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!