Thursday, May 21, 2015

Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Holiday

The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day Holiday.  
We also want to thank all those who have served or continue to serve our country in the military.  

You may have seen the violin that we have featured on previous blogs but not have noticed the back.  This is inspired by the Salem Red Sox who invite local youth sports teams to join them on the field for the National Anthem.   So it only seems fitting to post this for this Memorial Day.

Enjoy and be safe.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Plein Air Painting in Botetourt at the Pleasant Grove Farm

Hello Friends,  Two of the DLP members were plein air painting today in Botetourt.  Mrs. Whitney Feldmann and her husband opened their beautiful property for us to paint.
Above Mrs. Feldmann was kind enough to hang laundry on her lines just for me to take photos !
She is so thoughtful (she had all sorts of cold drinks and delicious fruit salad & more).

Here is a shot of the entrance with 2 ladies painting a view of the 1830's house.  And the house was outstanding.

Here is a shot of a field w/ a barn directly across from the house.  This was a small portion of their cows.  They also have horses but they were not close enough to photograph.
This is Linda painting the barn and field pictured above.  Doesn't that look inviting?  Nice and shady with a pleasant breeze.

And here is Sue.  You can't see it in the photo but the little driveway goes on back into the woods and there are iris on the right and peonies on the left.  I'm thinking now this will be my favorite.
We will donate a painting to be auctioned in Sept. by the .  Just check their website for details.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Trails

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Creative Morning at Va.Western Community College Arboretum

Hello Friends,  Yesterday was a beauty.  Did you get out in natures springtime beauty?  We, the DLP's, did.  And it was fabulous.  We were at the local community college's arboretum.
This really is a beautiful, well maintained sight.

Top photo, I managed to get 3 of our members in one shot ! Close is Judy, far is Bonnie and mid-ground is Mary Anne.  Kinda like if you were planning your painting.
And this photo is Linda.
Another shot hoping you can see the bark on these trees.  Look at those beautiful shadows.

One more shot of somebody and more of the arboretum.
A reminder to go to the Sedalia Center's Artisan Affair on May 30, 2015.
CLICK HERE for their website and more info.
The DLP members Judy, Linda, and Mary Anne will be exhibiting then.
Enjoy this glorious spring
Happy Trails

Monday, May 11, 2015

150 Paintings in 150 Days - The Challenge was Officially Kicked Off on Mothers Day

Hello Friends,  Hope all the ladies had a great Mothers Day.  We certainly did.
We went to the gorgeous mountains of Eagle Rock, Va. yesterday.  To the Blue Ridge Vineyard to officially start our challenge of making 150 paintings in 150 days.

We all chose our spots and enjoyed painting with the live music in the background by Mike Frank.

Art by the DLP of the BR
Mary Anne
"Car Artist" is what Judy called Mary Anne.  It is fun and convenient to paint from the trunk of your car.

Sue and Linda
Some people just like shade.  And there was a pleasant breeze most of the time.
I LOVE this place.
The Vineyard has a lot of activities schedule all summer.  Go to their Facebook page to follow along.
Next Thursday, the 14th of May, we will be painting at Va. Western Comm. College's Arboretum on Colonial Ave.  Stop by to say HI or watch more of the 150 paintings being created.
Til then "Happy Trails"

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Top Photo Mary Anne with her pastels.  Way, Way in the background is Linda.  She packed up before I could get a photo.

Here's Bonnie.  She was in a hurry also but got most of her scene finished.  And the photo of it was BAD.

And here is " MOI".  Mary Anne came over and took a few shots..

And Here is Judy-Looking like a real Plein Air Painter with the hat & easel.
We want to remind and invite you to come out Sunday to the Blue Ridge Vineyard in the Eagle Rock area for their Mother's Day celebration.  Click up there and it will take you to their FaceBook page.  And the directions are there.  And scroll down a bit and you will see Judy painting!  We are kicking off the 150 paintings in 150 days challenge.  Please come out for a beautiful experience in a beautiful area of Virginia.
And don't forget the workshop planned for June 27th at the Evergreen Lavender Farm.
Appomattox is much closer than you think and it is really beautiful that time of year. 
Lots to do this year!
Happy Trails

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Experimenting with Shaving Cream and Plein Air Painting

Hello Friends,  We had a great day outside with Mother Nature.  Mary Anne showed us how to use Shaving Cream with inks and acrylics to get some beautiful stains on your papers before you start painting.

Here is a butchers tray with piles of the shaving cream and colors added on top.  Swirled with a spaghetti tool.

Then you lay your paper on it and then you blot with news papers or more art papers.  Blot until all the cream is gone.
Should have some interesting mixed media work to show you soon.

Bonnie, Linda & Myself just stuck with the plein air painting thing.  'Cuz it was a beautiful day!

Linda will finish hers at home.
It was a good day with friends and fun.
We are going to DT Roanoke for the First Friday Art Walk tomorrow evening, May 1st.
Hope you can be there too.
Happy Trails

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sunny and WINDY Day of Plein Air Painting - LOVIN' IT

Hello Dear Friends,  We hope you had as great a day as we did.  We went to the Carvins Cove Reservoir over in the Hollins Area this morning.
We wanted to make sure we had not forgotten how to do the plein air thing.  Top is Linda with a comfy seat and water mixable oils and her dog walking outfit.
Next is Mary Anne working from her trunk.  Evidently the wind was too much for pastel work.

And this is ME beside the creek that runs into the lake (see the blue water way in the back?)

Every one thought it humorous the check station wanted to know our purpose for being there.
We have lots of events planned for this year and plenty of plein air painting on the schedule, so we hope you have signed up for email updates.  It's all free and fun.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Trails