Tag Archives: imagination

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)

Collage Material

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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

Austin, TX

21 May

Austin is a beautiful, magical place. An oasis of a city that has been planned to blend its blossoming municipal structure with central Texas’s natural beauty.

On any given day, you can get lost on winding nature trails and gaze at skyscraper silhouettes on the horizon. You can stop by Lady Bird Lake and feed the swans. Paint your home purple, put a garden in your backyard, or perhaps the front? Anything’s possible here, and nature is cherished.

Like most Austin residents, I love living in this city. There is a special essence felt here, and Judy has been capturing it through photography for awhile now. Over the past year or so, she’s been combing these images to create surreal photo-collages of all things wonderful about this place.

Here is her latest “Barton Springs” (aka my favorite place):

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“Barton Springs” by Judy Paul

And more Austin-scapes:

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“Austin From A Red Canoe” by Judy Paul

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“Congress Bridge” by Judy Paul

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“Home” by Judy Paul

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“Green Home” by Judy Paul

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“Swan Lake” by Judy Paul

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“Lady Bird Lake 1” by Judy Paul

Click on any of these images to find out how to order your own print, with free shipping. As always, all prints are found at www.judypaul.com/studio/work.

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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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!

Crazy Liam

It’s always fun!

– Hannah