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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Tropical Landscape Painting, Daily Painting, "Golden Palm" by Carol Schiff, 16x20" Oil, SOLD

I was going through some of my old files, and found this tropical Landscape painting that I did several years ago.  I was in morning light, in an area covered with palmettos.  I was fascinated by the play of light on the palm fronds, forming beautiful abstract shapes.

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I worked very hard on this one, to get the dramatic values that I wanted.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Birth of My Birth of Venus Collage

Yes, I finally brought forth my collage version of "Birth of Venus" by Botticelli. I didn't go for the full-length version with the seashell and all that--this was difficult enough. The hair would not have been possible without Charlize Theron's J'Adore perfume ad. She is scattered about in there. 

All this effort is for our member Fay Picardi's upcoming book, Simonetta. It is about the real-life Venus that Botticelli's painting was modeled after. The Pieces of 8 will have our versions of Simonetta at the book launch. Stay tuned! This will be fun.

Here's the real Birth of Venus:


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Autumn Landscape, Daily Art, "Tree on Fire", 8x10x1.5" Oil

This time of the year, the mountains are where I want to be.  This year, I have been very lucky to spend two months here.

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 I was inspired to paint this one from the ever evolving show I see each day.  It brings back childhood memories of northern Ohio and Michigan.....minus the mountains, of course.

 What more could I ask for?  It gets better and better each day.  Of course, in the mountains it seems the color is climbing to the sky.

One evening we spied a herd of Elk in the meadow.  You can hear them bellowing in the woods this time of year.They come down to the meadows to feed at dusk and dawn..  This herd was one make and about 30 females.

As much as I love it here I will be ready to head south to Florida in the next few days.  When the trees are stripped bare, and the cold winds are blowing, I will be enjoying the beautiful beaches. Life is good!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

My Art on Household Items ....Throw Pillows, Comforters, Shower Curtains, and much more!

It seems that every day more exciting news comes my way.  Today, I am pleased to announce that I have joined the artists at Kess Inhouse.com.

If you are not familiar with Kess, they produce household items, like comforters, area rugs, shower curtains, throw pillows and a host of other objects, all featuring beautiful art.  Here are some showing my art.......

This is just a small sampling of products and designs available.  Of course, I want to buy them all!  If you are interested in seeing more, just go to my page at Kess Inhouse or find me on Amazon here.

Guess what everybody is getting for Christmas this year!


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Daily Painting, Sunset Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Marsh Sky", 11x14x1.5" Landscape Oil Painting

Life here in the mountains, of North Carolina, is a slower pace for me,  But the days are quickly getting shorter and shorter.  The leaves are beautiful, my favorite time of year!  It reminds me of my childhood days in northern Ohio, burning leaves, apple cider, hay rides.  I wonder if people still do those things.

I am still busy, painting commissions, but I managed to paint this 11x14x1.5" landscape,  It is a study for a commission.

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It is not easy capturing that "glow" from a beautiful sunset, and I am not sure I succeded here. but it is a start.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Small Oil Landscape, "Florida Wetlands I" 6x8" SOLD

How did it get to be September already?  Obviously, this year is going to buzz by as fast as the others all seem to do.

I have been painting commissions for the last month, but I try to slip a few daily paintings into the mix every week.


I have been enjoying my little floral still life paintings, but had the desire to try a landscape this week.  Florida has the most beautiful wetlands, teaming with wildlife.  Of course, some of that wildlife is on the dangerous and creepy side, so I was very careful where I stepped.

This is Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Brevard County, Florida.  It sits between the ocean and the Indian River on a thin strip of land.  Next time you visit Florida, try to get off the beaten path of beaches and Disney and enjoy the less well known beauty.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Small Seascape, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Churning", 6x8" Oil

This small seascape is a study for a much larger piece.  The only question in my mind is "How large?"

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I am very happy with the understated color which makes the brighter hues really pop.  I am not sure if it would be call an abstract or impressionistic.......what do you think?

What I do know, I really enjoyed painting it and want to try it again and go BIG!

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