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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.  

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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.





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.

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.





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.




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Day 18 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 18th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.


Shady Path
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 8 inches


This path is actually at a local park just beyond the ballfields.  It circles around the perimeter for a mile and is popular with walkers.  It is a challenge to paint shadows and I think more so in acrylic with its faster drying time.  

Shadows are transparent.  I kept reminding myself of that fact.  The colors needed to change as the shadows fell on different surfaces: gravel, fallen leaves, sticks, mud, etc.   While shadows are still a learning process,  I am inspired to paint more dramatic shadows like these in future works.

Many thanks for staying with my blog for this painting challenge.  The days are zipping by quickly!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Day 17- 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 17th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017



Inlet Path
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 6 inches

The challenge of painting paths is set in a very different landscape and subject matter -- sea grasses.  However it is based on several winter visits to Cedar Key, FL.  Fortunately I had some good reference photos from those trips to help me decide on colors and shapes.

As I was painting my husband walked in the studio to change a lightbulb for me.  He looked at the painting on the table and said "I really like this".   I almost did not respond as he so seldom expresses an opinion.

Sometimes you just need to accept that the painting works and be happy.


PS: Here is the underpainting created by wiping excess paint off my brush when working on today's painting.  The wonderful assortment of neutrals both warm and cool can easily be seen as well as the beautiful blues.

Thanks for keeping up with my blog during the second half of this challenge.

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 16th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Stepping Stone Path
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 8 inches

Those of you who followed the 30 Day Challenge last September (2016) may remember a blog where I wrote of my frustration in painting rocks.   

Today's challenge was to paint a stepping stone path.  Fortunately I had a wonderful reference from a friend's garden.  We had planned to paint plein air that day but the rain chased us inside.  When it stopped we dashed out to take photos.

I deliberately kept the number of colors in the stone steps to a minimum repeating the same colors found in other parts of the painting.  The rickety handrail connects the top and bottom of the composition so the viewers focus stay on those stones!  

Many thanks for staying on this "path" with me.  (sorry for the pun)




Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 15 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the half-way point (Day 15) of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.


The Long Way
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

It's "hump day" for the painting challenge.  Fifteen painting completed!

Today's painting challenge is a a road the extends far away from the viewer.  It is another perspective issue.  Even though the landscape is abstracted the issue of perspective is still important to its "readability" or success.  

It is a common opinion that abstracts are easier to create than more realistic works.  I think it is the opposite as all the painting principles (like perspective) are even more important to make the painting successful.

I want to thank everyone for making it to the half-way point of this challenge with me.
Hope you continue on to the finish on my blog.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

January 14 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 14th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.


Side Road
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

A very odd title for a painting which needs some explanation.  This work began as an unsuccessful plein air painting from this past November.  I had chosen a location that included a path that came off to the left from the main trail.  A simple problem to paint or so it seemed.  

I went home frustrated and began reading plein air articles and books.  And so the idea for this challenge seemed clear.  Paint 30 landscape paintings that each present a challenge.   Each challenge is to help me practice all types of landscape "problems".  I sometimes think that painting is simply another form of problem-solving.

This work is an exercise and it is the start of a series on paths and roads.  I love this style of abstracted landscape and this exercise should hopefully make my future ones better.


This gessoed paper is covered with acrylic paint.  

As an added bonus today I have a photo of how I do underpaintings.  I simply do not like starting on a white background.  So when I am painting I will have a piece of paper or small canvas by the palette.   I wipe the excess paint off my brush onto the paper or canvas to clean it before dipping it in the water.   They are then stacked on the shelf and when I have a painting in mind I choose one that seems to have the appropriate colors.

You could say it is an efficient way to do an underpainting.   Or you could say it is a cheap way to do an underpainting.  Or you could even say it is a more environmentally-friendly way to dispose of excess paint.  Maybe it is all three?

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Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 13th day of leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.


Reflections in the Pond
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
6 x 6 inches

One more painting with reflections that utilized the underpainting created by Art Graf (see Jan. 8 blog) pigments.   This square composition adds a much different feel to the reflections.  The fall colors are much more muted being pops of color in the light and dark green woods.

I have enjoyed this series of water reflections and will move into other landscape challenges for the rest of the 30 days.  Although I reserve the right to sneak a few more so be on notice.

The painting challenge is nearly the half-way point.  Thank you all for keeping up with the blog. 


Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 12 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 12th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Floating Color
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
7 x 5 inches


And here is another mixed media work that utilized the underpainting created by Art Graf (see Jan. 8 blog).  The landscape challenge of painting reflections is progressing and I am feeling a bit more comfortable with them.    What makes me especially happy is that I think the reflections are becoming more abstract.

The vibrant fall colors of the clump of trees are a contrast to the soft and cool colors of the distant forest and mountain.  The composition also fits well into the size and shape of the paper.   It was a indeed good time painting this afternoon.

Thanks for stopping by today. 
 I appreciate everyone who is keeping up on the challenge with me.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 11 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 11th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.



Brookside Cabin
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
7 x 5 inches

This is another mixed media work that utilized the underpainting created by Art Graf pigments (see Jan. 8 blog).  You will also recognize the cabin;  here it is turned using different paint colors and light conditions.   

The colorful underpainting created the base for the fall colors in the woods behind the cabin.  A little of this same underpainting color extended further down the piece of paper which gave me the idea to create a small reflection.  The challenge was to create a brook to contain that reflection in the lower two-thirds of the work.  

Several practice runs finally yielded a result that looked like it belonged with the cabin and woods.  And I was reminded again that the beauty of this challenge is not to create "blue-ribbon" art.  This challenge is to consistently spend extra time painting and experimenting to create your best art.

Thank you for keeping up with my progress.  


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January 10 -30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Today is the 10th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Tall Pines, Little Cabin
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
6 x 6 inches

This work also began with an underpainting using the Art Graf pigment (complete details on Jan 8 blog).  Much of the red and yellow glow is from this first layer.  

I found a reference in my photo library of a cabin we visited one November afternoon in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  Southern forests still have a bit of color left even as late as Thanksgiving.  

 The landscape challenge was painting pine trees.   This photo also provided an opportunity to play with the light.  The cabin is similar in value to the lower shadowed woods so it does not command attention.  However the peak of the roof directs the viewer's eyes toward the largest area of red and yellow-greens behind the pines which is the focus of this work.

Thank you for checking the blog today.  
I appreciate your support during this 30 day painting challenge.