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Friday, February 13, 2009

Pushing Daffodils

Spring is pushing up the daffodils here in Oregon; what a welcome sight. The image above is a painting on plaster that I did recently. I've been experimenting with plaster for some time now and every time I meet another artist who is also interested in this versatile material my eyes light up. Well, if you're one of those people you might take a look at the class I'll be teaching at Artful Journey this July. We'll be painting on plaster panels and I'll show you everything I've learned in my experience with this marvelous painting ground. It lends itself to so many different styles of painting and the ways you can manipulate the surface is endless. I'll have lots of examples of various approaches for you to study and try.

My compadre Katie will be there the following day teaching her painting and collage techniques (fabulous teacher) so if you want to come and play with both of us this is your opportunity for a very special weekend. We are both hugely excited about coming to Santa Cruz in July and meeting you. Registration starts March 1st.

Here is another journal spread for the past week or so. Amazing how busy even February has turned out to be. Hardly any time to write.

These little collages happened this week. They may not be done but I thought I'd show them anyway.

They're all on paper with acrylic and collage and some drawing and painting.

The stencil is from a photograph of my older sister Sandi. She doesn't read my blog but she should. ha ha.

And this is the book I read this week; highly recommended. It's about reconnecting with the earth and other sentient beings in a technological age. The author is David Abram.

Tomorrow I take a class (wheeee, busman's holiday!). Making things with others in a classroom setting, eating lunch together, visiting and laughing - these are my ideas of heaven.

One more thing; registration for Art Unraveled is now open. I'm offering several classes there in August and I love returning to my old stomping grounds to party and teach. Maybe some of you will want to check into that one too.

21 comments:

jgr said...

Oh Judy,
You always inspire me! The paintings are just gorgeous! The plaster sounds interesting, too.

-Jane

grrl+dog said...

The stencil works well with a sense of movement, and the book? it's on my list...

Tracey said...

I so love your work, Judy! Thanks for sharing! Happy Valentine's Day!!

Sharon said...

I really like your painting on plaster. That sounds like something interesting and new to try. I'm always inspired by coming to your blog. Thanks for sharing all the things you do. Wish I could take some of your classes. Maybe some day. :)

Pattio said...

Hi Judy,

Love the plaster piece! I would love to take a class with you.My financial outlook is perking up so you never know. I am inspired to try some texturing now. ta :)

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

You never fail to amaze me. I love the depth and feeling of dozens of layers in your work. I need to work on that. I'll check out Art Unraveled again -- I enjoyed your encaustics and marketing classes -- but I'd love to take your classes closer to home in the Pacific Northwest.

mystele said...

you art is so refreshing, judy. thank you for putting it out here.

* mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella * said...

Pushing Daffodils is just lovely; and I love the depth and texture of it. Gorgeousness.

xo Rella

Lucy said...

I'm one of those that loves painting with plaster--although I use molding paste more so than plaster but the idea is the same...and I just love love love it! I wish I could take your class and learn even more!

RowanDevoe said...

Oh, Your pieces are just amazing-all of them in all different mediums. I just love them and the stories behind them.

I studied mainly printmaking and finally have my own press(yay!), but I am always trying out new things(dolls, books, paintings, who knows). Your work is just amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Take care,
merle

Joy Logan said...

Judy great pieces have fun!

Judy said...

Love the stencil of your sis - cracked up when i read the comment.
xo

Stephanie Lee said...

Oh Judy...you are so many things and I'm so glad to find another daffodil caller in you! If I were to physically, fully follow my inclinations this time of year, I would be on knees and elbows a whisper away from the brave little spears pushing into the cold, wet air. I'd tell them I've been waiting for them all year...that they are my most favorite and reliable sign that winter is shape-shifting, that the light is returning. (I notice them at first peek from a mile away....driving along the road, you can tell a clump of daffodils-in-the-ready long before bloom time by the blue-green color that is different from the yellow green color of new, spring grass). My sweetMelissa celebrates her birthday the day before yours and she loves her traditional daffodil bouquet that is always a part of her birthday celebration. I remember once, when she was still in diapers, pulling over on the side of the freeway to pick the wild daffodils that were all along side the road. No, it probably wasn't safe, but I am easily blinded by the beauty of March's flower.....almost as beautiful as your plaster paintings!!! What FUN this class will be, I am sure!
oxoxo

Lynn Fisher said...

These pages are beautiful Judy! Enjoy your class and the day off (I have it off too...weeeeeeee)
-Lynn

Chris said...

plaster! wow. I got a tub of that and work with and haven't yet. It just always looks so...organic. Fresh. I don't know why...

Maija said...

You are fabulous!!!

John G. said...

I haven't visited in a while. Seeing these pieces (especially the first) make me realize I've really missed your work.

carolyn said...

hi judy~i signed up for your translucent layers class at squam and i am really looking forward to meeting you in september.
your paintings are gorgeous.
the painting on plaster sounds fun...kinda like the way leonardo da vinci did!

Deryn Mentock said...

Oh, how I miss those Oregon daffodils! Your artwork is beautiful...

Danielle Payton said...

How do you do your sketch book pages?
Have you worked straight onto paper, or have you worked on material?
Your works really inspiring.

Judy Wise said...

hi Danielle,
I work directly on the pages of my journal. It gets thick and heavy (layers of paint and glued on stuff). Whatever is fun is my motto. xo