Tuesday, November 12, 2013

On Being Present

Saturday, October 26, 2013

“On Being Present…..”
“My best artwork is not usually inspired by going off and seeking “something to paint”.  They are images that I happen upon and have the urge to stop time or somehow cause those moments to pass more slowly so that I can fully appreciate the experience. This happened one time when I was down in Canyon de Chelly in October a few years ago.  I was walking up to get a closer look at the base of the magnificent Spider Woman Rock.  As I approached it a small whirlwind, (dust-devil?) traveled across my path toward the stately pinnacle and it lifted and swirled the autumn yellow cottonwood leaves in a spiral that danced around the base of the rock. I stood mesmerized. I have not yet painted that picture but it is high on my list.
Again in Canyon de Chelly, in February in 1995, I was in the canyon with a group of photographers.  It was snowing softly and everyone had their light meters out searching for an image to photograph in the low-light conditions.  I did that too for a few minutes,  but then with my camera to my eye I happened to focus on all of the other photographers in their bright colored parkas, standing in various poses hovered over their equipment to keep the snow from landing on it.  It was unexpected and was great fun to use that composition in one of my watercolor paintings later that I titled, “The Eye of the Beholder”.
At one of our local Farmer’s Markets one evening a young woman passed by dancing to the music of Dave Rentz and John Ziegler. She had on a colorful cap and bell-bottom jeans.  As usual, I had my camera with me and took a photo of her.  Years later I was attending one of Patty Mikles’ Advanced Watercolor classes at Yavapai College and we were toying with “distorted perspective of common subjects”.  Looking through my resource photos I came upon that image and another of a clarinet player from Flagstaff who had performed at one of the Opening Receptions at our gallery.  He was hunkered down near the stairwell with his clarinet in his hand. My paintings “Old Town Dancer”, and “Sox to Match”, both, were so much fun to create and actually won awards in juried shows later that year.
My neighbor, Kahlil has a collection of the retro-metal lawn chairs.  One day while walking my dog Gus, I glanced over at Kahlil’s backyard and saw he had all of his old chairs lined up along one wall of his house.  It was winter but the sun was bright and it created fascinating tangled shadows on the ground and wall from the tubular frames of the chairs. Of course I had my camera with me, took a few photos and my watercolor, “Warm Winter Sun”, another award winner, was the result.
The new paintings I am presenting as the featured artist at Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery Saturday August 3 thru October 3, 2013, are more examples of my experience of life happening on a daily basis….causing me to want to stop, take a deep breath,  and savor a moment here and there. The new painting, “Moon-gazer”, is from photos I took few years ago of a young woman who was wearing a lovely beaded head cover and she was bent over looking at some piece of jewelry that caught her eye, here in our gallery.  I asked if I could photograph her and she said, “Sure!”  Sorting through my resources over the past few months I knew when I looked at that photograph again that I would have fun composing a painting using that image……It was! Painting each bead was like a meditation… very calming…. And the moon…..well, I love the moon.
This exhibit is dedicated to my Mother, who not only taught me to walk and talk, but also to “see”. She would be 100 years-old this year, in November. I miss her every day.”
 “On Being Present….”   All new work by Arizona artist, Judy Jaaskelainen.
Jerome Artist’s Cooperative Gallery, 502 Main Street, Jerome, Arizona 86331 .  Phone 928-639-4276
The exhibit can be seen daily during our regular gallery hours from                                                    10 A.M. to  6 P.M.
In addition:
“I was invited to join 24 other artists in April, to do a 3-day kayak trip down the Verde River, arranged by the Verde Valley Land Preservation and funded by a grant.  One of the goals was for the artists to develop an emotional connection to our beautiful river and be inspired to create art that exemplifies our experience. The hope is that the persons who will see the exhibit of the “river art” will also develop a connection and sensitivity to the beauty and importance of all rivers, the Verde River in particular.  This is a traveling exhibit that will be seen throughout Arizona.  The art will be available for purchase through an online auction at verdeartistchallenge.org , with the proceeds going toward  further river preservation efforts.”    

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


                                         Pink Shoes and White Wine

                                               Almost Wine-Thirty

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tips for navigating my blog...

After Viewing each section click on "OLDER POSTS". This will take you through each series of paintings.....
"Hands and Feet"
"Political Passions"....Etcetera.
Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Friday, June 4, 2010

More Holiday Card Images

.....Be Kind Anyway.......

Arizona Winter

Holiday Card Images

Clarkdale Greeter (pastel green border)

The Gazebo Dressed For The Holidays

Crystal Moonscape Peace Card

Dressed For The Holidays

Found Angel