Thursday, January 29, 2015

MAKING EXAMPLES FOR WORKSHOP COMING UP IN JUNE - TOO MUCH FUN !!

 
Hello Friends,  We gathered this morning at "Salem Terrace at Harrogate" for a practice session.  We wanted to be sure our workshop scheduled for June 27th at Evergreen Lavender Farm in Appomattox would flow the way we had it envisioned.

 
And it looks like we were successful !!  All five of these lavender images were created this morning by us, the Double Line Painters.  It really looks like anyone wanting to be creative will be able to produce the same painting with absolutely no prior experience.

 
We will lead you through the process, one color/step at a time.  And I can't think of a better place to have a workshop than Evergreen's Farm.  Appomattox is really very close and well worth any extra time to get there.
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Make plans to come and be creative with us in June.
 
Happy Trails

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WHAT DO PLEIN AIRE PAINTERS DO IN THE WINTER - PART TWO

 
Hello Friends,  A couple more ideas from Bonnie & Sue.  Linda has not felt so spiffy this winter, so she is out of ideas.
Above Bonnie made a collage with PICMONKEY.  It appears she painted a seascape and made a color swatch board and set up a still life.  She does beautiful, realistic still life paintings in her studio with natural light.  These look like lilac's so we know she is cheating ! HA!
Artists have a license to do such things, ya know.

 
Sue's contribution is to get your panels ready !!  And lots of them.  Do some in unexpected colors, like thalo blue.  It will be used, I'm sure.

 
And she likes the Terra Skin so she has some on a piece of cardboard with that obnoxious blue tape.
The best colors for a base ground (in my opinion) are warm.  Like burnt sienna and cadmium red and quin. burnt orange and PINK!
 
Once in a while we get a beautiful day, such as today, with sunshine, clouds, warm (58) temps so if your bag is ready, just grab it and GO.  Paint. and make starts. To finish at home.  I DID today.
And it was wonderful.
 
Thanks for stopping in.
Happy Trails

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WHAT DO PLEIN AIRE PAINTERS DO IN THE WINTER ?

 
Hello Friends,  Have you ever wondered what other artists do with their time during the winter season when they can't get outside to paint?   The PleinAir magazine has an article written by Jeanne Mackenzie that you may enjoy reading.
 
As for the Double Line Painters, we all enjoy painting during any season, inside or out !
But each of us has a few favorite things to do in preparation for the arrival of spring and  !
AND MEETING OUTDOORS TO PAINT !!

 
Mary Anne has been enjoying the Picmonkey ap .  As you can see in the top photo, she has been painting dogs and then arranging them in Picmonkey for a postcard.
An excellent use of her time.
 
The second photo is from Judy.  Obviously she has been working with Picmonkey too.  She applied the black decal on her photo.  Looks really nice.  And she is getting new ideas from books and videos !  That's always a great way to spend your time.
 
There will be another post from the other  members about how they use their winter months.
We thank you for stopping in and hope your winter months are as fun as ours.
 
Happy Trails
Travel Safely
Watch out for Black Ice

Thursday, January 8, 2015

TRYING OUT PICMONKEY AND STAYING ON TOP OF THINGS

 
Hello Friends,  We just wanted to let you know we have made it through the BIG CHILL !!
Our cars started this morning in 7 degrees and we made the journey to Judy's house.  Judy is a gracious host with lots of hot beverages and sweet NO NO's and the fun of a precious rescue dog named Daisy and three rescued cats.  Ginny is the only one of the cats that enjoys new company.

 
I suppose most artists struggle with the computer and hate trying out new ap's.  Not Judy.  Both sides of her brain are very active/agile.  Our meeting today was an introduction to PICMONKEY.  We all said "YEAH" that 'could' be very helpful.  So keep your eyes open for some artsy-fartsy collages. 

 
As a parting shot, I wanted you to see the stash of brushes in Judy's studio.  Doesn't look nearly as impressive on this monitor as it does in real life.  I would compare this to pastels.  You have to pick out which you are going to use before starting the job or your paint may dry up before you decide on a brush.  All this cleverness from a gal that likes to use the same 3 brushes for everything !
 
We have several exciting events coming up this year.  New ideas (for us).  New shows.  New workshops.  We now have a facebook page and hope you will like us there. 
 
The beautiful show of art work is still at the Jefferson Center through the end of January and will probably come down the first week of February.  So you still have time to see it.
 
Thanks for sharing our journey.
Happy Trails