Sunday, September 30, 2012

Daily Landscape Painting, "A Little Bit Country" 6x8 Oil SOLD

I have had this image in my files for several years.  Each time I tried to paint it, I failed.But, I kept the image on my memory stick, always nagging me, like waving a red flag at a bull.

This time I was happy with the results.  It's is not a particularly difficult scene.  I don't know what caused me so much trouble.  All I know is that every nine or 10 months or so, I would give it a try and then wipe it off.

The attraction was the strong light in the mid-ground and the back lighting on the fence.  I am happy to finally delete this from my "things to paint" list.

Have you ever had this experience with a specific scene?  If so, how did you overcome the challenge?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Daily Painting, Oil, Animal, Sheep, 8x10 SOLD

My friend, Donna Vines, took a trip to Northern England earlier this year.  She was kind enough to share her photos with me.  I have painted several of them and I could not resist this small lamb walking the moor.

I painted with palette knife and brush and tried to get lots of texture in it.  I liked the rugged  feel.  I have never been on the moors, but I think they would feel rugged and cold and windy.

I painted a ram a few months ago, which I like to think is this lamb's daddy.  You can view it here

Have a wonderful week!

Carol Schiff

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tropical Landscape, Palette Knife 8x10 Painting, SOLD

Recently, several of my paintings were reproduced on solid wood plank hand distressed panels by Artehouse LLC.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I have never posted this original artwork which is among those being marketed.

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These palms, next to the intercoastal waterway on the east coast of Florida, are shown during the "golden hour".  Golden hour refers to that brief time when the setting sun bathes the landscape is a golden glow.

I tried to capture that glow in my painting, but it is a poor version of the glorious view I had that November afternoon.  Even photographs pale next to the real thing.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Daily Painting "See Rock City",9x12" Barn Painting with Palette Knife, SOLD

If you are of a certain age and traveled the south before the days of interstate highways, you are probably familiar with this sight.

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At the time, the barns peppered the countryside, but these days they are few and far between.  If you are lucky enough to spot one, it is likely in disrepair and showing it's age.  This one is located in Bryson City, North Carolina in the Smoky Mountains.

Blogger has been misbehaving for me lately.  When I try to post more than one image, it insists on posting the second image at the top of the post.  Is anyone else having this problem?  I will try to out think them on my next post and see if I can get the second image in.

There is also a problem with subscription services.  At the moment, the feed is not working properly.  I have no idea whether or not subscribers are receiving the daily posts.  Hopefully, this will soon be solved too.

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Daily Painting, Pelican, Florida "Hunker Down" 6x8", SOLD

The number one rule in Florida, during hurricane season, is learn to "hunker down".

It simply means,do what you can and then wait it out.  Prepare for the storm, bring in supplies, get lots of books to read, stay dry, and wait!

This pelican had a "hunker down" attitude about him, with no hurricane in sight.  Actually, I think he was sleeping or at least, resting, but whenever I see one in this position, I think "hunker down".

I hope you have a chance to "hunker down" today.  It is not always a bad's sometimes pleasant to  have time taken out of your hands and be forced to just rest.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Still Life, "Vase in Sunlight" 8x6", Oil SOLD

I mark the days of my life as the sun rotates around my house.   During summer months I set up still life vignettes on my dining room table or on the window sill of the den.

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When the days grow short, I move my painting props to the breakfast nook, where the sun streams through and paints shadows of palm fronds on the walls.

Already thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas are entering my mind.  Soon those days too will pass.  Life goes on, we all grow a little older, and the sun starts it's slow rotation again.

Enjoy today!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Daily Paint "Aechmea Chantinii Bromeliad" 8x10, Oil

Well, that is a real mouthful, especially first thing in the morning!

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Hopefully, the painting is a little more appealing than the title.

I found these beautiful blooms on my porch and could not ignore them.  The delicate pink tones next to the leathery dusty blue green leaves are very dramatic.  I am not a successful gardener, but these plants thrive on neglect. The only care I give it is to cover it up when our winter cold fronts come through.

As lovely as it looks, beware, it is covered in thorns and spikes and will bite you without warning.  Hmmmmm, maybe that is why I tend to stay away from it!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Daily Painting, "The Sun Kisses the Sea" 8x10 SOLD

This painting is another from my trip to Sanibel Island earlier this summer.

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It is very much a nature reserve with stunningly beautiful scenes in every direction.  I am sure the people who reside there become jaded, maybe they long for that haunting beauty of a desert.

Where ever you live, there is beauty, you just have to be able to see it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Daily Painting "Morning Sail" 6x8 Oil Landscape SOLD

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. 
--Mark Twain 

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The thing about sailing, is that it looks like a lot more fun than it actually is.  I know, I know, that's just my opinion, so please don't get upset!  I enjoyed my days on the boat and I still love to spend an afternoon sailing.

Now, when I see a sail boat heading out on a beautiful sunny day, it seems like a little piece of paradise.
The real thing  almost never beats out imagination.  It's easy to forget the day the sail ripped or the day we sailed home in a raging storm with lightening strikes all around us.

Today, I will imagine....and paint about it.

Happy Birthday to my baby girl, Shelly!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Daily Painting "Satisfaction", Cat Portrait, 6x6" SOLD

Retagene, who is a friend of mine from Etsy, sent me an image of her cat, pretending to be asleep in the sun.  I couldn't pass up the chance to do a daily painting.

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Kitty's owner, Retagene is such a talented artist herself.  She has many interests  so if you want to visit her Etsy site you can find it here.  I love her cards and re-order time and again.

He (she) looks so satisfied, sitting in the sun.  That is something my paint group, Pieces of Eight is going to be doing lots of in a week or two.  We go on a week's retreat to the mountains every year and that time is fast approaching.  Plenty of painting, sightseeing, photo-shoots, cooking, wine and just all around good times with long time friends.  Thank you Cindy, for volunteering your house.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Daily Farm Painting, "Valley View" 7x5" SOLD

Red barn, green grass, a little fishing pond.....what more could you ask for on a lazy summer day?

This farm is down the road from us on Conley's Creek Road.  I must have painted it 30 or more times.  Each time, I think I have said everything I can, but then I find myself drawn to it again.  A different angle, or new time of pulls me in time after time.

Set in the valley, I pass it each time I leave my house.  It is the most picturesque spot I know.  Surrounded by mountains and with a curvy drive, the light effects are always spectacular.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Landscape, "Barn on Thomas Valley Road" 6x8" SOLD

When we are in the mountains of North Carolina, we pass this barn on our way to town.  It sits between the mountains on the shores of the Tuckaseegee River, on a beautiful little winding road.

I love the rural life style.  It reminds me of my childhood in Ohio.  I never lived on a farm, but my cousins did and I would visit often.  In these fast paced days of rushing from one spot to another, those lazy, hazy days of the past seem very attractive.  I am fortunate to get a taste of that life now and then.

Hope you find a peaceful moment or two in your day.

One another note, I was checking my stats to what  referring URL's send traffic to my blog and noticed that  many of my readers come from one specific  Carol was kind enough to include  me on her blog list several years ago.  I know you are all familiar with her work as she is "Queen of Art Blogs"  but she is also a wonderful kind woman.  So, thank you Carol!  If you have not been to her blog today, please stop bye.