Chinese philosophy relates when there is too great an imbalance between yin and yang, catastrophes can occur such as floods, droughts and plagues. In this crazy world right now, I am concentrating on the positive balanced forces of Yin & Yang.

Fire&RustThis year my theme continues to be earth and sky and the connections between us and the natural world. Cold wax and oil affords the opportunity to bring texture into my paintings. It also shows a history of the painting by building up layers, obscuring what’s beneath, and removing layers to reveal bits of past layers. It represents the history of a life that becomes the compilation of bits and pieces of it’s past experiences.

But my attraction to textures is moving me to add more textile to my art. Thus I am adding rusted silk to my mediums. In these new pieces I am combining the coldness of rusted iron with the warmth of heated forged copper, seemingly opposite forces. Two opposites actually attract and complement each other, existing in harmony, and they are interconnected in the natural world symbolized by the yin and yang.

My love of texture greLove-backstrap-weavew as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the 70’s. I worked with people in the cottage industry of weaving. Weaving was and is an important part of the Filipino culture. The material I became familiar with in the lowlands of Luzon was grasses. In the uplands, cotton was used in backstrap weaving and in the island of Mindanao, the T’boli weavings are of abaca.

One of my wall hangings woven on a backstrap loom.> 

After learning weaving by the Igorots in Bagio, I came home with my personal backstrap loom enthralled with weaving. My apartment quickly became filled with wools of many wonderful hand-dyed colors. But my time was limited and I soon became satiated just by having the beautifully colored yarns all around me.

After working as a graphic designer, raising two beautiful children, many years now ago, I decided to work as a full-time visual artist. Now as a full-time artist, the textures are calling me back. I look forward to this coming year in my studio and incorporating fiber into my art.


ART: It’s good for your health



Defectors From Giverny, 30X40 oil by Jude Lobe

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.
A local gallery in the Triangle,NC is Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.

If ENAMELING, wear a respirator


For all those considering or already doing enameling, please take heed. Wear a respirator, and not just any particulate dusk mask. One rated NS-97 or above.

Enamel is ground glass. Yes, ground glass! That means all those tiny “dust” particles are sharp and if they get into your lungs you are in trouble. Most enameling classes do not emphasize this strongly enough. In fact, many instructors don’t require students to wear masks and they don’t wear masks. WEAR A MASK!

Also, when cleaning up, use a wet disposable towel, even for mopping up the floor.
The above pictured respirator is available at Home Depot for about $25. If you find a better deal, let me know. Click the image to link to the page on Home Depot.


Some friends of ours, Larry Vellani & Peg Boswell of Mebanesville, and Al & Carol Engler, would host birthday parties for Joe Thompson. That’s where I met him. What a gentle, friendly soul. At the time he was enjoying a second round of celebrity, having been rediscovered by the Carolina Chocolate Drops who were interested in learning from Thompson about black string band music.


Fiddlin’ Joe Thompson, Oil, 24 X 36, $500. 

There were many musicians that showed up at those parties and they were too photogenic to not want to paint. I did many paintings of several of them including, fiddler and banjo player Paul Mitchell, all three of the then Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lightnin’ Wells and Joe.  Those paintings are all sold, however, I kept this one in my studio. I am now ready to let it go. If you have an interest, email me. art at jude lobe . com.

Here’s an article about him when he died at the age of 93, that appeared in the New York Times.  CLICK

the Eno will flow thru Hillsborough Gallery

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F L O W . . .

Will fea­ture the work of Gallery artists and local poets. The theme focuses on Nature and the Envi­ron­ment and will be ded­i­cated to the Eno River Asso­ci­a­tion. Orga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be speak­ing. There will be an option
for mak­ing dona­tions to the orga­ni­za­tion.

HGA artists and local poets will be exhibiting their artworks inspired by nature and the Eno River from January 25, 2016 to February 21, 2016. The opening of the show will be on Friday, January 29th, from 6 – 9 pm.

Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278.  

The river and nature are my muses and I will be doing several pieces all with the river theme to be displayed when HGA does the next installation in January.


ART – MUSIC – FUN Gear up for Holiday shopping to purchase unique art items. The event, held at Jill Troutman’s beautiful home gallery at 1089 Foxcliff Dr., will be filled with Art, Music, Food and Fun.

An amazing show of ten artists’ artworks in a plethora of mediums: jewelry, paintings in oil, acrylic and cold wax & oil, encaustics, enamels, collage, clothing, scarves, sculptures, fiber art, metal work, pottery, photography and delicious chocolates.

Along with Jill Troutman, artists showcased include Martha Hamblin, Milton Hall, Sherwood Hill, Jude Lobe, Pat Scheible, Betty Tyler and Seagrove potters, Stephanie Martin and Jeff Dean.

And this year’s new invitees includes Matthew Shepherd, chocolatier from Hillsborough. Here’s a nice little clip about him: CHOCOLATES

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015:  9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015: 1 – 5 pm  

So think about giving a gift of art to yourself or a friend. It’s like giving healing, uplifting, encouraging cheers throughout the year when giving someone the gift of art.


It’s funny what inspires a new painting. Sometimes it’s a scene your viewing that speaks to your heart. Or maybe it’s a quirky expression you hear or a feeling from a book you just read. 

Thinking Lavender

Thinking Lavender, encaustic by Jude Lobe, $65. Click on image to visit website and through the website you can contact me.

These hot summer days bring me back to a vacation we had in France a few years ago. Two of the weeks were spent in Provence where lavender was around every corner. Whether the lavender was growing in the fields, in scented oil at the farmer’s market or decorating a tablecloth, it was ubiquitous.

So last week I heated up the griddle and began working on a few little encaustics. They are done on a 2X4 cut to about 7″ long. Before I begin the painting with encaustic I attach the hook on the back. It’s usually a piece of copper that I forge into a swirling shape and tack onto the back.

Then I tape the sides so the wax doesn’t drip on the sides. I would still have the option to wax the sides if I wanted to when I finished.

Now I have several options; I can gesso the front, attach a canvas piece to it, or leave it bare. Once I decide that, I begin putting layer upon layer on to the block, fusing each layer to the one below it with a torch.

Then it gets more free flowing as I will sketch, scratch and/or paint with the colored wax back and forth from one technique to another until I am happy with the result.

I have to admit, sometimes I start a piece with no real intent and as the colors and layers go on, they remind me of something and I move in that direction. It’s quite fun. If you haven’t tried, please do. If you’re local, you can call me. I do one-on-one sessions with all materials provided.