Thursday, August 31, 2017

New Show in Covington and Plein Aire at South Peak

Hey Friends,  Judy and Mary Anne along with Kyle (above photo) hung a new show at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library in Covington, Va. today.  We hope you will be able to visit them and see the new work.  HERE is a link for more info.

Linda and I went to South Peak again today to do some more practice pieces.  The sky was beautiful even though these photos don't tell you much.

These top 2 photos were taken from the parking lot of the Hilton Hotel, just below South Peak as you can see.

I was using some palettes I'm not exactly used to.  They came from a book called the YIN and YANG.  The top 2 were a red/green color palette.

And these two were the blue/orange palette.  I did not finish any of the 3 totally.  They were pretty slippery and I need to let them get sorta dry or sticky so I can get some more paint to stick and stay put.  I like both color combos.

I won't know for sure until I finish them.  Hopefully they can go into the art show.
Have you put this plein air event on your calendar?  You can come October 13, 14, or 15.
More details will follow.

Was scheduled for Sat. the 2nd but IRMA and HARVEY have changed it to Sunday.

Hope to see you come by.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Hey Friends,  Announcing the first SALE I've ever tried to conduct on line.  I will need lots of prayers and luck to make it go smoothly.  This sunflower is the latest piece I added to my           EBAY  Store.  And the sale is 25% off any and all paintings !

I never would have dreamed how long it takes to list one item on Ebay !!  The most time consuming thing I've done for days.  I have over a 100 items listed now  and I have more to go.  I have not participated in any selling venues for several years so I have a glut of paintings sitting there taking up my little bit of space in the studio.

I used to travel  a lot, to outdoor festivals up and down the East Coast but time changes everyone and their bodies.  It isn't as easy as it once was to set up a heavy tent and flats, etc. etc.

So here I am trying something new ONLINE.

Hoping you will share this post and go have a look yourself.  Art makes a wonderful gift and that time is rolling in pretty fast.

Happy Trails

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Hey Friends,  I have had a very good two days, right here in the studio.  I started another series of CHICKENS WITH ODD CAREERS.

I have 18 so far.  The little lady above is the "BISCUIT LADY".......She is the first one to arrive at Hardee's every morning.

Here they are with a fresh coat of varnish.  The only problem I see is that this series could go on for a while .  After I varnished and gave each a title,  it occured to me I did not have any Senators, or Congressmen, or mayors or ball players or actors.  See what I mean?
I'll just have to take it slower.

Hope your day was FAB too.

Happy Trails

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Hey Friends,  I finished this up today.  I think the word is SWOONING or PINING to be there.  I would like to live on the beach for about a year.  I'd like to know if I'd ever get tired of the sand and sun.  Can't imagine that.

This is a 12" square canvas Panel and it is in my Ebay Store HERE.

I was out plein airing all by myself yesterday and finished 2 of the local scenery.

I will post them tomorrow maybe.  I love it when I have something fun to show you.

Have a grand Sunday evening.

Happy Trails

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Howdy Friends,  I have had a good day at home in spite of the blazing heat !  I got a new GO Cart for plein air painting.  See it above with some panels I toned for my next trip out.

And LOOK !  Everything fits, tripod and all.  And there is a seat that is built in on the back and just folds down.  This is the best design I have seen so far.  I used to have to put a tiny seat and the tripod and the canvas holder across the top and at least one or two would fall off.  NO More!

And when I ordered the cart, I order Thalo Turq. and Mars Black oil paints.
I was told to mix Mars Black with yellow to get greens.

As you might be able to see from my charts, Mars Black is not the right black.  So then I tried Lamp Black, the last line.  That one was not much better.  So I will have to do some research.  I am wanting some more greens for the upcoming plein air event at South Peak in October.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend, inspite of all the ugliness in our world.

Happy Trails

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Hey Friends,  Busy time of the year, right?
Have you gotten your Babes already for school?
Linda and I don't have to worry about that anymore, our Babes are all grown with Babes of their own.
So Thursday we went to South Peak, here in Roanoke, Va. and painted from inside an empty/under construction Home unit on the top floor.  With the windows and door open it was almost like being outside.  We wanted a little plein air practice because our event at South Peak will be here before you know it.

And I want to remind you there is still time to sign up for the "NO BRUSHES WORKSHOP" at the LAC.
CLICK HERE for registration info.

Go.....Do it Now....And I'll see you there.

Happy Trails

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Hey Dear Friend Friends,  Glad some of you made to the reception last night at Lynchburg Art Club.
We had a great time and as you can see the Club always puts out a grand table.

Everyone has to get a few bites before they start choosing their favorites.

And looky here, Sue standing on her own two legs !  Was I still under the effects of the anesthia when I painted these two?  Either that or I had something Hi-Octane in that glass.

The group, Double Line Painters had a good time at the event.

Check out the Art Clubs website HERE for times, etc. because the show is up through the end of August.

Happy Trails
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

LYNCHBURG ART CLUB Hanging the Show-"Gtd. to Make Your Couch

Hey Friends,  Even though I have been a wee bit lax with my blog, I am a busy gal.
Here I meet with two other members of the DLP's , Linda and Bonnie.
We wanted to make sure our giant works would all fit into two cars.!

We had to get a few off the floor in the office area.

But most were just placed where we wanted them to hang.

the LAC has their own hanging committee !  Above are a few of mine.

This is our promotional poster with the address and the times.
We do hope some of you will make the short trip to Lynchburg to see all the Monster sized
 paintings that will match your couch!!

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