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How “Yarn Bomb Tree” Came To Be

30 Jul

This painting Yarn Bomb Tree was inspired by the trees in Austin who have been lovingly covered in colorful, knitted yarn. These photos illustrate the transformation of this particular painting with process shots. The final result is found at the bottom of this post, or on Judy’s website.

Enjoy!

-Hannah

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Yarn Bomb Tree

“Yarn Bomb Tree” by Judy Paul

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A Bike Ride for Inspiration

23 Jul

There are times when I get up and get started in the studio with no messing around and other times there is lots of messing around. Today I took a bike ride with my new Canon EOS M camera to get juiced up for a day in the studio and I loved it! I want to start every day like this! Here are the photos:

Passionately Curious

14 Jun

One of my very favorite things about working for Judy is the exposure to new things – nature spots, new forms of exercise, unique restaurants, new ways of art-making, avant-garde design & technology. It’s not these “things” themselves that inspire me, but instead Judy’s constant curiosity. I used to think art-making was about forcing yourself to labor over a canvas, almost like punishment, until something groundbreaking came charging out. I still think that kind of dedication has a time and a place, but what I’ve found to be equally important is taking time to relax, to see new things, and to DO new things that won’t make sense until they’re tried. Otherwise, what story will your art tell?

"Double Rainbow" by Judy Paul

Did you know Judy’s a boxer, a mom, a runner, a nature hiker, a yogi, a techie, and one of the most productive artists I know? The latter identity, I believe, is directly linked to her passion for life and discovery. Her studio is as much one of a painter’s as it is one of a scientist’s. In other words, there’s a lot of experimenting with chemicals and machine-hacking going on! Sometimes it’s just to see what will happen, and the best parts often end up in her paintings.

So, to live an artful life, no matter your occupation, stay curious. Ol’ Einstein himself even credits curiosity to his genius.

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Enjoy!

-Hannah

Groovin’ in the Studio

7 Jun
"Double Rainbow" in progress

“Double Rainbow” by Judy Paul (In Progress)

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"Double Rainbow" by Judy Paul (Detail)

“Double Rainbow” by Judy Paul (Detail)

Of course all of this is happening to the sounds of Justin Timberlake:

“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake (Featuring Jay-Z)

See more of what’s happening in and out of the studio by following Judy on Instagram: http://instagram.com/judypaulartist

Enjoy!

-Hannah

Mother’s Day Quick-Draw

7 May

Lately, quick-draw sessions have been effective elements in Judy’s artistic recipe. Here’s what this process looks like. Follow along, and find out how you can have the finished product FREE!

1. Choose a simple subject.
Take a photo, or use good old Google Image Search. Judy chose roses because they’re her mom’s favorite, and Mother’s Day is this Sunday.

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This found photo would make a great reference!

2. Grab your materials.
Judy folds plain old computer paper in half x2 to create four “boxes” to draw inside of. Her drawing tools vary from an oil pastel, crayola marker, or a paintbrush with India ink. Whichever medium you prefer, use black for this step.

3. Draw, draw, draw.
And draw some more. In this example, Judy quickly made 4 line-drawings of a rose. Be loose. Don’t strive for perfection or too much detail here. If you want, keep going on multiple sheets, or try filling up a full sheet!

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4. Pick your favorite.
Once a favorite is chosen, it can become a painting, a t-shirt design, you name it!

5. Make something more.
Judy scanned her favorite drawing, and printed that image onto multiple greeting cards. Then, she added water color on top of the black-and-white print to make a series of hand-painted greeting cards.

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6. Share your creation.
For Mother’s Day, Judy is sending one card to her mom, but she’s also sharing them with YOU! Today, you are invited to come to her home and pick one up to send to your mom. Each one is complete with an envelope, and and Judy’s signature on the back. Lovely.

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Judy’s home studio is at 2205 Bridle Path, Austin, TX 78703. A card is waiting for you on her screened-in porch (TODAY ONLY). The door is open, come on in. Please take only one.

Follow these directions to find my screened-porch.

Follow these directions to find your hand-made card.

I hope you enjoy, create, and pass it on.

-Hannah

Works in Progress

30 Apr

A few shots of what’s going on in Judy’s studio today –

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Two new paintings, in progress.

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Progress detail of Judy’s painting.

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Progress detail of Judy’s painting.

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Judy preparing to screen-print on her paintings.

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Ode to Trees

25 Apr

I can remember two things about an 8am art class I took in college: It was early, and we were constantly reminded that we “better not make trees”. Our teacher thought they were boring, and for a long time I figured if I learned it in school, it must be true.

So then, why does Judy paint trees if they really are so boring?

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Judy Paul painting “In the Woods”

Watching Judy paint directed me to take a closer look at trees. Why is she drawn to them? And Judy’s not the only artist. After all, trees were primary subject matter for Paul Cezanne, Ansel Adams, Paul Gauguin, and many others.

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“Large Pine Tree, and Red Earth” by Paul Cezanne

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“Oak Tree, Sunrise” by Ansel Adams

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“Mata Mua” by Paul Gauguin

The reality is, trees are not boring. They’re the longest living organisms on Earth, and one of our greatest natural resources. They clean the air, decrease noise pollution, help to prevent erosion, improve water quality, offer food and building materials, create shade, and they’re also just beautiful!

I’ve been unlearning some of what I was taught in that class, and rediscovering the beauty of the natural world. Here’s a quick shot of Judy’s latest finished tree series, and I think it’s anything but boring. (See these in person at Austin Art Garage this weekend. It’s part of the West Austin Studio Tour!)

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“In the Woods 1-3” by Judy Paul

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“In the Woods 1” (detail) by Judy Paul

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-Hannah