Friday, January 23, 2015

Let's get real.




Today I want to share facts about me.  Yes, it is my birthday but there are many things about me that might surprise those who are close and some of you may know a few of them.

So here goes...

1.)  Art journals scare me.  Something about putting my art/doodles/thoughts in a book seems so permanent.  I start drawing and I want to tear out the pages!  Maybe I can get rid of that perfectionist one day. 

2.)  Although art journals scare me I seem to keep buying them.  Not sure how many I have laying around the house but I found 5 yesterday!  I have now designated a drawer for all lost journals to go and then I can get real about my collection. 

3.)  Here is an odd tidbit about myself, is I hold two titles, Miss Connecticut and Miss New England.  I won't disclose the years, but I was a competitive bodybuilder for many years.

Which goes to 4.) I was a trainer, and worked with many people helping them get ready for bodybuilding competitions.  Maybe that is why I feel crappy when I see they extra pounds I carry around. Doesn't everyone wish they could loose that last 10lbs? 

5.)  I was a single mother for 11yrs.  I think that was the best time of my life because Jessi was a great kid.  I discovered that I was a strong person who did not need a man in my life to make me complete. 

6.)  While being the single mom, I went back to college and got my degree in criminal justice and a paralegal certificate.  My interest in law might have come from my first husband who was a police officer. 

7.)  I lived most of my life in Alaska (35yrs), with time in CA, CT and now NV. 

8.)  I am addicted to Diet Pepsi.  This is my morning drink, I don't like the smell or taste of coffee.  Maybe one day I will replace my Pepsi for tea. 

9.)  I love pens and markers, Sharpies, Flair, Copics, Prisma, Micron, Tombow, PITT, and my go to Molotow pens.  You name it I probably have some.  In fact I have two 12x12 bins full.

10.)  Today I am fifty...I really don't like people to know my age but now you know and it is out.

So in honor of my dreaded birthday, I like birthdays, but not this number 50, I an going to get real about it.  It is national handwriting day and my 50th, I am pulling out my journal and make art/doodles/journal this whole year.  I want to live this year fearless as I might miss a great opportunity.  I might share some of the pages as that is one of my fears of not being perfect.

Go get real.  No more blank pages.  Embrace your handwriting.  Live fearless.

Judy



Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Painting

Today I took some time to spend with my family and we went to the movies.  I felt we needed a good laugh, so I chose the Wedding Ringer.  A very funny movie and it was nice that the theatre was some what bare.  I would guess maybe 30 people, which is good because a few times I was a little loud.

Even with time away from the studio I managed to get a mini painted and have a few more prepped for future painting.  Today's painting was a little different than what I have been doing, still abstract but this time some definite lines that almost reminds you floral or foliage.


This mini has been added to my Etsy shop and it come with an easel to display it.





I love how these look on my desk, mantel and book shelf.  My little addiction.

I hope you will join me on this little addiction and visit my Etsy shop.

Happy Monday and remember today is National Popcorn Day!

Judy


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's been awhile, I missed you

Well that is what I would love to hear from my blog readers, "It's been awhile, I missed you."  But I know they busiest time of year has just past and people are trying to get back to normal.

For me that means, back to painting everyday.  I have lots of photos of the daily painting I have been doing AND a explanation of why I have been away.  To make this fun I will mix in the paintings along the way.





Our family has been under a lot of stress...if I was asked our stress level from 1-10, I would say 13!  This is why I started painting little mini canvases each day.  These little pieces may not be much to some, but they are the best medicine for me.

Here is day 1 for 2015

the challenge for day 1 was to work with pink.  Pink is not a color I use much.

Day 2 for 2015
what a bright little canvas.  Again not a color combo that I use much.  It even surprised my daughter that I did a primary color canvas.

Day 3 for 2015...

 
 Day 4 for 2015...


I love black and white, but wanted to throw in a POP of color.  I can see more of these in my future but what POP of color?

Day 5 for 2015...

ok, so I stayed at black and white for a bit.

Day 6 for 2015...
 I wanted to play with some texturing mediums, so this one has fiber paste to the canvas.  And of course I was excited to work with orange.

Day 7 for 2015...

 I am not sure how long I am going to do these daily exercises, but they are my little piece of JOY.  And I hope that you like them.  They are all available on my Etsy shop (side link of blog).  I usually shy away from blue and I don't know why.  I love this blue and lime, which was a happy accident.

Day 8 for 2015...

 Started to think about Valentines.  Not quite the traditional colors but who knows someone might think it is cool.

Day 9 for 2015...
Still not finished with the blue I guess.  But I have to say I love bright colors.

Day 10 for 2015...
Ok this one got me excited!  It has orange and is textured.  I can't wait until we move and I can play with more colors.  Yes, a move is possible within the next year.  No location chosen and it is all based on hubby's job promotion.


 Couldn't help myself!

Day 11 for 2015

Blue, purple...hmmm...I like it. I was thinking there is not enough purple on my shop and I should play with it.

Day 12 for 2015...

Two hearts...I wanted to know if I could embroider on a canvas.  I could and I love it.

See how looking at all these little painting make you feel better.  I needed it.  Back to the stress level of 13.  My Nov & Dec was filled with lots of Dr. appointments.  First my hubby broke two ribs which meant an x-ray, which lead to a ct scan, more appointments, then a PET scan.  He has a mass in his lungs and after all the appointments is not cancer, but need a scan every 6 months.  Whew!  But at the same time my father-in-law fell a fractured his back and need back surgery.  We were omg! traveling to SC was not an option.  We didn't stop going to Dr. appointments, because my daughter who has been sick for 2yrs and unable to work found a neurosurgeon who is familiar with her condition.  She has Chiari Malformation.  It is a brain condition that she has to live with and it is very painful.  She had her MRI's 2 days before Christmas and it has been confirmed she needs surgery in a month.

So stress level through the holidays sucked.  I know that 2015 is going to be better, but we have a few rough bumps to get though the next 2 months. 


All I ask that you as blog readers stick with me, encourage me and provide a ray of sunshine.

Now I don't usually ask for help but if you like any of these paintings, please go to my Etsy.  All profits from my shop until 2/20/15 is going towards my daughters surgery.  We are going to have about $6000-$10,000 out of pocket expenses.  I don't want to burden my daughter with this debt while she is finished college.  So please visit my Etsy or any of my print shops.

Happy 2015 - Judy

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday, Tuseday and Wednesday!




Well it is Cyber Monday and everyone is online trying get some awesome deals.  I am thankful to have found Society6 because I am able to offer some awesome deals to you.  Yes, there is a Cyber Monday special, but there are also a Tuesday and Wednesday special running too.

So here goes....

CYBER MONDAY - $5.00 off everything in my shop + Free worldwide shipping!

TECH TUESDAY -  $6.00 off Cell Phone Cases + Free worldwide shipping!

BIG DEAL WEDNESDAY - $6.00 off Pillows + Free worldwide shipping!

I don't know about you but I am going to stock up on some prints, pillows, coffee mugs and get some great gifts for friends and family.

I really enjoy painting everyday and each day brings a new adventure in my paintings.




Here is one of my pen & ink watercolors.

I hope that you checkout my shop and sale.  Support those small shop owners!



Happy shopping, Judy
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GIVEAWAY TIME!




I have been busy painting and promoting to get my Society 6 website up and running.  Unfortunately I haven't kept up with the blog.  It is a decision of how much do I want to be in front of the computer or in front on my painting station.  Today is a paint day.

But first I want to share about the giveaway, that is why you clicked on this, correct? (link is on the Left sidebar or go here http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f67a01141/


My Facebook page has passed the 550+ mark of followers who are seeing my daily work, work in progress, and my odd sense of humor.  As a celebration, I want someone to have one of my new pieces....either in the form of an art mug or $15 to spend at any of my shops.  I really want to enjoy what I do.  It means the world to me.


All I can say I can say is thanks you.  The quote came from a Facebook page, Art by Aurina.

Ok to some of you an art mug may not be a big thing, but for me it is.  I get excited every
time I upload a painting and see it on the display mug.  Each time I think of you carrying it from the coffee/tea pot to your desk, every time someone comments on a pretty mug you have....I then know that I have made this place a better pl ace.  Those little moments mean the world to me.

I know some of you may say no to the art mug, so you can choose a gift card of $15.  You may not be as excited as I am.  But I am here to share the last two pieces I uploaded.







Sunset Bloom....

So please go enter the giveaway (left hand side), give some Facebook love, and visit one of my shops.  I am always open to suggestions and special orders, just let me know.


Hugs, Judy


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Blue Saturday

Today I am posting two of the paintings I have been working on this week.  They are blue, which today represents my mood.  But I don't want to burden you with my drama, so the best thing I can do is share what I have created.


This one is another grunge landscape.  I love the teal/blues.  They will look great in my bedroom over my dresser.




This second one was a little more difficult of me.  It was a little more controlled with creating squares, rectangles and circles.  I like it but it has a different personality.


Both of these works are available in prints, pillows, mugs and more on my Society 6 shop.  For now the originals are mine or until I am ready to release them.

Hope your Saturday for of joy.

Judy


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Awesome deal for a limited time!






I just wanted to past this awesome deal to you!  Well I'm going to take advantage of this offer too!

My Society 6 shop is giving FREE SHIPPING worldwide along with a $5.00 each item SALE.  It is only for a very limited time, until 11/9/14.  They are offering this to new artists to get their shop off and running.  And what perfect time, in time for the holidays.

The only condition is that you need to use this PROMO CODE link:
http://society6.com/judyapplegarth?promo=XMGRJ2223ZVZ


If you don't use that link you don't get the discount.  These are some of the items.

















 So if you have a little shopping to do, please use this PROMO CODE: http://society6.com/judyapplegarth/framed-prints

Happy Thursday! - Judy

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happy, happy mail!

Something about getting happy snail mail, you get excited when the Fedex person rings your doorbell and the dogs start barking ballistic which scares the crap out of me because I can't hear the doorbell.  That is one tone that I can't hear at all, love hearing issues.  Meanwhile I start running to the door, which gets the dogs even more hyper and they start circling my feet which makes me trip over the little loving yappers.  All the time I am yelling at them to be quiet.  I try to adjust myself so that I look calm and cool when you open the door.  Yes, that is how it happens at our house when the doorbell rings.

Anyone have that happen?

Back to the happy snail mail...I just got my first test order from my Nuvango shop.  Wanted to see how ling the order takes and the quality, plus I couldn't resist seeing my artwork printed.

So I order a bright cel phone case so I won't loose my phone.


Yes it is orange, what color would you expect from me?  Bright cheerful and an great example of my artwork.  It might catch a few peoples attention and be a conversation starter even if they don't like orange.  I will forgive them.

But Nuvango ships the cases in these nice heavy duty felt cases.  I like them so much that I want to keep that too.  Hubby picked up my phone and when he flipped it over he saw this...

Yes I have a matching screen saver.  I'm such a dork!




It seemed silly to order just one thing, right?

I ordered a little something for Jessi too.




 

So the skinny...I am impressed with the printing and quality of Nuvango.  It took a week and 2 days to get my order, which is not bad since the printing facility is in Canada.  If you are just ordering cel cases they take 1-2 days to print and them ship.  I took a little longer because of the stretched canvas.  They take a couple more days.

Over all, I'm impressed and thinking of ordering more very soon.

I hope you hop on over to my Nuvango (almost every cel phone cover made) shop or my Society 6 (home decor items) shop.

Now back to my studio to paint! - Judy






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