Shot Awake: A Painter's Memoir: This memoir is not your traditional story-told-in-words, although there are excerpts that recount a midnight shooting and the dreams that foretold it, as well as interviews that introduce me in depth, as a painter, poet and psychotherapist, and explore my recovery. Nor is this memoir your average book of paintings, although there are over sixty paintings, prints, and cartoons to peruse. The paintings, like the memoir passages, aim to rivet the attention; they are mostly portraits, the kind that do not just represent but bring the viewer into the living presence of a soul. With luck, they are portraits that have a family resemblance with those by Rembrandt or Van Gogh.
I paint in that tradition, bringing psychological and spiritual insights to my readings of those around me-- from intimates to café denizens.
"Judy Schavrien's extraordinary memoir combines images and words to capture the brave evolution of her richly creative life. Hers is a journey that reveals the power of art to transcend suffering and elevate the soul. You will be moved and mesmerized and swept along by her unquenchable passion for life." --Joseph McBride, author of *The Broken Places: A Memoir" and the biography *Steven Spielberg: A Biography.*
To read more about Schavrien's book, go to: : https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/ari/issue/view/1881
You have clicked on the cover of my new book, Everything Voluptuous . . . The Love Songs 1970 - 2014. To learn more about the book, you can see the back cover below and then continue reading here.
Welcome to the gallery for my latest book, Everything Voluptuous...The Love Songs 1970-2014. I hope you enjoy the selection of poetry and art from this book, done in full color. In this particular collection of lesbian love poetry, concluding in art and spiritual poems from later decades, there is much of my lifeblood. Making you happy with it is my heart's desire. If you want it for yourself, it is listed in the Shop.
iPad Art by Judy JES Schavrien
In this gallery is a brief selection of prints from Alice at the Rabbithole Cafe. May you enjoy them.
From the back cover: "It takes a psychotherapist's heart coupled with an artist's eye to create such hauntingly perfect vignettes of modern life... and on the iPad no less! Remarkably deep, disarmingly witty." Dr. Ann Weiser Cornell, author, Focusing in Clinical Practice.
From the preface: "Several generations cross paths in these vignettes, but there is a Boomer take on life throughout. Life had revealed itself to the Baby Boomers in both its astonishing & terrifying dimensions...[E]ven everyday-life morphs in a minute, opening suddenly into the weird, or the archetypal, or simply what moves the heart."
Alice contains my latest work. It has just become available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hard copy and ebook.
1) Love Letter to My Father. People have asked me if this man is my father; no, I reply but he is like my father, a sincere & decent man.
2) The Painter (My Inner Rumanian). When I had painted this, although I meant it to be like me, I realized that instead it had actualized as my Rumanian grandmother, vivid in her youth, intense.
1) The Kiss. These two are in some way fragile and in another way have endured. Though someone behind them comes and goes, a passenger on the planet, for now these two are everything tender.
2) Just Between Us. The scene comes from an Ingmar Bergman film, Sarabande. A man's ex & his granddaughter are dishing the dirt on him. The ex recounts his frequent use of the phrase "I did not have sex with that woman."
1) The Dancer. There is a lyrical arc to the dancer's movement. She sheds the ties that bind.
2) The Oliveira Kid. Fashioned after an Oliveira piece, my own painting of this figure turns him into a kid and a dancer.
1) Jerry le Chat. Monsieur Jerry with his marvelous eyes. He awaits his moment.
2) Watch Out for Junior. Junior is the baby of the family. Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth.
1) Singing Her Heart Out. With one hand over her heart but the other against the facial bone used by singers to check their pitch, she reminds me of Pavarotti's remarks about tenors. He said that if a tenor is really good, the audience fears, as he hits his top note, that he will go mad.
2) Gettin' Down. Said Mel, who sat &, at my request, sang as I painted her: "At my best, I'm gone; I'm singing but I'm just not there any more." Yes, she sings with as much abandon as Joplin.
1) The Soprano. This is a master study, after Kees Van Dongen. She, of course, sings like a canary.
2) Chanteuse. Her singing breaks & heals our hearts, all at once. This painting of her comes from my nine-screen cycle on pleated window shades.
1) Everyday Heroine. She is a Chicago woman in whose face and body I saw the elegant strength of someone weathered and determined.
2) Sofia. She looks to me as if she may have gathered her wisdom through many lives.
3) The Good Maenad. A maenad was a woman who, in the 5th century BCE, broke out of the Greek equivalent of a Harem lockup--called the Gyneceum--and ran for the hills.
1) The Painter. After Egon Schiele. The painter's hands are hieratic. He is the priest of truth-telling in dangerous times, whether the post-W.W.I times of Schiele or our times today.
2) The Sculptor (Portrait of Giacometti). There is a luminous call & response between the sculptor's eyes/hands & the nascent creature.
1) The Jewish Actor comes from my Ingmar Bergman Suite. Erland Josephson was a Bergman regular; here he is a mensch, dear & wise, flesh & blood.
2) Friends till the End portrays Liv Ullmann, just knowing that Ingmar Bergman, her director, ex-lover, and friend-till-the-end was dying. In actual fact, she flew from Norway to his island, Faro, to be at his deathbed. From the Bergman Suite.
3) The Poet. From my cycle of nine large pleated window shades, spray-painted as in graffiti art. She is graceful & alert like a doe.
4) The Novelist, Arrived. From the window shade series. Having achieved recognition she remains loyal to what fuels her art: she remembers the suffering & the overcoming, her own & that of her people.