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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.