Thursday, November 05, 2015

On The Sunny Side
Starting bid is only $50.00!!

I love to paint still life.  I have an assortment of pitchers, bottles, cups, vases, creamers...etc etc etc.  It's fun putting them together to create an arrangement of interesting colors or compositions.  This particular still life is done on gessoed hardboard and is 100% archival.  It was a little study.  I've been doing a lot of little studies lately to get back into the swing of things after this lengthy move and some other 'life' happenings that have kept me from painting but I am hopeful that 2016 is going to be a great year...  I've leased a new space again and will start teaching again early next year!  Looking forward to's been a while.

Take care friends and thanks for looking!

Monday, November 02, 2015

The Graceful Swan

"The Graceful Swan"  5x7

Swans are such graceful and beautiful creatures.  Caught in the right light, they are really fun to paint.  The photo I used for this painting was taken near the Cotswolds, England during a painting trip there a couple of years ago.  

Thank you for looking!!  

Sunday, November 01, 2015

"The Spanish Teapot"
8x10 oil on gessoed hardboard

This little teapot is one that I love to paint because it's so colorful and happy.  I love the little bird on the front of it.  Makes me happy to paint it!

Thank you for looking and visiting my blog!

If you would like to bid on this little study, the bidding begins at only $99.00!
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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!  

If you are interested in purchasing this painting, you can do so easily through with your credit card through Paypal.  Just click on the link below.  It's easy!

$495.00 Plus 25.00 for shipping and handling.
This price includes a simple lovely frame.  

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

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!

Wine and Lavender, Spring in Provence 24x30 oil on gator board

Desert Drama 12x9 oil on linen panel

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Just for You!

"Just for You" 6x6 oil on panel  $100.00

Just for you, framed $100.00 plus $10.00 shipping  

Hi Everyone, Blessings to each of you this new year!  I hope this message finds you with the gift of good health and that you each had a blessed Christmas Season.  I'm happy to be back after many and much 'goings on' for the past 6 months.  I've been in a couple shows, made several road trips and now I'm ready to get back to work at the easel tomorrow in my own studio.  There are a few things coming up on my agenda this spring and summer.  I plan on teaching one final workshop/class at my studio in Cypress, Texas before making plans to move to the Central Texas area sometime later this year.  The info on that is below.  Another is to have a 'spring sale'.   I will be selling some unframed works at a slightly reduced price.  More on that coming up this spring.  Thanks for visiting my blog and my wish for you is to have a blessed New Year!  

Here is a tidbit of info for those artists out there reading this blog.  For Christmas, I received two books that I was excited to receive: "Drawing the Head" and "Figure Drawing for all it's worth" by the late Andrew Loomis.  He was an excellent draftsman and wrote several books on drawing the figure, head, and hands.  For a time, these excellent books were hard to come by as they were out of print.  I'm happy to say they are now available for purchase through Amazon.  Here's a link to see info about the 'drawing the head' book.  Or you can google Andrew Loomis.  Take care!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Judy Crowe Workshop

"Nuts and Bolts"

Lessons in the Basics of Painting
With Judy Crowe

Mondays, February 4, 2013 through February 25, 2013
10 am to 4-5 pm each week
$200.00 for 4 weeks, 4 full days of painting each week
Classes held at the Iron Butterfly Studio, Cypress Texas
12802 McSwain, Cypress, Texas 77429

This 4-week course will cover the ‘nuts and bolts’,
             The fundamentals that create a good representational work of art. 
We will learn color, composition and design, value, drawing, and edges.  
Ideas about materials, lighting, setting up a still life, working from life, form, intuitive painting, landscape painting, and information gathering will be discussed. 
Together we will paint many studies that help each student understand these concepts.  Students will also paint larger completed works.  Demonstrations, critiques, and personal instruction will be given.

 Contact Judy for more information:
832 640 7131

Saturday, October 20, 2012

"Full Circle" by Judy Crowe

"Full Circle"  16x16 oil on linen

Hi Friends and fellow artists!

I hope this post finds you well and getting to paint a lot if you are a fellow artist!  It's been a long time since I've blogged....can't believe how fast the time passes and we just don't realize it.  I haven't dropped off the edge or anything but I have been busy as usual.  In between family responsibilities and caring for an aging stepmother, I've been painting a lot too.  I'm really looking forward to next week.  I'm teaching a workshop on Monday in Bellville Texas, my first in a while.  It's a one day workshop and here is the info if anyone is inclined that direction.  You can also email me or call me if you have questions and it's not to late to sign up if you are interested.

One Day Still Life workshop

Location: Holland Street Gallery, Bellville, Texas
United States
This is a one day workshop.  We'll paint the still life and have fun!  Learn how to set up a still life and paint the whole thing from start to finish.  My hope is that each of the students will take home a painting they are proud to say is their own.
Please contact Judy or Jane McKinley at the Holland St. Gallery for more info.
Contact Information:
Jane McKinley
979 865 4278 or 979 885 9259
I'll be traveling to Tucson, Arizona by the end of next week for the annual American Women Artists show.  In addition to the gallery show is our museum show that will be held at the Sonora Desert Museum there in Tucson.  The painting above is my piece for the museum.  The theme of this museum show is "Visions of the Southwest" featuring still life, landscape and sculpture depicting the Sonoran Desert and it's inhabitants.  Here is a little info about the painting and my ideas that inspired the work and some research which I totally enjoyed.  During my research, I learned so much about our native american brothers.....  Take care and thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

“Full Circle” by Judy Crowe
The wedding vase is a treasured and sacred element of many Native Southwest American Indian tribes, particularly the Navajo and Pueblo peoples. The vases are a beautiful and symbolic part of the ceremony performed just prior to the wedding.

First the groom offers his bride the vase his parents have made for the couple and she drinks from one side. She then turns the vase, and the groom drinks from the same side.  In the culmination of the ceremony, they both drink from the wedding vase together from opposite sides attempting to drink without spilling the nectar made for the ceremony by the medicine man.

The vessel itself is beautiful, but its design and construction are an integral part of its meaning. The two spouts represent the couple, both the bride and the groom. The rounded base suggests the couple’s shared lives. The looped handle portrays this unity in a visual way, much like a wedding band is a visual reminder of the deeper, spiritual connection that a husband and wife share. The handle creates a circle in the center of the vase that represents the circle of life.
There is power in the circle in the Native American culture.  The sky and earth are round.  The wind whirls in a circular motion. The sun comes up and goes down again in a circle, as does the moon.  Birds make their nests in circles. The life of man and all living things, flowers and animals, is a circle, from life to life.  My painting, “Full Circle”, embodies these ideas in a representational way by depicting elements of life from man-made objects that will decay.   The animal pelt, bird’s nest and flowers are here today but will, as all living things, pass on.  The Bible says that the grass withers, flowers fade and our lives are like a vapor, but there is one thing that remains: the Love of God.

Friday, May 18, 2012

New work, new day

Texas Hay 9x12
New Work, New Day

Every day is a new day in the studio.  I am so glad to be back at work on a regular basis but I'm finding that I'm a bit more rusty than I had hoped.  Not all work is great, some just so so.  I haven't been posting regularly for that reason.  I'm so enjoying the process though and thankful for that.  I am starting to work on a series of paintings from a Provence trip I took several years ago.  I taught a workshop there and then stayed on to paint for about a week.  I'll be posting some of those soon I hope when I start getting something I am proud of.  I'm getting really picky!  This is a plein air painting that I did a couple of weeks ago in Independence Texas.

Monday, April 30, 2012

New Studio Opening

The Purple Elephant Gallery and Iron Butterfly Studio
12802 McSwain, Cypress Texas 77429
Open House,   May 5,  11 am to 6 pm
Hi Friends,  I have moved.  For 2 years my studio was located at my home.  I have moved and would like to invite you to attend the open house at my new studio location this weekend if you live in the Houston area.  This is a funky little place with a lot of character.  You can meet Lucky, Lucy, and Lola plus Picasso our mascot mini pig!  Maybe she'll wear her tutu!  Lucky, Lucy, and Lola are pygmy goats that are so cute and make their home at the back of the property in "Purple Acres".  This is a fun place.  Come join us if you can.

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 remember how far I've become as an 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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Friday, March 16, 2012

Best Friends Forever

Best Friends
I recently was asked to paint a commission for a dear friend, her two really cute King Charles Spaniels, Desi and Reese.   I had some other commitments and so was not able to start the painting right away.  I finally finished it last week but as I was working on Desi, the little white and brown dog, I found out she had passed away.  Our pets are our friends for sure.  I understand that Reese is having a tough time with the loss of her best bud.  I'm glad she still has Linda and Ron to love on her.  It was fun and gratifying to get the opportunity to paint these cute dogs.

Monday, March 12, 2012


'Gloria'  20x16 oil on linen (head study)
Hi Friends,
I attend a portrait group on Fridays in The Woodlands, Texas and Gloria was our model last week.  She had such an interesting face and she was so still.  It was fun painting her and I thought I'd share this study with you even though I didn't finish it.  Richard Schmid says in his book 'Alla Prima, Everything I know about painting' that  a painting should hold it's own even if you don't have the time to finish it.  (check out his website at

I was happy with her face for the most part, I mean to say, at this point in my study of faces and heads.  I'm really enjoying working on these character studies and I'm really learning a lot about drawing, edges, and color.
I've revamped my website, changed the color and added prices for all work.

Thanks for letting me share with you!

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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!

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Here's lookin at you!

Jill's Mouse Friend
Hi Friends,  Well, I've been very busy.  Last week I put together about 45 paintings for an upcoming one day show, "Art Party" 2012.  This is the second time I've been involved in this fun event that is only one day.  At the art party there will be quite a few small 6x6 paintings along with about 25 framed pieces sizes 8x10 and up.  If you live in the area of Houston and vicinity, and would like to come, just contact me and I'll be happy to send you an email invite!

The little painting above is just a fun little 4x4 (approx) painting I did for my daughter a couple of years ago.  She's a research tech in a genetics lab and she works with mice.  :)  This guy is a bit cuter than most of her lab mice I think but I saw this pic and couldn't resist.  I think she still keeps this little painting on her desk at work.

I listened to a very good "Artist's Helping Artist's Blog Talk" radio program today.  If you are interested in hearing an interview with Peggy Kroll Roberts, ( just click the link on the side bar of my blog here and you can hear the conversation with Ms. Roberts who started her career as an illustrator.  I enjoyed the program because she talked about the journey she and her husband Ray Roberts have taken while making a living as full time artists.  It's interesting to hear the struggles of artists who have 'made it'.  Gives me hope that there is still time for the rest of us!

Thank you as always for visiting my blog and stay tuned, in coming days I'll be posting another figurative work along with a large still life that I've completed.  At present, I am working on a pet portrait commission and having fun with that!  Blessings...

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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:  

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:  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  

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.
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 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 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.

Starting Bid  $50.00
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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

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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Wow is life busy.  I almost made the mistake of saying, particularly if you have a family, but I know that isn't necessarily the case.  If you live in today's world and are trying to make a living-whether you have a family or not, you are most probably as busy as I am.  I so would like to move from Houston and have a cottage in the country with a lovely studio!  I am praying for that for the future.  Right now, today, though...I painted.  Yeah.  Here is the painting I produced and I hope you like it.  It is up for bid and this is the first of just a few paintings that I have left to finish my 50/50 project.  I will be counting today to see what I need to do to finish but I think it's about 10...I'll be trying to get these online and up for sale between now and Christmas.  Take care out there!  And as always, thanks for letting me in on your cyber world.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hi Friends!  These are both plein air studies of the Louisiana bayou.  I've painted in this spot for several years in a row and no matter how many times you paint this spot, it's always different.  That's one of the great things about painting on location in my mind-trying to capture that particular moment in time that will never be again....  Monet gave us a glimpse of this when he painted his water lilies on different days under all kinds of light conditions and situations.  His hay bales also were painted over and over again while he examined color and light.  I try to remember some of the things he said:

 Paint what you really see, not what you think you ought to see; not the object isolated as in a test tube, but the object enveloped in sunlight and atmosphere, with the blue dome of Heaven reflected in the shadows. (Claude Monet)

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