Evening at my friend Julia’s place in Blacksburg, Virginia.
A green summer meadow on a farm in Blacksburg, Virginia. The cows are just over the hill.
I used to bike to work through the Virginia Tech farms in Blacksburg. It’s a hilly, green town- and this spot along my bike commute always grew a giant mud puddle after rain. Made quite the mess to bike through it, which I enjoyed!
This is one of the last of the plein air paintings from our recent trip to Blacksburg, Virginia, though there are a couple more that need polishing. Most days the weather was cool if not cold and gray, which I liked, at least in small doses.
Most every day in Virginia, it rained. But not this day, which was sunny and beautiful. I just finished this small studio painting last night, on the Huckleberry Trail in Blacksburg, VA.
*** Hurricane Relief Fundraiser ***
Some of you probably already saw this, but I’d like to donate money to an animal welfare organization in New York City to help with their storm relief efforts. I’m auctioning this painting, and all of the proceeds will go to Empty Cages Collective. You can read more about my effort on this blog post. And thanks again.
A rainy day in Virginia, with the trees beginning to burst with autumn color and the silos veiled in mist over the hill.
A rainy day in Virginia, with the trees beginning to burst with autumn color. We just got back from a visit to see friends and family in the area. It didn’t rain every day, but it rained most days. I enjoyed painting outside in the wet and cold.
This is a hill outside Blacksburg, Virginia, in the New River Valley. I lived here for about five years, first working at Virginia Tech and then completing a MFA degree in painting.
It’s a wonderfully scenic place, with farms and forests and old white farmhouses with red tin roofs. This is in the Blue Ridge, which really is blue as the mountains step off into the distance.
You can just walk out the front door and be in a great painting.