Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Daily Painting 1265 Tillandsia Pathway Plein Air Alla Prima

I painted this at Heathcote Botanical Gardens here in Fort Pierce. This shows their new air plant garden or tillandsias. They were all in bloom when I was there, it was very nice. They are the gray plants to the left.
The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite. $250.
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Studio View

Diane Mannion, NORTH VIEW, 6x6" oil

Monday, May 30, 2011

"At Rockaway Beach" after Edward Henry Potthast


"At Rockaway Beach" after Edward Henry Potthast
(4x4") - 201132
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Can't believe it's actually been since the 19th when I last posted. Last week was a whirlwind of prep for the show that I hung in downtown Orlando. Much, much more involved than I anticipated. But well worth it. I hung between 35 & 40 pieces. It's a good looking show. It'll be up until the end of July, but being that it's in a high security county building, the only way to see it is by appt./tour. Let me know if you're in town and would like to peruse. Be glad to meet you down there. Now then - back to work! Sometimes it's OK to leave the white of the painting surface showing through, and sometimes it's just too distracting. You really have to knock it down to see where you're at with the remaining shapes of color. Can't judge accurately with bright specks flickering all around. Notice that the black bathing suit on the right side woman is actually quite light in value - and totally not black. In fact, it's more of a dark mauve. But it reads as black. A good thing to know. I loved this painting of Potthast's and really was looking forward to delving into the color study. The difference in the skin tones of the man vs. the women - the women have a much softer glow of color to them. It's a lovely creamy pink/yellow/white that didn't look right on the man. His skin has a bit of a harsher feel to it because of the color being more saturated.
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WEDGE GUITAR ( SHOE ) - MARK SCHWARTZ



Wedge Guitar ( Shoe )
18 x 24 inches,watercolor on paper
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Wedge guitar,the perfect instrument!








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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Blue Cypress Sunset, a Tropical Florida Lake Sunset by Judy Batterson


“Blue Cypress Sunset” a 24" x 36" original oil will be on exhibit at The Orlando Museum of Art Members Visions June 2, 2011.
Blue Cypress Lake was introduced to me by a man who loves to fish there. The lake is undeveloped except for a solitary fish camp. The rest is pure pristine Florida, filled with cypress trees and wildlife. When the sun sets, the lake turns into a sea of fiery color with silhouettes of cypress, reeds and grasses. I did not use black to paint the silhouettes but used a mixture of burnt umber with ultramarine blue or cadmium red. The effect of the darks against the lights is vivid. There are many layers of oil with the last layer consisting of grasses painted with individual brushstrokes. Blue Cypress Lake captivates those who explore it under the hanging moss of the trees! Oil on masonite. $2400

SCALLOPED SANDAL COLLAGE - MARK SCHWARTZ



Scalloped Shoe Collage
30 x 38 inches,ink,watercolor on clay board ( 2 inch frame)
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Scalloped Shoe Collage is a fun whimsical piece done on
clay board ,it has a two inch frame and is ready to hang!
It screams fun where ever it hangs!








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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings


"Gable Effect"

19" x 27"
pastel

"Sally's Roses in a Brandy Snifter", 10x10, oil on canvas- by Maryanne Jacobsen


"Sally's Roses in a Brandy Snifter", 10x10, oil on canvas
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My friend Sally has a garden full of beautiful roses. Whenever I visit her, she has them placed around the house in different vases and I always am eager to snatch some photos for references for future paintings.

I like the way this painting came out. The impasto in the flowers is hard to see from a monitor, but there is beautiful harmony between the flowers and the background. The painting has happy pink roses teamed up with shades of blue, green and purple. The painting is sale priced with free shipping for Memorial Day weekend! I hope you enjoy Sally's roses as much as I do! Please visit my blog at Paintdance if you would like to purchase this painting through PayPal.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

Portrait Studio

Diane Mannion, AN IRISH LAD, 6x6" oil

OH SO RED - MARK SCHWARTZ


Oh So Red
24 x 24 inches, ink on clay board ( 2 inch frame )
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Oh So Red , the backside of a pair of Mary Jane shoes!!


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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Daily Painting 1263 Giant Bird of Paradise

My husband saw my painting here and said,"Aren't they supposed to be orange"
These are the giant kind of bird of paradise, I believe I got their colors spot on. They are very cool, these were growing about 20 feet up and are at least a foot long. The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite. $200.
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Weekly Challenge

Diane Mannion, MY SISTER, 6x6" oil

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Flower Painting

Diane Mannion, ZINNIA, 6x6" oil

Daily Painting 1262 Dinghy Made Fast Along the Indian River

This is a view from my neighbor's dock looking to the north. The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite. $200.
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ROYAL - MARK SCHWARTZ



Royal
24 x 24 inches,watercolor on clay board ( 2 inch frame )
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

"Summer Petunias, La Petite France", 8x10 by Maryanne JAcobsen


"Summer Petunias-La Petite France", 10x8 by Maryanne Jacobsen

Strasbourg, France, is located in the Alsace region of France. It is a city like no other- melding chic cosmopolitan shops and restaurants with a eerily beautiful Gothic cathedral, and sitting on the French bank of the Rhine river at the border between France and Germany. The ancient cathedral of Notre Dame was built on the site of a Roman temple and is considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. It houses massive carved doors, breathtakingly beautiful stained glass windows, an 'horlage' that marks the time with a miniature cast of twelve apostles, St. Peter and a rooster, and a spire that soars almost 500 feet into the air with a depiction of the Last Judgment.

Strasbourg is also a vibrant symbol of European Unity, and marks the headquarters for the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court for Human Rights. Strasbourg changed hands many times in its history, which translates into a wonderful cultural menage of both French and German architecture, cuisine and language.

On the main island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ill River splinters its way into a web of canals, reminiscent of Venice, Italy, as it winds its way through La Petite France, a picturesque riverfront neighborhood which looks like the setting for a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Tall, ancient timbered buildings with crumbling walls and riotous flowers cascading from windows and patios and decks lean precariously towards the rivers, and numerous footbridges covered with petunias make leisurely strolls a very special event. La Petite France has earned a four-flower ranking in all of France, and the scent of fresh-baked pastries and delectable meat pies waft through the air, luring visitors to sit for hours at an outdoor table, enjoying the beer of the day or a glass of Alsatien wine.

It was along one of those picturesque footbridges that I snapped this photo of the Il River and La Petite France, with its 13th century houses. I absolutely love painting this scene, because it takes me back to our trip there in 2002. Perhaps one of these days, I'll go back. I hope you enjoy this painting.

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"Beach Scene" after Edward Henry Potthast


"Beach Scene" after Edward Henry Potthast
(4x4") - 201131
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A tough study to say the least. What did I learn and what that I already knew is reinforced? Red is a tricky color to settle in with; a speck as tiny as a pinpoint can affect the rest of a small painting; a reflection doesn't always need the object that's making it visible in the image; a painting needs areas of play/texture and areas of rest/smooth (not necessarily half of each); bows are like frosting, and no one wears them at the beach nowadays!
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Lady Again

Diane Mannion, BARBARA, 10x8" oil

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings


"Rendezvous"

12" x 16"
pastel

Friday, May 20, 2011

Still Life

Diane Mannion, Clay Whistle, 6x6" oil

Serene Sunset, Florida Oil Landscape of Palm Islands by Judy Batterson


Islands of palms, trees, and mangroves cast shadows in the water as the sun sets. The clouds break the sun into shades of yellow, yellow-orange, orange, and rose while being reflected in the water. A Florida coastal sunset, alive with changing colors, can take your breath away. This is the Florida that the eco-minded seek, usually in kayaks and small boats. Moving in the still water between the islands, one can see wildlife of the air and water. Watching the sunset is a bonus. 16 x 20" Original Oil on canvas.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Ribbon, Tulle and Giggles", 16x12, by MAryanne Jacobsen, paintings of little dancers, ballet, costumes

"Ribbons, Tulle and Giggles"-16x12, oil on board

When I had my dance school and company, we performed Swan Lake a couple of times over the years. I made certain that even the little ones had a spot in the production. The painting above was inspired by a photo that I took at dress rehearsal, before our first "Swan Lake" production. The kids were very excited, what with all their beautiful new costumes and ribbons and friendships.

In this photo they seem to have hatched some sort of pact or plan. Hard to know what they were up to, but they certainly looked beautiful!

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Plein Air and Gators

Diane Mannion, KOI POND, 6x6" oil
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Daily Painting 1261 Summer Colors Plein Air Alla Prima

I painted this at Heathcote Botanical gardens here in Fort Pierce. Its oil painted on varnished plywood, you can see the wood grain, it shows up a bit too much to me in the photo, I think the painting looks much better in person. Not too long after I painted it, I had to pack up and go home, looked like rain and it was getting very dark out. Nice breezy day before that though, not too hot. $100.
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Interior Exterior Painting

Diane Mannion, Tin Pail with Roses, 8x10" oil

Abstracted Representations by Sharon Guy


















Afterglow, oil on canvas, 20 in. x 16 in.

I call this an abstracted representation because it was inspired by the sea and sky but it has an abstract design. I used soft, watery colors to express the way water and sky glow as the light changes. For more information and other paintings, visit my website at Sharon Guy Art.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Daily Painting 1260 Shady Hideaway Miniature Oil Painting

This is 4 x 6 inches, oil on masonite. Its loosely based on a photo I took out at Hackberry Hammock but I changed things around a bit. It was a fun little painting to do. $100.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

"Confidences" after Edward Henry Potthast


"Confidences" after Edward Henry Potthast
(4x4") - 201130
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Perhaps another painting that looks fairly simple. And actually, the execution was quite straightforward. It's the paint mixing, almost always the painting mixing, that takes the cake for hard work. The palette for this took about 40 minutes to mix. Can you guess how many separate paint piles I ended up with? Think I'll let you take a crack at it. Just for grins. I did use every single one of them, and in the end had to mix 2 more to get the hues I needed. What I loved about this image was the shocking, eyeball aching, hot white sand! Always a pleasure to paint, but trickier than it seems. I've learned so much from these studies, and it's obvious that the appeal of Mr. Potthast's work is timeless. As I said a few posts ago, I do hope that I've brought something new to the table. It's been a worthy passage for me personally, and I'm very excited to bring the lessons into my own creative process - though I fear I won't be finding many beach-goers in turn of the century clothes : )
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Daily Painting 1259 Reach for the Clouds Miniature Oil Painting

The painting is 4 x 6 inches, oil on masonite. $100.
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"Wading at the Shore" after Edward Henry Potthast


"Wading at the Shore" after Edward Henry Potthast
(4x4") - 201129
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Aye yi yi.... This piece looks deceivingly simple; and yet I spent more time finagling (sp?) the tight light value and color ranges. It was kind of like a push and shove couple of hours. What it did for me was (once and again) confirm that it's imperative to have my paint mixes completely worked out and ready to go ahead of time. I spent a lot of time trying to exact the values and temperatures of the reflected light that's bouncing into the face and folds of the dress. Perhaps areas that are inherently too small to worry about messing with. Sometimes I've gotten lucky and with a light, quick flick of my wrist I've been able to pull just the right amount of paint into an area that needs lifting or downplay. But it's tricky, and certainly doesn't follow the early course of my palette knife methods! I'd say it falls into the noodling category ..... uh oh....
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Garden of Eden, Oil Painting with Palm and Stream by Judy Batterson



The Little Book of Living Prayers with Garden of Eden cover: "Garden of Eden" is an 18 x 24" original oil on canvas..
The Little Book of Living Prayers by Doris M. Matthews has just been published! My painting "Garden of Eden" is the cover. Author Doris has prayers for people from all walks of life and in every sort of need. Truly inspirational words about Christ's love and healing power!
Doris commissioned me for the cover painting. I chose Eden, the garden of God, because it is full of symbolism. The description is in Genesis 2. Abundant fruit bearing and beautiful trees grew there while a stream watered the Garden. Archeologists believe that the date palm was one of the first trees in the Garden. It was a place of peace and serenity. This is my glimpse into the Garden of Eden. May this picture bring peace to those who view it, especially as they read the prayers.
The book of prayers is now available from The Healing Ministry at The Glennon House in Winter Park Florida for $6 (or $7, if mailed.) More information through All Saints Episcopal Church in Winter Park, Florida.
It was a blessing to be a part of this year long project.

Friday, May 13, 2011

View from Parking Lot

Diane Mannion, LEMON BAY FUNERAL PARLOR, 6x6"oil
Some of the best views are in the most unlikely places.

Daily Painting 1258 Elegant Departure

Its oil on masonite, 5 x 7 inches. The bird is a great blue heron. http://lorisart.blogspot.com/$100.

"My Serenity Garden", 12x12, oil on wrapped canvas, by Maryanne Jacobsen, paintings of sunflowers, wine, romantic gardens, impressionist landscapes

"My Serenity Garden", 12x12, oil on wrapped canvas, by Maryanne Jacobsen

This painting evolved slowly over this past week. Whew!

I am definitely not used to working on the same painting for days on end! I am more of an alla prima painter, but this one was hard for me to paint for some reason. Perhaps because it was actually a self-portrait, with yours truly becoming the subject of my painting.

Self-portraits are tricky. One always wants to bring out the best in one’s own appearance while still staying true to the design and subject matter! Sigh.

“Paint what you see!”

That’s what all the experts say, and since I have been reading Richard Schmidt’s wonderful book, “Alla Prima” since I came back from the Portrait Society of America’s conference last week, I decided to take his advice to heart.

Unfortunately, I have very bad eyesight and so painting what I see is not always very clear for either me or the viewer. I try not to think about my eyesight very much or I’ll get depressed.

I feel very grateful that I have had so many wonderful opportunities to engage my passions over the years. Just recently, in addition to receiving a fabulous scholarship to attend the PSOA conference in Atlanta, I also won a first place ribbon last month in an exhibit, and just received representation at the drop dead beautiful Gallerie Unique in the exclusive Bell Tower Mall! So I am definitely not complaining!

My husband snapped this photo of me in our garden a few weeks ago. Actually he snapped a number of photos of me in the garden that day. His photos that day proved to be paint worthy.

I painted this little guy quickly- without thinking too much about the result. In the end, I loved the expressive result and the painting was quickly acquired by a repeat collector. So I decided to try a different pose from the same batch of photos.

This one I’m much less sure of. In wanting to make it Right, perhaps I made it Wrong.

At any rate, I may work on it some more in upcoming days , or maybe I won’t. At any rate, it is not for sale at this time, but please tell me what you think about it!



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Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings


"Not Quite Ready"

28" x 20"
Pastel on paper

Thursday, May 12, 2011