Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Hey Friends,  I'm just a tad late, and that's OK.  Better to be busy !
This photo above is the artists getting started with set up.

Here is my display, all ready for the big rush.  That never came.
Last year was my year for sales.  The folks in this area made it very obvious they do not care for abstraction or expressionism.

Quite a few sales were made, mostly traditional landscapes.

This is Julie, a lady that went to Glenvar High School with me.
She had some sales too.

And here is one of the stars of the whole show!  She was a sweet gal,  I hope a very loving kind family took her home.

All in All I will continue to do this show, because the staff has made it so very easy to get in and get out.  All you have to do is bring your work and the price is so reasonable.
I painted several small pieces while there.

More news later.

Happy Trails

Friday, September 23, 2016


Hey Friends,  Time for the HOME BUILDERS SHOW at the Salem Civic Center.  Sat. & Sun, the 24 and 25th.
Last year it poured rain, in buckets!  So you will have decent weather this year.  Now come all the way to the back of the CC and you will find an art show.
All local artists.  Great Christmas gifts and anniversary gifts too.

This painting 18x24 will be in the show along with other colorful creations.

And this is a snapshot of some of the art work to be used by Potentially Chic for an episode being made by HGTV of local farm houses.  PC will be involved with the decorating and use of DLP's art work.

Come to the Civic center so we can chat.!

Happy Trails

Monday, September 19, 2016


Hey Friends,  A couple shots from the art festival held this past Saturday at EC Glass HiSchool.
This is my display up there.  Lots of kind comments and some OOOH's and AAAHHH's.
Sold several pieces of small things and a bunch of cards.

The crowd seemed to be a lot thinner than the past festivals.  This fella here in the top hat was an unusual fella passing thru and carefully judging the works.  I liked his hat and flip flips.

Are outdoor art festivals becoming another art venue that will bite the dust soon (like galleries)??
If you have any thoughts I'd love to hear them.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Trails

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Time Again for the Lynchburg Art Festival

Hey Friends,  This is a new piece from me.  A view of Smith Mtn. Lake with a big sky!  I have painted several similar in that they are pretty minimal.

I have been trying out abstracts too.  They have been fairly minimal too.  They are more fun than I thought they would be.  And thanks to Judy, there is a place than I can actually operate to put my paintings on their wall.!  I love how they show up.

These will be at the Lynchburg Art Festival held on the grounds of EC Glass High School this Sat. Sept. 17th from 10 'til 4 pm.
The link will give you more info if needed.

Happy Trails

Friday, September 9, 2016

New Work for the Lynchburg Art Fest at EC Glass Sept.17

Hey Friends,  I've been experimenting and playing with a new direction in my work.    Look at the land in this piece.  I wish I had thought to take process photos.  
I guess I'll have to put a barricade on my studio door that won't let me in until I promise to take process shots.
Whatever works right?

CLICK HERE for more info about the Lynchburg show.

See you there.....
Happy Trails

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Hey Friends,  Thought perhaps you would enjoy a post about a few of the steps of painting this abstract.  This is ABSTRACT, not an abstracted landscape, which is more of what I want to do.
Above I'm using one of the cheap chip brushes to put the red on the canvas.

Here I'm dipping a piece of Tupperware in paint colors and stamping on the red.

A smaller sized cup for a variety of circle sizes.

Here I'm finished with the circles.  Used iridescent blues, greens, pinks and white.

I put these black and white circles I cut from paper, in a pattern, I thought pleasing.  Then I asked a friend, that likes abstracts, what she thought.
She gave it a thumbs up and said the same thing I was thinking.  That the black & white made it look more complete.
This piece would command attention and be a conversation starter.  Don't be afraid of Red.  It would look great with a lot more than you think.

Come to the Lynchburg Art Festival at EC Glass High School on September 17th and see what I've been working on.  I hope to post more works in Progress before then.

Happy Trails 

Thursday, August 11, 2016


Hey Friends, Hope you all are having a great summer!  It will be soon gone.  Yep, Mid August and the kiddie poos will be headed back to school.  How well I remember the feeling of dread.
Going back to school felt like a jail sentence!  I would have been happy to go to prison instead of school.  I was bored out of my mind every day in school.  Thankfully, I had one period I loved and that helped get me through the day.

I have finished (I think) these two and about 5 more this week.  I love to paint big and use BIG brushes.  Now that I see that top photo, I may have to tweek those dark colors or tweek the photo.
And you know I would love to hear critiques from you guys. 
I really would unless you are going to be JUST mean.

Also want to invite you to come to Montgomery Museum's HERITAGE DAY.
CLICK HERE for the info.
Me, myself, and the other Double Line Artists will be there painting.
We would love to see you.

Happy Trails
Travel Safely

Thursday, August 4, 2016

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day !!!

Hey Friends,  I'm thinking the title for this should be "TADPOLES BUBBLE" because that circle reminded me of the little bubbles we used to see the tadpoles in.

So now, go ahead and give me your honest opinion !  I'm working on more and I will ask you for your opinion on them too.

Hope you have a wonderful wet Thursday.

Oh yes, DID you know it is National CC Cookie Day?

Happy Trails

Friday, July 29, 2016


Hey Friends, Yeah, that's right - - I want to start over.  Starting your life over would be fabulous, but I'll settle for my art to do over.

I've been unsettled, maybe disappointed or maybe I'm just tired of the same ole same ole..

So to help speed things up (I pray) I'm trying to clear out the studio.  I have put a good bit of the works in my Etsy store.  So I'm taking them out and listing on EBAY.  I'm really hoping to cover the cost of materials in Ebay.  Most people are
looking for bargains on Ebay so maybe they will go fast.  Then maybe I can start over.  And what if I don't like my start overs?  Well, I'll cross that bridge before it burns.  Everybody has an opinion and if you want to express yours, please do.  I will continue with plein air studies and see where that leads.

I hope to show you soon what I'm really wanting to do with paints.

Mean while go see if you want anything in my EBAY kiosk.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Hey Friends,  I finished this painting started at Carvin's Cove last week.
Below you can see the underpainting/sketch done with Golden's Metallic fluid paint.

I almost finished it and went to the photos to see how well I had done!  BOY, what a disappointment!
I guess, in my defense, it looks like my memory.  But it does not look like the real scene.
There were not any yellows like I painted, or like my memory stored.

So now I will do the same routine with a small one I started Monday at GreenHill Park in Salem, Va.
Will post that memory tomorrow.

Happy Trails