Tuesday, March 20, 2012

31/31: Judy Wise


31 artists...31 days. Spend every day of March with me at The Altered Page to meet the 31 spotlight artists in my book The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed. See their beautiful faces, read their 'quirky' bios written in their own words, see some of their art that led me to invite them to be a part of my book, and hear my story of what they each mean to me. Then click on over to their sites and see what they have to say about The Pulse of Mixed Media.
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There is a thread through all my work. A search and a love of the search. Without the passion for the search and a love of the materials (wax, paint, paper, clay, nature) - life has no meaning.



I am looking for my stubborn idea of beauty and often enough I find it.


That is enough for a lifetime of devotion.


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When I first came upon Judy Wise's blog many years ago, I was completely mesmerized by her journal pages. Uniquely hers, they were bursting with color, drawings, text, collage, photographs, stamps, and a ton of passion. So many people journal and so many post their pages. But Judy's stand out to me as quite special and truly all her own. She still posts her pages and I still love them as much.

But Judy's blog and her art are about much more than just her journal pages. I am utterly enthralled with her abstract plaster and encaustic paintings. And I am so lucky to have one in my studio. Her book Plaster Studio: Mixed-Media Techniques for Painting, Casting and Carving, written with Stephanie Lee, has inspired me greatly. I have never met Judy but from what I can tell she is one very special person. Looking forward Judy to the days our paths cross.
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GIVEAWAY

For every comment you leave in March on a 31/31 post on my blog and/or on the blog of the spotlighted artist, you will have that many chances to win one of three prizes in my giveaway. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have (but only 1 per post please). First prize is a copy of The Pulse of Mixed Media signed by many (and I mean many) of the 133 artists that have contributed to the book. Second and third prizes are one copy each of the book signed by yours truly.

61 comments:

sukipoet said...

Judy's artwork and personality as read about in her blog always seems bursting with creativity, color and life energy. she is inspiring, but then all your selected artist are each in their own way.

Cathy said...

Love Judy's work! love love love it!

Judy Shreve said...

Judy's work speaks from her beautiful heart. She's a wonderful artist and teacher. Happy to see that she's included in your book!

jinxxxygirl said...

Thank you so much for introducing me to Judy Wise!

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

To know Judy is to love her. She is a gentle and kind soul and an excellent instructor. Her encaustics are remarkable.

elle said...

I very much like the texture. lovely

Maureen said...

Beautiful work. I like Judy's expression "my stubborn idea of beauty".

Rusted Wings said...

judy has always inspired me...of of the first mixed media artists i'd "met" through blogging! now you....
blessings,
abigail

Melva said...

Judy shows such a love of Mexico in her work. As I have lived in Spain for the last 23years I can see were she is coming from. The pueblos are so similar. Her work is so full of colour & excitement. It's just great...
Melva

dorylyn said...

I love Judy Wise! I took her online plaster class with, another favorite of mine, Stephanie Lee. Although I have never met Judy, I keep "in touch" through her blog. Such an inspiring woman.

Annie said...

I have been painting with Venetian
plaster for 10 years, I had no idea others were using plaster or that there was a book about it, this is exciting, and clearly I need to get out more :-).
xoxo

Dapper-T said...

I love the textures and glowing colours of Judy's work and am off to explore her blog.

Marit said...

it was after I saw Judy's work, that I started my 'Chronicles' and I still make those weekly art journal pages (for the 3rd year now.) She's such an inspiration to many of us!

Susan said...

Thanks for the link to another great blog to follow.

Robert said...

There is an archeological feeling to Judy Wise' plaster and encaustic paintings, here. I look down through the layers she presents us with in her work, and I feel the passage of time. Her love for the materials she uses is evident in every detail. I am particularly struck by her statement: "I am looking for my stubborn idea of beauty. . .", which resonates so much with me because it seems as though this is, truly, what it's all about; what any of us, as artists, are trying to do! Thank you, Seth, for connecting us to such beauty and wisdom!

Rebeca Trevino said...

Judy's work is terrific! i just got back from spending over an hour visiting her blog. (i really enjoyed her trip to mexico!) what fun!
thanks again seth for introducing her and her artwork to us.

Frances said...

So much visual delight in Judy's art journal work.

Jackie Gardener said...

I love the light and airy colors in her textures. Appealing, and makes me wish I could touch them.

Ruth Armitage said...

I've been lucky enough to study with Judy and she is even more wonderful in person! Thank goodness she has a blog so we can all get our periodical fix!

peggy gatto said...

Congratulations on your book!!!
I admire judy's work and looks like you have a wonderful selection of artists!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was first intrigued with Judy's work when I found Plaster Studio. I really like what she does when she is creating her paintings and plaster art. I don't journal, so that has never interested me, but her other work really makes me happy.

Dianne said...

thanks for the intro and link to Judy's work. Her journals are marvelous!

Parabolic Muse said...

Dear Seth;

LOOK at these wonderful works! Thank you for featuring Judy Wise today.

I came by here at 1330 eastern time last night to find out who the Equinox Artist was. How fitting that Spring springs forth with Judy at the helm!

Judy knows that I am stalking her, but she's just too nice about it. I told her that I was printing out her journal pages (generously pictured in hi-res on her wonderful blog), collaging them to my journal pages, and passing them off as my own, and she simply gave me a coy tilt of the head and a smile (virtually, of course).

Apparently, she's constitutionally unable to be mean.

I've read all her entries in the Pulse book, and they are, of course, brilliant. I've thought about whiting out her name at the bottom of all her quotes and collaging my name there. Who would know?

She's a mystery, while being completely open and down to earth.

When I get to artfest, I'll key my initials into her car. It's the least I can do. Plus, it's artistic!

Respectfully,

Chris

Cheryl said...

I am also enthralled by Judy's visual exploration in paint and wax. It is absolutely amazing.

Jo Murray said...

Great journals!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I loved the book she did with Stephanie, it's one of my favorites.

Claire said...

i've been following judy's blog for years too! i just LOVE her journalling style :)

donnaj said...

i love her work too-can't remember how long ago i discovered her blog, but have loved seeing how she constantly moves forward in her work.

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

We are all so fortunate that Judy has a stubborn search for beauty. Her beauty which becomes ours. Wonder-full!! *smiles* Norma

Annette said...

Found..... another wondrous artist... thankyou..
hugs

Julia said...

When I grow up I want to paint with encaustics. I love the transparent layers and depth. Thanks for highlighting Judy's work.

onesmallstitch said...

each day's new artist is a treat. I love that Judy mentions her appreciation for the materials she uses in her work.

Jen Crossley said...

I just love Judys work.

Stephanie said...

I have had a rough 2 months and am trying to come up out of my fog, I am truly finding such amazing inspiration meeting all these artists Seth...

but wonder...hmmmm, I will ask you this for my upcoming blog book tour...can you answer please...

HOW do you find enough hours in the day to accomplish all that you have in regard to your book??? the interviews, the tweets, the book tour, the blog book tour...oh and I am guessing some making art too.

answer me please :)

x...x
steph

Karen Cole said...

An appropriately named woman in every way.

I, too am blessed with a piece of Judy, plus I have spent some time with her. Did you know she was a great dancer?

Maggie Crawford said...

I love Judy's work, she is a 'local' gal and I have taken a class from her

Jill Zaheer said...

Great post on Judy and her work Seth. Her plaster and encaustic paintings are so unique- with a special quality all their own. Just came back from visiting Judy's blog and there are so many dimensions to her as an artist and her work. Great 31/31 post and love learning so much more about her!

Jane B. said...

I love Judy's journal pages! They have such a style that is both approachable, but distinctive. And just bursting with freshness!

Darlene K Campbell said...

Seth, I have the book of Judy's you mentioned and it is fabulous. I think her book (with Stephanie Lee) is at the top of the list in helping others with self-expression. I love that she has been keeping journals since she was a child.
Darlene

Carol said...

I have been a follower of Judy for quite some time and am currently taking her online journaling class which I love.

wanda miller said...

OUTSTANDING human being, marvelous in depth work!!!

susan in seattle said...

This sounds like a Judy Wise cult! I've adored her and everything she does for such a long time. Love her blog too! Very inspiring.

Bill said...

The abstracts with the textures and colors Judy chose are so visually stimulating!

iHanna said...

Just like you Seth I love it when Judy posts her beautiful and overflowing journal pages, very unique and beautiful.

pfstuff said...

Judy has big talent and a big heart-so glad she is included in your book.

Terrie said...

Beautiful work from another inspiring artist - I'm so envious of her trip!

Kate Burroughs said...

I love Judy's journal pages also. Hers are the first chronological pages I had seen for art journaling.
Aloha, Kate

Plume said...

WOW! i just discovered plaster and encaustic work! i knew about wencaustic but plaster? I want her book! Thanks for the introduction to this talented artist.

Chris said...

Love Judy's work, so deeply personal.

Janine Whitling said...

I love Judy's journals. What an amazing display of self expression, and it is SO heartfelt. I think i may take her up on her suggestion to start doing my own journal. Thanks Seth!

hehjude said...

thanks for the info on Judy! Love her work! Sure hope these comments prove to be worthwhile... lol! I hope I win!!

Carol said...

I can't believe it's taken me until now to find Judy Wise! She's fabulous. Once again, Seth, thank you so much for making all this happen. Checking the mail box every day for my copy of The Book. Can't wait!

Vickie said...

So very fun and I love the colors! Just love to look at Judy's work.

Barbara I. said...

I've followed Judy's work for some time now. What a great artist to include in your book, Seth.

Cat said...

I have followed Judy's blog for years--she captured me at first with her journal pages. I love her week-at-a-glance format, her colors, everything--the pages are so interesting. And then I fell in love with her encaustic paintings! Thank you for featuring her--she deserves it!!

Beverley Baird said...

I have always enjoyed stopping at Judy's blog - so much to savour! Lover her work so much!

Rusted Wings said...

judy is such a beautiful soul and artist who i have long admired as well, and was blessed years ago to take a class from her! she is a true reflection of all she creates...beauty and love.

alteredbits said...

i lovelovelove judy's artwork and journal pages. she has a way with colour that i admire greatly as an often monochromatic kind of girl. i'm so glad she was included in your book!

Wen Redmond said...

perfection in the making here- makes me wonder, am I making crap?

rivergardenstudio said...

Judy's work is brilliant! Her journal pages are so vibrant and her encaustic work and paintings are beautiful. I was so lucky to take a class from her last summer. She is just as amazing as her art!

roxanne

barbara said...

i was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to do an online workshop that judy presented. i was so excited to get started with encaustic materials. judy was a wonderful teacher