Archive for October, 2009

Happy Halloween

Truman PumpkinJed GhostTruman and Jed wish you all a Happy Halloween.

There  is a special event for kids for Halloween downtown in Front Royal tonight so we will be at Delilah’s handing out candy.  Come see us!

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Fall Splendor IFall Splendor I is an oil on canvas panel measuring 8×10.  You can see it at Delilah’s on Main Street in Front Royal, Virginia.  It is available for $225 framed. 

Today I am taking about 30 paintings over to Philip Carter Winery in Hume to hang for a show for which they have invited me.  I am excited because it is a beautiful facility.  You may recall that I painted out there a couple of days this summer. 

As soon as the show is up and we decide what day to hold the opening reception you will all be invited to come.

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Computer Problems

I have been having computer problems for several days now.  The repair man came and took it away today.  Oh no!!!  Hopefully it will be back tomorrow.  Keep your fingers crossed…..

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Boo’s Birthday

Miss BooYesterday would have been Boo’s birthday.  She was a wonderful rescue shepherd who lived with us for a short time at the end of her life.  She was 12 when she came to us.  She was an elegant old girl who brought much joy to our lives in the limited time that we had her.

We were lucky that she “found us”!  And we loved her very much.

She left us in April 2004.  It’s hard to believe that it has been five years since she was here. 



White Shep

This is a  painting of Boo that I have in my living room.  I see her every day and am grateful for the time we had with her.

As a tribute to her I would encourage anyone thinking of adopting a pet to consider a senior.  Older pets need good homes and they are often the best pet to bring into a busy household because they don’t need housebreaking and training.  They just need love and companionship….and they give all of that and more back to you.  Think about it. 

We miss you Boo.

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Charlee's self portraitOne of my private students, Charlee, had a school project of a self-portrait to do.  So we worked on it last night at her art lesson.  I think she did an excellent job.  She had to do the work herself.  So I helped with paint color suggestions to mix, etc.

She was excited with the finished painting and I was too!  I hope her school likes it too!  Good job Charlee.

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In WIndow 3October is Adopt a Dog Month and Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.  You know how I feel about this subject.  I don’t know how people exist without a dog in their lives but that’s just me.  🙂

This is Jed.  He was a shelter dog in Ohio before he came to live with us in January of this year.  We found him on www.petfinder.com , a terrific website that helps animals find new homes. 



Miss Boo 

This beautiful white shepherd was Miss Boo.  She came to us from the Julia Wagner Animal Shelter here in Front Royal several years ago.  She was an old girl (12 years old) when we got her and while she didn’t live forever, we know her last two years of life were great.  And that makes us feel good to know that we did something good for her. 




Rosie Close-upRosie was a rescue that we adopted from Col. Potter Cairn Rescue, www.cairnrescue.com , another great organization doing wonderful things for these babies.  She was a puppymill rescue and it took her quite a long time to get used to living the good life.  But once she did she was such a joy to be around.

Col Potter Rescue’s motto is “Rescuing one dog won’t change the entire world but it will chance the entire world for that one dog.”     I love that!





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jeffie at Cabin Sept 06And Jeffie was a beautiful rescue that came from Second Chance Rescue in Raleigh, NC.  www.secondchancenc.com

He was the sweetest dog I have ever had and was a great buddy to Truman.

I am posting these photos because 1) I love all of these babies, and 2) I hope that someone will be inspired to rescue a dog during Adopt a Dog month.

There are so many animals out there in need of good homes.  The next time you are looking to add a pet to your family I hope you will go to Petfinder and adopt an animal in need instead of going to a pet store and buying one that was bred in a puppymill.  The rescue dog will repay you many times over with love, loyalty and devotion.

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A Live Statue

Michigan Live Statue 2While I was in Michigan a few weeks ago I went to a little festival to check out the arts and crafts booths.  But one of the fascinating things that I saw was a live statue. 

There were students there posing at various locations.  This girl was by far the best.  She never moved a muscle.  She stayed in this pose for at least 15 minutes and then she repositioned and posed again for I don’t know how long because I finally gave up and walked on. 





Michigan Live Statue 1It was so interesting to see….especially to see the expressions on kids faces when she did finally move.  They didn’t think she was real and they jumped when she moved.

Dogs sniffed her and she didn’t blink.  People talked to her and she didn’t move.  Cameras flashed and she ignored them.  She was good.  🙂

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Lemon underpaintingLast Wednesday night at Art Class we worked on an acrylic underpainting of a lemon.  Instead of oil paint we used acrylic paint and only using black and white we painted the shading that we saw of the lemon.





Lemon glazed painting

Last night at Art Class, with the underpainting of dry from last week, we glazed over the acrylic paint with an oil paint and a blending medium to add color to our lemon.  This is a technique that many painters use to get shading into their works.  It sometimes makes it easier for students to see the subtle differences in shades and tones.

The Lemon measures 5″x7″ on canvas panel and is available for $45 by contacting me at kwalker@doubledogdesigns.com .


KellyWalker SmallThe final 3rd Thursday Art Walk of the season is tonight from 5 – 8 p.m. in downtown Front Royal.  Be sure to come out and enjoy some refreshments and see the artist demonstrating.  Delilah’s will have a tent sale as well as demonstrations.  And I believe there will be pumpkin carving demonstrations at the Blue Ridge Arts Council.  Just in time for the season!  Come join us.  We’ll look forward to seeing you.

(That’s me painting during a 3rd Thursday Art Walk.  I was working on an abstract and I think I may have been channeling Jackson Pollack at the time!  🙂  )

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Susan's Weeping CherrySusan’s Weeping Cherry Tree is an oil on canvas measuring 16″x20″.  I was commissioned by one of my very best collectors to do this painting of the tree in front of her house.  So a few weeks ago I went out to her beautiful home and took some photos of the tree.  Of course, it wasn’t blooming at the time so I had to be a little creative with the painting.  That is the great thing about painting, you can put in or leave out whatever you want to when you are working with a photo.



Susan's Weeping CherryThis is the reference photo that I used for Susan’ painting. 

I delivered the painting to her last night and she liked it very much.  Yeah!!!

I’m always thrilled when someone buys more than one of my paintings.  Having collectors who love your work is a tremendous boost for any artist.   Thanks Susan!!!

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Kelly painting at festivalThe Festival of Leaves in Front Royal was Saturday and we had a good time despite the yucky weather in the morning.  As the day went on the weather got better.  I set up the tent and painted outside of Delilah’s.  (Thanks to Sandy Patterson, a terrific photographer who has beautiful work at Delilah’s, for taking this photo.)





 Festival Booth 1

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to watch me paint and to visit with me.  I appreciate all the nice comments about my art. 

Also, thanks to everyone who registered to win the Free Art Lesson.  And don’t forget that we have classes at the Blue Ridge Arts Council on Wednesdays at 5 p.m.  We’d love for you to join us.  Just contact me at kwalker@doubledogdesigns.com if you have any questions about classes.




Strasburg Rotary Demo Fall VersionI completed this painting during the festival.  It is a fall version of the painting that I did a few weeks ago for the Strasburg Rotary Club.  Fall offers many colors to put into paintings.  It really brightens everything up!



Strasburg Rotary Demo completedThis is the original version of the painting.

Both paintings are available for purchase.  They measure 8″x16″ and are oil paintings on canvas panel.


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