Monday, August 30, 2010
This guy hangs out on the fishing pier in Cocoa Beach, FL, waiting for an easy meal to steal from an unsuspecting fisherman. It was really, really, steaming hot that day and I tried to capture that heavy atmospheric feeling in the piece.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Happy Birthday to my grandson Kevin. Have a fantastic day!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I am having trouble with my comments. Visitors have complained that they have trouble leaving comments, so I made some changes in the settings. However, for the past 3 or 4 days, comments were being posted without moderation or notification to me, so I have made more setting changes. Please be patient with me. If I don't acknowledge your comment, please know that I have read it and do appreciate it. Hopefully, I can work through this and come up with a solution to the problem. I know I am not the only one having this problem, so if you can help me, please do!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Today is a special day. It is my mother's 89th birthday. She is one tough lady and has overcome much in her life. When she was born she was only two pounds. My grandmother fed her with an eye-dropper and carried her on a pillow. Can you imagine that she could survive that 89 years ago? She is not doing too well now and may not be with us much longer, but I thought this would be the perfect way to honor her on her birthday.
There are not too many plants as tough as Rose of Sharon. In Western North Carolina, you see them everywhere. The are pretty tough plants. A neighbor trimmed her plant and brought the trimmings to me last summer. I stuck them in the ground and watered them for a week and then left for the winter. Today they line the front of my vacation home, covered in flowers, all summer long. They only stop flowering when the frost comes. When I am there, every morning I love to get a cup of coffee and sit in the rocker on my porch, surrounded with these beautiful flowers.
Happy Birthday, Mom!
PS: Today is the last day of my Blog Visitor's sale. Check the previous post for details.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Only two days left of my "Blog visitor's Sale". Friday will be the last day. Here are the rules: Go to my Etsy sites, CarolSchiffStudio or CarolOnEdge and purchase any painting. When I receive notification of payment from Paypal, I will refund back 20% of the purchase price to you. You do not have to have a Paypal account and you can pay through Paypal with a credit card. Just a little thank you for my viewers who have stuck with me for two years of blogging!
Monday, August 16, 2010
A couple friends and I went to St. Cloud, FL for a few hours last week. We did a little shopping, found a wonderful place for lunch (Diane's Tea Room, served homemade quiche and the absolute best homemade cranberry, walnut and orange zest scones with devenshire cream) and on the way out through the courtyard, I found this beautiful, perfect hibiscus bloom. It proved to be a challenge for me, but in the end I am happy with the results.
This painting has been licensed and reproduced as a hand-distressed solid wood plank wall decor.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Summer is almost gone, and I need to clean out my studio. I also want to get an idea of how many of my sales come directly from this blog. I have decided to give my blog visitors a 20% discount for the following week only. Just visit my Etsy site at CarolSchiffStudio or at CarolOnEdge and purchase the painting of your choice. Items already on sale are not included. When you are directed to Paypal, just leave me a message that you are a "Blog visitor" and I will credit you back 20% off the price of the painting. You do not have to have a Paypal account to use Paypal and you can have it charged directly to your credit card. One week only, so don't let this opportunity go bye!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I was in the Big Apple earlier this summer and while there, visited the Student's Art League. They have a great facility and and wonderful gallery, open to the public, where they display their pieces for sale. I don't remember the name of the store next door, but rightly enough, it was an art supply store. While checking it out, I found these little 3x5" Winsor-Newton panels. I have never seen this size before and thought it would be fun to try a few. It was also the perfect purchase size as I didn't have much room in my roll-aboard suitcase.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Donna Vines for allowing me to paint from two of her favorite photos.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
This is one I painted several months ago and for some reason I never got around to posting it. I must have had it in my stack of paintings to post at least a half dozen times. Maybe, deep down, I am unhappy with it, or maybe I like it too much to sell? The truth is, I think I was a little to unorganized.
Last week we were in North Carolina vacationing with my granddaughter Courtney and her friend Alison. There is nothing like spending a week with two teen-age girls to help you organize your life.
Monday, August 2, 2010