My illustration assignment for Tillamook was “moooving” along when I painted this cow. It was an “udderly” delightful project, to say the least. I know I should “cud” out telling cow puns already!

My illustration assignment for Tillamook was “moooving” along when I painted this cow. It was an “udderly” delightful project, to say the least. I know I should “cud” out telling cow puns already!

My illustration of a Holstein dairy cow was the last one I had to complete for my Tillamook assignment. I had already finished 21 fruit labels.

Initially, I was a little apprehensive about illustrating a cow. After all, my specialty was painting food. I was busy working on the fruit labels, so I decided to hire a good friend and talented artist to research and find me good cow reference. She did a great job and made it easy for me.

This is how my illustration will be used. No sky was needed.

This is how my illustration will be used. No sky was needed.

Passion is such a beautiful thing; it is fuel for the soul. My post title is from my song named “Someone to Love You.” The full lyric line is: “Passion is all you need, you will succeed.”

My song can be heard here:

Someone To Love You 4/18/16 Copyright 2016 by Unger

I really believe in passion and have encouraged all of my children to follow their dreams.

Sweet smile

Last week I followed my own passion by performing when I wasn’t 100%. I had a cold. It started with a sore throat and soon my nose was stuffed. The worst part was that my eyes were even more irritated.

It was hard for me to focus on my painting. I had tissues nearby to wipe my brushes and there were also tissues I used to blow my nose. I tried hard to keep them separated.

I wasn’t as careful as I could have been; I ended up with a green nose! Somehow, the green dye was there on one of the tissues I sneezed into. It wasn’t pretty.

Cow Layouts

My final painting.

My final painting.

It had been over a week since my cold started and I was so much better. But I couldn’t sing. I tried and I tried, but after less than a minute, I would sputter and choke on my lyrics.

I had hoped I could sing at the Tuesday night Kulak’s open mic and texted my wonderful voice teacher, Hannah to ask her for advice. She sent me back a recipe for a very soothing tea. I sipped tea all afternoon and got dressed to perform.

I warmed up and started coughing. I couldn’t sing but decided instead that I would just play my guitar. It was almost impossible for me to play flawlessly without a little practice ahead of time. But even though I hadn’t really prepared any kind of routine, I didn’t care. I’d just have fun.

Playing my guitar freely was relaxing and enjoyable. I came home and was so glad I had gotten out! It had been a long day; filled with art and music. Life was enjoyable, despite having pain in my eyes and an annoying cough.

It turned out that playing my guitar and skipping singing wasn’t such a bad thing at all!

2016-07-22_15-51-24FB messages about Instrumental

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About Judy

I'm an illustrator by profession. At this juncture in my life, I am pursuing my dream of writing and composing music. Every day of my life is precious!
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  1. Laura says:

    You are so talented! You have truly inspired me. Thank you!😃


  2. Ann Koplow says:

    Beautiful! And the parallels between you and me are kind of astonishing, Judy.

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  3. Terry says:

    Passion and some talent . Fantastic job !


  4. Norm Goodman says:

    Greg is doing fantastic and you are an inspiration. Can’t wait to see you tomorrow. How about Kabukis at 12:00

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  5. Joni says:

    It’s such a pleasure to hear how passionate Greg is with working the camera! It’s an exciting industry and it’s wonderful he’s finding his path! Yeah team mom!!


    • Judy says:

      Aw, thank you so much, Jone! I love sharing things with you. We sure have loved watching those superstars grow!! Hard to believe they were tiny and new once. 🙂


  6. Belinda O says:

    That was wonderful to read. Made my day 🙂


  7. Judy I love how you said “my greatest achievement was being a mom”. Beautiful!

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  8. inmycorner says:

    WOw, Judy. You are so incredibly sensitive – in tune – and talented. No wonder your son wanted his friends to meet you. Your music, your writing, your spirit is simply beautiful.

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