Saturday, February 12, 2011

Journeys - a grand adventure by Judy Edwards

a grand adventure

by Judy Edwards

I can't imagine traveling around the world on my own or with a 13-year-old daughter. So, to me, and I imagine to anyone, this book is the recounting of a remarkable undertaking. It's the true story of Judy Edwards and her daughter Jill. They courageously left home, husband and sister, Mae, and embarked on an adventure of a lifetime.

Judy set out to paint the scenery of the world and to experience as much of other cultures as she could. Jill wanted desperately to see Egypt. They both got their wishes, but much, much more than they ever imagined.

The trip was not all fun. Traveling on a tight budget offered many challenges in finding suitable places to stay, but what they learned and experienced by living with the people of the places they visited was much more valuable I'm sure.

In the book, Edwards paints a vivid picture of their experiences. I felt as if I were traveling with them. When they were wet and cold, I got a chill. When they were walking stoically through dangerous areas, I was nervous as well. Edwards has done an excellent job of telling the story of their travels for the readers to experience.

In addition to the book, another outcome of the journey is a body of paintings. Edwards, often to the chagrin of her daughter, painted continuously throughout the trip and beautifully captured the flavor of the many countries they visited. If you'd like a peek at some of her artwork, visit

Enjoy the book and the artwork. Both are well worth the time.

About the Author
Judy Edwards is a painter and writer. She lives in Brevard County, Florida. She studied art at the Honolulu Art Academy, Rhode Island School of Design, Newport Art Museum on Monhegan Island, Maine, and at the Ringling School in Sarasota, FL.

Currently, she is a member of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, Florida. In art, she places her current emphasis on investigating, creating, and manipulating colors with molten wax. She says, "The additive and subtractive nature of encaustics lends itself to abstraction and is thrilling to work with."

Visit her website to find out more about Edwards and her art and visit to purchase a copy of her book.

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