Saturday, October 11, 2014

Halloween Vanitas Painting with Black Bird and Butterfly

Halloween Vanitas Painting with Black Bird and Butterfly
16 x 20

A vanitas painting flourished in the Netherlands around 1612-1656. These paintings contain an elaborate pictorial message, which contain moral undertones, such as relinquish earthly pleasures and pursue a meaningful spiritual life. Usually contained in a vanitas painting are skulls, books, clocks, shells, candles and other symbolism, the meaning obviously the impermanence of life, flowers and fruit in a state of dying or decay.

Although vanitas paintings have gone out of style, perhaps because in this modern fast moving world people do not want to be reminded of their mortality.
As an artist I believe it is my obligation, my mission if you will, to ask you to stop for a moment and reflect on the everyday treasures and understand that life is transient, like the butterfly we are born from a supreme struggle and emerge our cocoon live for a beautiful moment and then return to the earth.” Whether or not we join the procession or just let it happen, “life keeps on lifeing” and there is no cheating death. So enjoy the life we have and remember to be kind to all creatures great and small.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Willow Witch with Grandpa aka Zeus

The Willow Witch and Grandpa
16 x 20
Judy Vars

Rhonda also known as the Willow Witch is sitting pretty sipping absinthe with her familiar and faithful dog “Grandpa.”  The Willow Witch offers intuitive readings and will use her powers of perception and piercing eyes to council you and help guide you down a positive path.

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62835 South Parks Hwy, Willow, Alaska
mile marker 85.5

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Monday, May 05, 2014

Costa Rican Girl With Fruit Basket

Costa Rican Girl With Fruit Basket
20 X 20
Encaustic Beeswax
Judy Vars and Gabriela Catarinella

This painting is a result of a happy happenstance.  We went to the Talentum Art Gallery to meet my bohemian friend Martha Sanchez.  Outside the gallery we noticed chairs placed on the wall in a colorful cavorting way, then we go inside this place is twaneese, twaneese, too nice, too nice. Talentum is located in the historic French district of San Jose, in an old mansion.  Peter and I looked at all the great art upstairs and downstaris and then sat down for some coffee and pie. Gilda (pronounced Hilda) runs the show and makes pies out of tropical fruit we've never tasted anything so deliciouso.  Sebastian the Chef/Artist is divine.  Martha  shows her art here and introduced me to a brilliant woman Gabrela Catarinella, besides being an artist, speaks multiple languages, she is a microbiologist, and the director of this beautiful gallery and bistro.

When she found out I was an encaustic artist she became very interested and asked me to teach her the process. She had already purchased some wax sheets and turpentine, I sent her after a heat gun and some natural bristle brushes. She bought us a gourmet lunch and after closing all of us went to the kitchen downstairs. I demonstrated encaustic painting and Gabriela took over together we painted wax all over her beautiful landscape. We had a blast!

Afterword Gabriela offered to pay me, ridiculous! I said, so she gave me her oil painting of a child and told me to put encaustic wax on top of it.  Well I was so humbled and grateful to be allowed to paint on another’s painting, I hope she approves.  We did not have all the equipment that we needed but it was just enough to get the idea and get her hooked on encaustic painting.  This slide show is for Gabriela.