Yesterday, after I got back from the studio, the sky got really black and wind whipped up. Then came the thunder! And then came the hail! Pretty unusual for winter in New Jersey!
I spent most of the afternoon working on the new painting, "McCarter Pond" I laid down the background and penciled in most of. the figures. I'm using acrylics to lay in the first layer and finishing it in oils. It's gunna be a great painting! And the memories it's bringing back are so f friendly. I hope it's ready for the Red Bank Street Fair on April 16!
I wasn't able to keep the sliding door open today like I did yesterday but I didn't need to turn the heater on either. This has been the strangest winter!
On the way back from the studio I encountered a pair of Canada geese. in the field next to the house. They were not happy to see me. I"m sure they were looking for a nesting site. They were looking at place really quite far from the creek that runs behind our house. But I'm pretty sure it's the same pair that roosted in the woods at the. front of the house last year. They'll either have to get used to me walking by every day or find someplace to lay their eggs.
So many people wish the geese would just go away. There are so many of them just about everywhere you look! Not enough predators I guess and they don't fly south for the winter anymore. But Tom and I just love them! They set up their territories during February and have their babies by the end of March. Then, from then until sometime in the summer our backyard is sprinkled with downy, fluffy yellow puff balls that turn into gangly teenager geese and finally, so grown up that we can't tell them from their parents.
Last year we had a lone goose. Sometime during the spring he/she lost her mate and spent weeks swimming up and down the creek and calling a mournful way, over and over again. So sad! Here's hoping that there are no lone geese this year.
Here's an image of the babies from the book I published last year.
I spent most of yesterday sketching out a design for a 24x20 inch painting of ice skaters on McCarter Pond. That was the pond closest to my home when I was growing up in Fair Haven, NJ.
It was a really fun afternoon. As I sketched I remembered so many of the times I spent skating there. There were picnics with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hot cocoa in a thermos. There were games of Crack the Whip! Sometimes the pond was so crowded with skates that it seemed like the ice would just sink beneath us! The boys tried to stake out their claims of ice for hockey games and if the girls tried to skate through there would yelling and the waving of hockey sticks!
I remember the time I was allowed to go to the pond at night. It seemed so much better than being there during the. day. It was all lit up and just seemed so strange and wonderful! And then there was the time I fell through ice! Talk about a 2 second heart attack! But I only went in up to my knees. My feet were SO COLD that they ached and I cried for half the walk home, until some kind lady picked me up in her car and drove me the last few blocks to my house.
Then there was the time when we had a hard freeze one day and the temperature rose so high the next day that folks were ice skating in their T shirts! When we skated fast there were little wakes of water that our skates kicked up.
The painting will packed with people and things to look for and look at. I'll paint it in acrylic paint and add depth with cool and warm oil paints. I'm really happy with the sketch.
There’s a young couple kissing and an older couple skating and holding hands. There’s a little girl who’s lost her balance and her feet are flying up in the air. Then there’s the Crack the Whip line with a twist; the children face in and out alternately. The boys are playing hockey in the background, there’s a mom pushing her baby in a sled and a dog looking for his boy.
I figure it’ll take me a couple of weeks to complete the painting and the I’ll start on a painting of the Fireman’s Fair. I can’t wait!
Yesterday I started thinking again of a picture book about growing up in Fair Haven .
I have to say, that since coming out with the book, My Navesink so many good memories have come back to me! It's like writing the book redeemed all of my good memories that had hidden away behind so much of the trauma I experienced. Suddenly I'm able to see in my mind's eye all of the daring and sometimes stupid things I did as a kid, especially with Petie. I was a fire cracker of a kid! If there wasn't anything interesting happening in my life, I went out and produced something thrilling! Suddenly I can remember knocking on neighbor's doors to ask for a cookie. That must have been when I was 6 or 7 yers old. It sure seems like I knew a lot of little old ladies that I could scrounge a cookie from! If I ever get around to writing that book, I'm going to dedicate it to "All the kids who never got caught!"
And that got me thinking about McCarter's Pond and the Fireman's Fair. I bet I could make some neat paintings of those places/events that would appeal to folks in that area!
I really love crowded, busy paintings with lots going on, like the illustration of the Navesink River frozen over and all the people skating and watching the ice boats. I could do a painting like that of the pond with lovers skating hand in hand, a rough and rowdy game of hockey in the middle, A parent pushing a sled with a baby in it, a line of kids playing “Crack the Whip”, a couple of girls telling secrets and maybe a dog or two thrown in!
If I did a painting of the fair, it would be crowded with rides and booths and people all around the fire house. I even started a Pixelmater source for that this morning. But I need to think much more “outside the box” about before I can get a good grasp of what I want to include.
My mind is just so full of ideas! I wonder if I’ll have time to get them all done!
I was a fire cracker of a kid! If there wasn't anything interesting happening in my life, I went out and produced something thrilling! Suddenly I can remember knocking on neighbor's doors to ask for a cookie. That must have been when I was 6 or 7 yers old. It sure seems like I knew a lot of little old ladies that I could scrounge a cookie from! If I ever get around to writing that book, I'm going to dedicate it to "All the kids who never got caught!"
And that got me thinking about McCarter's Pond and the Fireman's Fair. I bet I could paint some neat paintings of those places/events that would appeal to folks in that area! So, I think when I get back to the studio tomorrow I'm going to start work on those paintings in acrylic and see if I can get them done in time for the Red Bank Street Fair on April 16.
Photo by JoAnn Pileggi
I have decided to see if treating blog writing like writing a letter to a good friend will help me to blog more often.
So, What did I do today? I painted sunflowers; two 5x7 paintings, one on canvas paper and the the other on watercolor paper.
The Pine Barrens Tree Frog sitting on a red maple branch came out really nice. I hope someone likes it enough to buy it. The swordfish came out nice too but I like the tree frog better. Both of them are painted on canvas paper.
I got my order of 4x6 prints from iprintfromhome.com. They're nice! But next time I'll order the prints in a satin finish. I'll be gluing them onto white card stock and using and selling them as blank notecards.
I have been making mixed media painting at 5x7, because I hope that a less expensive painting will appeal to a different stratus of art lovers.
I painted each with acrylic paint first, and then went over the first one with oil paints to add richness to the composition. And I decided to fool around with laying down brush strokes of complimentary colors, rather than blending them. So, where the sunflower petal is yellow, I used purple to make the shading, with out mixing them. Likewise, when the petals were in orange shadow, I made the darker spots blue. On the green leaves, the darker shades were made of alizarin crimson. It's only my first try at this technique and I'm not sure I like it but I'll play around with it a little longer to see if it grows on me. Tomorrow I'll add oils to the other 5x7 and see how I feel about it.
The weather today was pretty neat.
When I woke up this morning the temp was 58*. By lunchtime the clouds had muffled the sky. By 2:30 the wind was whipping and the rain came down in sheets, but then it dwindled away and the temp took a nose dive. When I got back to the house the thermometer said 50*. Now, at 11:30 at night the wind is still whippy and the air is down right cold! Now it is morning and the it's very wintery outside. Tom left for MD before the sun came up.
My daughter said she'd drive me to church on Sunday if Tom isn't back from the Naval Academy in time for the 4:00 service. She says she wants to come back to Shore life Church, that God is telling her it's where she belongs. I hope she sticks with us after this. There are so many people who love her there and so much encouragement for her and her husband. Hopefully he'll come back to church too.
Today I have the car so I'll do the grocery shopping. It being a night when Tom is away, I'll have my traditional Stouffer's Mac and Cheese.
Oh yeah! I’m going to experiment with wiping cooking oil on some eggs from the coop to see if that will clean them up before I bring them to Karen tomorrow. Here’s hoping it works!
Last night, Mark mentioned Jael in his sermon. And I remembered who she was. She drove the tent peg through her enemies temple and killed him. This morning I asked the Lord to show me where he wanted to teach me from, and he said "Jael." So I cracked open my Bible, and there it was, right there! Right on that page, the story of Jael! The joy of the Lord fills me!
Judges 5:6, 4:21 in the days of Shamgar, son of Anton, and in the days of Jael, people avoided the main roads, and travelers stayed on the winding pathways.
4:21 but when Sisera fell asleep from exhaustion, Jael quietly crept up to him with a hammer and a tent, peg in her hand. Then she drove the tent peg through his temple, and into the ground, and so he died.
People all over the world avoid the main roads now. There is no place in the whole world that is safe.
And the Lord's calling out the JL's of this time, daughters, who will do his will with courage and strength.And the Lord's calling out the Jaels of this time, daughters, who will do his will with courage and strength.
Lord, I what do you want me to do? And I hear, "just paint. "But it isn't a matter of just painting. It's about releasing your truth, revealing your truth. Touching lives with the gifts you have given me. So, use me. Use my mind and my hands and my heart to reach out to a world that is too afraid to walk along the main road. Help me to paint safe pathways that lead to you.
From the mixed up files of Judy Goddard:
I guess I should not be permitted to use a computer when I have a fever.
Last week I had a pretty bad chest cold. After a couple of days in, I got this crazy idea.
I told myself, “Tom won’t be eating any Christmas cookies because of the diet he’s on, and I don’t really like to bake. I bet there are people I know who love to bake. I can ask them to bake me a dozen of what they’re already making and offer to pay for them!” Sounded reasonable to me!
So I put a post on FB:
“Hello local peeps.
I’m looking for folks who are
baking Christmas cookies.
I’m willing to pay if you bake an extra dozen for me.”
I asked those who might respond to message me.
(Which of course, most of them did not.)
When the responses came back, everyone said they’d love to bake for me but they wouldn’t let me pay!
Now I felt really silly!
What was I thinking??
Why should I ask anyone to bake for me just because I don’t feel like baking??
Well, a couple of people did actually do some extra baking for me and I told them how silly I felt and, of course, they said, oh no! we love you and wanted to do this!
So now I have a very nice supply of Christmas cookies and every time I look at them I get a little queazy.
God, bless those who have blessed me!
1 Thes. 4:1 Mirror Bible
Finally, then friends, we would earnestly implore you to mirror the walk which we share in this bond of oneness in the Lord Jesus. Live your lives fully in the delight of God.
The bond is between and me other believers because of our shared oneness with Jesus.
Paul says to live our lives fully in the delight of God. There are two sides to that coin. The first side is the delight we experience because we know we are safe and secure in the never-ending love of God. The other side is the great and complete delight God has in us because we choose to acknowledge all he has told us about himself. He is delighted with us! There is never a moment when he isn’t delighted with us.
On Saturday, August 6, 2022, I participated in the 9th annual
“Independent Author’s Book Experience at the Public Library in Linden, NJ.
I'm the last seated person on the right.
Author Renaee Perrier-Smith did a wonderful job of organizing this event. I was really impressed by the number of authors who were there to present their books!
It’s a shame that the temperatures were so hot with high humidity! But there was a sizable turnout and I got to share my picture book to some really wonderful youngsters.
It was a very positive experience. I made some friends and did a little networking. I may do it again next years.
Two weeks ago I self published my second picture book!
I’m so excited! Since August 1st I’ve sold eight copies of
When You Live in the Woods and
two copies of My Navesink, the picture book
I self published in 2020.
I’ve received two reviews:
M.K. wrote “I absolutely love your book. It's *even* more beautiful than I expected. “
T.S. wrote “I love this book! I read it aloud to my family and we so enjoyed every page, every poem.”
Although both books are filled with illustrations that I painted myself and the words are all mine as well, I do not consider them children’s books.
I call them “Beautiful Books.”
Does that make me shallow? (Lol!)
I have consigned my book My Navesink to a local high end farmer’s market in June and I’ve sold more than 10 copies through them.
It’s not easy being my own marketer! Ask any creative! It’s hard to do all that left brained stuff when you live very comfortable in your right brain.
But I have faith. I’ll have what I need when I need it. No more sweating the left brain stuff.
I’m watching you on Survivor and I hear you crying out that you are too weird to be part of the cool group.
I know what you’re feeling. I was/am weird too.
I want to encourage you. You are a child of God. You have a personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe! Here’s the cool thing; He made you the way you are for a reason.
When I was in my 20s I struggled all the time with the things I was told, both verbally and nonverbally, that was ugly, stupid and I would never do anything right.
It wasn’t until I was in my 50s that I learned that I was made the way I am for a very specific reason. And the same is true for you!
I hope you can get a grasp of this before you’re in 50s!
Here’s what I learned;
Saying, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” is not just a nice saying. It’s an absolute truth! Jesus knew who you were at the beginning of time and he loves you SO SO much! He loves you with a love that encompasses all of who you are. You are perfect in his sight. He says so! It’s written in the scriptures! He finds no fault in you!
I am a carrier of joy. So are you. I see it in you. Jesus has work for you to do that no one else can do.
There will always be people who don’t understand you. But if you understand yourself and how much God loves you you can do anything!
I love you sister! Fly!!