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Friday, January 27, 2012

Checking In Before Checking Out


This is my big-big Art Journal. It's over 16x23 inches opened up and has sheets of 300# Arches paper for pages in a coptic bound format. The cover was inspired by an illustration by an artist whose name I had and then lost again (if I can find it I'll amend this post). His monkey was on a tiger which represented the id but my id is so slow lately that an elephant was more in line with truth. An elephant on skittery wheels. 


The artist on the Catherine Wheel was painted on the back cover after a late night session with a group of friends where the suffering of artists was the topic of conversation. We don't suffer because we're artists; we're artists because we feel everything so deeply. And because we are driven to communicate in a language only our tribe understands. To the rest of the world we are just weird, weepy or mental. 


Still, we wouldn't trade our lives with anyone. Not one of us, we agreed, would trade our age for youth. We love the puddles in which we find ourselves.


I've been sick for a week now; subjecting a house guest to my gusty sneezes and trips to the doctor. Haven't felt like talking at all.


Painting in the big-big Art Book has been my consolation. Thank you Misty for the ongoing inspiration. I could name some names here. So many good and loving friends who keep me going and make me feel worthwhile. Who seriously know the way and carry the lantern for others. 


I painted this one over a copied drawing. It was still hard.


And now some recent journal pages. 


I'll be scarce in February or reporting from southern climes. Going to do some high-tailing.


Have a sitter who will send out Hot Wax DVD's for me and help me stay in touch though. And I'll be responding to the Mixed Media Journal Class sign-ups.


In the meanwhile, get your flu shots and wear a scarf outdoors. Listen to music that moves you and keep in touch with the people who make you happy. Let the sun shine down on your days. I'll be back asap.

41 comments:

Judy Shreve said...

Hope you're feeling better soon - this post made me smile - love your (he)art!
May the warmth of the sun shine on you as you head south!
xxoo

JeannetteLS said...

Rats. I just started following your blog. OH well, you'll be back. Feel better and have a wonderful high-tailing session south.

Janet Ghio said...

Gorgeous paintings in your big journal!! I love the monkey on the elephant and so many more!!

Sarah said...

I love the three Tudor type ladies page in your big art journal. I hope you feel better soon!

jill nalette said...

GORGEOUS pages sweetie!! i truly hope you feel better soon!! take care of yourself dear soul!!
xo + smiles~ jill

Jackie said...

Your art is so beautiful - love this big journal! May the warm sun heal you on your vacation. Feel better! xo

Lynn said...

Have fun whatever you are doing down south. As in California downsouth or Eugene? LOL
Hope the flu bug died by now and you are hail and hardy again.
Love all your pages and paintings. So much fun to look at and be inspired by.
Hugs.

Pam McKnight said...

all are wonderful! get to feeling better soon!

Anonymous said...

great minds think alike Judy, i did a small fun piece from a paint blob that turned into a monkey on an elephant. my quote was "please get this monkey off my back"
DianneT

Susie said...

Feel Better Judy. You are sometimes the light that I look to on grey days. You are pretty amazing and special for all the goodness you send out into the world in so many ways so DO get better, give yourself all the rest you need to take, let others tend to you; it's ok to release yourself into someone else's care once in awhile and it sounds like you have some really good friends.

Kathy said...

Judy, your art is so moving that it makes my heart ache. I am sorry you have to dig so deep in your soul to make it but I hope you never stop because it is a beautiful gift to see. Enjoy your time out and feel better soon!

lori said...

love your journal pages, and i got lost on your blog...read post after post. the beach time with creative friends looks like heaven. love your photos too. i'm in lake oswego so know the glorious pain of squinting when the sun finally comes out too. am in misty's class as well. maybe one day we'll meet...would love that.

Jacky said...

The big, big journal is wonderful Judy. I love the arches paper and the large size is fantastic.
Wonderful art! All so beautiful, I cant decide which I love the most...but I think it is the monkey on the elephant and the story behind it. Slow and on those skittery wheels... I hope you are feeling better soon and feeling the warmth of some sunshine.
Enjoy your holiday.

Jacky xox

Ro Bruhn said...

Gorgeous , gorgeous pages and what a big journal, I love it. Hope you're on the mend soon. We're sweltering in the heat here. Enjoy your break. x

Steph said...

amazing pages and what an inspiration indeed..thanks for sharing, Judy..

lilasvb said...

great pages, thanks

Dorylyn said...

Another, WOW! Thank you for always sharing your thoughts and art. It does make me happy!

Rusted Wings said...

healing and blessings of sunshine...your big journal pages reflect much colorful joy and life and beauty!!!
warm hugs,
abigail

Wax Beach Artist said...

Awesome post! I loved the journal pages and the giggles you gave me, especially about what others think of artists, lol...true. I hope you get over the flu fast and that your house guest stays healthy :) Have a wonderful vacation!

tascha said...

((((hugs)))))
Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Steph said...

Judy you are an inspiration to all artists, at any age. While I was teaching a workshop last week, a young artist mentioned that she had seen you do some kind of wax technique. I smiled and thought "that is part what I want my legacy to be". Young artists remembering me for what I have imparted to them. Your rock sista!

Kim Mailhot said...

Love that heart. Love your art.

Have a wonderful month. Get well and Be well.
Light and love to you !

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Omg, these are gorgeous!!! Your love of art and your talent are so inspiring to me. I'm sorry you've been under the weather. The San Miguel sunshine will do the trick. Wish I could go too, these gray days are tough on me. I've been looking at houses in Carmel California and dreaming of sunny skies.
Love to you and safe journey♥

Dayna Collins said...

Such a beautiful post and lovely and inspiring art.

Eileen Sottovia said...

I just found your blog and it is wonderful. I love your artwork. And I'm in Misty's class too. Been so inspired by all the posts and "meeting" all the great artists out there.
I love your book and am looking forward to trying many of the techniques. I hope you feel better really fast and enjoy your time in the sun. Can't wait to see what you do next!
Eileen S.

Stephanie Lee said...

I've copied this line in my journal for those times when I forget:
"We don't suffer because we're artists; we're artists because we feel everything so deeply."
Such a releasing thought. Like, BIG time! Thank you for teaching me this. It makes so many pieces fit together....well, more than that it makes me see the pieces differently, I guess. I had been holding them upside down and backwards this whole time.
I hope you feel better soon (as I sit here recovering from my own head on collision with a fierce cold.)
Love love love to you.

Melinda said...

Hi Judy! Take care of yourself - big cup of tea!!! I love this journal and can't wait for your online class!

Paula S In New Mexico said...

Love that big format journal. My personal favorite is the really large format spiral bound atlas......

I think every single soul in New Mexico has the crud to some degree....
Are you by chance getting away to the land of enchantment??????

roc said...

so sorry you are not feeling well. i am glad to hear you are feeling some better and made a blog post. you are is always amazing to look at. enjoy your trip. i am sure it will replenish your soul in ways you can't even imagine. god bless.

Gigi said...

I LOVE the big art journal! Very inspiring. Get better soon and enjoy your trip.

bohemiannie! art said...

Wonderful journal! Be better! (As in feel better) (Your art is already better). :)

femminismo said...

Wonderful big book. Hope your cold, flu, virus (whatever) is totally gone. Your journal pages, as always, are gorgeous. You carry that lantern high, too, lady!

Parabolic Muse said...

Oh, Judy. This journal is what heaven would be if it could. How awesome.

I'm very sorry you've been ill.

misty said...

I really hope you feel better ASAP!!!
Your art, your journal pages, your words are all so inspiring! thank you!!!
i so adore you! Soak it all up!!!
xoxoxooxo

Dawn E. Shepherd Nguyen said...

Thank you for sharing and reminding me of what's important Judy. My healing prayers are heading your way now....
Lots of love to you - Dawn
PS isn't BIG big fun?? :D

Dawn E. Shepherd Nguyen said...

Hi Judy,
Was the artist you were trying to remember was Jonathan Rosen? I hope you are feeling better and enjoying a warmer climate down south someplace.
Hugs to you,
Dawn

Kathleen Maunder said...

I found your blog through a retweet by Carla Sonheim of a tweet by Jess Greene who mentioned your blog. A chain! Your art is beautiful and I love all of the thought behind it all.

Parabolic Muse said...

No need to reply because I know you are far away, but I had to tell you how cool it is that you emailed me to give me your address, from Mexico! I was going to send you something but I will wait until you return!

Renee! said...

I absolutely love this post Judy! The monkey is my favorite!!!
Renee
xoxo

Sherry said...

These are gorgeous spreads Judy

Maria said...

Your art is brilliant!!