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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Hello Friends,  I hope your 4th of July celebration was over the top!  Not much in the way of fireworks this year with all the moisture.

Mary Anne and Judy did use a few precious hours of sunshine on Tuesday to exchange the artwork at the fabulous gallery, #GOOSE CREEK, in Bedford!

It looks great, they always do a great job of hanging.  The 2nd Friday ArtWalk is day after tomorrow. 
We hope you can stop by and see the new work .

Have fun on the artwalk and give Patrick and Mitchell a hug.

Happy Trails

Sunday, July 3, 2016


Hello Friends,  Have you got a big Fourth planned?

Wishing you a safe and fun celebration !

Happy Trails

Friday, July 1, 2016


Hello Friends,  While most people here in the mountains of SW Virginia were HOT, we were up at the Peaks of Otter.  The picnic area is on a gorgeous brook/creek and the temperature was a wee bit chilly!

So once you got the bug spray on, you could concentrate comfortably.
Some of us were right next to the stream.

Some of us chose to stay back.  Maybe it was an abstract view.

And some just like the convenience of a table and not much rock climbing!

We all got some pretty good starts.  Now we will take our starts home and finish or use them for a guide to a bigger painting.
We are all home for the month of July so we will be out and about, where ever the double line takes us.  Hope to see you around the Valley also.

Happy Fourth
Happy Trails

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Hello Dear Friends,  We had such a great group of "Artists" today.  We had the perfect venue, with perfect weather and perfect help.
The ladies are arriving.  We had one man,"Dad" with us today, thanks to his daughter.

We have a short video that you should be able to view on our Facebook.  Blogger said it was a tad too big or long for this blog.  So the stellar students are beginning with the yellowish sky.

A few more instructive gestures about letting the under painting show through the paint.

Now most were ready to add a few trees in the background.

I just liked this photo, so it made the cut.  The student looks as if she's saying "WHAT".

Everyone got up at least once to go outside and refresh their memory of the view they were painting.  Here Judy is pointing out the value structure of some lavender.
Everyone is paying attention except for one renegade.

A progress shot.  Sky, trees, hedge, lawn are laid down.  Working back to front.

This is our only male at the end of table so he could look at the view as needed.

Now they work on the shed with pieces of mat board.  And of course watermelon and a lavender cookie certainly help keep you alert for all the hard creative decisions.  

Everyone got individual attention from the Double Line Gals and plenty of cheering from their fellow creative mates.

Getting close to the finish !!

Here is a lovely version, don't ya think?  Every painting was different and very reflective of it's creator.  This is one of the best parts of a workshop.  Seeing how different and beautiful each one is.

And the finale''!!  I love these group shots.  And we enjoyed each and everyone.  So many happy personalities.  Hope to see you next year, same time, same place.
Thank you.

And a huge Thank You to Bonnie Swanson and her staff for making everyone feel at home and for the unique refreshments. 

Happy Trails