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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.

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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

Sunday, October 09, 2011

The Grand Tetons-some of my photos

Hi There Friends,
I am back from Jackson Hole Wyoming.  What a wonderful trip it was!  Needless to say the trip came to an end too soon.  There are so many paintings to be painted and such beauty there!  I hope you can visit the Grand Teton National Park at some time if you have never been able to.  This was my first visit but I hope to go back.  We are so blessed to live in a country that has such preserved beautiful land and scenery.  While traveling to Europe is exciting and wonderful, the good old USA has so much to offer.    I will be posting some of my plein air paintings completed there in the coming days and weeks.  I'll also be finishing my 50/50 project, with 10 paintings approximately to go.  Thanks as always for allowing me to share my work via this blog with you!
A black bear in the park.

Beautiful Jenny Lake

The Grand Tetons

Such beautiful skies~ the aspens were turning gold...

One of our last days there...I was able to capture this beautiful rainbow.  
Of course these photos do not do justice to the sights we saw!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Dream Lake 8x10
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Patterson

"Consider the Lilies of the field, how they toil not, neither do they spin..."  Matthew 6:28

Hi Friends
I am going to Wyoming.  (big yeah!!!)  Going to paint, be with friends and paint some more.  I may not post until I get back but then maybe I'll send you some pictures?  I'll be home around the 6th of October.  I am not leaving until later this week so I may have time to get another post in....At any rate, I wanted to send you this little note of inspiration that I received in my mail just now from Robert Genn.  Words of inspiration and wisdom.  Take care and as always, thanks for stopping by.

Note:  After trying to copy and paste Mr. Genn's letter, it just doesn't work so here is the link.  It's a great letter so hope you have time to check it out.  Blessings.....

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jubilent Cherries!! :)

Jubilent Cherries!!    :)      6x6      oil/panel

Thank you again Sarah, Charlotte, Judy, Sheriart, Tracy, Pam, Angela, Theresa, well, all you guys out there in internet land.  It's great when doing the thing that you love connects you with so many others who also love doing the things that we love to do!  Does that make sense?  Hope so.  Well, this is another little personality..this little German Sugar bowl.  They have become like little friends so I hope you get to meet them all in the coming weeks yet....I am enjoying doing these little studies.  This one, is up for bid also but not one of my 50/50 studies.  As always, thanks for stopping by!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Summer Music

Summer Music 12x24 oil on linen

A Big Thank you to those that leave comments.  You don't know how much they matter to me and how much they are appreciated.  All I can say is thank you.  This painting is larger and so not for auction.  It will be taking a trip to Atlanta for the annual AWA (American Women Artist's Association) show which will open at the Huff Harrington Gallery on October 14.  If any of you live in that area and would like to attend, I would love to meet you.  The opening is that Friday evening at 6 pm.  Please come and introduce yourself.  Fortunately, my sister lives in Atlanta so I have 2 reasons to visit my sis and also to go to the show.

Thanks for visiting my blog!  Have a wonderful weekend.
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My 50/50 thingy....will continue.  I have about 10 paintings to go to finish this and will be posting another 5 x 5 this weekend sometime.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Austrian Creamer

The Austrian Creamer 5x5 oil on gatorboard panel
The Austrian Creamer
I love to collect old dishes and I have several of these small china sugar bowls, creamers, and tea cups.  Some are so intricate and it is a real challenge to paint them and get the character of each one.  This one is so pretty and paper thin, I wish you could see it in person!  It's from Austria according to the lady I purchased it from.  Thanks for visiting my blog.  Please keep all the folks here in Texas in your prayers.  So many homes have been destroyed.  We need some rain so badly...
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Thursday, September 01, 2011

The Power of Art to do Good!

Stop And Smell the.... Daisies?  6x6  o/p
Hi Friends, Well I cannot believe I have let so much time go by since I posted the last time.  I have been extremely busy though.  I have been working on some larger pieces and trying to get some work done for a couple of shows coming up.  I have also been shipping some...two paintings for 2 shows that I am fortunate enough to be in.  I will be happy to share that info with you if you are interested in a later blog...but today I would like to tell you that this little painting.  This is one of my 50/50 works however I have decided to do this one a little differently.  Instead of starting the bid at $50.00, I've decided to start at $100.00.  The reason for this is that this one is for a great cause...all of the net proceeds (winning bid less shipping) will go to the efforts to help the children in Somalia through World Vision.   World Vision is a fiscally responsible organization that is instrumental in helping children all over the world in poor circumstances.  I have had the privilege to sponsor children through them for the last 15 years.  The child that I am sponsoring now is from the Philippines...Anna Mae.  :) I began her sponsorship when  she was she is 16 and about to graduate!  Stay tuned because in coming days, I will scan and post the letter I received from her the other day with her picture.  Anyway, this painting represents what I would like to do with my art....use it for good.  If you would like to donate:

Sold!  to Pam Phillips  Thank you Pam for helping me contribute to World Vision!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Finished painting "Summer's Music" and Other things

Summer's Music 20x26 oil on linen
Thank you all so much for the nice comments on this painting!  Yeah.  I had thought about using it for my painting for the AWA show in Atlanta in October but I have one more idea for a larger piece that I might try first....this is the finish.  I've been looking at it for a while on my easel to make sure it's ok.  It's so hard for me to even know if I think it is show worthy amidst so many other wonderful paintings.  And of course to sell it would be nice.  :)  At any rate, thank you for the comments.  I added a couple more flowers because I felt the painting needed them on the right side above the pitcher.  It felt too bare there, in fact my husband mentioned that too so we were both thinking it.  But now I am thinking I might remove the blue plumbago on the sheet music but haven't decided yet.  I took this photo outside, inside, and all around trying to get the best color naturally.  Just so happens that one of Robert Genn's latest letters was on taking photos.  Here is the link if you would like to read that "clickback" of his on how to do that.  Thanks again all...and as always for visiting my blog!  Happy Trails!

Oh, if anyone is interested in a Clyde Aspevig book...check out the Autry Museum. I found one that I thought was out of print, Elemental Solitude.  If you don't know who Clyde Aspevig is, well he taught Scott Christensen and Matt Smith.  Google'll be amazed!  Click those links to see.

Have a blessed day!

PS  Back to painting a few small studies to finish my 50/50 project next week for a day or two.  :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

New painting I am working on

This is a painting I am working on .  I hope to finish it tomorrow or Monday.  Wish me luck!  Or better yet, say a prayer for me!  :)  Have a great Sunday....

Summer's Music (if I finish it satisfactorily)

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Periwinkles  8x8 oil on gallery wrap
Oh the joys and headaches of painting....somedays it's there and others it's just not.  Somedays I think I would have been better off using my painting as target practice!  Ever feel that way?  The creative process is something that is so abstract and undefinable that it's virtually impossible (for me at least) to put it into words.  I found a blog thanks to my friend Wanda and was reading it last night that more appropriately states what I am feeling right now.  The artist basically states how absurd it seems what we spend our time, days, hours doing this thing and that the creative process can be maddening.

There is an art… or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
He continues with one of the best descriptions of art-making I have every heard:
The first part is easy. All it requires is simply the ability to throw yourself forward with all your weight, and the willingness not to mind that it’s going to hurt. That is, it’s going to hurt if you fail to miss the ground. Most people fail to miss the ground, and if they are really trying properly, the likelihood is that they will fail to miss it fairly hard. Clearly, it is the second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.

If you would like to read the blog in it's entirety:  The blog and art photography of Daniel Sroka. 

Sold to Mrs. Chris Martin, thank you Chris!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Granny Smith

Granny Smith 6x6 oil/canvas panel                        
I am teaching a workshop next month through the local art league on how to set up a blog.  I have been tossing around ideas in my head about why we do this.  The jury is still out on that but I will try to share with you in the coming week or two about that.  After all, what I really want to do is paint....Anyway, I really like running across websites that are interesting to read with varying opinions and ideas to ponder.  I ran across another today.  One thing I like about this one is that it is not just geared to artists but also to collectors.  So I hope if you are like me and enjoy following other articles on the subject, you will enjoy perusing this one!  Thanks for visiting mine!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fall Color

Fall Color 12x16
This is not one of my 50/50 paintings but I wanted to post and say hi!  I am trying to remember that fall is not that far away!  It's hot.....Hope all of you out there had a wonderful Sunday-and restful-whatever you did.  We went to church this morning and then spent the day with our lovely daughter, our awesome son and his sweet girlfriend, and our really nice summer guest who is staying with us while he interns at a local computer corporation until mid August.  It's been a full day but very nice.  Sometimes I have to get away from the art world for a while-and I miss it-but my family is #1 in my heart I have to much as I do love painting.  Through the good times and the bad-it's all good in the end.  I am thankful today.  And thankful for you as well.  God Bless and blessings this week!

Quote for the day:
'Worry looks around, Sorry looks back, Faith looks up.'  anonymous

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm a Little Teapot!

I'm a Little Teapot 6x6 oil on canvas panel
Ok, I am really happy with this little painting and I almost didn't post it tonight.  I thought about putting it in my kitchen instead!  Where the teapot sits....I like painting this teapot and what is it about still life??  I just like still life....a lot.  But I do love landscapes too.  Did I tell you I am going to Wyoming in Sept, October to paint???  Also to Brice Canyon??!!!!  Big Woo Hoo.  I am excited.  I am also excited about the colors I am playing with and I did try to use that new color idea on this-maybe not totally but I am getting there somewhat.  Anyway.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  And a very Big Thank you to Crystal Cook for that nice comment!!  I appreciate the time people take to post a comment.  We're all so busy.  Have a great day tomorrow all.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Flow Blue

Flow Blue  5x7 oil on panel-Starting bid $50.00
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I have several flow blue dishes.  They are difficult for me to paint..but fun also.  I was a bit happy with this one.  Thank you for visiting my blog!!

I promised to tell you a few things about the Munsell Color Wheel but we went on a long long drive this weekend and got home late last night so I have not had a chance to fully read my book (car sick if I read in the car! Ugh!)  Anyway, if you are interested in the book it's called, 'A Color Notation, an Illustrated System of Defining Color and Their Relationships'.  Purchased very cheaply through!   Honestly though, it's basically about experimenting with compliments other than those we were taught in school.  I am posting some pics of the traditional color wheel as well as that of the Munsell Color Wheel so that you can see the difference.  I am having a lot of fun doing this and am playing with a lot of different colored backgrounds etc.  I plan on posting one of the newer paintings on the site tomorrow night.  

And Here is a couple of pics of the Munsell Color Theory wheels where you can see the compliments are not quite the same.  With this one, you could actually use a turquoise background with a pair of red apples or push it one way or the other.  I find this interesting and a bit hard to put to use.   But it's fun also!  

Friday, July 15, 2011

Spiced Tea

Spiced Tea

I read an interesting article yesterday sent to my inbox - the Robert Genn newsletter.  Basically the article talked about the art of fishing and how it parallels to painting-it takes a long time to really understand what it is all about and to acquire the necessary skills.  It requires patience and more patience...a constant trying and working to really understand the my Munsell book today.  Looking forward to sharing more of those insights with you....

Blessings and thanks for visiting my site!

Quote of the Day....
"Time, time--that is our greatest master! Alas, like Ugolino, time devours its own children." Hector Berlioz

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

If You've Got the Money, Honey.....

If You've Got the Money Honey....
6x6 oil on panel

Last week I was reading about the Albert Munsell Color wheel so this was one attempt to just try something a bit different and out of the ordinary for me.  It was fun!  Thanks for visiting my blog! 

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Start the Day with Roses

Start the Day with Roses!  7x5 oil on panel
Last night I was scouring the internet for some inspiration.  Do you ever just feel out of sync?  Maybe it's spiritual...I think I need to start reading some morning devotionals again before starting my day.  I have been jumping into painting without doing that mostly to get started before the house gets noisy.  I like quiet.  Anyway, I ran across these podcasts.....they are great and you need to listen to these, guys.  There are a year's worth of them and I have only listened to two, but they are really great, full of inspiration and information too.  So......I am excited to say that I have been wanting to experiment for a while and now feel like I am going to be doing just that.  I don't know about work may look exactly the same but maybe just better??  I have been reading a lot about color theory and will share those thoughts with you in the coming days but for right now, please, if you are in need of some inspiration for your art, click on the link below.  As always, thanks so much for visiting my blog.  Take care!

Sold! :)

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Bonnie Bunny's Garden 5x5

Bonnie Bunny's Garden 5x5 oil on panel
'Bonnie Bunny's Garden'  5x5

Just a fun painting.  I have several ceramic bunnies and birds and love painting them....they are like little friends.  :)

I love how she smiles......

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Daisy Day

Daisy Day 7x5 oil on panel
I love to paint flowers.  Roses and Daisies I think are my favorites.  I am finding that it is pretty time consuming doing these small studies but I am learning a lot about color, edges, value and drawing.

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Friday, July 01, 2011

Aggie's Like to Ham It Up by Judy Crowe

Aggies Like to Ham it Up!  5x7 oil on panel
I can say this because my husband's an Aggie.  If you have ever been to an Aggie football game, you know what I mean-it's an experience everyone should have.  It's all in good fun and Aggie traditions are great!  Gig Em....!!  :)

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Good Things in Small Packages! 5x7

Good Things Come in Small Packages 5x7 oil on panel
I love to paint shiny things and so this was a fun little painting for me.  Thanks for looking!  $150.00 plus 10.00 shipping and handling to US. destinations.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Julia Child's Rose by Judy Crowe 6x8

"Julia Child's Rose" 6x8   oil on panel
I recently purchased this Julia Child's rose bush. My hope is to be able to paint lots of roses in the upcoming year. I love to paint roses. Along with it are 
snap dragons. I also love to paint brass. Thank 
you as always for taking a look at my blog! Have a great day!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Flowers for My Mother

"Flowers for My Mother"

I painted today, Mother's Day, May 8, 2011.... and was remembering my Mom. My mom passed away at the age of 48. I was 17 and a senior in high school. I have been thinking about her today mostly because this is mother's day and mine hasn't been so great. So, I've been feeling a bit sorry for myself. I won't go into the gory details. I think those of us who are wives and mother's have had there is no need to talk about it. Needless to say that when I was growing up, I know for sure that I took my mom for granted and now that I am older, I realize what a gift she was. She was so special, sweet. She was funny, pretty, a gifted singer with a beautiful voice even though she never believed in herself. She said she wanted to be a dancer....but got married and had kids instead. Sound familiar? I loved her more than I ever told her. Anyway, for those moms out there that are having a great day or a bad one, this too shall pass. God Bless You. Love to all, Judy

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A good day at Mercer

"Delphiniums" 8x6

Several plein air painters were at Mercer Arboretum to paint on Thursday. It was a good day-and beautiful even though the sun could not decide what it wanted to do until we packed up to leave. Was still a good day. Lots of butterflies!

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