Friday, October 17, 2014

Long Time Getting to Here

Hey Friends,  The nasty flu bugs are out already here in Blue Ridge Area of Virginia.  I've had one bout, my grand babes have had crazy temperatures and strip throat.  So watch OUT.
I felt so much better yesterday I drove out to Paint Bank, Va. near West Va. on Rt. 311.

This is peak foliage color time for them and it was beautiful.  My dinky little point & shoot doesn't do justice for the colors.  The 2 photos above are the bison on Rt.600.  Been wanting to photograph them for years.

This is the view from Potts Mountain close to the "Homeplace" restaurant.  As John Denver said "It sets my senses reeling".  You feel so close to heaven when out there.
You know some paintings are on the way !!  Yay !!
Happy Trails

Friday, September 26, 2014

New Guy on Ebay and Bedford's Centerfest is tomorrow, Sat 27th

Hey Friends, I just added this silly little cocky rooster to my Ebay auctions.  He is painted on painted paper background with machine stitching on it. The auction starts tonight.

This painting above was done at the Evergreen Lavender Farm this summer.  I will have it at the Centerfest Festival tomorrow in Bedford, Va. along with others.
Hope you can stop in for a visit.
Happy Trails

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Chick and Douthat State Park

Hey Friends, Another impression of a chicken.  Click HERE for Ebay.

And a few photos of the trip last week to Douthat State Park with my painting Buddies, the Double Line Painters.  We had a great time trying to decide where to paint.  There was a painting everywhere you looked.  The sun was a little contrary at times.

As usual, my acrylic paintings were too dark when I got them home.  I'm always amazed how much they darken (acrylics) but they dry so fast it makes it so much easier to get them home.  I've been trying to adjust for 2 years now and still haven't gotten it right.  The one above is OIL.

These are all acrylics.  I've already worked on the 2 smaller dark ones to lighten them.  And now I must work on the biggest one to the left.
I suppose the answer is to get a couple boxes that are made for transporting wet oils.  Leave the acrylics at home and/or keep practicing with the acrylics on paper.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lynchburg Art Festival was Great

Hey Friends,  Just a quick note to let you know the 42nd Lynchburg Art Festival This past Saturday was great as usual.  The show was switched to Sunday because of the rain so the crowd was a bit smaller than usual.  Thanks to all.
The chicken above, or maybe it's a rooster.  I forget.  IT is up for auction on Ebay...HERE.
It doesn't go live until 9pm Eastern Time or 6pm California time.
I got a sunburn.
Happy Trails Travel Well

Friday, September 12, 2014

It's HERE Again !

Hey Friends,  I have been busy prepping new work for the 42nd Lynchburg Art Festival !
The lavender piece above will be there, waiting for YOU.
I'm hoping you can make out to EC Glass High School for the best little art festival around.
We artists love it for the easy set up but most of all because the collectors in this area are so warm, generous and apprectiative of our work !
Hoping the weather is kind to us Saturday.  They will reschedule for Sunday if it appears Saturday is NO good.
Happy Trails

Monday, September 1, 2014

Day One

Hey Friends,  I've blown it already haven't I?  That's OK, there are NO mistakes or rules with this challenge.  I will try to do some stuff that's way off for me but sometimes LIFE just won't cooperate.
That's when you make lemonade.
Click to EBAY.
Happy Trails

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Leslie S. 30 Day Challenge starts tomorrow

Hey Friends,  The painting above was painted at the Wharton Gardens in Bedford, Virginia.
I remembered for the most part to stop and take photos every few minutes.  One of these days, I will get a timer for my plein air bag.

The beginning of course.

First indicators.

Got the darkest down.

Yes, I left the banana plant out. (probably a canna)

Got most of the important stuff down already.

Almost done.  I backed up to get a different view and now you can see that is Mary Anne back there.

This angle makes a glare, but I'm quitting.

I enjoy showing you how some paintings come together so easily.  I love plein air and that makes it easier too.  I wouldn't have enough space on a blog to show you some of the pain I must go through to get some paintings done.
Also I want to let you know I'm participating again in Miss Saeta's 30 day challenge.  She thinks it makes it easier to pick a theme.  I had thought about tropical or lavender paintings.  Then I decided to drive myself crazy for 30 days and do stuff I don't normally do.  Like trying to simplify or abstract stuff a bit, just some techniques that are hard for me to do.  They don't come natural.
May be a big mistake BUT maybe I'll learn something.
Happy Trails

Friday, August 29, 2014

PleinAir Painting in Bedford, Va.

Hey Friends,  It's been too long since last post but this has been a crazy summer, year.  Much like the last few.  The painting above was done yesterday while visiting the Wharton Garden beside the #Bower Center in Bedford, Va.  My painting Group, the #Double Line Painters, was delivering the work done for the # "Barns of Bedford " project.
Here is the Ole Gal painting on the first one.  I think I need to lighten the bricks before I post here.  I took several photos as the piece progressed and will let you see them after I finish.

And here is the little #sky painting, started next.  I was a bit tired & lazy so I sat for this one.  Seemed to make it go faster or it could be I've painted tree lines so often, I've got the hang of it now.  This garden had some gorgeous trees.  A couple I've never seen before.  One really large tree w/large pale pods, Judy called a "Kentucky __something__Tree.
I will post the first painting tomorrow I hope.  And details about the exhibit "Barns of Bedford".
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DLP have workshops in the Works

Hey Friends, Listed this little painting the other day on EBAY.   I painted this while sitting at the playground under an umbrella last week.  Of course you know the colors are made up.  The Blue Ridge Mountains are in the background on the left.
And wanted to give you a sneak peek at a new workshop scheduled for June 2015 at the Evergreen Lavender Farm.  Go HERE to check on their other workshops coming up soon.
It's a short drive (between Lynchburg & Appomattox) and well worth it.
It's a beautiful farm and you will love Bonnie, the owner.
Happy Trails

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

River Rocks

Hey friends,  This is a small plein air painted last week while playing at the waters edge with my Gran Babes.  I always feel bad when kids have to go back to school and they start this coming Monday.  I realize it's my problem because I hated school.  Not all kids hate school.  I was much happier playing in the water all day, catching craw dads or just laying under the pines, watching the sunlight flicker in the breeze.  Day dreaming about when Roy Rogers and Dale would come to adopt me.  The point is only 2 days left for my Babes to be free to play all day and/or drive me nuts.  Kids can't entertain themselves like we used to.  The only time I get to paint is when I take them to play in the water.
Click Here to check out ebay.
The popcorn is calling.
Happy Trails