Friday, June 30, 2017


Hello Good Friends,
Maybe it was because so many people were headed out of town to the beach or to the lake for the holiday weekend that we decided to change our original plans for the morning.  The morning was bright and comfortable so we met by the water at Carvins Cove.  While many people visit the park to boat, hike or picnic, there is no doubt what we came to do as seen on the day pass.

Mary Anne painted the boats, Judy set up near the road along the shore and Linda chose a spot a little further inland with a larger view of the park.   We were all working with acrylic paints.   Linda painted with a limited palette completing a couple studies in her notebook.  Mary Anne was painting a more finished work of the boats tied up at the dock.  Judy’s was a small 6x6 study of the mountains and water

It was an excellent start to the 4th of July holiday. 
We hope you have a good and safe 4th of July weekend also.

Happy Trails

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Hello Friends,  Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.  Nice and cool out there.
This post is to show you the wonderful workshop held yesterday, Sat. the 24th at the Evergreen Lavender Farm in Appomattox, Va.
Bonnie Swanson is the gracious host for this workshop and the hard working woman that keeps this farm so beautiful.  You'll never want to leave.

Just a couple views of the farm.  It is all so pretty, hard to narrow down to just 2 shots.

The students dug right in and were soon on their way to a finished masterpiece.

Each lady had a unique interpretation of the farm.  And they did such a good job, we are always inspired by their enthusiasm.

They did not use any brushes !  They used a variety of household items and their fingers.
There was a wonderful breeze all day so we had to use small rocks to hold the palettes down.

These 2 friends were especially proud of their creations and wanted their own photo to share.

Here is the line up.  A couple students left before we realized it (spouses were waiting for them).  We are sorry they are not in the line up.  Click on the photo to make it bigger and see all the different views.  We were impressed and feel like the students were too.
Just think of what they could do if they came back for another workshop!

Thank you Bonnie for allowing us to hold workshops at your fabulous Farm.

You can always get in touch with Bonnie or us with questions about the next workshop. or Bonnie Swanson.

Happy Trails

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Plein Aire at the Former HUFFMAN Farm at 311

Hello Friends,  It was a beautiful day to be outside among all the wonders Nature has to offer.
This place is a historical marker but when you leave the cement walks, you find yourself in a beautiful environment.  Almost like civilization wasn't there.
The statue is a Mr. Jones (can't remember first name).

And this is some of the cement recently installed so travelers could get over Mason's Creek to stretch their legs and water the dogs.

I'm on the higher side of the creek and that is Bonnie making her way back after photographing the big, beautiful boulders.

This is one of my paintings, still on the upper side.  This little run off feeds into Mason Creek.  If you walk further up this little fire road, you would think you were at the Peaks of Otter.  Giant cliffs, boulders and Mountain Laurel....Beautiful.

This is Judy and Bonnie.  Judy was painting some of the smooth, water worn rocks, as you might be able to see below.  And Bonnie was in the shade painting Judy !  Bonnie said it was so dark under the bridge she had to do double takes on her paints.

We all enjoyed this gorgeous day, except for 2 members, who had family duties to take care of.
We made a few final decisions about our workshop, this Saturday, the 24th, at the Evergreen Lavender Farm in Appomattox.  We believe the class is almost full but if you would like to join in,  please click HERE for Bonnie Swanson at the Lavender Farm to register.

This is a FUN class and you will go home with your own creation of the farm, not a paint by number class like so many of the "Sip&Paint" offerings.

Hope to see you there.

Happy Trails

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Hello Friends.  Today was our day to practice and make sure everything we need was accounted for.

We are holding a workshop at the beautiful EVERGREEN LAVENDER FARM in Appomattox again this year.  This is a half day workshop, utilizing a large and odd variety of stuff to paint with.

Top photos show the artists cutting stencils in case anyone wants to give them a try.
And a couple shots of some piece almost finished.

We try very hard not to make anyone feel intimidated or scared to get started on their master piece, so we thought it a good idea NOT to polish what we worked on today.

If you haven't signed up for this workshop, do so very soon.  We can accommodate only 18.  This will be held Saturday  June 24 from 10am til Noon.  And what a fabulous place to have a workshop.

The Fathers Day Festival is day after tomorrow, June17th  and it's standing room only !
We hope there will be enough lavender left for us to paint.
Don't worry, the blooms will recover within a week!

Hope to see you on the 24th and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask us or Bonnie at the Lavender Farm.

Happy Trails

Friday, June 9, 2017


Hello Friends,  Yesterday, the 8th of June, we, the DLP's went downtown to the Catholic Church, thinking we could set up in an empty parking lot (school is out) but they were having their graduation ceremony so the lots were full.

No where to set up without being in the way. 
So we just wandered and took photo's.

The front that was moving through brought beautiful clouds, so we had some dramatic scenery.
Now if we can just keep the memories alive when we paint from our photos, you should see some beautiful paintings soon.
The Blue Ridge Mountains looked so blue !!

Summer is almost here, now's the time to celebrate.

Happy Trails
Travel Safely

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Hello Friends,  Day after tomorrow is Friday June 9th and also the Art Walk in Bedford, Va.

Just taking this moment to remind you if you haven't been to Goose Creek Gallery in Bedford in the past month, Friday will be a great time to go.

Linda and myself, Sue, will be there to meet you and give a little more info about this display of big art.  All 5 of the works are 36" x 48".  This size is a first for most of us and lots of fun to make.

We hope to see you and direct you to one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the area after our visit.
You will NOT be disappointed with the art show or the restaurant.

Please come and make Linda and Sue HAPPY !

Happy Trails
Travel Safely

Friday, June 2, 2017


Hello Friends,  Yesterday was a beautiful day for painting outside (Plein Air) and so is this day.
Get your gear out!!
Mary Anne is already tired of all the green so she chose to paint the BREW HOUSE's Patio.
She still needs to add the umbrellas but it is already a beauty.

Linda had a hard time deciding which view to paint so she decided to sketch some and work at home.

Sue went over into the playground area where all the GREEN is !  She got a photo of a couple more interesting spots to paint at home.

Mary Anne,  Linda and Sue were the only creatives out this time. 
 Judy & Bonnie were busy with family.

Hope you are enjoying all the greens brought on by all ours rains this spring.
First day of summer is right around the corner.
Be very careful, I saw a 3 ft. rattle snake yesterday.

Happy Trails