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KMAA Juried Show

Here is my work “Between the Sea and the Sky” at the Katonah Museum’s juried show, “Opposing Forces”.

Between the Sea and the Sky, Oil on Canvas at the Katonah Museum of Art's Juried Show "Opposing Forces".
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Foxy Get Married in the Enchanted Forest

My Muse has given me a character called Foxy. Foxy started life demanding love. No he would track it, tame it and make it his. He gathered gifts, he tamed wolves to track love. Here is foxy searching for love.

The Trickster in Search of Love

Foxy Gets Married in the Enchanted Forest

Foxy finds love and turns into a delightful mush!

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A Year of Minimalism

I spent a year doing minimalist work exploring tension and movement. I thought I would curate some here.

The Edge of Night

Between the Sea and the Sky

A Day at the Beach

The Return of the Light

The Power of Touch

Intermission

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Homeward Bound

Ten years ago I was caught in a snowstorm and almost didn’t make it home for the night. I worked in a department that was considered “vital”, Public Health Protection, so when the skies darkened and others worked from home my department was required to be there.

That night the roads were too dangerous to drive. I luckily caught a train to Brewster, NY and then an intrepid cab driver took me home.

This year, we have had no snow that accumulated breaking records of the least amount of snow for 50 years. I feel the change in the weather and the times and perhaps it is just the perspective you get as you age, but I feel a change. Whether it is global warming, changing El Nino or La Nina or the move out of the Holocene to the Antropocene I don’t know. But it is change that I feel a tad uneasy about. I came across a photo I took waiting and hoping for a cab at the train station and turned it into this drawing “Homeward Bound”.

Homeward Bound

Pen and Ink, Gouche, and Mica Paints

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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