Sunday, April 27, 2014

Daily Painting, Shell Still Life, "Queen Conch" by Carol Schiff, 8x10" Oil

I found this Queen Conch shell on the beach during a trip to the Abaco Islands.  The Abaco Islands are a small, but beautiful chain of quaint islands off the shore of Florida.  Easy to travel to and with all beautiful unspoiled beaches, great fishing and diving and just plain relaxing.  They are not on the tourist route, which is an added bonus.

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I placed it in an east facing window one morning, and got a remarkable glow as the sun shone through the shell.  It seemed to be on fire and I tried to capture that beauty here.

Maybe not quite as nice as a trip to the islands, but a close second!   Every time I see it, I can feel sand between my toes.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Daily Painting, Rose Painting, "Plantation Roses" by Carol Schiff, 12x12x1.5" Oil

This daily painting is a result of my trip to Laura Plantation in southern Louisiana last summer.  Laura Plantation was just beautiful and I found these roses climbing a picket fence.  As lovely as it was, I felt a dark cloud hung over the place as the spirit of slaves were in the air.  The tiny slave cabins could not be ignored, nor the fact that the grounds were maintained by them also.

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In spite of that, it was an interesting tour and very informative too.  The staff were well educated in the plantations history and gave us much insight into life on the plantation.

Laura Plantation is a Creole plantation and not what you expect when the word "plantation" comes into your mind.  No big white house with huge pillars but a modest Louisiana home.  The big white house we all think of is from "American Plantations", which we also visited.  It was just what we had expected, but I found it very strange that "slaves" were hardly mentioned during our tour there.

All in all, it was an interesting and informative day and I highly recommend the trip.  Here is a link to Laura Plantation's website:

Mixed Media Still Life, Wine, Bread "SUSTENANCE" by Contemporary Arizona Artist Pat Stacy

Wine and bread--food for the journey, whether spiritual or daily life. The light of the Creator is represented by the foiled squares on the left. 

Mixed Media Still Life, Wine, Bread, Gold Foil

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fruit Still Life, Kitchen Decor, "Breakfast Berries" by Carol Schiff, 8x8" Oil

I love bacon and eggs, but some days, I crave a big bowl of berries.  That is what I was thinking about when I painted this fruit still life.

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We are so fortunate to have wonderful fresh produce available year round in our markets.  I know local is better, but given the choice of blueberries  one month of the year, or all year, I know what I will choose.

In this set up, I piled them high in my favorite pottery berry bowl.  I took it all to my Monday morning painting group and set it under the spotlight.  We all painted the same set up and it is always fun to view the setting from another view and to see how others paint it.  On some days simple is better!


Don't Miss Southlake Art in the Square this Weekend by Pamela Blaies

And We Danced
24" x 12"
oil on linen

You are invited to Southlake Art in the Square in Southlake, Texas
...this weekend!

And We Danced is my latest painting and I absolutely love how it turned out. It may not be dry enough to display this weekend in my exhibit at Southlake Art in the Square, but I wanted to share it fresh off the easel.  I did some sketches of the peach roses in preparation for this piece. I worked on suggesting light and gesture with as few brushstrokes as possible. Painting roses is challenging. The translucent petals catch the light, reflect the light and throw luminous shadows onto the underpetals. Observing a rose is fascinating to me. Here is a study from this week.

One Peach Rose
5" x 7"
oil on linen

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Flower Painting, "Geranium Joy" by Carol Schiff 8x10" Oil

What could be cheerier on a dreary day that a bright red flower painting?  Geraniums are always a favorite in my home.  This one is painted on stretched canvas and looks fantastic in a bold black frame.

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This will brighten up even the darkest, most boring corner of your home.

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Once again, my goal was to keep my colors clean and bright and my strokes simple and bold. I think I achieved my goals in this flower painting

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lilacs 2014 by Carol Smith Myer

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Original Still Life Flower Watercolor Painting "A Touch of Orange" by Georgia Artist Deanna Jaugstetter

On Fridays, I meet with a group of artist friends to paint and do art talk! We often set up a still life of flowers which one of the participants brings for set up! "A Touch of Orange", a still life watercolor painting on paper, is inspired by this mixed bouquet of beautiful summer flowers! The loose interpretation of the bouquet makes for a lively and spontaneous creation resulting from a delightful painting experience! The painting is beautifully double matted, with glass , and custom framed!

 Watercolor-14.5"x14.5"Framed Dimensions

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Bold Stilllife/Florals Painting Workshop-One space available!

One Space Available!!

Bold Florals Painting Workshops
Annie O’Brien Gonzales

Red Sky Art Studios
May 15, 16, 17, 2014
3 days, 9am-4pm

Paint real flowers loosely from still life set-ups with a small group in my studio on beautiful Upper Canyon Road. This will be a fun, low-pressure, creative workshop designed for painters at any level--even newbies. You will learn methods for creating under paintings to add liveliness, paint with bold color (no mud, I promise), add pattern, & respond intuitively to create your unique vision. I’ve limited  the workshop to allow time for individual attention. Choose to paint in either acrylic or oil--a materials list will be sent upon registration. For further information, contact me at or 505.699.1705.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Still Life Rose Watermelon,Flower Oil Painting "Plein Air Roses" by Texas Contemporary Fine Artist Lunell Gilley

 Still Life Rose, Watermelon,Flower Oil Painting

 30"x24"x7/8" Original Oil on Canvas/Framed

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Original Still Life Floral Oil Painting "Catching The Light" by Georgia Artist Deanna Jaugstetter


 As I painted this floral oil painting in my studio, the light coming from the window stayed consistent until the end. Often, a light source will change dramatically, challenging the artist in that he must remember the initial inspiration for the painting. For me, so often it is the way light falls across the subject matter! Such is the joy and challenge of painting from life. Hydrangea is a southern flowering bush that brings me great joy in my garden from mid spring through late June!

 11x14 Oil on Canvas/SOLD

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Original Still Life Lily Painting by "Lilies on the Windowsill" Colorado Artist Nancee Jean Busse

When I buy fresh flowers I place them into a clear vase of some kind and photograph them in a variety of settings. i love the way the stems look through the glass and water. I love to discover where the light refracts, and how the light streams through the delicate petals. When I looked at the photos of this arrangement, I was pleased to see all of the purples and magentas and how the light shafted through the bouquet in places.

 Acrylic on Cradleboard, 18×24x2/Available

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Flowers Hydrangeas in a Vase Still Life Art Palette Knife Flowers by Debra Hurd

18"x14" Palette Knife Oil on Canvas/SOLD

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Now Available at UGallery by Pamela Blaies

24" x 18"

I was excited to see my painting, Irises, on the front page of as one of their top paintings chosen as "Staff Picks." UGallery is an exciting new concept - a virtual gallery offering original artwork. Each piece of art is specially selected by UGallery's expert panel of curators. They've received a lot of national attention lately praising the success of this innovative idea from sources like CNN, USA Today, In Style and Cosmopolitan to name a few.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flower Painting, Floral Still Life, "Mixed Blessings" by Carol Schiff, 8x8x1.5 Oil

It's spring.....sigh!  The perfect time to paint flowers...........

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I don't know about you, but I was beginning to think that winter would never go away!  I now what you're thinking...."she lives in Florida???)  Well. true, but even in Florida we have seen day after day of piles of snow and cars sliding off the road, although it was on the nightly news.  We feel for those of you who had to suffer through it first hand and we are happy that it is gone.

So lets all celebrate a new beginning.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tracy Wall -- "Any Way You Slice It"

Any Way You Slice It
10" x 10″ (x1.5")
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Best Part of Being an Artist by Pamela Blaies

Sunrise Reflections
oil on linen

I enjoyed Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park 2014! It's always great to visit Houston to catch up with some of my longtime collectors and meet lots of art lovers. But with all of the preparation and travel involved, I've been unable to spend any time in the studio for the past couple of weeks. Time to get back to the best part of being an artist....creating!

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"Mary Janes II" Original Still Life Black Shoes Mary Janes Baby Shoe Painting by Georgia Artist Deanna Jaugstetter

Last week I posted the graphite drawing of these little girl's shoes titled Mary Janes II. These small original oil still life paintings make a wonderful addition to a child's room. The paintings are each unique as is their owners! I change the composition and coloration with each new work! This wonderful value is $135.00 framed!

Original Still Life Black Shoes Mary Jane Baby Shoe Painting

 6"x8" Oil on Canvas/SOLD


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"Pink Roses" Original Still Life Rose Oil Painting by Colorado Artist Susan Fowler


16x20 Oil on Canvas/Available

 Original Still Life Rose Oil Painting

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, "Roses of Laura Plantation" by Carol SAchiff, 10x10x1.5" Oil

Last spring I was touring the beautiful Creole plantation in southern Louisiana, called Laura.  It was named for the "president" of the plantation,  who is always the smartest child.  The Creole's had no problem recognizing women as the smartest and strongest in their communities.

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The plantation was more of business than home, although it served as both. It was very functional. If it didn't make money, it wan't there.  In contrast, the American plantation down the road  was your typical big white house with columns....just what you would expect a plantation to look like.

I was charmed by this scene of climbing roses and knew I would want to paint it.


Now that I have.....I want to do a larger version.

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