Lady Bird Lake

9 May

Me and Lady Bird Lake are like this! Every big thing that has ever happened to me has been thought of, thought out, shaken off, mulled over and otherwise decided on this lake. So it’s kind of a big deal and serves as an endless source of  inspiration, energy and re-starts. This morning when I got back home from walking around the lake with my camera, I thought I’d try something new and make a collage limiting my choices to just images I shot today. This is what happened:

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You can get a print here.

These are a few of the photos I worked from:

Happy Thursday!

Judy

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

Creating

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Outside Inspiration

1 May

One of my favorite sources for energy and inspiration for art making is the outdoors, I love it outside! I spend as much time as I can walking, running or biking around town. In an effort to get outside and out of town on a regular basis, I recently started a monthly hiking and camping club with friends. Our criteria for these weekend adventures are that the trip be within 3 hours from Austin, that we leave on Saturdays and return on Sundays by about noon and that the park have hiking trails. So far we’ve been to Russell Park, TX, part of Georgetown Lake, Inks Lake State Park and Buescher State Park. This weekend we are headed to Colorado Bend State Park. I’m very excited since the weather is unusually cool for May and it’s one of my favorite parks in Texas.

Our first trip to Russell Park in Georgetown, TX in January.

Our first trip to Russell Park in Georgetown, TX in January. It was cold! Great weather for a campfire!

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Russell Park is on Lake Georgetown and has a 16.5 mile hiking trail.

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Inks Lake State Park is beautiful! This is a photo from park’s web site.

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This was my first trip to Buescher and it made me wonder why it took me so long! Amazing trees! Great 7 mile hike. This is a photo from the park’s web site.

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Wow! I can’t wait to visit Colorado Bend State Park! This is a photo from the park’s web site.

Can’t wait for my walk in the wood this weekend! Happy Wednesday to you!

Judy

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

Blue J Art Club

18 Apr

Since fall of 2012, I have been helping with Judy’s Blue J Art Club – art classes for kinder through 5th graders. It’s been an inspiring learning experience for us, watching these kids work and play, helping them collaborate, and seeing what they come up with! It’s often beyond our imagination. Here are a few recent highlights…

Beetle Art

We made beetle art! Beginning with a black oil pastel line drawing, a chalk pastel background, and watercolor for the body, these kids came up with some beautiful, jewely bugs.

Group Mural

Collaboration is a big deal in Blue J Art Club. The kids did a giant, loose painting that we used for a later project.

LOVE Screen-Print

After the kids finished the mural, Judy had the idea to cut up the mural and help the kids screen-print “LOVE” on top. Great Mother’s Day gift!

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It’s always fun!

– Hannah