Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Two Cows"


Hey Friends,  This little mini is for auction in Ebay also.  When you scan a mini with high pixel count, the texture of the canvas weave really shouts.  I don't think the original looks this grainy.
 For miniatures it is real nice to use Masonite panels.  They are smooth.  Click Here for ebay.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Monday, April 28, 2014

"Moma Cow"


Hey Friends,  Here is a sweet big cow that I painted little.  She is 3"x 3" and up for auction in Ebay, starting at a penny.  Click Here for ebay.
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

"Straw Hat" and Blue Ridge Vineyard


Hey Friends,  This painting "Straw Hat" is for auction now in Ebay.  Click Here to find out more.  This is one I did a few years ago when I was in a still life mode.  It is 10" square acrylic on panel.

 
And today we, the DLP's, were in Eagle Rock at the Blue Ridge Vineyard.  We were showing our work and painting the beautiful views also.  Above is a not so good photo of the painting but it shows the view I was working from pretty well.  This is my second mini of the day.
I did see one lady at this vineyard that I knew from Salem.  Next time you should be there.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Farm in Bedford"

Hey Friends, This painting is for auction in Ebay starting at one penny.  Click Here.  And Hope to see some of you at the Blue Ridge Vineyard tomorrow !  It's supposed to be a beautiful day.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

"Bumble Bee No. 13" and What I Missed

Hey Friends,  Had to show you one more time what is up for auction in Ebay.  Click Here.    It ends tomorrow.

And I did not go with my painting group this morning, I hated to miss it but the allergies have kicked my butt this year.  Sometimes I can't see at all for all the watering.  Anyway, Judy went some cute photos and I wanted you to see this one.
And don't forget that we are having a show and sale and paint a thon at the Blue Ridge Vineyard this Sunday from 1-4.  Click Here to learn More.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Crazy People at the Top of the Hill No.2

Hey Friends,  I needed this to be another quicky but of course BlogSpot is being really wonky.  I'm not even gonna try to figure it out or fix it.  So these words are over instead of under.  This is No.2 and I shall try to link to Ebay - Here.
Have a wonderful spring day.
Happy Trials

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Milk Bottle"


Hey Friends,  This week is spring break so the GranBabes are NOT in school !  You know that means I'm pretty busy.  Between my precious babes and my plein aire painting group I can't get much else done.  Thankfully you can post in your blog and save for later.  That's what I did except for this paragraph.  Had to do this when I posted the blog in case everything changed.  It hasn't, Yay !1

So now I'll connect this to Ebay so you know where to CLICK  Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Trails
Travel Well
PS - A favorite thing I like about Masa Rice Paper is the raggedy edges you can get.

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Poppies in My Field"

 
Hey Friends,  Another mind bending view of my field.  This time with the tasty little poppies and a row of beautiful trees at the ridge line.
This is for auction in Ebay - Click Here for a look.

Happy Trails
Travel Well

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Smelling Fresh and Kite Festival


Hey Friends,  The painting above is up for auction , Click Here is see.  I rode the little golf cart down the rode to Mr. Charley's place and luckily there was laundry on the line.  I made up a couple pieces (pink whatever's) for some added color.  Mr. Charley is widowed.  The sunspots were a welcomed enhancement.
Yesterday, Sat., my GranBabes and I went to see the kites at the Green Hill Kite Fest.  It was much prettier then last year.  Or it could be I didn't stay long enough last year.  This photo doesn't really show off how many kites were in the air.  Can't wait to make a couple paintings of this day.

 
And I probably shouldn't show you this, but it's funny NOW.  This is what Nic thought of the festival.

And this is what Ms.Lill thought of it.  She did real well with both kites.  She is a sweet, patient big sister most of the time.  And Nic can pluck her last nerve on demand.
 
Happy Easter.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Red Buds and Pears

 
 Hey Friends,  Above is a small 6x6 oil painting I did a while back while dog sitting at my daughters house.  Her neighborhood.  It's for auction in Ebay, Click Here

 
Above is a shot of me painting at 2nd Helpings Gallery on Williamson Road in Roanoke, Va.  My painting group, the DLP was at the gallery today, just to entertain the customers.  The gallery's regulars seem to really enjoy us painting and any demo's in general. It is a great gallery and their cafĂ© has wonderful food.

This is one piece I finished today (not finished in this photo).  I will scan it and show it tomorrow.  I like it a lot probably because I love the colors of all the trees blooming right now.  I took some photos last week when I was out at Butts Cemetary, along Alleghany Rd., when I came across this beautiful row of trees.  I think it was at Richfield.
Have a great evening.

Happy Trails
Travel Well

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"The Crazy People at the Top of the Hill No. 1"


Hey Friends,  I put a good bit of texture with a sandy gel and an orange bag on the surface, first of all and let that dry.  Then back in with one of my favorite cheap brushes from Cheap Joes.  I think they are called "Golden Fleece" brushes.  I've had mine for years and its taken a lot of abuse.
I really enjoy abstracting the landscape a bit.
This is a new addition to the ebay auctions.  Click Here to Look.

 On another subject, I went to walk a bit at Green Hill Park on the Roanoke River, here in Salem, after making my mail run.  I knew it was time for the Mertensia (Va.Blue Bells) and wild phlox to be blooming.  Mertensia is the prettiest flower to have ever lived.  The shades of blue and pink together on one plant is an artist dream.  I could never do them justice with my little camera OR my brush and paint.  It's is one of those creations you must see in person.
Anyway when they are in bloom that's all I want to paint.  Over and over.  But I've got other paintings that need to be done.  I've got to get something started to finish at 2nd Helpings Gallery in Roanoke tomorrow.  Our group of fab artists, "the Double Line Painters" will be painting from 11 til 1pm or whenever the crowd dies down.  And the 27th of April, we will be at the "Blue Ridge Winery" in the Eagle Rock area.  Again painting for your entertainment and displaying our work for your perusal and purchase.  Hope you can come chat with us for a while.

Happy Trails
Travel Well

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Campfire No. 2"



Hey Friends,  Trying my hand at a nocturne here.  Of course it's totally made up.  The fire photo came from a marshmallow roasting night at my sisters years ago.  The moon photo came from last year when I was in my secret place trying to catch the blue moon.  And the rest is a memory.
I DID enjoy doing this however difficult it may have been.  And it is a bit darker then my computer shows.  You know, ya got the light shining thru this image but not in real life.
  Check it out HERE

Happy Trails
Travel Well

Blue Bird with His Nest


Hey Friends,  This is an experiment of sorts.  Trying out the technique of printing on sumi paper and using in a collage.  (That would be the nest area)  The bird is a stencil using heavy gel so it is raised.  The rest is acrylic paints.   Enjoyed doing this and want to give it another try.  Click Here for the Ebay auction.
Happy Trails
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

"A boy and His Dog"


Hey Friends,  Here is a wee bit of heaven for ya.  We can only dream of such things.  Mostly inspired by the movie "All Dogs go to Heaven".  This fella is swinging with his best friend one last time. Convincing him there is nothing to be afraid of in Heaven.  Click Here for a closer look in Ebay.

 And now for what I did today.
 
I went to "Butts Cemetery" in the Glenvar/Fort Lewis area on Alleghany Rd. here in Salem, Va.  And painted a small sketch for a distant cousin that is to be in this area in April or May doing genealogy research on his ancestors.  Which includes some of mine.  The work he and his sister have done is amazing.  They have such patience.

He wants to visit this cemetery so I thought he might like something besides a photo.  A professional photographer may be able to do this place justice but not me.  And from the looks of that photo above, someone is doing some construction there.  See ya soon Robert.
 
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Apple Blossum"



Hey Friends,  My latest addition to the Ebay auctions.  This one little statement among many others about what we humans are doing to our bees (and other wildlife and ultimately ourselves).
Someday we will pay when all this beauty is gone forever.  Please Click Here for Ebay.
Hope you all have a great weekend.  Spring has finally sprung here in the mountains of SW Virginia, I know 'cuz I saw a few bumble bees arguing mid-air today.  Haven't seen any honey bees yet.

Happy Trails
Travel Wisely

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"GreenHill No.2"


Hey Friends,  A short post to show you what's up for auction in Ebay.  Click Here......Greenhill has a ton of views waiting to be painted.  I'll never have time to do it justice.  I scan my larger painting on my great but smaller Epson scanner and then knit the sections together in photoshop.  Occasionally the sections will show a line, such as you see above.  If I were any good at photoshop I could probably erase, paint over or blend that line.  But I don't wanna fool with it.  I think you can tell what it looks like.  And the colors are pretty true here.

Don't forget to come say hello at the Art Walk in Bedford tomorrow evening, 5-8 pm.  At the Electric Co. Co-Op Gallery.  The DLP are the featured artists.  Click Here for more info.  And Click Here for even more info.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Heather Farm and Painted Papers


Hey Friends,  I've added this and a couple more to the Ebay auctions.  In case you don't know, the first image on my blog shows up in the Daily Paintworks site.  So if it isn't a painting, some of the people on that site wig-out.  I think this is heather, could have been heath?,   Probably neither since the Blue Ridge is in the background.  I have a license to change things as I see fit.  Artistic license's are issued along with your DMV license to drive and rubberneck.  Click Here for Ebay.

 This morning the DLP's changed the artwork at Harrogate Salem Terrace.  For you Salemites, it's the big facility, sitting on the hill behind Walmart on Main Street.
 That's Bonnie, top photo, Linda in lower photo, approving of the arrangement.  This would be a great place to retire too.  They give you so much attention and work hard to make sure everyone is kept busy.  If you are a couch potato you may not like all the activities.  Hope to see all of you there in about 30 years.  Go by and look at the artwork and meet the wonderful women working there.


After we finished at Harrogate, we headed for Longwood Park, which is beside the famous Salem Museum, also on Main Street.  We set up under the picnic shelter to make painted papers for the up coming workshop to be held at the Sedalia Center this May 31st.

The wind was howling at about 15 mph and cold enough to turn us into blue popsicles.  But we persevered and finished a stack of papers !  We hung them on a line with 2 wooden clothes pins per sheet.  Started with 1 pin, but the wind never let up and we had to go with 2 pins.  So now we have lots of painted papers for the Sedalia Workshop.  You should sign up 'cuz it's gonna be a blast.

And this Friday evening, please try to come by the Electric Co. Co-Op in DT Bedford for their Open House.  The Double Line Painters are the featured artists for April and May and the name of the show is "Spring Break".   Some of us will be painting for the crowd and some others just to answer your questions.

Happy Trails
Travel Well

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Sleeping Late"

 
Hey Friends,  A still life for the ebay auctions.  I don't paint too many still lifes.  I think because there is so much other stuff I want to paint.  They are supposed to be very educational so I hope to do more.  Especially if they are flowers and from life.  Click Here
 

Saturday as I was taking my Gran Babes home, I passed this scene but could not stop.  So I raced into the daughters driveway, threw the Babes into the yard and squealed "BYE" as I raced off.  Hoping the laundry would still be hanging there.    IT WAS, obviously.  This was as close as I could get w/o trespassing.   Some people just don't understand artists, like their family does.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Fan Dancer" and "Friendship"

Hey Friends,  Here are some new additions to Ebay.  I took some photos years ago at a local "Colors" festival.  This was the cutest little girl dancing with fans.  And that's pretty much all I remember of the event.  I guess that's why we take photos, huh?  Click Here
And this cutie pa tutie is like a page from the past.  Hopefully you can see and read the little sentiment.  Would be a great gift for almost anyone.  Not my usual work but I like it.  Click Here.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"He Loves Me"

 
 Hey Friends,  My latest addition to Ebay.  This silly little girl is plucking a daisy to find out if HE loves her.  Thankfully, He does.  Click Here for Ebay.

And on another note, My Babes and I went up "My Field" (you know I've painted this field numerous times so I call it "My Field" but it's really a neighbors).  And now there are goats there and they had Babies!!  What are baby goats called?   A total of 9 babies.   We fed them bread from Panera.
We had lots more fun puttering around in the golf cart.  And it's getting a bit warmer all the time so  we will be happily playing outside for months.  Yay!!
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Thursday, April 3, 2014

More Plein Aire and a Bunny


Hey Friends,  Here is my latest addition to Ebay.  Why was the bunny hiding behind the vase?  I don't remember.  Actually it was a flower pot.  And the bunny belonged to my sister, years ago.  I've always wanted a bunny since.  Click here for the ebay auction.
 And as promised here is the second piece I did yesterday.  This one is an 8x10 canvas panel, that I stained with a burnt sienna beforehand.
 Still sitting in the same spot, see the tree dead ahead with the daffodils in yesterdays painting?
 And this is the first stage, the start, as Brian Buckrell says.  This start is always pretty ugly.  But wait! - it gets worse.
Here at this stage it looks like an abandoned train car, right?  But you keep at it and at it and if no one interferes, you might wind up with something that isn't too shabby.  Look up at the end result.  This shed is really old and in the queerest place.  Almost in the middle of the stream that runs over the road.  My guess is with construction and various trees falling over the years, the stream was in a different place.  This shed is probably full of snakes now.  Yuck.
Haven't decided what to do with this painting yet.  And I'm just too tired to tell you about our trip to the Blue Ridge Winery.  I think I walked for at least a mile taking photos.  174 of them.  I've got a lot of fodder for paintings.  Just need to find the time now.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Rainbow" and Spring is Here !!


Hey Friends,  Here is my Babe swinging high over the mountains at Green Hill Park, here in SW Virginia.  And a rainbow suddenly appeared.  Ha.  Using the stale imagination here.  She is going to be at auction in Ebay.  Click Here to take a peek.


And here is the news of the day--"It's warm again here in the mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains"
Yay,  I jumped in the golf cart and rode down to the bottom of the hill where the crazy people live.
I've painted here many times.  It seems to change every winter.  And in the photos you can't see the little stream of water like you can in the painting.

This shot is the block in or start.  I made the base coat blue for a change but I still like the red base better.   I painted another after this one on a red base.  I'll show you that one tomorrow.
Here more colors are added.  As you can see the real scene isn't so pretty or maybe my camera was on the wrong setting.  I'm sure everyone knows you have to add your own panache to most scenery.  There is always something wrong.  Except today it was so nice to be outside I didn't even notice how dull and gray every thing still is.  The little green sprouts are bursting forth and soon we artists will be belly aching 'cuz everything is so green.

Tomorrow, Thursday, my painting group, the DLP will be painting in a vineyard north of here.  I will give a full report tomorrow night here and on the DLP blog.
Happy Trails
Travel Well

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Appalachian Trail


Hey Friends,  Just listed this little landscape in an Ebay auction, starting at a penny.  This is one of the well worn paths you would see if hiking on the Appalachian Trail here in Va.  Usually I take a photo of a sign or a marker near the area of a painting. But NOT this time. 
There were a lot of beautiful little delicate ferns growing along this section and over the bank.  Plus a lot of colorful rocks.  And bugs and snakes and gnats and birds.  No bears this time.

This is varnished and ready to hang.  Click Here for Ebay.

Happy Trails
Travel Well