Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Summer Bliss

I spoke to a friend recently who asked if I was still on "that sketching kick". Uh, yeah. I'm still adding notebooks, pens, new watercolor sets and heaps of enthusiasm. 

Meanwhile the garden is bursting at the seams.

One daughter has moved to downtown Portland. Wow, do I love their new neighborhood.

The family continues to meet weekly for walks in the forest.

Shellie and her dad.
Mi amor.

Whenever I make a trip to the bank or grocery store I rip off a sketch. 

We had a great cherry harvest this year. Over 4 qts of pie cherries and eleven qts. of the sweet ones named "Sam". I made a galette for our Garden Group and will make a second one for the 4th of July.

Oh, I do love summer!

The kale is burying us. Smoothies and baked kale. Yum.

This above is a soup of fava beans, sweet pea pods and asparagus in veggie stock.

I love the Creaper pens but not the Lamy. The point is too stiff for the way I draw.

My beautiful family. Out for Father's Day celebration. 

My beautiful friends. Play time in the studio.

The blackberries aren't quite there yet.

My good man.

Tomatoes ripe before the 4th of July. Woo hoo!

Everything is always changing.

I just play.

Drew some portraits of my friends in Sketchbook Skool.

Wrote a bunch of thoughts down.

Worked on some monotypes in wax that I have to keep under my hat awhile longer. A gallery show in Sydney. Pretty exciting. 

Just made my reservations to Bali this morning and ordered a mosquito net for my head. John came in and saw what I was doing and informed me that they'll probably have mosquito nets over the beds. Well. Don't blame me if I dont know what I'm doing. Dang mosquitoes aren't going to get me.

 And some of my Sketchbook Skool friends drew portraits of me.

Yoga in 15 minutes so I gotta finish this up!!
Aren't those tomatoes cool?

Go forth and make the best of wherever you are in life and whatever hand you were dealt. You only get to be you once. xo


Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

What a wonderful, beautiful, creative, honest, inspiring post. I love this. Thank you so much for sharing the moments and the beauty that you do, Judy!

bumblebee said...

judy, Wow you just amaze me each time I see your work, garden and cooking…. we will need to talk cooking when we see each other as I love to cook and am seasonal like you. You have inspired me to make a galette as well… strawberries for me. See you soon bz

Carol said...

Your gardens are beautiful and I love the art ♥ I don't have much of a veggie garden this year. I put all of my energy into getting the flower gardens built back up . I miss my veggies but all I have to do is walk down the road and a neighbor has an organic hobby farm. The only reason I was able to pass on a veggie garden at all... I do have potatoes, garlic and a few green beans ..but the tomatoes bit the dust early in the season...critters I do believe :(

huntla1 said...

Hi there Judy Wise. I love this blog post. It all looks so delicious! Food, art, family, everything! Can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks!

Lynn Cohen said...

Dear Judy! Your journal pages are so superlative, the layout, the writing, the color AND the sketches! You couldn't sketch poorly if you tried, so let's cage your monkey once and for all!

Jane S. said...

Can't believe you mentioned Brenda Starr in your journal! I loved that comic strip, too. I wanted to have those eyes and lips! ha. It's always a treat to see your journal pages & do like the sketches. When I read your advice at the end of your blog, I was so moved. I retired today (after 51 years) with mixed emotions, and your words were just what I needed to hear. A heartfelt thank you, Judy.

Janine said...

Love your art!

Would love for my husband to take a gardening course from your husband!!!!

GailNHB said...

I do love reading your posts, staring at your journal pages and sketches, and seeing the photos of the amazing food you get to eat from your own garden. You do have a good man, certainly a handy and industrious and hard-working man. Good for you both. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Ophelia Staton said...

Oh Judy, how I love your work!!! I just get so inspired by my visits to your blog! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Sandy King said...

Just love your blog posts Judy. And I love your take away comment at the end. You're the best !

Jan Jackson said...

Judy, thank you for sharing your world with us. Beautiful photos and words. So inspiring to really pay attention to life.

Peg Englishman said...

what wonderful artwork and beautiful pictures! I can't believe how big those blueberries are!!! yum!

Parabolic Muse said...

Yes yes yes. Lovely family and friends. You honor them with your sketches!! And Bonnie and I have vowed to do new journals next year. Play art for ourselves. HA! I am aching to sketch more, after the job and family illnesses. I'm trying to squeeze it in but always feel I'm not good enough. This is an older post so I'm typing more. Still wanting to get on those Faces. Bonnie is saying: where are the FACES?! Yes. Do you ever feel you are a disappointment to everyone? My oldest brother still doesn't have his painting. What am I doing?! Where are my priorities?! heehee it will all come in good time.

Your husband is the most dedicated gardener! holy moly!