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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Away, Away

Well here it is the end of October and finally it seems like we will all be back in town again.  This has been one of those years for The Pieces.  We have all seemed to be involved in lots of traveling, either for pleasure or family, and had some surgeries, either us or family, thrown in.
While I am getting ready for the painter and getting ready for our annual art sale December 5th/6th I have some across some pieces that seem to fit the mood.  One of them is this little collage I did last year when so many of us were away. 
This piece reminds me of wind in your hair road trips back in the day.  I took this photo really close so you could see the collage paper is old maps and travel stickers.
Donna Vines

zoom, zoom, zoom

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Still Life Vegetable Painting, "Trio of Radish" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil Painting

This is a painting I did several years ago.  It has been sitting in my files of paintings to post since then,  but somehow I never got around to posting it.

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I get excited when I go to the grocery and find fresh vegetables and fruits with leaves attached.  Am I sick???


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I Haven't Got Time for the Pain, Pen and Ink Zentangle by Carmen Beecher

Since this is the month of Zombie Walks, maybe this drawing fits right in. As I have sat and sat in my recliner, recovering from knee replacement surgery, I started wondering what a drawing of pain would look like. This is what I pictured. An unpleasant, jagged, sharp and yet aching sensation. Ugly, isn't it? Ouch.

I'm not whining, mind you. I am recovering rapidly and my X-rays don't look anything like the above drawing. My new knee is pristine and beautiful. When I am healed, we shall have a ceremonial burning of the above zentangle art piece. Meanwhile, ice is my friend. It smooths those jagged edges considerably, is non-addictive, and doesn't cost me a cent.


Monday, October 20, 2014

The Wheels are Turning

I not only enjoy painting in oils but I am also fascinated by all kinds of mediums.  I love the idea of bringing familiar shapes to unexpected places.  Sometimes the simplest everyday object can take on new meaning when placed somewhere unusual.
Here is a little taste of that very thing.
This piece was made with watch workings placed on a gessoed background and sprayed.  I also added some wording just to make it more intriguing.
I was inspired by a Steam Punk show I had been to that had lots of wonderful metal contraptions ala H.G. Wells.

Donna Vines


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Angel or Devil

      When our group went to Ocala last month, I was fascinated by the abundant blooms of a bunch of Angel Trumpet trees, otherwise known as brugmansia suaveoleus of Brazilian origin. As you probably know, it is poisonous in many of its forms and is used as a entheogen, providing altered states of consciousness, transcendence, and revelation. I did not learn this through experimentation, but through Wikipedia. Shame on me.
      The following are some rough sketches and a partially revised poem that these beauties inspired.


Angel’s Trumpet Tree
(Silver Springs Botanical Gardens) 

They say the devil
can turn him self
into the most irresistible
of seductresses.

Like the angel’s trumpet.
She is so enchanting
no mere passerby
can resist her allure.

Certainly not me.
Not here.
Do not touch
written in her fragility.

Be forewarned.
Those who play with fire
will be burned.
(Or with snakes,
bitten, not matter
how strong their faith).

Stand still.
Caress with your eyes
each subtle variation
in color and form. 

Move on.
Enriched by not sated.

Fay Picardi
October 19, 2014
Grant, Florida

Daily Painting | Portrait of Child | Small Oil Painting | Nate by Carol Schiff | 9x12 Original | NFS

It's been a long time since I have attempted a portrait.  When I first started painting, I thought I wanted to pursue that talent, but I soon realized how much more precise a portrait artist must be.  I knew I did not want to do that every day, however, I like to give it a try now and then.

When a new child entered our extended family, I promised the proud parents a portrait .  That was two years ago!   Today, I am humbled before those of you who practice this talent.

Thank you for viewing my art today.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Finding Time

Art is not just about going into a studio and creating.  There has to be inspiration, enthusiasm and most of all time. Of course it never seems like you have all three at the same time but you can try and be in tune with your artistic side while you are doing other things.
I am in the middle of getting my house ready for repainting.  I am clearing away photos, taking down paintings, putting away knick-knacks, while grousing constantly about the whole process.  As I was filling another box with "stuff" I realized this could be a great opportunity re-arrange and freshen up.
I started taking  photos of my groupings when another thought occurred to me.  Why not paint some of my arrangements?  Or if not the whole arrangement some of the pieces.  I have so many fun little "things" I have collected along the way but I see them every day, which means I don't see them anymore. 
Here is a photo of  my "Fun Wall" in my kitchen.  I realized on this one shelf alone I had several set ups if I wanted to use them.
Hmmm what would you paint?

Donna Vines

My Fun Wall

Does the word chicken come to mind?