Friday, July 28, 2017

Golden Garden

Today's Painting challenge was to rescue a canvas that I used in a plein air painting that just did not go the way I wanted.  The colors in the initial painting
were just too dark and did not seem to be worth spending more time working so
I put it aside to use later.

Today, with the rain falling  was a day to paint inside so I worked on this redo.
Using the palette knife I applied colors and worked the florals on the canvas.
I am glad I decided to rescue the initial painting and make something I liked more.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

New Art on the Easel

With the heat and humidity, it seems much nicer to paint in the good ole AC rather than plein air although I have been doing a bit of both.  It was enjoyable to play with color and design with the "Open Bar" painting.

Plein air painting in Clifton Forge at the School of the Arts was a really enjoyable trip last week.  There were lovely gardens behind the School of the Arts as well as across the street at the outdoor theater.

Painting in both settings makes for an enjoyable summer!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Paintings on the Easel

I have been looking for different options to paint plein air with things other than "green" .  I have plenty of brooks, streams, woods and mountain paintings so another mix of colors and views are something I wanted to do .

Buildings and shapes, colors and figure shapes became the fun focus for some recent art.  Everyone goes town and country so variety is nice to
provide creative ideas.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Brushes Optional!

The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge are preparing for a "No Brushes" Painting Workshop
to be at the Evergreen Lavender Farm on June 24th.  This will be the third year that we have enjoyed the beauty of the Lavender Farm and share the enjoyment of painting there.

The unusual aspect of our approach is to avoid painting with brushes !  Why do we do that?  It is interesting that for the newer painter the use of brushes can be intimidating and reduce the flow of
creative juices!  Even the experienced artist who uses brushes often complaint that they
feel they are to "tight with their painting".  So what do we use if not brushes?
Try a piece of plastic card (an old credit card) or pieces of mat board to spread the paint/  Use
sponges ,  plastic wrap or pieces of a plastic trash bag to apply paint.  This works extremely well for
trees, bushes and "dabs" of color in the piece.  Use the edge of a credit card for the straight lines.
How about using some of the "fuzzy pipe cleaners" to apply paint to the figures.  We also made stencils for some of the items in the painting such as the arbor, chairs and chairs with figures to help the painter who wanted to use them.

The paintings above are 2 of the samples of the paintings we will be using for the workshop.
Art without using brushes is a fun and creative approach to painting which allows the participant to create and have an unique painting at the end of the workshop.  No two paintings are alike!

If you are interested in the workshop check the information on the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge Facebook page for additional information.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Big X 5 Art Show

Today is the day we hang the art work for the BIG X 5 Art Show with the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge.  It is  interesting and  a challenge to work on 48" x 36" canvas.

 To plan the painting and get a perspective of my painting theme I started on a smaller 20" x 16" canvas to make decisions on color, placement and options before going larger.

Unless you have a large area for painting and an easel to accommodate the larger size, planning is essential for the large format.  It may also limit the space you have to work on other pieces of art.  These may be some issues you need to consider.

I started the BIG one several months before it was due to be in the Art Show.  This reduced the stress level of having to "hurry" to get everything finished on time.  It also gave me plenty of time to assess the direction of the painting process, put the completed painting away for a while and then take it out to see if there were things that I needed to adjust before varnishing and completing the backing.
This seemed to really make the painting work and the entire process went smoothly.

The Meet the Artist Reception will be Friday, May 12 from 5 PM until 8 PM.  The Big x 5 Show will be at Goose Creek Studio and Gallery during May and June.  Hope to see you at the reception but if
you are unable to make the reception, stop in to see the art from the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge during May and June.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Upcoming Events

Spring events have me painting outside getting ready for shows and events.  I will be joining other artists from the area in Lexington, Virginia for Art on the Green which is scheduled for
Saturday, April 29th from 10 AM until 4 PM.
The show is at 140 W. Nelson Street/intersecting with Jefferson Street.

The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge will
be hanging their BIG show in Bedford at Goose Creek Studio and Gallery in May.  Each of the artists have met the challenge of completing
a painting on a 36 x 48 inch wrapped canvas.

We are looking forward to displaying the work in the front Gallery Space.  Come to the Meet the Artist Reception on the 2nd Friday Art Walk on May 12 from 5 PM until 8 PM.  The art will continue on display until July 8th.

Our Painting Group is also planning 2 workshops for later this summer.  Check the website for the
Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge.Com  or the facebook page of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge for additional information/  More from this blog later.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Art on the Green

I have always loved the beauty of the Lexington, Virginia area and have visited there a number of times but I have not participated in the Art on the Green Art Show .  This year, scheduling seemed to be a positive to make this trip and I am looking forward to this event.  It is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th from 10 AM until 4 PM.  Three of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge will be participating as well as a number of the artists I know well from the Smith Mountain Lake and Roanoke area art events.
The Color of Sunset

Here are a couple of the paintings that I will be bringing to the event.
The Color of Sunset is a plein air acrylic started on site in Botetourt County and then completed after I returned home.
The Social Event

"The Social Event" was a painting I did in studio which was an exercise in imagination and color.  Just an enjoyable artistic exercise!

I am still in the decision making process for the choices I will make on art to travel to Lexington.  What really makes choices difficult is that I enjoy painting a little of everything....plein air or studio
or just experimenting with our painting friends.

I am looking forward to seeing friends I done often see and meeting new folks.  Please come by Hopkins Green  (corner of Nelson and Jefferson Street ) in Lexington to see
the art and artists.