“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” -W.B. Yeats

Minstrels Coming To Town acrylics, oil pastels, charcoal 24x24 cradled birch panel

Minstrels Coming To Town
acrylics, oil pastels, charcoal
24×24 cradled birch panel


This was a fun painting to do. My favorite way of working is straight from my imagination. I’ve always felt things were much more magical in this world than we allow ourselves to see. It’s easier to live in an organized, practical world. But have you had a conversation with a four year old lately? What they see and imagine isn’t yet covered up with the world’s problems. When I paint, I try and access my imagination as my younger self. It makes me happy.

One of my first magical memories was when The Wonderful World of Disney aired Peter Pan on television. I think it was 1955 and I was five years old. I was mesmerized watching. And I remember as clear as if it were yesterday, dreaming I could fly. Oh to be Tinker Bell – now that would be amazing.

“A person’s life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art, or love, or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which his heart first opened.” -Albert Camus


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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10 Responses to Finished!

  1. Annie says:

    Judy, I love this painting! I am a child at heart, for the most part I still see magic everywhere :-). For me the joy of painting is to see if I can deepen the mystery because if we look that mystery and magic is there. Good job. xoxo

  2. lynne says:

    magic everywhere, judy! this is *wonderful*!


  3. Lisa Graham says:

    The striped horse caught my attention immediately. I am loving this warm red color so much. Your art has a beautiful richness to it both in color and in story/composition. Loving your thoughts in these last few posts. I too am guilty of letting paintings go too soon. Good advice to let them sit a few days and then send them out.


    • Judy Shreve says:

      Lisa – thank you for your sweet comments. Isn’t it hard to decide when a painting is finished? I also find when I look at a photo of my work, I see it in a different way than on my easel and usually makes changes then too.

  4. Donna Watson says:

    When we can get magic into our paintings.. that is such satisfaction.. and you have done so… wonderful piece.

  5. Susan says:

    Ladies standing on horses have been a recurring theme in both my 2D and 3D work over the years so this painting really hits my happy spot. I love it Judy, love the simplicity, freshness and joy that radiates in your work.

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