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Blue Ridge Impressions: Brush and Knife Paintings

This is one of my favorite places to paint plein air at Bass Lake in Blowing Rock, NC.  The view is spectacular and there’s plenty of shade.  In fact, Bass Lake has so many wonderful places to paint that I never run out of options.  You’ll run into lots of other painters there — as well as runners, walkers, hikers, fishermen, horseback riders, and lots of other lovely people.

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have a show this summer with my paintings from the Blowing Rock area.   “Blue Ridge Impressions: Brush and Knife” will open July 17th and run through July 27th at Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery.  The reception is July 22nd from 5-8 pm.

The show will include lots of views of Grandfather Mountain, Cone Manor area, Bass Lake, Trout Lake, Price Lake and other landscapes from the area.  I’ve had such a great time exploring some new areas to paint while preparing for this show.  The views from Grandfather are so spectacular.  I even painted on top looking at the Mile High bridge.  I had to paint with one hand on my easel the whole time because of the wind!

Thank you to Tim and Alex at the Gallery for being so supportive!  I so appreciate the opportunity! And I am so grateful for my patient husband, Michael, who’s been my cheerleader all along and picked up the slack while I was frantically trying to get paintings done for the show!!!

Hope you can join us on the 22nd!!!


Spring Morning Red Maples (Or Painting in my Pajamas)

Oil painting, painting trees, capturing light in painting, painting in my pajamas

Plein Air painting — beautiful light over the trees

This painting “happened” one morning when I was having my morning coffee outside.  I also happened to have a brand new plein air easel which I just love!  So I looked across the road and saw the light coming over the trees, over new dogwoods and a stunning red maple.  That’s where my husband found me an hour later — in my pajamas— painting away.  Using a palette knife a lot these days.  It forces me not to get caught in details that are unnecessary (sometimes).  Still I vascillate back and forth between brush and knife.  Constantly experimenting. Sometimes fun and sometimes discouraging.  This was a fun one!