The Neighborhood – Day 24

“Home wasn’t a set house or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” -Sarah Dessen

The Neighborhood Day 24 – 30 Day Challenge acrylics 10×10 birch panel

The Neighborhood
Day 24 – 30 Day Challenge
10×10 birch panel


It’s day 24 of this 30 day challenge. This has been quite a journey. For the most part, I have not been striving for perfection – a hard thing for me to let go, but instead, I have been seeking enjoyment and discovery. I wanted to learn more about my materials and myself. Thanks for all your comments, though, and encouragement so far — only six more paintings to go.

For me home has definitely been among those I love – friends and family. My dad was a pilot in the Air Force. I was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved about every two years until he retired when I was fifteen. Then my husband and I have moved quite a lot. He designs and builds theme parks, so we’ve lived in California and Florida mostly – but we’ve moved back and forth between those two states many times. Now we say, we have found our retirement home in these mountains, but he’s had the same vagrant lifestyle with his family because his dad was in the military too, so I’m not sure we know how to stay in one place.

“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.” -Robin Hobb

About Judy Shreve

Blogging for me is like keeping a journal which I have done in various forms since I can remember. But what's great about this format is it offers an opportunity to explore all the things that interest me as an artist with others. Blogging seems to strengthen that sense of being part of both something personal and something universal. It takes the journaling idea and expands it through visitor's comments creating a valuable dialog that connects us to each other no matter where we live. I enjoy responding to each comment and warmly welcome your visits. email: judyshreve at mac dot com
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2 Responses to The Neighborhood – Day 24

  1. Susan says:

    Home is where you are, where you make it.

    This piece gives me the feel of my sister’s neighborhood. She lives on an island off the coast of Norway. There are no cars or roads, just a path that wanders around the island. Houses are scattered willy-nilly, some off by themselves, some clustered near each other. Just recently they were given street addresses (for emergency response) but there are no streets…

    • Judy Shreve says:

      What a cool place to live – a rambling neighborhood with no roads and scattered houses. I would love that. Imagine not having a street address. It would be like living in a Dr. Seuss book!
      When I painted this, I was thinking of all the different places I have lived — and what it would be like to put them all in the same neighborhood . . maybe I just need to move to Norway.

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