Exploring Art: Views of an Undiscovered Artist

By Judy Challis | Art is engaging, inspiring, frustrating, and addictive. Here you will find my adventures in creation. I will share, not only work, but how I do them with you. Two people may use the same technique or even the same subject and create very different works. Welcome!

My Muse and The Owls

This winter was a particularly hard winter. One day I walked bravely out on the deck to get a cold breath of nature and watch the birds feed. There …

Let it Flow!

Recently I’ve been working in two styles, one is the egg tempera based one I’ve discussed in previous posts and also a more abstract one, that I’ve …

Inspiration, Little Books and Plans or Ditch the Selfie

I love little books. Pretty little books for writing notes in, books with thicker paper for drawing and silk and art covered books I always plan to …

Foxy gets Married in the Enchanted Forest

A good number of my characters have a story in my head. In fact a whole life, a family, growing up, and occupation and a sense of ethics or not. None …

Nuts and Bolts-Photographing a Textured Painting

Have you ever finished a painting, loved it and couldn’t wait to photograph it to share on social media? But after you photographed it, it had …

Mischtechnik II: From an Ugly Duckling to a Swan

This was the second Mischtechnik painting I did. There were a few stages where I really felt like I had created an ugly duckling that just wasn’t …

Mischtechnik: Egg Tempera and Egg Emulsions

What is Mischetechnik? It is a mixed technique using ink, egg tempera and oil paints. It is also referred to as Mische technique. That sounds simple …

Mischtechnik 2016 A Loving Portrait

Who doesn’t want to live forever? I thought it was time, before my delightful hubby and I get too wrinkled to attempt a portrait of ourselves. I love …

My Visionary Art

I like to paint in a manner that could fall into the genre of Visionary Art. I often dance around that term because there have been so many great …

How did I become an Artist?

I always loved art and as a child my mother would take me out sketching. I took every art class I could in high school, but knew that I would need to …

An Oil Selfie in Mischtechnique

I like to research Old Masters' Techniques and try them myself with a modern spin. Above is a work in progress, a family portrait, using natural oils …

Ten Things I Do When Creating a Painting

I've found over time, that if I follow certain "rules" of my own making, my art comes out better. The worst thing I found is to sit in front of a …

How to Paint an Animal Portrait

What is art? It is individual to each person. My view is that it is not a photograph but an artistic rendering of the subject. When I paint an animal …