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The Wind on the Lake

A few years ago we visited Finland and north of Helsinki we visited a historic artists colony. I snapped a photo of a lake just as someone in a canoe came into view, past some scupltures of birds. My latest painting, “The Wind on the Lake”. Oil on Canvas. I have been experimenting with minimalism and paint texture recently. 22 x 22 inches.

Wind on the Lake
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Garden Greetings

“Garden Greetings: Have you met my son?” Oil on Canvas 24 x 24 inches. My artist’s guild is having a show based on the history of the area in conjunction with their historical society. I looked at some old garden photos from the historical society and created this imaginary scene, using some of their garden elements and a color palette and styles from the 1930’s.

Garden Greetings Oil on Canvas by Judy Challis 24 x 24 inches
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Bored with Covid

Gwyn posed with me one afternoon when we were both bored and it was too cold and snowy to wander the yard. Finetech Mica watercolors.

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Meet Fluffy!

I know I said I was going to spend a year working on 24 x 36 inch canvas in a minimalistic style. But sometimes my muse just wants me to paint a happy owl. Meet fluffy! And for those a fan of my black and white or more neutral work, yes, my black paints are laid out in the studio and more minimalism is coming.

Fluffy!  Oil on Canvas
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Juried Show!

I have just had two of my paintings accepted into Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ 44th annual juried exhibition.The juror was George Billis who has galleries in NY, Ct, and Los Angeles, Ca.  The opening is  Saturday, September 18th from 4 to 6 PM on the patio of the RGOA gallery, 34 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield Ct. https://rgoa.org/directions-and-hours/  You are all invited.  I am very excited! Can’t make it? I’ll share the two paintings below, but I’d love to see you at the opening!

Between the Sea and the Sky

Between the Sea and the Sky Oil on Canvas
Intermission Oil on Canvas 24 x 36 inches.

Usually I happiy pose with my picture in the show. But between the mask, and mask hair I decided just to take a photo of my art. I really like how they hung Between the Sea and the Sky with another artists work (the couple with the pool).

And “Intermission” was nicely color coordinated with some other work as well.

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The Power of Touch

The Covid pandemic has been a time of solitude. Of coolness. Of stagnation. Now as we are getting our vaccines and lockdowns are starting to be lifted, we can once again start to experience the warmth of being with other people. I find a hug, just warms me to the core. Touch is a powerful thing.

“The Power of Touch” Oil on Canvas. 24 x 36 inches.

“The Power of Touch” Oil on Canvas 24 x 26 inches by Judy Challis, Brewster, NY
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The Return of the Light

Spring is almost here! The light returns!

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Flour Power!

“Flour Power” In 2020 many people turned to the soothing art of baking while in lockdown. Here is my still life with my baking tools, instead of vases of flowers.

A few things happened during the pandemic. People, unable to go out, to entertain turned to cooking and crafts and art. I have always baked my own bread. One day I went to the store and not a single bag of flour was to be found, the same for yeast. I found alternate sources and instead of buying yeast by the jar, I had to buy it by the pound from commercial sites. I learned to bake with Einkorn flour and learned the nuances of the different types of artisanal flours and raised my baking to a new level. The scent of bread in the house made us feel secure, and the loaves that came out of my oven, eased the fears we might not be able to get one or another item. Still lives are usually done with flowers in elaborate silver vases on rich tablecloths. But during the pandemic, flour had power.

“Flour Power!” Oil on Canvas 22″ X 22″ by Judy Challis.

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Intermission

“Intermission” Oil on Canvas. I originally painted this solely as a background, but as I sat in front of it, about to paint some detail on top, I just felt soothed by the colors and the motion of the brush strokes. The painting said “I am, as I am, enough.” So after the Covid panic and the wild election season of 2020, a calm intermission. Let’s hope the play has a ending that pleases all.

“Intermission” Oil on Canvas by Judy Challis 2021
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On My Mind 2020

I painted this during 2020, trying to record in images what was occurring around me in the pandemic. Oil on Canvas 3 x 4 feet.

On My Mind Oil on Canvas by Judy Challis

There are a lot of images. First you can see the flag is divided to represesnt the discord that we see in 2020. The red and blue stars represent the states fighting over so many things this year. Fear about election security. Protests turing to riots, political discord, and fear of the future. It’s a lot for a small blue planet.

Detail, On My Mind Judy Challis 2020

And even though we are a small blue planet, we are even smaller in the scope of the universe. With all the energy and vastness of the universe, a tiny biological particle, a virus has brought us to our knees. People are in denial that it is as contagious as it is so we see a second wave, healthcare workers over come, and the fastest research for a vaccine this planet has seen.

The virus started in China, and China was not transparent in the early days, hoarded medical equipement and supplies and let it spread to the world without concern for the other people in the world. Here I show the angel of death, a bat (one suspected source of the virus) and a cheating pig with a ace up his sleeve outside an ICU. Yes, I see You China and Xi Jinping.

Cheating Pig, Detail from On My Mind, 2020, oil on canvas by Judy Challis

But hope is on the way with vaccines for the virus released and near release worldwide. The dove is symbol of hope and I painted the fluid in the syringes gold, as it is liquid gold.

Detail, On My Mind 2020 Oil on Canvas by Judy Challis

And 2021 is near.

And you would think that would be enough for 2020. But for the first time in 800 years on December 21st 2020 Jupiter and Saturn will conjunct, appearing as a bright star. Some astronomers say this may have what was seen as the Star of Bethlehem, the first Christmas so many many years ago. A sign of hope. So the top of my painting depicts that conjunction. We end with hope.