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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Small Seascape, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Churning", 6x8" Oil

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

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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.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Abstract Landscape, Daily Painting, "Fire in the Sky" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Whenever I feel the need to push my art, I turn to abstract.  This time,  I wanted some representation in the piece.
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 I started with an old reference photo and worked hard to bring movement and heat to the piece.



I really enjoyed working on this piece...I hope you enjoy it too!


Friday, August 14, 2015

Pacific Northwest Journal

We've been in the Seattle area visiting relatives and friends, and I recorded various events in my sketch journal. What a handy dandy thing that is. When I can't remember what year or month I did something, I find it in my journal, along with happy memories. First we were in Sequim (pronounced "Squim", where lavender farms are everywhere), with my cousins, Bill and Louise.

Hap and I in the Big Chair at a lavender farm. 

Opera music plays in the Sequim rest rooms. They appropriately played a selection from "Carmen" when I walked in. What a wonderful small town with a great community spirit and an appreciation for every shade of purple.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sunset Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Sunset over Marsh, "Sky Glow" 8x10x1.5"

Painting sunsets is one of my favorite subjects.  The only thing better is painting sunsets over water!

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This is an 8x10" painted primarily with a brush, with just a little palette knife help at the center of interest.

I tried to keep it a little more realistic than some of my sunsets, which can easily get a little on the gaudy side.  It's so easy to get carried away with those gorgeous colors.  Photographs do the same, showing the colors stronger than life and darkening the forground to a near black.

I recently purchased a video from Richard Robinson, a very accomplished artist, (google him) and he showed me a few new tricks about sunsets.  He starts painting with the sun, working outward.  He has a stunning way with color in all his works, but it is his sunset paintings that realy attract me.

Thanks for viewing today.


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Floral Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Paintings,Floral Still Life

I am busy working on several large commissions, so today, I thought I would post a few of my favorite florals from over the years.

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I had to include this chunky geranium painting.

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Who knew weeds (thistles) could be so beautiful!

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I wanted to do a Christmasy floral, but something that could be used all year.

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Hydrangea from my garden and some favorite pottery pieces.

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This one is just plain happy!  Don't know how I managed that fun background.

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One of my early palette knife florals.  an you tell I love texture? 

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Zinnia are so cheerful.

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Tulips and Sunflower... a winning combination.

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I like the shapes and brushwork on this one.

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This Hibiscus was one of my first florals....still one of my favorites.

So that's my little garden party for the day.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Have a beautiful day!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Little Pieces

Today we only had two of the Pieces in attendance, Donna and Mary. It was sooo quiet but both Mary and myself got a lot done, we were very happy at the end of the day.
I was working in oils. I did a marsh scene with a big sky.  I am practicing my skies and really trying to work on values and getting my under painting right.  As you can see I started off with my darks then went to my lightest lights.  I did not quite finish the painting but I got a lot more than done than usual.
Mary was working in watercolors on a large, complicated piece with lots of activity and reflections.  As you can see she made some real progress.



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

daily art, floral painting, flower art, pink peony,

This is a small study for a larger piece.

 Step 1:  Pick peony and hydrangea from garden.

Step 2:  Paint!

This little piece has everything I like.....flowers, pinks, purples, blues.

I'm a happy girl :)

To be continued............