Thursday, May 02, 2019

Gentle May

Waiting for paint to dry on the rather large braced wood panel above. I'm always impatient to work once I get started but even acrylic takes some time to dry.

So I grabbed my phone and caught some of the May garden to share with you. Making good on my promise to revive this blog. There's always a lot going on in the studio and the yard.

These are the peppers hardening off in the protective cloche John has set up for them. Here they are protected from all shocks of light or temperature.

We have strawberries flowering all across the lawn where they have seeded themselves.

Ferns growing in the shady area under the big fig tree.

Some nice, rich, potting soil.

Purple Columbine. So pretty. Self seeded all over the yard. Pink, white, other colors too.

Lily of the Valley is showing her fragrant face.

My favorite flowers are scented. Daphne, Gardenia, Roses, Lilacs. 

The blueberry bushes were humming with fat bumblebees. They carried giant loads of pollen on their hind legs.

And aren't the white lanterns beautiful?

Leeks in the foreground and favas in the back.

Two varieties of grape. Concord on the left and Valiant on the right.
Very pretty espaliered.

Taters growing between alfalfa bricks. It takes 3 years for the alfalfa to break down and all the time it's doing so it's nourishing the soil.

Glorious fava beans. Oh, we eat good.

Various types of cabbages and brocolli nestled in the alfalfa bricks.

Dianthus (Carnations) in the foreground and onions behind.


Little peas getting a start up the strings. There's a screen propped up on the right for protection against sunburn and on the left is a rabbit fence. They dont eat the peas but for some reason bite the strings and leave the peas to fall on their faces. Bad rabbits!

These plants give us gigantic, juicy, blackberries. So good for breakfast with sliced mango.


Waiting their turn to be planted.

Swiss chard volunteer.

I forget the name of this little flower but love it for it's blue-ness.

Leeks and borage.

Lilacs as a gift from our daughter, Stephanie.

The garden is a gift to our spirits; to the birds, bees, wildlife and bellies. 

May your heart be full. 


Friday, December 28, 2018

Art Escapes and Life Updates

I started this blog 12 years ago; long enough to watch the children of our friends grow up and embark on adulthood. So many times I've almost deleted it, certain that no one has time to read blogs any more. Or maybe that's just me. In my present decade the days seem to have shrunk. So thank you for being here despite all that.

The photo above was taken Christmas day at my daughter's new house. Our family gathered to eat, play games, and watch a movie together. The best plan where we each cook a few dishes and then bring them together for our feast. The last 2 years have been mostly vegan and it's fun to experiment with new dishes. One change among many in this new decade.

I continue to paint like a fiend and you can see those paintings (gobs of them!) at judywiseart on Instagram. I post occasionally on Facebook to keep in touch with friends from all over the world and I have a website now that features non-representational paintings which is what I'm doing these days.

Since my last post I've travelled; taught in the UK and visited Santa Fe twice. I sold at the Lake Oswego Show again and last September sold at Art in the Pearl here in Portland. That was a blast. I love sitting at an art fair where I can schmooze and show my work. It's in my DNA. I love conversations with others about art, philosophy, art, travel, more art.

My New Year's Resolution is not to let this blog languish for another long nap; in the meantime come visit me on Instagram, Facebook, or at my website. 

Be well, give thanks, keep making art. xo

Monday, July 31, 2017

This Summer's Garden

John's hard work. Finally I got out in the garden and shot some photos for you.
King and Spitzenburg.

Those are the 2 kinds of apples we have on the place.
John's grandpa was an orchard man.
John inherited that gene.

But he grows veggies as well. Like artichokes.

Beans. Lots of beans.


Lots and lots of blackberries.

Blueberries. I've been picking and freezing and giving away.

Bosc. Pears. I'll show you the seckels soon. They are soooo cute.

Corn. This short bed is for the 2nd coming.

The tall bed will be eaten soon. Hand shucked and all that jazz.

A sweet corner of the patio where I sip my mint julep.


Different kind of cucumber grown on a trellis for easy picking.


Alphabetical order. See what I did?

Matelija poppy. Not alphabetical.

These are the plump green figs that are ripe now.

John has an eye for a little color among the edibles.

And he planted tons of glads this year. 

We have many grape varieties.

He can't resist trying new ones.


This long row of grapes was here when we moved in. Very old vines.

The color of kale is exquisite, dont you agree?

As is lace hydrangea.

Lacinato kale.

Perfect little lettuces.

Tomatoes, tomatoes!




Gorgeous black variety.

Pink Daylilies.




Seckel pears. They are the dainty, sweet ones.

Seedheads. Which the birds love.


Tomatoes. Ripe and juicy.

Walking onions. Walking over to the fairy roses.

Walnuts. Many walnuts.

Thanks for stopping by and admiring summer's bounty and John's hard work.