For Judy Mudd, creating a work of art means much more than simply reproducing something she sees. “It is more than painting a subject, it is expressing a feeling,” she explains. Judy develops her paintings with thorough reconnaissance work. She goes out on photo shoots in a variety of atmospheric conditions, sketches outdoors, takes notes, and completes color and value studies. From there, back in the studio, she lets the paintbrush guide her. Outside of painting, Judy also leads watercolor workshops and runs a real estate business with her husband.
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About The Artist
Whatever the subject, no matter the medium, capturing emotion and atmosphere is key. They say "color is king" but I find using a variety of values and edges helps express feeling and emotion in paintings. I love both a bit of mystery and detail in my paintings, so while I strive to not tell everything and let the viewer participate in the interpretation of my work, at the same time, I love a punch of detail where the painting pulls you in and captures your attention.
I grew up in an artistic family. My mother, Juanita Watkins Moore was an oil and acrylic painter and exposed me to drawing at an early age. I thought it only natural for people to have easels as part of their home furniture. Art is a family tradition that has been traced back to at least 1619 when an ancestor, Otto Marseus van Schrieck of Amsterdam was a sought-after oil painter and instructor.
While I enjoy the challenge of painting a variety of subjects, my favorites are landscapes and portraits. I usually have 2 or 3 paintings in process at a time. Capturing emotion and atmosphere is key and for that reason I enjoy plein air painting. I will often sketch a concept or start a painting on location where it enables me to study and explore various atmospheric elements. Years of doing this enables me to add these elements to all of my paintings, even those painted solely in the studio.
I have had work accepted into the prestigious American Watercolor Society's International Exhibit at the Salmagundi Club in New York. As a signature member of both the Southern Watercolor Society and the Kentucky Watercolor Society, I have had three or more paintings juried into their regional and international exhibits. Professional associations are the Kentucky Arts Council, Portrait Society of America, National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society and others.
An award-winning artist and workshop instructor, I teach weekly watercolor painting classes, conduct several workshops each year and have a distance-learning website where I offer watercolor video lessons for students around the globe. I love being able to share my passion of creating art with others and have found it truly can change lives.