Tuesday, January 17, 2017

  I am officially letting this site go dormant as I'll be blogging about children's books, art, writing, and other interesting things on the blog attached to my WEBSITE
   From now on I'll be only doing occasional book reviews on children's books that I find tickle my fancy, have deep heart, diversity, and/or a roaring good story. 
   As always I urge readers to support their local libraries and independent art and book stores. May you always find wonderful creativity for yourself.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pueblo Uprising

I read Uprising with relish. I’ve tried to read other books about the Pueblo Revolt, but couldn’t get into them as they were too ponderous or dry. Jake Page’s prose is as good as non-fiction narrative can get, and it flows like a well-paced, humming river. So many historical books get bogged down with the numerous players, settings, or events, but not Uprising. In the narrative the people, Pueblos, settlements, and complicated events are so well portrayed that I could quite easily keep track of them. The map also helped. The spot illustrations are an added bonus.

Because I live in the region, I see it as a plus that Jake Page also lives here as the land itself informs the book’s narrative. Even in an automobile, it t takes the fortitude of an old mountain man to traverse this vast desert region in order to ferret out the facts hidden between the Spanish lost or destroyed records, the understandable Pueblo secrecy in order to preserve their culture, and the cultural narrative point of view on all sides of  the history and peoples in New Mexico.

Jake Page points out on page 161, “The Pueblo Rebellions of 1680-1696 can be considered the first American revolution – fought in part if not entirely for the right of the Pueblo people to practice their s and cultural ways without interference.”

It is amazing that to this day, in spite of conquest, some diaspora, intermarriage, and suppression of culture, religion, and language that the Pueblos remain the most intact of all the North American indigenous groups.

Jake Page
Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson, 2013
ISBN: 9781933855929

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Changes Afoot

   I am in the process of updating my website, actually creating it anew, and will gradually be posting my blogs over there. In the meantime I will probably not be posting here much. I do have a new post over there today about the award for Millicent Rogers: A Life in Full. How exciting is that!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Experimenting and Self-Critique

I'm taking a super, exciting class in illustrating children's books. (See link below ~ How To Be A Children's Illustrator). Our first painting experience was to use two colors in water color! So, I chose orange and blue and the magical mixture of their colors. They are the basic colors I will be using in the picture book I'm writing and illustrating with Heather Rowley. This was so much fun, I nearly forgot about my day job! I like the way I got the colors, though as always I need to learn to go darker. I tried outlining with ink, but the outlines are too heavy. For the final picture I will use a fainter outline if any at all. Also need to practice how to draw a soccer ball (smile). All in the fun of learning and expanding my skills. The old adage of constant practice is never truer.

Also, here's an image of the fine art painting I submitted to the Millicent Rogers Museum
annual Miniature Show. I loved painting this no end. Now to decide what to wear to the opening next Saturday night! Yes, I'm girlie enough to think of that.

"Petroglyph," acrylic on canvas, 8" x8", Judith Nasse, Jan. '12

I hope that for you in this new year you too will find
your creative practice to be such a joy and creative critique.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dreaming and Daring

Blue Lizard, ink on wood, 3x2, April 2010
Judith Nasse

More often than not for me, my art pushes me beyond myself, beyond who I am as a person and an artist. It's helping me become slowly, so slowly become the person who I have always dreamed of being. And sometimes, it's tough going, even downright painful. Like the lizard who loses part of its tail and has to wait for it to re-grow, keeping his balance as best he can in the meantime. Most challenging for me is to put my art out into the world. This month I had two pieces featured in the NM SCBWI newsletter! And in my Book Writing World forum, I'm practicing out-loud the pitch that I will use in a query letter to agents for my book. I'd rather write or paint than do the marketing. Yet, I'm daring to put myself out there a little bit more. As much as we dream our dreams, we have to dare to put them in action! What is your challenge and action for this week?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ah, New Sights!

Sunset in Chaco Canyon,
Sept 14, 10, Judith

I was reading a newsletter this week by the artist Robert Genn, who urges his readers to try painting differently so that they can inform themselves about new ways to approach their canvases. [ www.robertgenn.com ] An art trip can do the same thing when you can get away. I just got back from a camping trip to Chaco Canyon where I sketched, painted, and photographed to my heart's content. Some of it was a challenge as to how I could sustain an ink drawing to the end ~ of the myriad, closely mortared, small vertical stones in the ruins. It sure takes a lot of patience when the sun is beating down & flies are determined to land on anything. The end result though is always so dear, the perseverance paying off in drawings to draw from in the long winter months to come. The inspiration one gets for one's media, like the A.S. Byatt book I'm reading [Virgin in the Garden], that feeds me new words to sing in my head & to write into my book, is the treasure one receives when one paints a new way, plays a new note, or sees new sights. What has inspired you this summer that will last through the autumn and winter?

Sunday, September 5, 2010



I picked a colander full of chokecherries yesterday, and my abundant raspberry crop is resting in the freezer for me to make into jam this week. Not sure yet what I'll do with the chokecherries (and yes, I left plenty on the bush for the birds): jam, syrup, liquor? I'm visualizing containers for them for holiday gifts. I also finished my novel this week. Strange that I don't think at all about when the raspberries or chokecherries will be ripe. Nature has its own timing, which I trust.
The novel, I worried about a lot. Would I finish it? How long would it take? Am I taking too long? I don't have answers. Now that it's done, and I look back, this novel had to take this long ~ nearly 20 years. It's the one I was learning with while I finished raising my children and while I gained skills and confidence in writing, not to mention research and research trips. I'm thinking now that each novel, each creative piece, has its own pace. Isn't nature a wonderful analogy for our own growth and progress as creatives?