TWO TREES ON HORIZON, 8X18, Cold Wax & Oil, $375 (Click on image to visit website)

It doesn’t matter what time of year, how cold, how hot, when I see birds in a waterscape, peace flows over me. Birds give us so much just in their existing, yet many of us have no idea what their needs are for them to survive. We hear of birds becoming extinct when their native habitats disappear, but apparently it doesn’t sink in that the habitat didn’t have to disappear.

Ecology needs to be taught in school beginning very early so that it is ingrained. Then perhaps our planning boards wouldn’t thoughtlessly allow development everywhere. Perhaps, then, developers wouldn’t consider clear-cutting land to put up concrete parking lots and buildings. They would understand that trees don’t grow there just to be used to provide wood.

Hasn’t it occurred to everyone yet, that trees, their roots, their leave, are protecting our soils from erosion? Do they not understand that roots and leaves are absorbing and using the heavy rains that fall to grow. Haven’t they realized how much cooler in the summer it is to stand under a tree than lean against their car on a macadam parking lot? Please, take a walk in the forest and tell me trees aren’t important for controlling temperatures.

And the next time you take a deep breath remember to thank a tree for providing the oxygen and improving the air quality. Hmm. How wonderful when building roads to include a large medium strip with trees and plants.  Just imagine how that design might have changed the pollution levels in places like Peking and Los Angeles, not to mention making a pleasant drive home from work.

Yes, those beautiful trees aren’t there for us to cut down. Besides being a home for those beautiful birds, one acre of plants absorb six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. Plants filter the air by removing dust and absorbing other pollutants including carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.

Let’s all go out and plant a tree or shrub. It can do a body good.




Pretty in Purple,  Oil on board by Jude Lobe

Pretty in Purple, Oil on board by Jude Lobe

This month I was crazy for water lilies. The lilies in my pond were getting ready for the winter and put away all their lovely blooms. Feeling nostalgic, I pulled out images I took earlier in the year when visiting Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and got all inspired. This was one of the first paintings that emerged.

It’s a 10″ X 10″ X 1.5″  oil painting on cradled board. It’s for sale for $300 which includes taxes and shipping anywhere in the conterminous  US.  Just email me below.

Water lilies are perennial plants that usually grow in dense colonies. Flowers grow from stalks arising from thick, fleshy, creeping underwater stems that are buried in the mud. Some flowers bloom at the base of the pad making them appear as though they are sitting on the pad. Others have their stalks extending high above the pad, like these purple beauties. Each bloom has a spiral arrangement of its petals.

If you live in the area of the Triangle or Triad of North Carolina, feel free to visit my studio, Osprey Studio. I’m usually there working.  Just give a call to make sure I’m in. 919-260-9889.

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The easy way to do it? Hang a large landscape painting in the room. Give the illusion of space with a landscape painting that has a distant horizon. It will become your focal point and if you are in the mood to change your environment, you can use the colors in the artwork to determine your wall colors, accent pillows, etc.

Exhibit at Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, Hillsborough, NC.

  • STEP 1: Visit an art gallery and buy the work of art that speaks to you. Art is literacy of the heart. It is functional. You will use it every single day. Every time you look at it, it will lift your spirits.Look up  local galleries in your area and visit the gallery. Enjoy walking through. Are there pieces there that make you stop and gaze? Well, ask about the artist. If it’s a local artists owned gallery you may even have the artist there welcoming you into the gallery. Think the price is too high? Ask about paying on time. Many galleries and artists offer payment plans. You know how time flies, so before you know it, the painting will be yours. No real hit to your pocketbook and the other best thing? It’s an original. You and you along have this painting. You can see the brush strokes, the luminosity of the colors.
  • STEP 2: When you get it home, hang it in a prominent place. Go out and treat yourself to buying a pillow or two that feature the colors in the painting and pop them on the chair or sofa near the painting. That helps carry the painting into the room.
  • STEP 3: Enjoy. Research has shown that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. By looking at artworks or listening to music, a person’s brain wave pattern changes. One becomes less stressed and moves into relaxation. Art lifts our spirits each time we look at it. Lift your spirits by taking a trip to your local art galleries. Buy local. Support your local economy and your local artists.
Along the Eno River, painting by Jude Lobe.

Along the Eno River, painting by Jude Lobe, 24X48, $1250.

And the next time you are having a stressed day, take some time off and go to a local art gallery and enjoy the art. When you walk back out the door, I bet you will find yourself in much better spirits and able to handle whatever it is you need to do.

Our physiology is deeply effected by feelings and emotion. Try to keep a balance of good feelings in close proximity to yourself during the day. Perhaps a small painting on  your desk, or larger one on the wall. Maybe a piece of art at home in your kitchen to look at before you walk out the door. Or a calming artwork on the wall of your bedroom to send you off to a peaceful night’s rest.
See more tips for decorating small rooms here at Better Homes & Garden.
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Ponderings, by Jude Lobe, Oil on linen, 30X40, $1250

Waterlilies will always be synonymous with Monet. Every time we see a painting of water lilies we can’t help but be reminded of his works. And so artists try and stay away from painting them, however, they seduce us with their perfect beauty. Not only their beautiful shapes of foliage and wide range of colors depending on the place in the sky from where the sun shines but also the place where they dwell. That amazing water that reflects the colors of the flowers, sky and trees. 

How can an artist hold back from trying to capture the beauty of those scenes. I certainly cannot. And so the artist unfairly risks the viewer commenting, “oh, copying Monet”. Of course, we are not. We are just as awestruck as Monet. As are photographer artists, yet lucky for them, they are never compared with Monet.

Water lilies not only are beautiful themselves, but they choose to dwell in the most serene and lovely surroundings. I suspect I will be painting them for many more years. There are different perspectives to choose, and times of day to confront and explore.

They also inspire poets and writers. Like this quote from Jacqueline Close Moore:

“A pristine waterlily undiscouraged by its surroundings, rises from the depths of a murky pond. It’s lotus petals perfume the air, as it flowers and blooms brilliantly, purely, divinely, despite and probably because of its origins. Becoming a spiritual person does not mean you to leave your prior life behind, but instead you integrate, learn, remember, and respect what brought you to this point  in the first place.” 

And Henry David Thoreau wrote,

“But it chanced the other day that I scented a white water-lily…. It is the emblem of purity…. What confirmation of our hopes is in the fragrance of this flower! “

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