Friday, July 13, 2018


Hello Friends,  Hope that everyone is enjoying their summer.  We have taken a short bit of a break from our plein air schedule due to family vacations, hosting visiting family, and even helping family move .  We certainly have had our share of family fun!  and can't wait to get back to our plein air fun.  It begins again next week as we visit Virginia's new state park, Natural Bridge.
So check back with us on our blog or FaceBook for where we are headed next.

Goose Valley Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Paintings drying in the sun from a previous outing.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Hello Friends,  We wanted to wish you a very Happy Fourth and to express our appreciation for this glorious country and that beautiful flag up there.

And hope if you go to the fair, you have a grand time.  Be safe and stay hydrated.

Bonnie, Judy, Linda, Mary Anne, Sue
THE Double Line Painters

Friday, June 29, 2018


Hello Friends,  Judy and Mary Anne are taking a workshop with the famous JOAN FULLERTON !
I'm sure everyone has heard of Joan.  I have only seen an interview and maybe a video,  I do subscribe to her blog so I have seen her work for years.

I believe the two photos above are from Judy.  I love the blue abstracts.

I am sure this photo is Mary Anne's work.  Mary Anne always does a great job with the figure but look at the green abstract.  I love it.  
I'm jealous and wish I could have taken this workshop.

I'm sure you will see more work done abstractly now.
I'm sure we all want to work more intuitively or perhaps more creatively so maybe you will see more intuitive work from all of us Double Line Painters.


Saturday, June 23, 2018


Hello Dear Friends, Fellow Artists and Students,  We all, meaning instructors and students, had a great time at Bonnie's Lavender Farm in Appomattox this morning!

As you can see from the photos the sky was not blue but grey and misty.

But that did not diminish the beauty of the lavender and and all the wonderful vignette's scattered through the beautiful property. 

This is the "VIEW" we concentrated on for the painting workshop.

Here everyone has arrived and is diving in with their unusual little tools.  NO brushes!
Instead they used little make-up sponges, Q-Tips, chenille stems, pieces of cardboard and wadded up saran wrap!!

They worked from back to front in layers.  Every painting was different from any other, no cookie cutters here.  Everyone got lots of personal help with 4 DLP's circulating.

And here is the conclusion.  All those beaming faces!!  Each one seemed to be proud and happy with their work.  We truly hope they love what they created and will frame and hang it when they get home.  Two of the ladies were making a day of it by staying for lunch and then a workshop on making lavender wreaths.  What a fantastic thought, hanging their paintings and wreaths together.

Evergreen is such a peaceful spot on the Virginia landscape, the longer you can stay, the better you will feel.  Hope this inspires you to come next June.

Thank you ladies and Bonnie for a wonderful day.


Thursday, June 14, 2018


Hello Friends,  We met today at LONGWOOD PARK in Salem, Va.  Some painted, some were just there for the final details on the much anticipated workshop on June 23rd at EVERGREEN LAVENDER FARM in Appomattox, Va.  Click on the highlighted title to register.  Class size is limited to 14 but a few seats remain, so don't wait.

Above is an example of what you could paint yourself.  Using household items and acrylic paints, you will go home with an 11" x 14" painting.  All supplies are included.  The only thing you need to bring is an apron, maybe a drink and good humor!  We would love to hear your newest jokes and stories.  Workshops are always more fun with a friend, so get yours to sign up too.

See you on the 23rd!


Saturday, June 2, 2018


Hello Dear Friends,  Hope the beginning of summer has been good for you!.  We are getting off to a great start here in the Blue Ridge Mountains in SW Virginia.  Plein air painting with your friends is such a joy.  Get your friends together and go DO it.

OR come to our Fourth annual "Paint the Lavender" workshop in Appomattox, Va. on June 23rd at the famous and gorgeous EVERGREEN LAVENDER FARM.  Click there to register for the workshop.

The second photo is an example made by Mary Anne of what will be demonstrated in this workshop.  All other photos are curtsy  of Evergreen. (I have tried 6 different spellings, curtesy of spell check and none are correct)  Anyway, the workshop is a NO stress fun way to make your own painting.  Using various house hold objects and your fingers to paint with, you will have your own unique creation.  Not like the other Paint Nite workshops where you make stroke for stroke like the instructor. 
We will guide you but encourage you to do it your way.
You will have fun and enjoy the farm.

See you soon.


Thursday, May 24, 2018


Hello Friends,  Only three of us made it out on this gorgeous day to paint.   We went to the Garden Clubs home on Colonial Ave.    They have beautiful grounds and we found some things in bloom.  The peonies were beaten up pretty bad from the hard rains Tuesday evening and the day lily's will be blooming next week.
This is Memorial Day weekend coming up and more rains are predicted, so the day lily's may be beaten too.  CLICK for their FaceBook page.

We wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day.  If you are driving, just don't do it if you are tired.

If you haven't seen our show at 2nd Helpings, it is still up until next Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by.