Trisha Adams Workshop

On Saturday, I stopped by Trisha Adams' workshop in Herndon on Color, Composition and Clarity. The students, having braved the freezing rain benefited from their dedication to art. In addition to a short painting demo, Trisha also gave a wonderful powerpoint supported talk on color handling to create a pleasing and harmonious effect in your paintings.

She suggested an exercise that any one of us would find beneficial: Spend time mixing complements of unusual colors. For example, if you find a lovely but muted grey violet, figure out how to mix that color's complement in the same value.

Trisha explained that this not only helps you to create pleasing images by pulling together colors that love each other but also helps artists create vibration in a painting when complements of the same value are juxtoposed in a painting.

Another great tip was to play around with this tool if you are trying to come up with a color scheme for a painting - ColorSchemeDesigner


Trisha is full of useful advice ... for more, take her next workshop.



Expressions Portrait Competition 2011

The finalists have been selected for this year's expressions portrait competition sponsored by the Council for the Arts of Herndon. 

The exhibit opening reception will be held on November 5th 2011 7:00 at ArtSpace Herndon. I look forward to being there to hear the Judge talk about his decision process. 



Thanks to Broadway Gallery for finding a loving home for this painting.


Congratulations to my friend Trisha Adams on her recent delivery of commission artworks to the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner Virginia. Trisha's work has been getting more recognition recently and I think she's an artist worth following.


In addition to this commission, recent awards and other exhibits, Trisha has also been invited to teach one of her workshops in Buck's County and is in good company among some wonderful Plein Air teachers.  http://buckscountyartworkshops.com/weeklong.htm


Broadway Gallery Exhibit November 12th - December 10th

Broadway Gallery Presents, “Back To Nature – Paintings From Life”, An Exhibition And Artist Demonstration, Featuring The Landscape And Still Life Paintings Of Local Artists, Christine Lashley And Trisha Cherrington Ratliff.

Show dates: Saturday, November 12 - December 10, 2011
Address: 5641-B General Washington Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 Phone: 703-354-2905. 

Phone: 703-354-2905

Reception: Saturday, November 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Artists’ talk/demonstrations: Saturday, November 12 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with drawing demo by Trisha Ratliff and painting demo by Christine Lashley. Artist reception will feature wines from Paradise Springs Winery located in Clifton, Virginia. Gallery 

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (October 11, 2011) - Don’t miss the opening of Broadway Gallery’s, “Back to Nature – Paintings from Life” exhibit featuring the new paintings of local artists and instructors, Christine Lashley and Tricia Cherrington Ratliff.  This event is free and open to the public.
Both artists return to their love of nature with an exhibition of landscape and still life paintings that range from beautiful impressionistic landscapes of Virginia and the Potomac River to expressive compositions of fresh fruit and flowers. A common talent that both artists share is their keen ability to paint from life. Through the direct observation and study of their subjects, both artists capture a special “realness” in their paintings that leave a lasting impression on the viewer. Painting life’s memories and experiences are also uniting themes in this show which are conveyed through the artist’s choice of subject matter and painting techniques.

Working in oil and watercolor, Christine Lashley loves to paint outdoors capturing fleeting light patterns and atmospheric conditions on-site. “Mother Nature is the best teacher,” Christine says. “I like to paint on location, not only to observe the scene, but to convey the intangible elements that a camera cannot capture: my feelings and emotions. The painting process then becomes an interactive one with the subject, as the scene is always changing.”  With bold color, Christine paints the immediacy of the moment, rendering her images with wet-on-wet painting techniques and flickering brushstrokes. Although realism is important in her work, creating the mood and atmosphere in a piece is essential.

As a still life oil painter, Tricia Ratliff is particularly interested in capturing the cycle of life. Therefore, painting from life not only means painting from the direct observation of the scene before her but also bringing themes from life experience to play. She says, “By combining fresh living items or organic objects with aged items, I use composition to contemplate the balance between embracing the present, remembering the past, and my own hope of leaving something for the future.” Her still life compositions are purposeful and inviting. By combining traditional painting methods with contemporary colorist techniques to capture intended moods, Tricia draws the viewer into quiet spaces that are satisfying and tangible.

Broadway Gallery is family owned and operated and is a complete art service that has been providing quality fine art and custom picture framing services to the Washington, D.C. area since 1978. The gallery is located inside the capitol beltway off Edsall Road.


Double Sneak Peek - Our Studios

Christine Lashley and I are preparing for our upcoming exhibit which opens next month. We'll both be giving demonstrations at the reception on Saturday November 12th 4:00-7:00 PM at Broadway Gallery.

After a day of painting together outside, Christine was kind enough to host me for lunch, conversation and a studio visit to see what's "on the easel". Take a look. Here are photos of the work on her easel and mine! All of these paintings are unfinished. To see the finished paintings, come to the exhibit!

Christine Lashley's latest landscape in progress!

Landscape in process on Tricia Ratliff's Easel