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

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Life is good in North Carolina, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Blue Ridge Highway, 6x8" Oil,

Last fall, we took a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It was a crisp, sunny day and my camera was busy clicking away.

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It's hard to go wrong with a blue and yellow painting.....it just shouts "Cheerful".  The background was painted  with a brush, but I used a palette knife on the flowers and grasses.  That's when it started to be really fun!

I feel like I was able to capture the feel of the day......I hope it made you smile!

Carol Schiff

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Poppy Painting, Small Oil Painting, Flower Painting, Daily Painting, 6x8" Oil on Panel

You know how much I love flowers.  I love to grow them, and paint them.  Since my move to the mountains, I don't have space to grow to many....so I may be painting them more often.

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How could I resist these beautiful poppies?

If you have taken pictures of flowers, that you would like to share with me, I would love to see them.

Carol Schiff


Challenge for April, My Favorite Little Piece of a Painting

The challenge is to take a small piece of a painting, and do a new painting based on the small piece.

I visited the Biltmore Conservatory, here in Asheville, and found inspiration, in every direction!

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This painting captured the spirit of the gardens, but I felt
it was too fussy for my taste.

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So I went back to my photo reference and focused on a small area, tightened up my painting and came up with this.

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But wait!  I still had more to say.  I returned to my photo reference, picked up a larger brush, and decided to go abstract.  I started by placing spots of color.  As I painted, it tightened up until it resembled flowers.  I stopped before I said too much.

Which do you prefer?

Carol Schiff

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The painting I chose was more of a seascape than a figurative painting, so I emphasized the child in my new little painting. Below is the original.

Carmen Beecher

Challenge for April

This was a strange idea for a watercolorist.  I often do several small studies for a large painting, so this was the opposite.  "Dahlias" was painted some years ago and hangs in a friend's bedroom.

For the small painting I chose one flower from the original to paint.  I sent it to my Granddaughter for her birthday as soon as it was photographed.

Mary Warnick

I looked through all of my old paintings and I could not seem to find one that inspired me but I did have an idea.  What if I tried painting one of my collages.  That really intrigued me.  Collages can look like a painting from a distance but when you get closer you see all of the different elements that make up a collage.  You want a painting to be seamless almost effortless the opposite of what a collage is. 

The torn look of lights and shadows are done with different colors of the same paint in the painting. With different colors of the same paper in a collage.

When you look at the painting it is almost jarring.  I did not do the writing but maybe I should have because it adds a lot more to the spirit of the collage than I realized.


Flying Aardvark
Watercolor and Ink
6" x 6"
This image came from a friend's large ink drawing. She cut it up and gave everyone a couple of squares. It was black and white and entirely abstract. This little creature jumped out at me, waiting to be created in color. I love how one can take an abstract image and "see" things to bring out in it. Also, it is a learning experience to look at part of something you created and recreate it in a different way.
Jean Thomas

I'm still working on this challenge because I'm really slow at calling my acrylics finished. The original is a painting of some beautiful orchids growing in a tree in my brother's yard. It's 20x20 and I started it two years ago and am still not finished playing with it.

I found a section in the lower right corner that I thought would make a good small abstract. Below is the current state of that section painted on a 14x11 art panel.

Kathy Garvey


Several months ago I posted this finished collage of Majorca. 

My favorite  of this work is the section with the sailboats. In the original, the large sailboat is from the face of a clock and the shadow is a parrot.

In my recent collage of that detail, I used rose petals for the sails, a washed silk dress for the water, an designer dyed alligator handbag for the sand and an excerpt from Leonardo da
Vinci's notebooks for the sky. I love choosing not only the colors and forms for my collages, but 
also using juxtapositioning of surprising and diverse subject matter. 

Fay Picardi

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Pelican Print, Wildlife Print, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 11x14" Giclee on Canvas, Best Deal

I have set up a new section in my Etsy shop, called "Best Deals".  Since I have moved to a much smaller home, I find the need to downsize my inventory, along with everything else in my life.  At the moment I am featuring two items as "Best Deals".

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11x14" Framed Giclee Print on Canvas - Wood Floater Frame

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14x18" Original Oil Painting with Custom Wood Frame

These two items are priced way below normal, and both are ready to hang. 

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Hope you have a happy day!

Carol Schiff

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Wildflower Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Floral Landscape, 6x8" Oil on Panel

Today's painting is a memory of last summer.

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As I was painting, looking out my window at a cold, gray day, with snow spitting now and then, I REALLY wanted to remember last summer!  Did I question my decision to leave the beaches of Florida, for the the mountains of North Carolina?    You betcha!

But, then I reminded myself.....life is all about choices.  I don't care for cold weather, but I enjoy bundling up in warm sweaters and furry boots.  After 40 years in Florida, I look forward to the change of scenery and seasons.

No, I won't miss the sweltering summers and fury of hurricanes.  I look forward to spending the winter months on the beaches....the best of both worlds.

Find beauty and peace wherever you can.

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Collage Lemons

My sister Barbara has been living in Spain for the last two years.  She lives inland from the coast about an hour and a half.  The terrain there is a lot like Tucson Arizona.  It has some hills, trees, dessert and the temperature is just about the same with warmer days and cool nights. 
One of the things she loves about being there is the lemon groves.  She has one right next to the house she is living in.
I created this sunny little collage for her to take back with her just to make her smile.  I used a photo from a painting I had done of lemons.



Friday, April 13, 2018

The Harpist, 11x14 Oil Painting on Canvas

This young woman was so beautiful, playing such a graceful instrument, with the light shining through the window. It's so much more attractive than a woman playing, say, a cello or a trombone. However, I do love cello music in spite of the awkward knee placement of the cellist.

This beautiful musician was playing at my beautiful niece's beautiful wedding.