Saturday, June 20, 2015

Liquid Sunshine

Liquid Sunshine
54 X 60
Original Oil
Judy Vars

 I've had this intimidating gigantic blank canvas on my wall for several years taunting me to paint something upon it. Ideas for a large scale painting came and went. I wanted to paint a big deep space nebula but this would have been my first one. Then came abstract painting ideas; I am not comfortable with abstracts so I watched tons of demonstrations on YouTube. Next I thought just make it easy with Rothko like painting: paint a red field with a yellow square in the middle (too easy I thought). How about a group of people engaged in some kind of activity, no, that would be way too hard. All this over thinking was getting in the way of just doing. So one sunny Sunday day I set up the canvas on the deck, squeezed out gobs of paint, and just went for it painting happy clouds.  Right then Bob Ross did a fly by and whispered in my ear: “paint some Happy Trees.”  I said to myself “yeah trees, all kinds of trees,” I don’t care if my trees live together in nature because this is my world, and I can do as I like.  So I painted trees: ornamental trees, Poplar trees, Aspen trees, Oak trees, Rain Forest Trees, pine trees and more.  As I was painting, the clouds started to gray and become heavy and then there was a deluge of rain and hail, so I painted that too.
This painting did not come without frustration, bugs, and things blowing in the wind that kept sticking to it, and I had to haul in and out of the house when it rained.
The joys of painting for me is the meditative contemplative act of doing it, things roll through my mind, like how beautiful the world is how the cycles of sunshine, clouds, and rain nourish us and I contemplate the nature of trees, which I love, I’m a tree hugger! I imagine trees as people should co-existing side by side in harmony and love.

Now after weeks of joy and frustration I have given birth to this masterpiece Liquid Sunshine and it is now ready to go out into the world find a home.  It would make an impressive statement piece for your home or office. Please call me with any questions you may have. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Raven Quadriptych

Raven Quadriptych 
Encaustic Beeswax
15 x 15
Judy Vars

Monday, April 20, 2015

My Rant or is Facebook the Definition of Addiction?

After this week ends drama with Facebook I am ready to pick up my crayons and leave the playhouse. When one friend who likes to say fuck lightheartedly posts an article about people who use the word "FUCK" are Hotter and Healthier. Another Facebook friend who has strong opinions about the word fuck and the people who uses "said" word posts a confrontational judgmental generalization of people who use the word fuck in comments. This started a tit for tat that got ridiculous. I was reading this banter saying WTF!@#
I stand up for the person who was rudely insulted for basically a joke and support the other person’s right to their opinion and their constitutional freedom of speech. In the end they are mature adults and worked it out themselves.

My granddaughter Rhaya TEXT Messaged me: What’s up grandma? I reply: Drama on Facebook. She replies: LOL Grandma you're addicted to Facebook!
Out of the mouth of babes! Yes Facebook tickles my need to connect, click and get instant satisfaction. I get annoyed with the right wingers Hillary and Obama bashing,  giggle at the cute kitties, love to see funny stuff, hate to see hateful stuff, shutter at the gross stuff.  I enjoy looking at your life events; your vacations, new born baby, fun events and I also see your personal struggles even death sometimes the sadness and grief is too much for me to bear it breaks my heart a little more, still I look.
I endeavor to respect everyone's right to be who they are unique individuals with their own point of view and life experiences.I pride myself on my diverse menagerie of friends from all over the world, liberals, conservatives, Communists, Mormons, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Pagans, Born Again, New Age, Buddhist, young, old, artists and missfits you are all my friends.

Don't misunderstand me I love me some Facebook.  
But there is such thing as too much sharing? I know I am guilty of this!  
I share my new mani-pedi, post my fancy Yuppie meal, share the ugly photos of my stitches, make vague comments to get people to engage with me, take a proud selfie of me on my new lawnmower, post some clever thing I am thinking the moment like "Some People Just Need to Lighten Up", or do my favorite thing scroll, LIKE and comment on all your posts until my pointer finger hurts.

I’m not sure if this post is going anywhere or who has the patience to read it.
I was just thinking about how many extra layers of skin I have had to grow over the years to be able to just deal with life on lifes terms and at the same time deal with my traits to be open minded, compassionate and empathic. I need some balance FRIENDS so it might be a good time to take a little break from Facebook and get back to my family, my blog and creating art. Hey if you see me lurking about on Facebook feel free to call me out or give me a call me my phone number is easy find.

One cute saying going around  Facebook:

Judy Vars

That’s all I have to say for now but here is a picture of a cute baby turtle just because.