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Friday, December 19, 2014

Floral Still Life Painting, Daily Painting, "A Rose is a Rose" by Carol Schiff, 9x12x1.5"

I was in the zone of this one and able to complete it very quickly.  My palette knife was slinging paint.....maybe it had to do with the music I was playing.

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You may recognize this set up as I have painted it before.  Last time it looked like this:

I enjoy painting the same object or scene in different styles.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Flower Painting, Floral Still Life, "Mixed Blessings" by Carol Schiff, 8x8x1.5 Oil SOLD

It's spring.....sigh!  The perfect time to paint flowers...........

I don't know about you, but I was beginning to think that winter would never go away!  I now what you're thinking...."she lives in Florida???)  Well. true, but even in Florida we have seen day after day of piles of snow and cars sliding off the road, although it was on the nightly news.  We feel for those of you who had to suffer through it first hand and we are happy that it is gone.

So lets all celebrate a new beginning.

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Crackers and Oranges, New Book by Carmen Beecher

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This is the cover of my new book, a memoir about my childhood in Dundee, a small Central Florida town. I wanted to write about all the characters who influenced me, especially my very tough grandmothers who survived the Depression and the stress of their sons going off to war. Don't get the idea that it's a downer, though. There were a lot of funny things to tell, too. My book is illustrated throughout with photos, paintings and quirky drawings. You can peek inside on Amazon by clicking the book above or here. 


Monday, December 8, 2014

Marsh Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "North Florida Marsh" by Carol Schiff, 9x12" Landscape

I recently spent a few days in Fernandina Beach and stumbled across one of their beautiful marshes.  I have always admired marshes and their beautiful colors which change with the seasons.

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 I like texture in many of my paintings and I always enjoy playing with a palette knife.

I also like to push color.  Elio Camacho is a master of pushing color.....check out his work here.
I was in Fernandina Beach to attend his workshop and I hope I was able to use some of his technique in this painting.  The workshop was fascinating and I have already signed for a follow-up early next spring.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

'Tis the Season

If you missed our Holiday Sale you missed some amazing bargains and a whole lot of eye candy.  We had a ball turning the back room of Ralphs into a pop-up art gallery.  First Friday was like a big party (where you didn't have to send invites or hire a caterer!) and Saturday was laid back, climate controlled and a chance to visit with friends who came by to check out the goods.

But we are a weary bunch today after two-days of  holiday (sale). Many thanks to Ralph, Ralph's Art 
Supplies on Highland Avenue, for use of this fabulous space. We were very proud of our Christmasy look and we managed to fill the whole room with our art. For some of our past sale years we experienced heat, wind, and a rainstorm, so this was quite a nice change!  If you saw something you want but passed it by just contact one of us and we can get you in touch with the right person.  
Meanwhile, our wishes to you for a lovely holiday season however and where ever you chose to spend it.  And of course, we hope you have an ARTfilled new year.
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Oh! Oh! Eau Gallie!

Just a reminder! The Pieces of Eight Christmas sale is this week! Friday and Saturday! And what treats are in store. Literally and figuratively. Come see.

Friday night we will join the rest of the galleries and shops of Eau Gallie for First Friday. All the establishments open, but the street is closed off so visitors can roam freely, wine glass in hand. We will be waiting to see you from 3 to 8:3 at Ralph's Art Supply, 1420 Highland Ave.

Saturday we are hoping to see many of our longtime friends again. We'll be at Ralph's from 10 to 4 with plenty of time to talk and lots of beautiful items to talk about.

Can't wait to see you. Come one, come all! And find the perfect gifts for the season.

Snowy Farm by Carmen Beecher

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Northwest Landscape, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "The Great Northwest" by Carol Schiff, 11x14" Oil


My husband and I took our first trip to the Northwest this summer. We were stunned by the gorgeous scenery in every direction.

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Obviously, we have pine trees and ocean views in Florida, but, how could they be so very different in Washington and British Columbia?  Everything seemed larger than life with trees towering into the sky and waterfalls tumbling down the sides of mountains.  It was a fabulous trip that we hope to repeat some day.

I painted this, in my studio, on linen attached to board.  As much as I like the idea of painting plein aire, it's not me.  I was taught to paint from images and still do it to this day.