Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I was blessed by having a few commissions this Christmas season. Since I paint in oils, the dry time is a real concern, in order to get the paintings done in time to put in the mail. I found a product that really help speed the drying of the oil paints. My friend and fellow artist Nancy Medina got me started with the Archival Mediums and after some experiementations I am in love with the Smooth Gel Medium which comes in a tube. I mix a little of this into the whites, yellows and reds which takes forever to dry. I've notieced the Cerulean is another color that takes long to dry. Another from the Archival line by Chroma is their Fast Drying White Oil Paint. It really does dry a lot faster than most white.
Do you have a favortie medium? Let me know what works for you.
In the spirit of Christmas, here is a sweet Christmas story I received via email, enjoy:
Great Gift Becomes a Classic-----The True story of Rudolph
A man named Bob May, depressed and broken-hearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night. His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bob's wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad's eyes and asked, "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?"
Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life. Life always had to be different for Bob. Small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he'd rather not remember. From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in.
Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.
Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined to make one - a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form.
The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day.
But the story doesn't end there. The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.
In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter.
But the story doesn't end there either. Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore , it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of "White Christmas."
The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I'll be posting another painting, very similar to this in the near future - it is a bit more abstract.
Friday, November 19, 2010
A 5 x 5 inch pet portrait commission. I love doing these small portraits of animals. The commissioner for this puppy sent along several photos of her and in everyone there was a reluctance to pose for the camera.
Last week, a photographer friend asked if I'd help her wrangle a Boston Terrier for a calendar photo shoot. It's a lot of work to get dogs to sit and pose for the camera! In this case there were two dogs, which made getting them to both sit still at the same time a challenge. We used little nibbles to entice them to sit and look straight ahead, only they get so interested in the nibbles that as soon as I tried to scoot away from their placement so that I wouldn't be in the shot, the dogs would follow. My friend did manage to get some really good photos so all ended well but I can understand how hard it is to get good photos of animals.
Monday, November 15, 2010
I started posting my artwork on Etsy as a result.
Well, Ebay has been trying to get people to list on their site by giving several promotions so I've listed this painting at a fairly low start price on Ebay to experiment. If you are looking for something special as a holiday gift, perhaps an original oil painting? Check out Ebay - and Happy Bidding!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
To see more of my paintings, stop by the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas today, Saturday November 6th for the "Artists of Texas" reception from 1-5. I will be joining many of the other talented artists to answer any questions and talk with you more about our work.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The Artists of Texas - Second Annual State Show
Artist Reception November 6th, 1:00-5:00 pm
November 2 - December 31, 2010
The Dutch Art Gallery
10233 East Northwest Highway Suite 420
Dallas, Texas 75238
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I usually paint my angels a wee bit bigger than this 5 x 5 inch format - but this request got me thinking. Maybe this smaller size might be a nice size as Christmas gifts? What do you think of angel paintings as Christmas gifts?
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I'd been painting and working on several commissioned paintings lately. This one, though not a commission I painted from one of many photos my commissioner (don't you like that term? Nancy Medina, my friend and artist came up with it) had sent me. I'm not going to post the actual commissioned painting just yet since it is a surprise gift for my commissioner's spouse.
I had a small panel available so I was doing a little practice painting this little painting. It is now officially Autumn but memories of playing on the beach remain.
Art makes such a wonderful gift. It's lasting and personal.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Check out her blog.
But there's more!!
Besides her beautiful paintings, if you’re a professional artist wanting to learn more about marketing your artwork, you’ll need to visit her blog and get connected to the blog talk radio she broadcasts on Thursdays called “Artists Helping Artists”. There is a call in number and you can join in the discussion BUT the beauty of this blog talk radio is that if you miss the Thursday session you can listen to what was discussed at a later time. This was nice for me to be able listen while I painted.
You know how sometimes you hear a great idea and you get that “aha!” moment – well, her radio is full of “aha!” moments!!
If you visit her site and stop to leave her a comment, let her know that Judy sent you!
Friday, July 2, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
I found this on Karen Rike's Blog called the "Carol Marine Panel Holder".
When I saw this a few months ago, I knew I had to have one!
I usually paint my small panels like the Ampersand Gesso boards or the Raymar Panels flat on the table with a sheet of paper or wax paper under it so that I don't paint the table.
This fantastic panel holder uses "friction" to hold a 5x5, 6x6 and 6x8 panel firmly giving you the ability to clamp onto an easel which I have done for this photo or paint on flat on the table. When I paint on panels I get so much paint on my fingers as I try to move around edges - keeping the panels on this holder allows you to pick you your painting and move it around, carry your painting, set it aside to dry all without having to touch the painted edges.
What a simple and ingenious invention! It's available for purchase from Karen's site.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Painters who are involved in ASAP make paintings of animals in their local shelter, or with a local rescue group, and then donate the art to the shelter or rescue group. The shelter or rescue group can do whatever it wants with the art: sell it, use it as an inducement to adoption, reproduce it on mugs or t-shirts, use it to decorate the office, whatever. When the artist finishes the work, she sends an image to me and I post it, with a story about the artist, and a link to his or her site, on the blog.
Both of these opportunities are intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society in NY state. Susan lives nearby and volunteers there; Carrie used to live there, too. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help. Here's the website: http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.
First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to Carrie (carrieBjacobson@gmail.com) for posting on the ASAP blog!
The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.
After that, the work will go to the shelter, to be used as the shelter desires.
As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.
The Wallkill River School has kindly agreed to accept the pieces. Susan will pick them up at the school. If you're out of the area, please mail them to her at the school:
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
For some of us it's a three day weekend. I hope you will be able to catch up on your sleep a little...
Have a wonderful weekend and remember our Military guys and gals!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I had so much fun making the first YouTube video that I asked my friend Hiroshi Takatani to help me by writing me an original melody to go with it. He wrote this hauntingly beautiful tune and called it "Silhouette" which sounds perfect for the groupings of paintings I used in this video.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
By the way, you've got to read Monica's blog about how Coulton Waugh, a palette knife artist, names his palette knives...what a funny thought - to name your knives. Do you name your knives? Or brushes? Let me know if you do!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Oh, dear, dear - my blog disappeared. I posted yesterday but wasn't paying attention perhaps when I walked away from my computer. So, this morning when I sat at the computer the blog post was not on the blog...hmmmm -
Operator error perhaps. So here it is again. Reposted.
This is the third of the gray paintings. I liked doing these so much that I painted a couple of more in a similar style and will be posting those in the next upcoming posts, as soon as they are a little drier and I can handle them enough to take photos of them.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I've started two new group blogs.
One is the Daily Painters of Georgia and the other Palette Knife Painters.
Is it because I used the palette knife to paint with that I notice more and more palette knife artists? I wanted to bring together a group of palette knife artists to share and showcase our art.
I'm looking for ar tists who either live in Georgia and blog regularly (this blog does have the requirement that the artist must live in Georgia) or a palette knife artist, (this one is for worldwide) to join me in my blog groups. Send me an email with a link to your website or blog if you're interested.
If you're reading this blog but don't live in Georgia and don't use the palette knife - I have a favor to ask you: visit my sites and let me know what you think. I'd appreciate it if you'd become a "follower", leave me a comment, suggestion, advice, your two cents and if you'd share my link with fellow artists.
Thank you - happy paintings, Judy