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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Painting the Flowers Out the Window

Out the Studio Window
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic/mixed media on canvas
(18 inches by 12 inches)

June was a hot month here with days of above average temperatures and high humidity.  Even getting out in the morning hours was not pleasant as it never really cooled off at night.   As you might have read on the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge Blog, we headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway in search of cooler temperatures and shade for plein air.  

Instead of setting up in the back yard to paint the gardens, I utilized the view out the window.  Black-eyed Susans have seeded themselves all around the yard and I was happy to see a plant pop up outside the studio window.  

It was just the reference I needed for this painting.  The yellow petals really contrasted and almost sparkled against the cooler colors of the other plants.   And that is exactly what I wanted to "push" in the painting.  

None of the Black-eyed Susans is exactly like another and each one has a personality or perhaps even an attitude -- so much fun to paint.

Look for more florals inspired by the back yard gardens in future blogs and hopefully some of them will be plein air works.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

A Request for a Triptych

A few days ago while I was chatting with my friend, she asked if I was going to do another triptych?  It was excellent timing as I had just finished working on one earlier in the week.

What is a triptych?

One of the best definitions I found on my search: A set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.

Why do three works?

While the artist can assemble any number of works to hang together, three is a good number for practical reasons as three painting surfaces can fit on the easel or studio wall.

Three is also an odd number and so makes the combination more informal.  In a more formal combination like a diptych (2 works) a certain amount of symmetry and balance is required.

For my new triptych I chose three  9 x 12 inch gallery wrap canvases.  I do like the math of the final size of the three works together (27 x 12 inches).  And the idea of working on each canvas in portrait (vertical) and ending up with a landscape (horizontal) composition adds a certain amount of energy.

The gallery wrap canvas provides flexibility in the final hanging arrangement as the works can be hung tightly (as in my photo), or with a gap between works, or have each painting placed in a floater frame to further separate one work from the others.

Color of Summer - Triptych
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas
12 x 27 inches

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Challenge Paintings Pushing Limits on Small Works

The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge are just over one month into our 150 Paintings in 150 Days Challenge.  And this indeed was a challenge for me to get the process started.

Small works are not my preference as they often require as much work and time as a painting that is twice the size.  However there was no possibility of completing this challenge without utilizing small works.

The first grouping of small works was slow going at first as I worked to find a direction for them to go.  After thinking they were near completion I left them for a few days and then returned to the studio.  Of course I decided that they were not quite right.  So back to work I went.

I'm happy to report that the works did improve and that I seem to be getting a "method" on how to handle small works.

And then the next grouping of small works were a bit easier to get painted.

Indeed the smaller sizes are feeling more comfortable.  

But wait; one of the goals of this challenge was to push ourselves!  Success already?   Perhaps, but I will continue to share my progress for the challenge and you can see the results.

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PS:  See all the paintings completed during the challenge from May 10 - October 3, 2015 on Pinterest.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Painting Challenge and other Updates.

This week I was in the studio to catch-up on painting as well as photography, framing and other art business so the blogs should be back on a regular schedule.

Currently I am participating in the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge 150 Paintings in 150 Days Challenge.  The challenge began on May 10 at our art event at Blue Ridge Vineyard.  It will end on October 3 at our show at Ikenberry Orchard.

Here are three of my favorite mixed media plein air works arranged in a collage to show some May results for the challenge.  

In addition, I was painting in the studio:

Mountaintop Farm
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media/acrylic
16 x 20 inches

One more Bloom to Come
by Judith F Lochbrunner
14 x 18 inches

And in between, I was spending time in the gardens.   Here is one of my favorite plants, Butterfly Weed, which attracts the Monarch Butterfly.  And it is not a "weed" but a plant the self-seeds nicely between other perennials adding great color and life to the garden.

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PS:  if you want to see all the paintings for the challenge go to