Author Archives: J R

Happy Make Music Day

Happy World Music Day! What a great way to recognize the importance of music and its ability to bring people together. World Music Day (also called Make Music Day) started in 1982 when the Ministry of Culture in France launched the Fête de la Musique (“festival of music”). The event was a day of free, […]

Blueberry Farm: Urban Sketches for Blueberries

Recently I enjoyed visiting the Red, White and Blues Blueberry farm to do some urban sketching. Well maybe not so “urban” as “farm” or “country” sketching. We spent a few hours sketching then enjoyed blueberry lemonade, a blueberry muffin, and blueberry salad.  All delicious. I’d posted my sketches on instagram and was contacted by the […]

Smoky the cat at Phillmore's

Woodworking stores & projects

Woodworking stores provided a creative break for me during a recent road trip to visit relatives. Walking through woodworking stores always gives me ideas for projects and usually includes purchasing a special piece of wood or a tool I need. Rockler – The surprise was finding a Rockler store in Sharonville, OH — one of the […]

Menu Item: Urban Sketching

I’ve added a new item to the menu for eating out — urban sketching. Restaurants have such different personalities, ambience and atmosphere created through their decor, their table setup, their wall colors and their food.  When I sketch while waiting for an order to arrive, I’m thinking about all the mood-creating effects. Mood is created […]

Native American Style Flute Players at the Leesburg, FL gathering. March, 2018

Lessons from Shakuhachi flute

It’s always fun to experiment with making different flutes.  Lately I have been experimenting  with making Japanese shakuhachi flutes from PVC cold water pipe. It is not an easy flute to learn to play but it is a wonderful sound when you do get a note.  Given how hard it is to achieve playing a […]

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GFAA Artists’ Café, March 17

Join me at SweetBerries for an afternoon of art, live music and tasty snacks on Saturday, March 17. The GFAA Artists’ Café is from 3 to 6 p.m., with members of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association displaying and selling our work on the patio. I’ll be selling my wood abstracts, which are inspired by all […]

Judy plays flute at Leesburg Arts Festival 2018

WrenSong flutes at Leesburg Festival

The Leesburg Arts Festival provided me the opportunity to do two activities I enjoy — play my flutes for listeners and sell my flutes to people who are drawn to the sound of the flute. My WrenSong Woods tent was just a few yards from the east stage of the festival. (You can see my […]