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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Toot Toot!

That's me tooting my horn about having my painting featured on the cover of this month's Skirt Magazine. Wish we could get it here on the west coast; it's a great magazine with articles of interest to all women and filled with beautiful art, photography and well written articles. I'm honored!

This is how I spent the weekend; creating this mixed -media book for a class proposal. I'll just show a few pages here and tell you that it's the most fun I've had in months and lets me know how much I've missed my good friend acrylic while I've been over romancing the wax. The colors just lift me and fill me; what a joy to work in such a rewarding medium.

I wish my friends could all fit in my studio and that we could play together. Unfortunately I'm such a slob that even I don't fit in my studio. I need to have all my scraps out at once to find what I want; I suspect many of you are the same.

This is a small portion of the book but I'm busting to share. And (psssst, lean closer) I'm teaching 2 classes again at Artfest next April. The schedule goes up August 1st and I'll remind you again around that time. I'm not going to be teaching as much next year (I swamped myself this year thinking that I might run out of time). I want to take each experience more slowly now and savor the friendships and time at home with my good man while we have it.

Meanwhile, 4th of July looms as a joyful time for families and friends. I have a houseguest coming to go junking with and to enjoy in the studio; I hope you make it a pleasant day wherever you are; east, north, south or west. We are all family.

34 comments:

art and beautiful junk said...

WOW!!! I wish I could play in your studio or even just touch one of your paintings. Lovely!
nancye

Jeannine said...

I just picked up a copy of Skirt this afternoon. Great cover! Congrats!

Sweet Petunia said...

That mixed media book is Georgeous!!! Happy summer.

femminismo said...

Wow! Toot all you want. The book is awesomely fabuloso. You were born to do this! I recognize stabilo pencil on the Indian inspired page - I think. Just beautiful ... just wonderful. Words fail.

Sandy said...

love your mixed media book. Great idea's. Congrats on the cover- How awesome!

Ro Bruhn said...

Congratulations again Judy, you're a very talented lady. I love your new class sample, the last image is very exotic, love them all.
Ro
xo

Heather, paperfollies.typepad.com said...

yes, yes, the studio is covered in scraps and wholes and everything in between! glad to hear you are teaching at Artfest again!
xO

Heather said...

OOOh I LOVE the pages you have shown in the book. I want to take that class! How exciting that you will be teaching at ArtFest again. I might just have to try to make it!

Sue B said...

Congrats on the Skirt cover! That MM book is pretty fabulous.

dj said...

You know I've made two books using your paper bag tutorial, and am saving materials for #3. The brown paper is a lovely foil for my pastel ideas.
Now, I see you've tempted me with another beauty of color & texture ; mmmmmm...those raw edges are calling me. And I think I have some canvas scraps...or is cotton material sturdy enough?
Can't wait to play and find out...
Lovely, my friend!

art and beautiful junk said...

Stop over and see by blog. There is a surprise for you.

nelda ream said...

WooHoo! Congratulations, Judy! Toot away, that's a wonderful cover. You so deserve it. Glad to see you'll be teaching at ArtFest again next year.

Tyn said...

TOOT TOOT is right! That is so exciting! I see that acrylic isn't mad at you for flirting with wax, in fact it still loves you. Hugs to you-

Candace said...

Congrats, Judy... and what a wonderful mixed media book. It practically jumps off the screen, and I can only imagine what being there with the little darling actually is like!

Happy 4th to you and yours, too!
Big Hug,
Candy

Connie said...

The book is fantastic! Love it!

seth said...

Toot away Judy. Congrats on the cover. And the mixed media book looks wonderful. I spy some great texture.

taylor said...

Loved the surprise of looking at the cover of Skirt today and seeing a familiar "face" on the cover. It was great to see you all the way in South Carolina. Your work is always lovely.

Maija said...

Congrats on the Skirt cover, and I wish I could fit into your studio!

Anonymous said...

I love your book, how about teaching an online class at Joggles. You can stay home and we come to you via the internet. Hopefully you have received my pictures that I sent you. Enjoy Peggy

Joy Logan said...

HEY congrats you have a right to TOOT I just did it also on my blog...got in Somerset Studio this July?Aug it was a BLAST for me. Love your mixed media book and cover you made YUMMY stuff.

vintage moon studio said...

Such lovely art... and each page is so different! Will have to be on the lookout for Skirt. Am looking forward to having your guidance in a workshop at Squam this fall... have a wonderful holiday weekend! Deb

Karen Cole said...

Face it....I love your work.

Did you know that the theme of the round robin I am currently involved in is "Face It"? Yup. I love em....and I love what you have done.

Congrats on the mag. cover. Where do they sell these magazines?

Have a great weekend.

Karoeza said...

Just wanted to let you know that i love your work.

Congrats with your skirt cover!

Chris said...

I am getting that magazine! WHY don't they have it on the west coast? I think we need to protest!

That is a cool painting, and that journal you've made... you can teach that class at my house! Please?

It's interesting, what you say about your studio. I am spending the weekend on mine, and two different artists over the past couple of days have mentioned the same thing about their studios being insane right now.

Your work is always lovely.

Tricia said...

love the class proposal!
just a few days ago i received the indiearts dvd. i listened to your segment and was moved to tears----i was in the library with my laptop and a headset!--the part near the end where you are talking about your journal---it just struck such a strong chord with me...i have journaled several times a day since and i feel changed/awakened/so much more alive/more me. i have only played with a journal off and on but never really made it a part of my everyday life...thank you judy from the bottom of my heart!

Dale said...

Beautiful beautiful. I love the way you did the painting of that skirt on the journal page. It looks so fabulously textures. Great job.

StudioMargo said...

Judy,
I just started painting in acrylic again after a eight months of wax brain. I agree, it is so fun and amazing to paint in that medium.

Carol Phelps said...

Love your art work Judy. Got to your blog via a copy of Cloth Paper Scissors. I identify with a lot of your thoughts.... and the photo of your work desk...I work in a tiny space and it's always messy!

Carol Phelps (London)

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh, this work is wonderful, and your cover painting on the magazine is too! Congratulations and I wish I could take a class from you! I am curious as to how you break into to teaching classes? Thanks for sharing...Roxanne

Judy said...

Congrats on the toot.
Happy 4th of July.
And congrats on Artfest.
Love your book judy.

ABG said...

just picked up copy of skirt. Cover is wonderful.
Let me know if you'd like me to send you some. Atlanta is Loaded with copies.
alicia
sendingpagesouttodry.blogspot.com

diane cook said...

We get skirt! here, so I better go find one while they last. And, the class proposal pic looks so inviting~would love to take a class from you one day!

~*~Patty said...

Oh my GOSH, I am SO inspired! I have been working on an altered book about India for a while now. This piece is just amazing! Wish there were an ArtFest on the east coast! Congrats any accolades are richly deserved! Your art work is awesome!

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