Sunday, May 30, 2010

Franklin Pike outing

I had a nice afternoon of oil painting off of Franklin Pike in Floyd, VA. It was a new location, and the homeowner of the place I set up at was cordial, then happy, once she realized who I was. :) The undulation of the hillside was captivating, as were the cloud formations, which I sketched later from my front porch. As is the case sometime, I chose a canvas too small, so I tried to cram it all in. Oh well. Not such a great painting if you knew the place, but I had a great time, and was in "The Zone." After not being out on location in a few weeks (horror!), it took a while to get back in the saddle. I was happy with the clouds, however, and the sketches that resulted were amazingly fun!

I will hopefully be heading out tomorrow for more paint pushing.....check in later for more!

Until then.....happy painting!


Painting Outings with Kasey

I've taken on a new art apprentice (i.e. Art Mule) this summer in exchange for art lessons. Miss Kasey! Kasey recently joined me for two art outings in Giles and Floyd Counties in VA. The first outing was to a new location in Pembroke, VA. The second, a much windier day, was to the Blue Ridge overlook called The Saddle of the Blue Ridge. Wind chased us away, but Kasey came away with some sketches, and I, a painting.

Kasey will be helping me prepare for upcoming shows, so be on the lookout for her in Roanoke and Giles!


Sunday, May 23, 2010

First Painting Outing - Spring 2010

I've spent time discovering newer painting spots in Giles County, VA. I found some great new spots at a remote neighborhood in Ripplemead, VA, hovering over the river. I found an amazing older home that screamed "Hitchcock" to me. I hope to revisit this site during the summer.

My first painting set up was, as expected, was very windy. I set up in a neighborhood area with expansive views of the New River. When I ended up, I had captured a "good start" on one of the hillsides. Cleaning up was difficult due to the high winds, but I enjoyed the afternoon so much!

Floyd Art Show

I had a great showing at the Floyd Arts Association earlier this Spring. The show was well-received, and I sold a smaller lighthouse piece painted on Wingaersheek Beach. The folks that bought it actually are from New Hampshire, and they now live in Floyd and split their time in Italy.

It was a nice night, and a great month with the Artist's Association! Thanks!