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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.