Friday, November 27, 2015

Blue Ridge Parkway, November

Last Saturday seven of us went up on the Blue Ridge Parkway and painted from the second overlook going south. It was sunny and warm in the 60's! Such fun! 12" x 36"oil on canvas, framed $450
With Launchlan, Barbara, Jenny, Elizabeth, Carol, Jean Marie, and myself! Thanks guys for coming out!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pharsalia, Tyro, VA

The Painter
“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, 
then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
― Vincent van Gogh

Photography by Robert Miller

Second photo Robert sent me, how FUN! Great memories of painting at Pharsalia!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Pharsalia, Tyro, VA

The landscapist
“There are places which exist in this world beyond the reach of imagination.”
― Daniel J. Rice, This Side of a Wilderness

Photograph by Robert Miller

Yes, this is me when I was painting at Pharsalia at their Folklife Festival & Historic Weekend, May 2014, Thanks Robert!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Blue Ridge Parkway, Fall View

I got to go paint up at my favorite spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway before all the leaves dropped. Will have this painting at my new show @ Hot Cakes in Charlottesville, which hangs November 29 and goes through January 9. I am busy getting ready for the show!
24" x 48" oil on canvas framed, $1,225

Monday, November 16, 2015

Old Rag Mountain, Fall View from Thorofare Overlook

Was thrilled to be able to go back up on Skyline Drive the end of October with gorgeous weather and paint the fall colors. It's a commission for Mark, thank you for thinking of this! 16" x 20" oil on canvas, framed.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bucks Elbow Looking South West

Painted two weeks ago with my friends Priscilla Whitlock and Chloe Raynor, up on Bucks Elbow but from a different direction than I had before. I definitely need to go back up, but now all the leaves are almost gone. 12" x 36" oil on canvas, framed $450

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Shag Hill Barn, Lexington VA

Painted with three friends last Sunday in Lexington, Elizabeth, Jenny and Jean Marie . . . This is one of Elizabeth's favorite stomping grounds, and I think she has painted from every single spot on this huge farm . . . Thanks Elizabeth for organizing this!
8" x 24" oil on canvas, framed $250

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Loft Mountain Amphitheater View

Painting up on Loft Mountain amphitheater at the campgrounds, the last Friday night they were open, we camped out and I got to paint this view. The next day had a heavy cloud overcast, so I was glad to be up there to catch the colors. That is Massanutten mountain range in the way distance. We even saw a young bobcat!  16" x 40" oil on canvas, framed $800

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Shenandoah National Park

View form Skyline Drive and Hughes River Gap from Little Stony Man, but painted from a postcard! This is one of my demonstration paintings I did at the Crozet Arts Festival in early October. I would LOVE to go paint from this spot!   9" x 12" oil on canvas, framed $175

Monday, October 26, 2015

Crozet Hillsides

Two small paintings done last week with Chloe, my painting is in front with the umbrella shading it. We are painting the hillside across the road which is below, in Crozet. 6" x 12" oil on canvas, framed $125 each

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Miller School Paint Out

Painted on Sunday at Miller School's Paint Out . . . I love this lake and always enjoy the beauty of the campus. Of course the light CONSTANTLY changes on a lake, but great fun in painting it. Thank you to all that organized it!  24" x 36" oil on canvas, framed $925

Monday, October 19, 2015


Painted this little painting a few weekends ago while showing at Crozet Art Festival. I was asked to demonstrate, and by golly, they gave me extra room to that too, here is half of the space. Sorry I didn't take photos of the wonderful tent and all that the show offers.
Painting is 6" x 12" oil on canvas, framed . . . SOLD thanks Robin!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mitchell Bay, San Juan Islands

Painted this from the little cottage we stay in on Mitchell Bay, evening light when we got back early enough. 10" x 13" oil on canvas, framed  $245.
Here is how I set up if I don't have a table or want to be on the ground, since I didn't have a standing easel.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

East Sound House, Orcas Island, WA

East Sound, the main town on Orcas Island, painted this house by the water, looking back to the town. Fun place to paint . . . . just set up on the hillside while David hiked, sitting in the warm sun after a rain that morning. I took the least amount of supplies and am very happy how it all worked out (will show a photo of what I took.) 9" x 9" oil on treated paper, framed $150

I am getting ready to do the Crozet Arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 6 pm both days . . . come by and say Hi! (If you do and mention this blog, you get a 10% discount on ANY painting!)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cattle Point, San Juan Islands

Also showing the frame, these are new to me and not my usual frames! Bear with me . . . this is at Cattle Point, part of the American Camp National Historic Park. The Americans held camp on the southern edge of the San Juan Islands. The question was if the islands were to be part of Canada or America, it was decided in 1872 that they went with America.  9" x 9" oil on treated paper, $150

Heading off to Lexington, VA for Thursday through Saturday for a Paint Out at Nelson Gallery. Stop by Saturday night for the opening if you can!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Young Hill View, San Juan Islands

Decided to show this in the frame that I have for it . . . This was painted on top of Young Hill part of the English Camp National Historic Park on San Juan Island. David hiked while I sat on the hill and painted. The island in the distance is part of Canada, Victoria is to the far left-hand side. 9" x 9" oil on treated paper, $150, framed.
Here is a different view from up on Young Hill that David took, looking towards the bay I painted.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Our Cottage, San Juan Island

A small painting of our little cottage we stayed in for six nights while on San Juan Island, our host was a couple who also rent out a B & B called the Longhouse, a site where the Salish Indians lived.
I painted on treated paper which made traveling easy, NFS.
A different view from where I painted from, but gives you an idea of the cottage.
Our view from the cottage out on Mitchell Bay.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

San Juan Islands, Washington

My husband and I had a fabulous trip to the San Juan Islands and then south of San Francisco to visit family. We had a great time and will post about a dozen paintings that I did throughout my trip. This is from the first cottage we stayed in which is at the end of Mitchell Bay on San Juan. This is one of the views from our cottage. Haven't figured out how to frame some of these yet, 7" x 14" oil on treated paper, $250

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Massanutten from Skyline Drive

View from Two Mile Run Overlook on Skyline Drive with the haze rising from below. 12" x 16" oil on canvas, in a gold frame, $300, is showing at C-ville Arts on the downtown mall for the month of September.

I want to thank everyone who was able to come to the Wintergreen show this past weekend, it was a great show! Also, I will be away for the next two weeks and will post once I come back, thanks.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

C-ville Arts

First Fridays: September 4
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery 118 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. “Four Seasons,” featuring plein air oil paintings by Meg West. 6-8pm.

En plein air, a French expression meaning open air, is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Artist Meg West prefers the form, the environmental immersion and challenge that comes with it. Living in Virginia, she says she benefits from being able to “breathe, see and experience the view large all around,” and see through eyes that want to recreate and express a sense of beauty. West maintains that it is the act of painting that is important, and says she enjoys the feeling of being connected to her environment and herself as well as her creation.
 First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts.

Come on out to help celebrate First Fridays with me!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

King Family Vineyards, Fall 2014, Crozet

Painted this from a photograph taken last fall looking east from the farm next door to King Family Vineyards. The farm is across the road from our house and this is the view we get when we walk to the pond after dinner. 24" x 30" oil on canvas framed, $775

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Winter's Light

Something cool on a hot First Day of September! This was painted from my window last February . . . I will take it to the Wintergreen Labor Day show this weekend, come by if you can!
22" x 28" oil on canvas, framed  $650

Monday, August 31, 2015

Re-posting Greenwood Barn, Rose Hill Farm

I changed enough of this painting to decide to re-post it . . . Started this in March, but once a new season starts, you must either work from memory or wait for the previous season to roll around again. All the bales where gone by the second time!
24" x 48" oil on canvas, framed $1,250. This painting will be up at Wintergreen this weekend for the Labor Day show, come by if you can . . .

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Buggs Island, NC

Thanks to my friend Beth White who let my friends and I stay for a few days at her house on Buggs Island last week. The beach in front of their place on the lake, great for swimming, kayaking and hanging out, thanks Beth!  12" x 24" oil on board. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Massanutten off Skyline Drive, VA

Painted last week with my friend Elizabeth, camped with our husbands and a friend, and got to paint for two days up on Skyline Drive! A passer-bye sent me this image afterwards, thanks you Matthew Hart from Allendale, MI.
8" x 24" oil on canvas, framed $250, will be taking this up to Wintergreen for the Labor Day show.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Animal Workshop, FUN!

I took an animal painting workshop this weekend with Nancy Bass @ Beverly Street Studio School in Staunton, and had a blast! Twelve students and we painted from photographs. I did a warm and cool painting of a deer, our neighbor's chicken, and a calf and a cow! (These are not quit done yet . . . ) I learned a lot, and will paint more animals when the weather turns bad this winter . . . check out Nancy's website

Friday, August 14, 2015

Old Rag Mountain, Skyline Drive

Painted Old Rag at Thorofare Mountain Overlook on Skyline Drive with my friend Elizabeth Sauder. We camped that night, with our husbands hiking while we painted. Got to see a few of the meteorites that evening . . . thanks guys for coming out to play!  24" x 48" oil on canvas, framed  $1,250. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

White Hall Bales, VA

Painted this about a month ago with Barbara, Chloe and Noaa on Maupin's property near Mount Moriah Methodist Church. I paint this field at least once a year and hope to get out again this fall. 24" x 48" oil on canvas, framed  $1,250  SOLD  Thanks Linda!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Highland County, VA

Sorry the photograph isn't better . . . this is for my friends Sharon and Rich from their view above the quarry in Blue Grass Valley, Highland County. 12" x 36" oil on canvas. Thanks guys!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Blue Ridge Overlook, Wintergreen, VA

I have been wanting to paint this panoramic painting from this spot, long and thin, for a while. I have painted up here several times, but I stretched this canvas with the Blue Ridge Overlook in mind. I want to thank Julie and David for letting me stay the night before hand, so I could get two days of painting done. Will be taking this painting to the Wintergreen Labor Day Show next month. 18" x 60" oil on canvas, framed,  $1,250.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Wintergreen View

Painted this two weeks ago for the Fisher's up at Wintergreen Resort from their condo, great view looking northeast. 24" x 36" oil on canvas. Thanks Greg & Frances!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Blue Ridge Parkway III, VA

I painted on the Blue Ridge Parkway last week and had a great time, I went back a second time to finish it up. I like lining up the painting with the mountains . . . the proportions are never the same in a photograph as when you are outside with the view. The first day the sky was brighter, so I stuck to that. Will take this to Wintergreen for the Labor Day Show, 24" x 48" oil on canvas, framed, $1,250.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Veritas Vineyards View, Afton, VA

This spring I painted at Veritas Vineyards in Afton with a few friends, but I don't have any photographs of us together, unfortunately. The mountain behind the vineyard is where Wintergreen Resort is with skiing in the winter months.  24" x 30" oil on canvas, framed, $775.