* Carmen Beecher * Cindy Michaud * Carol Schiff * Denette Schweikert * Donna Vines * Mary Warnick * Kathy Garvey *Fay Picardi

Friday, November 21, 2014

Come Sail Away

Last week Kathy posted some photos of our "chalk" paintings.  That was the day Cindy showed us how to draw on black gesso then paint the drawing, leaving the chalk outline.  After the paint was dry you could wash off the chalk and it left a black outline.
That was a really fun exercise for all of us.  None of us really paint in acrylics that much so it gave us a chance to try a new project with a new medium.  I did little sailboats from a photo Carol Schiff had brought in.  This is what my painting looks like after the chalk has been washed off.  I just love the whimsy that painting in one color and outlining the colors in black creates.  In fact I like it so much I am going to give it to my grandson James for his room.
Donna Vines

 




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HOLIDAY SALE

WE ARE ALL SO EXCITED ABOUT OUR HOLIDAY SALE THIS YEAR.  A NEW LOCATION AND TWO DAYS TO SHOP AND SEE THE NEW WORK WE HAVE CREATED THIS YEAR.

RALPH'S ART SUPPLY IN THE EAU GALLIE ARTS DISTRICT IS THE NEW VENUE, AND THE TIMES ARE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 FROM 3-8;30 AND SATURDAY DECEMBER 6 FROM 10 TO 4.

AS WELL AS PAINTINGS IN ALL MEDIUMS AND STYLES, THERE WILL BE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS, FABRIC ART, CRAFT ITEMS AND MUCH MORE.

I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON SOME ORNAMENTS AND JEWELRY, WHICH IS A STRETCH FOR ME AS I AM NOT REALLY A CRAFTY PERSON.  I AM PRETTY HAPPY WITH WHAT I AM DOING, AND I HOPE YOU WILL LIKE IT TOO.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE PAINTINGS I WILL HAVE FOR SALE AT THE SHOW.

DENIZEN OF THE GLADES
SWEET RED BEETS



OLD ROSES

TRIBUTE TO TIFFANY
 LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!

MARY WARNICK

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How Many Pieces Does it Take to Create a Klimt?

 by Cindy Michaud

Several years ago the Pieces began a study of selected "old masters."  We researched their lives, learned about what informed their art, studied  their techniques and then copied pieces in their oeuvre.

Some artists appealed to us for the sheer fun of their color or subject matter and one of these was Gustav Klimt (http://www.klimtgallery.org/biography.html).  Klimt was noted for his fantasy paintings of figures using deco design and gold embellishment.  Since we were preparing for a show of all of our "copies" we wanted to include this very popular artist.

Time was short but 8 minds had a plan: if we each painted a section of the larger piece we could get it done in 1/8th the time!  Right? Right! And thus the game was on.

Naturally we had to abandon personal styles and closely replicate the Klimt-technique, naturally we had to all finish at the same time and naturally someone (thank you Denette with her eye for fine detail) had to "marry" the edges once they were assembled and glued down.

But here is the result: 


A gorgeous, large oil painting exquisitely framed!  The piece sold at auction for $1000 ( to benefit a local charity working with women) and was dearly loved by its owner.

Alas, times change and the owner is downsizing/moving/divesting and needs to sell the piece to a new appreciator.  She says she is willing to part with it for just $300.00. Time to scoop up a bargain.  Contact Ralph at Ralph's Art Supplies, 321- 255-3331, if you are interested or wish to see the piece.  It is truly one of a kind.
Six of the Pieces of 8 gather around the Klimt painting they helped create:
Denette Schweikert, Mary Warnick, Carmen Beecher, Carol Schiff, Donna Vines and Cindy Michaud.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunshine and Shadow, 24x20 OIl Painting on Canvas by Carmen Beecher




When you are as productive as the Pieces of 8, you may find yourself with a large inventory-- especially if you are a Daily Painter like Carol Schiff and me. What to do? Have a big holiday sale, that's what. The painting above is a large direct copy of a Winslow Homer painting; however, I will have many small daily paintings, as shown below. There will be so many pieces of original art of all kinds, at deep discounts, skillfully made by the creative women of the Pieces of 8.

This year the sale will be at a new location: Ralph's Art Supply on Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District, Dec 5th, 3 to 8:30, and Dec 6th, 10 to 4.

Save the Date! Here are more of my paintings in the sale:






Tiny Dancer, left

Black Swan, below

Yellow Plumerias, below right

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A LIttle Collage

A little collage can go a long way.  It can make you smile, remind you of something or someone, be a homage to something or someone you admire. The color alone can lift your spirits. 
As I was sorting through some of my artwork for our sale I came across a piece I had done to pay tribute to a long lost and almost forgotten art medium, tea sets. England was in the forefront of this wonderful expression of art, especially a pioneer in the Art Deco movement Clarise Cliff. 
Once every home had a least one good tea or coffee service for "company" and like many everyday objects they became more intricate and move beautiful as people had time, leisure and money to spend on common objects.  The colors, designs and forms that made the Art Deco Movement so wonderful also made something as ordinary as a cup a work of art.
This little whimsical design is from one such tea set.
Donna Vines

Trees


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

White Pelicans, 6x8 Oil on Panel by Carmen Beecher



I don't know exactly why, but this painting is much softer than my usual. I've only done three paintings in the past 30 days (due to knee surgery). I am not used to this lack of productivity and I don't like it! When I broke my wrist and had to paint left-handed, I stayed productive, but knee replacement is a whole different ballgame. Two good hands and no energy.

I do have a lot of inventory for our big Pieces of 8 Holiday Sale December 5th and 6th at Ralph's Art Supply in Eau Gallie. It's all original art, and much of it is small paintings at discount prices. And wait till you see what the other artists have done! Save the date!

Carmen