From a September 2016 visit to Monhegan Island, Maine

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From the June 25, 2016 invitation to paint en plein air at the Cleveland Museum of Art Centennial Festival

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Read more about the event on Judith's News Page.

From a September 2015 visit to Monhegan Island, Maine

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From a September 2014 visit to Monhegan Island, Maine

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From the August 2014 En Plein Air Workshop in Northeast Ohio

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On Painting Lefty in Amsterdam, France, Ohio and Maine

The artist, Kimberly Moore, and I had been watching the Great Courses DVDs on Gothic Cathedrals and decided to go to Prague to see the splendid cathedral there (which was featured in the series) and the gorgeous city.  On the day we arrived, I stepped off an unmarked step in a corridor in the hotel, into the air, and fractured my (right, naturally) shoulder in three places.  I didn't get any painting done in Prague, sadly, but I had gone to Amsterdam afterward solely to paint (having toured that fascinating city years ago) and there was no way I was going to miss the chance.  So I did two paintings on the last two days there - on the sidewalk in front of the 17th century canal house inn where we were staying.  We then went on to France where I've taught for ten years, and I continued my lefty painting, for a total of ten in Europe on this trip.  Right after arriving home, I taught a 3-day plein air workshop in Ohio, demonstrating lefty, for another 4 studies. Next came painting in Monhegan Island, Maine.

I'd wondered if or how painting with the non-dominant hand might influence my style, but I'm not sure it has.  Others may judge, but the experience has reminded me that we paint (and write) with our brains, not so much with our hands.  I had polio at age eleven, and the "Sister Kenny" treatment then used required lying on one's back with feet against a board.  The hospital staff knew how important drawing was to my morale, and allowed me to draw by holding a pencil between my toes, on a sketchbook propped against the footboard.  So I'd experienced one other alternative drawing route.

My arm is newly out of the harness, and still too weak and painful for painting, so I'll continue "exploring my sinister side" as one of my friends put it, on the annual painting trip to Monhegan Island, Maine, with friends, September 6 through 16.  And I've signed up to teach again in France in mid-October, 2016.  I hope you'll join me:  it's a beautiful inspiring place!  No matter which hand you use.

— Judy (Typed lefty from my iPad, September 2014)

From the October 2013 En Plein Air Workshop in New Hampshire

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From a September 2013 visit to Monhegan Island, Maine

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From the February 2013 En Plein Air Workshop in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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From a September 2012 visit to Monhegan Island, Maine

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From 2012: Puerto Rico, Florida and Ohio En Plein Air Workshops

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From the December 2011 Workshop in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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For a short slide show of the workshop, go to www.signilar.com, and click on the photo of Judith painting a double portrait.
" ... Carducci was an ever-present and energetic cheerleader ...ever ready to share her encyclopedic grasp of picture making ...light-filled landscape paintings... nocturnes magical in their economy of line, compositional force, and striking play of color. "In three days I became unrecognizable to myself--transformed into something and someone else ... I became an earnest seeker among fellow earnest seekers striving to channel the sights, sounds and smells of life in Old San Juan into sensitive and spirited works of art. I like to think that we succeeded. "

— Michael Gormley, editorial director of American Artist magazine, blog post "Why I Workshop"

From a September 2011 visit to Monhegan, Maine

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Judy notes: Katherine Hansen, an artist in Australia, just e-mailed me the following: "...your Monhegan Island paintings are really digging deep. I feel like I am reading heavy poetry when I look at them!!! Like one of these books you just can't put down again!!"

And Karla Cook, an artist in Massachusetts just e-mailed: "... stunning... You have succumbed to the magic that is Monhegan!"

From the December 2010 workshop in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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From a Fall 2010 visit to North Carolina

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From December 2009 workshop in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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From Northeast Ohio 2008-2010

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From visits to Maine, 2000-2009

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Judy in Kittery, June 2009
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