Thursday, August 18, 2016


Saturday August 27 will find us at the Montgomery Museum Heritage Day ( ) 10am to 3pm.  We will be painting plein air on the grounds.  The festival is free and promises to have many fun activities including a huge silent auction that raises money for the museum.

On Friday September 2,  We will be at First Fridays at the Center for Pets at the Lynchburg Humane Society  ( from 5-8PM. The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge will be having an art show in the community room. There will be live music, food trucks, beer and wine to purchase in addition to all the dogs, cats, rabbits and a few other animals ready for all the visitors while waiting to be adopted.  A portion of any art sales benefit the animals.

We hope you can schedule some time to come to either or both events and chat for a while.                                  

Happy Trails

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Our Beautiful Valley

Hello Friends,  Hope you enjoy seeing photos of our beautiful Valley here in SW Virginia. 
We, Double Liners, were going to trek down (or maybe up) the Blue Ridge Parkway but that weather station threw us a curve ball.  We thought it would be stormy but it was just swelteringly HOT..
So I don't think anyone minded being in their studios.

We do have an event coming up soon, and we hope the weather station is wrong again.  The Montgomery Museum is having a HERITAGE DAY.
Click above and you can see their post about this event.
We will be there and plan to plein air and enjoy the visitors.

Hope to see you there.

Happy Trails

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Hello Friends,  Can you tell from the photo above that it is cloudy, foggy, rainy here in SW Virginia??
At times, it was coming down in buckets!

So the Double Line Painters decided to just have a Calendar Day.  That's when we sit with our teas and coffees and hot cross buns and pick locations for plein air adventures for the next couple of months. 
And what we need to do for up coming shows/exhibits, etc.

Example in 2017 we will have an exhibit of LARGE PAINTINGS.  And I mean the kind of large that you have to make your own canvas.

Judy Lochbrunner has a nice blogpost about this canvas making HERE.  Just in case you want to make a huge canvas.

So as more info comes to light I shall post it right here.

Meanwhile -
Happy Trails

Friday, July 29, 2016


A few of us ventured out to paint this morning in spite of the heat and humidity. We met at Mill Mountain Park just off the Blue Ridge Parkway above Roanoke City. While this is usually a “cooler” spot to gather, the morning warmed up too quickly. So today was all about some quick sketches, photos and studies. We agreed that it was good to get out for some “fresh” inspiration. We hope that next week is a bit cooler and more pleasant. In the meantime we will be working in our studios. Stay cool everyone!

And Bonnie said her car's thermometer said it was 7 degrees cooler at the top, but she could not tell a difference.

Maybe something exciting will happen before next meet-up.

Happy Trails

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Hello Friends,  Another beautiful day here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of SW Virginia.
The day was perfect for putting paint on canvas.
I did try making videos that are 2 minutes long, just testing how long 100 MB might be.

Since there are no videos on this post, you know I was wrong again.
The thought just occurred to me.  Maybe I can reduce the res on my camera!
Do ya think that would work??

Anyway, a couple of peaceful photos.  Judy on the edge.
A kayaker just gliding by.
Red and green, are they compliments?

Have a wonderful heat wave with us.

Happy Trails

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Hello Friends,  Wish you could have joined us in Blacksburg today.  First stop was the visitor center, above, for the "Parking Permit" and a photo op with the big bird.!

Then to the #Smithfield Plantation.  The entire place is beautiful and it would take too many photos to prove it so I settled for the info'mercial.

Then we made our way over to the #Hahn Garden Center which is so very beautiful.  We saw 2 volunteers working working in the humid heat and doing a fab job.  Bless them.

Then a short jog over to the #Moss Art Center where we saw 3 different exhibits.  The shot above is #Steve Whites work "100 Faces in 100 Days.  He left little thumb tacked notes here and there explaining what he was thinking while doing the painting.  Loved it.

Then a great lunch at the #Cellar.  And to round out the trip over to the #Montgomery Art Museum.
They have a few, maybe 3, paintings by #Walter Biggs, an Ole Salemite and a fabulous painter.

And we got a very nice tour of the Museum from a couple of the docents.  They had a large tribute honoring Lewis Miller and a short film made by the county of 3 siblings that lived in Cambria.

We had a great time as usual and can't wait to go back.
Although I think everyone agreed maybe when it cools just a little.

More adventures to come so visit again please.

Happy Trails

Saturday, July 9, 2016


Hello Friends,  Just a couple items of interest.  Our "Ballad of Bedford" hand painted guitar sold this week to a wonderful collector in Pennsylvania.  We are hoping this wonderful soul will send us a photo of it's new home.

And Bonnie Mason has a solo show at 2nd Helpings on Williamson Rd. in Roanoke, Va.  It hangs for the rest of this month so you have time to go see it.

I liked this photo 'cuz Bonnie (on the right) looks so sweet.  She almost looks shy!

And I loved this one of Mary Anne 'cuz she looks like the deer caught in the headlights OR is it that innocent look of "No, I didn't add anything to the punch"!

We had a good time, which is of the utmost importance.

Will give a full report on our trip to Blacksburg next week.

Happy Trails