Ambassador of the Week: Judy Mudd

"Shrimp Boat Fernandina": In this painting of a shrimp boat, I wanted to capture the warm evening light reflected on the boat and building, along with the interesting shapes and details (masts, ropes, and dock) a marine scene offers.

Meet Judy Mudd, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!

Judy Mudd of Louisville, Kentucky, has had an interest in art since she was four years old, sketching at the kitchen table with her mother, artist Juanita Watkins Moore. Judy’s professional art journey did not begin until many years later after family commitments and careers in nursing and real estate. She began a self-directed art education traveling to study with master artists whom she felt could help her develop certain aspects of her art. While her initial art education took many years, she continues to study and explore the watercolor medium. Judy is now a full-time artist and has been a watercolor instructor for over 10 years. She teaches weekly classes, workshops and offers videos-on-demand for those learning from home. A daily painter, she can be found in her home studio or in plein air. She often strikes out on her own to travel and explore new subjects for paintings.

Judy is a juried member of the Southern Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted Program, Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, and is an associate member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and the Portrait Society of America.

“Pee Wee’s Louisville”

This street scene is from downtown Louisville where we have banners of hometown celebrities painted on the side of buildings. This one is on main street where the banner shows baseball Hall of Famers, Pee Wee Reese (from Louisville) and Jackie Robinson. While the scene is recognizable to most Louisvillians, I wanted to appeal to a wider audience and made the scene more about the general atmosphere and mood of the place.

“Tools of my Trade”

Although I most often paint landscapes and cityscapes, I occasionally branch out to other subjects as this. This painting has always been special for me because it is what I do every day. It is a thrill to pick up a brush and apply watercolor paint to paper so I decided to create a still life with my tools of my trade.

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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.



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