Sunday, March 8, 2009

1st outing of 2009

Today was an AMAZING day! It got up into the upper 70's, and so I was able to load up PePe' the Little Mule, and off to paint I went.

I worked my way East towards the parkway, and I found a wonderful overlook to kick off the painting season. Pine Spur Overlook. A beautiful view looking down on Franklin Co, VA. I started sketching on the canvas right after I set up, and the painting came quickly. Ahhh, the smell of the oil paints in the air after a long, cold winter! The painting was fast, and went well. A good start.

I met lots of nice folks, all of whom were very inquisitive about my work. It was VERY windy, so I spent the rest of the day tracking down new places to paint. I discovered some wonderful landscapes here in Floyd County, and there is one spot that I am "obsessed" over at this point. A wonderful barn up Rt. 221. In the afternoon, it catches the light so brilliantly, and so I need to figure out where to park so I can set up next time.

I hope you enjoy the photos, as much as I enjoyed the day. Until next time, happy painting!


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Paintings in Progress!

The studio has been a busy place! Inspired by the expansive views, I've been concentrating on new sunset and sky paintings. Each has taken on a new direction. Some small, some large. But in each I've loosened up my painting strokes and taken my time, letting each layer cure before working again. By doing this, I've discovered changes I wanted to make, and I've been more decisive on content.

I will be releasing my painting schedule for the year within the next two weeks. Look for me at Sidewalk Art Show in Roanoke, Art on the Lawn in Giles County, VA, and in the studio! I will be joining the artisan trail, Round the Mountain, this March. Check out the trail specifics at I will also hold my first open studio day in April. Look for specifics here.

Until next time, may all your trees be happy tress!