Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Painting Give-Away!

I'm designing a new website for displaying my artwork - it's still in trial stage and is a work in progress but I'd love for you to take a sneak-peek look at it and tell me what you think.   The web address for the site is Judy Mackey Art. ( If you sign my Guestbook which is under  the "Your Thoughts" page, you will be entered in a give-away for a chance to "win"  this small 5 x 5 inch painting of Ginkgo leaves "Yin and Yang" and it will be framed.  This Give-Away will end on September 20, 2011 and I will select a winner and announce it on September 21 on my Blog"Artful Ideas"
"Yin and Yang"
5" x  5", Oil on Board

Please tweet about this or tell your friends - they can leave me guest book comments and be entered in the give-away as well!  Thank you!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Purple Mist, Purple Irises, Palette Knife Painting

"Purple Mist"
20" x  20", Oil on Board

Every now and then a flop turns out alright - like it was meant to be.  This painting is just that.  I'd painted a very thick iris painting - and yet - here and there there are bits of the lemony yellow undertoning showing through, especially in the top right hand.  I wanted it that way.  But the flowers and leaves I just could get the colors right.  It was turning much too dark for a light sky.  So I started to scrape.  The colors that remained on the canvas was starting to look right so I loaded up the palette and started over, however on several places I liked the way the streaks looked from the initial scraping so I laid down color and then used a rag to drag the paint.  

Though textured the effect of the dragging the paint makes this look like a watercolor and the colors remained soft.

This painting is available through the on-line gallery, Ugallery.  A painting of mine is also on their sister site - Paperwork in a limited edition print form - however you have the ability to choose the size of print you'd like. If you get a chance, please visit the two sites.

If you are interested in purchasing "Purple Mist", please email me at  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Kind words, lovely thoughts, there's always something happening...

"Have you Seen the Wind"
30" x  40", Oil on Canvas

Day in and day out, so many little things happen.  We feel up and high and then we fall to the ground.

My mother had a heart attack at the beginning of last week.  As some of you know, I'm half Japanese and my mother is the Japanese half.  She lives a world away.  I can't just drop everything to be with her though I'd love to and when I do go there during times like this, I'm more in the way as it is not where I've been all these years.  I'm a foreigner in a foreign land.  Even though I still speak the language, when I am there, under circumstances like this I can only lend my presence there.  I don't know where my parents keep the salt, I've been out of their home for too long.

I hate being so far away from my family.

She's fine now.  I just got off the phone and she sounded like her usual self.  She took my niece shopping yesterday, she said.  She's watching her favorite T.V. shows and she's cleaning house...

On a more different tone than the above, my paintings can be found at the online gallery, Ugallery.  I am excited to report that I am now on their "Most Popular Artist" page - yay!  and they've contacted me about printing a few of my paintings to sell as a print on their sister site Paperwork.  They've done a nice little write-up:

When you have the time, please visit the site.


If you are interested in purchasing "Have you Seen the Wind", please email me at  If you like my work, please friend me on Facebook and please let your friends know about me...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hope of a Lasting Friendship - Floral Palette Knife Painting

"Hope of a Lasting Friendship"
30" x  30" x 1.5", Oil on Canvas

I had lunch with a fellow artist, Elsie Porter.  It is so good to visit with other artists and talk about ummmm....ART!  And we are both women with a past (of course!) so it is nice to connect with someone to talk about life, home, men, diet and exercise, religion, clothes - I think our conversation touched on almost every topic...We met a year ago when she gave a workshop of Marketing Art.  My favorite topic and something I look forward to learning and implementing!

I'd already painted this and was stumbling around for a title...when after our lunch Elsie and I'd exchanged emails on how much we enjoyed each other's company and she had written a sentence, " Just wanted to say thanks for a great time and the hope of a lasting friendship."

Two vases of flowers in this painting - what a perfect title!  And it is so wonderful to meet and make new friends no matter where we are in life.  I am so blessed and happy to have made a new friend.  

If you are interested in purchasing "Hope of a Lasting Frienship", please email me at  If you like my work, please "Like" me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, visit my website and tell your friends.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Branches - Palette Knife Painting

36" x  36", Oil on Canvas

I've been painting a little larger and this is one.  I wanted to keep the subject matter simple with few colors.  Seemingly but if one were to look closely there are some colors in the branches themselves.

If you are interested in purchasing "Branches", please email me at  If you like my work, please refer me to your friends and visit my website.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Very Touching - Palette Knife Painting of Feet

"Very Touching"
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board

I was on a roll when I started with these little feet paintings.  I have ideas for more - interesting subject matter!!

Email me for more info and purchasing info:  Judy Mackey Email

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Called in Sick Today - Palette Knife Painting

"Called In Sick Today"
6" x  6", Oil on Board

I like having a little fun when I paint - subject matter, colors, title.  

Another from my "feet" paintings.

If you are interested in purchasing "Called in Sick Today", please email me at  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.