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Archive for January, 2014

CAM05894CAM05881Some days it’s about the snow.  The last several days there has been snow on the ground and frigid cold weather.  Yesterday the thermometer said 1 degree when I got up.  This morning it’s 7!  We often experience cold weather here in Virginia in the winter time but not cold like this.  It makes it difficult to do anything outside.  But I ventured out to take a few snow photos for reference.  Here are a couple from downtown.

Stay safe and warm.

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CAM05858-1Just completed this Phillies logo for a big fan.

It is an acrylic on canvas measuring 6″x6″.

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Resolved to Paint?

Paint Your Pet Workshop paintersDid you make a New Year’s resolution?  Was it to try something new and different?  Or to learn to do something new?  How about painting?  Why not join us at one of the art classes at the Blue Ridge Arts Council.  We have adult painting classes each week on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.  The great thing about these classes is that there is no pressure.  You can be an absolute beginner or an advanced painter and still fit right in with our groups.  Everyone works at their own pace.

Jan and The Mermaid

Jan and The Mermaid

Come join us for the fun.  Learn more about art classes here or contact kwalker@doubledogdesigns.com to register.  And come create a masterpiece of your own!

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Art Where You Find It

1524699_10201230357068232_550420297_nOver the past several years I have posted about finding art in unusual places.  Look around.  You see it everywhere…businesses, restaurants, homes, shops, museums, billboards, etc.  But this week in my neighborhood we saw some special art.  Almost everyday while walking my dogs, especially when we go to the dog park, I post on Facebook a photo of them “checking the Pee mail”.  One of my neighbors granddaughter made an art sign that they posted by the fire hydrant in their front yard.  It says, ” Public Restroom – All Dogs Welcome – Pee Mail Stop – Woof Woof”.

This is the best kind of art.  You gotta love it!!!

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Nimrod Hall

Nimrod Hall

One way that artists develop and improve their skills is by taking art workshops.  There are some really good ones available all around the United States and one nearby is a summer artist’s colony at Nimrod Hall in Virginia that has been going on for almost 30 years.   From their website, “Nimrod Hall is the sort of beautiful, rambling house that only time can build. Originally built in 1783, the main house consisted of little more than a two-story log cabin, and legend has that it was built as a stagecoach stop. Run for over one hundred years as a summer resort for people from all over the country, Nimrod Hall has a hotel register dating back to the turn of the century.”

I haven’t been to this one yet but have heard great things about it.  I am hoping this is the year I make it.  Here is the link to their site where you can learn more about their offerings this summer.

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Paint Your Pet Workshop Jan 18

January 2014 Paint Your Pet Portrait Party

Yesterday afternoon we had another “Paint Your Pet’s Portrait” Party at the Blue Ridge Arts Council and the painters made wonderful renditions of their pets!  Just take a look.  And a couple of these folks have never painted before.  Can you believe it???!!!

 

Sophie

Sophie

Ashton

Ashton

After class I got to play with a couple of the “subjects” and they posed with their portraits.  Could they be any cuter?  This is Ashton and Sophie.

When are you going to join us?  The next “Paint Your Pet’s Portrait” Party is scheduled for February 15th at 3 p.m.  Be sure to contact me and sign up early and the class fills fast.  See you then.

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Tea Bag on Purple

Tea Bag on Purple

 Tea Bag on Purple, acrylic, 6″x6″

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