Monday, November 01, 2010

Running on Full

Home from Journalfest; the best one so far and that's saying a lot. Everything was amazing; beautiful weather every day, stars at night (I saw a shooting star for the first time in months), magical, beautiful, wonderful, loving human beings sharing, laughing, being kind to each other.

I took 2 classes with Juliana Coles. Here she is dressed as a witch. She makes an awfully pretty witch I think and her classes were amazing. I've taken 4 classes from her now and she is very good at what she does. (which is take you to a higher level)

My room overlooked a green meadow and off in the distance was the water and the distant mountains.

Here is one of those amazing smiles I was telling you about. Warm, open, incredibly nourishing to experience.

Andrew Dyrdahl looking like, well, Andrew Dyrdahl. He's teaching at Artfest next March and his classes look like fun.

This is a spread I did in Juliana's class the second day. It represents my "house" and as you can see it has lots of guest rooms for my friends. I wish we could all live together in some exotic locale (with all our art supplies and a big studio of course!). We would just make art all day and eat strawberries and ice cream.

This is Graciella, my newest Sculpey doll. She can't be shown in full because she gets to be in somebody's book in a year or so. She's real proud of herself.

Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch sent me this beautiful kit of encaustic materials to try out in my studio and I can't wait to give it a whirl. I can see just by looking that the color cakes are extraordinarily heavily pigmented and inviting. I'm having a few friends over on November 20-21st for a 2 day class and we'll all try out the new supplies then. I'll report back on how I like them.

We have room for 1 more student (imagine a class with only 4 students in all!) - to be held right here in my studio and covering everything I know about encaustic. (November 20-21st). If you want to be that 4th student please email me for details at All the information is here at this link. Once I accept the student I will update here and maybe I'll be having another class here in my studio in January.

That's all I have for you at this moment, guys. I have a zillion photos to go through and a week's worth of catching up to do before I head off to another retreat so I'll visit back when I can and when I do I'll show you my pages from Orly Avenieri's wonderful class. (yay! I got to meet another one of my heros.) I am happier and more full of life than I have been all year. I hope this is a good time for you as well. xo


jill nalette said...

FUN, FUN, FUN!! that doll of yours is amazing! i so wish i could join your class, but the distance stands in the way...bummer!
love you, judy!
smiles always~ jill

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Unknown said...

so nice, i love the first at page with hallowwen

femminismo said...

Wish I was going to be "home," but will be close ... in Seattle, visiting the painting of Picasso! (I always want to pronounce it PEEK.Ah.So.) Isn't that a peony in the heavenly encaustic picture? Love it dearly!

Anonymous said...

I am sooo happy you had a great time at Journalfest!!! I wish I was there with you all! I am sooo glad you got a chance to meet and take Orly's class. Isn't she just about one of the coolest folks around? I love her!!!

lyle baxter said...

it so grand to see you busy, healthy and happy! and your work shows it! keep it up.

Kim Mailhot said...

If I win the lottery between now and January, you know my name will be on the list of peeps wanting to join you, Love Judy ! That is a dream of mine - to play with you on your home turf !!!!
So glad you are having these wonderful fill 'er up experiences. So well deserved ! Loving the ghoulish pages and your house looks so very inviting...
I love your heart, Beautiful One !
Rainbow hugs !

Lynn Cohen said...

love all that I see here. thinking.............

Marit said...

I would love to spend some time in that house, and work in that awesome big studio you describe, and meet all the nice dressed up people... it would be like I was Alice in Wonderland (without the scary parts)

Pancho Villa said...

pancho is glad you're happy and juicy. he's going to come on horseback soon and take you for a ride over the river and through the woods. to a pumpkin patch picnic under the stars. put your ear to the ground. listen for hoofbeats.

mary lawrence said...

oh how I wish at this moment that I lived on the left coast instead of the right....would love to spend two full days learning encaustic techniques from you!
sending big hugs your way,

Christine Merritt said...


I want to be your fourth student - please contact me!
Christine Merritt

Parabolic Muse said...

Oh, wow. This is an amazing look at the fest. I've always wondered about it. Your journal spread is really cool. Love all the rooms. My partner and I have always imagined having a big villa so all our friends could live with us and I could blame them for the dishes I leave in the sink.

What a great witch costume!

I would love to be the 4th student. I'll check the link, but I'm sure I'm too late. My blurfing duties keep taking a back seat to work, and I get here late.