The Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail is a popular outdoor trail here in Northern Virginia that runs a length of 45 miles, from Purcellville in western Loudoun County to urban Arlington, VA, close to Washington, DC! It’s popular for outdoor exercise nowadays, from biking to running to walking. In the past, it was used as a railroad, from 1859 to 1968!
Description of Painting
This painting has a hand-drawn map at the top, done with ink and acrylic paint markers. In the middle are the words “W&OD Trail”, painted with acrylic paint. Below this are representations of both the current uses of the trail, as well as remnants of the historical past of the trail, when it used to be a railway. These representations include a sign that says “Serving Northern Virginia” painted onto the side of a passenger train, as well as railroad tracks below the walking, jogging and biking figures! It is painted on a hand-constructed organic cotton canvas made with 1.5″ heavy-duty FSC-wood stretcher bars and an all-natural limestone powder and marble dust gesso.
Just a few weeks ago, I completed a 4th mural painting at the Lost Rhino Retreat restaurant in the Brambleton neighborhood of Ashburn! It’s an honor to be trusted to paint on a large-scale in such a public setting. They have great American fare and live music every Friday evening. Here is a photo of a close-up of the latest mural:
This painting was a collage that I created based on a number of photos that they allowed me to take of the kitchen staff. These guys get busy back there around dinner time!
Here’s a few photos of all of the murals in the room:
Recently I had the pleasure to paint a commissioned painting of the barn located in the One Loudoun neighborhood. It’s painted on an 11″ x 14″ linen canvas, with oil, gouache and acrylic paints, and a tad bit of black ink!
To read about the history of the barn that this barn was modeled after, here is an article about it on loudountimes.com from a few years ago.
This evening from 6-8pm is my Fine Art Exhibit here in Ashburn. It is free to attend and open to the public! Located at The Barn at One Loudoun, there will be live music from Eli Lev, a fashion show from Boho Nation, and food/drinks, with 10 original paintings & drawings on display and available for purchase. Come on out for a good time!
Getting close to finishing this painting! After the paint for the trees dries up (still need to finish the trees on the left-hand side), I’ll add in the foliage. This painting will be a part of the One Loudoun Spring Fine Art Exhibit on May 19th in Ashburn. Painted on Green Artist Canvas.
This is an oil painting work-in-progress for the One Loudoun Fine Art Exhibit on May 19th from 6-8pm! Exchange Street is the main street that runs through the One Loudoun neighborhood here in Ashburn, Virginia.
Recently I had the enjoyment of painting enhancements to a residential mural in Leesburg. This mural was originally painted around 17 years ago! The homeowner wanted me to improve the appearance of the willow tree so that it resembled a willow tree more, and re-paint the cardinal bird up top. So the tricks were to keep the style of the original artist and mix the colors well enough to blend in with the original painting. Here is a ‘before’ photo:
A few weeks ago I mostly finished the forest friends mural painting in my son’s bedroom, although I still plan on adding a stream of water in when I get a chance.
I took this picture a few weeks ago when my son was in the room with me and grabbed a paintbrush so that he could also paint!
Here are a couple of other shots of the mural, complete with smiling animals like an owl, cardinal bird, deer and fox, with a sparrow bird, squirrel, butterflies, a mother dove flying over to her 2 babies in a nest, and a little boy running with a kite in his hand. Right before my wife and I found out she was pregnant with our 2nd son, two doves had set up a nest outside of our kitchen door and laid eggs for 2 babies that hatched over the course of the next month! So I had to include that in the painting.
I’ll post a few more photos after I add in the stream of water, and hopefully get some better lighting to see the color and detail a bit better.
This portrait drawing was given to celebrate the Dad’s college graduation! The photo that the drawing is based on was taken at his thesis presentation, where he proudly holds his newborn son. This drawing is an 8″ x 10″ on paper, drawn with artist graphite pencils.