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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

All Critters Great and Small Art Show Opens April 1, 2016

(Two new paintings with matching notecards by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner)

The photo above is just a sampling of what visitors can expect at the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge Art Show "All Critters Great and Small" which runs April 1-27 
at 2nd Helpings-ShopGalleryCafe, 1502 Williamson Rd NE, Roanoke, VA 2 4012.

And as a special addition our friends at Meals on Wheels Lynchburg have created notecards featuring artwork from all of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge for this show. 

Perhaps one of the the most rewarding parts of sharing my art is making new connections and friends.

Hope to see you at the art show.  

Thanks for stopping by my blog. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Getting Past the White of the Canvas or How to Start a Painting

It is often said that getting past the white of the canvas is the most difficult part of starting a painting. 

With two art shows for the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge coming up quickly ("All Critters Great and Small" at 2nd Helpings Gallery in April; and "Life Along Route 11" at the Arts Depot in May), I have been starting many paintings.  

Several landscapes have been on the work table and easel for the "Life Along Route 11" art show.  Just drawing the landscape out, especially on a larger canvas, does not give me quite enough information to decide if any changes need to be made to the design.  

(Detail from "Peak Color" by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner for the "Life Along Route 11 Art Show)

Using acrylic inks is an easy and fast way to cover the canvas.  As the colors are added in basic color shapes, the proportions become clear to see.   Changes are simple and quick.

The ink also flows into all the textures covering all the little spots of white that can remain when using thicker acrylic paint.

(acrylic inks are added to the layers and structures in the landscape)

A final tip for using acrylic inks is to test (or use an acrylic spray) before painting on top with acrylic as some inks will lift or bleed.  

Now it is time to get back in the studio to finish up all the new works.  See you soon.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Critter Alert: April Art Show at 2nd Helpings Gallery

Cat Tree
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media/collage on board
12 x 9 inches

Just finished the last "critter" painting for the new show "All Critters Great and Small" at 2nd  Helpings Gallery for the month of April, 2016.  This painting combines lots of fun elements to create a surprise from black-and-white cats to collaged papers to stencils to game pieces.  

Here is your invitation.  There will also be an artist's reception on Saturday, April 9 from 1- 3 PM.
The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge promise an enjoyable show that is sure to delight all animal-lovers.

And my critters will include rabbits, cats and burros.   See you at the art show.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Gift of Spring: New Work at Goose Creek Studio

This week's blog title actually has two meanings although it was not originally planned that way.  Today Mary Anne and myself hung new work at Goose Creek Studio for the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge.  The new paintings on display all have a spring theme.   

The second meaning comes from the weather forecast as this entire week will have temperatures 20 degrees above normal to make it feel more like May than March.  Second Friday is this week, March 12, so it will be a pleasant evening to explore the galleries, restaurants and shops in downtown Bedford.  Consider this your invitation.

My painting on display is aptly titled "Mirage.  Spring may be just a "mirage" this week but it will be no less enjoyable.

by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
28 by 20 inches

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Bouquet of Happy; New Work to Countdown to Spring

A Bouquet of Happy
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic/mixed media
12 X 12 inches

 The countdown to Spring has officially begun for me as it is the first of March.  While the weather may not cooperative with the chance of wet snow on Friday,  there are many other days that promise  warmer temperatures and the return of the growing season.

Although work continues in the studio for the "Life Along Route 11" art show with the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge at the Arts Depot in Abingdon, VA May 4- June 11, 2016,  it was time to do a fun floral.   I chose a heavily textures canvas as it is very difficult to get too specific or too detailed.  The "intentions" of the painting were to be swatches of bright color on a pretty light/dark background and to make the viewer happy.

The painting also expresses my anticipation of spring with blooming flowers in my garden.  Today my garden looks rather bleak with only a few daffodils sending up green shoots.  But since it is March 1 -- the countdown has begun!

Hope that you are seeing some signs of spring too.
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