Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Hey Friends,  Make plans to come by IKENBERRY'S ORCHARDS on 220 in Botetourt this Saturday from 10 til 3pm.

The Double Line Painters and myself will have a small art show on the giant porch.  We will be finishing up our last paintings for the challenge.

The little hen above will be there, because I'm not sure if I'm finished with her.

And you can go check out our PINTEREST PAGE HERE.  Most of the 150 paintings are there.

Happy Trails

Monday, September 28, 2015


Hey Friends,  Here is the latest inspiration from Key West.  And I misspelled his name on purpose.  Makes him a more worldly man, I mean chicken, I mean rooster.

He is available HERE.

Have a wonderous week and let me know how you are doing.

Happy Trails

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Hey My Friends,  Yes, this is what I did on this rainy weekend!!  What did you do???   Did you have a good reason for not coming out to see me?
I missed you.

And this is what most of us were forced to do........Catch up on the day to day lives of friends hadn't seen in a long while.
And EAT !  Yes, I was the worst.  Everyone had bowls of candy out.  To close to Halloween.
And I saw a couple people with bags filling them up with Candy !!!  I did.

I sold some work (sales for me were OK) and I saw a couple more things get wrapped up.

I appreciated the work Margaret Sue and Barry Wright did on behalf of the artists.
I think it will grow and be just fine.  Thanks.

Happy Trails

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Hey Friends,  While I was sitting at the Home Builders Art Show at the Salem Civic Center today, I painted a couple small guys on matboard.  Busy hands make the day go faster, or keep boredom at bay.  This is the first and I gave him the impressive title of Mr. Rhode Island Red. 
Mr. Red is available HERE. and I think this link engages tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be a shorter day but I hope to get a few ducks done.

Please stop in and say Hi.

Happy Trails

Friday, September 25, 2015


Hey Friends,  I came up with a decent title for this one !  How about "3 Amigos"
If they are proper Key West Roosters should they be pirates?  Or Mermen?  Or just drunks?
I have a feeling the next one will be difficult again.

This is available on EBAY HERE.

Hope to see you tomorrow at the Home Builders Show at the Salem Civic Center.  We Artist will be in the very back with lots of beauty and inspiration to peruse.

Happy Trails

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Hey Friends,  I have started a new short series of colorful roosters.  Based primarily on the drunken roosters you see criss crossing Key West, Florida.

Well, they may not be drunk but the way they strut around makes you wonder, right?

This little fella is #1.  Wow, what a way to start a series, you say.  I'll come up with some better titles --- tomorrow, as Scarlett used to say.

He is for auction on EBAY- CLICK HERE.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Hey Friends,  We had such glorious weather here in the little town of Salem, Va. today.   On my way to the post office, I stopped for a bit at the corner of Mill Lane and River Road to paint this beautiful little spot.

Of course this photo doesn't show much, my arm is not long enough!  I enjoyed this time immensely.
It is up for auction on EBAY -Click there. Will engage on 24th.
And I get to do it again tomorrow in the Sedalia Area of Va.

And then on Friday, I'll be packing up the works again to take to the Salem Civic Center.  The annual Home Builders Show is this weekend.  It is supposed to be a wet weekend, so it will be a good time to come peruse all the vendors.

Thanks for stopping in.

Happy Trails

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Hey Friends,  Just listed this 16" x 12" Oil Painting in my Etsy Shop.

Here is shot of the block in.  You may remember my saying I wanted to paint like Ovannes Berberian.  He is my favorite living artist!  He sets up his still lifes outside !  Plein-Air, Alla Prima.
It is a wonderful way to work, my favorite.
I got a few roses from a neighbor and stuck in a couple fake roses to fill it out. 

Now I want to remind you about the Home Builders Show at the Salem Civic Center this coming weekend.  Sat. 10-6pm and Sun 12-5
Hope you can come out.

Happy Trails

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Hey Friends, Finally getting some strength back!  Enough to post on this blog and Etsy and DLP blog.
This is another still life where I tried to paint like Ovannes Berberian.  I was digusted, or maybe irritated is a better word, when I finished this.  So after looking at it glumly for a bit, I got out the long haired liner brush and said I'll fix or destroy it.  When I finished all the squiggles, I liked it so much better!   CLICK HERE for a view on ETSY.

Pearisburg was tuff, even if we did have some of the best volunteers EVER.!  If  I could get some sleep the night before a show, the experience would be so much better.  But I can't sleep and get up at 4:30am and drink caffeine until I'm nearly sick.  Pack up the cooler and brush the teeth and jump in the already loaded and gassed up car and go whizzing to meet Linda, another DLP member.  The drive to Pearisburg takes > < an hour.  So I'm hoping I make with out having to PEE!  Remember ALL the caffeine... Nope I don't make it.  Somewhere in the dark, not to far from my destination, I must stop.  Pee and get more coffee !!
Betty Herbert and her vast staff of volunteers were so helpful.  But like I said, it's still tuff.  It turned into a beautiful day.  Not to hot and lots of sunshine and blue sky with billowing clouds.
I did meet a super couple, above, that bought two of my pieces.  And they are Inn Keepers near by and said they would love to have us, the DLP's, come up in the fall and paint some of their beautiful views at the Inn..  How cool is that.

I will post more photos at the www.doublelinepaintersoftheblueridge.blogspot.com so check it out too.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Trails

Friday, September 18, 2015


Hey Friends,  I just put this Still Life in my Etsy Shop CLICK HERE for a look.

I painted this out doors, in my yard, while my Gran Babes played in the mud.  Ovannes Berberian paints outside, his still lifes and landscapes.  That's the way I understand the info I've read about him.
Now if I could sell 500 paintings like this, I'd have enough money to take one of his workshops !!

Don't you want to indulge me?  Maybe if you passed this on to everyone you know it would help.
Anything is possible.
Or you could come to Art on the Lawn in Pearisburg, Va. tomorrow, Sat. 9-19.  That's in Giles County, North of Blacksburg on Rt. 460.  We will be there 9-4 and it's supposed to be a pretty Day.

Thanks for stopping in.
Happy Trails

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Hey Friends,  Just finished listing this big painting on Ebay.  Interested in seeing what happens.
CLICK HERE, doesn't engage until 9pm tonight.

I felt like a photo in a real setting might show the scale better.  I know this can be done virtually somehow but you know I can't figure it out.  This works OK, has a little glare.

Comments or suggestions are always nice.

Happy Trails

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Ormond Beach, Florida

Hey Friends,  If you have ever been to this gorgeous part of Florida you know what it looks like and it does not include Palm Trees like this !
I used my privileges and moved my gorgeous host' tree to the ocean edge.  Don't quote me, but I think the reason palms don't grow this close to the ocean, is the hurricanes?

While I was in Ormond this past June, I painted several small panels that I'm saving for the DLP's 150 Challenge.  We will start showing those this Saturday the 12th at the famous "Lynchburg Art Festival" at EC Glass Hi-School.

Anyway, this pert little palm is for auction on Ebay.  CLICK HERE.

I've changed my tactics on Ebay a little.  I no longer start bidding at .99 .  I start bids at a price to cover the materials.  If I can't sell them at material cost then I will paint over them.  Also adding a "Buy it now" price so you don't have to wait for the auction to end.

I didn't see you in Lynchburg?

Happy Trails

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Original Plein Air Painting of Douthat State Park Pines

Hey Friends,  Time to list a few paintings on Ebay.  I will be starting these newer paintings at prices to cover cost of supplies and if they don't sell, I will paint over them !!  Good idea, don't ya think?

This 20x16 OIL painting can be found HERE on Ebay.  This link engages at 9pm Eastern.

Would make a nice gift, right?

Happy Trails

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

ELEMENTS - the Show by Double Line Painters is hanging at Goose Creek Gallery in Bedford, Va.

Hey Friends,  A reminder, 'cuz I really hope you will take the time to come out to DT Bedford, Va.this Friday evening, the 11th for their 2nd Fridays Art Walk.

The 2 photos above show some of the works by the Double Line Painters.  Top is Linda Schaar.

These last 2 photos show a piece of mine, titled "Call of the Sea".  Titles are my weak spot.
Thought of calling it "Ariel's Necklace".  Sort of reminds me of a a child's homemade necklace.

There is a base of silver leaf,  with a Geode and shell slices and beads and some sort of netting and CARDBOARD of all things!  And Linda loaned me some stuff that makes instant verdigris, which you can barely see along the edge of cardboard.

For me the abstracted images are the hardest, they take the longest to create.  Maybe if one did them every day it wouldn't take so long.  You know that thing called "practice".

Hope to see you soon,
Happy Trails

Monday, September 7, 2015


Hey Friends,  What a Laborious day it has been.  I'm totally tuckered out. 

I managed to get this 9"x12" oil plein air painting listed on Ebay for auction.

This beautiful house is right here on Main Street, Salem, Va. but it looks like it could be on YOUR Main St., right?

CLICK HERE for the Ebay Auction that engages at 9PM tonight.

Hope you all had a wonderful, happy Labor Day.

Happy Trails
Travel Well

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Hey Friends,  I may be getting back into the swing of  computers.  I find it hard when it's nice outside to stay indoors.  I'm not too disciplined.

I painted this little whimsical piece last week, Maybe?  I'm trying to make pieces for ebay and etsy and shows coming up.  Such as the Lynchburg Fest. at EC Glass High School and Art on the Lawn and Ikenberrys and MORE.

Please go see the news at www.doublelinepaintersoftheblueridge.blogspot.com for more info.  And you can share, we would love that and we would love to see some familiar faces at these shows.

Go check out the family on Ebay - CLICK HERE.

Thanks for stopping in.

Happy Trails 
Travel Well

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FRENCH LAVENDER II - Original painting

Hey Friends,  Still working hard on new paintings for the upcoming Fall Art Festivals.

This lavender farm was painted earlier, in the spring?  So it's time for it to go in my Etsy shop

CLICK HERE for the details in etsy.

Tomorrow I will post a new painting.  A little teaser, hoping to make you want to visit one of the shows.

Until then,
Happy Trails