A House in Richmond, Virginia, 24x18 Acrylic Stretched Canvas (SOLD)

Painting Name:

SKU: 04BH21ACG
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 24x18 Gallery Wrapped Stretched Canvas
Price: SOLD
Edition Year: 2021
Commissioned? Yes

What Brought About this Painting?
My neighbor commissioned this painting from me and asked for some specific things to emphasize in the artwork. 

The flower "boxes" needed to have coleus in it, the yellowish "painting" (HA! A painting of a painting!) needed to be clearly visible as it has family implications and the "Welcome" sign needed to be visible. (Thank God for a zoom feature, I thought they were birds on the welcome sign, but they were cats.)

She also preferred a "summer-time" view of the house although photo of the house was taken in the VERY early spring. A good thing, because the Google Earth ground view of the house must have been taken last summer when the tree was in FULL bloom and you could barely see the house for the tree and shadows!

So, artistic license is a marvelous thing, I took to bending time and space and added the "summer-look" of the full tree, but left the house clearly visible.

This is the painting here: 


And the photos of the house that I was working from are below:




Anyone familiar with the older part of Richmond, Virginia is well aware of these great old houses and all the great and not so great features that can be found in many of them. As you can see, there is barely any space between them, but oh, the personality and character found! I've always called them - all the nooks and crannies. 

Nonetheless, all those great trees that line the streets are a part of their personalities...as well as occasionally eating the sidewalks.

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Upcoming Art Event: Sunshine Ridge Farm Winery May 25 Through June 29, 2021

Art Show at Sunshine Ridge Farm Winery

Location: 15850 Sunshine Ridge Lane, Gainesville, VA 20155
Dates: May 25 through June 29, 2021

Recently in PWAS (Prince William Art Society), we were asked if we wanted to participate in an art exhibition taking place at Sunshine Ridge Farm Winery in Gainesville. We were asked to submit 5 of our best works and they would be "juried". This meant that there was a third party person that would select the artwork that would be displayed. 

The only stipulation was that they preferred larger artwork, nothing under 12 inches on it's smallest edge. I submitted my entrees and we were notified Friday, May 7, 2021 if we were selected, and which piece(s).

Gratefully, 4 out of 5 of my pieces were selected!

These are the 4 paintings selected to show:


"No One Can Teach Riding So Well as a Horse" 18 by 24


"Saltwater Aquarium" 16 by 20, Framed


"Strutting My Peacock Stuff" 24 by 18


"Mount Everest" 16 by 20, Framed

This is so exciting! The artwork is of course for sale and they have very nice events so it is a grand opportunity to have my paintings on display!


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An Art Show in Progress Saturday May 1, 2021: Tall Oaks Community Center Woodbridge, VA

Spring Art Show Saturday May 1 2021

Where: Tall Oaks Community Center 12298 Cotton Mill Drive, Woodbridge, VA
Medium: Acrylics, Oils, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Photography
Time: 10 am to 5 pm

7:30 AM Set up Artwork. Apparently, first one to get there gets choice spot...I was there earliest! 32 pieces are up for me 2 on a table.


Paintings by: Donna Liguria


Photographer: Kenneth Meardon in background


Setting up Paintings


Paintings by Donna Liguria, back wall


Paintings by Donna Liguria, back wall




Richard B. Tyler painting


Sunrise at Tall Oaks Community Center


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A Painting in Progress: A House in Richmond VA

A Painting in Progress: Richmond VA House

SKU: 04BH21ACG
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 18x24 Stretched Canvas
Price: Sold
Edition Year: 2021
Commissioned? Yes

Painting in Progress Images…

I am blessed indeed to have such a great family and friends! A neighbor has commissioned a painting based on these 2 photos below:



The preliminary work for the painting has begun: the gesso on the canvas and getting my reference photos and sketches. So the painting photos in progress will begin appearing shortly.

My brother and sister in law lived near here in Richmond for a number of years so I am familiar with the area. These old homes have so much character! What a small world that my neighbor here in Woodbridge, that her daughter lived a few streets over from where my brother did and actually worked at the same place he did for awhile.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:23 AM





Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:26 PM



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Spring Art Show Lakeridge, VA Sat May 1, 2021


Spring Art Show:

When: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Time: 10am to 5pm
Where: 12298 Cotton Mill Drive, Lakeridge, VA 22192

Come by and see local Virginian artists paintings and creative works, various mediums and styles!

PWAS - Prince William Art Society https://www.princewilliamartsociety.com/

Some of my work will be there too!





and more!

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Spring in Occoquan, 12 x 12 Acrylic Stretched Canvas

Painting Name: Spring in Occoquan

SKU: 04BI21ACL2
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 12x12 Stretched Canvas
Price: $177.00 
Framed?: Yes, Framed with a simple antique gold and black floating frame
Edition Year: 2021
Commissioned? No

What Brought About this Painting?
One of my goals is to do some paintings of local places - around Woodbridge, Virginia and in Virginia in general. If you have seen some of my previous work (see on the Blog or on Etsy) I have painted the Marina at Belmont Bay, Great Falls National Park, Virginia Beach and the Main Beach at Blue Ridge Shores in Louisa, Virginia thus far. Now I can add Occoquan to the list! 

And what is prettier than that wee park in Occoquan as you drive onto Mill Street?!

Mamie Davis Park is right in the very quaint township of Occoquan, about 4 miles from me. Some great shops and dining experiences have come and gone over the years but its always a great place to be. 



Now, what's next on the agenda to paint!

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A Painting in Progress: Spring in Occoquan

Painting Name: Spring in Occoquan

SKU: 04BI21ACL2
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 12x12 Stretched Canvas
Price: $Pending
Edition Year: 2021
Commissioned? No

Painting in Progress Images…

I do like local - Virginia, subjects and Occoquan is such a nice subject!

Mamie Davis Park is right in the very quaint township of Occoquan, about 4 miles from me. Some great shops and dining experiences have come and gone over the years but its always a great place to be. 



Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:14 PM This little painting should move along nicely...


Wednesday, April 21, 2021 8:46 PM After spending a couple weeks on my last painting, it is kinda nice to have one coming together a lot quicker...then again, the size is a LOT smaller.

It still needs a lot of detail but its coming together I think. How many of you out there in the Blogosphere have been to Occoquan? Do you know this spot? It is very pretty for small weddings - I have been to one here before myself.



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Mountain Reflection, 24 x 24 Acrylic Stretched Canvas (SOLD)

Painting Name: Mountain Reflection

SKU: 04BG21ACG
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 24x24 Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Price: SOLD
Framed?: No
Edition Year: 2021
Commissioned? Yes

What Brought About this Painting?
A cousin took a picture of this painting below and I rendered this painting for him. Once again, I am at a tentative pause to study if anything else should be done. I am Master of the Tweak.

After a few tweaks, here it is, the final...


The photograph is below:


Photo by Dwayne Jackson

And the owner of the painting...April 30, 2021. You know on those house shows when they do a room or home fix up then do the great "reveal"? That's the moment that makes it all so wonderful, the reaction to a painting. It makes those hours and days (occasionally weeks) poking around with paintbrushes a really glorious memory just as it does for the client. Enjoy the painting for years to come!



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A Painting In Progress: Mountain Reflection

Painting In Progress: Mountain Reflection

SKU: 04BG21ACG
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 24x24 Gallery Wrapped Stretched Canvas
Price: SOLD
Edition Year: 2021
Commissioned? Yes

Painting in Progress Images…
This commissioned work is from a photo...and the photo is of Assiniboine Mountain which is located on the Great Divide, on the border in Canada of British Columbia/Alberta. It's a pretty big one, 11,870 ft. I am very glad my canvas is only 18 inches by 24 inches. 

Here is a Wiki link to learn more, Mount Assiniboine.


Photo by DJackson: Assiniboine Mountain

I like a challenge and I'm imagining hiking to that mountain may be only a tad bit tougher than getting this monster on canvas. I'll know more in the next few days. I love the colors on the water....let the fun begin!

As always, check back here as I post the progress.



Monday, April 12, 2021 6:25 AM Sometimes things don't go as planned. I started the drawing first on the canvas and undercoat...and decided to start all over again. If you can see the outline above, Assiniboine Mountain isn't centered. So, I repainted the canvas undercoat and redrew the scene again. 

Monday, April 12, 2021 8:20 AM Progress so far this morning. Redrawn the scene and starting to fill in the colors, especially shadows. A lot of black, deep blue, gray and the white of the snowy areas. Please pardon the funny diagonal line - that's the sun coming around the edge of the blinds from the window.


Seems appropriate to have the Mount Everest 16x20 painting in the back ground...





Monday, April 12, 2021 2:00 PM It has come a long way since this morning but still a long way to go.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:34 AM - Reflections on water: If its a dark color in nature, on the water - its lighter. If its a light color in nature, on the water - it shows darker. Reflections on a stream, a creek, a pond, or a lake are quite different from reflections on moving water and quite different from tropical or ocean water. 

Pond and lake water because of their make up, tend to run "greenish".

Moving water fractures the reflection. These are some the "rules" that must be adhered to in order to make a reflection on water look correct.

Want to learn more about a water reflection?

Make Painting Water Reflections Easy!

by Jennifer Branch

Secrets to Painting Convincing Water Reflections



Of course, having the original photograph to go by helps too.

Still a good way to go on this painting - details, details, details - AND of course, on a gallery wrap canvas, the edges need to be finished as well. For example:


Bottom of the canvas

On a Gallery Wrap canvas, there is not a real need for the painting to be framed - BECAUSE the edges SHOULD be finished.

On a stretched canvas that has stapled sides or is back stapled (lesser quality than a professional Gallery Wrap or Museum Wrap canvas - about 1.5 inch depth) and is about .75 inches in depth, those should have a frame. Nonetheless, I typically try to finish the edges, at least to an extent. The fall back is to paint the sides solid black which is at a minimum what should be done.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:27 AM - Details, details, details. All the nooks and crannies that make a big rock a mountain. What is amazing to me is occasionally touching a canvas or an area on an artwork because the sort of "Trompe L' Oeil" effect makes it look 3-D. When I can achieve that, that makes me smile. 


Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:19 AM - working on Mount Assiniboine itself, center top.


Friday,  April 16, 2021 6:00 AM - Off to visit family today so no progress on painting temporarily.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 10:31 AM - Back from Louisa, BRS to be specific, visiting family. It was good to see 2 of my Aunts, 1 of my Cousins, 1 of my Brothers, 1 of my Sister-in-laws, my Mom and a few family friends. Back home on Monday afternoon. 


My Aunt and I went for a walk Saturday afternoon and reminisced our histories during walk about. This happened here and that happened there...you know how it is.

Painting Progress so far today:


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A House in Richmond, Virginia, 24x18 Acrylic Stretched Canvas (SOLD)

Painting Name: SKU:  04BH21ACG Medium:  Acrylic Size: 24x18 Gallery Wrapped Stretched Canvas Price: SOLD Edition Year:  2021 Commission...