Author Archives: J R

Thornebrook Poster 2019

Art Festival 2019 at Thornebrook

Come to the Art Festival at Thornebrook to see my latest artwork. The festival is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. My work includes pieces I created at the Lavender Festival in Oregon, views from hiking in the Grand Canyon, and new scenes from Barcelona. I will be selling original […]

Portland Trolley

4T Trail – exploring and painting Portland

The 4T Trail was one of my ventures during a visit to Portland, providing a different way to see Portland. From attending conventions in Portland, I’d already come to admire the city’s progressive transportation system. Using the train (MAX light rail), I traveled from the airport to my hotel and was able to travel by […]

Selecting paints for my new watercolor palette

My new watercolor palette arrived in the mail. Now it’s time to decide which colors to include. My new palette includes 12 small pans (the containers for the paint). I have dozens of tubes of wonderful watercolor paint, but I can only choose 12 to include. A big factor for me is that I do […]

pickleball

Pickleball Fun

I have become enthralled with a game called Pickleball. Actually, I think I’m addicted. It’s a great workout. After hiking in the Smokies this past Spring, friend Richard made Pickleball sound pretty interesting. Richard plays Pickleball. So I researched Pickleball by reading books (Gale Leach and Prem Carnot), watching YouTube of the 2019 Pickleball Open, […]

The art of business cards

I just had new business cards printed. The process of designing the new cards made we think about the evolution of my business cards and my art endeavors. When I first began my own business, my focus was on making Native American-style flutes. (I still make those flutes!) One of my goals was to make […]

Abstract Watercolor by Judy Robinson

Creativity and Purple Elephants

In making and selling both musical instruments and watercolors, I have conversations with many adults who tell me that they couldn’t play the flute or try watercolors themselves because they aren’t creative or artistic. Recently when I suggested to a friend that we could paint watercolors together on my upcoming visit with her, she emailed […]

Jingle Dress Dancer

Jingle Dress Dancers

Google Doodle’s Celebrating the Jingle Dress Dance is a reminder of the Jingle Dress Dancers I’ve seen at Native American powwows. The Jingle Dress Dancers were one of many dancers celebrating at the Chambers Powwows I’ve attended. All the powwow dancers convey different elements of Native American life and culture with costumes showcasing a connection […]