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Stone Coal Studio

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2 Paintings; 2 Color Palettes

As promised in my last post on September 17, 2014, I have been working with various color palettes.  The first work represents a typical "green" palette that I use for plein air in our part of Virginia.  I was able to utilize a warm golden glow in the lower right as some of the grasses had already turned yellow in the last days of summer.  That color and the warm brown of the cabin helped balance the cool greens and blues of the foliage.

Douthat (State Park) Cabin in the Woods
plein air acrylic on painted paper
12 x 12 inches
by Judith F. Lochbrunner

The second work represents the start of a new series inspired by Snow Canyon State Park in Utah.  This incredible landscape can only be expressed by using a different color palette.  I chose to work this series using plaster covered burlap attached to a wooden cradle.   That surface allowed the golden  ochres, turquoise, and burnt reds to cover the plaster as well as to sink into the burlap.

September at Snow Canyon #1
mixed media on board
12 x 12 inches
by Judith F. Lochbrunner

The "Douthat Cabin in the Woods" will be part of the art show at Ikenberry Orchard in Daleville, Va. 
Along with the other Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge  I will set up on the covered porch from 9 AM- 3 PM.  A portion of all sales will benefit the Lord Botetourt High School FFA.  

Come for the fresh apples, pumpkins, baked goods and art!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Change the Color Palette; Change Your Space

We all have our favorite colors that always draw us to when shopping, sightseeing or even reading magazine.   Artists too have their favorite colors in paint, glazes, tile or whatever media is chosen.

Living here in Western Virginia we have lots and lots and lots of greens!  It can be a real challenge when doing plein air to capture all of the shades of green.  Most artists learn to balance the cool color green with warmer colors and warm lights.

A recent trip out West served as a good opportunity to "learn" a new color palette.  Although the areas we visited had recently had good rains as indicated by the extraordinary wildflowers, the colors of the rocky canyons still dominated.   Reds, purples, ochres, grey-blues and sunbleached yellows formed the background.

The color green looks very different surrounded by the many other greens here in Western Virginia than it does in the western canyons of Arizona and Utah.

So how does this relate to designing your space?  By changing the colors around a color a new look or palette is created.   Think about pairing that favorite color with a new color.  For example if you currently have cool greens and blues, drop the cool blue for a rusty red or an ochre.   This can be as subtle as adding accent pillows or as dramatic as adding a new work of art.

And for me as an artist, I will be pairing some of my favorite colors with colors from the western canyons in my next series of mixed media paintings.  I can't wait to get started!  Look for a progress report in my next post.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Enrich Your Daily Life with Just One Addition

All Aflutter
Mixed Media on Canvas
by Judith F Lochbrunner

The change of seasons provides the incentive to make personal changes: eat healthier, get more sleep or sign-up for an on-line class.   All are excellent but don't overlook  making a change to the space that surrounds you.

Is your space large, tiny, or somewhere in between?    Adding chairs, tables,  beds and such make it function.   But, what have you added to make the space to reflect your personality, inspire your spirit, and enrich your daily routine?

Original art can complete your space and fill your life.   It all begins with one piece of art.  Consider adding just one work this season.   It can be big or it can be small but add something to the wall above your dining table or to the shelf above your bed or anywhere in your space where you spend time.

Set you budget (art comes in all price ranges) and begin the search in your local community.    Art galleries, art fairs, school art departments, and art exhibits in public spaces are all excellent locations to explore.  Be open to all types of art as you may be surprised with your preferences.

Once you have your "short-list",  narrow your decision by checking the portfolio of additional art by the artist, doing an on-line search and contacting the gallery or artist with any questions.  Often art can be taken home to see exactly how it looks in your space before the sale is complete.

Your search is truly a treasure hunt so enjoy the process.  The reward will be a work of art that you treasure for years to come.

This season enrich your life with just one work of art.