Saturday, June 19, 2010

Eat Drink and Play

The studio is buzzing with hopeful ideas. My goal today was to put the wax area back in order so that after Father's Day I can return to encaustic. But first! First I had to prep some journal pages, write in other journal pages, cut a new stencil, scan family photos (coming soon) and do my vocal exercises. The pages above are backgrounds; fingertip painting being one of my favorite techniques. Fingertips make the kind of marks that I like.

These are the pages that were formerly watercolor shapes. This is the next incarnation. But not the last.

Happy shapes. Birthday cakes and doilies. That's what I see. Mmmm, pink and yellow, kissed a fellow. You won't recognize any of this after I add photos, words, my very important thoughts.

The reason I write so much and so small is because I am procrastinating (lol). If I stop painting for any length of time I lose my momentum. The more I get in the studio and work, the more the ideas come. So right now I'm priming the pump following the long interruption.

Asking myself where I left off. Except I'm not there any more. I'm in a new place and I'm still trying to figure out where.

Meanwhile, John brought me a plant of blooming gardenias. I think I'll just go bury my nose in one of those blossoms and say a little prayer for things that smell good in the summer.

Thinking of Fathers Day. We all have a Daddy. Not one of them was perfect but each of them gave us a life. I'm grateful for mine and I hope you are too.  xo


lyle baxter said...

we all do need to thank our daddy for bringing us here! good ,bad or indifferent! I wouldnt be chatting with you if it werent for him! thanks for suggesting such good way to look at dad!

Bev said...

luscious gardenia, so intoxicating! yes, thank you to daddy's...for without them, we would not be here!

Roberta said...

I love the bright, fun colors and the white wash on top is like whip cream on a mocha...yum! Have a great weekend, Roberta

lilasvb said...

very nice journal's pages

dosfishes said...

Beautiful post, pages full of summer joy! Makes me think of playing in the yard every summer evening with my dad. Miss my dad every single day...xox Corrine

rachel awes said...

oh my heavens, the very first page with those orangey colors on the post SWOONED my heart! beautiful colors, words & play here/lovely to visit.

somepinkflowers said...

writing sooooths me,
{{ smooths me }}


just dropped by
to smell your gardenia
to surround myself
freshly painted



i can get out of bed {{ !!! }}
and start my day.

Kim Mailhot said...

Love it at your home, Beautiful Judy. Thank you for sharing your amazing process with us again. It makes me want to run over to my table and paint, paint paint ! Luckily, that is the plan for most of today anyway ! ;)
Here's to orange, gardenias, Daddies and to being right where we are supposed to be.
Big love and hugs to you.

La Dolce Vita said...

i can smell the gardenia all the way over here!! lovely!!

femminismo said...

I could smell the gardenia. Lovely photo. Great pages. Is that a stencil in the one with the woman's face and the flower petals? How did you get the "drop shadow" on the left? Maybe it's black paper behind the stencil??? Saw the words "laughed out loud (or hard) with John" and it made me smile. Nothing like a partner you can laugh with until you cry with joy.

Jill said...

Love your pages, they are so full of life even before you have written on them

Ro Bruhn said...

It's lovely to see all that wonderful colour again Judy and to see you returning to your fabulous journal pages. Can't wait to see what happens when you attack the encaustics again.
What a gorgeous gardenia, I can almost smell it from here. I have one at my front door too, but it's not our flowering season yet.

Clare Wassermann said...

Your backgrounds are so inspiring x

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

Just beautiful and words.

happy day and happy solstice!

Marit said...

Gorgeous pages... just gorgeous!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

I examine every tiny bit of your work. Love it all.

You're better, aren't you. Always finding a new J.W. and adding layers to the other.

We made it to Maine and our beloved island after 4 and a half loooong weeks of book tour, tv, radio, talks, and a sore butt.

Love to you,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Nic Hohn said...

Ohhh, those colours are so delicious!

Karin Bartimole said...

Just reading your post has me feeling jazzed and energized! Thanks for your recent visit, and for the inspiration :)

Anonymous said...

oh i so love coming here and peeking into your journal pages...they are sheer brilliance and i don't know why but I could drool, i mean stare all day!

thanks for doing what you do!

off to poke around here some more now!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Diary of a Socially ART-tivist Mommy said...

Hi Judy....I feel like I know you.......I have been sharing your work with my 5th graders who have created their own journals this year......anyway, what type of pens do you use to write your words on your journals.....?
Thanks for being you.


The Dreaming Bear said...

Wow! Love those pages!!! They remind me of sherbet. YUM. Great job!