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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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Brewster, NY- A History of Now

The first painting completed in 2018. This is oil on canvas and the title is “The Last Customer” It is of Bob’s Diner in #Brewster, NY. I’m painting some of the buildings that will be demolished when they build our new town center in a couple of years, as we will not see their like again. Small theaters, 50’s diners, and Pool Halls.

 

 

Brewster, New York is a village within the Town of Southeast.  They are going to renovate the village in late 2018-19.   They will knock down several historic buildings, including a 50’s Diner (Bob’s Diner) a Pool Hall and the old Cameo Theater.  I plan to paint them each before they are gone.

Here is an in-progress sketch of Bob’s Diner interior.  I will add more works as I go along

 

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Painting with a Circular Composition – The Cobb Lyme Regis – A Safe Harbor and Lavender in the Hills

My husband is from the south coast of England and loves the area.   I decided to paint one of his favorite landmarks in the area, The Cobb.   I do have a mantra to “paint what you know” and I haven’t been there. So I did some reading on the Cobb and also found a You Tube video that allowed me to visit.   Here is the video.

After getting to know my subject I used a circular composition to which this well suited.  I like my landscapes to have an abstract element.  This is also oil on board.  I like how the paint sits on top of the board (I used a marble gesso and allowed it to dry for several weeks before painting) and allows the light to refract through. The title of this is “Safe Harbor”.

safe harbor

The Cobb is a naturally circular structure.  I decided to use the same composition in an entirely different format.  Here is Lavender in the Hills, another circular composition.

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My Visionary Art

I like to paint in a manner that could fall into the genre of Visionary Art.  I often dance around that term because there have been so many great visionary paintings I a tremble to even attempt to put myself in their spheres.

Many visionary artists paint after being influenced by Psychedelics and some can be found on this blog post: http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/visionary/

But historically there have been many painters that have been visionary without the use of chemicals, where artists have painted an unseen, a  world not viewed with the mundane eye.

 My own art comes from dreams, a deep respect and contact with nature and a strong yoga and meditation practice. With that caveat, here are some of my “Visionary” paintings.

Moon Meditation

challis-moon-meditation

Energy Rising

challis-energy-rising

The Long Journey

The Long Journey

No, I’m Not Done Yet

No I am not done yet

The Far Shore

The Far Shore

The World Tree

challis-world-tree

Owl Storm Eyes

small owl storm eyes

In Your Dreams

In Your Dreams

Ride the Wild Seahorse

small ride the wild sea horse

The Mating Game

small the mating game

The Power of Nature

The Power of Nature

Gerd

spiraldancefinalThe Kleshas

klesha good

Meeting the Genius

Meeting the Genius

And of course more to come