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

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rainier Meadow, 10x8 Landscape Oil Painting, Pacific Northwest, by Carmen Beecher

The Pacific Northwest is so beautiful, and so different from my home state of Florida, which is flat as a flitter and doesn't have gigantic trees. Our country has as diverse a landscape as could be imagined, and it's one of the things I love about it. Being in this meadow made me want to burst into the opening song in Sound of Music, but I don't like to embarrass my husband.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Daily Painting, Floral Art, Small Oil Painting, Sunflower Painting, "SunnyFlowers" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Don't you just love sun flowers?  What could be unlikable about a giant flower, one you have to look up to?  Sunny, bright and full of energy with their big brown eyes and bobbing heads....they always make me happy.

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 I wanted to do  a tribute to them, something free and full of movement.  I worked with my palette knife and tried to pop the color.  I left plenty of texture because I want this painting to be touched.

I enjoy my work in simple black frames.  A black frame is always complimentary, it showcases the painting so well.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

PIe in the eye day

Yesterday was Fay's birthday and she treated us all to pie and coffee at the Sweetie Pie bake shop before group.  When you start the day with pie you know it is going to be a good one.
It was Carmen's turn to lead us into something new and a good exercise it was.  It really gets your thought process flowing and forces you  to see things so they are not how you perceive them.  We all brought drawing materials, sketch pads, some photos and something to measure with.  After  you decided what you wanted to draw you turned the photo upside down and drew that way.  You couldn't just sketch either, you had to measure things in relation to each other.  By turning the photo upside down and eye is not an eye but a shape.
Donna Vines

Denette is into it

Mary's finished drawing

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Daily Painting, Small OIl Painting, Nest Painting, "Nesting" by Carol Schiff, 12x12x1.5" Oil

This small oil painting is an attempt to paint a new subject for me.  I have been inspired by the nest paintings of Julie Oliver Ford.......actually by all her paintings.  Julie does stunning nests in oils and watercolors.  When an opportunity presented it's self to me, I decided to give it a try.

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 Unlike Julie, I used a palette knife to achieve the nest effect.

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Monday, March 23, 2015


It is nearly the end of March which means spring will soon be here.  To us living in Florida spring usually means mild to warm, we are soooo spoiled.  To most of my family and friends up north it means maybe trading the down jacket for the quilted one.  No matter what kind of spring you have your thought turn to budding trees, warm winds and of course flowers.  Here is a bouquet I painted using oils on a small panel.
Donna Vines

Friday, March 20, 2015

Snuggled Palms, 8x6 Original Oil Landscape Painting by Carmen Beecher

These palms were all by themselves by the water, but they look like they are getting along well. Reflections are such a challenge, especially in still water. My brain just doesn't work right when painting reflections. I seem to be on a landscape binge, and it's all because of studying the work of Mark Boedges and Clyde Aspevig. I just can't get enough.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Road to Sedona, 10x8 Desert Landscape by Carmen Beecher

We were driving to Sedona, Arizona with great anticipation, knowing we were going to one of the most beautiful spots in our country. We could see the storm clouds ahead, ready to give the desert some relief from thirst. We avoided the rain, and Sedona did not disappoint. It's gorgeous.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Flight Path, 10x8 Original Oil Painting, Wildlife

I can't seem to stop painting landscapes lately. This was a South Carolina scene; click on the "Click to Purchase" link to see more realistic colors of the painting. 

Last week 4/8 of the Pieces of 8 went to the art museum in Vero Beach and had a wonderful day. The exhibit there is so interesting, using everything from bottle caps to spools of thread to form art. It's found art at is finest, and warranted going back to see it all again. Since Kathy is away, no one thought to take pictures of our trip. We'll try to do better next time.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Wildlife Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "The Bandit" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Today I have another wildlife painting, image provided by my photographer friend, Ted Fuhrer.  Thanks Ted!

Ted lives on top of a mountain in North Carolina and has visit from many types of critters.  I was especially taken by this image.

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I have always been drawn to wildlife.  When my son was small, I did a series of counted cross stitch pictures for his room.  I still have a few....a bear and a bobcat.

I think these would be terrific in a boy's room too.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Black and White day

Yesterday was a herding cats day for the Pieces.  We had a few members that were away, some members joined in the paint-a-thon protest to save the old Mel High building from being torn down to make way for yet another apartment building and some members could only make a special lunch.  Phillis Holland was down visiting from Georgia and we had a really nice reunion lunch beachside.
It was my turn to present and I thought hand coloring some black and white photos would be fun.  It was just Carmen, Kathy and Kathy's 4 year old granddaughter Josie but what the heck Carmen and I forged ahead anyway.
Neither of us finished our photos but it was a very relaxing way to spend the morning.  For some reason the time flies by and you can really get into the zone when hand painting.  I wanted to share a blow up of an area of the photo I was working on.  It was a picture I had taken in Maine at a friend's house.  All of my photos are really old snapshots I took when I was doing a lot of hand painting.
We used special Marshall oils, cotton and Q-tips for applying.  This photo was a sepia tone.
I just love the colors and tone you can create with this process.  It was so relaxing when my next turn rolls around we are going to do it again.
Donna Vines

unfinished hand colored photo

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mountain Path, 10x8 Oil on Panel Daily Painting Landscape

This path was right on top of a mountain in a remote area on the other side of Mt. Rainier. Cloud cover was hanging over the mountain. My nephew spends every spare moment in these mountains, so he took us to places tourists don't see. 

I can't explain the glowing purple that I see in the mountains. Maybe it doesn't look that way on your monitor; however, if you click on the link that says "Click to Purchase" it goes to Etsy and the colors look right. Same image file, different colors. Weird.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015


The weather has been cloudy, rainy and cool here in Florida so I am thinking more tropical then usual.  Here are a few paintings that take you to a warm sunny place.

Nic surfing the waves


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Figurative Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Into The Blue" by Carol Schiff, 8x6" Oil

I have been wanting to do this figurative painting for a long time.  I remember the day I saw this young girl wade into the Gulf of Mexico, wearing her hat.

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It was blinding hot and I was tired and thirsty.  I shot a photo of her and went in search of shelter.  The image was in my files for years before I pulled it out, and painted it, last week.

It is the first figure I have done with a palette knife, (quite a struggle) but in the end, I am happy with it.

I have to admit, I get lazy.  I always feel the figure is a stretch of my sketching skills.  Instead of doing more of them, I shy away......the wrong thing to do!  I am happy I finally tackled this figure and my goal is to attack them more often.

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