Sunday, March 31, 2013

Atlantic Sunrise, 6x8" Oil

Although I do not live on the beach, I am very close, so it is easy to jump in my car with a cup of coffee and a camera.  That is just what I did on this morning.

$90 + 10

It is my favorite time of day at the beach.  Very few people, maybe an occasional fisherman, just me and the surf and the birds.  The surf is usually quiet, as though it is still sleeping too, and the birds are very busy, running around looking for breakfast.

Of course, when the sun finally breaks over the horizon, it is glorious.

I hope that you will remember this post on your next vacation to the sea, and you will take the opportunity to share a very special moment with nature.  I know you will not regret it!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

1491 Florida Garden Plein Air at Hackberry Hammock

I did this the other day at the Art Mundo sponsored paintout at Hackberry Hammock.  Its a perfect place to paint with lovely scenery.  The painting is 12 x 16 inches, oil on masonite.  $400. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Courtyard, Small OIl Painting of Palms and Fountain by Judy Batterson

Florida has not only beautiful natural areas but also beautifully landscaped courtyards all over the state. I painted this one at Pointe Orlando while I was set up in front of Battersby Gallery there. Tourists love to watch artists paint! And I enjoyed the courtyard! 5"H x 7"W Price: $ 75.00

Sunday, March 24, 2013

"Courtney in Paris" by Carol Schiff

Still working with a few head studies to practice skin tones, as well as features.  On this one, I tried very hard to capture a likeness as well as the proper skin tones.

$80 + 10

She has that beautiful ivory skin, full of blues, lavenders and peaches.

It took several tries to capture her cute upturned nose just right.

I have not done portraits for many years and find that I am enjoying the challenge this week.  It's always good to push yourself now and then.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lake Lily Ladies, Impressionist Plein Air Florida Oil Painting by Judy Batterson

Joining with a group of plein air painters, I set up my easel on the north side of Lake Lily in Maitland, FL. It was late afternoon, so we had to capture the sun and shadows quickly. Without a lot of details, I focused on three trees across the lake. The impressions of darks and lights were extreme as the sun dropped fast. This is the resulting painting and a special memory of Lake Lily. 9"H x 12"W $225 (sold)

Monday, March 18, 2013

1490 Wild Water Lilies and Pickerelweed

This is from the Savannas, wild water lilies and pickerelweed.  Its 5 x 7 inches , oil on masonite.  $100. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"Oceantide" by Sally Shisler

"Oceantide" by Sally Shisler
(4x4") - 201303

This last few days I have worked on painting nude figures.  I am reminded of what I learned in school when I studied medical illustration - avoid provocative focal points. It's natural for the eye to be drawn to human 'parts'. We all know what they are. (Kind of like faces where the eyes, nose and mouth can easily be hastily rendered with symbols that we learn).  It can be challenging to avoid bringing too much focus to these areas, but when it's done effectively, the painting can become more than a sexy picture.  Hopefully I've achieved that here. 
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Monday, March 11, 2013

1489 The Old Potting Shed at Hackberry Hammock Workshop

 This is a painting I did at the Hobe Sound Fine Arts League, I gave a painting knife workshop there on Friday and Saturday.  Below are some of my students and I am in the last picture.  I used one of my paintings from Hackberry Hammock and everyone painted along with me.  I was pleased with how well everyone did.  I had a good time and I think all my students did too.  I had a lot of fun and I would love doing some more teaching. The painting is 12 x 16 inches, oil on masonite.  $400. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013


50 x 60 inches, watercolor on paper

Sunflower and Tulips, 8x6" by Carol Schiff

It may not feel like it where you live, but winter is on it's last legs and soon spring flowers will be bursting out of the ground.  Tulips are one of those flowers that mean spring to me.

$90 + 6.50

Living in Florida, most of the tulips I see these days are in the florist shop.  Some years, I get lucky, and visit North Carolina when they are blooming.

These came from the grocery store.  Lately, I have been coming home with more flowers than food which tends to upset my husband.   I tell him flowers are edible, but he is not impressed with my knowledge.

Tulips are so elegant.  They remind me of ballet dancers with their graceful poses.  Like most things so beautiful, they don't last as long as I would like.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mead Garden Turtle, Impressionist Florida Oil Painting by Judy Batterson

In Winter Park, Florida, an untouched natural piece of Florida known as Mead Garden has been preserved. It is tucked away behind neighborhoods as Winter Park's secret garden! My children explored there like I used to do. The serene 47 acres have a swamp boardwalk, a butterfly garden, shady pathways, and a pond where turtles sun themselves on fallen logs. Generations continue to go there to see the turtles. The pond has lily pads and heavy, shadowy foliage. Hence the Impressionistic composition with cool colors. 18 x 18" original oil.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Geranium Joy, 8x18" by Carol Schiff

What could be cheerier on a cold snowy day that a bright red geranium?

$140 + 15.

This will brighten up even the darkest, most boring corner of your home.

Once again, my goal was to keep my colors clean and bright and my strokes simple and bold.