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This blog beckons. I'm waiting on the good weather again to paint. Although I've been painting and demoing a bit indoors, it gives me less satisfaction than plein air.Green Acres!

Keeping up my photography blog has been a blast. I have it programmed for daily photos to come out for months. Although I am lucky to have a cute kid and cats, the blog offers much, much more. Go add yourself as a reader.

In the meantime, I am trying to organize local pastelists who might want to form a society at some point, probably either Pastel Society of Virginia (PSV) or Pastel Society of Northern Virginia (PSNova). We can meet and paint and share, then we'll make it more official down the road. This has been a passion of mine for many years and I am ready to drive it, but I don't especially care about leading it and dealing with all the details. Hopefully, we'll come together to nail it all down, plus have communicating chapters all over the Commonwealth to boot!

We meet for the first time on Tuesday March 22 at 10am in Chantilly near I-66 and Routes 28 and 50.. Please contact me for more info. I'll keep a running email list of ideas and preferences. If the meeting time/location does suit you, then we'll see you there each month. More will be posted here.

As always, look for my paintings hanging in Workhouse W-16  in Lorton and The Loft Gallery in Occoquan.


Photography Success

It would be so easy to get spoiled. My first time out of the gates, I won a People's Choice Award through SAG and the visitors of the Photography and 3-D Art Show. This image is called Wings of Fancy #2 and it is printed in metallic inks, perfect for shimmery butterflies.

If you live near DC, don't miss the butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton each year. The whole experience feels like an instant spa day.

Here's to finding more photography exhibits to share my finds.


BF Butler Photo

I began taking photos when I turned nine and used my birthday money to get a Kodak Instamatic, probably a 124.  I haven't stopped taking pictures. 

Especially during non-plein air times, I want to pursue photography more aggressively, so it made sense to start a photography blog; it is set up to publish a picture a day. Butterflies are a specialty, but there are still lifes, figures, landscapes, and portraits galore. Come along for the ride; dozens are uploaded and waiting in the wings. Please add yourself as a follower.

My first photography showing is in the Community Room at Springfield Mall as a part of the Springfield Art Guild's Photography and 3-D Exhibit during the month of February. I have a number of pieces in each category; it is an eclectic show and a lot of fun.