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

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Daily Painting, Lighthouse Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Lighthouse on the Marsh" 11x14 Oil

Last fall I spent to few days in beautiful Fernandina Beach, Fl, attending a painting workshop.  Although we were painting still life, I had a little opportunity to explore the area.  I found this great lighthouse, overlooking a beautiful marsh, just down the street from my hotel, in a state park.

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I was short on time and only able to snap a few quick shots of the scene awash in morning light.  It started my day off perfectly.


I plan to return in March for another workshop, and hopefully, I will have the opportunity to visit this beautiful area again.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wildlife Painting, Bird Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Bluebird" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Original Oil

I like to paint birds.......usually, herons, egrets or pelicans catch my eye.  So, I really appreciated this reference photo from my friend and photographer, Ted Fuhrer.  You can see more of his work on facebook.

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I hope you find a bluebird outside your window this moring!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pastel Sea, 10x8 Original Oil Daily Painting, Seascape by Carmen Beecher

Despite the title of this painting, it is not a pastel, it's an oil. It's the scene that is pastel. Sometimes the sea and sky are soft colors, which makes for a peaceful painting. In fact, I believe I hear it calling me right now...I need to go down there and walk a while...

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking...

"Sea Fever" by John Masefield

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Daily Painting, Abstract Landscape, "Lighting the Heavens" by Carol Schiff, 12x24x.75" Oil

In this painting, my goal was to capture that magic moment when the sun just peeks through the horizon and night turns to day.

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For me, that is the best moment.......knowing I have a brand new day to enjoy.

I did my favorite palette knife technique (which I have labeled color weaving) on this.  I find it gives me a great way to blend from one color to another.


I hope your day is fabulous and if you have not seen a sunrise lately...set your alarm for tomorrow, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the show!


Monday, February 9, 2015

Clouds in Landscape, 24x18 Original Oil Painting by Carmen Beecher

This is the finished painting from the demo I did for the Pieces of 8. We all painted clouds that day, and it was a lot of fun. I am on a cloud kick right now; they are as varied as waves in the ocean. Their colors, shapes, values and textures change constantly.


Cloud Demonstration

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Winter at the beach

Even though I am in sunny Florida, I cannot escape the cold breath of winter.  I get constant reports and updates of the bitter temperatures and mountains of snow.  I do not miss these things at all but there is still some beauty to be found that isn't stark white.
This hand colored photo of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, MA was taken on a January day and captures the cold, raw feeling of the ocean in Winter.
Donna Vines

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Azores Hydrangeas, Oil Painting of Terceira Island, 10x8 by Carmen Beecher

I lived in the Azores for several years, and the winters were wet and windy, but all that rain produced beautiful flowers like these hydrangeas. I'd love to go back someday for a visit and see if there are any donkey carts or wooden oxcarts left. The oxcarts had wood-on-wood axles and had the loudest screech as they came down the street. My son, who was two, spent the whole first month looking out the window at the horses, cows, and pigs going down the street.

Below is a photo of the beautiful fields on Terceira Island. 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Hand colored photos

Several years ago I did some hand colored black and white photos.  I had long been intrigued by the process, ever since I had seen some postcards and landscapes in an antique shop many years ago.  I read about the process and decided to try it. 
It is very time consuming and can be tedious but I loved the results.  These are photos of two subjects I did that were not landscapes or outdoor scenes.
Donna Vines