New Work & Why I Paint

“Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” -Jean-Luc Godard

There are so many avenues through social media to show my work now. I hesitate to post it in all of the available places because I don’t want to overwhelm anyone. But not everyone is on every platform. Some of my friends aren’t on FB or Instagram and contact me about my new work. They only read my blog. So if you’ve already seen these images, I apologize. The great thing about a blog is I have a chance to talk a little bit about why I paint these pictures.

This is some of my most recent work —

Imagine Feeding All the Birds (sold)

This painting made me remember the Mary Poppins’ song ‘Feed The Birds.’ Such a great song about charity – which is very much on my mind during this crazy political time. So that’s where this title came from. I frequently use animals instead of figures – the different birds represent our different heritages.

Of Mice & Birds (12×12)

In my recent workshop with Nicholas Wilton, we learned to keep a ‘throw-away’ board next to our current painting. I used this board to clean excess paint off my brushes, try new texturing techniques and I even wiped the excess paint from the palette on to the board when I was finished painting each day. The big orange bird was a smear of orange that loosely resembled a bird. Then the red swirls reminded me of mouse ears (thanks Mickey) and so I had to consider a way for the bird and the mouse to ‘talk.’ The mouse needed a ladder. Again it seems I want folks from different backgrounds to be able to communicate.

The One That Got Away (12×12)

This piece is just nonsensical and fun. The title makes you wonder ‘who got away?’ Who do you think? (I’m thinking the cat looks suspicious?)

Is He Home Yet? (sold)

Just another painting about diversity – waiting on a friend to get home to visit.  — in a perfect world.

Would love to read your comments and your ideas on what these paintings mean to you.

“You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout and to grow.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

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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6 Responses to New Work & Why I Paint

  1. Bob Shreve says:

    Lovely, Judy. Nice that you share this with the world.

  2. Michelle Robinson says:

    Thanks for sharing your blog site. I’m always curious what is going through the mind of a painter when they create. You have a gift. I love viewing your work on FB and am glad you use that platform too.

  3. Kim Henkel says:

    I love your creations and seeing what they represent to you makes them even more special. Thank you for continuing to blog about your creations. Although I may see them on FB, I much prefer visiting your blog!

    • Judy Shreve says:

      Hi Kim!! Thank you. I always find it interesting to peek into other artists’ studios and thought processes, so I’m glad you do too! And I always enjoy reading your blog as well.

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