Thursday, August 22, 2019

Journal - Silver Penny II


Journal - "Silver Penny II" - The motorhome we travel in - The house we built in upstate NC in the middle of 5 acres, we called "Silver Penny." That line is from an old children's poem that goes "You must have a Silver Penny to get into Fairyland." I found one and wore it in my shoe when Charles and I married. Our home was for us, our Silver Penny. Since selling that house and moving to the coast, our motorhome, used to finally travel the states as we once dreamed we would visit, has become our "Silver Penny II." And it has already, brought us to many different 'fairylands.'

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Journal - VA Barn


Journal - I love barns -- especially OLD barns ... no matter where they are! We came across this barn on one of our treks through the backroads of the Shenandoah Valley .. Even overgrown with foliage -- I couldn't help but stop to admire the silent stories it still holds.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Journal - White Oak Lavender Farm


Journal - On our last day in Shenandoah, we visited The White Oak Lavender Farm -- lavender ice cream, body products - even wine -- and yes, EVERYTHING purple - including the barn. I painted this quickly while I sat in the Gazebo before the tour arrived.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Journal - Amish Buggy


Journal - Amish Buggy - We saw so many of these while we were in Lancaster, but we were often traveling as well and just couldn't capture them in a photograph. However, when we visited one of the farms, we found this one in the garage while the horses that would pull it were grazing in the fields.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Journal - Backyard Music


Journal - On one of our last journeys around Shenandoah, we visited several farmstands. On the way to our camp, we took the back roads and went through another small town - Mt. Jackson. Charles spotted a sign for 'Backyard Music." As a muscian, he is always interested in local offerings. We found where the band was setting up, and Charles chatted with them. We returned later to listen to their wonderful bluegrass and country music! It was a soft, warm night and we were accompanied by children, adults and many of the 'regulars.' As the group sang, I sketched them. They came over to us later, introduced all the players, gave us one of their Cds ... and I promised them this finished sketch (added color when we got back). Turns out the lead female is also an art teacher ... so I was doubly pleased that she liked my rendition of the group. Fresh fruit and vegetables from a local market, an unexpected pleasant evening of music and new friends, a discovered hay field and barn -- all unexpected gifts of our trip.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Journal - The Mill - Edinburg, VA


Journal - The Mill, Edinburg, VA - In the small town where we stayed during our visit to Shenandoah, there was an historic mill - "The Mill" - which housed artifacts of the town - 3 floors filled to the brim with everything from wagons to stills, to bedrooms, to hospital equipment -- and included a documentary about the burning of the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. It was FABULOUS! Both Charles and I took dozens and dozens of photographs. Yet when we got back to the motorhome and downloaded our photos -- the entire batch from the 2nd floor was MISSING. I thought it was only my phone, but no, it was Charles' too! Very strange. There was a story about a 'ghost' that haunted the Mill .... so one has to wonder! LOL I returned a few days later and was able to capture the photos that were missing ... and had a chance to sketch this "Sheller" - (from the 3rd floor! LOL)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Journal - Bitty and Beau's


Journal - Urban Sketchers of Wilmington -- Our group met today at Bitty and Beau's Coffee Shop -- I arrived early and sat in the parking lot and sketched the outside of the building while waiting for the group to arrive. Great day!