Saturday, March 19, 2016

More than Fused Glass by Judy Butler

Usually I am involved strictly in fused class. I love the color and the intensity and the ability to translate whimsy. However there are stretches where I am waiting for the kiln to "do it's thing" so I am looking for other forms of expression.

Recently I have been enjoying working with colored pencils. I have played around with the Prismacolor colored pencils but never with much focus. Additionally, I am trying a new (or new to me) product by Dewert called an Inktense pencil. It's like a watercolor pencil however when the water is applied the color is very intense and it is ink (consequently the name). The advantage to have the ink is that once it is applied it will not shift as watercolor tends to do. I have been experimenting by layering the inktense pencil first then applying watercolors and the Prismacolor. I have frequently been pleased with the results.

These images - and more will be available at the Art Studio Trek in Rocklin, Roseville, and Granite Bay. I will be showing my work at the beautiful home of Pam Burns. I hope to be able to demonstrate the Inktense pencils. Please come by for a view.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Judy Dillon, 2016

High Country Spring, 24x18", Mixed media
AST artists are busy producing new work for Art Studio Trek 2016, now just eleven weeks away. Judy Dillon writes:
"I have been experimenting with lots of techniques this month. Waxed paper, saran, rice papers, India ink, and spray paint!  All these paired with watercolor makes for some exciting art. The painting attached started out with no subject in mind, just lots of paint and various layers of masking with saran wrap, etc. And, oh, yes, some copper spray paint.When everything was dry and the "stuff" came off, the idea of the rushing water became apparent.  And so, "High Country Spring" was created."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pat Abraham!

A painting by Pat Abraham has been accepted into the California Watercolor Association’s 45th Annual National Exhibit. The show is being held at the Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Art Center in Pleasanton, CA.

Pat has also had another painting in the hiding places series accepted into the 6th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition in Fallbrook, CA. “Hiding Places VII” will be on view from February 8 to March 22, 2015 at the Fallbrook Art Center in Fallbrook, CA.

On Pat’s itinerary is a watercolor workshop from May 17 to 22, 2015 at the Zephyr Cove Conference Center.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Darlene Engellenner starts new experiment with her encaustic art . Texture and color . One of the 17 artists on the Art Studio Trek for 2015 April 25, 26 Sat and Sun 10 am to 5 pm

Harris Center hosting Preview show for the 17 artists on the 9th annual Art Studio Trek Jan 14 to March 8 2015

Harris Center Preforming Arts Folsom CA

ART STUDIO TREK (Art and Chocolate)

The 17 artists group of the Art Studio Trek will have a preview show of their art presented at the Harris Center in Folsom CA  from Jan. 16 to March 8, 2015. Harris Center located at Folsom Lake College has an attractive facility that features live performances and visual arts.  This show will highlight the future Art Studio Trek of Roseville, Rocklin and Granite Bay open studio event which will be April 25-26 from 10 am to 5 pm each day. This will be the 9th annual free Art Studio Trek. Free maps are available at the Harris Center or can be downloaded at

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Glass That Makes You Smile - Judy Butler

Harry The Ostrich recently won a ribbon at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. I was so pleased when my ostrich came to life in glass. He is created from an ostrich that I liked to draw when I was teaching English in Mexico. He would watch me intently in hopes of being given a reward - a lime from the nearby tree.

I work with glass because I enjoy the contrast of opaque and transparent. For example Harry is opaque yet the golden background is transparent - allowing the light to envelop him even more. Additionally the eyes are created from several layers of dichroic glass. Dichroic glass is highly reflective and therefore gives the depth I desired for his steady gaze.

This piece required multiple trips to the kiln - each time taking a minimum of 24 hours to carefully heat and cool the piece. This process is like Christmas because every time I open the kiln it is a new thrill to see what has been created.

To see more of my work please join me at Connie McLennan's beautiful home and studio in Rocklin during the Art Studio Trek.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Judy Dillon, Color and Form
 Judy's Dillon's submission for the Art Trek review show at Roseville's Civic Center

Watercolorist Judy Dillon enjoys a variety of  approaches and subjects, often starting with an abstract under-painting. An elementary school teacher for 21 years, Judy offered young visitors to her studio the opportunity to add their own artistic touches to a large paper mural during the 2013 Studio Trek.