Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice

I hope this blog post finds you well, happy and enjoying your holidays! I was honoured with the request to create a painting for the first Sunday of Advent to be shared with the congregation of my church... The theme was 'Hope.'

This is the painting I created. It was a lot of fun to make. I did a lot of the painting as a demonstration for my Adult Acrylic Creations painting class in Ajax... I was thrilled with the beautiful artwork that my students created in response to my suggestions for this project...

I have been deeply inspired by a book called 'Hope for the Flowers...' It is a very profound book about a couple of caterpillars called 'Stripe' and 'Yellow.' In the actual book, the caterpillars are illustrations in a very sweet cartoon style. I choose to make my 'Stripe' and 'Yellow a little bit more realistic... inspired by the beautiful tiger swallow tail butterfly.  But I couldn't help myself from putting the smiling faces on the bugs... Mmmmmmmmmmmmm Sweetness... 

I was smiling all the while I was painting - what fun!

This will be the painting I exhibit at Allan's Artists Exhibition... 

Have a wonderful holiday - Judith

Fourth Annual Allan's Artists Exhibition

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


I like seahorses - there is just something about them that really appeal. OK - I love cuteness - a lot... In fact, when I draw any critter, I make the eyes way big and give it that sweet baby face... Ahhhaaaaaaaa !
Got any spear beanie babies? 
Never mind, I'll just go draw another seahorse...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


I did this drawing at the Zoo - these little guys are really interesting to watch. 

Hope you are getting some lovely spring weather...

Kindest Regards, Judith

Monday, March 23, 2015


Happy Spring! I am so looking forward to some warm weather! Beautiful sunshine here today, now we just need some warmth.

I would like to share with you one of my mandalas today. I have a lot of fun with my colour pencils and ink pens that I lay down over an acrylic layer. These works have a 'zen-tangle' type feeling and they are created in a meditative way - with a focus on one thing... awareness of the colour flowing onto the paper. I was influenced by a book I got out of the library full of illuminated manuscripts from the Middle-Ages. The little dragon in the lower left corner sneaked into the work right out of one of my favourite pieces...

Spirals are an ongoing theme in my work as well - I will tell you more about spirals and why I find them so compelling another day.

Stay Happy - I hope this blog post finds you well and peaceful...

♥ ☮   ♥ ☮
Art Instruction for all ages - Make happiness, make art!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Dragon's Joy

Happy New Year! Wishing you wonder and joy in your life for the coming year!

I choose this painting for my New Year greeting because of the spiral - seeing as we are on the start of another amazing cycle with this first day of the year. And also because of the positive feeling I get from this image. The colours are just so joyful and peaceful - and the feeling of light drawing you to the centre and radiating back out. There is just so much life and happiness here....

The title of this painting is 'Dragon's Joy' and that is where it came from - the feeling of joy it gave me to make it. The dragon's head is painted using a photo reference I took of a snake in the Toronto Zoo - they sit on their branch coiled up in total contentment - utterly still and present like some sort of reptilian masters of meditation. I hope we can all focus this coming year on the contentment that comes from stillness and presence...

I am deeply grateful for the amazing year that we have just finished. I am grateful for my family, friends, students and my health! There are just so many things that bless my life. Like my brother Bill says "It's all good."

I hope that you find happiness, health and peace in 2015...

♥ peace...  Judith