Thursday, September 28, 2017


Hello Friends,  What a beautiful day we had at this sunflower farm in Buchanan.  The young lady above is Candace and she was gracious enough to let all of us come to her farm and paint !
Thank You Candace.
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One of the sunflower fields.  Will be gone soon.

Some villagers on the back side of the farm.

Linda and Bonnie finishing up their starts.  All five of us were spread out over acres so I only got a few shots of anyone at work.

Judy sent this photo.  It was right around the corner from me and I never saw it.

But isn't that a lovely way to spell LOVE?

Until next time have a wonderful week with your paints and loved ones.

Happy Trails

Friday, September 22, 2017


Hello Friends,  Yesterday was a beautiful day here in South West Virginia and we took advantage of it the best way we know how !  We plein air painted in Roaring Run a National Recreation Area, in the Eagle Rock area of Botetourt County.
You can see the beauty above.

Judy and I were in the same general area so I was able to get a photo of  her finishing up her 3 little studies.  From here it looks like one study but it's 3 butted together.  She told me she set the timer on her phone and did each one in 20 minutes.  They were about 4-5 inches square.
She feels happier with these timed studies instead of spending all of her time on one because she winds up fiddly too much, or overworking is a better term.

I remembered to stop and take a few photos as I worked.  About half way in this photo.
I was real happy with this one.  I did not Overwork it !  And enjoyed the process more than usual.  Maybe it was because I was comfortable on my new art pack/chair.  And I was using oils which are of course more forgiving than acrylics.  Just have to wait forever to dry.

The other ladies were packed up and ready for lunch by the time I got close enough to photograph them.  I think they did it on purpose. HeeHee

ALL IN ALL - another day well spent with paints and friends.

Here is a toast to Mother Nature.
Happy Trails

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Hello Dear Friends,
The unsettled weather did not deter a few of us this morning.  We set up under cover of the picnic pavilion at Garst Mill Park in Roanoke.  The weather changed from cloudy to partly cloudy to sunny and then raining with the sun shining and back to clouds

Mary Anne set up looking towards the path to the tennis court area.  She brought a well-organzied box filled with little covered containers of acrylic paint.  There is a photo with a closer look at the box.

Linda set up and looked directly across the path to the wooded area.

Judy placed her easel at the opposite end of the pavilion (west?) and painted the early changes of color in the leaves of the large trees by the path.  She painted three “timed” studies to capture the scene without too many details.

Despite the weather conditions our pre-planning for cover worked well as we all enjoyed a successful morning of painting topped off with a yummy lunch out.  

We hope for better weather next week so check back!

Happy Trails

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Hello Friends,  We got the report that the Lynchburg Art Festival held yesterday at EC Glass High School was a resounding success for the two DLP's that participated.
Congrats are in order for their successful sales and contacts.

Above is Judy's display.

Above is Mary Anne's display in the early morning.

They had one of the best weather days ever at this festival.
Judy said the beautiful weather brought out huge crowds and serious shoppers.

When you do outdoor shows you never know what Mother Nature will throw at you.
So we are happy you guys had a wonderful day.

Happy Trails

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Hello Friends,  Judy and Mary Anne hung new works of art at Goose Creek Gallery in Bedford, Va. today.

If you ask me it looks pretty darned good.  It's funny how well they go together.

We all have such different styles you would think it would be a problem.
Or could it be that Judy and Mary Anne are just SO DARNED good at this?

We will have new work up again in November for the Holidays !!  Can you believe I said that? !
YEP, the Summer is over, school is back in session, the birds are flying south, the Hurricanes are swirling everywhere and the Lynchburg Art Festival is this coming Saturday.

Yep, time to be thinking about the Holidays.

Happy Trails