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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.