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

Sunday, May 30, 2010

HENS AND CHICKS AND BABYTOES, 12X12, OIL

This is a new painting that I just finished.  It will soon be on it's way to Lakewood Gallery in Tacoma, WA.  If you would like to see more of my work, check out my sites on Etsy, CarolSchiffStudio and CarolOnEdge.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Guests for Dinner, 18x24


I finished this one up yesterday morning, and I really enjoying painting these characters feeding in Mrazek Pond in the Everglades. I am so worried about the oil slick and the damage it's causing. The potential damage to the Keys and the Everglades is absolutely frightening, and the leak hasn't even been stopped. Greed trumps safety every time.

posted by Carmen

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Make a JOYFUL Noise.....

I've been in the mood to experiment lately, play around and see what happens. When I was faced with trashing an old family Bible, dated 1857, due to wear and tear, I decided to salvage some of it by painting on top
of favorite passages. This is one of three I have done so far and it has lead me to think about other forms of ephemeral memorabilia that I can protect and preserve by using as a support for art. So stay tuned...who knows what is next?

If you wish to see the other three verses I have painted so far, they are currently on my personal website: www.cindymichaud.com. Enjoy!

Our painting group faces summer with joy and confusion: we love to travel and see new things but that means our Monday sessions are often just one or two of us. The upside is that we usually return to the fold inspired and with great stories to share which end up fueling the collective inspiration. I'm hoping for such a report after I return from next week's trip to Buck's County, PA to sit at the feet of the revered Richard McKinley, pastelist par excellance. Sigh, hope I am able to paint something, anything in his presence! Should be quite a grand experience soaking up his wisdom for 5 days straight!

More news when I return!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mary Warnick's Opening



Congratulations again to Mary for her and her students show at the Henegar Center in Melbourne. Not only was the show wonderful but it was the first official outing for our good friend and fellow artist Denette Schweikert. The turnout was great, along with the food and it was also a chance to meet some of Mary's family and see just what Mary and her students have been up to.


Mary, Denette and Carmen in front of one of Mary's paintings.



This was a series of sailboats by Mary that are hanging in the entry of Mary's Condo Building.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Part II of Workshop



I have just completed part two of a wonderful workshop with Bill McCoy. Our subject this time was simplier but harder? hmm.
We were painting one building on a marsh but included in the photo was a buoy, which was quite large and one basic color. The decision was to make the building or the buoy the focus of the painting and how to make the buoy interesting.
Bill did a great job with this painting and I am including a before sketch and a nearly complete final painting by Bill.
donna vines