Playing Around

“I don’t go into the studio with the idea of saying something. What I do is face the blank canvas and put a few arbitrary marks on it that start me on some sort of dialogue.” -Richard Diebenkorn

Hitching A Ride (10x10)

Hitching A Ride (10×10)

And The Band Played (12x12)

And The Band Played (12×12)

I’ve just recently taken new work to all three of my galleries, so I want to take a couple of weeks to just play – with materials, ideas and approaches. Whether this becomes a new way of working is not important. Playing is what’s important. Playing opens all the doors. There are no worries about being correct or whether the piece is approved by my inner critic. It’s only about fun — which leads to learning for me.

I did discover something about myself. When I was a potter, I listened to podcasts all day in my studio. Making dozens of pots in an afternoon can be mindless if it’s a form you’ve made often. It’s repetitive and easy to let your mind engage in something else. But I have found I can’t listen when I’m painting. Painting requires my focussed attention. It’s a call and response and if I’m listening to something besides my painting, I mess up every time.

I do want to share a great website with amazing podcasts — On Being. I now listen each morning with coffee while working in my sketchbook. At least I can multitask with my sketchbook.

I have made a few sales last month. This one from Bennett Galleries Nashville –

The Messengers (sold)

The Messengers (sold)

And these sold at High Country Art in Blue Ridge GA

Bird Dog (sold)

Bird Dog (sold)

Take Your Pony To Town (sold)

Take Your Pony To Town (sold)


Thank you for purchasing my work! Your support makes me smile and keeps me in my studio.

“Certainly for artists of all stripes, the unknown, the idea or the form or the talk that has not arrived, is what must be found. It is the job of artists to open doors and invite in prophesies, the unknown, the unfamiliar; it’s where their work comes from, although its arrival signals the beginning of the long disciplined process of making it their own.” – Rebecca Solnit



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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4 Responses to Playing Around

  1. Kim Henkel says:

    Oh how I love to play! and so important for renewal and growth. I love the whimsy you put in your pieces, such a sense of play in all of them. They always inspire me.

  2. robyn says:

    Whenever my work feels stale I know its time to play and experiment. Congrats on your sales Judy! As you say, sales keep one in the studio.

    • Judy Shreve says:

      Hi Robyn! Yes – so important to play and experiment. I have one more week, so I’ve cut out about ten 10×10 panels. They are gessoed and ready to go. Can’t wait!

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