Thursday, January 18, 2018

HAD TO GO OUT TO THE POST OFFICE


Hey Friends,  I had to go to the PO today to mail this painting (above) to a Lady in Michigan !!  YES, it made me super happy.  I hope she will send a photo of it in her home.


And this is what I had to do before I could get out.  Just clean the car off.  With this Subaru you can get in and GO!  No need to shovel the driveway or worry about the ice on the next road.  The county has never, never, gotten the snow and ice off of Gum Springs.

I have not been very good about telling you of all the paintings I sell on the web.  I will try harder to let you know the art industry is still alive  ( a bit crippled) but ALIVE!

Thanks for stopping in and enjoy your snow days.

HAPPY TRAILS

Friday, January 5, 2018

PAINTING ON TERRA SKIN


Hey Dear Friends,  Normally on Friday nights I'm busy with my GranBabes or the First Friday Art Walk in DT Roanoke, Va.  But tonight is different because I have a cold and the worst nose ever.  The air is so dry because the heat runs constantly when it is 3 degrees outside and that does nothing for your sinus'.  I have water boiling on low to help a little.


Painted this bright happy little Spring Time painting last week.  A little at a time, between visiting my Sister and Nephew in the hospital.  He has Pneumonia and other stuff, poor Baby.
I also painted some original art work Cards which are listed in my EBAY STORE. Most are still life's with flowers and fruit and cups.
The rabbits and some others will soon be on Daily Paint Works and Ebay. Check them out.  Any painting in my store can be gift wrapped and sent straight to your recipient.  No Charge.
Hoping to be working on some abstracts soon.

Until then HAPPY TRAILS

Sunday, December 31, 2017

STARTING THE NEW YEAR THE RIGHT WAY ! POSITIVELY!!


Hey Friends,  I took my favorite little GranPup, MeeMee, to my Studio 13 in DT Roanoke to pick up a painting to mail to a lady in Ohio !!  Yes, that's right, it is sold.  You can see it below in the tiny video I made of my space in the 202 Building.  Right across from the Market Bldg. on Campbell Ave.  Their restaurant on the street level is called 202 Social House !
The city is having a New Year Celebration right there beside the 202 Building tonight !


Hoping this video will play.  If it is too long it will just not show up, wish It would just cut off, that way you guys would not not think I'm an idiot, that doesn't know how to post videos.  I can not remember the limit of seconds or mega B's.

Anyway,  make arrangements for a fantastic 2018.  Be Happy no matter what.
We all have so much to be thankful for.

Happy Trails

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Hello My Dear Friends,  Wishing you the happiest Thanksgiving you ever had.

It's OK to eat all you want ONE day this year.

I can email you a permission slip, if needed!

Thank You
Happy Trails

Friday, November 17, 2017

HANG YOUR HEAD ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING


Hey Friends,   A new painting that I finished about a month ago and it's finally dry !!  I prefer to scan my work when ever small enough, to get a better photo.


This was painted for the majority of it at a sunflower farm in Buchanan, Va.  It was the end of their season and the heads were heavy and hanging a bit low, thus the title.  Really hoping to get back there when they are at their prime.
This is listed in my EBAY STORE for sale, with free shipping  and would it not make a NICE gift for your love?!  I will gift wrap it FREE also.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Trails

Saturday, November 11, 2017

FINALLY - - - ART OF THE CAROLINAS


Hey My Friends,   At long last, I made it to "ART OF THE CAROLINAS" in Raleigh, NC.  I have wanted to see it for my self for years !  And the tradeshow was no disappointment.   I have heard that some people buy their supplies for the year at this show.  Now I believe it.  Hand truck after hand truck went by with cases of canvas...all sizes.   Grocery type buggies full of paint went by.
AMAZING


I was doing my little thing, perusing all the unknown corners and suddenly it was time for the little 1/2 day work shop with Bob Burridge (seen above).  I had to stack what I had found so far and run.


I was not late but I had to sit in the back which was a big bummer 'cuz I can't hear well.
Of course he had no microphone but the little gal sitting beside me was kind and told me the important words.


I'm not sure but it seems he was eye balling me a bit or maybe he just wanted to make sure I got a decent photo or maybe he did not like my photo snapping (I did not ask).
In the third photo he is holding my fav of his paintings.  It's a healthy woman in a turquoise bikini.
Oh, if it had only been a few hundred, It would have been mine.  But I judged from his small ones at $425.00 that this one was about $2500.00.  or more.


Here is my friend Linda, doing her best to keep up.  He didn't give you much time between exercises, so you would not fiddle with details.  I believe we learned SOMETHING, but honestly, I knew everything he said before he said it from years of watching his videos.  But I should of known I wouldn't learn much in a couple of hours.

Can't wait to go back.
And I told several employees and Mr Jerry, that we wanted an Artarama in Roanoke or Salem, Va.
He said "Yeah, that's interesting"

Happy Trails

Thursday, October 19, 2017

THE PEAKS OF OTTER WAS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO BE TODAY


Hey Friends,  First thing I would like to know !  Does anyone out there in Cyber Land know what kind of tree this is?  Really want to know.  Took this photo this morning and the leaves are all gone and the bark is gray green.


This was my first work.  A little cove along the edge of Abbot Lake at the parkway road.
Started with an under layer/block in of phalo turq. & raw umber.



Here is a better view of the waters edge.  A very few leaves laying on the water had some crimson but that was about all.


A view looking across Abbot Lake to where Linda and Bonnie were set up to paint.


Here is my last little creation that needs much more work.  When I finish I'll show the before and after. 

Just had a delicious day and hope you did also.

Til next time !
Happy Trails

Thursday, October 12, 2017

PLEIN AIR AT A GORGEOUS FARM


Hey Friends,  I was out this morning with my friends in the Smith Mountain Lake area.  Off of Rt.122 to be exact.  At a friends Farm.  An unbelievable mansion with a pond and horse pasture and more, more.

The painting above was done by my friend, don't want you to think I'm taking any credit for her work.  Didn't show you mine because they look so amateurish beside of hers.

So now, don't forget to come and visit at South Peaks 3rd annual plein air paint out !! Sat, day after tomorrow and Sun.  AND  the weather is going to be fabulous.
There will be plenty to see, besides the painters.

See you then
Happy Trails

Thursday, October 5, 2017

BOTETOURT PAINTING


Hey Friends,  I thought I was in Buchanan but the proprietor told me I was in Botetourt.   Doesn't matter to me, both are equally gorgeous.  But I DO love this particular estate.
I am happy with the painting above but would still like to put a few horses in.
It is hard making that dry, goldish-brown color of the fields.


This painting is a lot better now.  It looked so simple, that is why I choose to do it with the left over oils on my palette.  But, NO, it was not.
The light was really changing fast so I quit.  Will finish later.
There are 2 rose bushes up there in the darkest area of the photo.


And today I went with my plein air group to Sinkland Farm just outside of Christiansburg, Va.
We had a beautiful day for plein air as you can see from the photos.
I choose this vignette with the truck and cows!  Fun except a hundred vehicles driving over the dry gravel road and kicked up a dust storm every time.  We are so very dry here in SW Va. and it's time to worry about forest fires.


And I do not know what this little structure is for but I LOVE IT.  Susan the owner has put out a lot of cute little things for the kids to interact with.  They have tons of children come on school buses from every where.  And they love to SQUEAL.

Can't wait to go back !
Happy Trails