"Roses and Ribbons"  
8x10 oil on gessoed board


I love to paint ribbons for some reason.  I think it's because they pick up so much light and different colors from the objects around them.  Also they are a great way of connecting things in your painting making for a better composition besides just adding interest.  I grew these roses in my yard which I think are the best because they are more relaxed than the roses you find in grocery stores.

Thank you for viewing my work!  







Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It's been a while


"China and Primroses"  12x12


It has been quite a while since I've blogged.  My husband and I were involved in a very big move from Houston to 'the top of the hill country'.  We sold our home in Houston and we now live in a lovely small town or village (it's not even incorporated) about an hour southwest of Ft. Worth, Texas.  It's taken me a while to get assimilated to a new place and really we are still in the process of doing that.  But I do like living in the country.  Our home is on 12 acres and it's been an ongoing transition.  It's quite a bit different from Houston.  No traffic, no humidity, and some beautiful scenery.  On the down side, I do miss my wonderful friends in the Houston area and the great stimulation of learning alongside my peers in order to grow as an artist.  But moving provides a good way to grow in another way and now I'm looking forward to doing that...I haven't been able to paint as much although I am painting some. That is about to change.  I'll be putting all I have into it very soon~I hope you will stay tuned.  I have not been out of the picture entirely and some good things have happened in the past year.  I am now a signature member of American Impressionists Society and a Master Signature member of American Women Artists Association, both very prestigious groups.  Last year I was awarded an Award of Excellence at the Oil Painter's of America's Western Regional show and won best of show in a local plein air competition.  

While getting back my painting legs I've decided to sell some small 6x6 (and a few others) at very reasonable prices.  Some of these will be auctioned at Daily Paintworks.  Here is a link if you would like to see some of those small sketches.

Thank you for reading my blog and I always appreciate feedback from friends.  Blessings, Judy

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What I've been up to

Hi Everyone,  It's hard to keep up with a blog for me.  There is always something else on the agenda.  I'm sure we all feel the same way.  I thought this year might not be quite so busy but I was wrong.  I've been entering a few shows.  Some successfully, others not so much but that's the way it goes.  I thought today I'd just post a couple of new paintings.  Take care and thanks for being faithful followers.

The first painting is from my trip to Provence a couple of years ago.  The second painting, Desert Drama was done on location in Tucson last November for the American women artist's paint out at the Sonoran Desert Museum.

I'm in two shows in Dallas in April.  Both the openings are on April 6 so that will be a really full day, Rites of Spring, Dutch Art Gallery (the Provence painting will be in that one)  in the morning and Outdoor Painter's Society's Southwest Salon show in the afternoon and evening at Southwest Gallery in Dallas on Sigma Rd.  Stop by if you can.  More info is on my website at www.judycrowe.com.

In progress are some illustrative paintings of Women in the Bible or "Women of the Word", a series of books by authors Dr. Nancy Dawson and Raye Pearson.  There will be 7 books and I've been asked to illustrate via paintings the book covers.  I hope to post some images of those very soon.  In addition if you would like to see the author's website and blog, I will update you as that will be up and running before too long as well.  Again, thank you for following my blog!

Desert Drama 12x9 oil on linen panel

Friday, April 20, 2012

Spring Wildflowers

'Spring Wildflowers'  12x9 oil on linen panel
Tonight my husband and I watched a movie.  It was sad and inspiring about Margaret Thatcher.  No matter her politics, she had spunk and still does.  What an inspiring lady!  I need women like this (or need to know of women like this).  I've been fortunate to have a few since my own mother passed when I was young.  My friend Bernice among others.  She's tough.  And at her age...she still can paint me under the table.  Anyway, I digress, :).  Margaret Thatcher said a couple of things that I thought was worth remembering.  One was 'A woman must do something worth while other than washing the tea cups!' which made me feel better since my carpet is dirty!!  The other thing she quoted was this, and you will recognize this if you saw the movie, "Iron Lady".

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character,
And Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become.
I hope this next week finds you having the time to think.  As for me, I'm going to be mindful of how I think about mine-I plan to be positive and not negative....to remember how far I've become as an artist....to think about how I can better myself not only in my art but in my life and how I can help others....because that's who I will become-
Ok, Enough psychoanalysis!  

Blessings, Friend.  Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Country Spring Harmony

Country Spring Harmony  11x14 oil on linen panel
Hi Friends, I have been working, just not blogging.  Wow I can't believe it's easy to let time pass by but I have purposely been trying to limit my time on the computer-to paint more.  Painting is becoming my number one priority.  I am hoping to enter some new shows and some shows that I haven't had the work to enter in recent years.  Since my son left in January, I have tried to clear my schedule for everything except painting.  I have tried to be more critical of my work also so that I don't put images out there that I 'm not happy with.  I hope to get better--- as we all do I suppose.

This painting was done a couple of weeks ago on a country road outside of Magnolia Texas.  It was a little overcast, the sun was in and out, but this scene caught me eye.  Even with clouds, it was pretty.  I hope I captured the morning.  These are Texas bluebonnets.  Bluebonnets can be a picky flower are a little hard to paint if you want to keep them loose.  I prefer simplicity and color over detail.

Thank  you for visiting my blog!

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Monday, March 05, 2012

Back to Work

Artwork on Tile "Gardening Day" 
Dear Friends,

Well, I have been out of pocket.  Usually when I've been gone, it's hard for me to get back into the swing of blogging but I am back and hope to get a few paintings done in the next few weeks and post them for you.  I have finished my small works project.  I did not post all of the paintings but the experiment taught me some things.  One of those things is that I am not meant to paint the 6x6 paintings.  I'm not happy just doing those.  So I have decided to move on, take what I've learned about myself and do some things differently.  Tonight I ordered a book on Amazon entitled "Steal Like and Artist-10 things no one told you about being creative".  It only had 14 reviews but they were rave ones, so I ordered it.  It's supposed to be a short book too which suits me...I'm not an avid reader.  I do better with books on cd while I travel or short ones.   As for the pic above, this is one of my older paintings but I thought I would show you what a mural of my work on tile looks like.  This is through a company out of North Carolina called Artwork on tile.  Take care and I'll be posting more new work soon.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

Judy's Website
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Friday, January 20, 2012

End of Summer Sunflowers

End of Summer Sunflowers  7x5

I did this painting a month or so ago and forgot that I did not post it!  That's where my head is these days...this painting will be in the upcoming Art Party show that I'm in on February 4.  The info is on my Facebook page if you are interested in coming and live in the Houston area.  Would love to see you.  Art Party is a one day event.  My friend Jimmy McDonald puts it on in his studio which at one time was his home.  It's a very fun event with fabulous food, live entertainment and a variety of very good art.  I am proud that Jim asked me to come again.  This will be my second 'art party'.  :)  I'll be selling some of these smaller paintings at very very affordable prices.

On anther note, I read a great article last night.  Would like to share it with you. This article makes a wonderful argument for why the arts are so important in our everyday lives.  It made me thankful once again to be an artist and to be able to hopefully contribute something of value to the world we live in and thankful that there are other artists with completely different visions that do the same.  Enjoy: http://www.utne.com/arts--culture/this-art-is-your-art.aspx#ixzz1js4X1pI9.  

Thanks for stopping in today!  


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Flow blue and pansies

Flow Blue and Pansies  
Flow Blue with Pansies 10x10

I love to paint pansies.  Pansies and roses are probably my favorite flowers.  I like sunflowers too but pansies are so colorful.  Color is king I think.  :)  This is one of my few flow blue pieces.  Wish I had more but they are pretty expensive so I buy the Wabi Sabi ones.  I pick these up where I can.  Usually they are chipped or the lid is missing or something.  This sugar bowl has no lid but it makes a perfect flower pot.  I like Wabi Sabi things.  If you don't know what Wabi Sabi means, here it is in a nutshell:  Wabi-Sabi is a traditional Japanese idea based on the acceptance of transience. It also means seeing beauty in imperfection, impermanence, incompletion and decay. This sort of beauty can be found both in nature and in man-made things. 
Thanks for visiting my blog today!  

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Artist by Judy Crowe

The Artist  12x9 oil on linen

Hi Friends,  I have been negligent about posting.  Life is busy and 2012 has started off no differently.  But I am painting and I am thankful.  I did not make New Year's resolutions to speak of but there is one thing I did tell myself~I will not post or put work on my blog or website until I have had a chance to really contemplate the work.
I hope you enjoy this link:  http://www.underpaintings.blogspot.com/  There are beautiful showings of some of the works in the American Wing of the Met.  Take care and thank you for visiting my blog!

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Monday, January 02, 2012

For Auld Lang Syne




Dear Friends,  I painted on my rose floral this morning but did not finish it.  I have actually been on an emotional roller coaster today as my son, John, packed his belongings into his car and headed off to Austin where he starts his first real job tomorrow morning as a recent computer science graduate.  He has a bright future ahead of him and I'm so happy for him.  I helped him pack.  Then we waved him away.  Then this sadness came.  For those of you that have also done this, you understand......... and I know it will pass.  
He's left before many times, but that was different.  Somehow this time seems final even though I know he'll be back to visit and he isn't that far away.  (thank goodness) 
I have actually waved 3 others goodbye.  What is it though, about the last one?   Many things I suppose that I won't go into further.  But it reminded me of the song that we sing this time of year so I leave you with the words and a posting of a painting from 2011.  I'll finish my roses tomorrow - I am taking it slow but still trying to keep it fresh and loose-and will post it for you then.  In the meantime, here is a painting from 2011 and a note below about my green mixing theory....for what it's worth.  Thanks as always for stopping by!
"New Year's Gift"  
PS  Thanks so much to Dana for leaving that nice comment.  Dana, For my greens, I usually always mix them from Ultramarine Blue and the yellows-I mix it up.  Ultramarine and Indian Yellow makes a wonderful dark, transparent olive green that is so common in earthy greens in nature (I think.).  Then I lighten with one of my cad yellows on my palette.  The Rembrandt Cad Yellow light mixture makes a nice middle green depending on how much yellow you use.  The lemon makes a really nice cooler green-then I modify with white, adding more yellow or blue back in to get the color I need.  I hope this makes sense...
I sometime alternate Indian Yellow with a Gamblin Transparent Orange which, with blue makes an ever darker olive green.  The inner most parts of foliage sometimes has this olive, earth green.  I also alternate my blues at times and use cobalt instead of the Ultramarine when making greens.  Richard Schmid suggests making color charts with all the colors on the palette that you like so that you know ahead of time what they are going to look like when you need them.  You can find this info in his book, "Alla Prima, Everything I know about Painting" which you can purchase off his website at www.RichardSchmid.com.  


About Auld Lang Syne According to  Wikepedia:

The song's Scots title may be translated into English literally as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago", "days gone by" or "old times". Consequently "For auld lang syne", as it appears in the first line of the chorus, is loosely translated as "for (the sake of) old times".
The James Watson version, 1711
Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished, and fully past and gone:  Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect  on Old long syne.
CHORUS:
On Old long syne my Jo,  in Old long syne,  That thou canst never once reflect,   on Old long syne.
My Heart is ravisht with delight,
when thee I think upon;
All Grief and Sorrow takes the flight,
and speedily is gone;
The bright resemblance of thy Face,
so fills this, Heart of mine;
That Force nor Fate can me displease,
for Old long syne.
Since thoughts of thee doth banish grief,
when from thee I am gone;
will not thy presence yield relief,
to this sad Heart of mine:
Why doth thy presence me defeat,
with excellence divine?
Especially when I reflect
on Old long syne

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Work in Progress

Paint mixtures and Palette
In the kitchen this afternoon
Different Vase

Hi Friends,  Well, I did paint today even after I woke up not feeling wonderfully....with a little sore throat.  I have made it through the day though thanks to ibuprofen...-didn't make it to church which I usually do on Sunday morning but watched In Touch with Charles Stanley instead on TV.  It was very good...... If my studio had been anywhere else but home, I probably would not have attempted to make it there but since I already had these beautiful flowers sitting waiting on me, I at least pushed some paint around.  Here is my progress.  The flowers that were sitting in the kitchen (1st photo) were so pretty.  My husband had brought them in from the yard, but I did not want to attempt to paint the whole lot, so I took several out and put them in a smaller vase in the studio.  (2nd photo) I thought I would show you my progress and hopefully will finish this tomorrow.  I hope this painting turns out and we'll see how I feel tomorrow!  At any rate, I painted and that was my goal today.  Wish me luck and thanks for checking in!  Now off to finish the black eyed peas.  I have to feed my son who leaves for his new job in Austin tomorrow!

My palette:  Cad Lemon, Rembrandt, Cad Yellow lt, Rembrandt, Indian Yellow, Gamblin, Permanent Rose, Windsor Newton,  Scarlett, Rembrandt, Permanent Alizarin, Gamblin, Ultramarine Blue, Rembrandt

                                       
My Start
Will have to finish tomorrow!  (hopefully)
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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Winter Pansies

'Winter Pansies'  7x5 oil on panel
Pansies are a favorite flower of mine because they are just so colorful.  As my mentor :) Richard Schmid says, "you can almost paint them with colors straight from the tube".  I am very very very very happy to be painting!  And I will paint tomorrow Lord Willing!!  You know, they say that what you do on the first day of the year determines what you will be doing the rest of the year as well...so if you are an artist...I do hope we all can get in our studios tomorrow!  If not, that's ok, this week then....Blessings to you and your family for the new year!  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 30, 2011

"Moon Rise"  5x7  Plein air, Teton Valley, October 2011
Hi Friends,  Today I start posting again.  The holidays are almost over and a lot has happened in the past few months.  Some of it has been art related, but there have also been family related events.  After traveling to Jackson Hole and painting in early October, to Atlanta in mid October for the AWA show, and then to Louisiana to paint for a week on the bayou, the holidays were here and I went on a cooking spree (not intentional!).  Kids and family were here for Thanksgiving and right afterward our son John graduated from Baylor University.  I spent a good amount of time compiling a photo book for him (24/7 to be exact).  It was a book of photos from his 'babyhood to adulthood'.  My gift to him for graduation.  It was an obsession once I got started!  Then I sent the book off to blurb.com for publishing.  It turned out great and I recommend that publishing software.  I am actually thinking about writing and self publishing an instructional art book but that will be later...John has landed a job, our daughter is moving and Christmas....I'm tired!  I hope you all had a fun filled holiday!  I am really looking forward to getting back to work.  I am learning to be flexible I think.  I knew some of these things were going to take place and one reason why I chose not to put a time limit on my 50/50 project.  I have 6 paintings to finish the project.  After, who knows....thanks for listening to my babbling!  And thanks as always for checking in with my blog....more paintings to come.  Please stay tuned!  This one is up for auction.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

"Twas the Night Before Christmas"

Dear Friends, Merry Christmas to each of you and blessings for the new year!  I wanted to share with you the recent email letter received from artist Robert Genn 

The Claus factor

December 23, 2011

Dear Judy,

Clausism is one of our most endearing and unique superstitions. Even when people stop believing in the Jolly Old Guy with the nighttime chimney-work, they tend to carry on his regimen of giving and receiving. Remarkably harmless to innocent bystanders, you seldom hear of anyone driving sleds into tall buildings while shouting "Claus is Great!"

Santa urges his followers to go forth and be generous. Some years ago there was a movement to make him the Patron Saint of Artists. "An artist gives," said Veronica Roth. "He gives visually, through courses, with free advice, through generosity of spirit and through a need to share."
 Fact is, artists are in the Claus game all year 'round. "Art is the giving by each of us of our evidence to the world," said Robert Henri. "Those who wish to give, love to give, discover the pleasure of giving. Those who give are tremendously strong."

And it's this time of year when we artists get a chance to show just how strong we are. It's not surprising that most charity fundraisers back their carts up to the Santa Season. When you think of it, we love doing the work--one fine way to help a children's hospital, a dance centre, a small village in Africa, or further research toward a cure for cancer.

Then there are the little gifts we give on our own. I like the unwrapped, offhand ones--perhaps a small painting or drawing given with no clatter on the roof, no cookie crumbs to clean up. I think Santa likes to hear about these little services--and besides, it lessens his load.

More than anything, a gift that happens to be personally crafted by the giver is most likely to be a treasure to the receiver. It seems these days that Santa's up-north workshop, once hands-on and all abuzz with creative elves, has now been transmogrified into a Chinese factory. All the more reason to get out your brushes and chisels. "It is when you give of yourself," said Kahlil Gibran, "that you truly give."


God Bless you!  Judy