Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy Holidays

Hello Friends,  We want to wish you the Merriest and Happiest Holiday you've ever had.  And a bunch more.  We sincerely appreciate you keeping up with our blog and participating in our workshops.  We have lots of good news in store for 2014 so stay tuned.
The Double Line Painters wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Beautiful Trip to Apple Ridge Farm Camp

 Hello Friends,  We went to the "Apple Ridge Farm Camp" in Copper Hill, off Rt. 221, Tuesday.  It has been crazy busy here so I'm just getting around to posting about this spectacular piece of heaven.
And you really do think, Maybe this is what heaven could be like.  Look at those fabulous logs, covered in a gorgeous green moss !  It's a perfect still life.
 Here Bonnie and Janice are looking up at the heavenly view of Rhododendrons.  They are everywhere.  Can't wait to see them bloom.
 Just one little stream or spring on this property
 I don't remember what this equipment was called, probably something to cut/gather hay.  That is a pond way in the back.
 This is one of Peter Lewis' obsessions or he calls it a joy.  Collecting stuff.  He has more than 2 buildings full.  You should see all the antiques.  His place may be featured on American Pickers or Black Dog Salvage.
This day was beautiful with sunshine and puffy clouds.  Still a wee bit chilly.  Peter's farm is dedicated to helping and advancing the children in this area.  Please look at their website and see all they do.  You can even help.
Double Line Painters and Apple Ridge are pondering the possibilities of a plein-aire event here in the future.  We will keep you informed.

Hope each and everyone of you have a great holiday.
Sincerely, the DLP

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New Website and Newsletter

Hello Dear Friends,  The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge are thrilled to announce our new website:

With this website we promise to keep you all better informed about our art exhibits, shows and events:

We will also keep you informed of our upcoming workshops and class.  Detailed supply lists and other helpful information will be listed.

And the Double Line Painters will be launching our brand new newsletter !  Be the first to hear about workshops, exhibits, classes, art shows, special events and everything else Double Line Painters will be doing.  We promise to never sell or share your e-mail with anyone else so sign up today.

We are filling our 2014 calendar and soon will be announcing workshops and art exhibits.  Yes, we will be continuing to keep you informed on our blog, but a newsletter to your inbox will mean that you won't miss out.  Sign up today!  So here it is one more time

Many thanks in advance from all of the Double Line Painters
Happy Trails

Friday, December 6, 2013

Harrogate Salem Terrace

Hello Friends,  WE, the Double Line Painters, are honored to tell you that we have a new venue to showcase our work at the beautiful Salem Terrace at Harrogate in Salem, Va.
 They will be having a Holiday open house this Sunday, day after tomorrow, and we are hoping you will be able to ignore the bad weather predicted for Sunday and come out to see their beautiful facility and our new artwork.
The photo above is fuzzy (sorry) but it does let you know the art is hanging in the Internet CafĂ©, right off the lobby.  Have a wonderful weekend but stop by to say HI !
Happy Trails

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Workshop at the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

 Hello Friends,  Just a short post to let you know we have not disappeared over the horizon.  Yesterday we attended a workshop to learn our possibilities when using the Free listings/pages provided by our visitors bureau here in the Roanoke Valley.  They have taken over the old Arts Council duties but it is now a free service.  Very few artists attended, which was surprising, because there was no charge.
The staff here at the visitors center is a real pleasure to work with.  All were so very helpful and friendly AND patient.  Above pictured, chatting with the DLP, is Catherine Herlocker.  A pretty, vivacious, entertaining young lady at the Visitors Center that was a huge help to all the technically challenged artists.
Tomorrow we will be hanging new art work at the Harrogate in Salem.  I will post some photos of the installation tomorrow.  Have a great evening.
Happy Trails

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wishing All a Wonderful Thanksgiving

 This Thanksgiving the Double Line Painters are thankful for:
 Good friends and fellow artists in our group
New and old acquaintances that we have met at our art events

Beautiful vistas that continue to inspire us to paint
 The many places we have exhibited our art
And the opportunity to continue to share our art with you.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Plein-Aire at RR Donnelly - Individual Close Ups

 Above painted by Judith Lochbrunner.  Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas, 6x12 $48.00
 Above painted by Mary Ann Meador.  Pastels on paper and framed.  $225.00

Above painted by Bonnie Mason.   Oils on 6x12 Framed $120.00  Unframed $100.00
 Above painted by Sue Furrow.  Oils on 9x12 canvas panel.  $110.00 unframed.
 Above painted by Sue Furrow.  Oils on 6x6 canvas panel.  $49.00 unframed.
Above painted by Sue Furrow.  Oils on a mini canvas 3x6 wrapped canvas ( no frame needed) $30.00

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Have a wonderful week

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Painting the Beauty surrounding RR Donnelly in Salem, VA.

 Hello Friends,  We had a fantastic, fun day painting the scenery here in Salem, Va. today.  RR Donnelly was kind enough to let us set up on their gorgeous little neck of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They are located in a techy park right off I81 and between Salem and Dixie Caverns.
The views are beautiful and luckily the building lets the employees enjoy all of it.  Above is the view straight out of their front door.  Sue painted this 9x12 in oils.
 Here is a shot of everybody (except the photographer) as they are getting set up.

 First on the left is Mary Anne.  She is brave enough to be using pastels!  It was very windy today.
 Linda is getting a good start with her oils on about a 9x12.
 Bonnie told me she is using the "Zorn" palette and it looks to be about 9x12 also.
 Judy is using her acrylics today on something like a 6 x 12.
 Another shot of Judy and Bonnie with the beautiful mountains.  Somewhere over to the right is a  hiking trail and we want to venture out that way in the spring for more painting pleasures.
 Above is a view of the mountains behind the building on a 3 x 6 with the red tree included.
 Here is Bonnie's at the finish.  She was happy with how it turned out using the Zorn palette.
 Here is Mary Anne's at the finish of painting session.  She and most all of us will probably add a few flourishes after studying them a while.
Here is Sue getting on with the hard work in spite of the wind blowing her palette away and getting oil paint on the grass which she stepped in and got all over her shoe.  The life of an artist is tuff at times but one we can't give up.
We want to thank Mr. Searles at RR Donnelly for allowing us to paint their beautiful property .  We would love to go back again this spring..

Happy Trails

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Two New Shows

 Hello Dear Friends,  We had a fun, full day hanging two shows today !  We hung a lot of work this morning at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Va.  We invited Bud Shaw (above on the ladder) and Susan Bradbury (below in blue shirt) and Martha Rhoades (no photo).
 The paintings are hanging on the second and third floors and will be there through the end of December.  They can be purchased through the Jefferson Center office on the first floor.  You can find out more about the Jefferson Center by clicking  here.
 Then we had a great lunch at Fork in the City and then on to the Salem Museum to hang art in the Ritter Room on the second floor.  This time of year is when they start decking the halls !  The photo above is a main room on the ground floor where they hang the wreathes to be auctioned on December  8th.  You can click here to find out more about the Salem Museum.
 Here most everything is hung and we're winding down.  The museum has a gift shop with a Christmas tree and we're invited to hang small paintings on it. (below)
But I love this photo of Bonnie hanging stuff on it.  I told her she almost looks like a ghost, that has been startled while looking close at a painting!
We hope you and your family have a chance to visit these locations and find a unique, OOAK gift.

Happy Trails

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Photo References in Bedford

 Hello Friends,  Three of the DLP group were in Bedford, Va. today, looking for barns.  The older , historic type barns.  We did find a few and at one barn, a lady came home and invited us to come onto the property and photograph.  How nice was that?  She has a Cross Back donkey (above) which has a dark cross on his back, like the one Jesus rode, she told us.
 This is one of her sheds for the donkey.  He is very loud too, when he brays.
 Here are her cows.  They were very friendly and came when I called them, like they were dogs.
The chickens were on a different farm.  The home here is a beautiful stone cottage, just like I've always wanted.  They had probably 40 birds, a couple cats and an old sleepy dog.  I took 298 photos today, don't know how many Judy & Mary Anne got.  I don't think they are as trigger happy as I am.
I got a bunch of Tree photos.  There are some beauties out here.  Beautiful shades of orange and burnt red.  Since I'm an artist, I couldn't help but figure out what colors I'd have to mix to get these colors in the trees.  Indian Yellow and Quin. Red kept coming to mind.
We hope you folks have had a chance to get outside and enjoy the cool air and beautiful skies with all the brilliant trees. 
Happy Trails

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Praise from the Sedalia Center Director

Hello Friends,  This morning some of the DLP met at Mill Mtn Coffee & Tea in Salem, Va.  Some of us are out of town but the show went on.   We were just discussing where to meet for more plein-aire painting and website options, etc.  Yeah, every now and then we act like we are professionals and make plans !!   Several exciting things coming up.  
But we wanted to share with you, all the praise bestowed on the DLP by the Director of the Sedalia Center in Bedford, Va., Doris McCabe.  This workshop was presented to DLP at the very last minute, so Judy and Mary Anne were the only ones that were free to instruct the class.  And evidently it went very well.   Read her letter below.  I copied and pasted, so it's a tad blurry.

Praise for our workshop at the Sedalia Center

It is certainly nice to receive praise and appreciation for our workshops but it is especially rewarding to receive a letter from the Director, Doris McCabe, stating how well our workshop was organized, executed, and received by the Bedford art teachers in attendance at the Sedalia Center.  

This is an edited re post.  Hoping you can read it now.  Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great weekend.
Happy Trails

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Plein-Aire Painting - in the Rain !

 Hello Friends,  We finally got back out there today.  We have been so busy with painting and hanging new work at Goose Creek Gallery and the Lynchburg Art Club and Ikenberry's, that we haven't had much time for fun together.  We met at a favorite little park in Salem this morning and it was drizzling enough to make us get under the shelter.
 We all had great views.  This is my second "start" as Brian Buckrell calls them.  We decided I need to try black canvas next time.
 Bonnie was working much bigger than me and of course a lot more pleasantly or naturally.
 Linda chose the painful task of a red caboose. I would not attempt this but she has a really good start.
 Mary Anne was smart and came with a canvas already toned with blues and purples.  Makes it easier if your canvas is not white.  And she finished hers except for the people.
     Judy brought the view a bit closer.   I'll bet she makes changes, maybe a dog walker?  Nothing is ever finished, even when you deem it DONE, you can continue a month or a year later.
We had a lovely day with our painting buddies.  And plan to do it again next week.  Til then......
Happy Trails