Friday, February 27, 2015

Blue Ridge Parkway & Road

Had fun painting this in the studio on a cold and snowy day that I couldn't get outside. The Blue Ridge Parkway is epic and has endless amount of views to enjoy and paint. 12" x 36" oil on canvas, framed $450.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Vertical View of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Painted this in my studio on a cold winter day which made me think of the spring and summer that is coming SOON! Fun to paint such a different shape for me, I had never done a tall vertical before. I had the frame, and was debating doing a horizontal, but loved the challenge of this shape. 27" x 55" oil on masonite, wooden frame, $1,500.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mountains & Rhododendrons, Blue Ridge Parkway

A studio painting from a photograph I took a few years ago up on the Blue Ridge Parkway in May. Wild rhododendrons grow all around the area. 30" x 40" oil on canvas, framed $1,350

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Humpback Mountain, From Albemarle Farm

Painted this Sunday afternoon when it was warm and windy, up on the farm that looks across to Humpback Mountain where Wintergreen is. I had permission, but the farmhand asked me to leave because he was letting the cattle into the field! Then I finished it in the studio yesterday. 24" x 48" oil on canvas framed, $1,225.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Neighbor's Pond IV, Crozet

My last day of my '30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge' and I might do this again sometime this year. It was fun and intense at times but worth the effort. Thanks for sticking with me on this journey!
9" x 12" oil on canvas, framed $165.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Morning Fog, Bath County, VA

Morning fog with an amazing sunrise in Bath County last fall, started this then, but finished it today in my studio. 12" x 24" oil on canvas, framed  $325.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sunset from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Today's studio painting from the Blue Ridge Parkway, from a photo I took last year around this time. Too cold and gray out to be inspired to bundle up, enjoying the day inside!  6" x 12" oil on canvas framed $125.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Today's Un-finished Painting

Painted up on the hillside of Chile's Peach Orchard, just down the road from my home, hope to go back soon to finish it. Glad to get outside and be in the sun, 40 degrees makes it easy! Will re-post once I work on it more. 12" x 24" oil on board

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lexington Farm, VA

This was started last summer, and today was too cold to go outside so I decided to finish this painting in the studio. I was apart of a group of plein air painters for a weekend paint-out with the Nelson Gallery. Great memory of painting from under a big tree on top of a hill looking down. 12" x 36" oil on canvas, framed $450.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Jefferson Pool House, Warm Springs, Bath County, VA

This fall I went with several paintings friends and painted at the old Jefferson Pool Bath House. This is in Warm Springs and is a fun place to paint especially in the fall. We plan to go back . . . but today I finished this in the studio, since it was rainy all day.  11" x 14" oil on canvas framed, $250

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Crozet Pond on Half Mile Branch Rd.

Painted this today when the sun came out, played with some of the colors a bit more, but had fun as always! This 'painting a day challenge' is well, a big challenge! and I am glad I have kick-started my year with it, where will I go tomorrow? They are calling for a wintery mix, so would love some snow to paint! 9" x 12" oil on canvas, framed  $150.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chile's View, Crozet, VA

Today's painting at my neighbor Chile's Peach Orchard, enjoying the view that I know so well! This is the building that they sell their fine fruit, jams and pies. 11" x 14" oil on board, framed,  $245.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Panoramic of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Painted this the other day when I was up on the Parkway because I know I didn't have time today to be outside OR in the studio! I hung a show today at King Family Vineyards that will be up till the end of February. Will post a few photos tomorrow . . . 8 1/2" x 24" oil on board, framed  $265.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Re-posting Sycamore Trees, Crozet, VA


 I went back today with this painting to re-work a few parts that I wasn't satisfied with, and am much happier with it now! Even though the main tree in in the center, I felt that enough was happening with all the chaos of the branches, it was OK. 12" x 14" oil on board, framed, $250.
 If you go to this site, you will see the map of the US and how many artist are participating in this challenge of 30 Paintings In 30 Days! I didn't sign up properly so I am not apart of this, but am enjoying the challenge anyway :  )
http://30paintingsin30days.weebly.com/

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Quick Paint, Jarman's Gap, Crozet

A quick painting, done in an hour as a study on Blair Park Rd next to where I live. I am standing next to a gate but it doesn't block my view at all, but is in front of the canvas. I wanted to see what I could do in an hours time, before the sun went down behind the mountain. (When I took the photo on site, I had not finished the painting.) I went back over the painting . . .   8 1/2" x 8 1/2" oil on canvas.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Looking East from the Blue Ridge Parkway

A small painting up on the Blue Ridge Parkway at my favorite spot. With the painting in place as you see below, I lined up the mountains with the painting to photograph it. A mild and warm day, even had to take off my coat!   8 1/2" x 8 1/2" oil on board, framed $125.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Henley's Barn, Crozet VA

A small study for a larger painting, had to simplify . . . and hope to go back soon with Chloe!
9" x 12" oil on canvas, framed $165

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Greenwood, VA

Painted this afternoon near the Greenwood post office and barn, hope to do a larger one in the spring.  Warm out and sunny, love this January weather! (I went back and worked on it some more . . . )  8 1/2" x 8 1/2" oil on board, framed $125.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Rockbridge Vineyards, Raphine VA

Great time painting at Rockbridge Vineyards today with eight of us showing up along with a sunny day. Lunch time with Jean Marie, Barbara, Elizabeth, Julie, Ida, Noaa, Jenny and I. We do plan to go back, not sure when, thanks to all for coming out!
Painting is from up on the hill, 12" x 16" oil on canvas, framed $295

Friday, January 16, 2015

Henley's Barn, Crozet

Perfect afternoon to get out and paint, nice and sunny, around 1:00 and 52 degrees! This is a farm I will come back to, views in every direction. Henley's grows lot of peaches and apples, and I could paint a week here! I think this is my 15th painting in a row . . . 8" x 24" oil on canvas, framed $250.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Chile's Peach Orchard

Painted this in the studio today as a commission for a friend who wants three small paintings over her couch. Here you go Katie! 12" x 12" oil on canvas, framed.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

James River, Summer 2014

I was told once that if the sky is cloudy or gray, as a painter, it is always better to paint water since it has a reflective nature, you capture more light. I realized my last three of five paintings have to do with water, and it has been cold and gray out! This is from a photo from the James River this past summer, shown here with the frame that my husband makes.  8" x 8" oil on board, framed $125

Monday, January 12, 2015

Crozet Pond, VA

Painted this at a nearby pond on Half Mile Branch Rd, it started to rain so I set up outside of my van with the back up, worked great! Sarah was a drive-by, stopped to say Hi, said it was like a scavenger hunt to find out where I was or will be painting! 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" oil on board, framed $125.

Here is the link to the 30 Paintings in 30 Days, check out the map. The country is full of dots where artists have joined in, it's awesome!   http://30paintingsin30days.weebly.com/

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Winter Creek

Painted this as a studio painting from memory and a bit from a reference photo I had, since it has been so cold out. It was fun! Tomorrow they call for a bunch of rain, but still hope to do a van/painting somewhere close by.  9" x 12" oil on canvas, framed  $150.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Spring House II, Bath County

Too cold today to go out so worked on the Spring House at Hidden Valley B & B from a photo from last May. It was fun to remember being there in the warm sun! 12" x 12"oil on canvas, framed $200.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Chile's Road, Crozet

Painted today from my van because of the wind, 40 degrees but with the wind, well, just easier! The branches in the winter have a very pink growth to them, will try to post a photo next. My eighth painting in a row, starting to think of where to go tomorrow, haven't decided yet, stay tuned.  6 1/2" x 6 1/2" oil on board, framed $95.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pond on 250 West

Painted this from the inside, passenger seat of my van, my new idea when it is cold out! It wasn't above 20 degrees when I was out there. I still need to work on it a bit more. The pond was frozen and my colors are a bit off for the field . . . 10" x 10" oil on board, framed $125.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Parkway Impression

This is my sixth painting in seven days, I started a day late but will make-up for it at the end, 30 Paintings in 30 days. It didn't get above 30 degrees today so painted this in the studio of the Blue Ridge Parkway. 6" x 12" oil on canvas, framed $100.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bunch of Bales

A small study for perhaps a larger painting later on . . . enjoyed getting out today and very close to home. The bottom photo was after the light changed, but gives you an idea of where I was.
6 1/2" x 6 1/2" oil on board, framed $95.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Two Barns, Whitehall, VA

Very windy and cold outside today but was sheltered a bit by my van at the Whitehall Community Center, a favorite place to paint. I am showing the antique frame that I found at a shop in town.
9" x 13" oil on treated Masonite, $150.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Pond 5, Study

Just a quick study of the pond across from my home, viewing the dam. The color is not correct but will try to replace, it was cloudy all day. The canvas is a wrap-around 4" x 4"

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Nieghbor's Pond II

It rained all day today so this is a study from a photograph from the same pond with the cottage. Funny thing is, two brothers who grew up at this pond got married this summer, so this is also a belated wedding present! 6" x 12" oil on canvas, framed.

Friday, January 2, 2015

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge!

Well, I am taking the 30 Day Challenge that has been posted by several other painters for the month of January . . . actually folks do it whenever they feel inspired to. For me, I haven't done it in a long time, so even if I don't get to post each day, I will be PAINTING each day (and hope to post daily). I still have visiting family for a few more days, that is my excuse . . . but I did paint this yesterday, and painted today as well. Some paintings will be studio work, some quick studies outside, and I am looking forward to seeing what this challenge brings!
This is a belated wedding gift, 'Neighbors Pond'  6" x 12" oil on canvas, framed.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Rockfish Gap View from 64 Overlook

Thank you to my friends, colleagues, and family
who make 2014 such a wonderful year! 
Wishing you all peace, good health and happiness in 2015!
Happy New Year to YOU!

(18" x 24" oil on canvas, framed, $425)
SOLD thanks Linda!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

2015 Calendar

Each year I print a calendar of 12 paintings from the year before, and have fun with an over-view of where I have been. I do sell these for $2 each, if you are interested (great stocking stuffers!). Happy New Year to you all!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Pony Express Rd, Greenwood, Virginia

Painted this with Chloe last Monday while it was warm and sunny. The Blue Ridge mountains in the distance, a field of soybeans and hay. Will take this tomorrow to hang @ C-ville Arts on the downtown mall in Charlottesville  http://cvillearts.org/     12" x 36" oil on canvas, framed $485 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

From Pony Express Rd, Greenwood, VA


Painted this on Sunday in the warm mid-day, looking back at Mirador Farm in the distance. A quiet road to paint from with soybeans in the field to my left. 9" x 12" oil on canvas, framed $200.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sharon's View, Highland County, VA

Sharon's view is above the quarry in the Bluegrass Valley, so you see all the amazing fields and Snowy Mountain in the distance. This is the only photo I have of it because it sold right away during the 'Paint Out' the last weekend in June. I will paint it again, this time for Sharon!  12" x 36" oil on canvas,  SOLD

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Single Bale, Pony Express Rd, Greenwood, VA

Painted this with Chloe and Noaa two weeks ago on Pony Express Rd in Greenwood. We all agreed we needed to come back to this spot, there were several paintings waiting to be painted! Happy Thanksgiving! 
12" x 16" oil on canvas, framed $285.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Maupin's Farm from Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church, Whitehall

Painted all day @ Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church on Garth Rd in Whitehall and did these four small paintings looking @ Maupin's Farm and the neighboring farm. It got up to 62 degrees in the sunshine, what more could a girl ask for! All SOLD

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bridgewater Field, VA

I painted this when I went to Bridgewater College to see an art show, and took my paints, and left several hours before I need to be there. I found this farm and open field, a dirt road to park in and set up my paints and easel. It was wonderful summer day to be out & about exploring new areas.  12" x 24" oil on canvas, framed $300  SOLD thanks David & Julie!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hidden Valley, Bath County, VA

Painted this in Bath County with friends after we camped out for the weekend. This is in Hidden Valley State Park where we camped and next to Hidden Valley B & B that my husband and I stayed last year. This area keeps bringing us back! 12" x 16" oil on canvas, framed  $285.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Maupin's Farm, Whitehall, VA

Last Monday Chloe and I got out to paint in Whitehall at Maupin's Farm, a large track of land with many barns and a pond. I have painted out there each year and try to do a different view. Somehow the main house just happened to creep into the very center of this painting! 12" x 16" oil on canvas framed, $285  SOLD, thanks Martha!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Chiles Peach Orchard's Red Barn, Crozet

Painted with several friends this past Saturday at Chile's Peach Orchard, below are two friends from Lexington, Jean Marie and Elizabeth, who had never been here before. Others that came to paint where Jenny, Noaa and Julia. We were all in the sun and enjoying the mild weather. 
The above painting is 20" x 24" oil on canvas, framed  $500  SOLD