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Carved Wood Spoons

I enjoy carving green wood into wooden spoons using an axe and knife. The first batch of spoons I carved were from  horse chestnut.  It was such an enjoyable experience and I really liked that the whole operation was portable.  I could take the axe and knife with me and carve “on the road,” so-to-speak.  When making flutes […]

Carved Wood Spoons

Wood spoons carved as Christmas gifts

Six of my carved wooden spoons are now in new homes. A friend made a special order for Christmas gifts. This order of gift spoons was a lot of fun to create and shows a range of wood and spoon styles. The lilac spoon (second from right) was from a tree in Ontario, Canada. The […]

urban sketchers with James Richards in Winter Park

Urban Sketching workshop with James Richards and Orlando Urban Sketchers

What a treat to spend the day in Winter Park, attending Urban Sketcher James Richards’ workshop, “The Grand Illusion: Achieving a Dramatic Sense of Depth.” I follow Jim on Instagram @jrsketchbook and have taken his online Craftsy course. So I was delighted when I saw that the Orlando Urban Sketchers was having Jim do a […]

Art display at the Vine

I have always enjoyed checking out the art on the walls at a local restaurant The Vine. Each month a different artist’s work is on display – from acrylic paintings to abstract photography. I view the art while having lunch — a roasted beet sandwich on The Vine’s wonderful cranberry and walnut bread.  After eating, […]

Art display at Satchel’s Pizza

It’s been fun to work with two friends to cover all the walls at Satchel’s Pizza, with our watercolor art, urban sketches and photography.  Satchel is great at supporting local artists and providing a festive venue for art while patrons get to enjoy tasty pizza. Our work includes more than 80 pen, ink and watercolor […]

Sketching at the beach

A trip to the beach was a different experience this summer. Usually when I’m at the beach, I’m collecting shells, reading fiction or taking photographs of birds. This time, I was sketching. I sketched smaller watercolors for postcards and larger images for upcoming art shows. Favorite paints for capturing the sand, sea, sky and foilage […]

Purple Gallinule at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Quest for the purple gallinule

  Seeing the purple gallinule has been a quest of mine for some time. If you’ve not seen a gallinule, they are quite a visual treat.  With their bright purple-blue, green-turquoise feathers they don’t seem real. They have bright red and yellow beaks with a turquoise head marking. Only once had I seen and photographed […]

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 […]

GFAA Artists' Cafe logo

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 […]

Urban Sketching

It’s always interesting to see how the Internet can facilitate groups of people coming together for common interests. Back in the early 2000s it was fun to watch the ukulele community discover each other as we grew fanatical about the ukulele in different countries.  We formed an extensive online network and community. Then came international […]

SweetBerries poster for Artists' Holiday Cafe 2017

SweetBerries: Artists’ Holiday Café Dec. 2

Be sure to check out the GFAA Artists’ Holiday Café hosted by SweetBerries Eatery & Frozen Custard in Gainesville on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. My work will be in the patio area. I’ll be selling abstract wood art pieces and wood Christmas ornaments. If you are interested in adding music to your […]