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Step 1 -Sketch

Step 1 -Sketch

Step 2 - Sky and Distance

Step 2 – Sky and Distance

Step 3 - Middle Ground

Step 3 – Middle Ground

Step 4 Establish Foreground

Step 4 Establish Foreground

Step 5- Finish

Step 5- Finish

Last Thursday  and Friday while working at Delilah’s I painted on the front  porch.  I love painting outside on beautiful days and Thursday and Friday were lovely.  And it’s fun to talk to all the people who come by and stop to see what I am doing.  I took several photos while I worked so you can see the progress of this painting.  Virginia Vineyard View is an acrylic on canvas measuring 16″x20″ and will be available at Winding Road Cellars soon. (UPDATE:  This painting SOLD…even before it made it to the winery.  WooHoo!)

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Safeco Field Seattle Mariners

Safeco Field
Seattle Mariners

Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariner’s, is another of the domed baseball fields but Safeco has  a retractable roof that when closed forms an “umbrella”.  So while it is closed and shields the inside from rain it still feels very open and the view is unobscured.

This is number 27 in the series of 30.  We are getting close to the end of the series and preparing for the opening of the Painted Diamonds Exhibit that will be held at the Blue Ridge Arts Council on Main Street in Front Royal on October 23rd from 6-8 pm.

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Peebles Painting 5Earlier this week I wrote about painting at Pebbles last Saturday.  (Read about it here.)  I finally got a few minutes to touch up the painting and get it closer to a finished work.  Here it is.  I have been invited to hang my work at a new winery in Hume, Winding Road Cellars so I am working on some vineyard scenes for that.  I hope to take them out there next week.

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Kids VineyardLogan and Ethan did a great job yesterday in the Kid’s Art Class painting a beautiful view of a Shenandoah Valley vineyard.  Super!

If you have a young person, ages 7-13 that is interested in painting contact kwalker@doubledogdesigns.com and sign them up for a painting class.  It’s a great way for them to learn about color mixing and composition in a fun and productive environment.  And just look at the wonderful art they have at the end of each class!

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My art students will appreciate this one.  During my art classes I try to give my students tips to help them be better painters and sometimes those tips are not just about how to put a brush to canvas.  They also include things about supplies and caring for equipment.  The one thing I say the more than any other involves leaving brushes is solution.  It is one of my biggest pet peeves.  NEVER leave a brush standing in turpentine or water even for a few minutes.  It bends the tips and ruins the brush.  It is so much better to swirl the brush in the solvent and then lay it flat until you pick it up to use again.  And when finish with your painting session clean your brushes well with brush soap and again, lay them flat to dry.  Taking care of your equipment is part of painting.  If you clean your brushes after each session they will last a long time.

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Carley, my helper

Carley, my helper

Doing Grandma's make-up

Doing Grandma’s make-up

Making progress

Making progress

Adding the wine

Adding the wine

Putting in details

Putting in details

I get invited to paint at special events from time to time.  A good friend of mine is manager at Peebles here in town and invited me to paint there for a special promotion they were doing last spring.  They had me back this weekend.  I painted a larger version of a small painting (Virginia WIne I, see it here) that I did a few weeks ago and I enlisted a helper.  Often, when painting on location, I invite kids to “help” me.  And usually they jump right in.  This little girl was  so much fun.  She helped me paint for a while and then she did her grandmothers make-up at a table they had set-up for people to try out some new things.  Adorable.

Virginia Wine II, is acrylic on canvas, 18″x24″ and is almost finished.  I still have a little more to do to it but we got a great deal done at the event.

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Pat with her painting

Pat with her painting

Reference photo of dog

Reference photo of dog

Several months ago Pat came to class excited about this dog she had met recently at her family reunion.  She said it was the prettiest dog she had ever seen.  “It’s pretty as a cow!”, she said.  🙂  That’s high praise from Pat – she loves cows!  Here is the beautiful painting she just completed in art class of this pretty dog.  Great job Pat!

 

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