Sunday, April 20, 2014

Smelling Fresh and Kite Festival


Hey Friends,  The painting above is up for auction , Click Here is see.  I rode the little golf cart down the rode to Mr. Charley's place and luckily there was laundry on the line.  I made up a couple pieces (pink whatever's) for some added color.  Mr. Charley is widowed.  The sunspots were a welcomed enhancement.
Yesterday, Sat., my GranBabes and I went to see the kites at the Green Hill Kite Fest.  It was much prettier then last year.  Or it could be I didn't stay long enough last year.  This photo doesn't really show off how many kites were in the air.  Can't wait to make a couple paintings of this day.

 
And I probably shouldn't show you this, but it's funny NOW.  This is what Nic thought of the festival.

And this is what Ms.Lill thought of it.  She did real well with both kites.  She is a sweet, patient big sister most of the time.  And Nic can pluck her last nerve on demand.
 
Happy Easter.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Red Buds and Pears

 
 Hey Friends,  Above is a small 6x6 oil painting I did a while back while dog sitting at my daughters house.  Her neighborhood.  It's for auction in Ebay, Click Here

 
Above is a shot of me painting at 2nd Helpings Gallery on Williamson Road in Roanoke, Va.  My painting group, the DLP was at the gallery today, just to entertain the customers.  The gallery's regulars seem to really enjoy us painting and any demo's in general. It is a great gallery and their cafĂ© has wonderful food.

This is one piece I finished today (not finished in this photo).  I will scan it and show it tomorrow.  I like it a lot probably because I love the colors of all the trees blooming right now.  I took some photos last week when I was out at Butts Cemetary, along Alleghany Rd., when I came across this beautiful row of trees.  I think it was at Richfield.
Have a great evening.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"The Crazy People at the Top of the Hill No. 1"


Hey Friends,  I put a good bit of texture with a sandy gel and an orange bag on the surface, first of all and let that dry.  Then back in with one of my favorite cheap brushes from Cheap Joes.  I think they are called "Golden Fleece" brushes.  I've had mine for years and its taken a lot of abuse.
I really enjoy abstracting the landscape a bit.
This is a new addition to the ebay auctions.  Click Here to Look.

 On another subject, I went to walk a bit at Green Hill Park on the Roanoke River, here in Salem, after making my mail run.  I knew it was time for the Mertensia (Va.Blue Bells) and wild phlox to be blooming.  Mertensia is the prettiest flower to have ever lived.  The shades of blue and pink together on one plant is an artist dream.  I could never do them justice with my little camera OR my brush and paint.  It's is one of those creations you must see in person.
Anyway when they are in bloom that's all I want to paint.  Over and over.  But I've got other paintings that need to be done.  I've got to get something started to finish at 2nd Helpings Gallery in Roanoke tomorrow.  Our group of fab artists, "the Double Line Painters" will be painting from 11 til 1pm or whenever the crowd dies down.  And the 27th of April, we will be at the "Blue Ridge Winery" in the Eagle Rock area.  Again painting for your entertainment and displaying our work for your perusal and purchase.  Hope you can come chat with us for a while.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

"Campfire No. 2"



Hey Friends,  Trying my hand at a nocturne here.  Of course it's totally made up.  The fire photo came from a marshmallow roasting night at my sisters years ago.  The moon photo came from last year when I was in my secret place trying to catch the blue moon.  And the rest is a memory.
I DID enjoy doing this however difficult it may have been.  And it is a bit darker then my computer shows.  You know, ya got the light shining thru this image but not in real life.
  Check it out HERE

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Blue Bird with His Nest


Hey Friends,  This is an experiment of sorts.  Trying out the technique of printing on sumi paper and using in a collage.  (That would be the nest area)  The bird is a stencil using heavy gel so it is raised.  The rest is acrylic paints.   Enjoyed doing this and want to give it another try.  Click Here for the Ebay auction.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

"A boy and His Dog"


Hey Friends,  Here is a wee bit of heaven for ya.  We can only dream of such things.  Mostly inspired by the movie "All Dogs go to Heaven".  This fella is swinging with his best friend one last time. Convincing him there is nothing to be afraid of in Heaven.  Click Here for a closer look in Ebay.

 And now for what I did today.
 
I went to "Butts Cemetery" in the Glenvar/Fort Lewis area on Alleghany Rd. here in Salem, Va.  And painted a small sketch for a distant cousin that is to be in this area in April or May doing genealogy research on his ancestors.  Which includes some of mine.  The work he and his sister have done is amazing.  They have such patience.

He wants to visit this cemetery so I thought he might like something besides a photo.  A professional photographer may be able to do this place justice but not me.  And from the looks of that photo above, someone is doing some construction there.  See ya soon Robert.
 
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Friday, April 11, 2014

"Apple Blossum"



Hey Friends,  My latest addition to the Ebay auctions.  This one little statement among many others about what we humans are doing to our bees (and other wildlife and ultimately ourselves).
Someday we will pay when all this beauty is gone forever.  Please Click Here for Ebay.
Hope you all have a great weekend.  Spring has finally sprung here in the mountains of SW Virginia, I know 'cuz I saw a few bumble bees arguing mid-air today.  Haven't seen any honey bees yet.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

"GreenHill No.2"


Hey Friends,  A short post to show you what's up for auction in Ebay.  Click Here......Greenhill has a ton of views waiting to be painted.  I'll never have time to do it justice.  I scan my larger painting on my great but smaller Epson scanner and then knit the sections together in photoshop.  Occasionally the sections will show a line, such as you see above.  If I were any good at photoshop I could probably erase, paint over or blend that line.  But I don't wanna fool with it.  I think you can tell what it looks like.  And the colors are pretty true here.

Don't forget to come say hello at the Art Walk in Bedford tomorrow evening, 5-8 pm.  At the Electric Co. Co-Op Gallery.  The DLP are the featured artists.  Click Here for more info.  And Click Here for even more info.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Heather Farm and Painted Papers


Hey Friends,  I've added this and a couple more to the Ebay auctions.  In case you don't know, the first image on my blog shows up in the Daily Paintworks site.  So if it isn't a painting, some of the people on that site wig-out.  I think this is heather, could have been heath?,   Probably neither since the Blue Ridge is in the background.  I have a license to change things as I see fit.  Artistic license's are issued along with your DMV license to drive and rubberneck.  Click Here for Ebay.

 This morning the DLP's changed the artwork at Harrogate Salem Terrace.  For you Salemites, it's the big facility, sitting on the hill behind Walmart on Main Street.
 That's Bonnie, top photo, Linda in lower photo, approving of the arrangement.  This would be a great place to retire too.  They give you so much attention and work hard to make sure everyone is kept busy.  If you are a couch potato you may not like all the activities.  Hope to see all of you there in about 30 years.  Go by and look at the artwork and meet the wonderful women working there.


After we finished at Harrogate, we headed for Longwood Park, which is beside the famous Salem Museum, also on Main Street.  We set up under the picnic shelter to make painted papers for the up coming workshop to be held at the Sedalia Center this May 31st.

The wind was howling at about 15 mph and cold enough to turn us into blue popsicles.  But we persevered and finished a stack of papers !  We hung them on a line with 2 wooden clothes pins per sheet.  Started with 1 pin, but the wind never let up and we had to go with 2 pins.  So now we have lots of painted papers for the Sedalia Workshop.  You should sign up 'cuz it's gonna be a blast.

And this Friday evening, please try to come by the Electric Co. Co-Op in DT Bedford for their Open House.  The Double Line Painters are the featured artists for April and May and the name of the show is "Spring Break".   Some of us will be painting for the crowd and some others just to answer your questions.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Sleeping Late"

 
Hey Friends,  A still life for the ebay auctions.  I don't paint too many still lifes.  I think because there is so much other stuff I want to paint.  They are supposed to be very educational so I hope to do more.  Especially if they are flowers and from life.  Click Here
 

Saturday as I was taking my Gran Babes home, I passed this scene but could not stop.  So I raced into the daughters driveway, threw the Babes into the yard and squealed "BYE" as I raced off.  Hoping the laundry would still be hanging there.    IT WAS, obviously.  This was as close as I could get w/o trespassing.   Some people just don't understand artists, like their family does.
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