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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Perfect Painting for the Room

Waiting for the Fish to Bite
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas

Sometimes it happens that you have the perfect painting for a room and it is wonderful. Whether it be the color, size, subject matter (including the lack of it), medium, or a special element in the work that completes a thought, emotion or design.

I am always delighted when a collector sends me a note saying how well the painting completes a room.  However this time I am the decorator as well as the artist.

Matt recently welcomed his new baby brother, Andy.   And one of the "to-do" items on my list is to decorate the baby's room.

It is truly serendipity that I had saved this painting.   When I was in Florida a few years ago I did a series of paintings inspired by all the people fishing at the local pier.  The larger one sold and several prints of the smaller works sold as well.  However one of the original works featuring two boys (brothers perhaps?) stayed tucked away in my inventory.

Now the painting is the perfect addition to a family with two little boys.  Happily it has been revarnished and reframed to be ready for its new home.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 2016NewsBlog

August has been a month of painting although not outdoors as I had hoped.  It has been a hot, humid and stormy month.  However, being chased inside has made for some extended studio time.

Gallery Updates:

(Autumn Texture by Judith F Lochbrunner 10 by 10 inches)

New work has been delivered to Black Dog Salvage Marketplace.  The marketplace is always a treat to visit and shop.  And it is exciting to see where and how my art is displayed among their vintage, unique, creative, and unusual items, furniture, accessories and architectural salvage.

(entrance to Goose Creek Studio)

New work will be delivered to Goose Creek Studio on Tuesday, August 30 in plenty of time for the Labor Day holiday and September 2nd Friday in downtown Bedford.  Plan a visit to see what all the Bedford Artisan Trail has to offer.

Festivals and Art Shows:

(A view of the gardens by the museum from our July visit.  
Although it won't look quite the same I hope to paint what is blooming during Heritage Day)

Saturday August 27 will find us at the Montgomery Museum Heritage Day from 10 AM-3 PM.   I will be painting plein air with a few other members of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge.  The festival is free and promises to have many fun activities including a huge silent auction that raises money for the museum.

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

On Friday September 2,  I will be at First Fridays at the Center for Pets at the Lynchburg Humane Society.  The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge will be having an art show in the community room. There will be live music, food trucks, beer and wine to purchase in addition to all the dogs, cats, rabbits and a few other animals ready for all the visitors while waiting to be adopted.  A portion of any art sales benefit the animals.

Looking ahead:
Saturday September 17 10 AM- 4 PM at Lynchburg Art Festival at EC Glass High School.
(Rain Date is Sunday September 18.)

Shopping for my art?
Because I work with so many wonderful small business owners, you may not be finding exactly what you wish in a particular retail location. Don't hesitate to contact me through my my website or or Etsy shop I will be happy to assist you.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Plein Air Rain Delay

What to do about all this rainy weather?  That is the question these days in our part of Western Virginia.  As I write this there seems to be yet another afternoon thunderstorm forming.  My plein air plans with the have changed, been re-scheduled and now postponed for the rest of the week.

This weather however has provided plenty of opportunity to catch up in the studio including finishing both studio works and plein air works.

Festival Flowers 
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
8 by 10 inches

This painting was mostly completed at the Evergreen Lavender Festival back in June.  It was a beautiful day to paint as the perennial gardens that guide visitors to the lavender fields were in full bloom.  Great live music was playing, the smell of lavender filled the air and many wonderful people stopped by my easel to chat.  In fact I nearly sold the painting right off the easel.  

However as is usually the case I continued to work on it adding details that took away from my intention.  So this week it came down off the shelf and onto my work table.  I keep the (paper) palette from my plein air outings with the painting as it helps me to remember what combination of colors I was using and how I was mixing them.   With these colors as my guide I was able to get the painting back to its "simple but enough" completion.  All I did was paint out all the unnecessary details and brighten the background and a few flowers.  

(Perennial gardens in full bloom by the gazebo at the Evergreen Lavender Farm.)

So there are still plein air lessons to be learned even during a "rain delay".   I think a few more works are coming down off the shelf to the work table this week.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Stretching a Large Canvas: the Right Tools Make the Difference

(Proper tools to stretch canvas.)

In preparation for an upcoming show in the spring of 2017,  I needed to stretch a large (36 x 48 inch) canvas. With the assistance and carpentry skills of my husband, sturdy stretcher bars and bracing were cut and assembled.

(The bracing both in the center and corners is necessary to keep such a large canvas square.)

After measuring and cutting the canvas, I began to stretch the canvas over the frame.  The tools needed are a pair of canvas pliers to hold the canvas tight and a staple gun to secure to canvas to the frame.  Heavy duty staple guns are very hard to squeeze.  I often go to the light weight one once my hard begins to hurt using a hammer to finish getting the staple into the wood.

(Canvas ready to stretch over the frame on my work table.)

However thinking about the large size of this canvas made my hand throb before I even started.  Then after a search on the internet we discovered that there is an electric staple gun!  It was reasonably priced and quickly purchased for this canvas.

(Canvas nearly finished thanks to my new electric staple gun.)

After I figured out the combination of the electric staple gun and canvas pleirs,  the canvas was attached quickly without any pain.  I did still use the hammer to finish off the staples, not to hammer them into place.

(Canvas is finished.  Sample of heavy-weight canvas is draped over it. 
Next step is to apply gesso the canvas to prepare it for the paint.)

Now that I know that making a large canvas is very doable, it is time to begin working on the painting itself with drawings, studies, color samples and whatever else is necessary to work in such a large format.
So it is indeed true that you need the right tools for the job.

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