Stone Coal Studio

Stone Coal Studio

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bundling Saves Time

As with any project with multiple steps it saves time to set up an assembly line.  Here I placed the wooden art cradles on the rock wall to gesso and dry in the sun.

Saving time is also the reason why I have re-started the StoneCoalStudio Facebook page.  The Facebook page will provide timely updates and useful links.  Please go to the link on the side of this blog and "Like" the StoneCoalStudio page; it is a little lonely.   Thank you.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Organize that Closet for Your Canvas Stash

Even though the spare bedroom has become an art studio, the closet is still set up to accommodate hanging clothes and storing a few sweaters and such.    The bottom of the closet had typically been covered with boxes of canvas in various sizes.   While they were accessible, it was not easy to plan and find a specific canvas.

On a trip to the thrift store (2nd Helpings in Roanoke) last week I found this computer desk.  The simple clean (straight) legs make a perfect holder for canvas.  And yes, they are assorted by size with pieces of cardboard as dividers.  The top of the desk holds stacks of smaller canvas.  And the old keyboard tray holds my references for the works currently underway.  

No more wasting time searching and more time for making art.   

Check out all the thrift stores operated by the Rescue Mission.  
You may find what you need to be better organized too.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Clutter Abstracted

"Clutter on Top"
acrylic on canvas
by Judith F Lochbrunner

Who ever thought that clutter could be inspiration for an abstract painting?  Learning to see possibilities is just one result of working with a group of artists at an art workshop.  This painting is another inspired by the workshop last month at Sunset River Marketplace with Sterling Edwards

This work is now for sale at 2nd Helpings Gallery in Roanoke along with 4 other new paintings.  Plan to stop by to see the art, eat at the cafe or find a treasure at the thrift store.  It is a unique shopping (and eating) experience.

And if you are in the area on Thursday, July 17 come by the gallery to see the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge work on our group entry for the upcoming Barns of Bedford Art Show in September.  

You may be surprised!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cloisonne Knock-Off, Modern Method for an Ancient Art

Cloisonne Knock-Off Vase
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on canvas
listed today at on Etsy at StoneCoalStudio

This little artwork (measures 8 by 8 inches) uses many types of acrylic inks, gels and paint to recreate  the "feel" of the ancient art of Cloisonne.  I call it a "knock-off" as it plays with this traditional art by using an abstract approach.  

Here is a close-up of the texture and colors.  The glow of the acrylic inks on the black of the vase-shapes is unexpected.

If you live in the Roanoke, VA area you can see other paintings in this series on display this Saturday (July 12, 2014) at Ikenberry Orchards in Daleville.  The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge will set up an art show on the porch from 9 AM until nearly 3 PM.  A portion of the proceeds from the art sales will benefit the Lord Botetourt High School FFA.  We will be painting as well that day so plan to stop by to see us.

 And it is peach season and we can't wait to get some of the delicious home-grown peaches too.