July 1, 2017
Now here is an idea to encourage promising young artists. It’s called Tam o’ shanter and it’s an 80-years-old program offered by Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art. The program sure worked for Scottsdale artist Judy Conklin.
As a middle school student growing up in “Steel Town,” Judy was selected with one other student from her school to participate in the program. Every Saturday morning for several years, Judy took a street car and joined budding artists from all over Pittsburgh in the museum’s auditorium. After hearing a brief educational talk about art, the kids were told a story and asked to use their imagination to create an illustration, which was then passed in that morning. During the week, instructors reviewed the illustrations, choosing the six best. The kids who had done them were then asked to recreate them on large paper on the stage. The instructors then told a new story for the kids to illustrate, etc.
Since leaving Pittsburgh, Judy has lived in California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Illinois, and Arizona. No matter where she’s lived, Judy has carried her talent and enthusiasm for art with her. She’s taken numerous art classes, exhibited and sold her work in galleries and art shows, and taught and mentored other artists.
Conklin, who has an eye for a good subject, has travelled extensively, both in the United States and internationally, with camera in-hand. Upon returning home, Judy turns her photographs into pastels or oil paintings or charcoal sketches.
Scottsdale is a long way from Steel Town and decades have passed since Tam o. shanter encouraged her, but painting remains Judy’s favorite hobby. Equally important, Judy thoroughly enjoys meeting other artist friends to compare and discuss their latest creations.
Pinnacle Patio, Pastel, by Judy Conklin
Finland Fleet, Pastel, by Judy Conklin
Counting Cows, Oil, by Judy Conklin
Santa Fe Flower Pots, Pastel, by Judy Conklin
San Juan Capistrano Mission, Pastel, by Judy Conklin
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