Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Skyline Drive and Hughes River Gap, VA

Have you ever found a postcard that you just loved? It says view of Skyline Drive and Hughes River Gap from Little Stony Man. I love the colors and shapes of the mountains. I started this when we had 3 days of rain and finished it up at Wintergreen over Memorial Day weekend. 26" x 42" oil on canvas, framed. And someone bought it, thanks Beth!  SOLD 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Buck's Elbow 2, Spring

Second painting I did up on the Buck's Elbow mountain and painted with Priscilla, Chloe and V-Anne. The grass was that bright spring green! 15" x 30" oil on canvas, framed $375.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Buck's Elbow, Crozet, VA

Got to paint all day last Friday up on Buck's Elbow looking out over towards Waynesboro. A little slice of heaven up on the mountain top! Thanks to the Abbots for letting a few of us, four artists,  enjoy their view up there! 12" x 36" oil on canvas, framed $450
This will be up at Wintergreen Memorial Day Show this coming weekend, and lots of SUN is predicted, YEA!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Blue Ridge Parkway, Spring!

The other evening when the sun finally came out, I got to go up to my favorite spot and painted this before the evening light changed. I know I paint this spot a lot and each time it is a bit different, but that is part of the fun and joy of it all! Happy Spring everyone!
16" x 40" oil on canvas framed, $800
I will have this painting plus many more at the Memorial Day Weekend Festival @ Wintergreen, come by if you get a chance!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Front Porch, Cedar Keys, Florida

Sweet front porch scene in Cedar Keys one morning in April. I have a few more little paintings to post from our Florida trip . . . stay toned! 8" x 8" oil on canvas framed $150

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Eidson Creek Rd View, Staunton, VA

Painted this on the way to Polyface Farm with Jenny two weekends ago with the Queen City Plein Air Festival. I need to go back to this area, I saw several views I would love to capture. 12" x 16" oil on canvas, framed $325

Monday, May 2, 2016

Hanna's House, Garden Week, Staunton, VA

Linda & Stevan Hanna's house and gardens on Edgewood Road in Staunton, apart of Garden Week. A small 8" x 8" painting, oil on canvas, framed, $150
A huge 'thank you' to Kate and Bill who put Jenny and I up for two nights during the Queen City Plein Air Festival. They were wonderful hosts!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fayrview Gardens, Staunton VA, Garden Week

This was my last of seven painting I did during my stay in Staunton, at the Queen City Plein Air Festival. It was wonderfully organized with 23 artists invited to participate. Beverly Street Studio School did an outstanding job, fed us, and found places for us to stay. Funny how my favorite painting was the last one, after the time to turn them in had past . . . 9" x 12" oil on canvas, framed, $225.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Apple Bloom in Crozet

Painted today with Chloe just down the road from my house on some friends property in Crozet. These apple trees and mountains go so well together! 12" x 16" oil on canvas, framed $300

Monday, April 18, 2016

Cedar Keys, Florida

My husband David and I like to go to Florida in early April and visit family, go hiking, birding and painting! Our second time staying at Cedar Keys for 4 days, and I am already planning on going back next April. We had perfect weather and a wonderful trip. We would get up, have coffee and go out early, he would bird, and I would paint . . . so this is 7:30 AM looking out from the cemetery park. Then we go back and have a big breakfast! I will post more paintings soon from this trip.
4" x 12" oil on canvas
 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin, SC


This site for a National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Edisto, SC is amazing. Even though there was this plantation house I could have painted instead, I liked this smaller structure that might have been the kitchen. If I had turned around, this is what I saw . . . perhaps sometime I will try to paint it too.
When I arrived, there where two ladies set up who where painting, yes, I just jumped in too, while David hiked around.
I did 13 little paintings on the Florida and South Carolina trip, will post them soon. Above painting is 8" x 10" oil on board, framed, $150

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Chile's Peach Orchard II

Brighter contrast this time around! Fun with Chloe painting . . . 8" x 10"  NFS

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Chile's Peach Orchard in Bloom, Crozet

Painted up at Chile's Peach Orchard above the pond but mostly overcast light. These are nectarines that hadn't been pruned yet so very full with bloom. 8" x 24" oil on canvas, framed $250.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Spring Pond

Spring has come early for us here in Virginia! The red buds are out. Happy Easter to you all!
I have been under the weather with a head cold but ready to get back out there. We are going to Florida in early April and will be painting down at Cedar Keys, just west of Gainesville.
11" x 14" oil on canvas, framed $225

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Midway Farm, Ivy Virginia

Started this painting last fall with Chloe and have been working on it through the winter. Would love to do one each season here, spring is about to burst, will have to wait to do next winter . . . 24" x 36" oil on canvas, framed $925

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Grace Estates Vineyard, White Hall

From last summer, a painting I started and finally got back to . . . Grace Estates Vineyard in White Hall, just up the road from Crozet. They just built a beautiful new tasting room and have live music every weekend. 11" x 14" oil on canvas, SOLD, thanks Robin!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Blue Ridge Parkway, Fall

Just finished this painting in the studio from a photograph that a friend gave me. This is a spot I know and love, so am very familiar with it and have painted it many times. I like the soft colors and feel of this one.  30" x 40" oil on canvas, framed $1,250

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lake Sherando, Augusta County



Seven of us got out last Saturday at Lake Sherando in Augusta County and painted. But it was too windy up at the lake so we clustered down by the creek, had a nice lunch together as the day warmed up. Thanks to everyone who came out . . .  Elizabeth, Barbara, Jenny, Jean, Julia, and Susan.
12" x 24" oil on canvas, framed $300

Hilton Head Beach, NC

Last week, a family reunion of 15, got together for Cary's 80th Birthday Day, my stepmother since I was 10. It was a fun time riding bikes and eating fabulous food, and enjoying each others company! A big cheer to Cary for all that she has done for our family!
12" x 24" oil on canvas, framed $300.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Waylands Barn in the Snow

Love the bright color of the red barn against the snow! Four of us got together last Sunday to paint at Mint Springs Park in Crozet. And this barn is the neighbor to the park with an abandon apple orchard. 11" x 14" oil on canvas, framed $225  SOLD, Thanks Mane!

Barbara, myself, Susan and Jenny. Great fun had by all!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Bird Nest II, Day 31 of Challenge!

I painted this as a back-up, and now I am using it for my final day of my '30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenge'!  I can't believe I did the whole challenge, the good, the bad and the ugly!
5" x 7" oil on treated paper, framed $95.

I did get outside today with three other painter, a beautiful warm day, but will go back tomorrow at the same time to finish the painting, will post soon. I will also reflect on the challenge, but I need a bit of time to do that!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Field & Snow, Day 30 of Challenge

Still snow out there but it is going fast! A field near by with our mountains in the background. 5" x 9" oil on treated paper, $110  SOLD, thanks Kate!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Wayland's Barn, Day 29 of Challenge

I got outside today for a little bit near Mint Springs Park in Crozet. This is called Wayland's Barn, it's in a large abandoned apple orchard. It was very windy but I was standing in the sun! It needs a bit more work . . . . 8" x 8" oil on canvas, framed $125.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Afton Winter, Day 28 of Challenge

Got outside today on Afton Mountain, 64 overlook and hope to go back tomorrow and do a larger painting. The Blue Ridge Parkway was closed and covered in snow. I enjoy this spot but have never painted from there in winter.  6" x 12" oil on canvas, framed $125.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Snowy Field, Day 27 of Challenge

I did get outside today after two doctors appointments and about 3:30 . . . this is a field behind my house, happy it is still covered in snow. 50 degree days the rest of this week, so short lived snow.  5" x 7" oil on canvas, framed, $65

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Wild Bird Nest, Day 26 of Challenge

Something a little different for me today . . . was going to paint outside but it was so overcast, I didn't want to without the sun! So, I have several little bird nests, so I might do a few of these for a change.
6" x 6" wrap-around canvas, oil  $75  SOLD

Monday, January 25, 2016

20 Minute Cliff, Day 25 of Challenge

20 Minute Cliff is on the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 19. The rock face below the overlook serves the people of White Rock as a way of measuring time. During the months of June and July the sun drops behind the mountains 20 minutes after sunlight hits the rock, enabling locals to tell time by the sun.
This is from a summer photograph and is a commission for Becca & Karl, 16" x 40" oil on canvas.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Back Field II, Day 24 of Challenge

Painted this from memory of this summer out in the field in Nelson County, not sure the name of the mountain. 5" x 7" oil on treated paper, framed  $110.
I started a large commission painting today, hoping I can share it tomorrow, will see!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Highland Field, Day 23 of Challenge

Highland field in Blue Grass Valley painted from a photograph from last year's paint-out. Just a simple impression of the view. 6" x 6" oil on canvas framed, $95

It is still snowing and windy, don't really know how much is out there with all the drifts . . . and still have power  :  )

Friday, January 22, 2016

Little Creek, Day 22 of Challenge

When I take a walk, sometimes I go past this little creek, and love how the sky reflects in the water.  This is how I remember it, will take a camera next time. 6" x 6" oil on canvas, framed, $85.

Lots of snow today and tomorrow, they are calling for 24 inches total! So, if we loose electricity, obviously I can't post, that will be the only thing to stop me . . . in this 30 day challenge!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ocean II, Day 21 of Challenge

Painted this from my memory / part photo from the beach of Carmel, CA three years ago. It makes me want to go back . . . soon!
4" x 12" oil on canvas, framed $95

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Shed Path, Day 20 of Challenge

A small painting from my memory, just fun to do! Hoping to get outside tomorrow.  6" x 6" x 2" wrap-around (so all sides are painted also) oil on canvas $95.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

French House, Day 19 of Challenge

Painted this as a small commission for Kris and Cath, of the small cottage they stay at, in the Vacluse area of France near Carpentras. It was fun to do something so different with my daily challenge!  5" x 7" oil on canvas.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Smokehouse at Pharsalia, Day 18 of Challenge

Second painting from Pharsalia done on Saturday as we all found spots to paint. Thanks to Susan for organizing all this!  8" x 8" oil on canvas, framed $125

Here is our group of painters in front of the main house, Barbara, Jenny, Elizabeth, me, Jean Marie, Julia, Susan, Ida and Nancy! Great time had by all!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Pharsalia Garden Shed, Day 17 of Challenge

We had such fun on Saturday painting @ Pharsalia in Tyro, VA, thanks to Susan for organizing this! There are so many wonderful sights to pick from, I love all the small buildings and chose this garden shed.
12" x 24" oil on canvas, framed $300

Nine of us gathered and having lunch in front of the main house: Jean, Jenny, Barbara, Elizabeth, Julia, Nancy, Ida, Susan and me! 

Three of the ladies painting's of the main barn 

Late afternoon shadows on my painting, before packing up.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

BRP Study, Day 16 of Challenge

Small study from a photo of the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Wintergreen. I actually got out today, but returned home too late to photograph my work, a group of us went to Pharsalia to paint . . . will post tomorrow! 4" x 12" oil on canvas, framed $110  SOLD

Friday, January 15, 2016

Greenwood Fields, Day 15 of Challenge

I got outside today before it got cloudy and went to Greenwood near Pony Express Rd, to a large field with the mountains behind it. 6" x 12" oil on canvas, framed  $125  SOLD

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Midway Farm, Day 14 of Challenge

I got outside today in the warmth of the afternoon and went to one of my favorite locations. I am hoping to take this back again to finish it up with the same time of day and light, will re-post the photograph when I do.  8" x 24" oil on canvas, will be framed,  $250  SOLD, thanks Sarah!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Blue Roof Barn, Day 13 of Challenge

A small study from a photograph taken in Western Albemarle County this past fall.  5" x 7" oil on treated paper, framed $95.