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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tropical

The weather has been cloudy, rainy and cool here in Florida so I am thinking more tropical then usual.  Here are a few paintings that take you to a warm sunny place.


Nic surfing the waves
 


yummy
 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Figurative Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Into The Blue" by Carol Schiff, 8x6" Oil

I have been wanting to do this figurative painting for a long time.  I remember the day I saw this young girl wade into the Gulf of Mexico, wearing her hat.

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It was blinding hot and I was tired and thirsty.  I shot a photo of her and went in search of shelter.  The image was in my files for years before I pulled it out, and painted it, last week.


It is the first figure I have done with a palette knife, (quite a struggle) but in the end, I am happy with it.


I have to admit, I get lazy.  I always feel the figure is a stretch of my sketching skills.  Instead of doing more of them, I shy away......the wrong thing to do!  I am happy I finally tackled this figure and my goal is to attack them more often.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Daily Painting, Lighthouse Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Lighthouse on the Marsh" 11x14 Oil

Last fall I spent to few days in beautiful Fernandina Beach, Fl, attending a painting workshop.  Although we were painting still life, I had a little opportunity to explore the area.  I found this great lighthouse, overlooking a beautiful marsh, just down the street from my hotel, in a state park.

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I was short on time and only able to snap a few quick shots of the scene awash in morning light.  It started my day off perfectly.


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I plan to return in March for another workshop, and hopefully, I will have the opportunity to visit this beautiful area again.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wildlife Painting, Bird Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Bluebird" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Original Oil

I like to paint birds.......usually, herons, egrets or pelicans catch my eye.  So, I really appreciated this reference photo from my friend and photographer, Ted Fuhrer.  You can see more of his work on facebook.

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I hope you find a bluebird outside your window this moring!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pastel Sea, 10x8 Original Oil Daily Painting, Seascape by Carmen Beecher



Despite the title of this painting, it is not a pastel, it's an oil. It's the scene that is pastel. Sometimes the sea and sky are soft colors, which makes for a peaceful painting. In fact, I believe I hear it calling me right now...I need to go down there and walk a while...

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking...

"Sea Fever" by John Masefield

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Daily Painting, Abstract Landscape, "Lighting the Heavens" by Carol Schiff, 12x24x.75" Oil

In this painting, my goal was to capture that magic moment when the sun just peeks through the horizon and night turns to day.


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For me, that is the best moment.......knowing I have a brand new day to enjoy.

I did my favorite palette knife technique (which I have labeled color weaving) on this.  I find it gives me a great way to blend from one color to another.

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I hope your day is fabulous and if you have not seen a sunrise lately...set your alarm for tomorrow, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the show!



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Monday, February 9, 2015

Clouds in Landscape, 24x18 Original Oil Painting by Carmen Beecher



This is the finished painting from the demo I did for the Pieces of 8. We all painted clouds that day, and it was a lot of fun. I am on a cloud kick right now; they are as varied as waves in the ocean. Their colors, shapes, values and textures change constantly.

Carmen

Cloud Demonstration