Stone Coal Studio

Stone Coal Studio

Monday, September 21, 2015

Art Starts or Avoiding a Blank Canvas

(An assortment of canvas and papers prepped and ready for development into a painting.)

It has been a hectic few weeks prepping and packing and setting-up, and taking-down, and re-packing, and then repeating for the next art festival!  Now I am delighted to get back in the studio to begin painting new work.

When I do begin a series of new works it is helpful to have the canvas, paper or whatever surface I choose "ready".   Many years ago I sat in on a painting demonstration by a well-known artist who painted beautiful wildflower landscapes.  He showed a slide of his studio in which we could see a large assortment of canvases with only the skies painted.  These included high horizon, low horizon, cloudy, stormy as well as clear blue skies.  I was rather surprised that he would begin in this manner.  Now I completely understand as he was avoiding the "blank" canvas.  He wanted to get right to the wildflowers when he had studio time.  

If I have only a small amount of time to work in the studio, I often use the time to do drawings, to layout compositions and to prepare surfaces.  When I do have a full afternoon I can squeeze out all the paint I need and jump right into painting and enjoy the process. 

And now even when I clean-up after a painting session, excess paint gets wiped off brushes and onto canvas or paper.  Paint left on palettes also gets transferred to painting surfaces so even my "starts" get a "start".

For the Love of Florals
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic/mixed media on canvas
(sold at Art on the Lawn)

Many thanks to everyone who stopped by my art display at the art festivals these past couple weekends.  Your comments and compliments were amazing!   

I also want to express my thanks to those who purchased art.  I am honored to have art in your home.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Art Festival Again: Art on the Lawn

Art on the Lawn will be held on Saturday, September 19 in front of the Giles County Courthouse in Pearisburg, VA, from 10AM- 4 PM.  Tents full of art will cover the lawn.  Enjoy a beautiful day in the New River Valley by driving up Highway 460 from Blacksburg. 

(Giles County Courthouse)

Last Saturday's rain moved the Lynchburg Art Festival to Sunday, September 13.  It was a beautiful and cool day that drew crowds to look and to buy art.   I am most gratified to create a painting that brings joy to someone's life.  And on Sunday I was privileged to personally meet the people who selected my art to take home with them.

(Art display on the "fence" at the Lynchburg Art Festival)

One of my paintings, "Mountain Lines" was selected for the Judge's Fence.  It was a compliment to make the "short-list" to even be considered for a prize.  

And not to be forgotten is the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge new show up at Goose Creek Studio.  "Elements: Color and Texture" opened at 2nd Friday's in Bedford, VA on September 11.  We enjoyed meeting and talking to everyone who came.   The show will hang until the end of October so plan a visit.

And I finally got stopped in front of my painting that evening for a photo.  Thanks for visiting the blog!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Summer's Over! Your Invitation to the First of the Fall Art Events Season.

The lazy last days of summer as seen on the James River near Buchanan (VA) last week.  

The busy last days of summer as seen on the sunroom as I set up an assembly line to varnish paintings for the upcoming September art shows and festivals.

September begins a "marathon" of art shows and festivals so please consider this your invitation to all the excitement that is happening next week. 

“Elements: Color and Texture” Art Show by the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge will open Friday September 11 at Goose Creek Studio, 302 Court St, Bedford, VA  at  2nd Fridays.  The gallery as well as many other shops, galleries and restaurants in Bedford will be open late that evening.

The art show will explore two of the elements of art: Color and Texture.  Each member of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge will explore and experiment with these two elements.  A short description of the idea and method will be placed near each work to engage the viewers in the artistic process.

Members of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge are: Mary Anne Meador, Linda Schaar, Sue Furrow, Bonnie Mason, and Judy Lochbrunner.  Each artist will have at least 4 works on display. The art show will run through the end of October.

On Saturday, September 12, 2015 look for my art and myself in space #98 at the 43rd Annual Lynchburg Art Festival on the grounds of EC Glass High School.  

Time to get back to work getting everything ready.  See you soon!