Monday, February 25, 2008

What's In A Name

"What's In A Name?" D.Altaville aka BlueJude
I did this for the Challenge - Art Ya Name at the Mojo Art Group on Yahoo.
It was a funny thing, cause I had doodled a few sketches, then after the fact, realized that I had used Darcy instead of BlueJude. Of course, that is my real name, but I suddenly felt so exposed! Just about everyone on the net, knows me as, and refers to me as BlueJude.
I guess I also felt a little unsettled because growing up, I never really felt comfortable with my name. It was just so....odd. There was never another Darcy.
And for those of you old enough to remember the TV show Romper Room, whenever she looked into her Magic Mirror, she would see all the Kathy's and Christine's, and Linda's and Lisa's, but NEVER a Darcy! Hmmm...wonder about what repercussions that might have caused to my psyche. lol But we won't even go there!
But now, finally, I'm okay with it. I am who I am....(said Popeye the Sailor Man!...sorry, couldn't help myself)
Anywhoo, if you could change you're name what would YOU choose?
Happy Monday all! Hope it's a creative, and prosperous week, full of blessings....whoever you are!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Here Comes The Sun

"Sunflower" D.Altaville c.2008
This is actually a watercolor I did years ago and kind of funked it up on adobe, as my daughter wanted a Sunflower for her room. So this is a tribute to her, as she always makes my days a bit sunnier, a bit brighter. And as you know from my last post, I definately need to be reminded of that! So cheers dears, here's to sunnier days ahead!
Oh yes, and this print is available on Art n Joy etsy (sans the watermark of course) for those of you who could use a little sunshine in your life!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Sign Of Hope?

Tired. Depressed. Want to paint REAL art, the stuff from inside of me. Too tired. Want to curl up on the couch with a book. No- not really. Want a miracle transformation. Want to feel strong and full of hope, want to feel like my good ole self from long ago. Tired of the discheveled mess, I've let my life become. Tired of the discheveled house, that seems inpossible to stay on top of with three kids. Tired. Last night, in my dream, I was looking up at a grey blue evening sky with my son and a vision of Jesus appeared with His arms outstretched and John the Apostle at His side. There were others too- apostles, I'm assuming. My son and I were in awe. The vision was mostly in shades of white. No technicolor here. When I woke up, feeling like someone might just have to peel me from the bed, I remembered the vision clearly and pondered the meaning of it for a bit. Was it a sign that I would soon meet my Maker? As crappy and forlorn as I felt, I decided not. There was too much of a happy, hopeful, peaceful feeling, when we witnessed the vision. So I'm going with that. It was a sign of hope. That things will change for the better and the transformation will come.
And now, I'm off to deal with the discheveled house, and try to remember to just keep doing the next right thing, try and put my best foot forward, keep the faith and clean house within myself, one step at a time. The light will shine down on us once again.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

January Doodle Journal Page

"The temperate time of television - of how we are now - shadows & remnants of what we once were - static electricity - too many neutrons microns - or whatever you might call it! Rainbows are not always what they may seem! It doesn't matter."
A January Doodle Journal Page. They seem to be ebbing into February. What does it all mean? No clue! Not very uplifting though, eh?
OK I'm off to tame the little beast. I think he needs food. I know they say that music tames the savage beast. Not here, it's a good ole PBJ! Later gators.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Here they are...the love's of my life. What makes my heart go pitter patter. The pic to the right is my daughter and I showing off our silliest Valentine's Do's! And yes, that is me and the hub at a Christmas Party but it was the best pic I could find at the moment.
And the rest is just silly eye candy!

A felt heart made in tribute of my youngest son when he was one adn a half years old and just loved hearts!

And some simple Valentine cookies as my daughter needed 75!! of them so I took the easy way out!
And yes, I spelled Valentines Day wrong in my little collage, but hey, what can I say? All the lovelies are home from school because of the bad weather, and it's pandamonium here at the BlueJude Residence!
And one day, I might actually figure out how to get my pics uploaded to blogger the way I would like!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Doodling Ass Backwards

"Which side to you wan't to be on? Only you can decide. A wall of bricks and confusion or perhaps the side of gentle flow, and rainbows, where love can seep through, even when it rains."
"Time-Time-Time-An Abjunction On Her Mind"
Let's just make it clear that I have no idea if "Abjunction" is even a word. It just came out of my little head. I HAVE been meaning to look it up, but well, just haven't gotten to it and it obviously didn't seem that important.
It's a funny thing with these journal pages, as I kind of started them ass backwards. For those of you who have been following this oh so serious endeavor; you know that they started out as doodles. Which means that I just used a black pen, marker, whatever and doodled away. After I did about twenty-five of them, I realized I wanted to play with color. SO the backgrounds actually came last.
The other funny thing (I know your rollin off the chair now huh) is that they are SO reminiscent of stuff I did in High School. I went to Art & Design HS in Manhattan, and instead of graffitti on the bathroom walls, you would find little paintings, illustrations, or well -doodles. (Nothing to intricate mind you, as we weren't supposed to be cutting class and hanging out there in the first place!) Anyhoo, some of these became like a signature of the artist, and when sketch pads, journals, or jean jackets got passed around, you would have your own little motif? to add, and everyone knew it was YOU. Well, I used to enjoy doing these pen and ink and watercolor drawings that look much like these. There was one in particular, that I did over and over again. And it found it's way into this journal as well. But you'll just have to wait for a future post to see that one as I think I've rambled on enough.
OH and BTW, these pages are appearing in no particular order as they were done on the cheapest of sketch pads, the ones that aren't even coil bound and the pages just pull (or fall) right out. So I've just been "coloring" whatever calls to me at the time.
And if you haven't been bored enough already, there are two silly ones on the post below.
Happy Doodle Doo Monday All!

Silly Journal Pages

Yes, some silly journal pages from January's Doodle Journal. Obviously, I'm still trying to quit smoking. And again, the scanner cut off some parts. But as you can see I spelled Face wrong on the blue page. (I can be a bit dyslexic at times!) On the bottom left and right I wrote "She couldn't even spell Face right. A four letter word that meant nothing YET meant everything at all. Got it?"
Well personally, I have to say I don't get it at all! lol Have no idea where I was goin' with that one. Just more BlueJude Madness Musings I guess. Anyhoo, it is a frigid windy day here, so I am going to have some lunch, then wastes some more time at the puter and make another post. Scary thought...but I'll be back with more journal pages. Toodles.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

January Doodle Journal

"If This Is Where It's At" D.Altaville c.2008
Yes, the first page from my January Doodle Journal. (the scanner cut off the perimeter)
The words read "If This Is Really Where It's At Then What Does That Mean Exactly?". What does it mean?
Not really sure, as when I do my journal pages, I sometimes just have this one liner, cryptic thought that kind of sums up what I'm thinking. Perhaps, this particular night, it pertains to my life and the current state it is in. However, I'm sure it could be interpreted in other ways, by the viewer. Though we're obviously not talking serious art here, just me doodley dooing.
Looking back at my journal of 2007, most of the images don't even contain words. Instead, I kind of scrawled them on the side spread. I think sometimes the words take away from my images, or I just used up so much space there's no room left for them!
Anyhoo, my intention at the moment, is to follow a different path each month, for this years journal. But you know what they say about intentions, right? So I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
So read into the quote what you may....and have a wonderful day, wherever you're at!

Saturday, February 02, 2008


"Climb" D.Altaville c.2008
A recent piece that sums up by Birthday Wish for this year. Climb. Climb to new heights.
Birthday was on Thursday and had a rootin tootin time with the hub and some friends.
However, today I woke up with a stuffy nose, sore throat, the works. So I think I'll just be climbing under the covers!
And of course this print is available at Art n Joy on etsy here:
Happy Weekend All!