Friday, December 20, 2013

Painting Reflective Surfaces

Do you enjoy painting the reflections seen in water and light?  I find
this to be a liberating experience to play with the color as it dances over the surface of the canvas or paper.  When using the acrylic paints, I often mix a bit of the interference paints with my colors to give a sheen that is often seen on wet surfaces.

My recent painting "Rainy Day reflections" used this technique
to play with color on the streets of the city.

                            Best wishes for everyone to have a safe, happy and enjoyable holiday season.

Double Line Artist

Friday, December 6, 2013

          Texture with Acrylics

I recently decided to add plaster to the canvas surface
to give an interesting look for paintings that called for
texture.  This worked well for this scene from Italy
with the rough texture of both the building and the

I applied the plaster and let it cure on the canvas board
surface.  The board prevents flexing as on a stretched
canvas.  After it cured, I added gel medium, letting it dry
and then proceeded with my painting.

I plan to display the work at 2nd Helpings Gallery in

Friday, November 15, 2013

Painting Plein Air with Pastels

Cold and wind did not prevent a morning of plein air painting in
SW Virginia since I knew that I would have very few opportunities to capture anything of color left before all the leaves
hit the ground. This was a lovely area in West Salem to capture
some panoramic views.
Although I usually paint in oils, I decided to capture the scene in pastels which turned out to be a good choice since I wanted to
paint quickly so I did not stay in the cold/wind for a long period of

Thursday, November 7, 2013

More of the Bedford Barns

On the Road again in Bedford County in search of Barns on Route 43 we found a great group of barns to add to our collection.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Watching from on high
historic barns on Holiday Circle
Farm Life at the historic barns
Barns on our travel through Bedford County
Classic Gold!
Historic barn circa 1800's

 The Double Line Painters decided to take a tour of some of Bedford County to capture the beauty of the historical barn.
Our plans are to participate  in the program to record and to do  paintings of the historical barns of this county with a major
exhibition of these paintings in August 2014.

If you know of historic barns that would be included in this county's registry, contact us through the individual artist blogspot
or the

Monday, October 28, 2013

Do you know of a historic or unusual Barn in Bedford County Virginia?
Please help us to identify contacts/locations, particularily in the western
part of Bedford County.  As a member of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge, we are planning to participate in the project proposed by the Bedford Historical Society and Bedford County Farm Bureau to promote these significant, unique, and rural resources.  Our artist group will be
working to find and provide paintings of these structures.  The  Bedford barn paintings of participating artists will be displayed in various galleries,
business locations and the Bedford Visitor's Center in August 2014.

Let us know, through this site or the  Doubleline Painters of the Blue Ridge blogsite/emails of suggested locations of Bedford Barns.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Think I finally got the redo of this art work done!  Never give up on a piece, just rethink it!
This is Autumn Reflections.  Oil on  canvas. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

 Here is one of my paintings for the Double or Nothing Show for Goose Creek Gallery in Bedford. The opening was Friday Night and we saw lots of friends.

I have included photo's of our opening and our Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge, our artist Group.
Thanks to Mitchell and Patrick for such a nice opening last night.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Our Painting Group, Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge, had a great time at First Friday in Lynchburg  at the Lynchburg Art Club meeting and greeting lots of creative people and doing "art speak" with  our art friends
at the opening reception for our art show.  It was really interesting to see so much of our group's art work displayed in a lovely setting.  While we
often paint together and have critique sessions, it was so different to see so much of our work exhibited together.  It was a lovely show Patti and her assistant's did a great job hanging the art.

Monday will bring another day to transport art to Bedford and see our friends at Goose Creek Gallery.  It is a very unique Gallery with such a welcoming feel anytime you stop in.  It will be an experience seeing the work of our artists having the "joined canvas" paintings.  I am not sure I have seen but a few of these in progress.  I am looking forward to seeing so many friends at the 2nd Friday Art Walk at
the Gallery.

Friday, October 4, 2013

I decided to rework some of the artwork I had started.
To the abstract color designs I added my reclining figure and
the played with gel applications to give added texture for the painting.  A romantic mix of abstract plus figurative work.
Do you think this works?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

 Tomorrow is the big day for opening Reception at the Lynchburg Art Club for the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge.  Bonnie, Midge and Linda packed up and delivered a pile of art to the club and Patti Powers checked everything in.  I hope our Bedford, Forest and Lynchburg friends will stop in to see our art and have a
bit of time to talk to all of us.

Our entire group has been super busy the last couple of months getting ready for the Lynchburg Art Club Show, and next week we will deliver art to Goose Creek Gallery in Bedford for the opening there.
Yesterday we had a delightful time meeting and talking with people at 2nd Helpings Gallery as we
presented a program on preserving your legacy through art.  It was a great time to to creative pieces for sharing memories.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Another Sea Energy painted and ready to frame.
It is like a trip to the beach.

This week will be busy getting ready to plein air paint
at Centerfest in Bedford and then finishing the
presentation of the Legacy Series for 2nd Helpings/Mental Health Services Senior forum on October 2nd.
Hope to see our friends at these events.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I still love to paint subjects about the coast , even though I
no longer live on the NC Coast, I can still keep my feet wet
by doing the paintings.  With the dreary weather we had yesterday I decided it was a good time to play with finishing
the painting I had started.
This is an acrylic painting on handmade papers.

Since there are a number of folks in the
Roanoke Area that love coastal colors,
I may take this to Black Dog to see if they want to
add it to the art there in the Marketplace.

Enjoy the day and, if you are going to see the Hokies
play in Blacksburg, take your umbrella's!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

We had a wonderful time in Lynchburg, Virginia last weekend at the Lynchburg Art Club Show
at EC Glass High School. I saw lots of old friends and met some new ones too.  Our Double Line Painters will be featured at the Lynchburg Art Club for October.  Stop by to see us at the Reception October 4th from 5-8 PM.
The Double Line Painters will also be doing a show at the Goose
Creek Gallery in Bedford, Virginia with a reception on October 11.

Our painting group is working with joined canvas for the Goose Creek
Art Show.  This is one of the panels.  The one I am bringing is 3 panels
landscape which can be hung as a large painting or taken apart to have
3 landscape panels 24x12 each.  It is a challenging to formulate a series
such as this.

I have included panels  #1 and #3  You will have to come to the
Gallery to see #2 and the Joined canvases!

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Storm WatcherRooster SquaredFlowers on the WallA Birdie told meCow   CountryFarm Fresh
Blue WatchingA basket of sunshine2nd Panel of BR Patchwork#2 Girl Looking

Saturday, September 7, 2013

I am looking forward to seeing my friends at Sunset River Marketplace
in beautiful Calabash, North Carolina.. I am taking them some new pieces of art to place
in the Gallery.  If you haven't seen this wonderful Gallery, stop by when you
are in the area or view their artists work on line at   The Gallery is in the heart of Calabash at
10283 Beach Drive SW.  I have met many of the artists there, taken workshops
and enjoyed many art activities at Sunset River Marketplace.  Ginny Lassiter, the owner , is a true
Southern Jewel.

Blue Watching
Evening Views

Morning Flight

                                                                    Paper Dolls

Thursday, September 5, 2013

" Rooster Squared"

Rooster Squared" is another bit of whimsy

that began the flurry of paint brushes to get ready for several art shows, Lynchburg Art Club and Goose Creek Gallery
in Bedford  during September and October.

Flowers in the Park was a plein air painting with a completion in the studio.

The 3 Hats was completed. An earlier post showed the underpainting of this one.

 "Summer Fancy is a combination of 2 paintings
with the addition of some hardware (hardware not
pictured) as an assemblage.

Girl Looking is a computer art
I recently completed .

These works can be seen at the exhibitions
at the Lynchburg Club art Show at EC Glass in September
and at the galleries and shows in the area.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

First step in starting this abstract was to lay down some additional color and texture over some collage papers that served as an under painting.  Then came the fun of adding the gel and crackle medium.
And then to work with the texture to add more color and color for the painting to develop into a wall that looked very old with flowers flowing  from the top of the wall

Then outside to splatter paint on the wall adding more texture.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to see how much texture there is on this piece of art which makes it special.  Soon I will be taking the art to Lynchburg , Virginia for the annual art show at EC Glass.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

"Table for One, 2nd Time"

I have always loved the "girls and their hats" and  recently had a request for another painting for 
"Table for One" since the original first painting for " Table for One" had found a home.  I really enjoy trying to give the girls an attitude or a the feeling of a place or event.  I was fortunate to have one of the daughters of
our Double Line Painters model for our group this winter so we could get some on sight sketches and additional photograph's to work from on future paintings.  The painting I call "Watching" was painted with
one of the poses from our painting session and is currently at the Sunset Marketplace Gallery in Calabash,
North Carolina.

This is the initial stage of the 3rd of my most recent
"girls" with the under painting plus collage
started .  I am looking forward to seeing where this painting takes me!