Monday, September 26, 2011

Enjoying the Day II

Parkway Series #363     16 x 20       Oil      Sold

  After painting trees and haybales and mountains for a while, it was fun to paint "little people" enjoying their day at the Peaks of Otter.  I have several other commissions that I will be working on that are not part of my Parkway Project so I may not be posting for a few weeks.  Two shows in October, one at the Artisan Center in Rocky Mount this weekend and the other at Tuggles Gap on the Parkway Oct 15 and 16th, will also be keeping me busy for a while.  If you are in the area on those weekends, please come by and visit. Signing off for a while....................

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Farm Hospitality

The Ridge and Valley Plein Air Painters gathered at  a farm in Moneta to paint a few weekends ago.  I will probably give this painting to the farmer as a "thank you" for his hospitality!  He was very interested in our work and excited to show us around his 150 acre farm.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Botetourt Hay Bales

Parkway Series #361  12 x 16   oil   SOLD

As the summer wanes, hay bales pop up over the parkway landscapes readying the farms for winter.  The warm colors are so inviting as opposed to the gray tones of winter.  I plan to paint summer and fall as long as I can!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Art and Music in the Mountains II

Parkway Series #360   12 x 16   oil   sold

This is another painting done on location last weekend at the Peaks of Otter.  Sometimes I will begin a painting on location and then tweak it in the studio.  This one remains as it was done on location.  It is interesting that I achieve a much softer painting on location than in the studio.  Maybe it is a phenomenon of plein air painting or maybe it was the influence of David Heath who was painting nearby!  In either case, it is fun to experiment with styles and change old habits.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Art and Music in the Mountains

Parkway Series #359   12 x 16   oil   sold

After taking a few weeks off from a very rigorous painting schedule, I am glad to be back painting and blogging again!    Today, the Ridge and Valley Plein Air Painters met with other plein air groups at the Peaks of Otter to enjoy a beautiful day around the lake painting and socializing with like minds!  I am soooo inspired to paint; the light today was fabulous and I took 250 photos - enough to get me through a long cold winter!  We will be there tomorrow for more painting.  Please come and watch us paint and have dinner!  The smells coming from the dining room were as good as the views!