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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Adding A Title to A Plein Air Painting

The other members of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge and myself officially began our 150 Paintings in 150 Days Challenge Sunday, May 10 at Blue Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Rock, VA  

The 150 Paintings in 150 Days Challenge by the group is to push ourselves to create an extensive number of paintings to document our summer plein air season.   The paintings will consist of different styles and media that reflects the wide variety of work that our group creates.  The challenge will finish on October 3 at the art show on the porch at Ikenberry Orchards.

It was a beautiful May afternoon as we set up, each taking different views from the winery's tasting room.  As I have been doing in the past few weeks, I began another mixed media painting using pastel, colored pencil, graphite and acrylic.  My focus was to create a "representational" painting that looked enough like the scene for someone to recognize yet still have an abstracted landscape "feel".  

Soon the music began by singer/songwriter Mike Frank of Salem.  We all decided that listening to live music while painting is a very good thing.  Meanwhile many visitors came to sample the wines and enjoy the afternoon.  Eric was in charge of the wine bar explaining the different wines, pouring glasses for all the visitors and selling bottles of their favorites.  

Challenge Painting #1

"Eric's Favorite Cedar"
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
 6.5 x 9.5 inches

Eric took a break and stopped by the easel to see the painting.  He informed me the he has chosen a spot under the left bough of the cedar tree as his final resting place.  I thought that could be an interesting title for the painting but perhaps Eric's Favorite Cedar would be a bit cheerier.  What do you think?

Here is a photo of the painting in progress with the view.  Hopefully you can see the similarities without the work getting too bogged down in details.  I was pleased with the process and the result.  

Lastly,  you can follow the Double Line Painters 150 paintings in 150 days painting challenge and view many of the works at  Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge and click on the Blog.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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