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A Spiritual Journey

Posted by: artbyjude

Tagged in: spiritual , spirits , oils , oilpainting , oil , mediums , landscapes , landscape , impressionist , artwork , artist , art


It has been a while since I last posted a Blog entry.  I find writing a lot like painting, I can only do it when the mood takes me.  I really feel for authors and artists working to deadlines!!

Quite a lot has happened since I last put pen to paper, or should I say fingers to keys.  I have continued with my painting, sold most of them and completed several commissions.  I don't believe I will ever feel complacent about my work being sent into the hands of others.  I still find it unbelievable and very humbling.

Now you may be wondering why I've entitled this blog entry, A Spiritual Journey?  Back in November of this year, I attended a psychic supper.  I have to admit I'm more of a believer than a sceptic.  There were three different mediums there that evening and I was read by all of them separately.  The overwhelming theme that came through was that I'd spent many years wondering if I was on the right path and they all said, without doubt, that now I was on the right path.  One of the mediums even described my "studio" in my house!!

I can hardly put into words how much that meant to me.  It brings me so much happiness and peace.  The mediums also said that I have a psychic capability not yet explored 'I could do what they do!'.  I've been told this in the past and only now do I have the opportunity to develop this side of my capabilities.  Watch this space on that one.

And so, back to my art journey, which in itself is a spiritual experience for me and people have told me this is reflected in my artwork.  This gives me such a thrill as I feel I always paint from the heart.  There's much more I'm going to be involved with which will continue to push me outside of my comfort zone.  I have the opportunity to teach about oil painting.  It will take place at a beautiful rural study centre called Gleanings (click here for details, scroll down to Arts & Crafts).  This is exciting and nerve wracking but I'm sure it will also be enjoyable.

There is also something massive (for me!) happening in 2011.  I will be holding my first art exhibition in collaboration with others.  I can't tell you when or where or with whom just yet until the details are finalised but I will definitely share the excitement with you along the way.  If you're on Twitter, you can see developments by following @4_ArtsSake.

It will only be a year in March 2011 since I began this spiritual art journey.  I find it hard sometimes to comprehend all that has happened in such a short space of time.  That said, I'm such a believer in things happen for a reason.  I 'AM' on the right path now, now is my time to follow my heart and the passion which I've had since I was a little girl.

Thank you to everyone who continue to support me along the way.  A special thank you to Valerie Higgins (Twitter @valdary) who was there for me right at the beginning of this journey.  She sadly passed away this month and she will be sorely missed by so many people including me, she was a shining light of inspiration.

Finally, I want to wish you ALL the very best for 2011, I hope all your dreams come true.  Afterall "nothing happens unless first we dream".

Love and hugs



Jude xxxx
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I Would Like To Thank You

Posted by: artbyjude

Tagged in: original , landscapes , competition , artwork , artist , art


This is only going to be a short Blog entry from me.

Going back to the very beginning of my art journey, I have had fantastic support from all my friends online both on Facebook and Twitter.  Due to that continued support, I feel very privileged to now call myself an Artist and for that, I wish to thank you in a special way.

My Facebook Fan Page is now close to 1000 followers and therefore, once that number is reached, I am going to create an oil painting specifically for reaching that amazing milestone as a THANK YOU.

That's not all.  Once I have created the painting, I'm going to ask all my followers of my Facebook page to name the painting.  I will choose the name I like the most and that person will receive that original piece of artwork.

So, if you're not already a Fan of my Facebook page, please follow the link below and perhaps share it with your friends too.

Facebook Art By Jude

Thank you

Love and hugs


Jude xxx

This is pretty much a continuation of the previous post. I worked on two paintings at the same time, and it was a very interesting learning experience. Here are the progress pictures of the 9×12 almost three-quarter figure portrait of a lady in Icelandic national costume.

As usual, I started with sketches. This one was only one sketch that I altered many times trying to decide on the background (the reference photo, taken in a studio, has a very boring tan-beige-taupe-bleh background). On a totally irrational impulse, I made the background red. Maybe as a response to the boredom of the background in the photo?

Mark's Icelandic Mom - red

Mark's Icelandic Mom - gold, direct light

Mark's Icelandic Mom - gold diffused light

Well, this was the “fire” part of The Land of Fire and Ice, and most people I consulted (including those of you who so kindly left a comment to my post about it) felt that the figure disappeared in the intense red and/or gold background. So I tried the “ice” side of it, together with a mossy-medowy green:

watercolor portrait

watercolor potrait

watercolor portrait

And we finally settled on the background above, a hint at the glaciers and the grasses. On to the drawing:

(and no, I don’t like masking.. or doing details in general. I like splashing paint.)

And the completed painting:

watercolor portrait

In addition to learning a couple more things about working small in watercolor (hands were hard!) and spending hours figuring stuff out with an anatomy book (granted, I love doing that), I expanded my knowledge about Iceland beyond Bjork and volcanoes :) a little.

Question: how do you change a large area in a watercolor painting (like the background in those sketches) without painful scrubbing out and washing off?

Answer: Cover it with acrylic gesso and paint on top!(that’s what I did) Or use gouache. Or acrylics. Or pastels :)

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