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Friday, September 30, 2016

Day 30 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the final day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge




Fall Color
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media
6 x 6 inches


Working on the painting for Day 30 was a little intimidating at first as I wondered if it needed to be big, brassy, bold -- a real statement piece.  Fortunately I took the pressure off by going back to Leslie Saeta's rule for the challenge: "there are no rules". 

This abstracted landscape reflects the experimenting and playing with acrylic and mixed media that I have done over the 30 postings.  I am pleased with where I am now with many, many new ideas.

The challenge also opened up opportunities to connect with people.  I have enjoyed many on-line views and conversations about my blogs as well as learning from the postings by other artists.

At the start of this challenge I posted that I began a few weeks early on August 10.  With an art festival and an eight-day trip on the calendar in September I knew that I needed some extra time.  I finished today's painting on Sept 26.  So August 10 to September 26 minus travel and art show time equals 37 days.

Leslie Saeta runs the 30 Challenge again in January.  Look for me to take it up again.  Hope to see you before that on my blog.


PS  Selected paintings from the 30 Day Challenge will be up on my Etsy shop starting October 1.








Thursday, September 29, 2016

Day 29 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-ninth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge





Tree Line
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media
6 x 6 inches


The abstracted landscape for the next to last day of the challenge is all about color and opposing directions.  The colors are similar to Days 25 and 26 but softer with blended edges.

I liked the contrast of the vertical trees against both the horizontal line of leaves as well the field.  And I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the works posted this month on my blog.


PS  Selected paintings from the 30 Day challenge will be up on my Easy shop October 1. 



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Day 28 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-eighth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge



Milkweed Meadow
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media
6 x 6 inches


Last fall I did a series of paintings based on milkweed pods found along the Blue Ridge Parkway when we were out enjoying the fall colors.   They are one of my favorite subjects so it should be no surprise that the plants appeared in my mixed media abstracts for this final week.  

I focused on only the shapes and movement to keep the painting less realistic and more abstract.  My favorite part is the "seed pod" in the upper left that helps the define the focal point.  That shape was from the very first layer of paint application and as soon as I saw it I knew it was a "keeper".  

Two more paintings to go for this challenge.  Thank you so much for staying with my blog.




Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Day 27 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-seventh day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge


Red Rocks, Green Fields
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

Another abstracted landscape for one of the final days of the challenge.  This landscape is inspired by the views from an airplane especially when traveling out West.  If the skies are clear the inspiration is endless.  

Thank you for staying with my blog during the challenge.

PS: I will be adding this painting as well as several others from the challenge to my Easy Shop the first week of October.  

  


Monday, September 26, 2016

Day 26 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-sixth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge



What a View
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on painted paper
6 x 6 inches


This work is another in my abstracted landscape series.   We are so fortunate to live near the Blue Ridge Parkway and to easily drive to many of the views.   Paintings posted on Day 15 and Day 17 are more realistic views seen off the parkway.  

This abstracted landscape still has the mountains in the background, the fields in the valley and if you look carefully in the lower right corner, blue circles that represent the wildflowers growing at the top of the overlook.  It is just a little "different".

September is quickly coming to an end.  Thank you for stopping by my blog to check on the challenge.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Day 25 -30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-fifth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge


Almost an Heirloom
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

Another abstract for the final week of the challenge.  This painting surface was even busier than the one of Day 24.  But it demanded that the neutral sky be broken up by emerging floral shapes reaching for the light.  Paintings do talk to you and one of the most important things I have learned is to listen to what they say.  

There are only a few more days of the challenge and I thank you for checking my blog.



Saturday, September 24, 2016

Day 24 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-fourth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge





End of Season
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

The last week of the challenge is going abstract.   This painting is composed of layers of acrylic, watercolor and acrylic gouache with a few pencil lines as well.    The result is a painting surface filled with interesting colors and shapes.  The difficulty is trying to decide what to keep and what to cover up.  After some experimenting the neutral "sky" was painted in to help guide the viewer through the painting as well as provide a place for the eye to rest.

Thanks so much for staying with my blog.  I appreciate your support and comments.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Day 23 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More of Less

Today is the twenty-third day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge





The Medicinal Herb Garden

This painting was begun in early April as practice for the Paint Out Lynchburg event.  One of the event's locations was the Lynchburg Old City Cemetery.  It is a historic park with museums and arboretum. The medicinal herb garden already had a few plants blooming including one of the heirloom yellow roses which immediately made my decision on where to set-up.

I did not make any major changes to finish this work.  After doing a few minor corrections I focused on keeping it simple with more dramatic color.    Spring colors are fresh and bright and that needed to be emphasized in this painting.

Only one more week of the challenge and I thank you for joining me on this blog.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Day 22 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-second day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge




Verdigris
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

This painting is the view further up the street from the one posted yesterday (Day 21).  The beautiful shape of the steeple caught my attention both because of the color of the roof but also the open bell tower.  As I worked on a quick "thumbnail" drawing to determine the composition, I realized the the shrubs planted around the historic house mimicked the pyramidal shape of the steeple in both the shape and green color.   I was able to complete about 2/3 of the painting while there.  

However I needed a third point in the painting to lead the viewer around the composition.  Adding someone walking down the street provided another shape although not exactly a pyramid.... but close.

As the old joke goes .... "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"  The answer is "Practice, practice, practice!"   So how do you get to be a better painter?  I think you all know the answer.   

October will be here in a week and I thank you for staying with my blog throughout the painting challenge.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Day 21 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twenty-first day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge





New Construction
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 x 6 inches


Some things just don't happen in the studio.  Yesterday I set up to paint in the historic little town of Fincastle and the buildings along the street caught my attention.  The colorful combination of the mustard-color building and reddish-pink truck made a bold statement in contrast with the simple white house.  

While I was painting several cars slowed to see my easel while I worked on the sidewalk.  One gentleman stopped, parked and walked over to see the painting.  He told me that he was constructing the mustard-colored building himself to be his new home.  He seemed very pleased that I had noticed it.  And then he apologized to me saying that he needed to move the truck.  I assured him that I had already painted in most of the truck and could finish it without it being there.  No, things like that just don't happen in the studio.

This blog has become such a fun part of my day.  I thank you for joining me for the challenge.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 2016 NewsBlog

September has been a month for making art connections. 

Since the first of the month I have been posting a painting each day as part of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.   It has been a wonderful way to connect with both old and new friends.  I have enjoyed the on-line comments and conversations started by the artwork.  Only 10 more days to go so thank you in advance for keeping up with the blog.


Day 11 -Dry Meadow
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media on collage
6 x 6 inches

Last Saturday, September 17, was the Lynchburg Art Festival on the rounds of EC Glass High School.  A record number of artists displayed their work and large crowds came by to see the show.  It was a wonderful day of "face-to-face" comments and conversations.  And I welcome those of you new to this blog and my art.


(A view of my art on the fence at the Lynchburg Art Festival)

The art festival is also a competition and each year the judge selects art is for the Judges Fence.  And for the third time in three shows: 2016, 2015, 2013 (not attend in 2014) one of my paintings was selected for this 'semi-final" round.   Even though I did not receive an award,  I was pleased to have my work recognized.


("Thicket" with the Judges Fence flag)

Gallery Updates:


Petals Apart from the Norm
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic/mixed media
8 x 8 inches

New art will be delivered tomorrow September 21 to 2nd Helpings Gallery.   In addition to the framed paintings there will be several new paintings for the bin.  


Potentially Chic is packing accessories today to stage 4 house for a major tv network filming this week.  Included in these bins are a couple of my paintings.  More details to come......



(bins full of artwork ready to be delivered for staging ahead of filming this week)

Looking ahead:

October is going to be filled with plein air.  I expect next month's posts will be filled with paintings and photos inspired by Autumn's colors.

Holiday shows at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke and Salem Museum in Salem will be hung at the end of October and first of November.

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: stonecoalstudio@gmail.com for assistance.

Thank you for keeping up with the news from my art studio.  


Day 20 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the twentieth day of leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge


Linked
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media/collage
8 x 8 

The challenge is now 2/3 complete and I am happy that another abstract fills the day.  This is the companion painting to the one finished yesterday.  Again layers of acrylic gouache, watercolor and acrylic paint were used to build up the painting surface.  I like the energy of the color shapes as well as the gaps that show the yellow base coat in this work.   And I think that this little painting may be the inspiration for a much larger work.   

This challenge has brought many new friends and comments.  These last few days should be exciting.  Many thanks for continuing to check back on my blog.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Day 19 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More of Less

Today is the nineteenth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge


Meander
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media/collage
8 x 8 inches

After seeing all the wonderful abstracts at the Lynchburg Art Festival last Saturday, it was impossible to not push this painting in that direction.  The work had a wonderful start but it needed something different so I added bits of collage soon after I returned home.  After the collage dried it was time for the real fun mixing layers of acrylic gouache, watercolors and acrylic paint.  Much of the colors were added "wet -into-wet" which softened edges (and color changes).    All of this brought the painting to my goal of creating something a bit "different". 

Thank you for keeping up with this challenge.  The month is quickly coming to a close and I'm already sure I will miss the challenge when it is finished.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Day 18 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the eighteenth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge


Hilltop Farm
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas
11 x 14 inches


And yes, this is another painting that began as a plein air work from early September of last year.  The colors on the hillside had begun just "hinting" that the season was about to change to Autumn.  

Although this may sound similar to previous posts, it was necessary to simplify in order to finish the painting.  Several small structures on the top of the hill became one larger barn and one larger house.  Much of the hillside stayed the same with only a few more darks added to lead the viewer through the painting.   The field at the bottom was poorly defined and had so many trees and such that it felt like the hill was "falling" out of the painting.   The field was re-painted with colors repeated from the hill to represent a (simple) mowed or harvested meadow.

I do appreciate all your wonderful comments and want to thank you for your continued support of the painting challenge. 





Saturday, September 17, 2016

Day 17 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More of Less

Today is the seventeenth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge


Queen Anne's Lace with a View
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches

Back on September 2 with "Mailbox 2016", I wrote that I had intended to paint the Queen Anne's Lace.   However I was so captivated by the attitude of the mailboxes that the flowers were never painted.  Today it was finally the day for them.

This work began as a plein air painting.  Queen Anne's Lace was blooming next to the parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway overlook.    It was my intention to contrast the flowers with the view of the valley below.   I took the plein air start and proceeded to simplify the scene in the studio to emphasize those areas.  It was a challenge to create an interesting but understated "middle ground".  I then continued to not use a larger brush to paint in information, not details.    

I hope that you have continued to enjoy these daily challenge postings 
and thank you for stopping by my blog.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Day 16 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the sixteenth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.


A Sense of Blue 
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media
22 x 28 inches

Today is also the day before the Lynchburg Art Festival at EC Glass High School (September 17) , from 10 AM- 4 PM.  

This painting is another studio work composed of layers of acrylic, watercolor, acrylic, gouache and finally more acrylic.  If you look closely at the edges of the blue shapes the colors of the previous layers are visible.  It has been an exciting time in the studio using the unique qualities of each of these water media paints.   More mixed media paintings are on the work table.

Consider this your invitation to stop by my booth if you are in the area.  I'd love to show you all these details in person.

Thank you for keeping up with my blog and with this challenge.



Thursday, September 15, 2016

Day 15 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the fifteenth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.


The Great Valley 1 & 2
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 by 6 inches each

In honor of it being the half-way point of the challenge, the painting today is a "two for one".  

The two paintings were completed plein air and capture the beauty of the morning up on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I set up on one of the overlooks that look out onto Botetourt County.  The cool and dry air provided unlimited views which made the painting a pure joy to do.  

Thanks for reaching this half-way point with me on my blog.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Day 14 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the fourteenth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 painting in 30 days challenge.




The Advantageous Vine
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media on canvas
12 by 12 inches

This is another studio piece that gets its title from my vegetable garden.  Every year toward the end of the summer purple flowers appear in the pole beans.  It seems that at least one morning glory vine  finds its way into my beans cleverly growing almost hidden, as its leaves closely resemble those of the beans.  It is only the purple flower that gives it away that there is an "intruder" vine.

This painting is a tangle of flowers wrapped in such an advantageous vine.  It brings a horizontal movement to contrast with the vertical stems of the flowers.

Thank you for staying with me as I continue this painting challenge.

  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Day 13 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the thirteenth day of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge


Meadow Thicket
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic gouache on collage
6 by 6 inches

This is the companion painting to Post 11 "Dry Meadow".  There was more than enough gouache left on the palette to start a second painting.   This painting became a little differently arranged abstracted landscape.  I enjoyed moving the paint around and dropping in more colors.  While the gouache was still wet I scratched into it with a sharp point and scribbled pencil lines into it.  

 I am definitely going to continue to experiment with the acrylic gouache to see what it can do in my mixed media works.

Thank you for stopping by my blog to check on the painting challenge.  Any favorites so far?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Day 12 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less



Blue Stands
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media on canvas
12 by 24 inches

This is one of my new studio works that will be displayed at the Annual Lynchburg Art Festival on Saturday September 17 on the grounds of EC Glass High School from 10 AM-4 PM.  Rain date is Sunday September 18.

For the past several weeks I have been using watercolor, acrylic gouache, acrylic ink and acrylic paint to create mixed media abstract works.  Some have been abstract florals like this one.  I am excited about the color "notes" through the painting.  And the challenge of bringing it all together in a finished painting is keeping me happily working in the studio.

Thank you for stopping by my blog during the painting challenge. 
 Hope to see you if you happen to be in Lynchburg on the 17th.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Day 11 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the eleventh post in Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.


Dry Meadow 
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
gouache on collage
6 by 6 inches

 Acrylic gouache is opaque and flat (no shine).  For the past few weeks I have been experimenting with it on some mixed media works.   I had some extra paint left on the palette and picked up this collaged paper for some "play".  The colors seemed to indicate an abstracted landscape so I pushed that idea on the paper.  And now this is my first completed work in gouache.

Many thanks for following my blog and this painting challenge.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Day 10 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the tenth post in Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge



Rock On
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on textured canvas
8 by 10 inches

All plein air artists have to paint rocks sooner or later.  There are simply too many in our landscape to avoid.  On this morning I set up among the rocks (boulders) that lined a creek within view of the cabin at the top of the hill.   I used a palette knife to get big strong shapes of color to make my rocks really "rock".   While there was some success,  I felt it could and should be better.

Back in the studio I was able to take my time and mix up the cool and warm neutral rock colors.  This was repeated a couple times until I came to this resolution.  While I feel the rocks are improved they are not rock'n yet.  More practice is needed so its back to the creek to paint again.

Thank you for staying with my blog while I work on this challenge.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Day 9 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less



Far Fields 
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 by 6 inches

This is the "companion" plein air painting to post #6 "Town View".  Even though the mountains were  a cool blue color it was a very hot, hot morning.   The trees blocked some of the views but there was a small gap that gave a glimpse of a field far in the distance.  The mountains and fields were painted in and a focal area was set before the day became too uncomfortable.

Back in the studio there was simply the task to darken a few areas as well as to brighten other areas to bring a greater color contrast to the painting.   Finishing up these plein air paintings in the studio has been an excellent painting exercise and I hope to apply what I have learned when I head back outside to paint.

Thanks for keeping up with my blog during this challenge.   



Thursday, September 8, 2016

Day 8 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less



Across from the Park
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas
8 by 10 inches

This is another work that began as a plein air painting and finished in the studio.  In the 6th post I painted "indications" of houses as seen from the top of the mountain.  And in this work "parts" of houses are painted.  They were surrounded by many large trees and lush landscaping.  My goal was to paint only what was necessary and avoid details.

When this work was painted at the park I had the walking paths and roadway cutting through the bottom third of the painting.  This activity at the bottom of the painting took the focus aways from the houses so it was painted out in the studio.  Creating an indication of trees, shrubs and turf and then repeating the colors found in the upper part of the painting, made a more successful composition.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and checking on the challenge.




Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Day 7- 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less



Mailbox 2017
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic/collage on paper

This is the companion painting to the one posted on Day 2 of the challenge.  It is also based on the "mailboxes with attitude" theme.  This painting has a wonderful orange glow from the base color on  the paper.  I also like the weedy pencil lines by the base of the post.  

And in case you are wondering the mailbox numbers are from a car advertisement in the newspaper featuring both 2016 and 2017 models.   You just never know where inspiration will come from when putting together an idea for a painting.

Thank you for checking back for the latest post in the challenge.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Day 6- 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less



Town View 
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 by 6 inches


This small work was begun plein air (outside) on a very hot morning last month.  Fortunately there was enough of a breeze as I stood on the overlook at the top of the mountain to allow me get a good start on this work.  I can still feel the heat of that day when I look at this painting.  

Back in the studio the work only needed a few more indications of buildings, a more defined road, as well as some brighter colors in a few places including in the focal point area.   

I would like to return to paint this view one more time--preferable during color weather!

Many thanks for keeping up with the challenge on my blog. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Day 5- 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less



Dial-up Internet
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic/mixed media
12 by 12 inches

The painting today is another one of my studio works which I finished during my challenge period.  It is a mixed media work that includes watercolor, acrylic gouache, acrylic inks and acrylic paint.

One of the themes in my "not your ordinary garden" is abstracted landscapes.  I found this house outside Abingdon during our visit there last May.  The wonderful red roof and telephone pole next to it really caught my attention.   All that was needed was a landscape and so I created one to fit

Thank you for visiting my blog and keeping up with the challenge paintings.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Day 4- 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the fourth post in Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge

The painting today is one of my plein air paintings works which I finished up in the studio during my challenge period.   It was featured in my August 10, 2016 blog (which you can find in the sidebar ). The successful completion of this painting was a great boost to begin painting as often as possible.  It became the official "start" date for me.


Festival Flowers 
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic/mixed media
9 by 12 inches

Thank you for stopping by my blog and following this challenge with me.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Day 3 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the third post in Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge

The painting today is one of my studio works which I finished during my challenge period*.  It is a mixed media work that utilized watercolor, acrylic gouache, acrylic inks and acrylic paint.

This work also features negative painting or painting between the shapes.  This can create even more interesting spaces.  But I did not want to completely cover the colors in the underpainting so they can be seen in areas across the lower third of the painting.



Shape of Things to Come
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic/mixed media
12 by 12 inches

Thank you for your visit and support of the painting challenge.



Friday, September 2, 2016

Day 2 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the second post in Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 Painting Challenge.

Do you think mail boxes have an "attitude"?  Taking a walk down one of the country roads by my house I intended to photograph the wildflowers but instead was distracted by the differences in the standard purchased mailbox.  I decided to paint some of these unique "personalities".


Mailbox 2016
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
collage/acrylic on painted paper
7 by 5 inches

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Day 1 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days More or Less

Today is the first day of posting the challenge paintings as part of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 painting challenge and one important part of this challenge is that there are no rules.  It might be better said that each artist makes the challenge their own.

I am not requiring the 30 days to be consecutive or even that the challenge feature 30 paintings but I am going to do the best I can posting new work dating from mid-August to the end of September.

It will be a fun ride this time around.  I hope that you enjoy it as well.

This work is a result of my experimenting with high textured canvas.  The texture just eats up any details so you have to really focus on color and creating simple distinct shapes for the composition.


Lakeview Texture
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic/mixed media with "excessive" texture
12 by 12 inches

Thank you for joining me on this challenge that will last until the end of September.