Sunday, March 31, 2013

Small Oil Portrait, "Green Eyes" SOLD



I have been in the mood to paint a few portraits lately, practicing skin tones and just trying to get an accurate likeness.

This model had typical red-head coloring and gorgeous green eyes.  I couldn't resist the color combination.

Hope you enjoy this.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Daily Painting, Florida Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Going Coconuts" by Carol Schiff, SO

A few weeks ago, I was hanging out at one of my favorite places, Eau Gallie Yacht Club.  It is a gorgeous facility sitting on Florida's intra-coastal waterway.  I was sitting outside, enjoying a glass of wine and watching my grandson paddleboard, surrounded by dolphins.  Suddenly I noticed three palms filled with coconuts.

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I love the fact that I can pull out my cell and take photos anywhere.  In the old days (before last year) I would miss lots of photo opportunities when I left the house without a camera.

Computers have truely changed our lives.  I remember reading a few years ago, about an undercover invention that was going to change mankind.  Come to find was the Segway!  Ha!

Oh well, one life changing invention in a life time is all I can ask for.....and that is the internet.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Tulip Painting, "Dancing Tulips" 9x12" Oil Still Life SOLD

When spring was here, tulips were blooming everywhere.  They always remind me of my grandmother's house where they surrounded the walkways.  The house was old, my father was born there, with no paint, and early in my life, no electricity.  I also remember the dreaded outhouse!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Small Seascape, Ocean Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Sunrise", 6x8 Oil, SOLD

Although I do not live on the beach, I am very close, so it is easy to jump in my car with a cup of coffee and a camera.  That is just what I did on this morning.


It is my favorite time of day at the beach.  Very few people, maybe an occasional fisherman, just me and the surf and the birds.  The surf is usually quiet, as though it is still sleeping too, and the birds are very busy, running around looking for breakfast.

Of course, when the sun finally breaks over the horizon, it is glorious.

I hope that you will remember this post on your next vacation to the sea, and you will take the opportunity to share a very special moment with nature.  I know you will not regret it!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Female Profile "Courtney", 6x8" oil portrait

Still working with a few head studies to practice skin tones, as well as features.  On this one, I tried very hard to capture a likeness as well as the proper skin tones.

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She has that beautiful ivory skin, full of blues, lavenders and peaches.

It took several tries to capture her cute upturned nose just right.

I have not done portraits for many years and find that I am enjoying the challenge this week.  It's always good to push yourself now and then.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Oil Portrait, "LISA" 6x8" Female Head

I have been working on portraits on and off since December and wanted to  get some practice on mixing skin tones.

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Skin tones are so varied and so important.  If the tone is incorrect, the painting is lost.  This one had loads of purples, peach and a little green.

I have a few more heads to show you in future posts.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

"Blue Heron" 12x12", SOLD

This is my third time painting this scene and each painting is very different than the others.  My latest effort is here:

Painted with a palette knife and a technique I have developed which i like to call Color Weaving.  It gives lots of texture to the painting.

The second effort was several years ago, a small 5x7" in a vaguely abstract style.

The first time I painted this bird was many years ago in pastel....................

It is very interesting to see which direction you painting goes over the years. I recently read about a man who took a photo of his daughter every week of her life.  Now he has a unique record. I think I will take a cue from him and  paint this again in a few years.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Daily Painting, "Barnyard King" 6x8" palette knife painting SOLD

I have always wanted to paint a rooster.  Those colorful feathers are just too appealing.


I was in the zone with this one, slinging paint everywhere.........some days I just feel like the more paint the better!

Now, can we talk, blogger to blogger?  I have gotten myself involved in so many websites, that I hardly have time to paint these days.  I have really stepped up posts on several facebook accounts too.  When I have a new painting, I post it on Etsy, Daily Painter's Gallery, Daily Paintworks, CFAI, several places on facebook, maybe on Pinterest. etc.  As a result, I never get around to the blogs I liked to read every morning.  I have found many of my blogger friends on facebook.  It is so much faster to make a quick comment there.  Am I the only one with this problem?  Are you posting and commenting less now than in the past?  I really would like some input on how others handle this issue.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

CFAI Challenge Winner for February "Groovin" SOLD

Several months ago I decided to join Contemporary Fine Art International ,"CFAI", website.  It's a great site featuring many wonderful artists.  In addition to their own gallery, members have the opportunity to post on the CFAI blogs, advertise in their fabulous e-magazine, and enter their monthly challenges.

I am thrilled that my painting "Grovin'"  won "Best of Show" in the February, 2013 challenge.  The theme was romance.  They also offer a juried show several times a year.  If you are an artist, consider entering, you do not have to be a member to enter the challenges.

Please check out the CFAI website here. It's a great website, and very interactive.   I think you will like it!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Small Floral Still Life, "Tulips and Sunflower" 8x6"

It may not feel like it where you live, but winter is on it's last legs and soon spring flowers will be bursting out of the ground.  Tulips are one of those flowers that mean spring to me.

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Living in Florida, most of the tulips I see these days are in the florist shop.  Some years, I get lucky, and visit North Carolina when they are blooming.

These came from the grocery store.  Lately, I have been coming home with more flowers than food which tends to upset my husband.   I tell him flowers are edible, but he is not impressed with my knowledge.

Tulips are so elegant.  They remind me of ballet dancers with their graceful poses.  Like most things so beautiful, they don't last as long as I would like.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Daily Painting, Still Life Floral, "Hydrangea" by Carol Schiff 10x10" Palette Knife SOLD

Today I was looking for something soothing and serene........


I have always been drawn to this color combination of blues, greens, lavenders, and pinks.  Working with a palette knife made it feel even softer to me,  I was in the zone on this one, slinging paint everywhere.  Clean up was not fun!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Daily Painting, Figurative, "Hula Mama" 6x8" SOLD

Have you been to the islands?  This post was inspired by my friends,  who just returned from a fabulous trip there.


I am always looking for a new subject matter to paint...not an easy thing to do these days.  I am sure there are plenty of other paintings like this around, but I have not seen them.  Sooo, new to me!

I was expecting lots of trouble, as I don't do many figures, and on this one, I had to capture a certain "sway" to her body.  It actually went easier than expected!  Yea!

PS I just googled "hula girl painting" and there are a ton out there :-(