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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

June, the Best Month


It's here at last, sweet beloved June. 


I'm leaving in the morning for the east coast, 6 hours away, to participate in the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, Massachusetts. This will be my 2nd time attending and I'm starting to get excited. I haven't started packing but I'm starting to get excited.


It is soggy and cool here, not summery at all. Everyone is grumbling about the weather. But not me. I'm glad it's not too hot.


The flowers sure aren't discouraged. Soaked but not discouraged.


I would post more photos but my feet were wet so I quit shooting.


I've been on a roller coaster of work and high energy that usually comes with summer.


I'm preparing a big surprise for you that I'll unveil on my return from the conference.


Something I thought was impossible until I tried it and found out it was possible after all.


I'm taking all kinds of new risks lately; pushing myself to the edge of the cliff. 


What have I got to lose? This is my one amazing life.


I'm reading Just Kids by Patti Smith. She is a brilliant writer. I am mesmerized by her story. 


The book will travel with me to the east coast.


Oh yeah. So my big announcement. 


Coming next week.


A bit of a stretch.


Because it's summer and I feel expansive.


And a huge thank you to everyone who has written with their congratulations on the book and the class. The best thing in the world you can do for your own happiness is to try and make someone else happy. It is brilliant the way that works. Everyone gets to shine.


Last night before yoga one of the other students said that a 114 year old man just passed who was the last remaining survivor of World War I. When asked his advice for a long life he had 2 suggestiions. He said to limit meals to twice a day and to embrace change. I've been thinking about that ever since. It sounds like excellent advice. 

26 comments:

Clare Wassermann said...

such joy

Teddi said...

oh i'm so grateful for the beautiful floral shots you did show us judy. have a wonderful upcoming adventure!

iHanna said...

Beautiful journal pages. Beautiful garden photos!!

oneartistjournal said...

I like this old man's advice...and it's totally doable. An Encaustics conference..it sounds too good to be true...how lucky are you.
I love rainy cool weather all the time, living in Southern Cal makes me be in a constant mode of craving for the sun to go away and make room for showers of sweet water. Beautiful images Judy.
Enjoy your week, how can you not....
Xoxorly

Marit said...

Excellent month. Excellent photos. Excellent advice. Excellent post!

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Safe journey Judy! You make me want to make the most of my one amazing life...Love you!
xoJenny

Sandy said...

Your journal pages are so pretty. Your flowers are beautiful. Enjoy the conference.

lyle baxter said...

wonderful photos! enjoy your journey, learn something you can share with us all and make someone smile every day!

Bren said...

I love your pages, how they contain lists, dreams all the moments captured in time. And your photos, all those wonderful blooms including the shots where the water drops bead on the petals makes for beautiful photos :-) A big beautiful life, I love how you are looking at life it challenges me to consider the same thing.

Renee Howell said...

beautiful flowers! lovely pictures. a post that makes me smile inside and out. Change - ah yes. enjoy!

Donna Heart said...

oh my, how I wish we could grow flowers ike that here, but the soil is pure sand- it even repels water! and it is waaay too hot! *sigh* Once again, I shall just have to be content with living vicariously through another ;)
X Donna
ps- what a lovely idea to post in that way Judy - you're a clever chook ;)

Joyce said...

I'm originally from the Pacific NW and now live in the South - oh how I miss cooler summers! Beautiful flower pics!!! :-)

Lynn said...

Have a wonderful exciting trip and conference! I'm excited to hear your newest "announcement"...
Your journal pages are such inspiration and your flowers so beautiful, both just like YOU.
I too love the cool June weather we are having down here as well. I do not like heat...and this is a fine summer in my book.

Healing Woman said...

Your garden flowers are so lovely, as is your photography of them. The piece of advice that the last remaining soldier in WWI gave is really something to ponder.

Kim Mailhot said...

excellent advise. excellent views. excellent life.
Enjoy the conference, Lovely One ! Send unicorn kisses on the wind up to me in NH.
Can't wait to hear your news...

Seth said...

I never tire of looking at your journal pages. Enjoy the conference!

kerri said...

I just found your blog and I live a stone's through away! :) I have been a little guilty of complaining about the rain this year, I have to admit. :)

And so it goes... said...

i'm on pins and needles pondering your announcement, and awaiting your class... LOVE your book! and your philosophy for your one amazing life. have a wonderful week waxing it up!

woolies said...

I'm one of those people that embraces change, and sometimes actually initiates huge life changes. I feel one coming on .. maybe still sometime away ... but soon.
Amazing photography. I dream of rain.

Liz Hampton-Derivan Studio said...

Hi Judy, I'm fairly new to your Blog...Love the journal and the flowers. Have a great time at the conference.

Jo Reimer said...

I love the painting of the woman's face on your June pages... and of course seeing your journal pages is always an inspiration.
Finally we have sunshine and warm weather and you aren't around to enjoy it. Let's hope it lasts for 3 or 4 months.

Connie Lou said...

your pictures are great...make me happy! I, too, like his advice! Have an awesome time at the encaustic class, I actually got to try my hand at a little bit of it! And thanks for your words of wisdom, I need to push myself!
Aloha, Connie

Laura said...

Whew, catching my breath after these photos! and the book! Mine finally came last week and I love it. This will be a new adventure for me, but I'm thinking about what I need to get started on a new adventure. Thanks for being so generous with all of your gifts.

layers said...

Hi Judy, as I write this comment you are probably still at the encaustic conference in MA. I have been very busy and away from my computer for several weeks now. so I am late in responding to your comment on my blog post which I wrote 4 weeks ago- my how fast time flies. I read the book JUST KIDS some time ago- fabulous book and I loved it. I can't wait to hear about your big news when you get back home-- the weather has been sunny and warm for the past 4 days now- hopefully it will be so when you return.

La Dolce Vita said...

oh such gorgeosity here... and the journal pages are just spectacular, yes.... sage advice, especially the embrace change part.. ... and congrats on all counts!

Leovi said...

A log of delicious art. Gorgeous frames for these beautiful flowers and delicious texture tones. Greetings.