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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Plein Air Season Opens with a Beautiful Day



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Monday, April 10, 2017

Small Works Weekly - Demo and New Paint



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Thursday, March 30, 2017

What a Good Website Can Do


Orange Glow
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas 
18 x 18 inches

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Small Works Weekly: Far Meadow


Far Meadow
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painter paper
6 x 6 inches

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Visit to the Art Exhibit: American Impressionism in the Garden


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Small Works Weekly - Rural Development



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Challenge of Photographing Art Outside


There are good days and there are bad days, and this is one of them.
            
                                                                 --Lawrence Welk


With a return to winter this week in the Mid-Atlantic,  I have been spending much many hours in the warm studio trying to paint a commission work and to finish one last (big) painting for the upcoming "Spring Sensations" Art Show.

Happily the 36 x 26 inch painting was completed a few days ago.  I have it sitting on the easel so I can look, look again, and look often to determine if anything needs to be changed, added or eliminated.   And it may indeed be finished.

Unfortunately the cold temperatures with gusty winds made it impossible to set up to photograph outside on Wednesday (It is too big for me to do inside).  I set-up this afternoon as the winds have died down but I am not totally happy with the result.  However, I will post the photo I have and not delay my regular Thursday blog any longer.  

***Update -- I have replaced the photo with one that more closely resembles the painting.  It took three attempts and yes, it is a (good) learning process.  



Yellow Upstart
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches

This painting will be included in the "Spring Sensations Art Show with the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge from April 4-June 30, 2017 at 2nd Helpings Gallery.   We promise an art show as fresh as Spring!

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Small Works Weekly: The Working Landscape



The Working Landscape
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic/mixed media
8 x 8 inches

The abstracted landscape series continues and this latest painting uses a limited palette (or number of colors).  It also utilizes a wider variety of shapes including much smaller ones.   

There is one overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway that looks over Bedford County, specifically the town of Montvale.   A few industrial sites can be seen which is a good reminder that the area is not all farms and fields but places to build, supply, manufacture and warehouse.  I created an industrial-looking series of small shapes to become the focal point. 

And true to its title "working landscape"; the painting may still be a work in progress as I am still deciding if it is finished. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  

Please note the new blog address .

(It can also be found on my website stonecoalstudio.com)




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sow Some Seeds in the Garden and in Art

Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.
                                                          -Henry Van Dyke


Farmhouse Shadows 
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas
 ( Carillon Clinic Art Collection)

The countdown to spring is on and gardeners here are starting seeds under the lights inside to get a jump start on the season.  Heirloom tomato and sweet peppers seeds have been placed on top of lightweight potting mix in shallow trays.  The seeds are then covered with poultry grit (crushed limestone) to allow air circulation and some light to promote germination and healthy seedlings.  



(All those delicious tomatoes and sweet peppers start here each March.)


Sowing seeds is a metaphor for becoming an artist.  Nothing can or will happen without starting with basic steps.  Time, proper care and perseverance are also important in creating art for display and sale.

Seeds have an estimated harvest date, art has no such guarantee.   But when it happens the matching of the art and the collector brings great joy.

The Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program at Carillon Clinic celebrated many artists with a tea on March 6, 2017.  At the tea the publication of "Healing Arts in the Blue Ridge" which is a compilation of representative works from Carillon Clinic's Art Collection was presented.



(Each artist whose work is represented in the book received a copy.)


(Farmhouse Shadows is featured on page 71.)

Sometimes the "harvest" is something quite unexpected and so much more.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  

PS Please look for a new blog address later this month.  




Monday, March 6, 2017

Mat or Frame?: Small Works Weekly


Mountain Lines
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on canvas
10 x 8 inches

Presentation is an important part of any art display.  While some artists may choose to be non-traditional and use pushpins in the wall, I along with others want to show my art in the best and most practical way.

The presentation needs a practical side to keep the work from being damaged.  It also needs to be easy to hang.   There is also the less defined side of an appropriate presentation.  By this I mean that the art needs to be displayed in a manner which shows off its best qualities.  

Should the art be in a frame and what type of frame should be used?  Should it be big, small, modern, or traditional?  The choice for framing is endless.  

Or should the art be matted with a protective clear bag to allow the buyer to choose?  The clear bag protects the art from handling.  The mat provides a simple but elegant presentation to show the art at its best.

But how does the artist choose without knowing who will purchase the piece?  The only answer seems to be to provide both options for collectors.


(Paintings that include "Mountain Line" are matted and ready for delivery to Goose Creek.)

The painting at the top of this post along with other framed work will be delivered to Goose Creek Studio in Bedford tomorrow.  Hopefully my collectors will find the right one in the right presentation or have the frame shop at Goose Creek frame it to their preference.

Do you have a favorite way to purchase art?  Please share in the comments at the end of this post.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

PS:  Look for as new blog address coming soon.  My goal is to move it by the end of March but I will be sure to post at this web address so you will have plenty of prior notice.





Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Choice in Making Art

"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve
 the world and a desire to enjoy the world.
This makes it hard to plan the day.
--E.B. White


Dancing Light
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
10 x 10 inches

The business of making art can also be stated in a similar manner.  There is always the desire to push the painting to another level.  Yet the painting process is so enjoyable.  Mixing, applying and moving paint across the canvas is quite satisfying.

This painting began with a gelli-printed paper (see February 23, 2017 post).  A colorful layer of Holbein Acrylic Gouache was applied.  Then the final layers of acrylic paint "carved" out the tree, foliage and light shapes.

And in this painting I must confess that the second part of the quote was the choice.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  

PS: Please be on the lookout for a new blog address this month. 


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 2017 News Blog

It always seems to happen that I am waiting for some last detail or date when I need to be writing this NewsBlog.  So please accept my apologies that it did not arrive sooner.

Spring welcomes a new art show with the other members of Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge


(Naturalized Daffodils by Judith F Lochbrunner)


“Spring Sensations” Art Show to open at 2nd Helpings April 4, 2017.

“Spring Sensations” Art Show will open April 4, 2017 at 2nd Helpings Gallery 1502 Williamson Road Northeast  Roanoke, VA 24012.   The art show will celebrate the joy of Spring in paintings by the “Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge": Mary Anne Meador, Bonnie Mason, Judy Lochbrunner, Linda Schaar, and Sue Furrow.

The public is invited to  “Meet the Artists” reception on Saturday, April 8 from 1 PM to 3 PM.    “All the Double Line Painters will be working on paintings”, according to member Sue Furrow. 
 “The art on display will make the spring season last longer 
as it always seems to end too quickly”, she adds.

The show will include works in oil, acrylic, watercolor and even mixed media.  

 The art show will hang from April 4 to June 30, 2017.  
 2nd Helping Gallery hours are 10-5 Monday through Saturday.  




(2nd Helpings Shop-Gallery-Cafe)

March will also be filled with art deliveries to Goose Creek Studio and to Black Dog Salvage Marketplace.  Check back on my StoneCoalStudio Facebook page for those details.



And of course I hope that there are more pretty spring-like days for plein air!

Thank you for stopping by the NewsBlog.  






Monday, February 27, 2017

Small Works Weekly - Sum of the Parts


Sum of the Parts #1
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on canvas
8 x 8 inches

Today's small works post is a continuation of my series of abstract landscapes.  Collage and swatches of acrylic color were applied to the canvas.  After turning each canvas to discover the "top" of the mountains, the sky was painted.  The shapes reflecting the topography and fields were then painted and defined with ebony pencil.  This process was repeated until the shapes "settled" into place.  



Sum of the Parts #2
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on canvas
8 x 8 inches

Thank you for stopping by my second edition of "Small Works" and hope to see you again on Thursday for my regular post.

PS The blog will soon be moving to a new address but don't worry, I will give you plenty of notice and keep you posted.  In the meantime, check back at stonecoalstudio.blogspot.com



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Color for February


Cut a Way View
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
12 x 12 inches


This work began with a fun morning of using a small  Gelli plate to print patterns on 300 lb watercolor paper.  In the photo below you can see that I used paper stencils, water-soluble crayons, acrylic paint (not pictured) and the Gelli plate.   The paper on the upper right is the start of this painting.


If you read my post titled "In the Middle" last week, this was one of the paintings that seemed stuck in neutral.  Fortunately the day of plein on Monday was a great re-charge or challenge or inspiration or certainly something that I needed.   On Tuesday I was able to complete this painting.  Now I am ready to tackle a couple more on the painting table!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  
Please check back early next week for the "Small Works Blog" as well as for my Thursday post.







Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Winter Takes a Holiday - Small Works Weekly

Today is the first "Small Works Weekly" post on my blog.  I have missed working on the small paintings since completing the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge*.  In order to encourage small works on the painting table, I plan is to post a small work early in the week in addition to my regular Thursday post.    

And since winter has taken a break here in Virginia, Mary Anne and I headed out for plein air close to home.  We chose a view of a field with the backdrop of the mountains and a small barn.  It was a calm, sunny and pleasant day.  


Not Quite Spring #1
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

The color in winter is often under-appreciated.  There are no intense pinks, deep oranges or bright greens.  However straw yellows, smokey grays, rusts and soft violets make up a wonderful mix of colors on the palette.  There is a quiet softness to this season.



I began with a small drawing for each of the paintings.  The notepad with the drawings is sitting to the left of my palette to serve as a "road-map".  Each painting is of the same view with a slightly different foreground.  One includes the fence (below) and the other has telephone poles (above).  




Not Quite Spring #2
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 x 6 inches



An added bonus to painting close to home is that my husband and Daisy dog came walking by and Phil took my picture.

Thank you for stopping by this new addition to my blog.  
Let me know which view you prefer and why.  I look forward to your comments.


*Check my 2017 January posts for more information on the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

In the Middle

According to Ben Franklin's Almanac (published by the editors of the Old Farmer's Almanac):

For every thunderstorm in February
 will be a cold spell in May.

Fortunately there have been no local thunderstorms here.  Our weather has been changing every few days from bitter cold wind to warm spring-like days.  But we are still "in the middle" of February, of winter, of the unpredictable temperatures, etc.....

And so it seems to be the same in my studio I am exactly "in the middle" of several paintings.  This week has been simply putting in the hours to paint.  

However I do have some progress photos of the big (36 x 36 inch canvas) that was posted on the blog last week (Feb. 9, 2017).


 The big canvas has moved up to the studio with a couple new layers added to it.  The photo above is its current look.  You can see some of the major shapes being developed.  I do like the big red shape at the left-center top and it will probably stay as the focal point.


I'm showing these photos backwards so you can see that I am keeping the dark pattern in the painting.  How did I create it?  It was simply a matter of taking white gouache mixed with turquoise watercolor and painting out the areas of the canvas that I did not want to keep.   This layer was "fixed" with acrylic spray and then acrylic gel so more layers can be painted on top.

A final update from the January 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge is that some of the daily paintings have sold already (thank you to my collectors!)  Several others are on display at my retail/gallery shops (Goose Creek StudioAllegheny Highlands Arts and Crafts Center, and 2nd Helpings Gallery).  

The final grouping of challenge paintings were framed this week thanks to the frame shop at Goose Creek Studio which made this wonderful assortment of small frames that really highlight the art.


(More small paintings ready to be delivered in March and April.)

Thank you again for reading my blog.  
I appreciate your checking back and hope you stop by again soon.





Thursday, February 9, 2017

One Final Assignment from the Painting Challenge


On February 9, 1870 the U.S. Weather Bureau was established.
One hundred years later it was renamed the National Weather Service.



Unexpected Shower
by Judith F Lochbrunner
20 x 16
acrylic on paper

This painting is the final assignment that I gave myself from the January 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  The work combines many of the landscape exercises from last month in a larger size.  However the biggest challenge was to simplify.  

I originally intended to add some buildings and even a fence to the back fields.  As soon as they were painted, I realized my mistake. The structures did not connect the sky to the front field; they broke up the composition so much so that it appeared that another painting had been inserted. 

That section was reworked with simple tree and shrub shapes.  Those same colors were added to the back treelike as well.  The composition was simplified and the final result is a unified painting.   




Happily, I can now turn my attention to new work.  This 36 x 36 inch canvas was stretched and put together earlier this week (check my Facebook page for photos).  An almost empty jar of naphthol red acrylic paint was extended with some gel and applied as a base coat.  A second layer of acrylic ink was added with some alcohol splattered about to move the ink in random directions.   I can't wait to play with it some more.....will it be a landscape...maybe? 


It is a real pleasure to set-up outside on a February afternoon 
and I was soon joined by my art assistant.


Winter returns late tonight lest we get too used to these temperatures!

One final note is to inform you that Potentially Chic is closing the retail shop at the end of the month.  However the services part of the business will remain.  I am thankful to have had the opportunity to display work at the shop and to have met many of you there.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog.   






Thursday, February 2, 2017

February NewsBlog - Back to Business - 2017

Welcome back to the blog after the daily posts in January!

"Commonplaces never become tiresome.
It is we who become tired when we cease to be curious and appreciative."
--Norman Rockwell

(Feb. 3, 1894 - birth of painter Norman Rockwell)


Bare Branches 
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 x 12 inches

After the busy month of painting, photographing and posting daily, it has been a pleasant return to a more routine schedule.  The studio has several painting "starts" and a 16 x 20 landscape on the easel this week.  And now it is time to catch up with the business of art.

The little painting above is the newest addition to my Etsy shop.

If you have not been by my shop lately it now has a new look and niche.  It now features small works for small prices.  I have made an effort to provide my collectors with the opportunity to purchase smaller works over the past year and it has been very successful.  

Lager works will still be an important part of the studio and will be exclusively featured on the Paintings page of my website, stonecoalstudio.com.  The portfolio lists whether these works are currently for sale in a retail shop/gallery or for sale directly from me at my studio.  I am happy to help answer any questions and guide you to where a painting can be purchased.  

 I hope this makes easier for you.  And hopefully this makes it easier for me too.

January saw new art delivered to Goose Creek StudioPotentially Chic, and 2nd Helpings.  In February art will be delivered to Allegheny Highlands Arts and Crafts Center.  I will post on the StoneCoalStudio Facebook page if there any other deliveries that are scheduled this month.


(A winter walk on a clear and mild winter day brings fresh inspiration
 -- here at Natural Bridge State Park, VA.)

Thanks for checking back on my blog.
I promise to start posting new art and as soon as next week.  See you then!













Monday, January 30, 2017

Day 30 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 30th and final day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Evening Travel
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 8 inches

For the final post I "played" with an abstract landscape but tried to incorporate some of the painting challenges of the past month.  The sunset is coloring the sky, back mountains and tree tops.  There is also a line of pink and orange trees -- what's with that?  I hope my viewers ask that question.  And finally a road leads through the painting.  

Thank you so much for staying with my blog throughout this painting challenge.  I have enjoyed meeting and making many new on-line friends as well as connecting with friends from previous challenges.  The many wonderful comments are much appreciated!  I have enjoyed looking at the daily paintings posted and reading other artists blogs.

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Hope to see you back at my blog very soon.




Sunday, January 29, 2017

Day 29 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 29th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Light Patterns
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 8 inches

Amazing to think that this is the next to the last post of the challenge -- so much time devoted to painting and so many small works finished.  It has been a joyfully successful way to spend the month.

Pleased with the painting posted on Day 27, I took the opportunity to paint another work using negative painting for the back woods.  Taking my cue from the colors in the underpainting I added lights to create the branches and then some cooler colors to further push back the space.

 The front trees were again painted in cool blue and purple washes that did not completely cover the underpainting.  This created the suggestion of textures as well as lights and shadows on the trunks.

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One more day!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Day 28 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 28th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.



Woods and Patterns
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper 
8 x 8 inches


After nearly 4 weeks of almost-following the landscape challenges provided in my library book, it is time to "branch" out and explore what the landscape could become.  This is exactly what I have been waiting to do!

This abstracted landscape utilizes negative painting.  The underpainting was a collection of random shapes and colors. The trees were created by painting the background shapes around them.  The underpainting is still visible in the patterns on the tree trunks and branches.   The two branches and leaves were the final layer added to the work.

I appreciate your support through this challenge and hope that you keep it up these last couple days. 


Friday, January 27, 2017

Day 27 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 27th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Winter Sunset
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches


The challenge of painting sunsets is progressing toward the abstract.  I enjoyed painting the larger trees and leaving them as simple washes of beautiful purple.  The shapes of the back trees and the sunset lights were painting in "negatively".  Painting the negative shapes means that you are painting around the object and not the object itself to create the shape.  For the foreground a warm initial wash covered by a cool top wash created just enough to create the snow cover.  

Thanks for staying with my blog for these final few days. 









Thursday, January 26, 2017

Day 26 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 26th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Against the Sunset
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

The sunset theme continues today; however, this painting is much more simplified.  The shapes are larger and the trees have little detail.   The colorful underpainting peaks through the background and adds some sparkle.  In fact I think it leans toward the abstract and it makes me happy.  

Thank you for checking my blog for the final push to complete 30 paintings.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Day 25 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 25th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Late Season Sunset
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

I have to admit that I really wanted to title this little piece "Mud Season Sunset" as it was the mud in the painting that became the real challenge.  My reference photo was taken last week after several days of rain.  I was excited about the light but underestimated the wide variety of mud colors needed for even this small painting.  There was dark mud, light, mud, warm-colored mud, cool-colored mud and every shade in between.  I wanted to simplify all those colors without it looking ..... well, muddy. This was indeed good practice and hopefully means some better looking mud in future paintings.

Thanks for stopping by my blog to check on this last week of the challenge.



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Day 24 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 24th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Summer Neglect
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

This painting is actually more representative of the reference photo as there is an old barn on the park's entrance road.  The arrangement of meadows is also fairly true.  However the colors have been intensified in a similar manner as Day 23.  

This work straddles the "fence" providing a recognizable shape (barn) yet the colors shapes are more abstract.  What would you call it?

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  The days are quickly counting down now.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Day 23 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 23rd day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.



Warm Meadows
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

The painting challenge was titled "summer fields"; but, I took it one step further to an abstracted landscape.  The painting is inspired by another view of the same park featured on Day 18.  

The golds and the reds in the meadows on the entrance road were just too tempting to push toward a more rich and intense interpretation.     My favorite is the straw to orange colored "grass" in the lower half.  

Hope that you enjoy these last days of the challenge.  Thanks for keeping up with my blog.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Day 22 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 22nd day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Orchard Row, Virginia Peaches
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

Another painting for today that continues the challenge of painting fruit trees in bloom.  In this work I have taken a row of trees and tired to keep the painting focused on them.  I do like the spacing of 3 and 2.  The mountain and row of woods behind the field are painted in soft and muted colors to keep them in the background.  

The peach trees are less individualized and are painted as a "group".  This is exactly how I would need to approach a larger work using this same subject matter.   And hopefully with some planning there will be a large orchard painting on the easel in the studio this spring. 

Thank you for keeping up with my blog.  The challenge is nearly to the final week.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Day 21 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 21st day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Three Virginia Peaches in Bloom
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

Fruit tress in bloom are today's challenge.  Fortunately there are several orchards not far from the house (and with farm markets too).   Not only do we get to see the beauty of the blooms but also to enjoy the fresh picked fruit.

The first time we set up plein air to paint the peaches in bloom, it was overwhelming.  Rows and rows of trees covered with bright pink blooms.  And then there were the mountains and woods and fields and....the list went on and on.   The painting that day was not good as I could not focus on what to paint.


And so for this landscape challenge I revisited the peach trees in bloom.  I narrowed my focus to only a few trees but still included the mountains, field and woods.  The background is in soft muted colors that recede allowing the peach trees to be the focus.  Strong lights and shadows on the wonderful crooked shapes of the trunks demand attention.  The shadows connect the trees with the lower part of the painting to firmly anchor them.

And then there is the pink --intense, bright and oh so much of it!  I used a random motion to suggest all the branches shooting out in all directions just covered in blooms.  Three layers of pink allow the back tree to recede and the front tree to come forward.  Best news of all is that I think it is enough but not too much pink.  I hope you agree.

Thanks for staying with my blog.  I appreciate your interest.





Friday, January 20, 2017

Day 20 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 20th Day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.


Landline Only
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 8 inches

The old photo that I found had some old buildings along a road with some wonderful clouds which all have been in previous painting challenges.  I did some sketching to set the composition.  It can be difficult and frustrating to draw on acrylic.  Vera Dickerson deserves the credit for this solution.
In the photo below I have my rough sketch at the bottom and the tracing of it on tissue paper at the top.  



(The tissue paper tracing of the buildings and road.)

I darkened the lines of the tracing paper with a Sharpie because of the dark paint already on the paper.  After placing the tissue paper on the paper I brushed on some acrylic gel working from the center outward.  The tissue paper is easily ripped so a light touch is essential.   Once the gel dries the drawing is ready for paint.


(The tissue paper drawing darkened with a Sharpie has been applied to the painted paper. )

This painting was a great opportunity to apply all my new knowledge and try to avoid previous mistakes.  I think this will make a great study for a much larger landscape.

Thanks so much for staying with my blog through two-thirds of the challenge.  Please check back for the next ten days.



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Day 19 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 19th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017




Rushing Water
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 6 inches


This challenge is about painting submerged rocks and rushing water.  There is a local artist who has won many national awards painting this type of scene.  I have seen several of them but never really thought about the why and how they were designed and constructed until working on this painting.

Underwater stones and moving water are a very busy subject.  Typically the painting is designed to have the forest and foliage playing a minor role.  My painting would have been much stronger had this thought occurred to me earlier in the process so lesson learned -- too much forest for the busy stream.

I decided to take a less traditional approach to creating the rocks.  A sea sponge made a "netting" of darks.  I used a home-made stamp using pieces of fun foam attached to a mat board to stamp stone shapes in lighter colors.   And I used a couple stencils to create even more irregular rock shapes in middle-tone colors.


(My apologies for the quality of the photo.)

 I hope you can see the stamped stone shapes on the beginning painting at the left.  On the right side of the photo: the blackened sponge is in the upper right,  paint-stained stencils are in the center right and lower right.  The home-made stamp is in the center.

Another important part of the painting process was working in layers.  A layer of acrylic gel was applied to separate the layers (beginning, middle and final).  The gelled surface allowed me to apply the lights on top of the rocks to indicate the rushing water.

Thank you for following along on my blog.  I appreciate your support as I work through all these landscape painting challenges.