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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Small Oil Painting, "Intracoastal Island" by Carol Schiff, 6x8 Oil Landscape

This small landscape painting depicts a scene I see every day.  Florida's intracoastal waterway is dotted with small uninhabited islands.

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During warmer months, the islands are often gathering places for camping and fishing trips or simply a fun boating trip for a family outing.  Even the youngest kids enjoy the sandy beaches and calm, shallow waters and many picnics and happy days occur there.

I painted the scene with a palette knife in the style I like to call "color weaving" which gives it a nice textured look.  I particularly like a small landscape painting in a simple black frame which, I feel, gives a sense of elegance.

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Denizen of the Glades

This painting was created for a Strawbridge Art League show featuring Florida's history and nature, currently on display at the new West Melbourne City Hall.  My contribution to the show is this watercolor of a great blue heron hoping to find some food in the wetlands of the Everglades,  Florida has so much beauty to inspire an artist.   Mary Warnick

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Yellow Roses, 8x6 Original Floral Oil Painting by Carmen Beecher

Wouldn't this be a romantic Valentine's Day gift? Flowers and candy are nice, but they don't last. Diamonds and oil paintings are forever.

I painted this twice. I was not satisfied with it the first time, but I learned a few things from my mistakes. The second time I was able to get what I wanted, and did it much faster.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


I know I am probably behind the times but  I  have to mention and art movement called "Steampunk" that I just love and am fascinated by.  It has been around for a few years and it incorporates the Victorian/Edwardian era, so think about 1870's on to about 1890's. 
It's main thrust is mechanical, involving lots of Jules Vernes, H.G. Wells type of inventions.  The dawn of the industrial age.  The dress is very eclectic and in most cases the men look much more interesting than the ladies.  To be authentic Steampunk you have to use old machinery and the cogs and wheels have to turn.
I was in Mt. Dora this week-end for a Steam punk show and it was wonderful.  I just loved looking at all the old beautiful but functional "machinery".  They even had a "Time Machine".  The costumes were pretty good too.  If you get a chance to see any Steampunk go for it and remember "art" can make anything beautiful.
Donna Vines

Getting into the spirit of things

Hmm, but looks good!!

Cat Painting, Animal Art, "Sleeping Cat" by Carol Schiff, 6x12x.75" Oil

This is not your typical cat painting.  This kitty was so tired, she was sleeping on steps, in the middle of a tourist attraction.  People climbing up and down around her, trying to avoid her stretched out body and to not step on her tail.  Nothing bothered her.

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Apparently, Louisiana cats are tough

The painting is on 6x12x.75" stretched canvas, painted with texture using both knife and brush.

Thank you for reading my blog today and I hope you like my little cat painting.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Flower Painting, "Geranium Joy" by Carol Schiff, 8x10" Oil

What could be cheerier on a cold snowy day that a bright red flower painting?  Geraniums are always a favorite in my home.  This one is painted on stretched canvas and looks fantastic in a bold black frame.

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This will brighten up even the darkest, most boring corner of your home.

Once again, my goal was to keep my colors clean and bright and my strokes simple and bold. I think I achieved my goals in this flower painting


Thursday, January 16, 2014


After our outing on Monday of this week I transfered my photos then started going through them looking for some I might like to paint.  As I was scrolling through I thought about how lucky we were to live in such a beautiful area.  The beach, the ocean, the wildlife, there is so much to see and enjoy.
I thought I might share a few photos from our glorious day at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral.
Donna Vines

Strolling the beach

Bobbing on the waves

Just hanging

Hibiscus Painting, Small Still Life, "Pink Power" by Carol Schiff, 5x7" Oil SOLD

This is a small commissioned piece that went to Australia.  It's always fun to think about my art hanging on walls around the world.  You just gotta love the internet!


FUN FACTS.  Did you know.......Zebras coats are just black...their undercoats have white stripes!  Strange but, true.

It's in the thirties as I write this.(I actually wrote this on 1/07/14)  I know, I know, you are at 50 below, but this is FLORIDA!  Fortunately for us, we only have one day of weather in the 50's and tomorrow they are forecasting 70's with 80's by the end of the week.  No wonder, Florida is now the third largest state!


Monday, January 13, 2014

Still Life Pear Painting, "Pear Reflection on Glass" by Carol Schiff, 6x6" Oil

This is the final week of my NewYear25 sale, and I wanted to show you one of the paintings still available.

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I painted this pear several times....it was the only one I could find with a leaf still attached.  In this piece, it is sitting on a glass table with natural light pouring in behind it.

You may use Coupon code NEWYEAR25 at check out for a 25% discount.  This coupon code is good for any of the paintings in my MAKE ME AN OFFER section of my Etsy store.  All the paintings in this section have already been reduced, so you will be getting 25% off the already reduced price.  This is the last week of the sale.

Enjoy and STAY WARM!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Pelican Painting, Daily Painting, "Over the Waves" by Carol Schiff, 8x8 Oil Painting

If you live on the coast, you are sure to see these guys every day.  They love skim over the waves, looking for breakfast, and then dive bomb and do a most clumsy looking entrance into the water.

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My 25% discount on already reduced merchandise will be ending soon, so hop on over to my 'MAKE ME AN OFFER' section here and check out the selections.  This offer is good only on the reduced merchandise in this section.  Just use coupon code NEWYEAR25 to receive the discount.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Kitchen Still Life 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!

The holidays are gone and things are starting to get back to normal, but I still have my New Year's Day Sale at my Etsy site here.  Use coupon code NEWYEAR25 to receive 25% off the already discounted prices in my "MAKE ME AN OFFER" section.  Help me to clear out the studio and make room for all those new paintings I am working on.  I have a nice selection of paintings there for you to choose from.

I'm a little late, but I do want to thank all of my readers for supporting my blog, facebook page and my Etsy site last year.  It was a challenging and exciting year and my internet friends and clients played a very large part.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pear Season

After a long hiatus from oils I begged my fellow 8, Carol to stand over me and prod me along again.  She graciously agreed and after seeing her beautiful pear still life yesterday I asked if she would paint a pear with me. 
It felt good to just get out my oils, brushes, and easel and set up for a still life.  No products, no found objects, no newspapers spread on the floor, no rubber gloves just some oils and a canvas.  I painted this pear from a painting Carol had done awhile ago. Neither my colors or the shape is exactly the same but the process is.  Draw, mix, paint.
I have also been inspired by several of my other 8's who have committed to painting or drawing daily.  Thanks, sometimes life gets in the way but don't let it get in the way of doing something for yourself as often as you can.

Pear Day 1


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pear Still Life, "Le Bol de Poires" by Carol Schiff, 14x18" Oil on Canvas

Time for another Wild and Wacky Wednesday sale!

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This luscious bowl of pears in a dark and mysterious environment is painted in oils with glaze after glaze after glaze.  It's on stretched 14x18x.5 canvas.  Gallery price was $400.00

As you know, Wild and Wacky Wednesday involves an additional discount.  So, although this piece is already discounted $175.00, for today only, it can be yours with an additional rebate of $20.00.  Just follow the link here to my Etsy listing and purchase the painting.  You must write Wild and Wacky Wednesday on the order.  As soon as I receive notification of payment, I will refund your PayPal account $20.00.

This offer is good only until midnight EST January 7, 2014.

Thanks for viewing!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Flamingo Dancer, Pen and Ink by Carmen Beecher

This is for all those who call "Flamenco" "Flamingo." Just a gentle hint that they are mispronouncing it. I like the rose in her teeth--if she had teeth. After seriously painting so many birds in oils, this is just plain fun.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Pleinaire at FIT Bontanical Gardens

I love to paint pleinaire, and joined a couple of the Art Students Guild members on Tues.  This is the watercolor painting I did on site.  The Ti plants are the star.  They seen to be at their peak right now.
Mary Warnick.

Fancy Feathers, 5x7 Pen and Ink Drawing by Carmen Beecher

 I felt a bit Seussical and Zentanglish at the same time, so I made up a bird. It's the Mantilla-Crowned Checkertail.