Friday, February 28, 2014

1543 Red Sky at Night

This was one of those paintings that I start off using a toned panel, I had all this leftover red paint that I couldn't stand to waste.  I thought it looked like a sunset and then I did the oak tree in front of it. 

Its 8 x 10, oil on masonite, $200. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Child Figurative, Child on Beach Art "Capturing Attitude" by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St Martin

Capturing Attitude is an oil painting on canvas. It is one of a number of paintings in the Attitude Series. Whether children are at play or at rest, they are so full of joy and wonder, and so excited about everything around them. Yet, after a long day of playing very hard in the water and moving sand around on the beach they become very tired. There is no hiding their emotions, they are a never-ending source of subject matter. Victoria is saying, Grammie, not another picture! Could you resist snapping another shot of this beautiful face? 

14"x11" Oil on Canvas/SOLD

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Rose Bowl, 7x5 Oil on Canvas by Carmen Beecher

This was a painting of red bowls. I let it sit on my easel and hated it more each day, though I liked the colors. I finally painted over it completely and used the same color scheme. That's the nice thing about oil paints, they are fixable.

Art restorers frequently find that the old masters had other paintings underneath their masterpieces. There's one thing for sure: the painting underneath is not a masterpiece, or they would not have painted over it. Just let that thing stay hidden under there, complying with the artist's wishes. You would not want to embarrass him by revealing his red bowls or whatever...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

1542 Farmer Brown's Potting Shed Plein Air Alla Prima

I painted here on Tuesday, just getting around to posting it tonight.  I had a lot of fun painting it, I kept finding more little details to put into the painting.  The plants on the left are pineapples and there is a papaya tree in the center. 

After I painted I was taken on a tour of the garden and got to sample some kale, nasturtiums, violas and various other vegies.  I have had kale cooked before and didn't like it but I liked it raw.   Bought some nice rhubarb, lettuce and Swiss Chard.  Its all pretty much eaten up already.  I made a rhubarb crunch, there is just one little piece of that left and a bit of the lettuce. 

The painting is oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches, $250. 

Mixed Media Abstract "Golden Marble" 4x12" SOLD

This is a fun technique  that Carol Nelson shared with us in her workshop last spring.  Carol, who is a "Golden Artist" as in Golden mediums and gels, is versed in techniques you and I have never thought about.  She is truely creative and a very charming and sharing person.

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 Carol developed this technique when she looked at her palette one day and thought it was as interesting as the piece she was working on.  So....she figured out how to turn her palette into a piece of art!  This is the first technique she shared with us in her workshop and it turned out to be a fun project and a great ice breaker!

She probably wouldn't mind if I told you how to do it, but I don't want to let the cat out of her bag.  Only Carol can tell!  Here is a link to her blog.  I know you will enjoy it and if you search through enough of her posts, she probably tells her secrets.  If you get to go to one of her workshops, I guarantee you will have a fun filled and informative few days with her.

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"Infinite Intrigue" Original Contemporary Seascape Painting by Contemporary International Artist Arrachme

Painting a world outside the known universe.

48"x36" Acrylics on Canvas/Available

 All of my paintings are triple gessoed and triple sanded to insure the highest quality result.

 This painting is part of the Timeless Transparencies Collection, and will be  exhibited in Paris, France in May 2014 as part of the the World Tour Exhibition of Contemporary Artists.

 This exhibition is sponsored by Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Palette Knife Art, "A Thistle Day" by Carol Schiff, 8x10" Oil ,SOLD

Who said weeds are not pretty???  I found these thistles on top of Grandfather Mountain outside of Boone, NC last month.

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Their delicate color and beautiful form was all it took for me to know I had to paint them.  However, it was 50ish, 30 MPH winds and in a very inconvenient spot, so no painting took place at that time.

Fortunately, I had my trusty traveling companion, my camera, hung around my neck and was able to capture this image.

I think that one of the most wonderful things about being an artist is that it has given me the ability to see beauty in unexpected places.   I am so thankful for that gift.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Small Seascape, "Stormy Beach Day" by Carol Schiff, 6x8 Oil, Palette Knife Seascape

Living in Florida, we get lots of sunny days.  This time of the year, it is normal for what starts out as a sunny day to suddenly change to black, threatening clouds, as the cool sea breezes collide over land
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with hot air from the west.  When that happens, it's time to run for cover as the effects can be fast and violent.  The last place you want to find yourself is on the beach as we live in an area fondly known as "Lightening Capitol of the World".  Every year we read of people who are struck with lightening and often do not survive.  On this day, we quickly ran for our car as the clouds rolled in.  I was happy to get a few shots of the storm.

I tried to capture that moment when the clouds roll in with the azure water quickly turning dark.

Thanks for reading my blog today....hope you have a great week.  Oh, by the way....please pin it!

Florida Coffee Shop Painting,Coastal Landscape "Coffee Anyone?" by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St Martin

Meeting with my plein air group...always an adventure. Where will we go this week? Ah! A perfect spot. This wonderful place with its European atmosphere...stunning marina views and high rise living. There's shopping at your fingertips with everything imaginable from art galleries and boutiques to scrumptuous dining...OH and yes, the best little coffee shop ever. Sitting outside and listening to the music and sipping coffee after that delightful meal. Does it get any better?

10.5 x 8.5 Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Still life Bottle , Palette Knife Art, "Vintage Bottle" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil Still Life

I have become slightly obsessed with vintage bottles, well, maybe a little more than slightly.  I love the idea of these bottles, most of them reclaimed from the earth, crusty and sometimes pearlized.  I like to think about how they were used when they were new.....and if they have a crystal cross on top (called a cross bottle) all the better!

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This one, obviously does not have a cross on the top.  It does have any absolutely gorgeous color, kind of a cobalt violet.  I am told the it started out as clear glass, but due to magnesium in the glass, has aged into a beautiful hue.

The other thing I love, is painting with wild abandon with loads of thick, creamy, oil paint and a combination of palette knife and brush.  So yes, this little painting hits my buttons on several levels.

Some days, I just go through the motions, and the resulting painting usually shows it,  but this one was pure joy!  I would love for you to pin it!

Art Expo - New York is talking about Arrachme!! Contemporary Seascapes

“I found myself in a peaceful balance between the world of reality and mystery,” says Florida-based artist & Artexpo NY 2014 exhibitor Arrachme.

 See her at booth #323 this April at Artexpo New York. (Shown, The Balancing Act Collection.)

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Tropical Landscape Art, Florida Painting, Florida Morning" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil Landscape

I work up eary, grabbed a cup of coffee and my camera, and headed to Florida's intracoastal waterway.  In our area, it is the Indian River, and I arrived there just in time to see the sun break over the horizon.

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 When I had finished my photos, I drank my coffee and enjoyed that wonderful early morning atmosphere.  You know the one, where it seems that only you and maybe a few birds are up and around.  It is so still, the birds are starting to feed, and a small pod of dolphins are fishing off shore.  Heaven!

I am often asked where I find my small frames.  The answer is my favorite framer.  Apparently it is standard procedure for framers to throw away the end pieces of moldings.  My framer, who has a large following of artists, started using those end pieces to make  up small standard sized frames.  He always has a good selection and sells them for next to nothing.  Perfect for starving artists!

If you are in Melbourne, FL area, his store is Ridley's Frames on Palm Bay Road and Troutman Ave. in Palm Bay.  Stop in and load up on his treasures and tell him I sent you in :)

Happy Day!

Still Life Painting, Fruit, "Limes" by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St Martin

It's a steamy hot day...there's no breeze to take the edge about a cold Corona and Lime? So enormously satisfying at that moment in time.

 This painting is SOLD, but prints and greeting cards are available HERE

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Small Florida Landscape, Daily Painting, "Wetlands View" by Carol Schiff, 6x8 Original Oil

I believe the wetlands of Florida are some of the most beautiful areas in the state, and sadly, some of the most underrated.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder :-)

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Abstract Poured Paint, Mixed Media Painting, "STREAMS" by Carol Schiff, 6x6x1.5"

I hope you enjoy this example of  abstract poured paint.

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This has a very hard, high gloss finish on gallery wrap canvas.  Silver metallic paint brings additional interest and works well with the finish to create an eye-catching piece.

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1541 Ocean Sunrise

This one came out of my head, I had some left over paint from Tuesday and toned the panel. It looked like clouds and ocean so I worked on it a bit and made the scene. 

Its 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite.  $200.

"My Tangerine Forest"Original Contemporary Painting by Contemporary International Artist Arrachme

36"x48"Acrylics on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

 All of my paintings are triple gessoed and triple sanded to insure the highest quality result.

 This painting is part of the Balancing Act Collection and will be included in the 2014 NEW YORK  ART EXPO in New York City, April 4th-6th 2014.

 Presenting artwork as a solo professional artist, Arrachme art will feature her new collection.

This is the second year for Arrachme to be published by the New York Art Expo

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Florida Hammock, a Florida Oil Landscape by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist

This tranquil scene of palms, mangroves and water has been chosen to be in the Orlando Magazine's Paint the Town 2014 Juried Exhibit. The cool colors have a peaceful effect. Old Florida style captured afternoon clouds over the water. 16x20 oil.

Small Oil Painting, Abstract Painting,by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Canvas Panel "HUES" SOLD

I  wanted to show color and texture in this small oil paintng.  Texture seems to be taking over many of my works.


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Please contact me if you are interested in commissioning  a similar small oil painting.

Still Life Painting, Fruit,Orange, "Florida Oranges" by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St Martin

My favorite drink when those oranges are perfectly ripened and sweet. The most beautiful fragrance fills the air when the trees are in heavenly perfume.

  This painting is SOLD, but prints and greeting cards are available HERE

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Still Life Painting, Fruit,Orange, "Florida Oranges" by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St Martin

My favorite drink when those oranges are perfectly ripened and sweet. The most beautiful fragrance fills the air when the trees are in heavenly perfume.

  This painting is SOLD, but prints and greeting cards are available HERE

  To view more of my work, visit

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

1540 Spring Vista at White City Park Plein Air Alla Prima

I painted this today at White City Park, I had a good time there like always.  Lots of birds and big fat squirrels.  The squirrels are very tame, they wanted some handouts.  I saw a lot of fish, they were up near the surface sunning themselves. 

The tree in the back is an oak,  it was golden in the sun with its new leaves and blossoms. 

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