The Heroine’s Journey of Judit Nagy L. – LNJ, the winepainter


What is the best thing I love about my work?

The best things are the pre-learning phases and the time in my art studio – then and
there I am happy, absolutely free, authentic to my SELF. My paintings are my
ambassadors, my communicators. They let the viewers see me and something of
the world behind the veil, as I feel and see it. My favourites are the
WINEportTRAIT-s (created with real wine and soil from the exact vineyard), where
the creative processes lead me into a kind of spherical creations, as one of my
favourite Hungarian poets put it into magical composition of words:
“There is only one knowledge, the rest is only a substitution:
The earth beneath you, the sky above you, the ladder within you. ” – Sándor
Weöres: Mirrors Facing Each Other (in my free translation)

What is my idea of happiness?
Happiness is when my heart is open, filled with a lustful, euphoric love, a feeling of
a very beautiful energy radiating throughout my chest, felt as a slight tingling
sensation flowing into the expanse, with a gentle, pulling movement, as if my chest
is being pulled forward. To be able to hold this permanently is my idea of happiness.

What is my greatest fear?
As an artist, maybe that I will die, without recognition, and that only I believed my
artwork was valuable. If I take a step forward and dig deeper into myself, it has to
do with my problem of being accepted (loved?) as I am.

“The truth is not in sentences, but in undistorted existence.
Eternity is not in time, but in the state of harmony.”Sándor Weöres: Mirrors Facing Each Other (in my free translation)

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I won’t nothing to deplore. Just as every coin has two sides, all my “minuses” are at
the same time already the “pluses”. I only have to act or re-act with the right side of
these traits of mine.

Which living people in my profession do I admire the most?
I admire all creative people, not only in my chosen profession – fine arts, but in all
kinds of art, design, technical activities and innovations. As an architectural
engineer, my special feelings flow to bridge technologies and parametric
architecture with its organic forms.
I come from a family that lives in symbiosis with, understands and respects the land
and nature, where making your own wine and everything else was the norm. Yet it
wasn’t until I was 40 years old, wandering the wine-producing lands of other
countries, that I discovered that wine, real wine made with fidelity, is a bottled liquid
narrative, or even poetry.

What is my biggest extravagance?
I don’t feel extravagant, but for others it may be that I create works with wine, earth,
strong drinks, expensive spices etc. that express their complex energies this
products (wine, gin, et.) and the energies of the people involved in the process.
Yes indeed, at one of my exhibitions I was approached by a slightly irritated lady
who asked me if I was suffering from attention-seeking? LOL.

On what occasion would I lie?
If my lie would save a life. But as we know, life always takes care of itself. And a lie
may not solve anything.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Almost everything I do outside the studio is a “stepchild” for me. Fortunately for me,
almost all of the logistical work is done by my husband and manager Stefan, with
whom we have been working shoulder to shoulder on our art projects for over 6-7
years. Creating our feeds for the social channels is also my work, for which we no
longer need external help. And I let my creativity blossom there as well.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
When I paint a picture, which shakes my emotions completely and rides a
rollercoaster with mine inner world. There is nothing that can be singled out as an
absolute favourite or highlight. In my way of painting, when I do a wine portrait,
which I call IVVArt – In Vino Veritas Art Method © – each one is a highlight. I could
tell more emotional stories, but there is no space for that here. Anyone who puts
their trust in me and commissions one of these works from me will have this shared
experience.

If I could, what would I change about myself?
That I trust myself much more.

What is my greatest achievement in work?
Any emotional feedback from clients is very meaningful to me. Every commission is
a great success. Every gallery interest is cool, and every critic from curators are
worth gold,
But my biggest success so far is selling my art to a client from California, she
bought my 2 paintings 2 years ago and she came back to buy the next 6 pieces in
one.

Where would I most like to live?
I am very happy with my new home, Switzerland, where I settled with my beloved
husband and my children. What I would like to try is to live on the Mediterranean
coast for a year.
„The truth is not in sentences, but in undistorted existence.
Eternity is not in time, but in the state of harmony.“ – Sándor Weöres: Mirrors Facing
Each Other (in my free translation)

What is my most treasured possession?
If this question is about material things, I would mention our wedding ring that we
had made for us with the engraved phrase: “A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES
BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP”, and it reminds us of our Camino in Spain in 2011,
when we met and walked the path of 900 km together.

What is my most marked characteristic?
My perseverance, my will, my faith, my loyalty and my constant need for selfreflection, my sense of beauty and my desire to learn. I love serving the people I
love, and their happiness makes me happy. In fact, it is the alpha and omega of my
life.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
The village where we live, like so many others in Switzerland, is a real jewel box.
My favourite places are all close to the nature: the riverside and any of the many
pilgrim paths crossing the hills they are surrounding the village.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
My kitchen. I like to be creative in the kitchen, single or in tandem with my husband.

What books influenced my life and how?
I am a relatively good reader I think so, with a „consumption” of approximately 30
books per year, all in different genres and on different languages. I have tried to
compile a small list of books by internationally well-known writers.
Shirley MacLain: The Camino ( A Pilgrimage Of Courage) … The etalon it led me to
walk the Camino.
Paulo Coelho: The Pilgrimage … a nice masculine balance to the Shirley MacLain’s
book.
Sue Kenney: My Camino … I bought this book on my 40th birthday I celebrated it in
Spain, during walking my first pilgrimage. 6 years later, 2017, we met each other
and walked a 200 km long part of the same Camino together.
Eckhart Tolle … all his books…by reading and re-reading them many new paths in
my mind are (re)built
Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist (in 4 languages, in some more times) … it is
transformative for me every time.
Robin Sharma: The Monk He Sold his Ferrari … the story is for me a kind of
caterpillar story it transform itself into a butterfly just in the moment he thinks he will
die.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: Women Who Run With the Wolves … has shaken me from
the bottoms of my being and helped to heal my past.
Isabel Allende: Aphrodite … feeds my fire of sensuality
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Leona Lewis: Fire Under My Feet, performed at HAVASI Symphonic Concert Show
in Budapest.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Hercule Poirot from the mystery novels by Agatha Christie.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
there are many
everyone who is honest, humane, kind and sincere
everyone, who makes this Earth nicer, better with own life

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
„The Shack“ – based on the New York Times best-selling novel of William P. Young
„The Shack“.

What role play stories in my life and work?
I am deeply convinced that everything we consume with our sensors has an impact
on us. That’s why I choose what I eat, drink, see and hear. I protect myself from bad
words, harassing images, films and manipulative people. I consciously choose
stories that have an impact on me, that I learn from, that move and inspire me.
Such stories remain alive in my inner world and may later manifest in some of my
works.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?
The embodied truth.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
Definitely my current husband and my ex-husband. And now I can add my client
mentioned above – an art lover from California who now owns 8 of my artworks. I
also know some other big or bigger fans of my art (style), they talk to me about my
current artworks with such enthusiasm that gives me a lot of energy to keep going!

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021?

Christie’s / Sotheby’s – the auction houses … to find out the value of my works by
professionals
Looking for co-operation and new commissioned artworks:

Ruinart Maison, the first established house of Champagne, with its art project,
where I would really love to take a part.

Opus One Winery (https://en.opusonewinery.com) … from the moment I read the
book of the writer O. Torrès: „The Wine Wars“ (The Mondavi Affair, Globalisation
and „Terroir“) a great dream was born in me: to paint a WINEporTRAIT of this wine
with my IVVArt Method.

Winery Zýmē di Celestino Gaspari from Verona – Italy. I simply felt in love with
Celestino’s story and the winemaking processes of him. A big but very nice artistic
challenge would be for me to create a portrait of his wine HARLEQUINE.

Bodegas Sommos, Spain

Marqués de Riscal, Rioja, Spain

Ysios Winery, Rioja, Spain

La Rioja: Marqués de Murrieta

Wine Museum in Lavaux, Switzerland

Gerard Depardieu – Chateau de Tigne

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative
career would i love to meet in 2021?

Art investors:

Charles Saatchi

Bernard Arnault

Steven Cohen

Francois Pinault

Philip Niarchos

Eli & Edyth Broad

Ezra and David Nahmad

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on?
I created 3 art bodies for this year, each with 4 paintings and with the themes
SILENCE (there are all 4 finished), MELODY ON CANVAS (the first (Estas Stones
guitar play) is finished, the second (the Mendelsohns Piano Concerto in E-Minor,
Op. 64) is in progress) and the third one is REFLECTING/REFLECTED(where one
painting is finished and the second will be started at the end of august).
I am in communication with some one consortium and galleries to select some
works of mine for the upcoming exhibition(s). Of course, I promoted and competed
my images in many places, especially on online platforms.

Where can you see me or my work in 2021?
Online:
https://www.saatchiart.com/lnj and on my YouTube channel.
Classic – real:
A group exhibition with an art association in Switzerland in the month of August.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
Passion never retires while passion never tires.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Mimi Mollerus, CEO at Maison Mollerus

Anne Kerstin Aeberli, ECON Alumni Relations Manager Department of
Economics, University of Zurich and President and Co-Founder Women’s Circle

Inderjit Singh, https://www.linkedin.com/in/inderjit-singh-b1615216/

Princess Maja von Hohenzollern, https://www.linkedin.com/in/princess-majavon-hohenzollern-b8300321/

Barbara Diethelm, https://www.linkedin.com/in/barbara-diethelm-09b244215/

Márton Attila Urbán, https://www.linkedin.com/in/márton-attilaurbán-8b60b018b/

Hortenzia Dundjerski, https://www.linkedin.com/in/hortenziadundjerski-037a3

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