Saturday, October 24, 2009

Autumn 2009

Happy Autumn
A fine Fall Season to all of you!

I am in hopes this finds you all well, and taking time to enjoy the changing of the seasons. Here’s what’s new here— if you have any questions, just drop a line?

News here includes the annual

Studio Art Show

Show hours are—
Saturday Oct. 31 11-4
Sunday Nov. 1 12-4

And the location is
-15 South St. E., Aylmer, Ontario-
(here is a link to written directions (scroll down) and a local map)

Hope you can drop by. If you are ‘from away’ you might want to make a daytrip of our little area here; there’s Pinecroft for lunch (a working pottery with a log cabin tearoom, and a music program too! more on this below); Clovermead apiaries north of town; Quaker-built Sparta with its shops; several wineries and more. The local map on my site gives the locations and a link or two.
I've just finished some miniatures in oil. Here's some samples--these are 3" by 3".


"Life is just..." ___________oil on gessoed panel_________ 3" by 3"

"Lang Syne" ______________oil on gessoed panel ______3" by 3"
These were sent off to the Miniature Art Society of Florida's annual international show (the 'largest' in the world).
I was pleased to be invited to show at the Cider Painters of America annual invitational show in Pennsylvania. Late nights at the easel resulted--I had only a short time before the due date--but finished 'The Apothecary' under the wire and sent it off.
"The Apothecary" ___________oil on gessoed panel _____3" by 3"
The President of the Cider Painters called from Pennsylvania this week--The Apothecary has been chosen as the feature image for the society's postcards, to be mailed out as the show announcement.

At Pinecroft on weekends, musicians from our region (including my husband) get together to informally 'jam' (usually bluegrass genre). I took my french easel and oils out there to do a loose colour study, in hopes of capturing that wonderful September light. It was a very satisfying day with sunshine, laid-back music, and the aromas of autumn.
It feels 'just right' to do this, just for the joy of smooshing paint around, after the intensity of miniature painting (sort of like the difference between jazz and classical music). So while the musicians improvised, so did I. Here's my 'jazz'.
"Jammers" (colour study) ____________oil on canvas ___________6" by 8"
_______original is now sold_____miniprints are available
There is more to the history of the 'Jammers' (see Jammin' blog); the Gang should be jamming at their log cabin during the Saturday and Sunday afternoons of my home show. After leaving my show, visitors often have lunch at the Pinecroft tearoom, wander down the pond to look at the potting cabin, and are welcome in the Jammin' Cabin to enjoy the music. It's certainly a daytrip for your creative side.
After the home show, I hope to get back to the easel, and have just dozens of ideas. I will try to post these in a timely fashion, here on the blog (and my Facebook Page if you prefer) through the winter. I also send email updates out-- if you wish to receive those, just drop a line.
Best to all,
Cheers, Judy
I Dare Not forget the quotations

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. (Ferris Bueller)

The pursuit of art on a regular basis may be the key to healing our minds and bodies. (Kim Blair)

I paint to live and I live to paint, but if I were to die I would paint myself into a coroner. (Don Lisa)

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. (Leonardo da Vinci)

A poor thing, perhaps, but my own. (William Shakespeare)

(For) not only the creative person but for all those affected by it…art, literature, and music are essential to achieve a spiritual level in which discord and hate are less likely to occur. (Dr. Silvano Arieti)

Really healthy soul of man/woman/artist has all colours; healthy soul is as rainbow. (Yaroslaw Rozputnyak)


Nance Danforth "Moments" said...

Congratulations, Judy, on winning the Best Of Show award for "Lang Syne" in the 35th Annual International Miniature Art Show!!!! Your painting reproduced wonderfully in the St. Petersburg Times. I hope to see it in person this weekend in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Nance Danforth, artist
Port Richey, Florida

Judy Minor said...

Thank you very much for writing, Nance. Enjoy the show! It sounds wonderful. (I am in hopes that someone from the MASF will send me some of the writeups.)