Friday, December 28, 2018

Art Escapes and Life Updates

I started this blog 12 years ago; long enough to watch the children of our friends grow up and embark on adulthood. So many times I've almost deleted it, certain that no one has time to read blogs any more. Or maybe that's just me. In my present decade the days seem to have shrunk. So thank you for being here despite all that.

The photo above was taken Christmas day at my daughter's new house. Our family gathered to eat, play games, and watch a movie together. The best plan where we each cook a few dishes and then bring them together for our feast. The last 2 years have been mostly vegan and it's fun to experiment with new dishes. One change among many in this new decade.

I continue to paint like a fiend and you can see those paintings (gobs of them!) at judywiseart on Instagram. I post occasionally on Facebook to keep in touch with friends from all over the world and I have a website now that features non-representational paintings which is what I'm doing these days.

Since my last post I've travelled; taught in the UK and visited Santa Fe twice. I sold at the Lake Oswego Show again and last September sold at Art in the Pearl here in Portland. That was a blast. I love sitting at an art fair where I can schmooze and show my work. It's in my DNA. I love conversations with others about art, philosophy, art, travel, more art.

My New Year's Resolution is not to let this blog languish for another long nap; in the meantime come visit me on Instagram, Facebook, or at my website. 

Be well, give thanks, keep making art. xo

Monday, July 31, 2017

This Summer's Garden

John's hard work. Finally I got out in the garden and shot some photos for you.
King and Spitzenburg.

Those are the 2 kinds of apples we have on the place.
John's grandpa was an orchard man.
John inherited that gene.

But he grows veggies as well. Like artichokes.

Beans. Lots of beans.


Lots and lots of blackberries.

Blueberries. I've been picking and freezing and giving away.

Bosc. Pears. I'll show you the seckels soon. They are soooo cute.

Corn. This short bed is for the 2nd coming.

The tall bed will be eaten soon. Hand shucked and all that jazz.

A sweet corner of the patio where I sip my mint julep.


Different kind of cucumber grown on a trellis for easy picking.


Alphabetical order. See what I did?

Matelija poppy. Not alphabetical.

These are the plump green figs that are ripe now.

John has an eye for a little color among the edibles.

And he planted tons of glads this year. 

We have many grape varieties.

He can't resist trying new ones.


This long row of grapes was here when we moved in. Very old vines.

The color of kale is exquisite, dont you agree?

As is lace hydrangea.

Lacinato kale.

Perfect little lettuces.

Tomatoes, tomatoes!




Gorgeous black variety.

Pink Daylilies.




Seckel pears. They are the dainty, sweet ones.

Seedheads. Which the birds love.


Tomatoes. Ripe and juicy.

Walking onions. Walking over to the fairy roses.

Walnuts. Many walnuts.

Thanks for stopping by and admiring summer's bounty and John's hard work.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Lake Oswego Art Fair

It's been 9 years since I last did an art fair. For those who may not know, that's how I made my living for 3 decades; Portland Saturday Market and art fairs from Oklahoma City to Scottsdale Arizona, LA to Seattle and Park City, Utah to name only a few places.

John and I drove rickety vans that broke down as often as not until finally, 3 vans later we could afford a new one with AIR CONDITIONING, omg, unheard of luxury. It was a brutal and beautiful journey and to tell the truth I have missed it so much.

In January I had a wild hair and juried for 2 local art fairs. This is the one I got into; the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. I first did this fair in 1973 or '74 ... always on a hot or thunderstormy weekend it seems. It is a community that loves the artists and we love them in return.

This weekend it was hot. 90 degrees on Friday, 100 degrees on Saturday and 102 degrees yesterday, on Sunday. As I said, the weather is usually a factor at this fair.

But this is how much I cared.

There was wonderful music including Three Legged Stool, one of my favorite groups.

Despite the weather, people came out and supported us. Thank you, wonderful people.

I sent a few paintings to new homes.
My heart is full.
I am going to do this show as long as they'll have me or until I keel over.
The end. xo