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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Out of Season at Clayton Lake; New Work for Life Along Route 11 Art Show

Out of Season at Claytor Lake
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas 
24 x 20 inches

On one of the last warm days last fall, we traveled to Clayton Lake to walk the trails, explore the shore line and picnic.  I was also on the look-out for some inspiration for artwork for the upcoming show "Life Along Route 11" with the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge at the Arts Depot in Abingdon. VA from May 4- June 11, 2016.

I discovered the summer rental sailboats had been pulled on-shore and placed on "saw-horses" with tarps draped over them.  The random numbers, quirky boat positions, and tarps falling off made me want to capture this moment on canvas.    Utilizing the color combination of the cool blue tarps, the warm glow of the fallen oak leaves, and neutral grey sky became the color plan throughout the painting.  Once all areas of the canvas were covered, it was time to really push the color to make it  unexpected as well as something to grab your attention.

And as they say "it is all in the timing" as here is a photo of the same location from last week.  The tarps are gone, masts have been removed and boats turned over covered in snow.  Can you see how different the color choices would have been if this scene had been my inspiration?   

The snow is now completely gone thanks to some heavy rain.  Think "spring" everyone.  
And thanks for stopping by my blog.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Warm Summer Nights' Dreaming in February

Friday Night Cruise-in, Buchanan (VA)
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media/acrylic
24 x 12 inches

In the past several days our weather has included record low temperatures, snow, freezing rain, and rain to a high today near 50!  Much of the eastern part of the country has endured this very challenging long holiday weekend.

The good news is that I had a chance to work uninterrupted in the studio (thanks to my husband for shoveling and my neighbor for plowing.) The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge have a show scheduled from May 4- June 11, 2016 at the Arts Depot in Abingdon, VA.  The show is titled "Life Along Route 11.  (Route 11 by the way connects our area with Abingdon.)  

The idea for this painting has been in my mind for quite some time but I never could quite decide how to create the scene.  The historic Buchanan Theater is the focus of the Friday Night Cruise-Ins during the summer months.  I wanted to capture the memories rekindled or created by this event; not to paint vintage cars that looked as if they were out of an auto magazine.  My solution was to highly texture the surface with heavy acrylic gel to encourage a loose application of paint instead of a highly tense and detailed line.  So the challenge was to balance the need to look like the appropriate model and year of the car without being a slave to too many details.  

I hope you find that I achieved this in spite of the photo provided.  (As soon as the weather clears up I will take the painting outside to photograph which works better for my skill.)  Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Can Art be Work if It Is So Much Fun?

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.

attributed to Sir James M. Barrie

Sometimes there are opportunities to really have fun with a piece of artwork.  If you have followed this blog you may have already seen an "Opus the bunny" painting.  It was displayed (and sold) in the Roanoke Valley SPCA "Best in Show" art show last November.  

I have continued experimenting with the colors and shapes in the background as well working with different combinations of bunny "positions".  Another bunny friend has even entered the artwork.   

Retro Rabbits
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper 
12 x 12 inches

This painting will be part of the "Wild Things from Goose Creek" art show that opens Friday, February 12, 2016 at Town Kitchen Provisions during 2nd Fridays in Bedford, VA. 

Goose Creek Studio has selected work from its gallery artists to create this display to provide everyone who stops by Town Kitchen Provisions for fine food and beverages, an exciting assortment of art.  2nd Fridays in Bedford celebrates the many shops and restaurant in downtown Bedford.

Plan to attend as the "wild things" promise to bring a smile or at least a little fun to your visit.  

Opus the bunny, and I thank you for stopping by the blog.