Sunday, December 31, 2017

Christmas Carolers


Here We Come A-Caroling

Here we come a-caroling
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wand'ring,
So fair to be seen. 
Love and joy
come to you,
And to your wassail too And
God bless you
and send you a 
Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Nutcracker

Don't clean it up too quickly." Andy Rooney


"One of the most glorious messes in
the world is
the mess created in the
Living Room on
Christmas Day.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas - Let It Snow


Let It Snow

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
 
But the fire is so delightful,
 
And since we've no place to go,
 
Let It Snow!

Let It Snow! 
Let It Snow!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Gift List



 To Your Enemy, Forgiveness.
To an Opponent,tolerance.
To your Friendyour heart.
To a Customerservice.
 
To Allcharity.
To every Child, a good                       example
                                                               To Yourselfrespect.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Rocking around the Christmas tree


You will get a sentimental 

Feeling when you hear

Voices singing let's be jolly,

Deck the halls with boughs of holly


Rocking around the Christmas tree,


Have a happy holiday

Everyone dancing merrily

In the new old-fashioned way.

"Rocking Around the Christmas Tree"
Johnny Marks
1958

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree







Johnny Marks ~ 1958


Rockin around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Every couple tries to stop
Rocking around the Christmas tree,
Let the Christmas spirit ring
Later we'll have some pumpkin pie
And we'll do some caroling

Friday, December 15, 2017

"What if Christmas," he thought,
"doesn't come from a store.
What if CHRISTMAS 
means a little bit more."

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Believe in Santa



                        "Not believe in Santa Claus! 

                  You might as well not believe in fairies."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Believe in what your heart is saying


Believe in what your heart is saying,

Hear the melody that's playing
There's no time to waste,
There so much to celebrate.
Believe in what you feel inside,
And give your dreams the wings to fly.
You have everything you need, if you just Believe.

If you just believe.

If you just believe.

If you just believe...just believe...just believe. 
  

Believe - Polar Express

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas Gift List

No more lives torn apart,
That wars will never start,
And time will heal our hearts,
Every man will have a friend,
That right will always win,
And love will never end.
This is my GROWN-UP
Christmas List.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year


It's the most wonderful time of the year.
With the kids jingle belling,
and everyone telling you,
"Be of good cheer,"
It's the most wonderful time of the year.
It's the most wonderful time of the year.
There'll be much mistletoeing
and hearts will be glowing,
when loved ones are near.
It's the most wonderful time of the year.

By: Eddie Pola, George Wyle - 1963

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Star


A diamond shines no brighter
than that lovely Christmas star.
It shines in all its brilliance;
it's seen from near or far.
A symbol of the Christ child
as He lay upon the hay,
It tells to all the waiting world
a King was born that day.
O Bethlehem Star keep shining -
give us faith and hope and love.
Keep our thoughts forever turning
to the Savior up above.
Give us strength and hope and courage
to do our best by far
And never falter in our faith
as we watch that Christmas star.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas All The Time



Christmas All The Time

If there is love in your heart and your mind 
You will feel like Christmas all the time
I feel you Christmas 
I know I've found you 
You never fade away 
The joy of Christmas 
Stays here in silence 
Fills each and every heart with love 

Where are you Christmas 
Fills your heart with love

Friday, December 1, 2017

RECIPE FOR CHRISTMAS JOY

RECIPE FOR CHRISTMAS JOY
1/2 cup of Hugs
4 teaspoons Kisses
3/4 cup of Smiles
4 cups of Love
1 cup of Special Holiday Cheer
1/2 cup of Peace on Earth
3 teaspoons of Christmas Spirits
2 cups of Goodwill Towards Men
1 Sprig of Mistletoe
1 medium size bag of Christmas Snowflakes
Mix Hugs, Kisses, Smiles, and Love until consistent. Blend in Holiday Cheer, Peace on Earth, Christmas Spirit and Goodwill Toward Men. Use the mixture to fill a large, warm heart where it can be stored for a lifetime, for it never goes bad!
Serve as desired under Mistletoe, sprinkle liberally with Christmas Snowflakes
It is especially good when accompanied by Christmas carols and family get-togethers.
Serve to one and all!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Children's Picture Book - Jeremy Goes To Summer Camp


Jeremy Goes To Summer Camp

Day 4 and still Jeremy is having problems.

Please come get me, he begs his family in his daily text.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Children's Picture Book - Jeremy Goes To Summer Camp



Jeremy Goes To Summer Camp

1st Day Activity, doesn't work out so well for Jeremy,

He sends a text to his family asking them to come get him.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Children's Picture Book - Jeremy Goes To Summer Camp


Jeremy Goes To Summer Camp

Bob the Counselor meets the campers and shows them the list of activities.

Here in the book, I am putting a full size illustration on one page and a vignette on the opposite side.
In the vignette I am including Jeremy's cell phone and the texts between him and his family while he is at camp.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Children's Picture Book - Jeremy Goes To Summer Camp


Jeremy Goes To Summer Camp

His parents drop him off. 
Jeremy hates it.
And the other campers don't 
look very happy either.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ball Point Pen Drawings


Ball Point Pen

I love a ball point pen for drawing. Whenever I need to rest between projects, the ball point pen is my go-to. I think this goes back to the days of my corporate career - during meetings I would always sketch with my ball point pen. Now I use them to relax. Meditate. I know there are people who don't recognize this medium as art. I can't listen to them. I do it anyway. The drawings are beautiful. The finished effect looks like a pencil. For a left-hander, the pencil is challenging, always fighting the smears from my hand. The ball point pen is the perfect substitute.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Jeremy Duck Goes to Summer Camp

"Jeremy Duck 
Goes to Summer Camp"
by Judy Grupp


Finally - published on Amazon!! 
the sequel to
 "The New Adventures of Jeremy Duck".

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Children's Picture Book - Jeremy Goes To Summer Camp


Jeremy Goes To Summer Camp
Grandparents can be a big part in a kid's life. 
These two think summer camp is a great idea. 
Jeremy thinks otherwise.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Children's Picture Book - Jeremy Goes To Summer Camp


Jeremy Goes To Summer Camp
is the sequel to 
The New Adventures of Jeremy Duck

and once again, his adventure 
begins right after the last day of school.

I used this illustration from the first book to start my second book.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Children's Picture Book - Jeremy Duck Goes to Summer Camp


Ready for the colored pencils! 
It seems to take forever to get to this point.
 This is the part I really love. 
Colored pencils. 
The challenge here is consistency. The colors I use on one page have to be used throughout the book. 
I start with the background and move forward. 
So - if I choose a light blue pencil for the sky, 
 I paint the light blue sky on all the pages at the same time. 
All 32 illustrations.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Children's Picture Book - Jeremy Duck Goes to Summer Camp


 stFirst I create the storyboard for a 32 page picture book. I make lots of sketches. Then I draw the picture I think I want for each page on tracing paper. Here I can make changes without ruining my good bristol paper. When I am satisfied, I transfer the sketches to the bristol board paper. I then use watercolor pencils to color the large background areas, like the sky and grass.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Children's Picture Book - Jeremy Duck

JEREMY DUCK 
GOES TO SUMMER CAMP
You would think every duck would want to go to summer camp during their summer vacation - you would think that probably because you are a grown-up. So my story is about a reluctant duck and how he resolves his dislike of the summer camp.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Children's Picture Book - Jeremy Duck

"The New Adventures of Jeremy Duck"


It's been one year since I published my Jeremy Duck picture book.
Now it's time to create a sequel.
After all, a duck should have more than one adventure!
I've decided to send 
Jeremy
 to Summer Camp!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

collage collage collage with buttons and bunnies


BUTTON BUNNY


This collage is so sweet.I love the napkin flowers - one of the flowers is painted and not a napkin at all.  

Monday, September 25, 2017

COLLAGE COLLAGE COLLAGE with coffee filters

BUTTON BUNNY


Time to add my collage elements. This charming bunny is my own colored pencil drawing, cut and trimmed, ready for collage. I fell in love with these paper napkins, the blue complements the bunny. Napkins are perfect for collage. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

COLLAGE COLLAGE COLLAGE with coffee filters

BUTTON BUNNY


Color.
I added color, acrylic paint to match the painted background peeking through the coffee filters.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

COLLAGE COLLAGE COLLAGE with coffee filters

BUTTON BUNNY


More Collage - just getting started!
I tore strips of canvas from my box of scraps. 
Pulled strings from the edges - 
want to get as much texture as possible. 
Antique buttons were perfect as they were not perfectly white. And a few strings of seed beads.

Monday, September 18, 2017

COLLAGE COLLAGE COLLAGE

BUTTON BUNNY



My Button Bunny collage is an oldie but a goodie! 
It started with coffee filters. 
Used coffee filters. 
The color and design that the coffee leaves on the filters is always unique and interesting.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

COLLAGE ART JOURNAL

C O L L A G E

Wonderful medium ~  collage
Versatile
Inventive
Resourceful

The Art Journal 
- your art journal -
 can benefit from collage.

These are small, 8 x 10" pages. 

I am able to use the scraps of collage ephemera 
that I have accumulated over the years. 

I've collaged color copies of my own art, 
images from magazines, books, tags, buttons, 
motivational words that I love. 
Some of the images that are not of my work - I change by collaging more stuff on them.
Anything is fair game.

The hinges in the center of the page 
are color copies from a catalog. 
But they look real don't they?

the PROVERBIAL art Journal - by Judy Grupp, available on Amazon.com

page 42,  the PROVERBIAL art Journal. "Bee on a Coneflower" Pen and ink drawing - 2017. Perfect border for bees, don'...