Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October Images

Busy busy, happy happy. Our weather here is a boon in October; sunny, warm, a lengthening of summer's gentle blessings. Every morning that I wake up to the light I am full of gratitude.

And I've been in the wax again. Inspired by the students, by the weeds outside my door and by the necessity of writing new proposals. It's a glad time.

The wood is stacking up in preparation for winter. The chimney has been cleaned and the furnace filters replaced. We're bringing in the sheaves.

This is a detail from a class sample.

The corn has been harvested and the stalks laid down to slumber.

Any season is a good season for daydreams, don't you think? Especially while one is in the studio, pushing paint, heating wax, drawing diagrams.

The journal reflects myself back to myself. I am my own cheering squad; my own grandpa. Go girl go.

I heard something this week that I'd heard long ago. Something about how we create a thing and then we keep returning to it for the thanks it gives in return. Beauty generating beauty. Hope generating hope.

I walked under the apple trees again and smelled the crisp cidery smell. There must be that smell somewhere in a test tube but it could never be the same as standing under the apple tree and gazing at the remnants of the summer's garden. The seedheads that remain. The boxes and bowls and trays of produce.

John made more salsa this year and canned it than ever before. Oh, tacos, enchiladas, huevos, and more. Full heart. Full heart.

Tomatillo habanero sauce. Fruity, spicy and fabulous with corn tortillas, cheese, onions and sour cream.

Maximillian sunflowers. These are the fall blooming sunflowers that come to replace the earlier variety. The honey bees love them as you can see and they are great fall color in the garden.

What gives more love than a hydrangea I ask you? She starts early and gives and gives and gives. That's my girl.

More snippets from the wax works.

And the journal.

Lonely little onions. 

The tie ups for the tomato plants looking like their job is done for another season.




And still there are more.

Write it all down. Capture it. Live it over again. Sweet life, so fleeting.

Thank you for coming. Big doings in the coming weeks. I'll bring you along. xo


Healing Woman said...

You are living the good life..good for you!!!

Pamela Holderman said...

Oh I am loving this weather... don't ever remember an October being so nice. Maybe it is making up for our lack of summer. Your bounty looks wonderful and oh so yummy. And your art is inspiring me too!

Kathryn Zbrzezny said...

This post brings me joy. Thank you for all that you give, share and inspire, Judy. ~Kathy

Numinosity said...

What a post! Tomatillo salsa and art and peppers. Would you believe my word captcha is chilie?!
I hope to see you at Squam next year as Ms. Dosfishes has been talking it up
xoxo Kim

Renee Howell said...

My goodness you have a busy creative life! grinning for you and yours.

Unknown said...

Love your photos Judy and those freshly canned jars of salsa make me hungry. It warmed my heart to see your journal entry for the 16th. :)
I'm so excited for your book to come out, lots of good things are coming your way. Much love to you!

Donna Heart said...

Judy you inspire me so much! I wish I had a garden lik eyours - so bountiful! But what I love most about visiting your blog is the sense of the turning of the seasons, the passage of time and the peaceful undulations of the months rolling on. We here in Western Australia have our summer early and everything that normally loves spring has been beaten down by the early heat blech!!! It's going to be dry dry dry, so I will just have to live vicariously through you my dear. Pax xxxxx

Emerson Bindery said...

Wow, have you been one busy woman! Keep up the good work, and thanks for the inspiration.

Janet Ghio said...

Love your photos interspersed with your paintings and journal pages. Such a pleasure to look at your blog!

Lynn Cohen said...

Oh my you posted so much beautiful art; such delicous journal pages; such scrumptious bounty from John's garden! I am just sitting here with a HUGE grin on my face.
1. to find my photos in your journal warms my heart.
2. to see the photo of US makes me laugh happily outloud!
3. To see the photo of Jenny and me on same page...a sweet woman whose friendship I made in class and hold now via our blogs and facebook!!! Too sweet...
So much good comes from that weekend away!
So glad to read that it went smoothly for you! You worked hard.
That was a lot to take on.
And such a huge success! Bravo, take a bow!!!! And thanks again!!!

femminismo said...

Wowsa! This is the way to live, amidst all this beauty. Pushing paint, dripping wax and reheating it. I am envious and should be doing that myself, but I guess my turn will come.

paperbird said...

so much beauty here judy- your life looks full and beautiful AND YUMMY too!

Thank you so much for the sweet comment about my painting- I was so very proud of it and I love my doll that I just completed from your class. I will tell you I am amazed at the women who were able to finish their dolls in class time- holy cow I could have used another week to finish my girl!

Sweet blessing to you!

Tory Brokenshire said...

Great post, I love the meandering between life in the garden and life in the studio. It was nice to meet you the other day I look forward to another visit. P.S. I could almost smell the apples.

Unknown said...

very chili hot journal pages

A'n'G Johnson said...

what fabulous journal pages. and I love how many artists (including me) use their Yogi Tea tags in their art!

Anonymous said...

Oh you amaze me and bring tears to my eyes these wax creations are amazing... I must take your wax class... now please have one soon near my dear...

dorylyn said...

Oh you inspire me cook, to plant, to smell, to paint, to journal...and a wanting to learn how to use wax. Thank you!

Rhayne said...

Every time I read your blog posts a million questions come to mind and by the end I'm smiling ear to ear and can't remember a single question, lol. I just know your blog brightens my day and I thank you for that!

Parabolic Muse said...

Judy, these wax works are such a pleasure to look at! I love that blue and red one with the white 'wave' near the top left. And that class sample!

You sound like you are doing well. That's what I demanded.

Jennifer White said...

I must admit...stunning post, Judy... BUT...BUT!!!! I cannot get past the salsa, sorry... I'm imagining that I'm sitting in your pantry, surrounded by jars of both types, with a spoon in hand and a smile on my face... xo

Pam McKnight said...

great photos and blog entry, yes it is a wonderful October!

Caterina Giglio said...

what an abundantly beautiful post! grazie mille!

Jill said...

What a bumper harvest of a post Judy, enough here to feast off for some time.

Pippin said...

Wow to john's canning abilities! you are one girl. miss you. hope all is well. pippin

Clare Wassermann said...

I love it all but particularly the topmost image where the face, the words and the music weave in and out of like the swirl in my head

Quinn said...

This sentence of yours just collapsed all my resistance: ". . .create a thing and then we keep returning to it for the thanks it gives in return. Beauty generating beauty." Thank you so much for that sentence.

Marit said...

I so wish I could take a workshop with you dear... aaarghh... too much water in between. I'm on ooh and aah over your art!

Dori Patrick said...

Always love trailing along with you.....wonderful!!!

somepinkflowers said...

oh my
i left you a very clever & sweet note
here yesterday
came back to look again
at your waxy work
now i see

i must have
to do the secret pass*word


i So hate
when that happens...

{{ it was a Really Good Comment,
too }}


one of my dreams--->
to someday write this--->

'''I've been in the wax again'''

eb said...

how you break open my heart
and so sew it up again...

xox - eb.

Pat said...

Love love love your blog! Your work is such an inspiration....hope to have the opportunity to learn from you in person here on the East Coast some day. Missed Squam.....

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Suzanne said...

There is so much to be inspired by here. I love all the encaustic paintings.

Rusted Wings said...

your life is overflowing withal good things...
thanks be to God!

misty said...

so much beauty, i think my heart just got a little bigger from seeing into your life. that piece with the clover and water is just breathtaking.
one day, dear judy, i hope you can come play in my woods.
here's to a beautiful life! xo

Joy Logan said...

Came by much to see