Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Live Oak with Spanish Moss, 6x6", Oil

Live oak trees are found everywhere in the south, usually, draped with Spanish moss.  The trees are huge with long, long branches that sometimes droop to the ground.  They are called "live oaks" because they cycle their new leaves all year long and never are bare.

Spanish moss was named after the first Spanish explorers who came to Louisiana and Florida.  The Indians thought the moss looked like the beards of the explorers.

Basically, Spanish moss just needs somewhere to hang out, and live oak foliage leaches an especially high amount of the nutrients it needs. While excessive growths of Spanish moss can be problematic for unhealthy trees in high wind situations, in most cases healthy live oaks have extensive root structures that keep them in place during storms.
Spanish moss is great for wildlife. Birds use it for nesting material, and it provides shelter for creatures like bats and bugs, including a type of spider that’s been found nowhere else. Throughout history, humans have used it to stuff mattresses, as packing material and insulation, and even in the car seats of some of the first Fords. (This proved to be a problem when the red ants living in the Spanish moss made their presence known – they solved this problem in the future by boiling the moss first.)
So really, y’all, there’s no reason for southern nature and wildlife lovers not to like Spanish moss just as much as the stately tree that it hangs in.

Monday, June 29, 2015


" I perhaps owe becoming a painter to flowers"

Claude Monet

A salute to Monet with the colors and subject matter that inspired him.

I perhaps owe becoming a painter to Monet.

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Honeycrisp, 2x2 Oil on Canvas, Miniature Painting by Carmen Beecher

So I guess we'll be having Waldorf Salad this weekend. I have also discovered that a sandwich made of sliced apple, cream cheese and walnuts is quite good. The 905 Cafe in Melbourne, Florida has a delicious Walnut Brie Apple Melt, which gave me the idea.

I'm going to take a break from painting for a bit and start decluttering my house based on some of the principles in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I'm starting with my art supplies. I must learn to be ruthless, and know that I don't need that many magazines for my collages, or those old worn brushes or those plastic containers or those paintings I should have scraped...I know you artists can relate. After all, when I need some odd thing I can't find it anyway among the other odd things. Ms Kondo says to only keep things that spark joy, and that's what I'm going for.


Acrylic Abstract Art Painting "Katsura Thrust" by Contemporary Artist Lee Canalizo

 30"x15"x1.5" Acrylic  on Canvas/Available

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Original Pastel Landscape Painting "Peace and Solitude" by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St Martin

Peace and Solitude is a pastel done en plein air. Nesting close by the shelter was a sandhill crane with its flashy red head checking me out. She isn't in this pastel, she was just beyond the bird watch. What a lovely thing to watch, she had a home with quite a view!

This painting is SOLD, however prints are available HERE

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Arrachme is juried into a traveling exhibition for world peace and environmental issues to begin at the Heageumgang Theme Museum in South Korea-click the graphic below for details.

Arrachme is juried into a traveling exhibition for world peace and environmental issues to begin at the Heageumgang Theme Museum in South Korea-click the graphic below for details.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Duck Painting, Wildlife Painting, "Just Hanging Out" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" oil SOLD

I found this little girl duck at Nantahala Outdoor Center, in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just hanging out on a rock in the river.


 She seemed quite content!  Pretty surprising when you see what was going on 50 yards down the river...

International Kayak competition!  The ducks were not annoyed.........

This setting seems to suit the painting a little more.

Enjoy your day!


Saturday, June 27, 2015

A New Day Blooms, Plein Air Painting by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist

Having set up my easel in a field in the early morning, I painted the light and shadows of the trees and flowers. It's always so beautiful to see how the sunlight can make a dramatic composition with the resulting shadows. Framed 9" x 12" Oil, Price: $225.00

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Storm Painting, PALETTE KNIFE LANDSCAPE, "STORMY WEATHER", OIL, SOLD


Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain't together
Keeps rainin' all the time.

Tom Snow/Leo Sayer

For those of you into rap.....this is a wonderful, soulful old song made famous by one of the top female singers in history, Billie Holiday.  If I knew how to add a sound clip, I would be playing it now.


Seascape Painting "Deprogramming Code" by Contemporary International Artist Arrachme

 Fresh off the Easel...... 

 16"x20"x7/8" Acrylic on Canvas/Available

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Colorful Seascape Sunset Oil Painting "Sunset After Sandy" by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St Martin

This painting is that of a photograph taken by Michael Schor Photography, Rockaway Park, New York. It was painted with Michael's permission. "An observation...(by Michael)...how man made beauty (the boardwalk and buildings) can be destroyed in a day but God's beauty (the sunset) is everlasting." Michael named it " Sunset After Sandy". This is my rendition of that beautiful photograph taken by a very gifted artist.

This painting is SOLD, but prints are available HERE

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Acrylic Abstract Art Painting "Time Was" by Contemporary Artist Lee Canalizo

 Acrylic  on Panel/SOLD

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Daily Painting, "Atlantic Seascape", 8x10" SOLD

Who does not love the sea? The beach is a place of healing and joy. The salt cleanses us and the sun embraces us in its warmth. The ocean heals the heart, mind, and soul. 

I have two loves, the sea and the mountains.  They both have their own beauty and are ever changing.  They both bring peace to my life.

I hope you find your own little slice of heaven this weekend.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pelican Painting, "Big Bird", 6x8 oil SOLD

Not the Big Bird you were expecting?


Living in Florida, I am expected to have a selection of pelican paintings at all times. This guy is not actually a Florida pelican, but lives in California.  He looks just like our guys though.  One of my Etsy buddies, Retagene, sent me her image and gave me permission to use it.

How do I know it's a guy?  It's that yellow on his head that gives him away.  When you see a pelican with a yellow head, you know he is looking for a girl friend.   Hmmmm, it would be nice if humans had such an obvious sign too.....might have helped me out back in the day!

Have a great week and thank you for viewing Carol Schiff Studio.

"Deserted" Original oil by Florida Artist Fay Kelley

14" x 14" Oil by Florida Artist Fay Kelley. "Deserted" is a painting of an old homestead on
a dirt road in Kendall County Texas. The architecture and overgrown yard caught my eye. My
brother snapped the picture for me as a reference for completing the work in my studio. For questions about this painting and others please go to faykelleyart.com and email me.
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Carmen Beecher: Ambrosia, 2x2 Oil on Canvas, Small Daily Painting ...

Since there are so many varieties of apples available, I decided to do an apple series on teeny tiny little stretched 2x2-inch canvas.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"Evening" Small acrylic by Florida Abstract Artist Fay Kelley

Evening just after sunset on the Atlantic side of Florida. 10" x 8" acrylic on canvas. For this and other works please view my website at faykelleyart.com
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Daily Painting, Landscape, "Field of Poppies",SOLD 6x8, oil

It's always a beautiful sight to come upon a field of poppies in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

I had to pull out my palette knife and lots of creamy oils for this little piece.  Some days I just want to push around a lot of paint.

What are you painting in your studio today?

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Acrylic Abstract Art Painting "30 Thousand Feet" by Contemporary Artist Lee Canalizo

 22"x17"x1.5" Acrylic  on Canvas/Available

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Blue Hydrangea Oil Painting Flower Art "The Special Gift" by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St. Martin

This blue hydrangea was a special gift from a grateful daughter to her mother. It symbolizes heartfelt emotion. The hydrangea was first discovered in Japan and developed during the Victorian Era. Woody stems and lacey star-shaped flowers are packed closely into a pom pom shape. Coming in a rainbow of colors, It truly does possess grace and beauty.

 5"x7" oil on Canvas/Available

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Impressionistic Contemporary Seascape Painting "Laughter" by Contemporary International Artist Arrachme

Acrylics on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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


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Spring Bouquet, 6x8 Oil on Canvas, Floral Painting by Carmen Beecher

Our painting group, Pieces of 8, ambitiously painted this still life during one of our sessions. It was a lot of fun. I am trying to get it into my head to simplify, along with all the other disciplines in art that I am trying to get into my head. People always ask, "How long did it take you to do that?" They should be asking how many successes and failures, trials and errors, immersing oneself in values, composition, drawing, color, brush strokes, perspective, form, lighting, subtleties--it goes on and on. That's why there are so many aged artists. Doing art is a constant striving for improvement, and if "artist" is something you are, not something you do, you will do it for as long as you can hold a brush.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Figurative Painting, Central Park Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Another Thinker", 6x8" Oil

Last year, my daughter, grandson and I spent a few days in Manhattan.  After a long, hard day of exploring, we ended up in Central Park.  Central Park is such a welcoming oasis in the middle of all the heat, noise, hustle and bustle.

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 My daughter climbed up on a rock to sit and rest,  She was deep in thought when I snapped her photo.  I could not help but be reminded of another famous "thinker".

We had a great time in Manhattan, especially by grandson.  It was his first time in the BIG city!

Keeping his finger on everything........

His debut on a sports TV show (He is not at the desk....notice the guy posing behind the window!)

Spending a little time with Teddy Roosevelt.

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Mead Garden Turtle, Impressionistic Oil Landscape by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist

In Winter Park, Florida, an untouched natural piece of Florida has been preserved. Known as Mead Garden, it is tucked away behind neighborhoods. I took my children exploring there like I used to do so they could find the pond where turtles are always sunning themselves on fallen logs. Generations continue to go there to see the turtles. The pond has lily pads and heavy, shadowy foliage which made an Impressionistic composition with cool colors. Original Oil on masonite. Framed 18 x 18" Price $600

Monday, June 22, 2015

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Blue Paintings

I like to post on facebook, as I am sure many of you do too.  I started a group called "Online Artists" to give self-representing artists another place to post their work.  Every week I "suggest" a theme for the artists to follow, although it is not mandatory by any means.  A few times, the theme has been a specific color, which I really enjoyed.  So today, I decided to post "blue" paintings for you here.

 I really had fun with this textured piece!

6x8" canvas panel

 What is it about oriental culture that is so fascinating?

Blue Lagoon
6x8" on canvas panel
 A view of the intracoastal waterway in Grant Florida.  This is close to my home.

Mountain Farm
8x10" canvas panel
A view of our neighbor's farm in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.  One of the most beautiful scenes on earth, I have painted this farm dozens of times.

Misty Morning
12x12x1.5" canvas
 The mountains are absolutely gorgeous when the sun comes up and burns off the morning mist.

A Touch of Blue
6x8" on canvas panel
 A Florida sky.  The coastal areas are often filled with fluffy clouds as the afternoon hot air from the west collides with the cool sea breezes from the east.

Candlestick with Palm Shadows
4x12x1.5" canvas

 I love to set objects on my windowsill in front of these cool shadows from a palm tree.

Antique Bottles
8x10 canvas panel
 From my antique bottle collection.

Seascape with sunset
11x14x1.5" canvas

I had to put a seascape in here somewhere!

Well, that's it for celebrating blue today!  I hope you will join us on facebook.  Just go to your account and search for Online Artists.  We would love to have you join in the fun.

I hope you have BLUE skies today.

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