21 June 2007



Guess who's book is the number 1 seeling art/craft book in the good old USA.

Yep you guessed it right, MICHAEL'S is.

I know, I am excited for him.
And naturally so proud!
Michael's book "Secrets of Rusty Things" has sold 10,000 copies already and the book is into it's second print run!
Congratulations bebe!!!


Whilst I am busy working on Sam's Visual Anthology I thought I would share some images that some of you may like to use. I very rarely work on images of people I do not know. I find it difficult. Possibly because I have such an archive of people I have met through working on their life stories. I get very engrossed in my work as it also involves research too, so if my blog posts wane you will understand that I am in work mode.

Please enjoy.


On prayers.

Please say a prayer for my friend Julie's cat.
She has a cat called Maggie who is very unwell.
Julie is like the Bernie Berlin of Perth.
Julie is one of those amazing people who looks after animals in need of help, love and tenderness. I take my hat off to her for all that she does.
Please join Julie and her wealth of friends in a prayer for Maggie.
Once again I want to express my thanks to all those who commented on my last post.
I really worry that my blog has too many "heavy" posts but that's the nature of me, my work and my life. It's all emcompassing. My art, like most of you, is drawn from life experience. My life experiences are full of symbolism, religion, heritage and passing on the messages of legacy. My art is a refection of that.
I am so humbled when people find that the things I write about affect them in positive ways. It gives me hope and strength and only encourages me to further find an artful expression of those things.
So thanks again.


Karen Cole said...

Yes, the book is incredible. It truely is unlike other .....and I hate to use the word "craft" here, books....because it isn't. The sort of, 3 story format on his process, makes it an actual interesting read, not just a "picture" book.

I had a Maggie....a dog (golden retriever) whom I loved dearly and still miss. I will think of Maggie for you.

In the meantime, Check out a blog called "bleeding expresso". She's an american living in Calabria, Italy and has a post about the Jewish history there.

Karen Cole said...

Oh, and by the way......is that "Mr. July" or "Mr. June"?

Kristen Robinson said...

YAY YAY YAY Michael I can honestlu sau the book is incredible a total journey in art, words and myth...a true delight for the senses.

Pryaers for Julie's cat Maggie I am in awe of all those who help dear animals!

You are such a sweetie to share photos with all of us, so very kind of you.

Never feel as though your blog is "heavy". You share so much of yourself with us through your posts and your artwork which are intertwined in so many ways.


Judy Wise said...

Judy! Coincidence! I was just swooning over this wonderful post when my email pinged with a message from you. Wow, over the vast ocean we were amazingly connected and thinking of each other.

And that photograph of Michael. Rrrrrrfffff! I'm so happy his book is enjoying HUGE success, he is one of the hardest working and best teachers out there.

And you. Your life, depth, richness. Thank you so much for all you give us to ponder and love. Your work in the world changes others. And what beautiful work it is.

craftyhala said...

I haven't seen the book yet, however I haven't been to the bookstore yet...maybe I will go now.
Well wishes for the cat. My cats are like family and all of us in our house ...well we aren't right when our cats are sick.
And I thank you for your "heavy" posts. I've learned more from you than I ever did before. Please don't stop. :)

Jen Crossley said...

No wonder Michaels Book is No1 thats so wonderful.
I will be thinking of Julies dear ct Maggie and sending good vibes to her.

Judy Judy,Your blog is amazing you share from your soul never change thats who you are and who we love

Sharon Manning said...

Fantastic news about Michael's book and I read on his blog he is working on another one! I might just have to bite the bullet and buy one.
Love the images you are sharing just gorgeous. Thank you.
Your blog should be an extension of you and what you do and I feel you capture that in a unique way, a good unique way.

Natalie B said...

Hi Judy,

I can't wait to get my copy of Michael's book (in the post on the way from the US as we speak!). I so wish I'd had the opportunity to meet you at the Retreat in Fremantle this year (unfort I couldn't make it), will you be venturing over this way again?? Do you give classes yourself?? Cheers Natalie

Megan Pickwell said...

Good for hime - how wonderful to have such success with something you are so passionate about - better get onto Amazon!
I love all you share of your beliefs, heritage and self on your blog, I always learn something more from reading them. You are a wonderful teacher and it is certainly part of your purpose to impart these stories.

kelsey said...

Like Natalie, my book is on it's way (it's flying with Jen Crossley's!...lol), can't wait for it arrive.

I just checked Julie's blog...poor Maggie, my heart goes out to her as she's such a lovely person ;-(

I also don't find your posts heavy, you write from the heart and there's no need to apologise for that any time at all....keep it up...we'll keep reading ;-)

jo and jacky said...

Don't you dare change your writing style Judy!!!! I love how it moves me and makes me think!
I was getting a little worried that you may have been affected by the bad storm that Sydney had this week. I hope you all fared well!
Fingers crossed that we get our shipment of Michaels book today or Monday at the latest. I have heard so many positive things about it.
So, when are you writing your book????
Jo oxoxox

jo and jacky said...

Forgot to add, that Julie and her cat are in my thoughts and prayers.

R2artstudio said...

I loved the book, read every word, it made me feel like I was right there in his studio. Am hoping for many sequels. It's a great style, with such beautiful work.
And, I love your blog just the way you do it!! Don't you ever change a thing. That's what makes you so special. And many thoughts and prayers for Julie, and all her babies.

Marie C said...

Congrats to Michael - still have to get myself a copy - so love his work, and he IS a great tutor to boot!
I read your last post a couple of days ago, and was thinking of the great spiritual strength you must have to deal with these sorts of truths ....I don't find them heavy ... but they are moving....

Marie C said...

PS thanks for your last comment - made me ROTFL!!!!

Susan Tuttle said...

That is awesome news!! He must be thrilled!!

Thank you for sharing this beautiful imagery Judy!


Debbi B said...

Hi Judy - Your blog is so heartfelt and strong with belief and love so please don't stop sharing with us. I've been "away" from blog reading for a couple of weeks so haven't commented on those posts but I have just caught up reading them and they are very moving and your art, as always, is incredible. Debbi B

Ro Bruhn said...

I can understand why it's number one. I received mine yesterday and it's fabulous. I can't wait for his next one.
A very sad update, Maggie's passed on


Angie in AZ said...

I just wanted to throw in my two cents worth about your "heavy posts"... I LOVE them! I love the stories you tell with your art but also your words. I can't wait to see the latest project you are working on... and I do hope that, over time, you'll share more details about your father's own story.

Megan said...

Hi Judy,

What a monumental achievement for Michael! That is great news...I bet you are both thrilled.

Your images here are so sweet also. Thanks for sharing them :-)

Megan xx

Gypsy Purple said...

Congratulations to Michael.....and THANKS for that images!!!!!
I for one will definitely use them...they are stunning one`s!!

Corey Moortgat said...

Hi Judy, thank you so much for your encouraging comment in response to the not-so-encouraging one I received! It's actually nice to know that Michael gets them, too- that sounds weird, but you know what I mean! It's really too bad that when artists like us put ourselves out there in the public eye that we also open ourselves up to criticism. Like you said, I have no problem with constructive criticism, but to say things without anything to back the statements up is just hurtful. Anyway, I'm over it now, thanks to all the supportive comments like yours I received.

Please tell Michael congrats on his book- I haven't seen a copy yet, but it's on my wish list! BTW, Tonia D. (his editor) is one of my dearest friends!

Oh, and I love the wire "house" shapes in your album page down below!