Sunday, December 30, 2012

Buried Treasure

Hey Friends,   "Out with the old and in with the new" as the old saying goes, usually means the end-of-year clean out of paperwork in the office.  However this clean out can turn into a real treasure hunt for buried "gold" in the art studio.  In the photo above are just a few pieces and works I found "buried" in the collage box (the home of works that I don't think are working and I don't know what to do with them).

Seen now with a fresh perspective I already have ideas on how to finish one or two with the addition of something realistic or something more abstract.  Others seem to simply need a few more layers of color and collage to be complete.   And some of the remaining pieces are fantastic "starts" or backgrounds to build upon.
What a way to start the New Year with a fresh supply of ideas and surfaces to paint on !!

Happy New Year  !
Happy Trails !

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays

Hey Friends,  Just wanted to tell everyone to have a "MERRY CHRISTMAS" and a safe "NEW YEAR".

From all of us, Sue, Bonnie, Judy, Mary Anne, Linda and Midge

Friday, December 21, 2012

Tooting our Horn

 Hey Friends,  We met last night at 2nd Helpings again for more collage work.  I was so engrossed in the process I totally forgot to take pictures !    So I thought it would be nice to just show you some of the paintings this wonderful group has SOLD in the last week.   Above is Judy Lochbrunner's collage she was working on last week at 2nd Helpings!  A sweet lady walked by and asked to buy it when Judy was finished.  So Judy delivered it last night !   These are the things artist dream about - Someone wants the piece before you are even finished ........
Here is a beauty Bonnie sold yesterday at Gallery 108 !  It's titled "Early Light" and I don't know who bought it but I know they made a wise choice. 

Mary Anne sold a piece at 2nd Helpings yesterday also but it got away before she took a photo.

Linda sold a piece last week at Gallery 108 of gorgeous white roses and pomegranates.  She is busy with the holidays and hasn't sent a photo yet.

So that's our news for tonight.  More info on the collage workshop date next post.

Happy Trails

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Collage Workshop Plans

Hello Friends,  This is a photo from Thursday, Dec. 13th when we were at 2nd Helpings in Roanoke, Va.

The encouraging, helpful staff at this gallery had a table set up and waiting for us.  They really like when we, the Double Line Painters, can paint at their gallery.  The shoppers really seem to like this also.

We talked with several people about the Mixed Media Collage workshop we will teach at 2nd Helpings.  The gallery will be promoting this workshop (includes all supplies needed) and include a lunch for one really LOW price.  I just can't remember what date they have come up with.  I will let you know soon.  You might want to get on their email list.  Contact them at 2nd Helpings

We always have a good time and enjoy a great lunch from the cafe.  All of their dishes are great.

Happy Trails

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Art in the Window

 If you were in downtown Salem yesterday then you saw some live art in the making in the window at TINKERINGS, which is across from the Farmers Market on Main Street.  Linda Schaar (above) and Mary Ann Meador (below) and Judy Lochbrunner set up their easels, tables and chairs in the window.
Many folks walked by and cheered our efforts, some walked in the shop to say hello and get a closer look at the art and the shop.
All in all it was a fun day to paint and enjoy the holiday shopping crowd!  Thanks to everyone who came by Tinkerings.  And a special thanks to the owner, Katrina Baker for her hospitality.

Tinkerings has original art, prints and cards from some of the "Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge" in stock and for sale.  Stop by and say "the Double Line Painters"  sent you.

Happy Trails

Friday, December 7, 2012

Events Coming Up

 Hey Friends,  A couple photos from our local Historical Museum here in Salem, Va.  They have a wreath auction every year.  Wreaths are decorated and donated by various business and individuals.  And they are all very pretty.
This is a post to let our local followers know what's coming up.  We, DLP, will be at TINKERINGS on Main St. in downtown Salem this Saturday, tomorrow, from about 11am til 2pm.  We will be painting small pieces of art IN the window.  Come out and watch us !

Then we will be at 2nd Helpings Gallery on Williamson Rd in Roanoke (not far from the big Roanoke Civic Center )on Thursday Dec. 13 from 11am to 2pm.  And again at 2nd Helpings on Thursday Dec.20 from 4pm to 6pm.  We will be painting small works or maybe some cards.  So try to come out and see how we work and peruse all the beautiful gifts available at this lovely gallery.  AND you will be benefiting  a great cause.

Happy Holidays
Be careful on the extra busy roads !
Happy Trails

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

the Turkey Blues

 Hey Friends,  Well the leftovers are eaten and the guests are all gone.  It must be sad to have the party over for puppy dogs but for artists it is GOOD to be back working
So it is time to enjoy some late November sunshine and go outside to do some splattering, pouring and dripping paint on some prepared papers.  Terrific fun it was !!  For you locals you know I'm a day late posting this, 'cuz now it's drizzling !!

Please visit again tomorrow.  I'll be posting about an event coming up soon in Salem, Virginia.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Friends !!  All the members of Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge wanted to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving ! 

Enjoy your time with family and friends and hope all of you get to sneak in a few minutes with a paintbrush !!

If you go out into the madness of "Black Friday" just be careful and keep your eyes on the road.

Happy Trails

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Beautiful Day for the Sedalia Center

 Hello Friends,  We didn't see any of you at the Paint Out sponsored by the Sedalia center in Bedford, Va.  What a gorgeous ride and gorgeous weather for everyone involved.  Above is Judy Lochbrunner working on her first painting.  She started (almost finished) a second and why I didn't get a photo, I don't know.  I need to make myself a check list for future paint outs.  I don't want you to miss anything.
 This is Linda Scharr with her first piece and I missed her second piece too.  I'm slapping my forehead.  She and Mary Anne were working in oils and you should have seen the gnats stuck to their paintings !!   We thought the gnats liked the flavor of oils at first but then decided they just got stuck and couldn't get off.
 Mary Anne Meador was entertainment for a few fellas.  She painted one Big painting.  And it will be great once she scrapes all the gnats off.  (Actually she said they were coming off easily with a Q-tip)
 And here is me about to start on my second, pre-colored canvas.  This one is the fence row with the red tree you see there on the left.  It turned out OK .  I painted 4 starts.  I recently read that it's more important to get as many "starts" as possible when you go outside to paint.  Makes sense, you never know what might pop up weather wise.
Just had to show you a beautiful rock.  There are a bunch in Matt's Poem Garden.  It is beautiful.

We were really sorry Bonnie Mason couldn't join us.  She is suffering through a cold.

Happy Trails

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sedalia Center Paint Out in Bedford

Hey Friends,  A little reminder to come out to the Sedalia Center in Bedford, Va. this Saturday the 10th of Nov. 2012.  The Double Line Painters will be there along with others to plein aire paint this beautiful little spot in Bedford. Click on the centers website  to learn more.

As I understand it we will be painting guerrilla style.  We will have all our stuff and our paintings spread out around us on the ground on blankets or such.   Sounds like fun.

Bedford is also home to the National D-Day Foundation.

See you there.

Happy Trails!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Silver Linings Art by Night

 Hi Friends,  Just needed to let you all know that we, Double Line Painters, had a successful and fun show to open at Silver Linings last night.  The photo above shows the exterior entrance with some darling red patio furniture (actually looks more like beach cottage furniture).  You would love it !
 Here is a shot just inside the entrance with some of our work hanging on the wall and a panel.
Here is another panel.  Hoping you can see the festive glitzy gold fabric adorning the panel.  This was Judy's idea and her stitch witchery !  We all loved it. 
Silver Linings has a lot of gorgeous stuff for your home and it is all very reasonable in price, and I may be wrong BUT I think the ladies running the show can help with decorating and such.  Just ask Linda Coulter or Karen Patterson for their help.  They are open on Saturdays and by appointment.

Friday, November 2, 2012

New Shows for the Holidays

 Hey Friends,  We, the Double Line Painters, hung a new holiday show yesterday at the Salem Museum, which just happens to be on Main Street in Salem, Virginia !
 We all made mini's to hang on the tree and under it.  This tree is in the gift shop.
 The second floor houses the gallery and we all have 3-4 pieces hanging through the holidays.
 The museum has a wreath show every year and this year they will all be up on Nov. 16th.
So go by the museum after the 16th if you want to see the art and the wreaths in one visit.  But all the beautiful little miniatures on the tree may be gone.  They would make special little gifts for anyone on your   list !

We will give you the details, next post, on what is happening at SILVER LININGS  !!!!

Happy Trails

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Silver Linings

 Hello Friends,  I thought you might be interested to know the "DLPBR" have been invited to show our art work at SILVER LININGS in downtown Roanoke, Va.  Silver Linings is housed in the Old, Historic Jefferson Electric Co. building on Franklin Rd. close to Jefferson Street.
 Here are a few shots of the interior.  They have all you can imagine and a lot of antiques and decorative elements.
 Our show will go up on November 2nd, 2012 in time for the ArtWalk in DT Roanoke.
We sincerely hope you will be able to come out and peruse this beautiful shop and meet some of the artists and designers.  'Til then have a great week.

Happy Trails

Friday, October 12, 2012

Some Late News

 Hey Friends,  A little late with this post but......Above is from last Friday night with the opening of our "Plein Air Inspirations" show at Gallery 108 in DT Roanoke, Va.  We had lots of folks come by and several sales and good company.  Great time !
 Yesterday, Thursday,  we the "DLP" were photographing the famous historic DT Salem, Va. when we came across a storefront on Main St. with a poster of the SPCA's 2013 calendar which has Judy's award winning painting on the cover !!  Pretty cool !
 AND now a little reminder to make time to travel the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway to the Meadows of Dan (close to Floyd) to the last outdoor festival for me, Sue Furrow and Bonnie Mason.  It happens Saturday and Sunday, the 13 & 14.   I joined up late so I'm (Sue) not on the artist list.
Happy Trails

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Reception for Midge and Dave Ovenshire

Hey Friends,  Just a reminder to go to the reception at 2nd Helpings Gallery this Saturday the 13th, from 1 til 3pm.  2nd Helpings is located on Williamson Rd. in Roanoke, Va. close to Rt. 460.

Midge has a huge selection of beautiful paintings and Dave has his famous pottery - All beautiful.

And 2nd Helpings always puts out a fabulous spread of goodies.  All made there in the Cafe.

Go and have fun.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How to Paint Small Canvases

 Hey Friends,  After working on her painting this morning at Greenfield Park in Botetourt County, Mary Anne opened a package of small canvases.  She attached them to her board with painters tape and began painting the scene.  She painted the grouping as "one" unified work but continued to look and design each individual canvas to be its own complete painting.
You can see her progress from start to finish.

Happy Trails

Friday, September 21, 2012

Preparing Canvas in the Open Air

Well this is not exactly "plein air" but it is painting outside. On these nice almost-fall-like days it is the perfect time to do messy work or gesso a large piece of canvas. Here I have been pouring and splattering paint letting the layers dry before adding the next round of color. There is also a large piece of canvas which has one coat of gesso on it. At least one more coat will be added later this afternoon. And I have included my "secret" helper; she waits until I turn my back to "sign" the art with her paw(s).

And please go see about the VIA magazine.!  We are famous!!

Happy Trails

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Lynchburg Fine Arts Fest

Outdoor art shows are always at the mercy of the weather but our day at the Lynchburg Art Festival yesterday was dry. The wind came up just enough to blow down the umbrellas keeping the artists cooler (and protected from the sun). Sunscreen and hats were necessary. Friends and fellow artists came by to see the latest on what everyone has been painting. Some folks walked quietly along the fences just "processing" all the visual information without even noticing the artists, chairs, umbrellas or coolers just behind them. Others stopped to chat or ask a question. A few returned multiple times to look at a painting even taking information and promising to check a web site........walking off but still thinking. And a few buyers did come having a clear plan of what they wanted and where it was going to hang in their home. 
And I do believe all of us had a good day.  Friendship, beautiful weather and sales !   That's right, we had sales.  Lynchburg seems to be an art loving town.  This show is held on the grounds of E.C.Glass High School and they even have their own art collection.  How many schools do you know with their own art collection?
Anyway, that's Mary Anne up there, always a happy lady.  And she makes beautiful paintings too.
This is Judy and she wrote the introductory story up top.  She was extra successful with sales. The painting directly behind her right arm is my favorite.  It's a Moon !
Here's Bonnie with her happy face and Gorgeous work.  She is an excellent landscape painter.
And here is Linda, big hat and all.  SHE got a painting selected by the judge to go on the fence.!!  See the yellow flag?  I think it says something about fence.  They take these pieces to all  hang on same fence so the judge can  decide which gets a prize.  Did she get a prize?  Don't think so.  But it really is impressive to have THE judge stop and actually look at your work and pull one down.
 And that's me, Sue.  And no I'm to old to be pregnant.  It's an illusion.  My blouse caught the wind just right.  HaHa.  And I had a great day, great sales and went home tired but happy.  I love this Lynchburg show.  The attendance seemed down this year and I heard that a new festival of beer and wine was taking place at the Riverfront Park.  On the very same day.  How can the powers that be, allow this to happen???  Why can't "they" get their own day for this Fest?  Why do they have to mess with the art show?    OK - rant is over.
This is the famous Angela (school teacher) that went home real happy!  She sold a very special painting, done in memory of a special lady that died recently, to an artist from Lynchburg.  It will be hanging in this artist home for the "Home Tour" going on next week or so.
So next year, we need to talk Martha into doing this show with us.  And Midge too.  Then the entire Double Line Painters will be there.

Several of us will be participating in the "Art on the Asphalt" show coming up on Sept. 29th.  It will be held on Jefferson Street in downtown Roanoke.  Make plans to visit.  I understand (from watching TV) that people are already starting their holiday shopping.  And we DLPBR women all have some mini paintings that will make unique gifts. 

Happy Trails

Friday, September 7, 2012

Angela Shields

 Angela Sheilds sent some of her newest paintings so I think they should be featured on OUR blog.  If any other members send images I'll start putting them here too.  When this blog started I thought I should post photos of the trips we take as a group only.  It's a group blog.  BUT....a group is made of individuals and it will be impossible for the public to know us as individuals if the individuals are never seen outside of the group.   Whew......I can be long winded........sorry.
 So.   The top image was done at Carvins Cove, here in the mountains of SW Virginia.  And this image was done at Garst Mill Park which is close to Rt. 419.
This painting was done at the Jetter Farm on Rt. 460.  It's a thriving, working family farm.  They have tons of corn fields, hay fields, cows, dogs, a corn maze in the fall.   The Va. Farm Bureau had their annual picnic at this beautiful farm recently.

Angela has been a school teacher all her life and recently retired from that position to be a full time artist and Grandparent.  She and her hubby help sit their beautiful grandson.  She works part-time at Gallery 108 on the market in downtown Roanoke.  The ArtWalk or Crawl (we call it Art by Night) is tonight.  So please stop by 108 and see all the new works.  Angela is more famous for her figurative works and collages.  So you will be surprised.   Have a great weekend.!

Happy Trails

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Painting at Garst Mill Park

 We all had a good time this morning at Garst Mill.  The weather was fab.  Martha must have been comfortable in her nest above.  It appears she left in a hurry !  Danged squirrels......
 Bonnie is getting  the hang of her workshop with Lynn Gerenbach (sp!)  He's from the old Cape School of Color with Camille Prezwalksi !!!!  Ha-I really messed that up.
But that workshop really is showing up here in this new painting.  It's beautiful.
 Here Angela is utilizing my favorite way to paint.  Starting with a vibrant background/base color.  If you could see this in person you would love it.
 Some things will always be a mystery to me......such as why did the 2 photos above fuse together??  I did not do that, to the best of my knowledge.  Everyones work is on the table and Linda showing off her painting.  It's much better in person also.  Don't forget my camera got a good dunkin' in Barbours Creek a while back.  I had to adjust the exposure on a few of these pictures.
 Here's Bonnie lookin' like a whipped Puppy !  Her blood sugar is probably falling.
 More fused photos.  Sheila up top.  She can really stick with it for a long time.  I believe I'm ADD 'cuz I can't stay with any thing for long.  And I really thought I was going S L O W ....... but I painted 2 while everyone else painted one !!  And I didn't say mine were good.   This painting above was done by Mary Anne and I believe she said she had started it last week.  She did this w/water-soluable oils and again it's much better in person.
 Here's Judy's painting.  She also started with a bright ground.  Don't you think it just makes everything stand out or more interesting?   I'm pretty sure some people will say "Did you really see all those colors at Garst Mill Park?"  And Judy will have a good answer.

We are all working hard on getting work done for our Plein-Aire show coming up and we have an outdoor show in Lynchburg coming up soon., Sept 15th and Art on the Asphalt in DT Roanoke on Jefferson St. on Sept. 29th.   And Art on the Parkway is Oct. 13th & 14th.  And the UUC show is Nov 2nd & 3rd.   Whew.....   Sheez........  Better get back to work.

Happy Trails