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.

Here Comes the Sun, Vibrant Sun Rising Over Ocean with Beautiful Colors, by Judy Batterson

Here Comes the Sun...When I saw this sunrise over the ocean, I was awed by the bright palette of colors. The rising sun filled the sky, and the clouds were streaked with warm and cool colors. The ocean reflected the sun and the colors of the sky. Even the wet sand reflected the colors. This was a glorious morning! The light was refracted into every hue! Bright and beautiful! 18 x 24" oil

Ridge Line, 6x12", Original Daily Painting in Oil

It is hard to beat the beauty of the mountains, especially when the sun is setting.

We were enjoying dinner at a friend's house when the sun put on this wonderful display.  The watercolor sky was impossible to ignore and the trees on the ridge appeared on fire as the sun dropped behind the mountain.

Sunsets are truly one of life's jewels.  Enjoy!

Don't forget my 1/2 off price sale running the rest of this month.  The link is here.

On other note, I was so proud of our country on election day.  The lines at the polls were sweet to see.  Thank you all for participating!

Carol Schiff Studio Daily Paintings

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Daily Painting 1462 The Old Bay Tree Plein air Alla Prima


 I painted this yesterday its an old bay tree that has been through a lot of hurricanes.  It got blown down in one and the new branches are growing up from the main trunks like little trees.  Its oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches.  $200.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Painting at the old Fort Park

I went painting today, finally, I have been in a horrible funk, just not in the mood to paint.  Went to the Old Fort Park in Ft. Pierce to paint, it was beautiful out.  The painting below wasn't done today though, it was done back in May, there was the annual Souvenirs of Downtown paintout and for some reason I never got around to posting this painting.  I think I did the painting and was tired out, dropped it off at the show and that was that.  And now it is at another show at the Art Bank. 

I wanted to post it because the palm tree was blown down in Sandy.  My painting shows it still standing and then I took a photo of it today.   It is still alive and may survive, I know they sometimes do. 

I did do another painting today, I'll post it tomorrow. 

Monday, November 5, 2012


Kitten Heel - Mark Schwartz 

The Indian River County Courthouse features a new exhibit of artwork by Plein Air Treasure Coast North, a group of artists who meet weekly to paint local scenery outdoors. Exhibiting artists are Adriana Bitter, Judy Burgarella, May Brandt, Ann Emery, Dorothea Ferone, Janice Lorraine Filkins, Fran San Miguel and Lee G. Smith. The exhibit will run until January 10th. Hours are 9 am to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Morning Sail, 6x8, Original Landscape Oil Painting

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. 
--Mark Twain 

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The thing about sailing, is that it looks like a lot more fun than it actually is.  I know, I know, that's just my opinion, so please don't get upset!  I enjoyed my days on the boat and I still love to spend an afternoon sailing.

Now, when I see a sail boat heading out on a beautiful sunny day, it seems like a little piece of paradise.
The real thing  almost never beats out imagination.  It's easy to forget the day the sail ripped or the day we sailed home in a raging storm with lightening strikes all around us.

Today, I will imagine....and paint about it.

Happy Birthday to my baby girl, Shelly!

Friday, November 2, 2012

"Redheads" by Sally Shisler

"Redheads" by Sally Shisler
(4x4") - 201218

Greetings to all.  It's been a long couple of months, and as you probably have come to expect from me, another stretch of time where other things have had to be shuffled to the top of the priority list. Aside from family (which does always come first), I got a new job as an administrative assistant/office manager.  And boy do I love it!  Takes more time away from painting, but hopefully with a steady income, I can go about painting as more of a passion and less of a duty with pressure to perform. Some day I dream I'll be able to do nothing but paint...
This is a scene from right around Labor Day at Cocoa Beach here in Florida.  One of the last big beach hoorahs for many folks.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Apple On the Tree, 6x8" Original Oil Painting by Carol Schiff

Last week I posted an apple, growing on the tree in my favorite North Carolina orchard.  Today I am posting another apple painting from the same location.

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I think North Carolina must be the land of milk and honey.  Everything seems to grow so well there.  I have a little garden at my second home there, and it seems to flourish whether I am around or not.  Maybe even better when I am not there.  I tend to "mother" a lot of plants to death.

Never the less, I am always astounded when I witness perfectly good fruit hanging around on trees! It seems like such a special sight to me.   I guess I have spent too much time in super markets and too little time on the farm.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.......go pick an apple!