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.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Sensations

Today was the day for hanging the art for the Spring Sensations Art Show at 2nd Helpings Gallery in Roanoke.  It was a great opportunity to show off some of the paintings we had worked on during the winter.
Just a Sample of Some of the Art

This is a lovely space to show art and to work with the great people who make the 2nd Helpings Gallery work successfully as part of the network for supporting the services of the Rescue Mission.

With the opening of the Spring Sensations show the artists will be painting at 2nd Helping Gallery on Saturday April 8th, from 1 PM until 3 PM. we will look forward to seeing friends stopping by to take a look at the artistic  creations, enjoy the Cafe and have fun searching for those unexpected treasures in the Gallery Shops.

With the arrival of more opportunities for good painting weather we will be heading out to paint the lovely scenes of spring and find all types of things to explore.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Sensations

It has been a busy but fun time planning for the "Spring Sensations"
art show with the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge which we will be hanging this next week.  There will be a Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 8, from 1 PM -3 PM at 2nd Helpings Gallery in Roanoke.  Come and "talk Art" with us while we paint at
our easels!
We will be giving away note cards to one of the people attending the reception.  Come and put your name in the basket for the drawing for the cards at the Reception.

The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge is a group of 5 Gals who have been painting together for a number of years.  We enjoy sharing our creative ideas, plein air painting and attending/presenting workshops together.  One of the best things that has developed from the experiences is the friendships that we share with each other and the people we have met along the way with our painting adventures.

Hope to see you on April 8th.  The Spring Sensations show will be up at the 2nd Helpings Gallery
Through June.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Some Storage and Framing Tips for Pastel

Quick Set Up
When painting plein air it is important to have a simple and quick set up so you can capture the scene and light before there are too many changes in the scene,  Pastel is a dry pigment which makes this easy.

Since this is a dry pigment care must be taken to cover and secure the painting in transport.  I usually tape the pastel paper to a solid
backing.  Then when I am ready to travel I can use the more expensive glassine paper secured snuggly over the pastel painting but I have also found that I can use the deli paper secured with tape or clips on small paintings.  Sam's Club has a great deli  paper which is not waxy that works well for me.  Once the painting is covered securely you can stack other secured paintings on top of each for storage.  The main concern is to avoid smearing the pastel but I have had no problems transporting the paintings and storing them until time for framing,

Pastel paintings do need to be framed under glass and with off sets to protect the painting.  Clear off sets can be used to separate the space between the painting and the glass.  Using the clear off sets, the painting does not require a mat.  If you are using other types of off sets such as matte board or foam core, a mat will be needed.

There is some controversy in framing with glass placed and tightly sealed against the pastel. This is seen in some areas of the country where there is little humidity and less chance of mold growth under the glass.  I have tried this technique with no problems arising but I watched the surfaces for well over a year to see how successful this technique in framing could be used.

It is nice to have some options to use when framing pastels without mats  but you should be aware of problems that can arise.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Getting Ready for Painting those Spring Flowers

Our painting group is getting ready for a "Spring Sensations" art show at 2nd Helpings Gallery and
Don't Call Me A Weed
that means getting some of those spring flowers on canvas. We will be painting at 2nd Helpings during the opening reception on April 8th from 1 PM until 3 PM.  Stop in to see us.  Our "Spring Sensations" will be up from April 4 through June 30th.

While some of the spring beauties are showing off with their spring colors the weather turned a bit cooler this last week and, trying to recover from the "winter bugs"  I decided it would be in my best
interest to stay indoors and paint some of those beauties I had captured with my camera last
summer.  Good practice for the days when we do get out to paint.

Sometimes the blooms \of the common weeds in the area make some of the floral beauties just found on the roadside.  Lots of choices for painting during the spring and summer months.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Returning to an Old Love

On of the first painting love affairs I had was to use the soft pastels for plein air painting.  I was so fortunate to have painted with a great group of artists in Coastal North Carolina both in studio and plein air.  Our main medium at that time was soft pastels which were easily portable and great for creating plein air scenes without delay so it was easy to capture the light before there were changes.

Plein Air Painting in February
After moving away, I found that there were fewer artists in my new area that painted with pastels, and favored the use of oils and acrylics over pastels especially for plein air painting. Unfortunately I also found that
sometimes the medium was misunderstood by artists, framers and the general public.  Too many people looked at the almost pure pigment and disgraced it by calling it chalk!

Soft pastels can render unique effects that can not be achieved by other mediums although most pastel artists may determine that oil comes the closest to obtaining that presentation.

Pastels provide immediate gratification with color and paint application.
There is a down side to the soft pastel use...primarily in storage to prevent  damage to the painting and special considerations for framing which is under glass and with off sets to preserve the art.

Easy transport of paints for plein air.

I have also found that I can adapt my pastel painting from the plein air setting use as an "underpainting" if I decide I do not want to frame under glass. While this turn the painting into a mixed media rather than a pure pastel, it gives me options on what works best for a particular painting.

In later blogs I will share information I received when I attended
multiple workshops and IAPS Convention about the pastel painting and framing .