Merry Christmas!

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Merry Christmas from the sketchbook (2014) acrylics

Merry Christmas
from the sketchbook (2014)
acrylics

Hope your hearts are full as Christmas waves its magic wand over this world spreading peace and joy to everyone. Merry Christmas!

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl

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Farley

“Everything great that ever happened in this world happened first in somebody’s imagination.” -Astrid Lindgren

Farley acrylics and charcoal 12x12 birch panel

Farley
acrylics and charcoal
12×12 birch panel

This is Farley. He’s a real trickster. He looks innocent enough, but don’t let him fool you!

My rabbits seem to be all related. They are certainly born from each other and one of my favorite things to draw and paint. I’m not sure what it first was that interested me in rabbits. I love the process of creating an image inspired by a feeling, my imagination or a dream. I am fairly competent with words, but images speak a mysterious language – a language heard by the heart first. I am so happy I have taken the time to learn to speak with mark making and colors instead of just words. It brings me such great joy. Otherwise I would just be telling you the story of Farley. But you seeing Farley, lets you tell your own story.

“If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” -Edward Hopper

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Where Do You Store Those Outworn Memories?

“I love child things because there’s so much mystery when you’re a child. When you’re a child, something as simple as a tree doesn’t make sense. You see it in the distance and it looks small, but as you go closer, it seems to grow – you haven’t got a handle on the rules when you’re a child. We think we understand the rules when we become adults, but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.” -David Lynch

Where Do You Store Those Outworn Memories? acrylics, charcoal & oil pastels 24x24 birch panel

Where Do You Store Those Outworn Memories?
acrylics, charcoal & oil pastels
24×24 birch panel

I’m fascinated with antique toys and the circus and those childhood state fair memories. I’m trying to remember that feeling of amazement when I first rode the ferris wheel. From high up, everything looked different and I was lucky enough to ride it at night – the lights in the distance were magical.

I don’t start my paintings with a sketch or a plan. I usually have one element that’s intriguing me at the moment.  For this piece it was the ferris wheel, but I didn’t want a standard ferris wheel. I wanted it to feel like an antique toy – like my outworn memories. So I gathered images, my paint colors and painted in that one element – the ferris wheel. From there I just kept adding more elements (0r painting over elements) until my story emerged.

“Stop thinking about art works as objects and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. That solves a lot of problems. Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality and all sorts of things can make it happen. What makes art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you.” -Brian Eno

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Meet Agnes

“The world doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?” -Pablo Picasso

Agnes:JudyShreve

It can’t always be about rabbits. I used the same technique painting this donkey as I do with the rabbits. And donkeys are important too and just as much fun to paint. This is Agnes. She works hard but likes to get rubs and loves apples.

I’m finally finished with all my work for the Macon Arts Alliance show, Whimsical Art by Judy Shreve and (sculptor) Rachel Zaudke Wilkins.  The opening reception is  January 2, 2015, 5-8 and the show runs through the month.  The show will be online  after it opens (just click the link) and the physical address for the gallery is under the tab above, ‘Where to Purchase My Work.’ Hope you will check it out and let me know what you think. It’s my first show as a painter and I’m excited – but very nervous too.

“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” -Paul Strand

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Hitching A Ride

“That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.” -Charles de Lint

Hitching A Ride acrylics and charcoal 12x12 birch panel

Hitching A Ride
acrylics and charcoal
12×12 birch panel

This painting of Mr. Pig and his bird friend is the last of my paintings for awhile. I’m going to take a holiday blog break. There’s food to cook, family and friends to enjoy and that pile of books on my nightstand to start. Time to refill the well.

“Far from laziness, proper idleness is the soul’s home base. Before we plan or love or decide or act or story tell, we are idle. Before we learn, we watch. Before we do, we dream. Before we play, we imagine.” -Nikaela Marie Peters

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The Amazing Lady Olga and Her Magical Dog, Spot

“I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.” -Emily Bronte

The Amazing Lady Olga and Her Magical Dog Spot acrylics 36x18 birch panel

The Amazing Lady Olga and Her Magical Dog Spot
acrylics
36×18 birch panel

The Amazing Lady Olga and Her Magical Dog Spot (and if you can’t see his spot, he’s using his magic). As a child, I always loved the stories that made me look at the world differently. I remember watching Peter Pan and being so moved by the magical elements of that story. It was much more entertaining to think the world was full of magic than to do homework or my chores or try and eat green peas. Surely I could find a dog that knew magic and train him to do all I didn’t want to do — or at least make me disappear. It’s that slight belief that it’s possible, that keeps us going to the circus, the movie or reading; making or buying art. We are always looking for that escape — a way to either suspend or deepen our beliefs.

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” -Orhan Pamuk

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The Old Cow Hustler

“I do, I undo, I redo.” -Louise Bourgeois

TheOldCowHustler acrylics 12x18 birch panel

The Old Cow Hustler
acrylics
12×18 birch panel

I started on this piece a few weeks ago. I liked the colors, but that was about all. I couldn’t seem to tell the story. I put it in the ‘paint-over-pile.’ Then while working on another piece, I saw it out of the corner of my eye – was drawn to it and decided to look at it again. I added some elements and eliminated some elements. It now reminds me of those old westerns I used to watch as a kid. They all had the same plot (or the same ‘no-plot’) and I think I would have rather been watching cartoons than the old westerns. In fact, I still wish I could get up and watch cartoons on Saturday mornings. Anyway, I made a cartoon from my old television western memories. I like the ‘happy’ cow -)

“Your job is to come as you are. Your responsibility is to create. Your job is to share what you have to offer from where you are right now.” -Pema Chodron

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Finally – Baxter!

“I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself.” -Anais Nin

Baxter acrylics and charcoal 12x12 birch panel

Baxter
acrylics and charcoal
12×12 birch panel

Last, but certainly not least, is Baxter. Baxter fancies himself as a ladies’ man. He’s certain all the bunnies love him. He can be quite charming and he always gets the most carrots.

Here they all are together — they are great friends. (Each is 12×12 and framed 15×15) . They will be available at the Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance in Macon, GA during the month of January 2015.

Creating the rabbit series has been great fun. I’ve enjoyed how they each seem to develop quickly and come with their own personalities.

I have a couple of large pieces I’m working on (36×18 and 24×24) and finishing those will have me ready for my show in January. I’ll need to create a few more pieces for my Blue Ridge gallery for the holidays and then I want to spend some time drawing using the new books I got recently.

“Drawing is the simplest way of establishing a picture vocabulary because it is an instant, personal declaration of what is important and what is not.” -Betty Goodwin

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Belle

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” -Mark Twain

Belle acrylics and charcoal 12x12 birch panel

Belle
acrylics and charcoal
12×12 birch panel

This is Belle, number three in the rabbit series. Belle has made it her mission to keep Boswell and Bailey in line. It’s a big task, but she’s a strong girl. These rabbits are a pleasure to create. Today Baxter will be born – the last one in this series, but surely not the last rabbit.

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” -Carl Jung

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Meet Bosley!

“Normalcy is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk along, but no flowers grow on it.” -Vincent van Gogh

Bosley acrylics & charcoal 12x12 birch panel

Bosley
acrylics & charcoal
12×12 birch panel

Meet Bosley. Poor Bosley is bad. He’s always getting into trouble. He tries to act contrite – not guilty, but he gets caught every time.

I plan on including four of my rabbit paintings in my upcoming show in January at the Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance. Each will be 12×12 and framed alike. They will be for sale individually, but they would also look good all hung together. So far Bailey and Bosley have been created.

It’s a different mind set painting for a show.  Creating 25 or so paintings that will complement one another and seem to be from the same artist. I always use similar materials, they are framed alike, but I paint from my imagination and it’s not always the same from day to day. I’ve been in lots of ceramic shows, but never in a show -just me as a painter. My self-confidence sure has come and gone during this process.

“Confidence is a funny thing. It ebbs and flows. I have a brain like anyone else and it gives me shit all the time. What it ultimately boils down to is that my art is where I get to work my insides out. It’s me, my voice, and who is going to do that better than me? Nobody.” -Jen Corace

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