Friday, February 20, 2009


I had a great time at the auction got to get my mug on tv and donate to public tv. There is no footage thank God! I was a little nervous but my family saw it and said I did fine, my hair looked good and I sounded professional. The piece that I put in was titled "A Place in the heart" It was auctioned off for $575.00 pretty good considering...
Teresa Ascone said it's so moody and beautiful. So like Paul Harvey used to say "heeeeres . . . . . . the rest of the story."
South Mountain, Franklin County, Idaho
Size: W. 38" X H. 27"
Medium: OIL
Artist: Judy Vars

I loved doing this painting of a place in my heart, this mountain was part of a canyon where the Bear River Massacre took place one of the most shameful battles in American history.
More than 400 Shoshoni occupied a winter camp that offered ideal protection in Battle Creek Canyon. But they suffered a disaster unmatched in western history when Connor's Force struck at daybreak, January 29, 1863. It was a bloody conflict where even women and children fought fiercely, in the end they were defeated by the troops from California. The unruly troop raped women, burned the huts, stole the horses and left the survivors to freeze to death.

Why do I call this small mountain a place in the heart? It is because it was a landmark on the way to my grandmother’s house in Weston, Idaho. The stillness and loneliness of this place I recalled while painting this scene. The railroad tracks, the wind, the fields, the bees, the hay and a hot August day.
Remembering one frozen January years past driving with my mother to Grandmothers house, we drove for miles and miles not seeing a car, a person or any sign of life; it was so still and so cold so very cold. This scene seemingly unchanged is etched in my memory forever a place in my heart.

Please don't tell anyone, the painting was to thick and wet when I was doing it some nats flew on it got stuck and died, they looked like hawks so I left them on. he he he


annie kelleher said...

oooh how ... eerie... there's blood in the painting, like there's blood in the land you painted... congrats on the sale!!

Judy Vars said...

I didn't think of it that way but that's exactly right, it seems very poetic.

Patti Gibbons said...

I loved that piece when you posted it a while ago. Nice price, and nice that you donated that. Love the gnat story too. It was meant to be. I have boycotted Fox, but Murdoch's empire reaches F A R. And being that Myspace is part of it, I have axed it. If you need any help or have ANY questions about upgrading or doing things to your blog, give me a yell. The newest thing is when I post on Twitter, it show up real time on my blog and on Facebook. I don't post my Facebook links here, nor is my Twitter link here, I don't think...but I could arrange it.
love ya, patti o