Sunday, October 28, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
This year the Buckhorn Festival celebrates their 35th Anniversary. Their highlight this year includes a special display of 35 works selected from the artists showing there over the years. Judy’s work ‘Nappers’ was juried in to this feature.
Hot off the easel—the vintage Canadian sports series has been continued this year:
These historic items feel balanced and warm in the hands, as if they are asking to be used again—the smooth patina of the wood and the still-sturdy ties, made to last. I have immense respect for the craftsmanship. The complexity of the weaving was intriguing to me and a challenge to paint.
oil painting on cradled panel, 12” by 21”
prints are available
I have moved my home show dates forward to the weekend after Thanksgiving, so that I can join the Elgin County ‘Fall Colours Studio Tour’. This tour is featured in ‘Arts Country’, the five-county annual catalogue which features the regional visual art tours and trails here, the ‘Sand Plains’ area along Lake Erie. (The catalogue is online, and also there are printed copies distributed about. I’ll be sending another email update shortly before my home show.)
Happy Trails, Judy
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Greetings--and hope your holidays were wonderful!
This is a 'small' update on the miniature shows that I entered late 2011:
(May I say that I'm delighted, and blushing furiously!)
Here is a writeup about the MASF today in one of the Tampa Bay newspapers, the TBN. The show starts Jan. 15 at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. There will be 800-1000 miniatures there from many countries; it is the largest miniature show in the world and is very popular. (I hear from my contacts that sales are beginning already!)
Last year we were busy tearing the inside of our whole house apart and redoing it. A great deal of the detritus landed in my studio, making it difficult to paint. I'm looking forward to a productive year in 2012.
Quote for a new year:
Bring something new, something beautiful and something filled with light into the world. ~ Ross Bleckner
Friday, October 21, 2011
A fine Fall Season to all of you!
I am in hopes this finds you all well, and taking time to enjoy the changing of the seasons. Here’s what’s new here— if you have any questions, just drop a line?
Distant Thunder (study)_______ oil on canvas 6" x 8"
News here includes the annual
Studio Art Show
Show hours are—
Saturday Oct. 29 11-4
Sunday Oct. 30 12-4
And the location is
-15 South St. E., Aylmer, Ontario-
Hope you can drop by. If you are ‘from away’ you might want to make a daytrip of our little area here; there’s Pinecroft for lunch (a working pottery with a log cabin tearoom, and a music program too); Clovermead apiaries north of town; Quaker-built Sparta with its shops; several wineries and more. The local map on my site gives the locations and a link or two.
We have been undergoing massive renovations, the interior this year, and so have been in turmoil! I’m not sure how I’ll set things up, as it certainly looks different here...however it ends up, we’ll have a fire going if it’s nippy out, and it should be a pleasant atmosphere in which to browse and ‘visioneer’.
I do try to greet my visitors, and then I tend to leave them alone to visually explore. Please know that I’m being quiet out of respect, not neglect.
There’s a physical reason for doing this. The domineering, chattering left side of the human brain, the static, has to be quieted down before we can slip over to use the visual, wordless right side of the brain. Sometimes that’s difficult, but if you can achieve it, it’s very fulfilling and restorative. (Right brain thought has been called the ‘paradise within’.) We'll have some instrumental music (no words), which helps with this shift over to right.
(Artists call that happy state ‘in flow’, and it’s a great painting day when one can manage to stay in right brain for long easel time.)
I’ll be there for any questions, or if you do want to chat— just ‘holler’.
After the ‘home show’ I hope to get back to the easel and have just dozens of ideas. Over the winter I hope to post new works on the blog in a (more) timely fashion, so ‘come on by’ and leave a comment if you wish. I also have a Facebook Page, if you prefer.
Best to all,
PS. I Dare Not forget the quotations—
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
As for the degenerate artists, I forbid them to force their so-called experiences upon the public. If they do see fields blue, they are deranged, and should go to an asylum. If they only pretend to see them blue, they are criminals, and should go to prison. I will purge the nation of them. ~ Adolf Hitler
During the Second World War, Winston Churchill's finance minister said Britain should cut arts funding to support the war effort. Churchill's response: 'Then what are we fighting for?"
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. ~ Oscar Wilde
Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass. ~ Fran Lebowitz
I have walked this earth for 30 years, and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir. ~ Vincent van Gogh
(comic strip by Bill Watterson, cartoon is of Calvin showing his work)...As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. ~ Calvin and Hobbes
All is measured by that relative term quality. It is in this search for quality that the artist is, of necessity, the eternal student. ~ Rex Brandt
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Friday, July 29, 2011
I hope you are staying cool this midsummer!
A quick mention that the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival begins soon (Buckhorn is north of Peterborough). There is a nicely-done preview night on Thursday evening, August 11, with a wonderful atmosphere (and great hors d’oeuvres), and full days on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you appreciate fine art, this is a ‘don’t miss’ — 80 or so of some of the country’s best—further information and directions may be found on my website or Facebook Page Events or on the Buckhorn link above. If you do slip up to the show, please come on by our booth and say hello--
This year, there will be a special section on sculpture entitled 'Sculptural Dimensions', billed as: 'a special feature exhibit showcasing extraordinary sculpture by prominent national and internationally known artists, in a wide range of style, medium and message.'
Hot off the easel, the vintage Canadian sports series has been continued this year.
Basketball oil painting on panel 12" by 21"
prints are also available
Basketball was developed by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith, in the latter 1800’s. The ball was said to be an asymmetrical rugby-type leather ball, and the sport was intended to be noncontact. (Early players apparently had to be discouraged from tackling each other, however.)
The basket is imagined as it may have looked after that first game.
(I just couldn't resist an ever-so-subtle Made in Canada on the basket.)
I've done a couple more small oil studies of 'County Elgin'.
Pinecroft Potting Studio ____________oil on linen
Study, 8” by 10”
Snowed In _____________________oil on panel
Study, 6” by 10”
As I painted these, I also photographed my progress (dodging out of the way of the camera every 4 minutes or so!) in order to make another time lapse movie.
I've put all three time lapse paintings to date on a split screen beside some completed works. It's about 8 minutes long. The wonderful music was written and performed by Scott Brunelle, a gifted 19 year old from our county (just down the road in fact). I felt that made the music even more appropriate. Enjoy!
My home show is October 29 & 30 and I'll be sending another e-letter near that time. We are undergoing even more renovation work; there has been much painting (with 'the big brush'), and there is just no telling at what stage our renovations will be.
Hope to see you at Buckhorn!
Happy Trails, Judy_________________
I dare not forget the quotations!
Right-brained quotes for the day:
A painting doesn't have to have a profound meaning. It doesn't have to 'say' a word. We fall in love for simpler reasons. Harley Brown
Art is a game where impotence struts the high road, and capability smiles shyly from the quiet corners. Joe Blodgett
Life is not a support system for the arts. It is the other way around. Stephen King