Sunday, July 31, 2011

Seashells Audubon Collection Pastel Watercolor Phyllis O'Shields Florida Artist

SeaShells Series for Audubon Collection

Watercolor and Pastel
Phyllis O'Shields Seashell Artist
Contemporary Impressionism
Studio 704.394.7382

My Third Audubon Seashell Collection
These card size paintings in pastel and watercolour are being used as a card series for Audubon Stores, this is the third series I have created for them. The backs of the cards have a complete description of the shell and its habitat.

My sea shell cards are in book stores, gift shops and stores through the South East, Caribbean and Hawaii.

Many people frame the cards as they are on a very heavy gloss paper stock, archival, suitable for framing.

Most of these shells in the collection are found in the Caribbean, Florida & East Coast, California and Hawaii.
A wonderful place to look up your favorite beautiful shell

Everyone loves sea shells and has special memories of a vacation spent at the beach. I look forward to hearing from all seashell collectors. Please drop me an email and share with me  your collection.

These are available in cards for sell and small glicee prints on my web store.
Phyllis O'Shields Contemporary Impressionism

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Safari Sunset, Tropical Beach Sunset Oil Painting by Judy Batterson

A movie called Endless Summer documented two surfers chasing the sun around the world while searching for the perfect wave. The movie poster had the huge bright orb as the logo for this surfing safari. Whether in Africa or Florida, when the sun sets as a flaming ball of light, it is awe inspiring! 12 x 24" original oil on canvas.

Friday, July 29, 2011

View from Catskill Mountain House

12x9 oil on linen panel plein air
Jani Lori
View from the Catskill Mountain House. It is easy to see why Thomas Cole painted from this site. The sixty mile views of the Hudson River are breathtaking. I focused on a small section and painted plein air... 
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Tuscany Sunflower Study Pastel Phyllis O'Shields Florida Artist

Tuscany Sunflower Series VII

Pastel 12 x 16 without mat
Canson Mi-Teintes
Phyllis O'Shields Contemporary Impressionism
copyright 2011 PO'Shields

My Inspiration: Last of Summer Sunflowers on the back roads of Tuscany.
When visiting Tuscany each year I paint Sunflowers, Lavender and Olive Trees.
Each Tuscan Sunflower is different with it's own personality, thus I usually sketch en plein air
the one that jumps out at me.

There is nothing more beautiful than the Tuscan fields of golden sunflowers surrounding a golden rustic house with a terra cotta roof.
These are views that I use in large paintings, but for the sketching en plein air there is always one sunflower among the many that calls out to be drawn.

I will be posting over the next few weeks series of these plein air sketches.

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Phyllis O'Shields Artist , Contemporary Impressionism

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Daily Painting 1291 Crab Dinner Fish and Crab painting

Its oil on archival mat board, 5 x 7 inches. I had this painted and a relative comes over and admires it. He points out some details and smears the painting so I had to fix it. Another painting that was hard to name!
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Scene from the Boatyard

Diane Mannion, Remember When, 8x10" oil

Monday, July 25, 2011

Daily Painting 1290 View from the Beach Hammock

Its oil on plywood, my mind is a blank right now! Can't think of a title. Woke up with a horrible headache this morning, forgot to drink my usual evening coffee yesterday. I felt muggy all day, plus its 95 degrees out. This is the Indian River Inlet before all the condos grew up there. A bit of my imagination is there too. The painting is 11 x 14 inches,
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Seascape Oil Painting

Diane Mannion, Heavy Seas, 6x6" oil

Friday, July 22, 2011

"Playing on the Rocks" by Sally Shisler

"Playing on the Rocks"
(4x4") - 201143
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It only took 3 times, but here it finally is! A painting of my very own, heavily influenced by my good bud Potthast. While in NC, I took lots of photos to be used as reference in my new work. As I stated in my last post, I worried about keeping what I felt would be appealing color and style in the clothing and hair. Call me a prude, but I just don't get today's fashions that kids are wearing these days. So I drew from what I learned in the past month's studies, and am quite happy with the results. I know you'd be hard pressed to find girls wearing dresses & bows while playing on rocks, but I just couldn't help myself. I hope I'll get some feedback from ya'll!
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"September Sonata", 24x18, oil on linen by Maryanne Jacobsen

"September Sonata", 24x18, oil on linen by Maryanne Jacobsen

This is a smaller version of the scene at French Creek, Birchrunville that was the inspiration behind some of my best-loved paintings, including "God's Palette" and "Autumn's Last Hurrah". It is available for purchase through Gallerie Unique located in the beautiful Bell Tower Mall in Ft Myers, Florida. Please visit the gallery to see as well as many more beautiful pieces of original art, or contact Shelby Ward at (239) 332-2121 for purchase info.

To see more of my work, please visit my blog at Paint Dance or go to my official website at Maryanne Jacobsen, Fine Art.

Towards the Light, Abstract Oil in Blues by Judy Batterson

This loose flow of color is a bit unusual for me, but I wanted to try to express in paint what goes on in my head. If you swim underwater and look up, you swim towards the light. If you are in a storm, you know the sun still shines way above the clouds. We are always seeking the light. The bands of blue represent going from darkness into light. Our souls are drawn towards the light to give us life and hope. 12 x 24" original oil on canvas

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings


19" x 27"

Bahamas Out Island Oil Seascape by Phyllis O'Shields artist contemporary impressionism

Bahamas Out Island Distant Shore 
oil 24 x 36 inches on canvas
Phyllis O'Shields Artist  O'Shields Fine Art
Contemporary Impressionism  Tropical Seascapes
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Daily Painting 1289 Teasing the Crab Undersea Painting

This one is 7 x 9 inches, oil on archival mat board. $150.

Sailboat Race on Lake George NY

5x7 oil on linen panel Plein air
Jani Lori SOLD
Painted plein air from a boat on Lake George, NY on Sunday...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"Backyard Bunny and Radishes", 12x16, oil on board, plein air, by Maryanne Jacobsen

"Backyard Bunny and Radishes", 12x16, oil on board, plein air, by Maryanne Jacobsen

I started this painting a few days ago, but it was so hot and humid that I didn't last very long out in the heat. Even under the shade (where I was painting) it was at least a hundred degrees and the humidity was so bad that I was soaked with sweat after about an hour. Today was a smiddgen cooler than last week, meaning it was about 95 instead of a hundred, but I dragged everything back out onto my lanai and finished the painting. The radishes had completely wilted but that didn't much matter.

My husband put his two cents in when I thought that the painting was finished, telling me I needed to "pop" the red flowers next to the pool fountain. So pop them I did.

Here is the photo of my bunny set-up:

The hummingbird feeder added some really nice reflections, though I didn't include the reflection of ME painting the bunny!

The light in Florida is very harsh in the summer, with high contrast between light and shadow. I have not done many plein air paintings this year, because the weather has not been very cooperative.

If you are interested in this painting, feel free to send me an inquiry at To visit my blog you can click here, and to visit my official website and see more of my paintings, please go here.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Daily Painting 1288 Party Colors Fish Painting

Its oil on archival mat board, 5 x 7 inches. The background was pretty dark on this one so I thought I would get out some nice bright colors for the fish. Then I thought it looked like they had party colors on. $100.

Plein Air Seascape by Sharon Guy

In the Bay, Oil on panel, 10 in. x 8 in.

Painted on site at Sarasota Bay. Sharon Guy Art.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Daily Painting 1287 Fantasea Fish Painting

Its oil on archival mat board, 5 x 7 inches. I had fun with this, did the background first and let it dry and then found the fish hiding in it. $100.

NY Catskill Mountains

11x14 oil on canvas plein air
Jani Lori
Painted from Johnny Cake Hill that name...
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bermuda Ferry Crossing Seascape Oil by Phyllis O'Shields artist contemporary impressionism

Bermuda Ferry Crossing Foggy Morning
Oil  24 x 30 inches on canvas
Seascape a very foggy morning with rough water
Phyllis O'Shields Artist Contemporary Impressionism

This painting was stared en plein air on a ferry ride crossing  in Bermuda.
I left from St Georges, Bermuda where I stay every year in a beautiful villla.
Every year a few weeks are spent painting in Bermuda.
A great day is always spent loading the moped onto the ferry along with the painting supplies and a picnic lunch. Tropical Seascape  Paintings
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The Sea Express ferry service is operated by the Bermuda Government's Department of Marine and Ports. Phone 295-4506. These relaxed sea routes are unequalled, a superb sea or harbor crossing in unrivalled scenery, much better than going by bus on overcrowded and perpetually noisy roads.
 They are far more ecological than a bus, with daily or weekly or monthly passes included in the same price as the buses, and far less expensive than a taxi. The only extra charge is for cycles or mopeds. All places to stay, cruise ships and the ferry terminal have copies of the ferry timetable at no charge.
Unlike the buses, ferries to and from Dockyard and St. George's (see below) can take wheelchairs for the disabled. The Paget to Warwick ferry will take the walking disabled. They also take cycles or mopeds. 
From Hamilton, they serve Paget, Warwick, Somerset and Dockyard on a varied daily basis (see timetable) and St. George's on Wednesdays and Thursdays from April 18 through November 2 only). They do not operate when the weather is too windy.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Indigo Wave Study

Diane Mannion, Stormy Waves, 6x6" oil

Tall Palm Tiny Island, Tropical Beach Art by Judy Batterson

There are many tiny islands in the Keys with teeny tiny island cottages. Although the cottage I saw was old and weathered, I painted this one with fun island colors. The entire canvas was underpainted in blue, then many layers were added until the tall palm finished the landscape. I like the way the tiny house on the tiny island gives such a contrast to the tall palm in front of it. Such a fun painting and a joy to paint! Tall and tiny and tropical! 36 x 12" Original oil on canvas.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Knox Park

8x10 oil plein air
Jani Lori SOLD
Painted in a rural upstate NY park today...80 degrees, sunny, cool breeze...

Plein Air Beach Art by Sharon Guy

Rentals, oil on panel, 6 in. x 8 in.

I painted this on Siesta Key Beach early in the morning. It started to rain lightly, so I had to leave early. Sharon Guy Art.

Venice Beach, Florida

Diane Mannion, Sea Turtle Nests, 6x6" oil

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Daily Painting 1286 I'm Crabby are You?

Actually I am relieved the painting is finished! I painted it and thought it was done. Hubby points out her one eye and claw aren't reading well so I get out my paints and tiny brush and poke and prod at it for awhile, seeing other things that need fixing too. So I get the camera out and then look at my photo of the painting and see some other stuff wrong, get out the brush and paints, made sure it was signed.

Painting this crab brought back some memories, when I was around 12 we went across the river to Little Mud Creek. We had some chicken parts and some nets, we would throw the parts into the river and the crabs would come to eat and we could net them up. My mother would cook them and we had them for dinner. Very sweet tasting.

The painting is 5 x 7 inches oil on archival mat board. $100.

Wave Painting Practice

Diane Mannion, Gulfscape #6, 6x6" oil

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings

"Through the Door"

20" x 30"

Panama City Beach III Gulf Coast Series Oil by Phyllis O'Shields Artist Contemporary Impressionism

Panama City Beach III  Gulf Coast Florida
 Oil Painting on Museum Wrapped Canvas 16 x 20
Tropical Seascape & Dunes Series
(can be framed or left unframed, painting extends around edges)
Painted en plein air
Phyllis O'Shields Artist Contemporary Impressionism
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Paintings in this Panama City, Florida Dunes Series are the first of three for larger paintings. You can see the sea oats, dunes fences and sugar white sand. The most beautiful white sugar sand is in this area of beaches.

These are common beach paths used for many years. Over the years the dunes in this particular area have become much smaller. I will be adding paintings of beach areas where the dunes are very large later. I was born and grew up in this area of beaches and have a love for the Gulf Coast area that still influences me today. I hold yearly workshops along this beach area and we have great fun painting en plein air.

Development along this coast has destroyed much of the beach so it is really important to capture in paint the beaches as they are today and yesterday. I spent most of my childhood here on this beach. My love for tropical settings and colours was initially inspired along this coast.  for views of beautiful  Panhandle Beaches of northwest Florida.

Mahalo for visiting...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Daily Painting 1285 Angel of the Sea Fish Painting

I had a lot of fun with this one, I did the background and then saw a fish like shape in the textures so I painted an angel fish there. Click on it to see it larger. Its oil on archival mat board, 8 x 10 inches. $200.

Gulf Wave Series

Diane Mannion, Gulfscape #5, 8x16" oil

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Daily Painting 1284 Violet Coral Fish Painting

I loved how the background on this one came out, I kept finding more coral to paint in. I did it awhile ago and finally figured out what fish to paint. It is a blue headed wrasse.

Its oil on archival mat board, 5 x 7 inches, $100.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Alsatian Morning, by Maryanne Jacobsen, 8x10, paintings of France, Strasbourg, petunias, old buildings

"Alsatian Morning-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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Friday, July 8, 2011

Daily Painting 1283 Rainbow Reef Fish Painting

I could have sworn I posted this one already, I was looking through my file and found it. I did it at the Art Bank on some of their open studio nights. I did the background first , let it dry, and then come back and see what I see in it. If I am lucky the fish hint that they are there and I just have to paint them the rest of the way in. They are fantasy fish, out of my head, the big ones look a bit like snook, haven't had any of that in years, snook are one of my favorite fish to eat. Maybe a bit of wishful thinking on my part.

Its oil on archival mat board, 5 x 7 inches, $100.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Daily Painting 1282 Clowning Around Clown Fish Painting

Tahiti Sunset Oil Seascape by Phyllis O'Shields artist contemporary impressionism


Oil Painting on Linen Canvas 24 x 36
by Phyllis O'Shields Artist Contemporary Impressionism
Painted partially en plein air

Tahiti is a mystical place at all times of day. The colours change constantly, the intensity and brightness of the colour is very difficult to believe when translated to canvas. I look forward to many more paintings of Tahiti capturing the mountains and water at different times of day. Truly a paradise.
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or by emailing Tropical Seascapes -m please visit for purchase or viewing other paintings

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Marine Oil Painting

Diane Mannion, Gulfscape #1, 6x6" oil
On a roll with wave paintings, more on my blog.

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings


20" x 28"

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Time to Go", 14x11, oil on canvas board by Maryanne Jacobsen

"Time to Go", 14x11, oil on canvas board

This painting came together quickly and beautifully for me after I'd worked hard on a couple commissions for a few weeks.

Once the commission work was done, I wanted to just painting something simple, beautiful and fun. (and smallish!) Since I've been working on beach paintings of late, it was natural for me to want to use the left over paint on my palette to continue in the same vein I'd been in for the past week or so. So I decided upon a scene I was well familiar with-(Venice Beach, Florida) and a bird that I am also well familiar with (Great Blue Heron) and voila! I had a new painting in no time at all!

This one exudes freedom, just like the bird taking flight.

I hope that you like it, too. To see more of my paintings, please visit my official website at Maryanne Jacobsen, Fine art, or visit my blog at Paint Dance.