Saturday, June 27, 2015

WORKSHOP SUCCESS ! ! inspite of rain and mist

Hello Friends,  Today the Double Line Painters held a workshop in Appomattox, hosted by Bonnie Swanson at her Evergreen Lavender Farm.

The craft hut was cozy and a fun place to hold such an event.  Above we are setting up the spaces for everyone to have their own supplies.
Here the workshoppers are arriving.  Looks festive, right?

Here everyone has begun to apply the paints.
Here Judy takes some of the ladies outside to look at the lavender.  It helped to see it while they were pondering the next steps.  It would have been great if we could set up outside so they could be looking at the landscape while working.  It was very misty with the occasional shower.

Group shot with all the smiling faces!  Everyone seemed to be very pleased with their individual results.  Amazingly each was very different.

A beautiful spot to encourage creativity with so many warm and gracious folks.
Thank You.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


The panels were given a base coat of color this morning before we got busy with plein air.
It looks like we will be real close to a full house !  YAY!
You can still register.  Just click this link for Evergreen Lavender Farm.

We were at Longwood Park in Salem this morning.
Caught Judy and Bonnie busy in no time.
Mary Anne brought a big piece that she wanted to revise a wee bit.
I felt this shot of her standing back and perusing the next step was worth showing you.  Love the way the sunlight hits her shoulders.  Another painting, maybe !!
Linda and Sue in deep thought.  Or maybe deep confusion?

And I thought you may like to know the chair we painted to auction for the Artisan Trail was sold before the auction even started.!
See some of you Saturday morning at the workshop I hope.
Happy Trails

Friday, June 19, 2015

Plein Air Painting in the Humid Heat !

 Hello Friends,  Yay !  We all got out to paint yesterday.  Since it was a bazillion degrees, we decided the more shade and mountainous the location, the better.  We went up the BR Parkway to the Little lake at the bottom of the Peaks of Otter. 
 The lake feeds a little stream that runs over the most gorgeous rocks ever seen.  At one time, there must of been a lot of water running through here because the huge rocks are smooth and rounded.
 You can see that we all chose a shady spot.  And we all got a painting completed (like Mary Ann) below or a "start", to be finished at home.
Then one of our favorite things to do together is "LUNCH".  The Peaks Lodge restaurant is really good.  Most of us had the special.  A turkey burger with iced tea.
Another fantastic day spent in the beauty of SW Virginia with good friends, good food and brushes.

And don't forget the workshop at Evergreen Lavender Farm next Saturday, the 29th.  Go to EvergreenLavenderFarm to check it out and register.

Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful weekend.

Happy Trails

Friday, June 12, 2015

Seasons in Salem 4 Art Show at Salem Museum

An oil painting by Bonnie Mason and our sign welcome everyone to Seasons in Salem 4 at the Salem Museum in Salem, VA.   As the title indicates this is our 4th annual show in this beautiful light-filled space.  Admission to the museum is free so plan to stop by and cool off with some art and history.  The art show will be up from now until July 11, 2015.

It takes teamwork (and possibly a chair too) to hang a show as Linda Schaar (left) and Mary Anne Meador adjust the hanging chains for art in a corner.

Bonnie Mason moves a painting to make sure it is in exactly the right spot.

Linda Schaar labels each painting which are all for sale.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Salem Museum.
Sue Furrow was unable to join us for the show hanging so we have included a photo of one of her paintings in the art show.

More photos can be seen on the Salem Museum Facebook page.   

See you soon!

Monday, June 8, 2015

150 Paintings in 150 Days Update Plus DLP on Pinterest

Thanks for all the kind words and inquiries about the Double LinePainters of the Blue Ridge 150 Paintings in 150 Days Challenge. We began our challenge at Blue Ridge Vineyard on May 10 and since then everyone has been busy painting!  

If this was a race to the finish, Mary Anne Meador would already have left us in her dust as here is just one grouping of her works from the month on May.

Bonnie Mason would be in second place with her "delicious" assortment of apples.

And yes, the rest of us Sue Furrow, Linda Scahaar and Judy Lochbrunner are doing their part as well.

And if you want to see ALL of the challenge paintings, check out 

We have a Board that has all of the challenge paintings so far as well as one with our favorite plein air locations.  With more boards are to come, "follow" us on Pinterest.

See you soon!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hot Shows and Cool Workshop

Thanks to everyone who came by to see us at the Artisan Fair at Sedalia 

and to everyone who visited Bonnie's Booth at Sidewalk Art Show in Roanoke.

Bonnie reported strong sales with large crowds at the show in Roanoke -- Congratulations!

At Sedalia we set up the booth, set up our easels to paint and chatted with everyone -- multitasking at its best!

(Sample Lavender Workshop painting - you can do this!)

And if we talked to you last weekend then you already have your postcard about our upcoming painting workshop in Appomattox on June 27 from 9:30-12 noon.  The cost is $40 and all supplies are included.  Complete details and registration at Evergreen Lavender Farm.  

We would love to have you join us to paint the lavender in bloom.  We promise lots of assistance (from all of us),  some surprising techniques, and lots of fun.  

See you soon.