Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Stop by Make-A- Scene under the clock tower in the Meta Rose Square,
Wasilla, Alaska all month long and see……….

By Dawn Diaz

Angles and Icons
By Judy Vars

Briony writes in the editor notes of Make-a-Scene says, "Judy Vars is a local artist and one of my personal favorites. I'm glad to have her art featured in this issue. Read more about it on page 18." Then she wrote a beautiful one page article interview style about me and my encaustic wax art.

Make-A-Scene is a local Magazine conceived of just one year ago by Josh and Briony Fryfogle to promote, teach music and art in addition the paper promotes events and opporutinites happening all over the Matanuska-Suitsna Valley. I am so impressed to be included in the magazine. Here is their link
p.s. There is also a nice article about Dawn Diaz.

Monday, April 28, 2008

A New Earth

Awakening Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle my daughter Charmaine sent me this link~
Saying, are you ready to change your life? Well yes! Being a huge Oprah fan I linked up and am now up to chapter 3. Isn't the internet wonderful anyone anywhere in the world can watch these discussions get podcasts, participate live on Skype or catch up like I'm doing. I'm also reading the book, doing the exercizes and blogging at the same time.

It's good spiritual stuff.

Friday, April 25, 2008

A Spring Snow In Alaska plus Moss and Moose Turds

When the phone woke me up this morning at 9:00 am I was still warm and cozy under my down comforter snoring and dreaming. The party on the other end was embarrassed to have woken me up. How could I have been sleeping so soundly at that time of the morning? Then I looked outside and noticed it had snowed 5 to 6 inches and was still falling. The snow always makes me sleep so peacefully it's like a cozy cool comforter. Lately I love cold sheets and frosty pillows. Alaska is a good place for me espically when I'm going through memopause you know hot flashes and all............................................

This was taken 10 minutes ago at 10:pm

On my walk the other day I was looking for evidence of spring
and found this lovely moss ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

and moose turds ah Spring I can smell it in the air.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

It's been an interesting week

While reading a book that Mary gave me called "Making a Living as an Artist" by different contributors, I read this article titled "Overcoming Myths About Being an Artist" by Carolyn Blakslee, here is a quote that helped me; "Recognition during one's lifetime is much more fun than playing dead, but it is more risky and it takes planning. Resisting negativity, whether it comes from within yourself or from others, is a necessary life process if you are going to "succeed." Your unique talent is built into the miracle of your own unique being and it emerges with practice, life experience, and time. It is your talent, unique and precious, and only you can mine and discover its depths."
I like what Thomas Wolfe said, "If a person has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously suceeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Junque Into Art and Earth Day Celebration

Title: Junque Raven #3
Medium: Found Objects and Wax
Artist: Judy Vars
Price 100.00

I met a cool lady last week with a passion for recycling Terry Koch she runs the Valley Community for Recycling Solutions and a U-Tube video I stopped by the recycling place to gather junk for my art. She was positive and helpful when I admitted that I wasn't as good at recycling as I should be she just said "start with one thing and go from there", I can do that! More later about my worm fertilizer farm. If we all make little changes then we all can make a huge difference in our planet, take care of your Mother.



VCRs 10 yr. Recycling Anniversary

Join us at the Palmer Depot
Sunday, April 27th, 2008
2pm t0 6pm
live music featuring"

My Assemblage Art will be there also.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

I Am An Artiste' and a Few Other Things

I tend to look at people who have a wonderful talent with awe and respect, artists have the power to touch others souls and spirits in some way, transport them somewhere else if even just for a moment. The definition of artist is less romantic:
1. One, such as a painter, sculptor, or writer, who is able by virtue of imagination and talent or skill to create works of aesthetic value, especially in the fine arts.
2. A person whose work shows exceptional creative ability or skill: You are an artist in the kitchen.
3. One, such as an actor or singer, who works in the performing arts.
4. One who is adept at an activity, especially one involving trickery or deceit: a con artist.

To the end of honing my skills as an artist I am looking foreword to a class by Dean M. Larson
of San Francisco five days immersed in art learning from an accomplished artist for me its as good as it gets.

Max my 9 year old grandson got just back from a field trip to Washington D.C.! He told me about visiting with Lisa Murkowski, Don Young and Ted Stevens, he is funny desccribing Teds speech to the class; "blah, blah, blah, oil, blah, blah, blah, north slope, blah, blah, blah, oil production" one poor kid fell asleep. At National Museum of Art he told me of a wax painting of a man that looked like a photograph when you steped back and he said his most memorable sight was the painting of Mona Lisa the eyes really follow you.

p.s. to Hypnotic Steve if you think that I would give you or anyone else 20% of my earnings for coaching services, all I can say is "on what planet? you're not just a little nuts you're a con artist."

p.s.s. How dissapointing the fish eyes were too big for my silver salmon so I still have to wait.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Time, time, time

If the average lifetime has approximately 30,000 days then 68% of my days are spent. It seems strange thirty thousand does not seem like a huge number in terms of days, weeks perhaps, the weeks in an average lifetime is a mere 4,286.
Time the phases of the moon, the click of the second hand the beat of the heart this is linear time. This is the way we measure time. Einsteins theory is that time depends on the reference of the observer. In altered states one might say it's 10:00 but what does 10:00 mean? A psychic relates to time in a non temporal way catching glimses of the past and future. Wise people tell us " If you regret the past or worry about the future you should on your present" (I paraphrase).

This has been my day swimming around in circles, wondering why I don't seem to get anything accomplished and simultaneously knowing that I am.

But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day. ~Benjamin Disraeli
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
~William Shakespeare
It's time to sleep says that nagging voice in my head, but I might miss something.
~Judy Vars

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Salmon Update: and Six to 12 Inches of Snow

It's a snow day six inches of cold spring snow and still coming down. Today I wanted to stay home and paint but I had to keep some appointments so I dutifully dusted the snow off my car and drove off at 10:23 am, the radio said the Parks Highway is closed because of an accident with injuries. I waisted no time turning my car around grateful I heard the traffic report in time.
I painted all morning and most the afternoon, I even played Mozart.
I hope the people are doing OK, I hate it when I hear of an accident or someone was killed, there is always a chance that you know the person or heaven forbid.....

This is how the salmon looks today, I am waiting for some taxidermy eyes and praying that the oil paint stick that I used will be fully dry by May 4th drop off time.
I've nothing much to say tonight so I'll say; adieu adieu to you and you and you

Sunday, April 06, 2008

He Who Eats Here Must Trust To Fate

I found this little framed saying at an early garage sale, and put it in my kitchen window, everyone agrees that it suits me and I've got miles and miles from it already, hubby has cooked delicious meals most of the week while I work on the salmon. It looks awesome by the way. Funny how inspired and productive I become when it's time to cook.
In my moms kitchen there was a plaque that said; I'm not a slow cook, I'm not a fast cook, I'm a half fast cook. Get it, half assed, ha ha. I'm getting a little punchy got to go to bed.

New Moon Tonight

I see the moon,
The moon sees me
God bless the moon,
And God bless me.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Welcome To My Mess and Left vs Right

While I try very hard to be neet and organized for me it's very hard. Because I'm a Creative and people like me think on the right side of the brain. Example: I am chaotic and disorganised, though I know where most things are, when I'm creating time passes by quickly almost unnoticed, when I get an idea I just jump straight in and see what happens, I am very intuitive and make most of my decisions based on my gut, I never forget a face but names are harder, I have a very hard time being on time for appointments, when I begin a painting I have a vision in my mind of what I'd like the painting to look like and then jump in.
I thought I suffered from AADD (Adult Attention Deficit Disorder) because I tend to space off and daydream allot, and being organized is a skill I cannot seem to learn, being right brained is preferable to having a disorder. Don't you think?
It's all in the way you see things and say things.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Salmon Update

This is not a great picture Mr. Salmon is not finished yet, but look, how georgeous is he!
The silver leaf is working out beautifully if I do say so myself.

This week I am being a test proctor for 4th graders so I must get to bed at a reasonable time.