Sunday, August 18, 2019

August Dispatch

Sweet summer! June and July slid by in a blur of road trips, family gatherings, hikes, summer shows, books read. I discovered that my breakfast tastes better when eaten outside, admiring the hummingbirds as they sip from the coral penstemons and rest on the purple boughs of the datura.

I've saved up some photos of the garden for those of you who enjoy seeing them. I've gotten out more than usual this summer to help with the pruning and deadheading. Those are two jobs I always love; cleaning out the beds and making everything look neat and well groomed.

John and I are really committed to eating vegan now and cabbage has been our go to since the lettuce is at the in-between harvests stage. We cook easy things together like cabbage slaw over beans and quinoa with avocado and watermelon for dessert. The secret is in adding seasonings to the greens and beans so that everything tastes good and we use lots of lemon or lime to brighten the flavors.

We've been eating lots of tomatoes too. This variety is prolific; you can see how loaded the vines are. We use a lot of them and share them to the community table downtown in our hamlet.

Lots of foxglove on our place. We are careful with it and the datura. Both plants are poisonous and need to be respected. 

I love how much our "fried egg" poppy looks like crepe paper. So delicate and big; a good hand span across.

This is amaranth that the indians used for dyeing and that I've made ink out of. It's a gorgeous color.

Here is dahlia, basil, penstemons. So pretty, the colors John puts together. He has a touch. 

These are our breadseed poppies. Very pretty and will take over the area unless you keep them in check. 

A yellow dahlia that is unusual for its dark foliage. Lovely girl; very cheerful.

How about some actual ducks? Saw this little family on one of our Sunday hikes.

Daylilies. These look like I painted the petals; they must be a new variety. We have the old fashioned ones as well.

Ah, the wonderful peaches promising pies, cobblers, peaches eaten over the sink al fresca. 

I saw this plant referred to as the zipper plant beacuse ... well, you see. There is a honey bee in there too.

A new variety of cosmos. Have grown this annual forever but not this variety. It's so pretty.

And yet another new variety of cosmos. Are you familiar with this one? It's very strong, just wonderful.

I'd better get a picture of the farmer in here. This is John and he is the most nurturing man I know. His heart is golden.

Corn and sunflowers. This is the garden as it looks today. We're on our second round of corn and the sunflowers are in many places besides this one. I have many more photos but maybe this is a good place to stop with the garden. 

I do have one of myself in my booth at an art fair this summer. It was a terrific fair and I sold many paintings. This is me being happy.

I love to show my work. My daily life is quite isolating; in general I prefer it but I also get lonely for  community so I look forward to this art fair every year. In addition, you can see all my daily paintings on Instagram under the name judywiseart. I try to post every single day.

And in general I'm not teaching as often but I do have this one awesome workshop planned that will be held in Ireland. I'm welcoming YOU to join me there; it's going to be a deep inquiry into abstract painting and I'll make myself available there for guidance on everything I know about painting, studio practice, selling, etc. 

For prices and additional information please go here. I'm hoping some new and old friends will join me; I'm so looking forward to sharing my first trip to Ireland with you, to discovering Mulranny, and to experiencing EOM studios. 

That's the news from here, friends. Thank you as always for stopping by. 

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Gentle May

Waiting for paint to dry on the rather large braced wood panel above. I'm always impatient to work once I get started but even acrylic takes some time to dry.

So I grabbed my phone and caught some of the May garden to share with you. Making good on my promise to revive this blog. There's always a lot going on in the studio and the yard.

These are the peppers hardening off in the protective cloche John has set up for them. Here they are protected from all shocks of light or temperature.

We have strawberries flowering all across the lawn where they have seeded themselves.

Ferns growing in the shady area under the big fig tree.

Some nice, rich, potting soil.

Purple Columbine. So pretty. Self seeded all over the yard. Pink, white, other colors too.

Lily of the Valley is showing her fragrant face.

My favorite flowers are scented. Daphne, Gardenia, Roses, Lilacs. 

The blueberry bushes were humming with fat bumblebees. They carried giant loads of pollen on their hind legs.

And aren't the white lanterns beautiful?

Leeks in the foreground and favas in the back.

Two varieties of grape. Concord on the left and Valiant on the right.
Very pretty espaliered.

Taters growing between alfalfa bricks. It takes 3 years for the alfalfa to break down and all the time it's doing so it's nourishing the soil.

Glorious fava beans. Oh, we eat good.

Various types of cabbages and brocolli nestled in the alfalfa bricks.

Dianthus (Carnations) in the foreground and onions behind.


Little peas getting a start up the strings. There's a screen propped up on the right for protection against sunburn and on the left is a rabbit fence. They dont eat the peas but for some reason bite the strings and leave the peas to fall on their faces. Bad rabbits!

These plants give us gigantic, juicy, blackberries. So good for breakfast with sliced mango.


Waiting their turn to be planted.

Swiss chard volunteer.

I forget the name of this little flower but love it for it's blue-ness.

Leeks and borage.

Lilacs as a gift from our daughter, Stephanie.

The garden is a gift to our spirits; to the birds, bees, wildlife and bellies. 

May your heart be full. 


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.