Monday, June 26, 2017

Lake Oswego Art Fair

It's been 9 years since I last did an art fair. For those who may not know, that's how I made my living for 3 decades; Portland Saturday Market and art fairs from Oklahoma City to Scottsdale Arizona, LA to Seattle and Park City, Utah to name only a few places.

John and I drove rickety vans that broke down as often as not until finally, 3 vans later we could afford a new one with AIR CONDITIONING, omg, unheard of luxury. It was a brutal and beautiful journey and to tell the truth I have missed it so much.

In January I had a wild hair and juried for 2 local art fairs. This is the one I got into; the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. I first did this fair in 1973 or '74 ... always on a hot or thunderstormy weekend it seems. It is a community that loves the artists and we love them in return.

This weekend it was hot. 90 degrees on Friday, 100 degrees on Saturday and 102 degrees yesterday, on Sunday. As I said, the weather is usually a factor at this fair.

But this is how much I cared.

There was wonderful music including Three Legged Stool, one of my favorite groups.

Despite the weather, people came out and supported us. Thank you, wonderful people.

I sent a few paintings to new homes.
My heart is full.
I am going to do this show as long as they'll have me or until I keel over.
The end. xo

Monday, April 17, 2017

Oaxaca in December

Monte Alban
Many of you know that John and I winter in Oaxaca, Mexico

"Hard Landing" 24x18" Acrylic on paper
 and that during my time there I paint every day in the studio at Art House Oaxaca. 

Well, this past winter I decided to ask a hand full of you to join me there to paint and explore 
the city and a few of the surrounding art villages and indigenous martkets.

Lisa Sonora can accommodate up to 10 painters to stay in double occupancy at Art House Oaxaca.
She will provide breakfasts and lunches for us, special diets accommodated.

We will paint, discuss art, share, and visit to our hearts content. 

I will teach 4 1/2 days of classes in acrylic painting; abstract or loose representational.

Since the studio is on site you can paint to your hearts content before or after regular classes.

The exposure to Oaxaca's magical art culture will inspire you. 
You will be surrounded by art and artists.

A group of friends who meet in Oaxaca to create together 
"Winds of Change" 24x18" Acrylic on paper

I'll be supplying everything you'll need in class except for brushes and a few tools. 

Lisa will be leading us on a guided tour of the city and will accompany us to an indigenous market and one of the surrounding craft villages. 

She's an author and lifelong artist and you will love her, as I do. 

Since she lives here she knows the history and and can suelta la sopa (literally "spill the soup") on the local goings on. 
She is working on a guide book to the best restaurants and hideaways; all to be revealed!

Yes, John will be in town and we might see him too.

John & I at my opening in 2016 at Lisa's Art Gallery.
He's nice. :-)

One of Lisa's journal pages enlarged, printed, stretched to cover a wall!
You can make one of one of your images too to take home with you.

For more information ...

 go HERE.

We are creating our lives every moment of every day. 

Thank you for dreaming with me. 
You can always visit me on Instagram; I post new paintings as they emerge. 
My name there is judywiseart. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Antigua, Guatamala

So have you been to Antigua, Guatamala? I haven't and I sure want to go there. 
I've been collecting images and dreaming. 
The reason is that Kathie Vezzani at Bellisima Art Escapes has arranged a trip to Antigua next January. 
Here will gather a group of artists that love the same things; textiles, design, making things, experiencing a different culture and a beautiful setting. 
Who love eating good food together and spending days making art and exploring. 
Field trips and shopping trips. 
Sharing the fun and excitement with each other. That.

Here are some photos to give you a taste of what awaits.

A photographer's dream.

Nice weather in January.

Churches and convents.


Colorful markets.




Backstrap loom weaving.


And more embroidery.

By now if you follow my blog you have seen how fabulous Kathie's tours are. 
Katie Kendrick and I will be teaching on this tour and hopefully joining you and other enthusiastic travelers for a wonderful adventure, outstanding food and lots of art. 

Please go HERE for more information and details on what Katie and I will be teaching. 
Kathie will be happy to answer all your questions.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Spain Looking Back

Home almost 2 weeks now and I've sorted through nearly 800 photographs. We had two groups of women in two separate locations that met in Barcelona for the museums, architecture and tapas, and then moved to quieter locations for the classrooms.

 I'm sharing lots of photos today so instead of commenting on every one I'll just let you browse through a number of them.

I think you've all met Kathie Vezzani and Katie Kendrick, my partners on these travels. Our Spain guide Amy Persons is behind Kathie in this photo above.

We visited the Tapies Museum in Barcelona.

Perfume sniffing. Some smelled funky, others wonderful.

Gaudi everywhere.

Sagrada Familia was excessive. Amazing.

And here is our first group at Parque Guell.

We visited the Miro Museum.

 Joined the celebration of Catalunyan Pride.

And then moved to our first week home at Can Serrat.
Rustic, old, authentic Spain.

Many large canvases were filled over the course of the week.
Katie and I took turns teaching.

Lots of food shared.

In the shadow of Mont Serrat.

Here's where we bought wine straight out of the "barrels".

I took this photo as we left our first location west of Barcelona.

Back to Barcelona. More tapas.

Katie and I goofing off with our phones during rest time.

This is my bedroom at our second location at Can Tallada.
Now we are east of Barcelona in a private villa.
Rustic but not too.

Lovely views from our villa.
All those hedges are trimmed bay leaf trees.
Yes! We had a swimming pool.

One of the kitchens there.

Our classroom.
Again, Katie and I took turns teaching.

We visited a sheep farm and tasted cheeses, kefir and yogurt they made on site.
Really wonderful cheeses.

Katie with a lamb not even a day old.

We toured old cities built by Romans.

And we spent a day at Costa Brava.

Toured several towns where "Game of Thrones" was filmed.

Cuatro amigas.

We visited (and shopped!) in Girona. 
I LOVE this town.

Basquiat and Keith Haring. Lots of art explored.

Katie and I in the Mediterranean at Costa Brava.
Memories we will treasure forever.
Come join us on one of our trips before I get too old - lol.
Sending love and peace to all.