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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Abstract Landscape Series Continues

Mountain Harvest
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
14 x 14 inches

Another abstract landscape is nearly ready for display.  It was dropped off at Goose Creek Studio today to be framed and should look even better when completed.  

This work features a short list of colors:  red, yellow, green and just a smidgen of blue to make it work.  The swirl S-pattern in the lower left was added to the paper in its first stage.  A trace of the same pattern can be seen in the skinny yellow shape on the far right.  Those shapes were purposely allowed the continue to show through the additional color applications.  

The chevron pattern in the top center is from a paper stencil.  Three different layers of chevron shapes are selectively applied and then each distressed with a paper towel,  skewer stick and pencil to make the pattern blend down into its designated shape or "field".

Different patterns are faintly visible in other areas of the painting.  I hope this keeps the piece interesting to look at as well as abstracting the plant-shapes in each of the fields.

The beautiful weather today demanded taking the long way home and stopping to take photos.  The early spring landscape is helpful to view and photograph as details that are normally obscured by leaves can readily be seen.  I took several photos up at Gross Orchard and Peaks of Otter.

Here is a cheerful photo on Route 43 outside of Bedford heading towards the orchard and parkway.  I hope these daffodils bring a smile.  

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring, Flowers and Texture in Bloom

While today is the first "official" day of Spring, some good weather here in the past couple weeks has been pulling me out of the studio and into the gardens.  It did feel wonderful to get back outside and finish prepping the beds.

"Busting into Bloom"
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic/mixed media on canvas

This painting features floral shapes created in light molding paste.  The textures carve the parts of the flower-shapes by creating breaks in the color.   Black acrylic paint squeezed from a narrow-tipped bottle forms dark, thick lines.  And water-soluble pastels add bright color.  

It won't be long until the gardens are full of colorful blooms like those that inspired my painting. However there is still something very special about the first blooms of the season.  This is the first daffodil that bloomed in the garden just yesterday.

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Changing Up the Landscape

Gold in the Hills
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic/mixed media
12 by 12 inches

One of my goals for 2015 is to create original, unexpected and more abstract landscapes.  I have been reviewing books on landscape and re-visiting a few how-to references.  What I have searched for are steps that I have been sliding by instead of deliberately making choices.  

What to include in the landscape is also a focus as too many details serve only to dilute the painting's impact. Simplifying the landscape is an essential step in plein air work and it needs to also be an essential step in the studio as well.   

This painting represents what I hope is the first of several abstracted landscapes.   It will join the  paintings in my last couple blogs and be on display at Goose Creek Studio.  

Get out and enjoy the warmer (almost Spring) weather for 2nd Friday Art Walk in Centertown Bedford on March 13, 2015. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bare Branches: Color and Shapes Bring Out Beauty

Bare Branches
acrylic on painted paper
by Judith F Lochbrunner
(6 by 12 inches)

This small work may actually be a bit unwelcome by most.  The tree branches which have been bare since the middle of last November will soon show signs of new spring growth.   The countdown until spring has begun in earnest and it is only a few weeks away.  And no one may be interested in looking at bare branches at this date in late winter.

Beginning an artwork with painted papers is a good way to find and develop some exciting color combinations.   Painting the negative (or in-between) spaces brings out that color combination and creates beautiful and unexpected shapes.

I'm hoping that the colors and shapes will draw in the viewer and the beauty of bare branches will generate a positive response even now.

This work will be delivered to Goose Creek Studio and will be on display for 2nd Friday (March 13) in Centertown Bedford (VA).  Plan to come and see all that the galleries have to offer.