This is what I am working on now.  It's the first piece of art I have been serious about in almost 4 years.  Maybe my muse is trying to return.  This Mission Lady  is not finished.  I still have to add a veil, and complete the halo and some touch-up stuff. She might get some gold leaf.   She is much brighter than the faded look this picture shows.   If she turns out the way I am hoping, I will be donating this artwork to the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco.  This is for the "You Are Beautiful Exhibition" which runs from January 14 through February 25.    

If anyone is interested in joining this exhibition,  let me know and I'll send you the information.   If your art sells, you'll receive 60%.  If it does not sell it could be installed in the streets of San Francisco, or you can have it returned to you. Deadline is Jan.6.

I am donating this artwork as part of a "pay it forward", which is another whole story for a later time. 

Happy Holidays! 


  1. Hi Judie. Excellent work and I'm glad your muse is beginning to kick in. Yes I would like the Art Form. I couldn't download it at the cultural arts center event webpage. It kept saying the form was damamge. Yes, please send to me and thanks.

  2. She's Beautiful , Judie! I visited your blog and tried to leave a comment on your last post about your daughter Aleta, the post was such a wonder tribute. But blogger decided I didn't have an account and wouldn't let me leave a comment that day.

    Merry Christmas !

  3. I'm happy to see you painting again....and the Mission Lady is beautiful.

    Merry Christmas!!

  4. Stopping into see you on Christmas morning. Merry Christmas Judie. Mission Lady is a wonderful painting stirring feelings of both joy and sorrow. Your talent is a beautiful gift.I've heard about the exhibition but have forgotten & would like to learn more.
    Love you

  5. Judie you have a gift. The light within you shines bright in this image.
    May you enjoy the simple pleasures that surround you and find peace in life`s quiet rhythms. love and light Anna

  6. Hi Judie! Expressive blue lady also emits poignant hope. Thanks for sharing the exhibition info. How are you planning to ship it? Do you have any special tips for shipping? I've subscribed to this post so if you answer here I'll get it in email.

    Happy Holidays & Season's Greetings to you and yours, here on earth and in Heaven,

  7. Sandi, sorry I didnt get back to you sooner Just saw your comment. I shipped it wrapped in waxed paper (for moisture control), wrapped in newspaper, and into a large padded envelope. I also insured it and requested delivery confirmation; that way I can track it on line at the USPO site. Over 13 oz. so had to be upgraded to priority (USPO rules). Cost $8. xoxo

  8. Info much appreciated Judie. I like the waxed paper use. Happy Creative New Year! Look forward to seeing more of your great work.

  9. Judie,
    I love this painting. I have been thinking about you alot. And wanted to tell you i found the bracelet Aleta sent me. I never wore it because it had a Jesus fish on it. (I have a weird quirk about that) But then i found the bracelet and thought about the poem this braceelt was attached to 'Footprints in the Sand" and realized it doesn't matter who you believe in, whether it be God, Jesus,Mother Nature...its the believing part. I started wearing it, and then i found this new blog. You are loved my friend.


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