Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!


"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sharing Some Judy Pimperl Artwork

Today I'm sharing some of my recent artwork...and by recent, I mean work that was completed within the last couple of years.  I painted a series of these, but I am only showing four of them here...Each one can stand alone, or they can be hung together as a set.  I actually had them hanging in my house for a year or so, until it was time to take things down to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I decided I was ready to part with some of them, so I'm listing them in my shop, JujuQueen.  To see more about them in detail, click here.

I LOVE birds, especially black ones, glitter, bright colors and mixing things up with all sorts of materials; these paintings have all of these elements.  When they were finished I poured a coat of epoxy resin over them for the high gloss finish.  (Which is great unless you're trying to get good photographs!  Please excuse the glare.) 

It has been said by some that they resemble individuals within my circle of local friends. Hmmm.  One of them actually resembles me, although it wasn't intentional...I don't think.  

They make a room happy...just look and you'll see what I mean.



Singing Her Very Own Song (link to shop listing here)








Mysterious Missy (link to shop listing here)







Miss Sparkly (link to shop listing here)






And, we will just call this next one...


The Hat (link to shop listing here)






I have to admit that I have a hat that is very similar...and orange hair...blue eyes...hmmm.

Did I subconsciously do a self-portrait?  What do you think?

Judy

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day



Judy

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Old Table Has a New Look Just in Time for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving house cleaning project is wearing me out!  I need a break and I'm going to use blogging as my excuse to sit down for a few minutes.  And anyway, I'm dying to show someone my table now that it's sporting a new look.  


So, this is what it looked like before.  We bought the table about fifteen years ago at Ikea in Chicago before we built our current house.  I always liked the style of the table, but was never really fond of the knotty pine look- just too many knots, but it was a really good buy for a real wood table, so we purchased it.  It was always just finished with a clear coat.  I knew that one of these days, I would do something else to it, but I didn't expect it to take me fifteen years!

I decided to paint the bottom a white that would go with the adjacent cabinet, and I wanted to stain the top a darker color so that the knots wouldn't be so noticeable.  I settled on Amy Howard at Home- One Step Paint in Ballet White, and Minwax Gel Stain in Chestnut.



I sanded away that clear finish...inside the house.  I don't know what I'm thinking sometimes...maybe I just like to dust.  



When it was sanded down to bare wood, I applied a Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner (also by Minwax) that is supposed to make the stain go on more evenly.  When that was dry, I applied my first coat of stain.  The instructions said to apply liberally, which I did...then after three minutes, I wiped off the excess.


I then did it all again for the second coat of stain.  Here I'm showing a pic just after second coat application...Isn't it pretty?


This is what I had when the excess stain had been wiped away.


I was a little disappointed with the color of the top.  It's just not as dark as I had hoped for. It seemed like the wood just didn't want to soak up the stain.  I'm thinking that original clear coat had permeated the soft pine wood so that it was still sort of sealed even though it looked like I had sanded it down to bare wood.  Anyway, I thought about a third application, but it just seemed to be sitting on the top surface and wiping back off, so I think it would have been a waste of time.  I just decided to go with this.  It is still darker than the original look, and the knots don't stand out like they did before.  

After the stain had dried completely, I applied a satin polyurethane finish to the top and painted the bottom with the white.  The bottom part took two coats of paint, but it's a one-step paint, so I shouldn't need to topcoat it.


I could hardly wait for the second coat of polyurethane to dry so that I could clean up around the table, put the chairs back around it and take pictures!  



It looks so much better now with the antique cabinet.  The addition of the white just makes it work.


Now, I need to get up and dust...the entire house.

I was not compensated in any way by Minwax or Amy Howard at Home.  I'm just sharing what I used.

Judy

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Friday, November 21, 2014

A Pet Portrait Makes a Great Christmas Gift

I wanted to take a break from the crazy Thanksgiving prep that's going on at my house and sit down for a minute with a glass of iced tea.  While I'm sitting here, I wanted to share a great Christmas gift idea for the pet lovers in your life- a pet portrait.  Yes, I paint pet portraits, and they are so much fun!

Let me show you some pics, and then I'll explain more about the process.


This is a little terrier named Star.  She was a young girl's dog, so the pink collar and fun background felt appropriate, and the star hanging from the collar hints at the dog's name.


This is Martha, who has gone on to Doggie Heaven.  Her owner was having me paint this after the dog passed.  When I asked her to tell me about Martha, the first thing she told me was thay they missed her a lot.    I always ask for information on the pet so that I can work special touches into the art piece.  Since I like to work in mixed-media, and to help tell the story, I found this text in a discarded book- "I miss you too"...It was the perfect addition (and that special touch) to help tell the story.  The owner was in tears when she saw it.  

                                         
This is Rivers, a pit-bull mix who was attacked and badly hurt, and the family who rehabilitated it started a rescue service called Rivers of Love.  To help tell that part of the story, I painted the raised textured hearts in the background.


This is Chili...I gave this one a Spanish feel with the black and red, along with the gold design element in the background.  The bandana has the word "Hot" around the edges...well, enough said!


This is Bonnie (see Clyde below) and I wanted to give the set an old, sort of sepia toned feeling, so I glazed the background to age it.  I added text to tell the story of the famous duo using the words to the song about them.  I also added a raised, textured flourish to speak to Bonnie's feminine side.


Clyde was painted to match Bonnie, and I used text from the song once again to help tell his story.  I had to put the bars, well- because he was a bad boy.

As you can see from these examples, I use information that I get from the pet owner to help me with the creative process of designing the piece of art, and it all works together to tell the story of the pet.  I ask a series of questions, and then I just think about it for a few days until something comes to mind.   I work from photographs, and I usually like to have several, as some details may not be visible in all pics.

There's still time to get a pet portrait for a Christmas gift if ordered by December 12. Obviously, the earlier, the better.  If you are interested, contact me by e-mail and we'll chat. Prices are listed below and I use Paypal billing.


Pet Portrait Price List

8" x 10"    gallery wrapped canvas (does not require frame)                $50 + shipping
11" x 14"  gallery wrapped canvas (does not require frame)                $75 + shipping

Thanks for joining me today!

Judy

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Newest Silver Creation and a Reliving a Very Special "Mom" Moment

I'm just going to jump right in with this post...can't contain my excitement!

I am so IN LOVE with my latest silver jewelry creation- a sterling silver cuff bracelet with a really big (10mm x 12mm) golden faceted gemstone.  I have to show pics first- just because I can't wait- then I'll tell you a story about the gemstone.



    



I really enjoyed photographing this bracelet.  That highly polished mirror finish was so much fun, working with reflections!

My inspiration for this piece was the stone itself.  You see, it's a citrine, or a type of quartz stone.  Not a really expensive stone in the world of gemstones, but it has great value to me. When my youngest son was eight years old, we were in Miami with hubby's work, and one day when we were out and about, Reagan looked down and yelled, "Look, Mom!"...He had found a treasure!  It was just sitting there on the ground in a little plastic gemstone case, waiting for someone to find.  In reality, I'm sure someone dropped it and was disappointed to learn they had lost it, but it would have been nearly impossible to try to find the rightful owner in a city the size of Miami.  And, since I knew a little about gemstones, I knew that it was worth right around ten dollars, so it wasn't a great loss for the loser, but it was worth a million dollars to my son.  He kept up with it for years, until he was a teenager and needed a few bucks.  He asked me if I wanted to buy it from him, so I did.  I'm sure I gave him WAY more than it was worth, but I was buying the memory-and I've kept it tucked away with some other special "mom" treasures for a lot of years.  Reagan is now a young man in his twenties, and when I showed him this surprise last night, I could tell it was special to him, too.  I have taken this memory and turned it into something that is stylishly "me" so that I can now proudly wear it for many more years to come...and, I'm sure the story will be re-told many times as I wear it.

I'm really enjoying the silversmithing experience (at Innova Arts in Mobile) more and more with every new project, and now I'm experimenting with some recycled metal from candy and biscuit tins, using some of the techniques I've learned in the class.  I'm making some Christmas gifts for some very special people in my life...I'll share those later.

I'm going to take a few days off from blogging to get ready for the big Thanksgiving Day celebration that we are hosting.  I'll catch up with you all after the holiday, so from my house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you get to spend it with people you love.  And, remember to look around and see if there's anyone who is alone...it would mean so much to include them- I'm sure they would be grateful, and it'll do your heart good!

And, before you hit the stores for Black Friday shopping, I would appreciate it if you would check out my shop, JujuQueen.  This old girl would appreciate it, very much.

Judy

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Great Artsy Christmas Gift Possibilities Just Listed in the Shop

Hello everyone!  I have been busy listing lots and lots of things in my Etsy shop, JujuQueen. I have a great variety of gift ideas- something for everyone on your "girlfriend, teacher, and hostess" lists. You will find many rings made from vintage buttons and other elements that I've recycled into fashion statements...

Vintage Button Ring
    
Fun & Funky Ring made from Vintage Buttons...

Vintage Button Ring with Tarnished Patina

Another Funky Statement Ring

Chunky, Funky Knot Ring

Feminine Dramatic Vintage Button Ring

Fun Red & Sparkly Vintage Button Ring

...and there are many more.  

I've also listed some great little vintage finds picked from local estate sales...




Here's a necklace that I made from a vintage French stamp...postmarked "Paris, 1953"...would make a great gift for the romantic interest in your life, also available in the shop.

Romantic French Castle Stamp Necklace

This is just a few of the items featured.  I would love for you to hop on over and take a look. Let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for visiting  JujuQueen .  I would appreciate it if you would share my post!

Thanks for hanging out with me a bit today!

Judy

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