Two wines from Shenandoah Vineyards that are available at The Virginia Farmhouse

New Additions- March 2020

We have a few new additions-3 hand kitted caps made by Jill GochenourIncluding these lovingly hand-knitted tamo-chanters from Jill Gochenourcolorful hand knitted tamochantersWe also now carry an assortment of her other  hand made and very functional outerwear like these “shawl-ettes”-2 miniature shawlsAnd these colorful scarves-

a large purple and pink scarf and a green and black infinity scarf

Also new: Shenandoah Vineyards’ Chardonnay and Riesling.Chardonnay and Riesling from Shenandoah Vineyards are now available at The Virginia FarmhouseThe Chardonnay is lightly-oaked and pleasantly buttery with a refreshing acidity on the finish. The Riesling is dry, crisp and citrusy.

And…..

The Art Sale will continue until the end of this month. We still have a few Helen Jean Smith prints left (framed and unframed) as well as an assortment of artwork from other Shenandoah Valley artists. A painting of a shady forest floor peirced by sunbeams painted by MJ Seal“Woodland Scene IV- Sunbeams on a Mossy Forest Floor”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board in hand made frame, 14″ x 11″. C. 2017

*This is my favorite of all the realistic woodland scene paintings I made- from a slight distance it’s like looking through a window into the cool shady depths of one of our verdant local forests on a mid-summer day.

Originally $115 this piece is now just $57! Including the beautiful, hand made frame it’s housed in.A painting of a forest in a black and gold Dutch-style reverse frame both made by MJ SealAlso….

Don’t forget: we will be CLOSED for most of the month of April for our trip to France (fingers crossed)- so stock up now!

Lush Mountain

Join us at Muse Vineyards on Sunday the 9th of July from 3-5 PM for the opening reception to “Lush Mountain”. This is an exhibition (my first in quite awhile) of my most recent illustrations. Muse Vineyards is located at 16 Serendipity Lane, Woodstock, VA. They also have a website- www.musevineyards.com. There will be hors d’oeuvres and of course excellent wine.

lush mountain cover pic A detail of a woodland scene in my “Lush Mountain” series

The paintings in “Lush Mountain” contain all the exuberance and vitality of our rich ancient forests. These pieces are painted largely from memory and the little doodles I make in my sketchbook. My illustrations tend to be very busy-much like my subject matter- with many different points of focus. Like a forest the more closely you look the more you see. Each piece is brimming with local flora and fauna. And while my work is very painterly and cartoonish every species readily identifiable. Here’s another sneak peek-

Lush Mountain sneak peek Detail of a botanical study exploding with local flora

And if you can’t make it to the grand opening it will be up on the walls for the month of July.

Heading in a new direction

I’ve been working in in a very impressionistic style with my illustrations for awhile now- and I feel I’ve pushed that as far as I can. On a recent hike in the woods I found I was really liking the quicky, 5 minute sketches I was doing with a marker and wanted to incorporate that into my paintings. Pictured below are two paintings of the base of a White Oak with a large grape vine hanging off of it growing on a limestone outcrop . The first painting is very painterly, the second is much more cartooney with the heavy black outlines. These are both painted from memory like most of my work.

full view of woodland scene ten an original acrylic painting by mj seal “Woodland Scene X” – Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 13 1/2″ x 10 1/2″. C. 2017

full view of woodland scene eleven an original painting on board by mj seal “Woodland Scene XI” -Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 13 1/2″ x 10 1/2″. C. 2017

Note the outlines of Blood Root, May Apple and Fern leaves in Woodland Scene XI

Woodland Scene IV

Rays of sunlight pierce the cooling shade of a group of maples growing on a moss covered stone outcrop in this painting from memory-

full view of woodland scene four an original painting on board by mj seal
“Woodland Scene IV”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 14″ x 11″. C. 2017

Wishful Thinking

The colors- especially of the sea- are spot on in this painting from memory of the Atlantic from my trip to the Outer Banks last August.

Seascape painted by MJ seal
“Seascape II”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 8″ x 10″. C. 2016

Shenandoah Valley Landscape XXI

An empty, tilled field  in the early afternoon on a hot,humid summer day-

shenandoah valley landscape painting 20 by mj seal
“Shenandoah Valley Landscape XXI”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on canvas mounted to board, 14″ x 8″. C. 2016

Shenandoah Valley Landscape XVI

Rolling pastures, mountains and a ramshackle fence on a hot, hazy midsummer day-

rolling pastures and a ramshackle fence on a hot hazy summer day
“Shenandoah Valley Landscape XVI”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on Canvas, 10″ x 7″. C. 2016

Valley landscape XIII

Abandoned field with cedars around midafternoon on a hot, hazy day with slightly overcast skies-

A Shenandoah valley landscape painted by MJ seal
“Shenandoah Valley Landscape XIII”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on canvas board, 7″ X 5″. C. 2016

Valley landscape XII

An abandoned field overlooking distant mountains at midday in warm, dry weather- maybe early summer.

A Shenandoah valley landscape painting by MJ seal
“Shenandoah Valley Landscape XII”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on canvas board, 6″ X 4″. C. 2016

Mountain and fields

Mountain and rolling fields on a partly cloudy day perhaps in early summer-

Landscape painting by MJ seal
“Mountain and fields”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on canvas,approx. 10″ X 8″. C. 2016