Monday, December 31, 2012

"Urban Renewal II" Original Abstract Painting by Florida Artist Karen Taddeo

24x24 Acrylic on Canvas
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Happy New Year!

Friday, December 28, 2012

"Of Earth & Sky" Original Abstract Painting by Florida Contemporary Abstract Artist Karen Taddeo

40 x16 Acrylic on Canvas
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Playful Palm, Impressionistic Oil Painting of Florida Palm by Judy Batterson

This was so much fun to paint! I tried to capture a Florida feeling with a happy little palm tree. 8 x 10" framed original oil. Now at Fredlund Gallery in Winter Park, FL.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

8x10" Tropical Landscape, "Sea Breeze" , Palette Knife

TROPICAL ALERT!! It's time to take a break from shoveling snow and freezing temperatures.

Can you feel the breeze..............

Can you smell the ocean...........

Life is good!!

Have a great week!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Heaven & Earth by Karen Taddeo

This 24x24 acrylic on canvas started out very different. I was painting last Friday and I heard the news of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.  I took a break, a long break, and came back to the painting. My direction started changing.   I just finished it late yesterday. It is dedicated to the memory of the 26 Angels we lost that day.
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Old Florida, Framed Original Oil of Lake and Palm by Judy Batterson

Take a trip into the heart of Florida along trails next to lakes and creeks. There is dense foliage along the edge of the water. The lake reflects the blue sky and palms. Patches of sand and reeds are dotted along the water's edge. This is "Old Florida", a vast ecosystem of marshes and lakes. This is the old Florida I remember as a child when my friends and I would "go exploring" in the woods. In this painting, Florida's wild beauty translates into color and light. 8 x 10" framed original oil

Saturday, December 15, 2012


I am holding my annual holiday sale , 2 paintings at $99.00
If you would like to view the list please email me .

Friday, December 14, 2012

Small Daily Floral Painting, 6x8" , Red and White by Carol Schiff Studio

Like all the rest of you, I am busy, busy, busy these days.  The holiday season passes in such a swirl of activity.  Rush, rush, rush!

$96 + 6.50

I decided to paint a floral still life with a holiday look, but not so "holiday" that it would look out of place the rest of the year.

I found this image in my computer files.  A little arrangement I did from the flowers in my garden in North Carolina.

I set the flowers in the window, creating nice back lighting.

  I like to use black frames to really make the paintings pop.  How do you finish off your paintings?

Painting this little scene took all the stress out of my day.  When I had finished, I felt as refreshed as if I had taken a short nap.  Take a moment out of your day, take a deep breath, and try to enjoy the season.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

McKean Gate, Entrance to Rollins College, Oil Painting of Winter Park Landmark by Judy Batterson

McKean Gate, Entrance to Rollins College: Walk through the McKean Gate and enter the beautiful campus of Rollins College in Winter Park! Honoring Hugh McKean, former president of Rollins, the gate is a tribute to the man who also brought the Tiffany glass collection to Winter Park. As I studied the gate, I had an "Abbey Road" flashback! Knowing that Paul McCartney's stepson goes to Rollins, I decided the paint the gate with the crosswalk in mind. As a young artist, I knew Mr. McKean. As a young person, I played the Beatles' songs! When I finished the painting, I thought of how both men had influenced my life in music and in art. The McKean Gate invites all to use their creative talents to touch others! And that is what Mr. McKean would have wanted. 14"H x 11"W original oil, Price: $ 450.00

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Daily Painting 1469 Lake Tozour Plein Air Alla Prima

I painted this today by Lake Tozour, I had to paint very fast, it looked like rain and I finished at 11.  Got there around 9:30.  On the way home it started to rain so I was glad I finished it up all right.  Those are cypress trees.  There are lots of birds here, its a lovely place to paint.

The painting is oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches.  $200. 

Friday, December 7, 2012


My Earring
15 x 10 inches, watercolor on paper
one of a kind
this painting and more are on select sale, please click on link to view more

Thursday, December 6, 2012


I can hardly believe that it is time for our group Christmas sale...but it is.  In fact it is only two days away!

If you live in or around Melbourne, Florida, you don't want to miss  PIECES OF EIGHT ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE AND ALL AROUND GOOD TIME!   The last time we had a sale, it was so much fun.....even Google Earth showed up!!

Yes, that's us out there in the drive way having a great time.  We are 9 talented ladies with a lot to offer including, poetry,scarfs, pillows, earrings,  original paintings, cards, pottery, and much more.  Each year we do a group project to fund our annual trip to the mountains.  Last time we published a cook book featuring recipes we tested on our trip and artwork from each of us.  It was such a hit we had to re-order several times and still get requests for copies.  

We put our heads together to come up with the perfect product to offer this year.  Eventually we settled on hand crafted earrings.  We have been working together the entire year on this project and did we have fun!

Just to make it even more unusal....WE PACKAGED THEM INDIVIDUALLY allowing you to 
MIX or MATCH designs.

Don't forget to REGISTER for the FREE GIFT BASKET and enjoy yourself with refreshments.

I want to show you just a few of the paintings I will have at my a very special, one day only SALE PRICE.

Thistle Love

Hunkered Down

Cindy Grows Tomatoes

Did I mention the date???  
Saturday, December 8th


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Carmen Beecher
Carol Schiff
Cindy Michaud
Denette Schweikert
Donna Vines
Fay Picard
Kathy Garvey
Phillis Holland
Mary Warnick

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Daily Painting 1468 Indrio Savannas Plein Air Alla Prima

Finally got out and painted, very fast little 5 x 7 inch oil painting on masonite.  It started to rain when I finished. Pretty day, rained just enough to make me pack up.  Did some exploring, found a nice new place to paint.  Saw some eagles, ducks, sandhill cranes, ibis and herons.  $100.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Preserving the Paradise, Florida Oil Painting of Winter Park by Judy Batterson

This painting shows the history of Winter Park, Florida. With this conceptual process, I stood at the edge of the Genius Preserve looking across Lake Virginia at Rollins College. The Genius Preserve was the Windsong Estate of Jeannette Genius McKean and Hugh McKean. Jeannette was a quiet art crusader whose grandfather was Charles Hosmer Morse. He had given the land for Central Park in Winter Park. Hugh had been a young art student of Louis Tiffany and later became president of Rollins College. When the New York Tiffany estate burned, they saved the Tiffany glass and brought it to Winter Park. The McKeans made it a comprehensive collection now housed in the Morse Museum. Visitors from all over the world come to see the windows and glass. I was a young artist when I helped them at the Morse. My favorite window was the Wisteria Window, and, thus, the overlay on the painting. Tying culture and beauty together, I give homage to the McKeans for preserving the paradise of this area! 16"H x 12"W Price: $ 500.00 framed

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cindy Grows Tomatoes, 6x8 Oil

My friend, Cindy, may live in a condo, but that doesn't stop her from being an excellent gardener.

These lovely specimens were happily growing on the balcony on a vine that was bursting with fruit.


I tried to capture the sun streaming through the vine and the tomatoes in various stages of red.
Doesn't it just make you want to go mix up a salad?  How much better can it be than to pick food from the vine and walk directly into the kitchen with it to prepare dinner.  The perfect lunch break while shopping today!

Speaking of shopping, don't forget my 1/2 price sale here.  November 30th is the last day of the sale.
Wouldn't you like to have Santa bring you a small oil painting?  You can do that for someone you love.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

24x30 oil
I am thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Today, I am posting a few more of my daily paintings that are available at my Etsy site for 1/2 Price!
The sale is running for the rest of the month of November.  At the end of the month, any remaining paintings will be returned to their original price. Some of these works were already on sale and the 1/2  off price is off the original sale price, which makes them VERY inexpensive at the moment.

This is just a sample of the 45 paintings left as I write this.  Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to give a really special gift.

I can frame your choice in a custom made wood frame and send it to you, ready for the wall.  If you comment below and express this choice, I will contact you with additional information.  I will also wrap your choice and send it direct to your loved one with a note from you, if you so desire.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Trudy Beard-Lazaroe
I haven't painted a landscape in! This is a 16 x 20 oil on canvas.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Daily Painting 1467 Grassy Fields

Its 8 x 10 oil on masonite, I had a lot of fun playing with the textures in this one.  $200.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Flower Tin

I bought this charming flour tin and just had to paint it and I set it up with roses and a old lace cloth. This is a 12 x 16 Oil on linen canvas.

Sea Drifter, 16x20" and 1/2 Price Art Sale

The painting I am featuring today is a commission piece.  My wonderful client sent her husband's photographic images to me and asked that I use them as reference.

I worked with a palette knife and tried to capture the spirit of the scene.  The image she sent me was so beautiful.  I was thrilled when she expressed her approval.

On another note, I am running my first ever half price sale on some of my  small daily paintings on my Etsy site, here.  The paintings are selling fast,  so THINK CHRISTMAS!  The sale ends November 30th and any remaining paintings will return to full price.  Below are a few of the many available.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Daily Painting 1466 Old Country Homestead

Its oil on masonite 5 x 7 inches.  Lots of texture, I mostly used a painting knife.  $100.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Daily Painting 1465 Paradise Found alla prima

I had some paint left over on my palette from another painting and hated to throw them away so I made a soft background on a blank panel.  It has sat for awhile and I took it out every so often to see if I would get some inspiration. I could see some palm trees wanting to come out of the mist so I brought them out, saw some more plants and here it is.  I hardly used my painting knife at all, there is very little texture in this one.
Its oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches.  $200.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Daily Painting 1463 Approaching Storm

I went out to paint when the edge of Sandy was going by, it was just windy.  Had a nice walk on the beach too.
 I like to start off with a fast sketch before I do the painting to warm up and catch any compositional problems.  The wind was blowing strong and it looked like rain so I parked under a pavilion at Fredrick Douglas park on the beach.  I got my sketch finished and the rain started coming down, well not down really more like across, it was blowing pretty horizontal.  Got soaked on the way to the car which was about 20 feet away.
Last night I pulled out my sketch and made the painting below from it, its 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite. $200.