Her Magical Ride

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

I came across the above quote the other day and remembered how much I loved the Pippi Longstocking chapter books when I was a young girl. Pippi was my hero. She was unconventional, sassed adults and had super human strength and her best friend was her horse. I think I might have dreamed about Pippi because when I woke-up, I headed straight to my studio and painted this.

Her Magical Ride acrylics, oil pastels, charcoal 8x10 birch panel

Her Magical Ride
acrylics, oil pastels, charcoal
8×10 birch panel

“A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.” -Astrid Lindgren


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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14 Responses to Her Magical Ride

  1. bridgette says:

    Great quotes and painting! I loved pippi too. She was pretty awesome

  2. Robyn says:

    That last quote is wonderful! Judy, your paintings take one to that enchanted place too.

  3. I love this one. You have such a wonderful imagination!

  4. charlene says:

    Beautiful! I am having coffee in town using this nook can’t find the apostrophe. Oh found that if I just leave it will self correct…tee here there’s a lesson in that…love the colors in this one, too….now I am reading your other post 🙂

  5. Annie says:

    Judy, Wonderful :-). xoxo

  6. What a wonderful, whimsical, and enchanting painting; it took me back to those magical days when I would read about Pippi… I love the quotes, too!

  7. This is so great Judy…I love that you woke up and went straight to the studio! I used to have a Pippi Longstocking doll that I loved when I was a girl.

    • Judy Shreve says:

      Thanks Lisa – and I did take my coffee with me . . . haha
      I loved Pippi Longstocking. I remember when being fussed at as a kid, I wanted to be able to speak out like she did – I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t – but it was good to have a (female) hero!

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