Thursday, July 19, 2018

PLEIN AIR PAINTING WITH THE DOUBLE LINE PAINTERS TODAY


Hey Friends, Judy got a good photo of some of us this morning on our ride down to THE bridge.  This place is awesome, so much prettier than the photos you see.  And it is Va.'s newest State Park so you can get a great deal on a year long pass to ALL of the state parks.


And here is Linda and Mary Anne taking a photo of the semi completed paintings.
We had a great new friend from the Lexington area join us today and then we had a super ranger named Veronica give us a tour of the entire park and a few hidden landscapes that we all think were worthy of a painting.
Huge THANKS TO Michael and Veronica.

HAPPY TRAILS

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NEW ORIGINAL PAINTINGS LISTED ON FASO

LEAVING IT ALL BEHIND  24x18

Hey Dear Friends,  Finished this piece Sunday.  Photographed it, varnished it and now it needs the back dust cover and wire to hang from.


I love these colors and one of my favorite things about abstracts are the textures.  Titles of work have always intrigued me and I've had fun coming up with titles for these guys.  Unlike realism, where you usually have titles like, Gary's Barn or Landscape # 8 or Mayberry Mill,  with abstracts it can be any thing your feeble little brain can describe.  Most of my titles thus far have come from my childhood.  Let's pray I don't look for titles from adult hood.
As usual, I'm having a little difficulty using the autumn palette but maybe by the time autumn rolls in, I will be over my favorite palette.  I'm also thinking it would be fun to use a certain color in everything for a while.  Much like Elizabeth Chapman is doing.  I was trying to follow her but I'm either too forgetful or just to eager.  I do love her work.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

COLLAGES PURCHASED BY A LOVELY NEW YORKER !


Hey Friends,  Today is the fourth so I thought I would shoot one of my own noise makers, or toot my own horn.  These four collages were sent to Youngstown, NY on Monday.


A lovely person up there appreciated my collages.


I had a ton of fun making about 20 of  these guys.
Especially enjoyed making the papers for them.  Newsprint paper was a treat to work on.

 

I can't wait to see how they are framed and displayed.
I love getting photos from collectors of their art in situ.

now I shall get dressed for a trip to Hobby Lobby with my Daughter and GranBabes.

Enjoy your FOURTH safely.

HAPPY TRAILS

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

HAPPY & SAFE FOURTH OF JULY


Hey Friends,  I need to get ready for a meeting with PAR (Plein Air Roanoke) so this will be short.

Just wishing you a happy Fourth of July.

"May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right".

HAPPY TRAILS

Saturday, June 23, 2018

WONDERFUL WORKSHOP AT EVERGREEN LAVENDER FARM TODAY


Hey Dear Friends,  A short note to let you know you missed a grand day painting this view above at our annual workshop at Bonnie Swanson's Evergreen Lavender Farm in Appomattox, Va.
Breath in deep maybe the lavender oils will trick you into smelling them.


And here are all the happy painters.  We had 11 students this morning and they all seemed very happy with their work and we hope they go home and frame and hang their masterpieces.  We, the DLP's had as much fun as they did.  Two of the ladies were staying after wards for a lavender wreath workshop.  How KOOL is that?
Hope you can make it next year. You won't want to leave.

Thanks to all our wonderful artists and to Bonnie Swanson for being our host.

Happy Trails

Thursday, June 14, 2018

LONGWOOD PARK FOR PLEIN AIR PAINTING


Hey Friends, We  met this morning at Longwood to stay in practice but mostly to finalize details for the NO BRUSHES LAVENDER WORKSHOP in Appomattox, Va. on June 23rd.
Always a FUN and enjoyable way to spend your Saturday morning.
Outside with the sounds of nature and the heavenly scent of lavender with a gaggle of happy, friendly, helpful artists to guide you through your own painting.


I did set up and paint this morning.  I'm trying to save the once beautiful old evergreen you see behind the crabapple.  It is being choked out by various vines.


Not the best angle, I agree but I wanted the sky in the painting.  Since I am able to move mountains I made it work.  Not quite finished though.

See you on the 23rd!

HAPPY TRAILS

Saturday, June 2, 2018

LAVENDER WORKSHOP AT EVERGREEN LAVENDER FARM


Hey Friends,  You have probably seen me post about this workshop every year.  This is the fourth year we will guide this workshop at the Gorgeous EVERGREEN LAVENDER FARM in Appomattox, Va.  When I say WE, I mean the DLP. Double Line Painters.  We are a group of 5 friends that go out once a week to paint in the open.  On site.


The first 3 photos are courtesy of Bonnie Swanson at Evergreen.


She has so many beautiful vista's it is easy for her to make a gorgeous photo.


This is a mini painting made by me, Sue.  I do believe Bonnie sold it at her farm.  Please click HERE to register for the workshop, limited to 15 so don't dilly dally!
We will guide you to create your own unique interpretation of the farm, using your fingers and some household items.
YOU WILL HAVE FUN!!
Plus you get to wander the beautiful farm as long as you want.
Take some photos to create another piece at home!  It will be a grand day.

Hope to see some of my friends there.

HAPPY TRAILS

Thursday, May 24, 2018

ROANOKE COUNCIL OF GARDEN CLUBS FOR DLP'S MEETING TODAY


Hey Friends,  Three of us went painting this morning at the Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs Home on Colonial Ave.  CLICK HERE for their FB Page.
I don't recognize that fat lady in my chair up there, but she looks like she may be having fun!


We got one of the Club ladies to take our photo with our paintings.  I'm not finished with mine.


Here is a shot of my first one almost done.

If you are looking for a place to paint, go here.  If you are looking for a space to rent for receptions or parties or whatever, go here.

Everyone is very kind, and generous.

HAPPY TRAILS

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.

HAPPY TRAILS

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.

HAPPY TRAILS