Friday, May 26, 2017


Hey Friends,  It seems my life may be getting back to normal ?!!
I'm home after having a total knee replacement and spending 2 weeks with my sister recovering.  Now I have to do a few, once a week PT's at Heartland.

Just FYI, don't be afraid to have this done, it was a breeze (except for some pain) which I'm sure you would expect.  My Doc, Dr. Preston Waldrop, must be a wizard with the saw and knife, because I have healed so fast.  2 weeks and 4 days ago he operated and I've been walking without a cane or walker for over a week.
I admit it feels weird and still ACHES at night when I've been on my feet too much.  And don't be afraid to try different pain meds because some of that stuff will make you very sick at your stomach.  I have tried at least 8 different kinds and none have worked as well as plain ibuprofen.
The only photos I have taken are of my constant companions, Max & Hamilton, above, while at my sisters.  Sweet but yappy little dogs.
OK enough about that.

I have not used a paint brush since the 8th of May.  Hoping to change that today.  Maybe I will have a new painting to post tomorrow.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend, drive carefully.

Happy Trails

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Plein Air at VWCC

Hey Friends,  I went with my plein air tribe to the arboretum at VWCC this morning.  The sun was missing so it was a wee bit chilly.

There was still color from the perennials and blooming trees.  And my favorite, the benches are everywhere.!!  I didn't quite finish my painting but we packed up to get our hot coffee.

My blog will probably be neglected a bit for a week or so, while I get a bionic knee !  Wonder Woman watch out, HeeHee.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Hey Friends,  I have spent the last hour or so playing with charcoal and alcohol, turpentine, water on Lana WC paper and canvas panels.
Look at all the lovely pastels my Friend Mary Anne gave me.  I want to use them so I'm experimenting.  There was a small piece of charcoal in the box.

I ground it up and it's in this tiny cup.  I got one piece of paper wet all over and shook the charcoal all over it.  I dribbled and splashed drops on 2nd paper.  Then shook charcoal all over it.

Both tests were DUD's.  Above and below.

I poured water fast all over this 2nd one.

And here it is dried and sprayed with fixative.

THEN I thought maybe I could smear the charcoal on the paper, THEN splashed turps, alcohol and last water.  

THEN I had the brilliant idea to glaze the paper with Golden's glazing medium, shake the charcoal on it, then splash the alcohol.  Did that on both the paper and the canvas.
What a bummer.
I want to figure out how Casey Baugh used Charcoal on paper and made it look like acrylics that bubble and spread with alcohol drops.
His paintings with this effect are in the new Art Collectors Magazine, featured in the very front.
Next I will try black pastels.

If anyone out there in the blog-0-sphere or Facebook knows what I'm trying to acheive, please be kind and show me how to do this.
I'll love ya forever.

Happy Trails

Monday, May 1, 2017


Hey Friends,  This is 12" x 4" study I made for a larger painting.
This is now at the Little Gallery at Smith Mountain Lake.

This week and next will be very hectic, with doc appt's and getting life ready for a knee replacement.
I'm sure my blog will be one of the first to be neglected
Hope to get some posts scheduled to self post.  Should be interesting.

Happy Trails

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Hey Friends, A quick post about the small art festival in DT Lexington yesterday.  One photo of Jefferson St. just to give an idea of the sweetness of this little town.

Shot above of a Double Line Painter, Judy Lochbrunner accepting her award for Best in Acrylic.

And two old friends above.  Nancy Stellhorn on the right and Susan Egbert on the left and she won the Best in Show award.

It was a lovely day (hottest so far in 2017) and I enjoyed chatting with a lot of friends I had not seen in a long while.

Happy Trails

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Hey Friends, A quick note to let you see what I did last night with the DLP's.

We went to Bedford, Va. to support Goose Creek Studio's and help entertain.

First we stopped at the Wharton Garden, one of the prettiest parks in the region.  It is between the library and the Bower Center.

A long shot of the other DLP's.

Then to the Goose Creek Gallery-Studios (back view) to finish our paintings and chat with the visitors.  Several of the studio artists were set up and working and entertaining also.

One shot of the DLP wall with a couple pieces of my work.
We all had a good time and got to eat dinner at a favorite restaurant "the Bella".
We ended the evening when a little rain came through.  But then it rained all the way home.  Linda and I were thankful it was still daylight, we HATE driving in the rain at night.!

I will be at the Lexington Art Show Sat. morning and hope to see you there.

Happy Trails

Friday, April 28, 2017


Hey Friends,  Time to get that little row boat out and do some fishing, right?  Or maybe just a tan.
But first head over to the Art Show in Lexington, Va. this Sat. April 29th, 2017.

The Rockbridge Arts Guild is sponsoring this one day show and this is the first time I've been there.
Hope you will stop and sign up for a free painting.  You do not have to be present to win, I will mail it to you.

This new piece of art, above, will be there.  It is 10x10x2".  Varnished and ready to go home with you.

Happy Trails

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Hey Friends,  Just a couple days to go ...... then I will see you at the Rockbridge Arts Guild show in Lexington, Va. this Sat. 29th of April.
I guess it's pretty obvious I don't do very many street festivals anymore ('cuz that's all I've posted about this week).  I'm having a knee replaced next week so maybe I will be agile once again.   Maybe enough to participate in more shows again.

This piece above is another favorite theme of mine, BONFIRES.  And decided the title is "Marshmallow Moon".   I have painted 3-4 others that sold, and hoping to get a few more finished for this show and to take to the Little Gallery at Smith Mountain Lake.

Please stop and say HI and sign up for email posts.  You will be entered for a drawing for a FREE painting.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Hey Friends,  Here is a link to the Lexington Art Show on the Rockbridge Arts Guild FaceBook page.  This sidewalk show will be from 10am to 4pm.
I will be there with several new pieces of work.

I will be giving away a free painting to one lucky person that signs up for my email posts.

The piece above is 16x12x2" and will be for sale at this show.

Do hope to see you there.

Happy Trails

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Hey Friends,  This week I'm blogging about the sidewalk art fest held in Lexington, Va, this coming Saturday, the 29th of April.  YEP, April is almost gone my friends, does not seem possible.
This art show happens only once a year so do try to be there.
I will have a piece of artwork to give away FREE.  If you sign up for my mailing list, you could be the lucky person drawn from the bucket!  And you do not have to be present to win.  I will mail it to you.

This piece of work will be there for sale.  It is GLORIOUS SUNSET and measures 10x10x2".

Hope to see you there under a sunny sky!

Happy Trails

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Hey Friends and Fellow Artists,  This coming Saturday, April 29th, on the sidewalks of Lexington, I will be displaying some of my artwork for sale.  This is the first time I have done this show, so wish me luck and pray for sunny skies.

This is one of the pieces from my FRACKING SERIES.  It is a 9x12 wrapped canvas, half an inch deep as you can see.  It started life in the cemetery on the hill in Fincastle, Va.  It was finished in my studio.

The art show is from 10am to 4pm.  Please stop and introduce yourself and sign up for a free give away.

Happy Trails

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Hey Friends,  Right this minute I can hear thunder and rain !!  A drastic change since this morning at Green Hill Park in Salem, Va. along the Roanoke River.

I usually take a million pictures every spring of the Mertensia (Va. Blue Bells) along the banks of this river.  Not this year, too late, the wild phlox is blooming now.  And I have felt really under the weather with all the allergies and colds that's why I missed the mertensia  and why I didn't feel like painting this morning.

I just took my sketchbook and made several little studies that I should paint from right away before the memories fade.

You can go to the DLP blog to see a couple little videos I made of the other gals painting.

It was a beautiful morning and the sun made me feel better.

Happy Trails

Sunday, April 16, 2017


Hey Friends,  Bee's are a favorite subject of mine, I've painted many of them.  The bumble bee more than others.  Probably because I have more models of them than any others.

Here is what she could look on a wall in anyone's home.  Original works of art have a quality that you will never find in a print or a canvas reproduction, no matter what any one tells you.  Of course you need them side by side to see what I mean.  Of course there are better repro's made at some facilities, such as Fine Art America, and you can get a print of this painting there.
Or you can go to my website and buy the Original there.  Or you can go right now to 2nd Helpings Gallery in Roanoke and purchase it right off the wall !

Thank you for visiting
Happy Trails


Hey Friends,  One of my most favorite things to paint is the sky.  The big puffy clouds, the long skinny dark clouds of storms, of sunsets.  I could still lay on a blanket and watch them go by but you know how adults are.  No one wants to waste time, no one wants to appear lazy.  No one would consider that a meaningful use of time.  I'm thinking maybe the next time I go to plein air, I will just take a blanket and a camera.

Ya never know, maybe I will capture some glorious clouds on film for future paintings.
I would never consider that a waste of time, if I wound up with another painting I love, like the one above.

She is available to grace your home at my website HERE.
Or prints are available HERE.

Have a lovely week.
Happy Trails

Friday, April 14, 2017


Hey Friends,  I'm shaking it up here.  The photos aren't in their usual places.  And that's only 'cause they would not move to the places I wanted them.

Both of these paintings are in the SPRING SENSATIONS SHOW 
at 2nd Helpings Gallery on Williamson Rd. in Roanoke, Va.

 And a room photo showing how goofy they would look on these big walls.  The one above is a 24" x 12"  and below is 20" x 10".
Besides some really handsome ART you will find gently used furniture and glass items and gently used clothing, some of it still has the original sales tags.  And childrens stuff and mens.  And of course their famous cafe, with fantastic foods and sweets.

These two paintings were created with painted papers, ribbon, lots of gel
and mark making tools I found everywhere.  And of course lots of acrylic
paint.  And being vertical, it should be easy to find wall spaces for them to fit.                        
Hope you have a wonderful weekend
and a Happy Easter.
Hug all your bunnies tight.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Hey Friends,  Does this look like SPRING to you?  Forsythia is a favorite because it means winter is finally over.  Then it's gone.  HE should of given this bush a little more thought, don't ya think?

This pretty thing is hanging at 2nd Helpings Gallery HERE.  It is included in the SPRING SENSATIONS exhibit hanging there for a couple of months.  Go visit them and tell them Sue sent you.  Prints are also available at FAA.
Plein Aire time is here once again.  I will be out with the Double Line painters if it is not raining every week, watch for us and stop to say Hello!

Happy Trails

Monday, April 10, 2017


Hey Friends,  This is one of the paintings hanging in the new art show "SPRING SENSATIONS" at 2nd Helpings Gallery.  Located in the old Sears Building on Williamson Rd. near Rt.460.

And here is a shot of what it could look like hanging in a home.
You can go by 2nd Helpings to see it in person and THEN take it home. HeHe!

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Trails

Friday, April 7, 2017


Hey Friends,  It's over whelming so I'm trying to make some room in my studio.  If I think a painting has some merit, I will offer it on Ebay as the last channel.  This was started on Mill Mountain, back when Wytheville was suffering with a lot of brush fires.  The wind blew the smoke into our valley and it sat there for a day and an evening.

This painted with oils and is 10" x 19".  This is a nice hand made frame and is not the garrish gold seen in the photo.  It has a softer golden look.

It is up for auction HERE on Ebay.

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Trails

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Hey Friends, The DLP's installed the new show "SPRING SENSATIONS" at 2nd Helpings Gallery in Roanoke on Williamson Rd.  This painting is hanging in the show along with a few more I will post about soon.

This is how it started it's life.  I gelled some quotes and words on to an 18x24 deep canvas along with a few pieces of hand colored papers.

I kept adding papers in the blue sky and the green grassy areas.

Here is a close up of one corner and maybe you can see some of the verbiage.  You can click on the image to make it bigger.

And here is what it would like hanging on your wall.  It is varnished and wired and ready to hang.
Shipping is free in the continental US.
It is available at my website FASO.
Repros and pillows and such are available at FAA.

Hope to see you at 2nd Helpings Sat. the 8th from 1-3 for our reception.  We will be painting and visiting with you.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Hey Friends, a reminder to let you know the Double Line Painters will be hanging the art show called SPRING SENSATIONS at 2nd Helpings Gallery on Williamson Rd. tomorrow, Tues. the 4th.
The reception will be Sat. the 8th from 1pm to 3pm.   

We will all be there and set up with our plein air gear to paint.  We hope you will be able to stop in and say Hi.  Maybe you can find an interesting gift for Mothers Day or Fathers Day.
Read the note above, maybe you will be the lucky person to win the cards.

Happy Trails

Monday, April 3, 2017


Hey Friends,  Here is a new work that may be hanging at the SPRING SENSATIONS show at 2nd Helpings Gallery in Roanoke.  I say 'may' because the final show will be determined by the sizes of all the work the members of  DLP will bring.

We will be hanging the show on Tues. April 4th, next week ! !  That's right April is here !
The meet the artists reception will be Sat. April 8th, from 1 - 3 pm.  The members will be painting, so plan to visit and watch us paint and chat at the same time.

Here is what this painting would like hanging in your home.
This listed in my web site at FASO.
And reproductions and such are available at FAA.

Happy Trails