Posts Tagged ‘West Virginia’


We painted beautiful silhouettes of Virginia and West Virginia last night and everyone’s turned out FABULOUS!!!  Look at the wonderful things you can do at The Studio!  Click here to see all the upcoming events.

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Farewell Little White House

After 8 1/2 years going to this little cabin in West Virginia we have given it up.  Now with the off-leash dog park here in town we don’t need to go to the cabin for the dogs to run off the leash.  It was a perfect relaxing little spot that I have loved. 

It was an amazing place to paint both inside and out around the farm.  I have many wonderful memories of days out painting with my dogs running around playing.  Today I will load the last of our things and bring them home.  Goodby Little White House.

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West Virginia Barn, oil, 11″x14″, available by contacting kwalker@kellywalkerstudios.com


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I grew up in Southeast Georgia.  It’s really low and flat there and our falls never had colors like we see here in Virginia.  My mother loved the colors so we always traveled to the “mountains” in the fall to enjoy the season.  We usually went to the Great Smokey Mountains.  The colors there are a lot like here. 

Several years ago Allen and I took his 90-year-old aunt, Honnie,  over to West Virginia to visit her other nephew at his mountain house.  This is the view from their deck.  Honnie called this painting “Scattered Rugs” (oil on canvas, 18″x24″).  And she wrote a poem about it.  I’ve searched everywhere for where I put the poem and when I find it I’ll post it here for you all to see.

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I passed this really neat looking barn on the way to Sassafras Farm a few weeks ago when I was in West Virginia.  I love the way it looks.  So we painted it last week in adult art class.  If you have ever thought about painting you should come join us on Wednesdays or Thursdays for class.  Click here for more information.

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Retreat Teachers

Many people enjoyed the hay ride, especially the kids.

 It was a fabulous weekend of new friends, good food, and creativity and learning.  I can’t wait til next year.  And to read more about the Retreat and life at Sassafras Farm check out www.chickensintheroad.com .

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Even though I taught nine hours each day at the Retreat I did find a little time one morning to paint a little scene in Plein-air.  This lovely little scene was right behind my cabin.

Here is the progress I made in about an hour.

And here is the final painting, Camp Shepherd Morning, oil on canvas panel, 8″x10″, framed and available for $195.

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We had three gourd painting classes at the retreat with the attendees creating wonderful works of art on the gourd. 

Cleaning out the guts

First we cleaned gourds.  Then we painted them.    Then we showed them off!  

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Andrea, Jessica and Tom

Krista, Sam, Judy, Beth and Krysta

The 2nd Annual Chickens in the Road Retreat

Heather, Nancy, Karin and Bill

was held this weekend at Camp Shepherd in West Virginia.  (Remember the painting of the chickens I did for a poster a few months back.  See it here.)  There were a multitude of workshops to choose from where attendees learned everything from painting to cheesemaking to container gardening to apron making and much, much more. There was  a diverse group of life-long learners there taking it all in.  And they were from all over the United States and even one from Canada! I taught six classes – three for Canvas Painting and three for Gourd Painting.  Most of the students shown here had never painted.  And didn’t they do a TERRIFIC job.  It was so nice being with all the attendees and helping them develop new talents.  Tomorrow we will look at the Gourd Painters! 

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Having visited Sassafras Farm last week put me in the mood to add to my “Farm Animal” series.  I took loads of new photos to work from so I will get started on those very soon.

Here is “Mr. Hyde”, an oil painting on canvas, measuring 8″x6″, that I painted from a previous trip there.  This painting, along with others in the “Farm Animal” series is available at Delilah’s on Main Street in Front Royal.

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