Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Fresh New Year

I'm always glad to welcome a new year, and 2019 is no exception.

2018 was a tough year for me and many others. The political mess in our country has hung like a black cloud over everything and I have spent too much time dwelling upon it. My dearest friend and her husband came to visit in May, then went home to California where she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She is not doing well. Other things have been on my mind and I tend to let them get to me. I need an attitude adjustment!
On the other hand, my daughter and my husband threw me a wonderful 70th birthday party with many friends to help us celebrate. We've had lovely times with our dear relatives from Maine, had a restful summer vacation on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, and several fabulous visits with our amazing daughter Kate. I'm so lucky to be part of "Team Hartman"!!

I also feel so fortunate to have the time and inclination to be creative. I have a vey amazing network of artist friends and see them frequently, as well as the opportunity to take classes from fiber artist Amy Ropple, who is also a good friend. 
For the coming year, I have plans for some new projects, first of which will be new artwork for an upcoming exhibit by the Arts Collaborative I belong to. The theme is Arts and Edibles - artwork relating to food and eating, as well as a special exhibit centering around food labels! Time to start working on those!

My wish for everyone who reads this:

Happy Winter!

And don't forget:

Happy 2019!!
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Back again!

I have to say, I'm an expert at avoiding doing things that are close to my heart. I have a mess of art ideas percolating in my brain that I haven't even begun to realize and, much as I love my blog, I keep it tucked away in a corner of my brain and keep saying, "I'll get to it!"

Well, here I am again and it's Autumn, my favorite season. I've been doing some embroidery, applique artwork and a bit of playing with cut paper, and here are a few of my recent projects

I finally finished and framed the fabric applique portrait of my parents which I had begun a few years ago. The figures were done but I wasn't happy with the original background, so I built a new one around them! The stone wall was made from many different pieces of fabric and stitched in place with a zig zag machine stitch. The picture was inspired by a 1940s photo of my parents and I added a yellow rose in my dad's hand. He grew yellow "peace" roses and often cut one for my mom and left it in a bud vase on the kitchen table for her. It feels good to have finished this.

Here's a little embroidery I did

and a page for the fabric cat book I'm working on.

And this month I've been working on some cut paper people,
little portraits made for fun!

Last month, my husband Bill, daughter Kate and her 
boyfriend Jason gave me a beautiful 70th birthday party!
Our house was filled with wonderful, creative friends 
and neighbors and it was so much fun!

I can't believe it!

Anyway, here's my take on getting older:

...among other things!

Hope everyone who reads this is doing well.

Thanks for visiting!!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Things to Come

Hello Friends!
I'm writing this as though someone is reading it, although it seems that I've lost most of my readers by leaving this poor blog neglected. Too many irons in the fire is my excuse, with Instagram and another blog about my stitching group (hop over there if you want to see some beautiful handwork) as well as Facebook distracting me.
But then yesterday I went over to visit my friend Simone's blog and some of her links and remembered how enjoyable blogging can be. Thanks, Simone!

This morning was very dark and rainy - the kind of day when you need to turn the lights on,
which can be cozy, but it is also extremely hot and humid.
 I'm grateful that our air conditioning is back in service now after some mice built a nest in the electrical box in the outside compressor and gnawed through one of the wires! All fixed now, thank goodness.
This is our dining room which looks out on the porch. Over the table is my mom's chandelier, a bit outdated, but which I love as it reminds me of her. On the table is a stack of fabrics which I recently washed and pressed and will soon cut up for a lap quilt. Things to come!!

Also, here are some fabrics I'm looking at for a new blog header design. I want to reconfigure my blog, but I'm pretty inept. I always struggle with Blogger, but I'll see what I can come up with.

I love this:

We'll see what happens!

Love to all who read this!

Judy xo

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hello Spring!

This seems like the perfect time to come back to my blog. It's May and springtime is finally kicking in after some very un-springlike weather in April! The little spring-green leaves are heady in their sweetness and flowering trees are popping up everywhere. Our kinetic sculpture, Ollie the Owl, is flapping his wings in the breeze and the daffodils are in full bloom.

The last few months have been filled with lots of stitching and making. I impulsively agreed to participate in a couple of local exhibits, which gave me the incentive to create some new pieces. The first exhibit, which took place in early March, was called Art and Edibles, with a theme of food and drink.
I decided to focus on one of my favorite beverages, coffee, and to add a bit of humor to it. And so, that first cup in the morning, a cat waiting to be fed...."7:10 AM".

The next exhibit, which took place in March, had a 60's theme and was called "Flower Power".  My subject matter was pretty obvious, but I really enjoyed making my flower child. A large piece for me, she measures 16x20 inches and I stretched it over a canvas with no frame. I used a combination of appliqué, machine and hand embroidery, and it now is hanging in my studio.

I also did this smaller picture of a loosely textured flower with raw edged appliquéd leaves on a textured fabric background, also stretched over a canvas.

Finally, I was part of our local Arts Collaborative's Spring Show, where I showed the previous pictures as well as a few older ones. All of the shows were fun and well attended, and it's nice now to have a break from exhibits until the Fall comes around.

I've also been doing some small embroideries and fabric and cut paper pictures, which  you've probably seen if you follow me on Instagram (@judyhartman_artandstitch), so I apologize for that. But here are a few...

Finally, I'll share these beautiful irises, sent by my daughter Kate
for Mother's Day...

Until next time,
take care!

Thanks for visiting!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

A New Year

It's the evening of January first and I'm feeling a bit reflective, as I suddenly realize that this is my 12th year of blogging. It's also the year I'll be celebrating my 70th birthday. The latter fact seems impossible to me, yet it is true.

This has been a tough year in many ways, but I feel so fortunate to have something I'm passionate about which gives me joy and makes me feel fulfilled. Creativity buoys me up, both when I draw or stitch something beautiful, as well as when I enjoy and appreciate the work of other artists. I feel like I know so many creative people, through organizations I belong to, groups I stitch with, classes I take, bloggers I've become friends with, Instagram friends and others I've known over the years. Making, drawing, stitching, painting, beading, creating - these pursuits have been my salvation through good times and bad, and I'm very glad to have had a love for them ever since I was a child. They truly make life more joyful and even magical.

I've decided that my word for 2018 will be "SOAR". I want to fully commit myself to art-making this year, do a series of fiber art pictures for an exhibit, be more imaginative with my ideas and try to create stories with my images. I'm excited to try some new ideas and see where they take me.

I wish that wonderful blessings will come to everyone who reads this. Let's all have a terrific year, filled with love, creativity, good health and contentedness. Let's all be firm in our beliefs and strong in our convictions, and let us be good to each other. 

Happy New Year!
Judy xo

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Almost Christmas!

As Christmas approaches, I'm finding myself caught up in the usual preparations and enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season. This week I made a floral arrangement for my sister,
with a final touch of battery operated lights! She loves bling, so it was a big success.

Our first snowfall coated tree branches, utility wires and rooftops with a heavy white frosting - really quite beautiful to see. Our snow thrower was in the shop for repairs at the time, and my husband gallantly shoveled everything by himself. 

 Rosie is missing her brother Angus, sometimes wandering around the house meowing, but she is also enjoying her new stature as queen of the house. She seems to enjoy all of our extra attention. Although they didn't seem to get along that well, Angus and Rosie were together with us since they were kittens, so I'm sure she is wondering where he is. Really miss our little boy.

On the creative side, I made this cut paper picture for the feast of St. Lucy on December 13. Her face is drawn and shaded with colored pencils and a bit of acrylic paint. It feels so good to create something, I have to ask myself why I don't do it every day. It seems to be a constant question for me, with an obvious solution - just do it!! Hmmm...New Year's resolution?

In any case, in a few days we'll be heading off for Toronto to spend Christmas with our daughter - the perfect Christmas gift for us! Can't wait!

Meanwhile, whatever holiday you are celebrating, even if it is just the beauty of the winter season,
may you have a wonderful week, filled with joy.

xo Judy

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


 Feeling a bit heartbroken...

Rest in Peace, little Angus. xo