Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Inspiration Avenue Challege: Water! (Lilies!)

"Come, Momma, come! Quick follow me! Step out on the leaves of the water lily!"
by Henry Lawson.

The Water Lily is an achingly beautiful song of sorrow and a dream unfulfilled.
It is glorious in it's imagery and and devastating in it's message.

If you like songs that tug at your heart strings, this is a doozey!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fer "Klimt"!

Do you love deep, drenching, vivid color? How many shades of red can be fit onto a needlepoint pillow? From a purple that is almost black to the pale, pale pink of a spring sunrise.

Blue? From the light and airy shadows on the under side of puffy summer time clouds to the deep, deep blue of shadows standing out on a night of full moon magic.

Yellow? How about the shimmering light of a dewdrop on a daffodil petal to the wonderful rusty orange of a robin's breast?

I found this advertisement in the New York Times Sunday Magazine and was immediately engrossed. It brought back memories of needlepoint projects I have enjoyed, both those that were kits and those I was brave enough to design myself.

You know, Gustav Klimt is an artist whose work I have enjoyed because of it's intricacy and his color choice. These pillows are outstanding! I may have to start saving my pennies so that I can order a couple of kits.

Check them out for yourself.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Passion for Beads weekly challenge, "Pretty in Pink"

For every mommy's favorite little goth!

"Dem bones, 'dem bones, 'dem dry bones!

If you like this growth chart and would like to purchase it, just contact me. Priced at just $40.00 for this individually hand painted chart, you have to admit, it's a bargain!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My Press Kit

I have a show at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library. Now, this may not seem like much to you, but to me, this a huge step in my process as an artist. But, once I was done cleaning and moving and filling the display cases, I realized that, other than the lovely people who visit the library, no one would know that they can see my work. So, I decided to write a press release.

Let me know what you think.

Local Artist Displays Her Handiwork

Judy A Goddard, who resides in Manchester Township, is displaying her Hand Painted Puzzle Canes and Hiking Sticks at the main branch of the Ocean County Library, in Toms River through the end of July.

Ms. Goddard stumbled upon painting walking canes almost by accident, when, last year a family member asked her to paint one to take on a cruise.

Decorated with symbols of christian faith and wreathed around with a scripture verse, the cane soon caught the

attention of friends and family who asked for canes of their own.

“Here is a way to provide stability that is personal and beautiful. If a person finds him or herself in need of ambulatory assistance, why not do it in a beautiful way?” Judy explained. “How many people do you see using canes? How many of them are truly beautiful as well as functional? And, as each cane is hand painted, each is a unique work of art.”

Now Judy has branched out into hiking sticks, a natural extension of her participation in Boy Scouting.

The puzzle aspect of each cane comes from the way inspirational phrases are painted into the design. She says, “If you don’t “have” the key, it’ll take you a while to figure it out.”

There are a broad range of prices so there is a cane for every budget.

Ms. Goddard sells her canes and hiking sticks at craft fairs, through personal contact and also through her online shop; www.JudyAGoddard.Etsy.com . You can email her at JudyAGoddard@aol.com

If you’d like to learn more about Ms. Goddard and how she defines herself as an artist, you can visit her blog; www.JudyAGoddardArtisan.blogspot.com. There you can read about her adventures in art and leave comments as well.

I also included a small decorative envelope with 2 business cards and 3 photos. I contacted three different local newspapers and mailed out a kit to each.

Will it make a difference? Let's see!




Monday, July 12, 2010

Inspiration Avenue Challege: Books!

Books! They are what make life rich! If you love to read then you will never be bored. All I have to do is mosy over to the bookcase and, if I don't find a book that I haven't read yet, I know I'll find an old friend. Everyone in my household is a bibliophile.

Now, for the self agrandizement. Judy at the library! For the entire month of July my hand painted canes and hiking sticks are on display at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library. (If you look at the photo I've posted you'll see books in the background.)

And here is my honey, with his newest find, standing in front of one of our many bookcases, with a mere fraction of the books we posess. Being a book fiend can be a terrible habit! (NOT! One can never enough books!)



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Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States
My nane is Judy and I've been a christian for more than 3/4 of my life. I believe in redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that God, the Spirit lives in me and gives me the power to do His will and to live a joyful life. I have a Godly husband, a grown son and daughter. I live on a farm with 3 goats, 2 chickens, 2 horses, a cat, a dog and a python. I am an artist and a singer. I was a full time stay at home mom, the hardest job you'll ever love! I have two handmade shops on Etsy. Leaning on the Promises www.leaningonthepromises.etsy.com (Hand Painted Walking Canes) and Beaver Creek Pottery www.beavercreekpottery.etsy.com and an Etsy shop for selling Vintage and Antiques. Jersey Pine Pickers www.jerseypinepickers.etsy.com I post about my relationship with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, about the things He teaches me, delights me with and how He uses me.