Thursday, April 19, 2018

COMING SOON NEW ART SHOW AT 2ND HELPINGS


Hello Friends,  We Winter Weary Souls did not venture out to paint en Plein Aire today..
Just a wee bit too chilly and for sure the wind would have been a problem.
Next week looks promising.

But we wanted to let you know, we will be hanging a new show at 2nd Helpings this coming May 1st, a Tuesday.  A reception will be held Saturday, May 12th from 1 til 3PM.
We hope you will come by to have a sweet treat and discuss our art and look around the thrift shop.

The art work above is one Sue Furrow will have in the show.
You can find more of our planned activities HERE on our website.
Hope to see you soon.

HAPPY TRAILS


Thursday, April 12, 2018

LOVELY MORNING FOR PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS


Hello Friends,  Hope you are still hanging onto that one slim little vine leading to SPRING.
This morning was lovely here in the heart of Blue Ridge Country, Buchanan to be exact.  Off Rt. 11 onto Rt. 639, a back road that takes you through some gorgeous country and drops you off in Fincastle on Rt. 220.


We all scurried around taking photos, I suppose the feeling that all this beautiful sunshine could disappear again in the blink of an eye.
Then we hurriedly set up our gear and got busy.



Not much was said for about an hour.  It was great listening to the birds and tractors, way off in the distance and the breeze.


After a while the breeze stiffened and you were almost chilly !
We just kept going until some one lost all their stuff when it fell over.  I did not get a photo or I would show it and probably be laughing.  Only funny if it doesn't happen to you.
We are a great gang and grateful for every opportunity to paint together and outside.

Life doesn't get too much better!

Hope to see you out there too.

HAPPY TRAILS

Friday, April 6, 2018

RIVERSIDE NURSERY FOR PLEIN AIRISH PAINTING


Hello Friends,  Is the weather driving you nuts?  It has been a challenge to find places to paint out of the wind and rain/snow.  We found a perfect spot yesterday inside plein air at RIVERSIDE NURSERY in Salem, Va.  


This beautiful nursery is owned and run by Bruce (last name?) seen above watering pansies.
We thank you again for letting us use the colors of your labor.


Here is Mary Anne, busy getting her interpretation of the colors down fast.


Judy is showing Linda her INKTENSE PENCILS !


And here is her mixed media approach today.  Judy loves to experiment and doesn't mind lugging this stuff to plein air outings.

We enjoyed our short session today and Sue has plans to go back to paint the exterior when it isn't quite so windy.

We may be going to a sunflower farm very soon.
Will keep you posted.

HAPPY TRAILS

Thursday, March 29, 2018

MOTHER NATURE LET US PLAY TODAY !


Hello Dear Friends,  Several photos for your winter weary eyes to feast on today.
Above is an ALL-TIME favorite, Mertensia or Blue Bells


The Roanoke River full from the recent snows and one of her "felled" trees which happens to look like a bear from a certain angle.


And Moma N trying to burn off the fog for us.  But we didn't care, the air was warm and no stiff winds tossing our easels around.


The county built a nice, new overlook out of metal and it is a perfect spot to paint from.



Here are 2 mini's Judy finished from that overlook.


Here is a picnic shelter that we hoped we wouldn't have to use BUT look at us.
We just wanted the company because we had not been together for a long time.


Bonnie has hers all blocked in and ready for the next step.


Mary Anne all finished with first painting and ready to start another.


Sue has hers all blocked in too.  Will finish at home .  And our 5th element, Linda, would not let me take a photo of her progress.  So maybe you will see it next time.
We are going to head back to Salem next week and then to the Sunflower farm soon and to a Plein Air Event in Clifton Forge .

Looking forward to all our adventures together.

HAPPY TRAILS
Enjoy the journey

Thursday, March 22, 2018

SNOW HAS THWARTED ANOTHER PLEIN AIR MEETING



Hello Friends,  Yesterday you may already know had snow about 4-6 inches deep!!  Today it is almost totally gone.  What's going on ?
We keep trying to have a day for plein air painting on Thursdays.  If Mother Nature keeps playing these tricks we may have to change to another day.

The painting above is on Judy's easel....she is contemplating her next move.  This can be a frustrating time.  You might screw it up but you don't/can't leave it as is.


This is a piece Linda finished recently, I suppose it's for the Spring Home Builders Show at the Salem CC this weekend.  Fri through Sunday.


And this is one by Mary Anne maybe for the show coming up first of May at the 2nd Helping Gallery in Roanoke.  Or it could be for one of her galleries.

Hope you all have a grand weekend.

HAPPY TRAILS

Thursday, March 15, 2018

ANOTHER CHANGE TO PLEIN AIR PLANS !! We plan to cry soon.


Hello Friends,  We were going to make more preparations for our workshop in June and get our paint gear in order this morning.  The weather gods said there was a wind advisory S o o o o  we postponed again..


We were going to meet at the top hill at Longwood park but you know it is always windy and chilly there so I'm sure we could not have held onto our papers and brushes!


The top two photos show Judy's arrangement for starting her sample.  And here is her finished piece.
Just Beautiful, don't ya think.
And look again at the top photos, Do you see any brushes? !


NO!  You don't see any brushes....This is a workshop done with other utensils.  Such as sponges, Q-Tips, Chenille Stems, Fingers,  and more.
This second painting is by Linda.


This third painting is by Mary Anne.  All were done without paint brushes.  And they are all very different and Gorgeous.  Just like the one you can create in this workshop.  There is so much hands-on instruction and encouragement, you can expect to take home one just as pretty!

We will keep you posted as the time gets closer.
But go ahead and pencil it in for June 23rd this summer.
The Lavender farms Festival is the weekend before for Fathers Day.

HAPPY TRAILS
Enjoy the Journey

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A CHANGE IN PLANS FOR PLEIN AIR


Hello Friends,  The winds were blowing, the temps. were cold, the snow flakes were flying so we changed plans to paint at the Arboretum of VWCC (we are not extreme plein air painters!)
We instead moved up our meeting to plan for the 2018 workshop at the Evergreen Lavender Farm.
Over coffee/tea and a few donut holes we consulted our photo references and came up with a plan for the next workshop.
                                                                   



This workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 23 from 10- 12 noon, so mark your calendars.
Check back for the sample painting.  We can't wait for summer ! - How about you ??

HAPPY TRAILS