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20170918_165302While painting at Sanders’ Ranch on Monday I was joined by Marlys Bernal.  Marlys is one of the ladies that has horses at the ranch and she comes out to The Studio every few months to paint Pet Portraits.  She is a very good painter and has done some beautiful work with me but her favorite medium is watercolor.  I was happy that she came out to keep me company painting this week.  I was so involved in what I was painting that I didn’t pay attention to what she was working on  until the end of our session.  Imagine my surprise when she showed me her work….ME!  She painted me painting!  And I LOVE it!!!  I was thrilled that she gave the little watercolor sketch to me.  I’ll be hanging it with my collection of other “painters at work”.  (I have about a half dozen with this subject matter and I love them.)  Thanks so much Marlys.  I can’t wait to frame it up and get it on the wall.  Let’s get together soon and do this again.

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I had a few minutes to finish the Plein Air Sunflower paintings from Monday’s Paint Out at Burnside Sunflower Farms.  (Read about that here.) Today may be another Paint Out day.  We are planning to paint at Barrel Oak Winery.  Let’s hope we can make it.  Why not come paint with us?!

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Yesterday I got to paint at Burnside Sunflower Farm in Haymarket.  What a treat to get to paint in plein air.

The place was really busy since it was a holiday but it was still lots of fun.   Here are some scenes from the farm along with the paintings I started.  They are about 85% done and I’ll finish them in the studio this week.

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oxbow-farm-fieldI am excited to be going to a fundraiser this weekend for the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.  (Check out there good work here.)  And I was even more thrilled to be invited to donate a “Plein Air Private Session” as an auction item.

The event is going to be held at Oxbow Farm where I have painted in Plein Air many times thanks to the kind owner.  This painting is one I did several years ago while out for a day of painting sunflowers.  After painting the sunflowers (See it here) I turned around and this was the view.  I loved it too.  Actually there are no bad views there.  It’s beautiful.

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Lauren with 1st Plein Air PaintingOur Art Retreat to Whippoorwill Farm has ended and was a great success.  Ten of us went to practice our plein air skills.  Some were painting outdoors for the first time…and they did great.  Take a  look at Lauren with her first plein air painting.  She did a fabulous job.  She completed about 90 percent of it on location and then finished it up at class last night.  Beautiful work Lauren.  So glad you were able to go and experience plein air painting.

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We have a group of ten ladies at Whippoorwhil Farm on a creative retreat. It’s lovely here with loads of inspiration.  We’ll share more in the next few days.

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I painted this one yesterday as I enjoyed my vacation at the Shenandoah River State Park.  Beautiful here. Can’t wait to paint more.

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