Sunday, May 13, 2018

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO MY FRIENDS


Hey Friends,  We had a good time yesterday at the 2nd Helpings Reception.  I painted while people looked at the work and had refreshments.  A pleasant way to spend the time.


Becky Layman and her pretty little girl came by.  It was good to see Becky and meet her daughter.

Hope all have a great Sunday's Mother Day.  Kiss all your loved ones.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

PAINTING AT VWCC AND 2ND HELPINGS RECEPTION


Hey Dear Friends,  Hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather as much as I am.  I have been outside painting every day.  And yesterday I went with the DLP's to Va Western Comm. College on Colonial Ave. to paint in their fab Arboretum.  They have so many gorgeous trees and perennials, I believe I could stay there for a week and never finish.


I thought I was almost finished with my piece until I looked at it hours later when I got home!
The beautiful yellow azalea just looked out of place( I usually try to put everything in my view in a painting).  It is almost always better to do a lot of simplifying for a stronger composition.


Here is the final version.  I removed the yellow and changed the bench and made the pink Rhodie bigger.  I like it much better.

I will be at 2nd Helping's Gallery tomorrow, the 12th.  The DLP's have a new show hanging and the reception is from 1-3pm.  I will be painting a landscape and you may enjoy watching a piece in progress.  I always love to watch other artists paint.  Hope to see you at the reception tomorrow.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

PAINTING THE FRONT BED AT SALEM'S TEA HOUSE


Hey Friends,  Saturday was a gray grey day indeed.  I still set up my tripod at the Salem Tea House.
Only once were there a couple drops of rain.


My attraction was the old stump laying on it's side.  It looked burned. charred.  You can see I have started with sky and boxwoods.


Had to get up and stretch several times so took this photo from West Main, across from the Dynasty.


Now you can see I'm moving right along.  The threat of a thunderstorm helps to keep from dilly-dallying.  They call it tickling the painting.


The poppies add a lot of interest.  Once they have had a few years they will be the focal point.


Now if you go around to the back, you are treated to these massive trees.  I would bet at one time that was a koi pond between the benches.  I can see some paintings done here.


This shot was taken from the fence you see up there in previous photo.  And you can see the edge of the patio with iron chairs on the left.  If they seat diners out there in the warm months, that would be an interesting painting.
Love these gnarly old trees.

Hope to get back there soon.
A BIG Thank You to Kim Arney for allowing me to paint.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

PLEIN AIR PAINTING AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD


Hey Friends,  I have been outside most of the last couple days. PAINTING!!
Summer is H-E-R-E!  Yay.  So I have not wasted too much time indoors.


The top photo is my annual painting of the Spirea.  It seems last year the Iris were blooming at the same time. Not this year.  But the iris seems to be struggling, they may need to be divided.
This 2nd photo is a home (it used to be a church) down the hill from us.  I love the old gnarly tree and it's shadow.


And this is the row of mailboxes at the bottom.  Looks so mundane, doesn't it?
I am in our little golf cart.  My tripod barely stands up in it.  But it gives me shade.
And it makes hauling my stuff around so much easier.  I love it.

Tomorrow, Sat. May 5th, I will be in Clifton Forge at their Mayfaire.  They are having a plein aire event and a wet paint sale at 4pm.  All kinds of vendors and crafters.
Hope you can join us.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

PETTING ZOO


Hey Friends,  I have been cleaning and purging my home studio so I can bring everything back from the studio DT at 202 Gallery on the Market.  I hate leaving but my subaru has died on me and I simply can't afford payments on both.
My hope when I went DT was to sell enough work to pay the rent.
But NO ONE ever comes/climbs the stairs.


Anyway, I found this painting of a petting zoo at the art festival in Elm Wood Park in 1995 !!
I still like it a lot so I'm putting it up for sale on EBAY.  Maybe someone else will like the Masa Rice Paper as much as I do.  I like the batiky effect.
Check it out.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

LAST OF THE GOLD


Hey Friends, No. 3 in my short series of plein air paintings taken from a beautiful sunflower farm in Buchanan, Va.  Right off  Rt. 11 on Wheatland Rd.  This piece was imagined from painting there last year.  And we are planning to return a couple more times this year.


I used a palette knife for this painting and really enjoyed the process.  Not a lot of control with a knife yet but maybe in time.


And here is how it could look in a kitchen.  Of course a black frame would set it off nicely in this kitchen
This is for sale on EBAY as are all my plein pieces.

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BIG SHADOW


Hey Friends,  Back with No. 2 in my Wheatland Farm short series.  A single giant tree I hope is still standing after the tornadoes Sunday.  I choose to paint it because of the shadow it threw, big and wide.  There were some cows at the other end.


Here it is shown on a wall somewhere in cyber space. 
Would look pretty nice in a frame, right?
I will post more in a few days.

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PAINTING LEFT FIELD


Hey Friends,  Just finished a small series of  plein air started oil paintings.  I started them with acrylics, as the block in, before going out to this fantastic farm in Buchanan, Va. with my paint buddies, the Double Line Painters.  Obviously I put foliage on the trees, they are just so unappealing naked.


We went last week, and it was and still is winter time here in SW Va.  We even had tornadoes in the area Sunday!! Very unusual for this area.  Lynchburg, Forest area got the worst of it.


Above is what this small painting could look like, but much better if it was framed.  Maybe some day I will learn to frame them on line.  The middle photo is just a detail shot of the tree shadows.

This is for sale on Ebay and it should be dry tomorrow and ready for shipment.

I will post the others scattered over the coming week.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

IT WAS A LOVELY DAY FOR PLEIN AIR IN SW VIRGINIA


Hey Friends,  Hope you made it outside today!  We don't get these lovely days very often anymore, so you have to make the most of them.


We DLP's, Double Line Painters, went to the Wheatland Farm on Rt. 639 to stretch our plein air muscles.  They have gotten pretty weak.  I even sat down and made a couple sketches, Notans.  The sketch book is on my palette above


Needless to say but it SUCKED out loud and I wiped it off.  And just pretended the sunflowers were up and gave it a whirl.  To Be Continued.


And on the journey home we saw a lot of cows and farms and old sheds and silos.
All that stuff you want to cram into one painting.  HA.
We all know it looks much more pleasing to concentrate on one thing at a time.

Get your stuff ready, It's Time !!

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Friday, April 6, 2018

RIVERSIDE NURSERY HAS THE BLOOMS YOU WANT


Hey Friends,  Yesterday was a fun day for me at Riverside Nursery painting the koi pond.


The pond reflected the inside of the green house, of course, so that was not very pretty.  And I had a bit of a stroke trying to imagine the reflections if it were outside.
Can't say it was the most imaginative but I like it anyway.


Thank you Bruce for letting us set up inside your lovely house of blooms.
I bought some of the gorgeous yellow pansies for my sister's front porch.  I have never seen such giant pansy blooms.  You know you need some!

HAPPY TRAILS
Enjoy your weekend