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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Joy in the Doing; Organized Start to 2016

Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.

William Shakespeare, "Troilus and Cressida"

Podcasts, blogs, posts and magazine articles are full of advice for the start of the New Year 2016.  The start of the year is always a good time to do something new or better or healthier or even more thoughtful and organized.

And I am happy to report that the art studio "mini-makeover" is completed.  Actually the work in the studio began last February when new flooring was installed.   A good clean-out and rearrange was documented in my blog on Feb 1, 2015.  

New shelves for the studio were put on the to-do list and a search of Pinterest provided several ideas.  However, art shows and prior commitments pushed that project back until now.

Last week after a fresh coat of paint was rolled on the walls, the new shelves were installed.

The shelves are just wide enough to hold a canvas or board or a framed painting up and out of the way.  No more work piled on the counter or on the floor (I hope!).  

Here is a close-up of the shelf construction; three pieces of wood securely screwed together to easily hold "whatever".

Although this is not a "Pinterest-worthy" photo it should show how the shelves are filling up and also provide a sneak peak of the work laying on the counter that is being varnished for framing and delivery the first week of January.  I will share new work in the next blog.

Happy New Year!  And here's to 2016 for all of us to reach our goals.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Have You Been Good? Holiday Wishes

Have You Been Good?
by Judith F Lochbrunner
collage/mixed media on paper
5 x 7 inches matted to 8 x 10
at Goose Creek Gallery 

This little painting was created for the 2015 Roanoke Valley Ronald McDonald House holiday card.  Although it was not chosen, it was a good opportunity to support this non-profit.  And I also have to admit that I do really like this burro.  This personable critter will be again featured in a new work in the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge upcoming show "All Critters Great and Small" at 2nd Helpings gallery in April 2016.

However my main focus today is to simply wish you a wonderful holiday season and to end this blog with a link to Norman Rockwell's "Christmas Homecoming".  May you reconnect with all those people who are special to you and yes, even get a great big "bear hug"!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Small Flowers are Big Inspiration for a Painting

It was an excellent season for the wild asters as you can see in the photo above.  I have enlarged it a bit so you can look for the light-colored clump of flowers about one-third of the way up from the left lower corner.  A few more peak up just above from the center of the bottom.  

These small flowers are easily missed but for anyone who takes the time to look the dainty violet petals make a lovely contrast with the colors of the late summer/early fall foliage.   

Creating a painting inspired by these wildflowers has been something that I have wanted to do for the past couple months.  And today I was finally able to sit down to begin work on it.   As you can see in my photo (above) that I have my initial sketch (scribble?), a reference of a hybrid aster found in a garden catalog and the 12 x 12 panel that has been prepared by covering with leftover paint from my palette.

I used a scrap piece of mat board to lay in some floral shapes.  Note that I have chosen to use the larger hybrid aster in the reference photo as I wanted to utilize more of the lovely purple color.

The contrast has been accentuated by adding lighter colors particularly the minty green, light blue and especially the yellow.   The yellow/violet color combination in the reference photo was too good to not include in the final painting.

"Fall Meadow"
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas board
12 by 12 inches framed

And you are invited to stop by Goose Creek Studio this weekend for their holiday open house.  I will be there from 1-3 PM on Saturday (Dec. 12).  Please stop by to say hello!

The art show at the Jefferson Center continues through mid-January during regular business hours and during concerts and performances.  The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge also have paintings hanging at the Salem Museum and admission to the museum is free.

  Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Art of the Heirloom; Artists Interpret Heirloom Plants

Today we stopped by Thomas Jefferson's Monticello while in Charlottesville.  We did some Christmas shopping at the museum store.  After exiting we saw a sign for "The Art of the Heirloom". Since gardening with native plants and heirlooms has long been an interest of mine, we made a dash down the stairs to see the art.

It was even more exciting to discover that this was the art show conducted by the Hudson Valley Seed Library.  Every year artists are invited to interpret heirloom and open-pollinated plants in the  library's seed catalogs for the covers of the seed packets.   I was already familiar with this art show as I had entered last spring; however I did not realize that it traveled around the country too.

 It was a real treat to actually see the artwork that was created for the seed packets.  My photos only offer a small view of the variety and quality of each of the artworks.  I have included a couple close-ups of the art.

Glass mosaic by Suzanne Fortin

Cut paper collage and acrylic by Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson

Here is a complete list of the art and artists with a bit more information. 

Take some time to look at the Hudson Valley Seed Library to see this years artists.  I'm going to get my 2016 entry ready early this year.  

Thanks for stopping by my blog!