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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sunshine!

Three days in a row of sunshine; what have we done to deserve such riches! I practically have spring fever I'm so happy and energized. To celebrate I followed the baby goats around shooting pictures but the sun was so bright (frenzied squeaking noises) that getting good shots was difficult.

I call this one "are you my mommy?" Poor nubbins has no ears to speak of. I think my neighbor is doing genetic experimentation.

Whereas this little guy is all ears. The babies spend the day running from one end of the pasture to the other as fast as they can. Glorious youth.

And the mail brought many riches yesterday. First of all was my copy of Ricë Freeman-Zachary's zine and WOWSA, I laid in bed last night reading it going "yup, yup, that's right, amen sister" to every page. She talks about how to get a lot done as an artist and I found myself agreeing with all her suggestions. I do every one of the things she suggests to get the most out of every day (decades of learning on my part) and her suggestions are gold. Thank you Ricë, for spelling this out for artists. She'll have us all doing more and feeling happier for it (and the world needs happy people).

And whoop! What's this in the middle of the book? Why, it's an interview with yours truly and pictures of my studio and a secret sewing project and, and . . . You'll have to get a copy for the rest. Only $10 from the zine-maker and in my opinion money well spent.

Next came a poste from the land down under, Ms. Ro Bruhn. Goody, lots of strange labels on the parcel for my collage stash (what's a Douane? Cool!) Inside was a treasure of handmade papers.

I felt like a mermaid who'd discovered a treasure chest in the sparkling deep. Bright colors and exotic designs winking up at me along with bright metal, jewels and filmy cloth hiding twinkling bijoux. I peeled open the wrappers one by one to finally reveal the earrings at the heart of the parcel. John looked over my shoulder and remarked, "she sure knows how to wrap a package!"

I hope something came your way today to make you happy. Don't forget to enjoy the full moon if your skies are clear; it's been breath-taking in our neighborhood. Playing hide and seek with inky clouds lined with silver just like in the storybooks.

19 comments:

tascha said...

I love it when the sun shines for days on end. It is such a treat!
My gift today was my sweet little kitty Opie giving me lots of kitty kisses.

Sandra Evertson said...

Great blog, love your work, it glows!
Sandra Evertson

Susan said...

Your photographs are great. Love all your work. Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.
Susan K.

Ricë said...

sooo glad you liked the 'zine--it wouldn't be cool without the interview with YOU--and those photos! i want to see That Jacket In Real Life--yowza! thanks so much for making it all possible!

Carla Sonheim said...

The sun so bright that "getting good pictures was difficult"... hurray for the sunshine!

And the earrings and other goodies so fun... so many blessings in one day!

Jonna Barnett said...

Love the goats. And the earrings are amazing. Lucky girl.

Toni said...

That's some serious homemade sparkle in that paper! Ro's blog is always full of images exploding, love that. I ordered the 'zine -- I appreciate the heads-up because so far I'm not so great at weeding out one Zine from another and I need to be smart about my expenditures! Also, here is a link to my blog entry just now, about the cleavage-&-cup-size challenged blouse ... a picture (or 2) ... (grin) http://undertones-artgypsy.blogspot.com/2008/01/proof-is-in-profile.html GLAD you're getting sunshine! We have a big storm rolling in so I'm foaming at the mouth to get out into the breezes whipping the palm fronds around!

Toni said...

Judy, my email address is
antoniafufu@yahoo.com

I'm VERY interested in seeing if you have some original torture to offer on this particular subject (ha!) I do tend to believe, by this age, I've heard it all ... but fire away, Babee!

Anonymous said...

Judy, you are a very fortunate woman, in so very many ways... And you bring your readers some sunshine with you blog.
By the way, the word "douane" on one of the stickers on your parcel simply means "customs". It's French. Leave it to the French to come up with a soft and pretty word for something so prosaic and businesslike!

deMeng said...

Hi Judy,
love the goats...or kids...or whatever. I'm at no loss of sunshine here.

thanks for the post on the robbery. Look forward to seeing you at ArtFest...and Judy is looking forward to meeting you in person.

cheers mate,
Michael

Ro Bruhn said...

Hi Judy, glad the earrings arrived safe and sound, I thought the papers were more interesting than bubble wrap. I sometimes put the wrapped glass on a piece of ribbon or leather as a necklace.
Ro
xo

Becky Vigor said...

I also received a beautiful package of papers from Ro recently, best post this year I think! Today's post brought me an amazing Kurt Jackson book - an English mixed media painter who places huge canvases right there in the landscape and paints.

femminismo said...

Judy,
I also got earrings from Ro. And posted them on my blog along with the tag she sent. What nice bonuses she includes!
Happy (early) Valentine's Day. - Jeanne

HappyDayArt! said...

OMG these are GOR.GE.O.U.S. earrings! Such treasure! What a lucky woman you are!!!!

I also see that you are in great form, your life teeming with action, correspondence and attention to and from so many people. I agree with Sandra. Keep on glowing!

Momma Pajama said...

Hi Judy! You don't know me but I wanted to tell you how much I love your paintings. I am a beginning painter and I am so inspired by your work - I have several of the photos on my screen saver so I can see them often. They help to cheer me up during this dark time in my life...

Karen Cole said...

Lucky, lucky you. All of those goodies from Ro.

I just got my first book from Australia in a series of an altered book round robin I'm in and got to see Ro's work for the first time in the flesh. She is quite the artist.

diane said...

Judy, I ordered one of the books, and can't wait to receive it~I have added Ro to my etsy favorites because of you, as her work is spectacular! =)

Nikki said...

A treasure chest indeed!

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