Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fun in the Mountains

Hey Friends, Yesterday I delivered plein aire paintings to 2nd Helpings Gallery on Williamson Rd. which is close to DT Roanoke right off of Rt.460.  Pictured above.

After helping the DLP group work on our Barns of Bedford guitar (I'll show you tomorrow) I raced up to Mill Mountain to see what the beautiful sky looked like.  I sat on the curb close to the overlook and painted the above 5x7.

Then I raced home to get into shorts and an icy drink, then raced over to Greenhill Park in Salem, Va. on the Roanoke River to see what I could practice on.  The river is seriously low.  We will be calling it the Roanoke Creek soon.  Lots of rocks to include in paintings.

For the locals, aren't you surprised at how low the water is?  I knocked out 2- 9"x 12" panels and then hauled it all back up to the car.  Those rocks are hard on your knees !

When I got back to the car, the sky was so pretty I had to sit on the bumper and do another !
A 12" sq. panel of the treeline and beautiful clouds.  Most days I paint outside it is because of the sky.  I may not always put the sky in but that's what pulls me out there.  I would like to do a grand vista.  A large wide open valley with a big sky.  Some day soon.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Choose Your Favorite, Please

Hey Friends,  A short post to ask a favor of you.  Which of these two do you like better?  The painting above is acrylic.  And the painting below is oil.

If you have the time, tell me why you like it better.
Hoping my plein aire buddies will respond also.
Thanks, Have a great week.
Happy Trails
Travel Wisely

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Plein Aire Painting on the James River Overlook

Hey Friends,  Have you heard the expression " The One That Got Away "?  Well here is one that got away !!   Accidently got away, but I got a photo before it slipped back into the wild.
Here's the story.  You know how women have to take everything but the kitchen sink on every trip?  We had the car pretty well packed for the return trip but then had to figure out how to protect an oil painting from rattling around and smearing itself all over my car.  So one gal had a brilliant idea that required tape that she had to fish out of one bag and that bag had this painting laying on top.  (Acrylic so it was dry)  The brilliant gal laid the painting on top of the car.  Just like I've done 100 times with a drink, except this time, when I stopped, no liquid poured down the windshield.
I hope some art loving hiker found it and stuffed it in his back pack and signs it when he gets home.
We had a wonderful day.  And it doesn't bother me one bit that this is the ONE that got away.
My friend is far more important than the painting and I don't want her to feel bad, at all.
Happy Trails
Travel Lightly

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

More on Ebay and On the Porch at Ikenberry's

Hey Friends, Summertime is flying by for me, how about you?  The pollinator series ended badly didn't it?  The opportunity to take a workshop jumped up quickly and I jumped on it.  It turned out to be a fabulous workshop and a great time so I don't feel to bad about the pollinators.  I will always be working on them and adding to ebay from time to time.
I've added some small plein-aire landscapes to ebay and this large one above titled  "Wisteria Cats".
You can read more about it HERE on ebay.

And some great news.  The Double Line Painters will be on the Porch at Ikenberry's on Rt. 220 and this year.   The first show is this Saturday July 12th.  We set up a few display flats and hang some of  our work up and we paint !  The photo above is from last fall when they had hay bales for sale on the porch.  They do a fantastic job of decorating this huge porch and we love to do these mini shows.
So come by this Saturday and peruse the artwork and get a box of peaches.  Last year the peaches were fabulous (to look at and paint) but so delicious too.  Click this link to read about this event and to sign up for the newsletter.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pollinator Series # Twenty-Five "Discussion" and Plein Aire Today

Hey Friends,  This entertaining little painting is going up for auction on Ebay this evening.  Pollinator series is almost over and so is the month of June !  Yikes, can you believe it.

Me, Myself and the DLP's went out into the wild to paint today.  It was a beautiful day and so encouraging.   I might be getting a small grasp on this outdoor painting thing.  I try real hard not to include everything I see.  "Tis difficult.

Bonnie took this shot of me.  I would have to go back and look, but don't you think that looks like poison ivy in the foreground??  Bonnie are you itchy tonight?
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ebay Auctions Ending Soon on Original Art

Hey Friends, I don't know why I can't remember to post on this blog every single day or at least when some auctions are about to end.  It takes blogger a day or so to send new post out, and I KNOW that.

I'm gonna blame it on my GranBabes.  When they are here one part of my mind just finds a little spot in the closet to wait for them to go home.  The other part of my brain is joyful they are here to drive me crazy.  Love them dearly.
Anyway these two pretties will find new homes in the next few hours.
Thanks for stopping by but go to EBAY before leaving.
Happy Trails

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Twenty First in the Pollinator Series and one auction about to end

Hey Friends,  This is my latest addition to the Pollinator Series.  A Black Cap Chickadee, one of the sweetest birds around.  Done in a bold, graphic style.  Something different from the usual tree or garden.  Available tonight at 9pm eastern time on Ebay. Check it out.

And here is one that will probably end before this blog post ever makes it out into cyber land.  Does anyone have any idea why blog posts do not show up after publishing until the next day?

And here is one of the paintings I started Thursday while the DLP's were at Evergreen Lavender Farm in Appomattox area right off Rt. 460 East of Lynchburg.  The entire farm was beautiful and I want to paint a dozen more.  We never know but summer is such a busy time, I may get them done !
Haven't figured out yet what to do with these summer plein aire paintings.  I suppose the smart thing is frame them up and take to galleries.  See what the world thinks of them.

Happy Trails
Travel Well

Thursday, June 19, 2014

No. 18 in the Pollinator Series and Plein Aire at Evergreen Lavendar Farm

Hey Friends,  Moving on to #18 !  A gorgeous Raven waiting on a branch for a French fry !  This was started on a base of dictionary pages.  Up top left is the dictionary's definition of raven.  This pretty boy is for auction on EBAY, Click here.

But the good news of this day is We, the DLP's finally got to the beautiful "Evergreen Lavender Farm" just this side of Appomattox, Va. on Rt. 460.  Bonnie the owner, said "Sure come on over and paint.  She was happy to see us and a gracious host.

This is my first painting of the day.  I started with a magenta base instead o white canvas.  That is a beautiful pond in the distance.  With rows of lavender between us.

Here I'm pretty much finished.  Made a couple adjustments at home.

And here is one of Bonnie's donkeys.  She said they (there were 2 more hiding) did not like the heat so they hang out in their Donkey House during the day.

Here is a shot of the beautiful Bee Hives.  Can't wait to paint this !  Bonnie said she does not mess with these hives.  She has enough going on with the farm and making lavender products.  And I bought some really heavenly smelling stuff while there.
Check out their website at
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Seventeenth in the Pollinator Series "Bird Food"

Hey Friends,  Only on #17 !  Seems to be dragging on huh?  I'm still enjoying this series but it seems I've been on pollinators for so long.   I'm saying it's because there is too much OTHER stuff going on.
You can see a few photos on EBAY of the start on these sunflowers.  Building up a seed head just like the real flower, and the crackling.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sixteenth in the Pollinator Series "Black Cap"

Hey Friends,  I'm back from Calabash and still trying to catch up.  Had several paintings to pack up and ship from this past week.  Yay!
This sweet little bird is painted on a textured back ground, sort of looks like stucco.
Stuff that I have read says these little chickadee's are one of the easiest to get to eat from your hand.  I still have not tried this, not enough patience yet.  Someday.
This is a beautiful painting and you can bid on it, HERE.
Happy Trails