Thursday, August 17, 2017


Howdy Friends,  I have had a good day at home in spite of the blazing heat !  I got a new GO Cart for plein air painting.  See it above with some panels I toned for my next trip out.

And LOOK !  Everything fits, tripod and all.  And there is a seat that is built in on the back and just folds down.  This is the best design I have seen so far.  I used to have to put a tiny seat and the tripod and the canvas holder across the top and at least one or two would fall off.  NO More!

And when I ordered the cart, I order Thalo Turq. and Mars Black oil paints.
I was told to mix Mars Black with yellow to get greens.

As you might be able to see from my charts, Mars Black is not the right black.  So then I tried Lamp Black, the last line.  That one was not much better.  So I will have to do some research.  I am wanting some more greens for the upcoming plein air event at South Peak in October.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend, inspite of all the ugliness in our world.

Happy Trails

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Hey Friends,  Busy time of the year, right?
Have you gotten your Babes already for school?
Linda and I don't have to worry about that anymore, our Babes are all grown with Babes of their own.
So Thursday we went to South Peak, here in Roanoke, Va. and painted from inside an empty/under construction Home unit on the top floor.  With the windows and door open it was almost like being outside.  We wanted a little plein air practice because our event at South Peak will be here before you know it.

And I want to remind you there is still time to sign up for the "NO BRUSHES WORKSHOP" at the LAC.
CLICK HERE for registration info.

Go.....Do it Now....And I'll see you there.

Happy Trails

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Hey Dear Friend Friends,  Glad some of you made to the reception last night at Lynchburg Art Club.
We had a great time and as you can see the Club always puts out a grand table.

Everyone has to get a few bites before they start choosing their favorites.

And looky here, Sue standing on her own two legs !  Was I still under the effects of the anesthia when I painted these two?  Either that or I had something Hi-Octane in that glass.

The group, Double Line Painters had a good time at the event.

Check out the Art Clubs website HERE for times, etc. because the show is up through the end of August.

Happy Trails
Travel Safely

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

LYNCHBURG ART CLUB Hanging the Show-"Gtd. to Make Your Couch

Hey Friends,  Even though I have been a wee bit lax with my blog, I am a busy gal.
Here I meet with two other members of the DLP's , Linda and Bonnie.
We wanted to make sure our giant works would all fit into two cars.!

We had to get a few off the floor in the office area.

But most were just placed where we wanted them to hang.

the LAC has their own hanging committee !  Above are a few of mine.

This is our promotional poster with the address and the times.
We do hope some of you will make the short trip to Lynchburg to see all the Monster sized
 paintings that will match your couch!!

Travel Safely

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Hey Friends,  
I played HOOKEY today and stayed HOME!  I needed some quiet time.
I tried to straighten my studio a bit, somewhat successful.  If your heart isn't into, you know it just won't go the way you intend.

I got it straightened enough to get this started.  I think tomorrow I will put squiggles all over it.
This is HARD.

Wish me luck. 

Have a grand weekend and Happy Trails

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Hey Friends,  Just letting you know, in case you are in the area, Linda Schaar and I changed out the art work hanging at Harrogate in Salem, Va. today.

Linda took this photo and sent it to me (my camera ran out of power).  Her phone has an excellent camera in it.

We did this after our meeting at South Peak this morning, with Bonnie Hooper.
We feel like this Plein Air event at South Peak this Oct. is gonna be GOOD!!
We sure are hoping so and we are putting in the time and effort and planning to make it top notch.

Even if you don't paint, you should make plans to be there.  There will be fun and vendors with food and drink.  And the Judge, Trey Finney, will give a demo !  And let me mention that if you aren't interested in watching a demo, just watch him.  Yum.

More info to follow.

Thanks for visiting
Happy Trails

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Hey Friends,  I have been outside in the yard painting this morning.  Too lazy to go find a pretty spot.  I have been painting from memory.
Set up under the big Ginko Tree.

What I have been doing is, making a few shapes/lines from photos taken before hand of my Secret Place, just down the road from me.

This Secret Place is where the local brick company has been getting their clay to make bricks.  The excavating and blasting they have done is, of course, changing the landscape.

I will look at the photo on my computer screen and then come back outside to paint what I remember.  And I only look at the screen once, I don't want to remember every detail.

This makes it a bit more interpretive and more like really being there.  I made four 8x10's of this place.  Now I must wait for my scanner to be re-installed before I can do anything else with them.
They will go into my EBAY store..  Can anyone tell me why my scanner just decided to leave home?  Do storms do it?

This last bitty fella came from a farm on Rt. 220 going to Clifton Forge.  I was riding this trip with a friend so I was able to take some fairly decent photos.  When I'm driving I get nothing but a blur.

I had to bring the easel and all inside because I can't make a cow look like anything from memory.
Love it when I find black and white cows!

So I'll post again when the scanner works.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Hey Friends,  We (myself & the DLP's) hung new works of art in the oldest private club in the area. the Shenandoah Club at 24 Franklin Rd. in DT Roanoke.
My piece in the middle above called "FRACKING".

This one is called "BROKEN WORDS".

Two, one on each end.  'HAWAIIAN SONG' and 'PROTEA'.

You can see the works Monday thru Friday from 2 til 4 pm.  No appointment is necessary.
No charge.  Go visit next time you are DT.

Happy Trails

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Hey Friends,  The Double Line Painters switched up the art work at Goose Creek today.  Just in time for 2nd Friday Art Walk this 14th of July .  From 5-8pm.  I see a couple of mine up there.

And I see a couple small ones up there.
Judy and Mary Anne always do a great job of making the art work together.
Hope you can get out and see the new work and visit with the gallery artists.

Happy Trails

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Hey Friends,  I am a proud member of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge and we are going to have a new show at the famous Shenandoah Club on Franklin Rd.  From July 17th until the end of August.  Two examples here that will be included

And we are having a show at the Lynchburg Art Club's Gallery in Lynchburg of course.  Hoping you can join us for First Fridays Art Walk on August 4th.  More details will be coming up soon.  AND we will have a workshop at the Club on August 26th.  More on that next week.

And I rarely tell you about any sales so that's why I said I would Toot My Own Horn.
A few of the recent Sales below

These are a few of them.

Don't want to make this too long or Braggy.

Happy Trails