Saturday, July 30, 2016

Story of a commission

When I work on a painting commission, it is always with a mix of excitement and fear.  Will I produce the painting my client is expecting?

Recently  I recieved a request for a 30x40" commission.  The client had already purchased a small 8x10" and wanted a similar scene.  She especially liked the sky.

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I painted a small study of what I thought the client was asking for....focus on the sky and a more interesting marsh area.


Nix!  The sky is much to gaudy for the client, and could I please add some birds.



This had a better reception, but perhaps a few more herons?



Here we are getting closer, but the client felt the flying heron was too distracting to the sunset.



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I photo shopped the offending bird out of the composition and got the go ahead!  This is the completed 30x40" canvas which the client is totally happy with.

Most clients have sent me a photo image of exactly the scene they are looking for.  I found this trial and error system has worked well for me when there is no photo image to work from.

I would love to hear how others handle this situation.

Thanks for reading my blog today.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Abstract Seascape Art , Contemporary Ocean Painting "Blinding Inspiration" by International Artist Arrachme



Calm, peaceful afternoon on the water.

Abstract Environmental Art

 20"x16" Acrylic on Canvas/Available

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Abstract Seascape | Daily Painting | "Tropical Blues" by Carol Schiff | 6x8" Oil SOLD

Living close to the sea, I find it turns up in my painting in both a representative and non-representative form.  I guess this little daily painting falls somewhere between the two.



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 I painted this with a palette knife.  I like texture and feel it adds additional interest to my art.  I was thinking about the beautiful greens and blues of the tropical waters off the coast of Florida.  Further south they turn the most amazing shades of azure, but that will be another painting.







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I almost always show my paintings in black frames.  It would be hard to find an artwork that would not work well with black and it just makes the colors pop.

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Wildlife Art Insect, Nature "MADAGASCAN SUNSET MOTH" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe






The Madagascan Sunset Moth looks like a butterfly because of its beautiful iridescent colors but it is classified in the scientific world as a moth. Moths and butterflies belong to the classification of Insects called Lepidoptera. Lepidoptera is a latin word which means "scaled wing". When magnified under a microscope the scales of the wing structure are easy to see. For this series of paintings I did the background by looking under a microscope and drew the individual wing pattern and structure in pencil while placing the colorful butterfly on the surface in watercolor. The original has been sold but is available in 3 sizes of fine art reproduction canvas prints. Please look through the rest of the gallery to see other images from the series. They make a great sets for your home decor.

6"x6" Mixed Media/Available

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"Sunset on The Rocks" Original Watercolor, Seascape, Ocean Rocks Sunset Painting by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St Martin

This view from my kitchen window was particularly stunning one evening. The Maine coastline is a glorious place anytime of day. I could hear the squawking seagulls following the boat as the fishermen returned home with their precious cargo. Lobster anyone?

11"x9" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Red Sky, Small Impressionist Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 8x8x1.5" Oil

My friend Kathy Garvey, or maybe it was her brother Pat, took the most beautiful series of photos of a sunset.  The sun is shown in several positions, peaking out from behind clouds, over the ocean.
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My plan is to do two or three of these as a series, showing the movement of the sun behind the clouds.  This is number 1


My thanks go out to Pat and Kathy, for being to generous with their photos and allowing me to use them as a reference.


Carol Schiff

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Original Still Life Floral Painting "Tropical Dreams" by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St. Martin

This acrylic is chunky paint with a palette knife. Tropical Dreams is a delicious assortment of hues of corals, yellows and purples. The colors in this painting make it sing! Makes me feel like belting out a tune! 

20"x16"x7/8" Acrylic on Canvas/Available

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Wildlife Art, Bird, Nature "Pelican" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe





The Brown Pelican is found throughout the eastern and southern coast of the USA. During  mating season the eye color of the male turns a beautiful blue to attract the females. The original painting was 60" tall by 40" wide and was a commission for a private collector.

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Abstract Seascape Art , Contemporary Ocean Painting "Clear Skies" by International Artist Arrachme



Calm, peaceful afternoon on the water.

Abstract Environmental Art

 20"x16" Acrylic on Canvas/Available

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 $450.00 Click HERE to purchase.

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Tulip Painting, Floral Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x6" Oil on Canvas Panel

I found a video on Youtube of Nancy Medina, the flower queen, painting a tulip.  So, I decided to try painting along with the video.

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Of course, her technique looks very effortless, which didn't happen with me.  Of course, her results are perfection, which didn't happen with me.  Of course, she has done it thousands of times..........ditto.

All in all, I think it was a fun experience and I am hoping I found a little something that I can continue to use.

We are so fortunate to be part of the first generation of artists with all the wonderful learning experiences the internet can  provide for us.

Have a great day!

Carol Schiff
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ZACK - SOLD

I like to paint animals. One client came to me with three white standard poodles and commissioned portraits of each. As much of an animal lover as I am, I was not sure I could capture the personalities of three individual but identical dogs. My client was very happy and recognized each dog from his portrait. They are some of my favorite animal portraits.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Floral Still Life Painting, "Cup O Tulips" my Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil SOLD

I'm a little late posting this floral still life painting.....tulips are usually not in sight this time of year!  Or, maybe I am just early....yes, I like that, I'm posting it early.

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Check out the photo below.  That is an arrangement of evergreens and cranberries next to the painting.  Yes, it was Christmas time when I painted and photographed it!



I was happy to find it as I like the chunky brushwork and shapes.  I hope you do too!  Now, I've got to design a better inventory system!

Arrivederci

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Wildlife Art,Reptile, Nature "Senor Iguana" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




This iguana painting is not a painting of just any iguana, but my rescued iguana, named Father Mulcahy! Father M came to live with me after he got too big for his aquarium. He was over 4 feet long and loved to be part of the family. I had a house full of rescue cats and he fit right in. He loved to chase the cats throughout the house and bask in the sun on top of the cat condo. He was a sweet and intelligent animal that responded to human touch and loved to watch television.... his favorite show was M*A*S*H! When he passed away I was heartbroken and painted his portrait to show how gentle and beautiful he was. The painting was included in Splash 15 by North Light Books. The original painting is available as well as canvas prints

11"x14" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$550.00

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Original Contemporary Modern Art Abstract Paintings by Filomena de Andrade Booth

 
Apricot Morn
24"x24"x1.5"
Acrylic on canvas

 

 

Apricot Morn is inspired by the magnificent skies of Florida.  This bold, colorful seascape measures 24" x 24".  The canvas is stretched on 1.5" deep wood bars.  The sides are painted in a shimmery black Micaceous Iron Oxide.  The painting is wired and ready to hang, framing is not needed.  It is signed on the side, dated and signed on the back.

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Blue Hydrangea Oil Painting Flower Art "The Special Gift" by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St. Martin

This blue hydrangea was a special gift from a grateful daughter to her mother. It symbolizes heartfelt emotion. The hydrangea was first discovered in Japan and developed during the Victorian Era. Woody stems and lacey star-shaped flowers are packed closely into a pom pom shape. Coming in a rainbow of colors, It truly does possess grace and beauty.

 5"x7" oil on Canvas/Sold

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Abstract Environmental Art , Purple Flower Painting "Beauty Junkie" by International Artist Arrachme




Maya Angelou wrote a beautiful poem bringing forth the history of the cotton plantation. A small flower with a rich history tied to the cultural changes of mankind.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Abstract Landscape, "Day is Done", 6x8" Oil Abstract SOLD

It is early evening in the Florida marsh and the sun is just about to disappear.

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I snapped my photo and high-tailed it out of there before the creepy crawlies came out.


I enjoy a lot of texture in my work and find that abstraction is the perfect media to portray it.

Do you find that your goals in art change as you continue on your artistic journey?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Animal Oil Painting, "DUCKS GALORE" by Carol Schiff, 12x24" Oil. SOLD

A very nice lady from Alabama sent me  images of her family's six black ducks, along with a request that I paint them for her.

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Actually, the images only had five ducks.  One of the ducks had gone to ducky heaven and she wanted to include him (her) too.  I liked this image because all the ducks were looking in one direction.  I added the missing duck on the end, as though he had reappeared and the others were greeting him back into the flock.

If you relate to the missing duck...I hope you find your flock soon :)

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Original Contemporary Modern Art Abstract Paintings by Filomena de Andrade Booth

Daydreaming
24"x24"x1.5"
Acrylic on textured canvas


I've been daydreaming of flowers lately.   Must be that Spring is just around the corner and even though I live in sunny (most of the time) Florida, I am looking forward to the splashes of color that will start popping up very soon.

Daydreaming measures 24" x 24".  This very colorful acrylic painting on heavily textured canvas is stretched on 1.5" deep bars.  The sides are painted in a shimmery Micaceous Iron Oxide.  The painting is wired, ready to hang and does not need to be framed.  It is signed on the side, dated and signed on the back.   Acrylic gloss varnish had been applied to protect the beauty of the painting from harmful UV rays and dust.

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Wildlife Art, Bird, Nature "Blue Heron" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



I am fortunate to live in the beautiful state of Florida. Birds can be seen everywhere wading and fishing in the waters of the Sunshine State. This Blue Heron gracefully posed for me while I was kayaking in Rainbow River.

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