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Monday, December 26, 2016

January 2017 NewsBlog

(Preparations are in place for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.)

I am a little late posting my January NewsBlog as I wanted to wait until closer to the end of the year when things begin to slow a bit from all the holiday festivities.  Hopefully you are enjoying some time to relax before 2017 begins.

January will feature a on-line event for all my followers.  I will again be participating in Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge .  And this time around I have a basic theme or perhaps goal is a better word.  This month will be all about landscapes to practice a wide variety of subjects before our plein air season returns next spring.  

My plan is to gain more experience painting landscapes so that my plein air painting will be more satisfying.  Simply stated; I'm hoping for a higher percentage of successful paintings.

Several pieces of paper and small canvases have been prepared.  I am using a book from my library "Painters Quick Reference Landscapes" by North Light Books.  It is not my intention or desire to copy the landscape demos but to use the projects in the book as a "prompt" to create many land, water and sky paintings.

I am not sure that I will complete 30 paintings but I will be posting nearly every day on my blog.  If you don't want to miss one, sign up on the right side of the screen to receive them via email.

In addition to this painting challenge, new art will be delivered in January to Goose Creek Studio as well as a few other of my retail locations.  I will update you on when and where it happens on my blog as well as on my my FaceBook page:Stone Coal Studio Art

Have a Wonderful and Prosperous New Year!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season

It seems quite appropriate today to stop and take the time to write 
my wish that you all have a wonderful holiday season. 
  I appreciate your interest and support in my blog. 
Thank you for visiting during these busy days.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

An Artist is Allowed to Change her Mind


 by Judith F Lochbrunner
11 x 14 inches

(If you look carefully bits and pieces of the collage can still be seen in the finished painting.)

Last week's post was inspired by a formal and classic floral still life.  On the easel at the same time was a slightly larger painting that began as an arrangement of shapes and textures.   My original intention was to paint a minimalist floral.  I even stopped to sign and photograph it thinking that it was completed.

(the mundane minimal floral,  ho hum)

However after looking again at the painting, it was not finished as it seemed more mundane than minimal.  I then selected a few pages from my collection old books and tore them into pieces to lay on the painting.  As soon as the first layer of collage was added, the work immediately came to life.  More papers were selected out of the painted papers box and applied as well.

(I nearly forgot to take a photo before starting the next layer of paint.  
The photo was taken after I had made just a few brush strokes.)

It was then a matter of editing shapes, strenghtening contrast, balancing the composition, and defining the focal point.  Or, simply put, working hard to make the painting work!

Sometimes it is difficult to change direction on a painting but doing so often results in a better painting.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Not Quite a Proper Arrangement

This painting was inspired by two very different sources.  The first is the current large number of posts on social media of formal floral still lives featuring deep red blooms.  They are absolutely luscious with the juicy brushstrokes in thick oil paint.  It is enough to tempt me to get out the oil paints stashed away in a drawer.

The other source of inspiration is the floral displays the volunteers create at the Cemetery Center at the Lynchburg Old City Cemetery  Each time I visit, I admire the beauty of the arrangements selected from what ever plant material is available that morning.

Not Quite a Proper Arrangement
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas
12 x 9 inches

These two influences came together last week when I decided to paint a more "formal" abstract floral.      A neutral background (wall perhaps) was painted in with a bit of a trellis design added for some extra depth and formality.  The neutralized turquoise pitcher added yet another traditional element to the still life.

Yet the floral shapes are far more abstract than realistic.  And the arrangement is a bit out of balance.  This hopefully keeps the painting from becoming too stiff and more of a surprise.

For contrast, I have included the other almost-completed floral painting on the easel.  The traditional still life is certainly not a trend in the studio.  Look for more about this second painting next week.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  
And I welcome your comments on this latest "formal" abstract floral.

PS:  Look for "Not Quite a Proper Arrangement" is now in my Etsy shop .

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Why of Art

Study Break
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
16 x 16 inches

Many art instructors tell their students to create paintings that have a story.  I agree that each painting needs a reason/inspiration/motivation/etc to become a painting that is more than just art materials applied to a surface. 

The painting was inspired by a walk we took in Giles County not too far from the Virginia Tech campus.  We came upon this fishermen who was obviously a student taking a break from classes.  I enjoyed the combination of the location and the activity using both as the "why" for the painting.

"Study Break" recently sold and I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with the purchaser.  She told me that she bought it as a gift for a family member whose son had passed away.   This son skipped school one day when he was a teenager to go fishing.  A newspaper photographer who was in search of something to show the spring season took his photo and published it in the local newspaper.  The school, family and entire town learned of his "playing hookie" that day.

I was told that when she saw my painting she saw that teenager in the newspaper and knew the mom would too.   

There surely can be few better answers to the "why" of art than this.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Website Upgrade

Dial Up Internet
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on canvas
12 x 12 inches

This painting recently sold at Black Dog Salvage Marketplace and I do think it was a bit of a coincidence that I had been working on an major re-design as well as a major upgrade to my website Stone Coal Studio.  

I invite you to click on the link and check it out.  While there are still a few tweaks to be completed, the website is a big step forward for me that allows for more photos of artwork and an Etsy page.  It most importantly, is a secure website now featuring a contact form and a newsletter sign-up form.  

(The IT department has really been "on" top of this upgrade.)

I welcome your comments and thank you for stopping by my blog.

PS:  If you are in the Bedford, VA area please plan to stop by the gallery and studio tour this Sunday (Dec 5, 2016) from 1- 5 PM.  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving with a Yellow Labrador Painting to Approve.

Holiday advertising especially for "Black Friday" is everywhere: television TV, newspapers and social media.   Thankfully this week we have an opportunity to stop and reflect on what really makes a holiday: connecting with friends and family.

I want to begin this blog wishing you a "Happy Thanksgiving"!  
Enjoy this day in a way that makes it special for you.

Before the dinner is served, there is a painting that needs to be approved before it can be completed.   I often find it helpful when doing a dog portrait to get the opinion of someone who is familiar with the breed or with the dog (and that person is coming for dinner!).  This is even more important if I have not personally seen the dog and am working only from photographs.

Yellow Lab
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
10 x 10 inches

I chose three views of the dog to make it more than a dog portrait and to be a view into the life of this Yellow Lab.  The neutral and soft blue color palette for the background was chosen to fit well in the  family's home.  It also contrasts with the lights (whites/yellows/ochres) and darks (blues/umbers) in the dog's coat, ears, and features.  However a little quinacridone magenta was added to the mix to paint the nose.

(Notes are very time-savers as I have learned to write down color mixes for dog portraits.  Before I finish the paintings color samples are also added to the notebook for easy reference.)

My goal was for the work to exhibit a creative approach to painting a dog but still be realistic enough to look like this Yellow Lab.   Hopefully the family will agree when they receive the gift and give the dog lots of extra pets and attention!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Enjoy the start of the holiday season!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Nov/Dec2016 NewsBlog

With the holidays rapidly approaching it is time to keep you informed of all the events for the next two months.  While there are holiday activities listed, the real theme of this blog is to "Shop Local"

(Even before you step in the door, there is so much to see at Black Dog.)

While Art Night at the Dog on November 17 from 6-8PM may be past by the time you read this blog.  There is still the opportunity to shop the most famous marketplace in Roanoke.  Black Dog Salvage is open Monday-Saturday from 9 AM - 5 PM.  Check their Facebook page for holiday closings.  One of our favorite holiday traditions is to go shopping at Black Dog on Christmas Eve.  It is always a fun time.

(Only a very, very small peak at what you can possibly find in the shop 
after seeing the Magnolia furniture, beautiful linens, painted furniture and so much more.)

Next up will be the Holiday Open House at Potentially Chic on Friday and Saturday, November 25-26.    This shop is always full of wonderful design ideas, accessories, Magnolia furniture, linens and other surprises.

(Goose Creek Studio's colorful exterior welcomes those in search of 
fine arts and crafts plus a quality on-site frame shop.)

The 5th Annual Holliday Art Studio & Gallery Tour in the Town of Bedford will feature art studios and galleries throughout the Town of Bedford.  Goose Creek is one of the stops on the tour which will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 1:00-5:00 PM.   Artist demonstrations, unique one-of-a-kind gifts, and light refreshments will fill the afternoon.

(Look for the big "Open" flag in town 
with plenty of parking near by to enjoy the Arts and Crafts Center.)

The Allegheny Highlands Arts and Crafts Center is a special place in the picturesque town of Clifton Forge.  I must confess that I have already  wrapped and mailed the presents purchased there as they have a wonderful selection fine arts and crafts.  Come for the shopping, stay for the food at one of the local restaurants and maybe even a show at the historic Masonic Theater.

(2nd Helpings is located in the Civic Mall just up Williamson Rd from the Roanoke Civic Center)

2nd Helpings Shop Gallery Cafe combines the fun of a thrift store, a yummy cafe and a selection of arts and crafts by local artists.  The bonus to this shop is that the proceeds benefit the Rescue Mission in Roanoke.

And yes my paintings are on for sale in all these wonderful stores.  I am happy to support them.   Please consider shopping and enjoying these special places over the holiday season.

Best wishes for a Joyful Holiday Season!
Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Still More Art Deliveries

 I have looked at the empty easel in the studio all week long as I have been varnishing, framing, adding backing and wire, labeling, packing, preparing inventories, and finally loading boxes and bins into the back of my car.

It is all good.  The reward of all this work is to have my paintings displayed in more beautiful spaces in time for holiday decorating and shopping.

("Roadside Attraction" from last week's blog on display at Goose Creek Studio.)

Tuesday Mary Anne and I hung new work from all the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge at 
Goose Creek Studio in time for Second Fridays in downtown Bedford.    This evening opening of the art galleries and artisan trail sites is always a fun activity and a perfect start to the holiday season. 

(Second Helpings is a favorite shop for "finds" and local art, of course)

Wednesday it was time to refresh my selection of paintings at 2nd Helpings Gallery.  This shop has a unique selection of local art, second-hand furniture, thrift store finds and a cafe.  Proceeds from the shop benefit the Rescue Mission in Roanoke.

And while the easel may have be empty, the work table has some reference photos and initial drawing finished for a dog painting which will be a Christmas present. The frame has already been picked up and it will be delivered locally a few days before the holiday.  All that is needed is some painting time in the studio.  Next week.......for sure.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  

PS:  Please stop by to say hello if you are in the Roanoke area next week.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

New Work, New Show, Repeat

Roadside Attraction
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed watermedia on canvas
24 x 30 inches

This painting is inspired by one of my favorite local walks.  The fences lining the road have an ever changing display of wildflowers and grasses from spring to late fall.   Seeds are dispersed by the wind, insects, and animals to fall, sprout and grow.  And those plants are eaten by cows and other critters as well as cut by the occasional right of way mowing.  The result is bare spots that open up and the process begins again with seeds falling, sprouting, plants growing, etc.

I painted this work by applying layers of acrylic ink, gouache, and thinned acrylic washes.  Some were to create the warm reds, golds, and greens.  Others were to create colorful darks including deep purples, blues and rusts.  Lighter and more neutral lavenders, tans and blue colors were saved for the top (front foliage) layers.  To make the yellow floral shapes really pop, white acrylic ink was painted as the base.  Once the yellow/orange acrylic was painted on top, the shapes glowed.

And just as soon as I finished this painting, it was time to pack art for another holiday show.  Today we (Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge) were at the Salem Museum.   The meeting room at the museum is a bright space that is perfect for displaying art.  Admission to the museum is free and is a perfect place to bring family and friends in for the holidays.  Our art will hang until the second week of January.

(Linda posed for me so I could get an "authentic" photo of art being carried in the museum.)

Next week is nearly as eventful as new work will be delivered to two more locations.  Please check back with my blog next week for all the details.   And if you have a question or need information on where a painting is on display, do not hesitate to email   I have it all organized on a spreadsheet!

Thank you for stopping my blog.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

More Fall Meadows Just in Time

Maine-ly A Meadow 2
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
24 x 18 inches

Recently an artist I follow wrote in a blog post that she "painted better under a deadline".  While I am not so sure that is true, the last couple weeks have been busy with art show deadlines.  The October 13, 2016 blog featured the first of the fall meadows series.  Today's blog has the next installment finished just in time.

Similar colors were used in both paintings but this work features much larger brush strokes.   Larger brushes are usually reserved for my preliminary layers of color.  It was only after I studied the "start" that I decided that I liked the energy of the larger shapes.  I decided to not reduce the size of these larger shapes in the final layers of the painting.

(My selections of brushes for this painting.)

There is an art school exercise that requires the students to complete a painting using only a 4-inch house-painting brush.  This prevents the students from doing anything but focus on the big shapes. While none of my brushes were that big, they did prevent me from getting distracted by the details.   And I liked the final result.

This work will be part of the art show with the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge at the Jefferson Center Oct 30 -Dec 4, 2016.  Stop by during the day or take some time during intermission to check it out if you attend one of the many fine performances there next month.

(The Jefferson Center is the location of our art show from Oct. 30-Dec. 5)

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Enjoy these pretty days of late fall.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Rocky Path to Painting Rocks

On my September 10, 2016 post I shared my plein air struggle with rocks.  It is so easy to paint rocks that look like potatoes but difficult to paint ones that actually appear to be, well, rocks.  And while the painting posted that day will never be offered for sale, it was good practice and a reminder that I really could do better.

During our visit to Acadia National Park last month we took a hike that was filled with beautiful rocks along the path and shoreline.  We even came across a few plein air painters painting the rocks and water.  I regretted not having my easel and paints that day.

However it was obviously time to get serious about rocks so I did some research to pinpoint what exactly I was doing wrong.  It was a good refresher.  First I needed to have a plan.  Second, to decide where the darks and lights are.  Third, to decide where exactly are the mid-tones.  And lastly to create both warm and cool colors in those mid-tones.  Yes, practice does work no matter how you much you serectly wish you could skip it.

Along a Rocky Path
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on canvas
12 x 9 inches.

This painting is a bit more realistic than my usual landscapes as it needed to feature real-looking rocks.  I still tried to avoid putting in too many details keeping painting "loose".  And I really liked the neutral colors which made painting all the mid-tones in the rocks quite enjoyable.  

Rocks are going to continue to appear in the next few paintings in progress as I continue working on the fall landscapes inspired by Maine.  Yes, more practice......and hopefully more improvement.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  

PS:  Art Night at the Dog: The event has been rescheduled 
for Thursday November 17 from 6-8 PM.   Hope to see you then!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 2016 NewsBlog

Brighten Up a Gray Day 
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas
11 x 14 inches

October has been filled with beautiful fall colors, plein air and holiday show preparations.

Every fall we pick some of the most beautiful plein air locations or maybe they just seem that way this time of the year.    And the best part about going to new places to paint is making new friends.

Plein air at Sinkland Farm: we do plan to return to this wonderful farm next year.

Holiday Art Shows

October 14 – November 25
Allegheny Highlands Arts and Crafts Center  45th Annual Fall Festival Art Exhibit  If you have not been to Clifton Forge lately then you are in for a surprise with new restaurants, renovated historic theater and great shopping at the arts and crafts center.  The art exhibit is always a good show and this year is no exception.

And I received an Honorable Mention in the oil/acrylic category for the painting at the top of the blog:  "Brighten Up a Gray Day" -- it certainly did!

New Date -Thursday November 17 from 6-8 PM 
Please change your calendar to join in the fun.
Thursday October 27 from 5 - 7 PM 
Art Night at the Dog: at Black Dog Salvage  This is a special evening shopping opportunity at the marketplace.   Artists who regularly display art at Black Dog Salvage will be in attendance.  I am looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting new friends, and talking about art.

Looking Ahead:  More Holiday Shows and a Gallery tour are scheduled for this festive season.

Sunday October 30 - Monday December 4
The Holiday Show with the other members of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge will be up at the Jefferson Center.  We will line the halls with art from the past year.   Plan to come by when you are in the area or attending a concert.  A portion of art sales benefit the Jefferson Center.

Thursday November 3 - Thursday January 6
The meeting room of the Salem Museum will be filled with even more art by the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge.  Admission to the museum is free and makes a great outing for friends and family during the holidays.  A portion of art sales benefit the Salem Museu

Sunday December 4Holiday Studio and Gallery Tour at Goose Creek as well as other art venues in Bedford.  This is a fun afternoon as Bedford's Artisan Trail will be stocked with wonderful arts and crafts.

Can't find a painting or have a question?

Because I work with so many wonderful local shops, you may not find exactly the art you wish in a particular location or on Etsy.  Please do not hesitate to contact me through my website or email: for assistance.

Thank you for keeping up with the news from my art studio.   


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fall Meadows on the Easel

Maine-ly a Meadow #1
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas board
20 x 16 inches

On my October 6 blog there was a photo of a painting start with paint applied to the canvas straight from the jar.  The color was absolutely spectacular and it was so easy to fall in love with it.

But there was an idea and a memory that I wanted to paint.  The meadows we saw on our walk at Acadia National Park last month were still fresh in my mind.

( Some darks and lights added to create a foreground and a background 
slowly crafting it into a composition.)

It was necessary to simplify the painting.  Despite how hard it was, I had to cover up some of the wonderful color.   The painting had to read as "something" -- not a jarring, jumbled mess.  It was a balance to add more paint but not cover up the color of the previous layers.

 ( More lights were added to the background and to the foreground 
to lead the viewer's eye through the painting.)

Neutralized colors were added in several layers to create a softer, more soothing look.  All the bold colors are still there when you look at the painting up close but now you don't need a pair of sunglasses!

More meadow paintings are on the work table as I explore this theme for the rest of October.

This painting will be at the Jefferson Center as part of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge holiday show the entire month of November.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog.   

Thursday, October 6, 2016

An Artist's Week: Donkeys, Art Starts and Plein Air

(Bold colors out of the jar make an exciting layer of paint on this new work.)

After a month of daily blogs with a new painting each day as part of the September 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, this was a week to catch-up and re-direct my painting.  

First is was time for a break and it (really) was art-related as I have been searching for donkeys to photograph for references.  We attended the first annual Virginia Donkey Rescue - Donktoberfest and it was a wonderful event. We met several cute, friendly donkeys and I took many photos -- fun art research!

(Friendly donkeys posed for photos and future paintings.)
No paintings were finished or signed this week.  Instead it was time to prepare several sheets of watercolor paper, sketch ideas and compositions, apply the initial layers of paint,  apply another layer of darks and finally catch-up with this blog.

(Gessoed watercolor paper with an initial layer of watercolor and gouache to layout the design.)

The cooler temperatures finally arrived this week.  This morning we waited until the fog lifted before heading to one of the parks along the Roanoke Greenway.   It was a nice spot and I did like what I painted but the real story of the morning was the acquaintances I saw and the other walkers on the trail who stopped to talk and see the painting.  Art is indeed a conversation.

(A photo of my set-up and yes, that is Black Dog Salvage truck and building across the road.)  

It was a good art week and I plan to have more progress to report in my next blog. 
 Thank you for stopping by today.



Friday, September 30, 2016

Day 30 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the final day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Fall Color
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media
6 x 6 inches

Working on the painting for Day 30 was a little intimidating at first as I wondered if it needed to be big, brassy, bold -- a real statement piece.  Fortunately I took the pressure off by going back to Leslie Saeta's rule for the challenge: "there are no rules". 

This abstracted landscape reflects the experimenting and playing with acrylic and mixed media that I have done over the 30 postings.  I am pleased with where I am now with many, many new ideas.

The challenge also opened up opportunities to connect with people.  I have enjoyed many on-line views and conversations about my blogs as well as learning from the postings by other artists.

At the start of this challenge I posted that I began a few weeks early on August 10.  With an art festival and an eight-day trip on the calendar in September I knew that I needed some extra time.  I finished today's painting on Sept 26.  So August 10 to September 26 minus travel and art show time equals 37 days.

Leslie Saeta runs the 30 Challenge again in January.  Look for me to take it up again.  Hope to see you before that on my blog.

PS  Selected paintings from the 30 Day Challenge will be up on my Etsy shop starting October 1.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Day 29 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-ninth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Tree Line
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media
6 x 6 inches

The abstracted landscape for the next to last day of the challenge is all about color and opposing directions.  The colors are similar to Days 25 and 26 but softer with blended edges.

I liked the contrast of the vertical trees against both the horizontal line of leaves as well the field.  And I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the works posted this month on my blog.

PS  Selected paintings from the 30 Day challenge will be up on my Easy shop October 1. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Day 28 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-eighth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Milkweed Meadow
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media
6 x 6 inches

Last fall I did a series of paintings based on milkweed pods found along the Blue Ridge Parkway when we were out enjoying the fall colors.   They are one of my favorite subjects so it should be no surprise that the plants appeared in my mixed media abstracts for this final week.  

I focused on only the shapes and movement to keep the painting less realistic and more abstract.  My favorite part is the "seed pod" in the upper left that helps the define the focal point.  That shape was from the very first layer of paint application and as soon as I saw it I knew it was a "keeper".  

Two more paintings to go for this challenge.  Thank you so much for staying with my blog.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Day 27 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-seventh day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Red Rocks, Green Fields
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

Another abstracted landscape for one of the final days of the challenge.  This landscape is inspired by the views from an airplane especially when traveling out West.  If the skies are clear the inspiration is endless.  

Thank you for staying with my blog during the challenge.

PS: I will be adding this painting as well as several others from the challenge to my Easy Shop the first week of October.  


Monday, September 26, 2016

Day 26 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-sixth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

What a View
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

This work is another in my abstracted landscape series.   We are so fortunate to live near the Blue Ridge Parkway and to easily drive to many of the views.   Paintings posted on Day 15 and Day 17 are more realistic views seen off the parkway.  

This abstracted landscape still has the mountains in the background, the fields in the valley and if you look carefully in the lower right corner, blue circles that represent the wildflowers growing at the top of the overlook.  It is just a little "different".

September is quickly coming to an end.  Thank you for stopping by my blog to check on the challenge.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Day 25 -30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-fifth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Almost an Heirloom
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

Another abstract for the final week of the challenge.  This painting surface was even busier than the one of Day 24.  But it demanded that the neutral sky be broken up by emerging floral shapes reaching for the light.  Paintings do talk to you and one of the most important things I have learned is to listen to what they say.  

There are only a few more days of the challenge and I thank you for checking my blog.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Day 24 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-fourth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

End of Season
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

The last week of the challenge is going abstract.   This painting is composed of layers of acrylic, watercolor and acrylic gouache with a few pencil lines as well.    The result is a painting surface filled with interesting colors and shapes.  The difficulty is trying to decide what to keep and what to cover up.  After some experimenting the neutral "sky" was painted in to help guide the viewer through the painting as well as provide a place for the eye to rest.

Thanks so much for staying with my blog.  I appreciate your support and comments.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Day 23 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More of Less

Today is the twenty-third day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

The Medicinal Herb Garden

This painting was begun in early April as practice for the Paint Out Lynchburg event.  One of the event's locations was the Lynchburg Old City Cemetery.  It is a historic park with museums and arboretum. The medicinal herb garden already had a few plants blooming including one of the heirloom yellow roses which immediately made my decision on where to set-up.

I did not make any major changes to finish this work.  After doing a few minor corrections I focused on keeping it simple with more dramatic color.    Spring colors are fresh and bright and that needed to be emphasized in this painting.

Only one more week of the challenge and I thank you for joining me on this blog.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Day 22 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-second day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

This painting is the view further up the street from the one posted yesterday (Day 21).  The beautiful shape of the steeple caught my attention both because of the color of the roof but also the open bell tower.  As I worked on a quick "thumbnail" drawing to determine the composition, I realized the the shrubs planted around the historic house mimicked the pyramidal shape of the steeple in both the shape and green color.   I was able to complete about 2/3 of the painting while there.  

However I needed a third point in the painting to lead the viewer around the composition.  Adding someone walking down the street provided another shape although not exactly a pyramid.... but close.

As the old joke goes .... "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"  The answer is "Practice, practice, practice!"   So how do you get to be a better painter?  I think you all know the answer.   

October will be here in a week and I thank you for staying with my blog throughout the painting challenge.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Day 21 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-first day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

New Construction
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

Some things just don't happen in the studio.  Yesterday I set up to paint in the historic little town of Fincastle and the buildings along the street caught my attention.  The colorful combination of the mustard-color building and reddish-pink truck made a bold statement in contrast with the simple white house.  

While I was painting several cars slowed to see my easel while I worked on the sidewalk.  One gentleman stopped, parked and walked over to see the painting.  He told me that he was constructing the mustard-colored building himself to be his new home.  He seemed very pleased that I had noticed it.  And then he apologized to me saying that he needed to move the truck.  I assured him that I had already painted in most of the truck and could finish it without it being there.  No, things like that just don't happen in the studio.

This blog has become such a fun part of my day.  I thank you for joining me for the challenge.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 2016 NewsBlog

September has been a month for making art connections. 

Since the first of the month I have been posting a painting each day as part of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.   It has been a wonderful way to connect with both old and new friends.  I have enjoyed the on-line comments and conversations started by the artwork.  Only 10 more days to go so thank you in advance for keeping up with the blog.

Day 11 -Dry Meadow
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media on collage
6 x 6 inches

Last Saturday, September 17, was the Lynchburg Art Festival on the rounds of EC Glass High School.  A record number of artists displayed their work and large crowds came by to see the show.  It was a wonderful day of "face-to-face" comments and conversations.  And I welcome those of you new to this blog and my art.

(A view of my art on the fence at the Lynchburg Art Festival)

The art festival is also a competition and each year the judge selects art is for the Judges Fence.  And for the third time in three shows: 2016, 2015, 2013 (not attend in 2014) one of my paintings was selected for this 'semi-final" round.   Even though I did not receive an award,  I was pleased to have my work recognized.

("Thicket" with the Judges Fence flag)

Gallery Updates:

Petals Apart from the Norm
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic/mixed media
8 x 8 inches

New art will be delivered tomorrow September 21 to 2nd Helpings Gallery.   In addition to the framed paintings there will be several new paintings for the bin.  

Potentially Chic is packing accessories today to stage 4 house for a major tv network filming this week.  Included in these bins are a couple of my paintings.  More details to come......

(bins full of artwork ready to be delivered for staging ahead of filming this week)

Looking ahead:

October is going to be filled with plein air.  I expect next month's posts will be filled with paintings and photos inspired by Autumn's colors.

Holiday shows at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke and Salem Museum in Salem will be hung at the end of October and first of November.

Can't find a painting  or have a question?

Because I work with so many wonderful local shops, you may not find exactly the art you wish in a particular location or on Etsy.  Please do not hesitate to contact me through my website or email: for assistance.

Thank you for keeping up with the news from my art studio.