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“Jump down turn around pick a bale of cotton; Jump down turn around pick a bale a day.”  Traveling along you never know what you will see that will make great paintings.  Always snap a photo or two because you just don’t know when you’ll need it to use for a painting.  On my trip home from Raleigh last weekend I saw many, many fields of cotton.  I had to stop and get a photo of a few.  (The lyrics above are from an old folk song that I kept singing while we driving back as we passed the fields.  My traveling companions had never hear so here it is in an original version by Leadbelly….a great old folk song.  Listen here. It’s only a few minutes…worth listening.)

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20171111_061249-2451468679.jpgI took a class last night at Art in the Carolinas in Raleigh.

Sean Dye taught us how to make “Intriguing Interiors” paintings in pastel.  It was fun to try something new.

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20171104_1153341554298602.jpgI drove over to the Old Luckett’s Store for their Fall Festival this morning.  The drive was beautiful.  I like to take little backroads and see what I can see.  Today it was a beautiful view with these llamas in the field.  We live in a lovely part of the country.  And Luckett’s was fun too!

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Walking around the show at Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair we saw so many interesting things…and great ideas.  And the funny thing is we went all the way to Asheville only to find the best new idea by an artist from our own town – Front Royal.  Melissa Yoder Ricks with Wild Hair Fiber Studio had this interesting loom to make these terrific pieces of weaving that can be incorporated into hats, sweaters, etc.  I loved them.  I’ll be experimenting with it soon. Check Melissa out here.

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Yesterday we drove to Asheville for the Southeastern Animal and Fiber Festival. We’re going to learn new skills.  The colors weren’t as brilliant as I expected but still nice.   More on the festival tomorrow.

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We have been following along with the group that created the film “Loving Vincent” for several years now and finally yesterday we SAW it!  It is an amazing film.  Many artists painted for several years to created the 65,000 painted frames that made up the film.  They painted 853 shots in the film.  They began by painting a scene on canvas and then continued to paint over it as each frame was shot in order to make the painting “move and come to life”.  WOW!

20171017_060008.jpgHere’s what their website says about the film:  “Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted film.  We painted over 65,000 frames on over 1,000 canvases. We shot the film with actors, and literally painted over it frame by frame. This is a very laborious and time-consuming process. It has taken us 4 years to develop the technique, and it took us over 2 years with a team of over 100 painters working at studios in the Polish cities of Gdansk and Wroclaw, and a studio in Athens to complete the film.
 
The reason we made the film is not because we want to be the first, or that we want to set any records, it is because we believe that you cannot truly tell Vincent’s story without his paintings, so we needed to bring his paintings to life.”

If you appreciate Van Gogh’s art you MUST go see the film.  Watching his paintings move…come to life is amazing.  For those in our area it is playing at The Avalon in DC, where we went yesterday to see it but it will be opening in Winchester at The Alamo on October 27th.  Go see it!  There is a lot of information on the production’s website.  Take a look.

(The photos above are an exterior shot of the Avalon Theatre on Connecticut Avenue in DC and the poster outside the door.  There is also a photo of the group from The Studio who went to see the film yesterday.  The final two photos are the ceiling inside the theatre at The Avalon and a shot of a advertising banner about Loving Vincent.)

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Our final day of instructing at Capon Springs saw us working with Palette Knives.  Everyone was game to give it a try and we had fun creating some wonderful art.  Then we finally got a little time to relax and enjoyed a soak in the mineral waters at the spa.  What a treat….especially with a little Epson Salt thrown in to help the old arthritic knees.  We spent time at the Fish Pond and wandering around taking photos of this magical place and ended with the traditional weekly Bingo game. (I didn’t win.)

What a fun day!  If you get an opportunity (or you should make one) to come out to Capon Springs Resort and Farm you should jump at the chance.  It is an amazing place that is such a gift to enjoy.  Plan to come join us for the Spring Artist Retreat on May 20-24, 2018.  It will be a good excuse for you to get away and to discover all that Capon Springs has to offer!

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