* Carmen Beecher * Carol Schiff * Denette Schweikert * Donna Vines * Mary Warnick * Kathy Garvey *Fay Picardi * Jean Thomas

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Red Maple Inspiration

By Kathy Garvey

I recently spent time at Furnace Mountain Zen Center in Kentucky where I had a month in a wonderful cabin surrounded by wooded mountains and fields. I got to walk every day with my camera and it inspired several paintings and digital works.

On my first walk on my first day I discovered a beautiful but tiny Red Maple down by the barn. (Yes, there is a huge barn, many cabins, a Tea House, a permaculture garden, paths, caves, rock formations, etc. Amazing place!)

The leaves looked blazing in the afternoon sun. I made a point to walk to its location nearly every day to get photos at different times and in different light. Below are a few of my untouched photos of the maple.
The branch from above.

The same branch from below with the sun on it.

So beautiful, I visited it every day! 

Below is one of the paintings I completed while on the retreat. It's acrylic on a beautiful piece of 22"x34"rice paper I bought at Ralph's Art Supply before I left.

Below are digital works inspired by the red maple completed while on my retreat.

This is a digital plan for a future painting on the rice paper.

Maple by the Temple
The Temple is constructed of beautiful wood inside and out and it has a gorgeous blue tile roof. The back of the Temple faces woods and rock formations. The front has a long series of steps down to a pond and the hillside along the steps is covered with milk weed in bloom now, and soon zinnias and cosmos.  (However, the maple is actually located by the barn, quite a distance away. Artistic License!)

More posts to come on my fun artist's retreat and the amazing Furnace Mountain Zen Center!

Kathy Garvey

Friday, June 21, 2019

Textured Seascape Painting, Palette Knife Oil, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 20x24" SOLD

I wanted to do a seascape, or actually a beach painting, somewhere between an abstract and impressionism.


I wanted to record just my memories and impressions of trips to the beach.  I painted with a knife and tried to work quickly.

I tried not to think too much about the colors I was using or where I was putting them, but tried to keep it really instinctive.

I wanted plenty of texture in this piece.

It was a fun exercise!

Although this painting has sold, it is available as a giclee print on canvas or distressed wood planks.  Contact me for sizes and pricing.

Thanks for viewing my blog today.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Ocracoke, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Landscape with sunset, 11x14" Original Oil

I recently visited the outer banks of North Carolina.  Ocracoke is a small settlement on the southern end of the banks.

The residents are a special group of individuals, who fiercely defend their lifestyle.

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 It is a 2 1/2 hour ferry ride, to reach the island, and many of the residents go years without visiting the mainland.

I appreciated their dedication to this small strip of land, 40 miles from the mainland, and am thankful they were willing to share it with me.

Carol Schiff

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Abstract Seascape Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x8" Textured Art, SOLD

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

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!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

Art Challenge for May, A Page from My Sketchbook

This month we are challenged to post favorite pages from our sketchbooks.

Kathy Garvey...I’m traveling and have to do this on my iPad and it won’t let me scroll down very far. So here are some favorite pages from my sketchbook and some resultant digital works. They are not in order and won’t let me rearrange them...but they show what I love about my sketchbooks...I can scribble anything that comes into my head and then go pick something to play with in Illustrator or Photoshop when I’m in the mood to create something.


Unlike a lot of artists I don't use my sketchbook to paint when I travel.  I can never seem to get it together.  But, I am lucky, I have some artist friends who sketch every day and we text these sketches to each other to keep us going.  These are a few sketches from my notebook to show all the different ways you can go with your sketching.  They are all fun, quick and great learning exercises.

This is called blind contouring.  You look at the photo only, put your pen to paper and draw in a continuous line...no peeking.  It's great fun.

This exercise is useful in getting your head into gear.  All it is is drawing lines.

  This exercise is fun with kids too.  Just put a line on paper and then try and make something of it.  Also on the bottom I just drew a box and filled it with different shapes.

These are drawings from photos I took.  I use a pen so I can't erase and I try and time myself.  Sometimes it works and others there are lots of cross outs. LOL
Just have fun.

Donna Vines


We are in North Carolina helping friends remodel a house, and yesterday we took a day off to go to the mountains. I reached a point in my hike where I knew it was time to stop and sketch in my journal, and I sat on a log and painted.



I almost never paint a portrait, but I do enjoy drawing heads, especially people I know.

My mother, from her high school graduation photo.

My mother's sister, Charlotte

My friend, Linda.

These are all quick sketches, perhaps 15 minutes each.

Carol Schiff

Jean Thomas
Greetings from St. Maarten!
We recently spent a week on a 44' catamaran near St. Maarten. It was a week full of sailing, snorkeling, eating and drinking and visiting various ports.

 It was a challenge to sketch while the boat was moving, however I did a few while we were anchored. Below is our favorite skipper and first mate, Vincent and Florence, who were both from France. Florence could sail the boat, tend bar, make gourmet lunches and dinners. She was amazing! Vincent kept the boat going (as it turns out, no small feat!)
 As a goodbye gift, I gave them this page in my sketchbook to thank them for an awesome time. Quite a challenge to finish it while the boat was moving and with permanent ink only!
All six of us signed it. So much fun!

Unfortunately for my artistic development, I do not do much sketching. I have, however, committed to trying to do more in the future. Or should I say "some." 
I did however do a sketch of a detail of a collage I hope to complete this year. It is based on several photos I took on a sail around the island of Capri in Italy several years ago. It was an idyllic experience on an ideal day with good company and plenty of time to stop for a swim or snorkel here and there. I'd like to recapture just a little of that extraordinary memory. 
As I have trouble with determining values, I first made a chart using my drawing pencils. 

Next I tried to find the relative value in each surface of stone on the cliff I hope to represent.
I'm thinking it almost looks like a craggy outcropping. Just what I was aiming for.
PS> That funny little roundish thing on the top left will one day be a little bush. Just saying. 

Fay Picardi

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Angelfish Oil Painting, Wildlife Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting SOLD, "Angels on Parade, 8x16x.75" Oil

I am still reliving memories of my trip to the coral reefs off Key Largo last summer.  Today's painting  is inspired by that trip.

 Something great happened with this painting......I really liked it!!  I love the texture, the hues, just about everything.  I guess I shouldn't be saying that about my own work, but I do!

I really enjoyed painting this piece and I think it shows.  I think it is important that an artist expresses their feelings in their work and I feel I was able to do that with this piece.  I was not trying to replicate an image, or colors, or even a composition.  I admit I was thinking about a companion piece to the one below.

Fishy School
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It was a really good feeling to create these two pieces, more or less, out of my head, and I hope to do more of this in the future.

I have one more fishy piece to show you in my next post.

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff