Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Joy of Being an Artist

Way back last year, I received an e-mail from 10-11 year old boy in Cleveland who was working on an art project.  His assignment was to interview an artist and do a powerpoint presentation.  He asked me a few general questions about my art.  This phone painting is what interested him.

8x10" oil
I am sure many of you receive the same type of requests.  I have had several, from young students.  I always reply, trying to  answer their inquiries, without doing ALL the work for their report.  Occasionally, I will get a "thank you" in return, often nothing.

This young boy from Cleveland, Jake, is not the usual.  We had several exchanges.  He was always extremely polite , and always promised to send me reports.  And he did!  He sent me an outline of his presentation, then I got a video of him giving it.  My favorite question from his audience was "is she still alive?", which he answered with a resounding "yes"...Whew!

My children and grandchildren were excited and thrilled to see all this activity about me in Cleveland.

After a few weeks, he sent me his grade (he aced it) on the project, and I though we were through.  But no....  He also has to do a painting that emulates my work.

Jake's painting
This is my second update on his painting in progress.  Note the picture of my phone, there on the table.

And here  is the finished piece!  Didn't he do well!!?!!

I am thrilled, each time I hear from him.  This has been such an  exciting experience for me and hopefully for him too.  I now understand why people choose to teach, and, what a wonderful teacher he has.  He or she has set him on a road that will stay with him for life. What a fantastic project for a young mind.   Bravo!!

So, for me, painting has been so much more than just painting.  Today, I have a new energy and desire to get back to the lucky am I?  Thank you Jake!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Coastal Landscape Painting, Flowers,Water "A Royal Reflection" Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St Martin

While driving over a bridge I caught a bright red flash from the corner of my eye. There it stood, in all its majesty, draping over the river, a beautiful Royal Poinciana. I felt so lucky to have seen it.

 20"x16"x7/8 Oil on Canvas/Available

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Small Seascape | Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | Atlantic Rush by Carol Schiff | 8x10" Oil SOLD

I created this small seascape from my memories of the beautiful beaches that surround us here in the state of Florida.

I painted with a brush and pallet knife to show texture in the waves rushing to shore and the sea oats rising above the protective dunes.

The more I travel, the more I am in awe of our beautiful world, including the beauty of my home state.  It is so easy to forget the beauty that surrounds you.  Take a moment today to find your beauty.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Beauty Junkie | Abstract Painting by International Artist Arrachme

Maya Angelou wrote a beautiful poem bringing forth the history of the cotton plantation. 
A small flower with a rich history tied to the cultural changes of mankind.

 My Purple Rain Tribute. Pigment, Gold leaf and unique use of unusual art instruments.

Beauty Junkie
Abstract Environmental Art
24" x 20"

Still Life Bottle Painting, "Fluer de Lis" by Carol Schiff, 6x18x1.5" Oil

I like to collect bottles, so, it is a natural for me to do a still life bottle painting.  I like the fluer de lis on the bottle as well as the bold gold color.

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 Painting this bottle was a challenge for me, but photographing the results was even more frustrating.  Try as I might, I could not get the correct background color to show.  The image above is much too blue while the one below seems more accurate.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"An Invitation To Fish" Lake Painting,Trees and Water by by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St Martin

 20"x16" Oil on Canvas/Available

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Horse Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, "Buckskin Mare" by Carol Schiff, 8x10.1.5" Oil

I had a request for another horse painting,  I have not done many of them, but I also enjoy them.  It started with a ride through the valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, where I found several horses grazing.  The buckskin was particularly friendly, coming up to the fence to great us and posing for several photographs.

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I found it difficult to mix the correct color of this animal, but finally was happy with the results.  I used a palette knife in the background of this small oil painting,  to create the texture of the grasses in the meadow.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Roots of Acceptance | Abstract Transdigital Painting by International Artist Arrachme

Strong roots of family tradition wrap around solid rocks of the Blue ridge Mountains. 
Oh, if only they could tell their story.
This piece of transdigital art is a collaboration of husband and wife. 
Photography harmonizing with acrylic on canvas.
Family ties that bind. 
Love that is everlasting.

Roots of Acceptance
Transdigital  art roots of acceptance. 
A family collaboration of photography and painted imagery.
20" x 16"

Florida Landscape Paintng | Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | Dance of the Wavesby Carol Schiff | 6x8" Palette Knife Painting | SOLD


I don't really understand what it is about water that makes our blood pressure drop, why it is so appealing  to most everyone.

During the hot, steamy summer months, I often wonder why we live in Florida, but this time of the year, there is no doubt.

Paint me a picture of the landscape.
Dance me the dance of the waves. 
Sing me of the legends of the river.
Tell me the story of the sky.
Author Unknown

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cat Painting, Animal Art, "Sleeping Kitty" by Carol Schiff, 6x12x.75" Oil

This is not your typical cat painting.  This kitty was so tired, she was sleeping on steps, in the middle of a tourist attraction.  People climbing up and down around her, trying to avoid her stretched out body and to not step on her tail.  Nothing bothered her.

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Apparently, Louisiana cats are tough

The painting is on 6x12x.75" stretched canvas, painted with texture using both knife and brush.

Thank you for reading my blog today and I hope you like my little cat painting.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Large Landscape Painting, Storm Painting, "StormFront" by Carol Schiff, 24x30x1.5" Original Oil Painting

In the tropics, the storms come in quickly and violently!  This large landscape painting attempts to convey the power and drama of these events.

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I painted with a palette knife and tried to keep all the strokes visible and strong. 

Some areas have extremely thick paint.

This is a study for a 48x60" piece that I am planning.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Original Contemporary Modern Art Abstract Paintings by Filomena de Andrade Booth

Nature's Bounty by Filomena Booth Acrylic ~ 24" x 24" 
Nature's Bounty
Acrylic on canvas


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Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Seascape, "Pacific Blue" 4x12" SOLD

Most of my seascapes are from the Atlantic, or the Caribbean, but today I am visiting the Pacific.

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My reference photo was taken a few years ago on a trip to California with my daughter and granddaughter. We were in San Francisco most of the trip, but one afternoon we drove south to Half Moon Bay.

For us east coasters, the Pacific was an untamed beast, quite different from our usually gentle Atlantic.  Just that fact that we were peering down from a cliff and that the brave souls who ventured to the beach were all ON THE SHORE was foreign.  Not that we do not have sunbathers on the shore, but there are ALWAYS bathers or surfers in the water, even on the coldest of days.

I decided to use a palette knife on this scene to help capture the power  and texture.

Coastal Landscape Painting "A Peaceful Day's Work" by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St Martin

Original Florida Landscape, Coastal Landscape Painting, Florida Sand ,Trees

14"x18"x7/8" Oil on Canvas/SOLD

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"Evening Preen" by Florida Abstract Artist Fay Kelley

These Giant Snowy Egrets were so captivating that I just had to stop and photograph them.
The sun was down and the evening pink glow was still present. This is a common sight in downtown Lakeland on Mirror Lake. Original oil 12" x 24" on gallery wrapped canvas. You can reach me
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

In The Swim | Seascape Abstract by International Artist Arrachme

 Dive into an underwater paradise full of life.  
Don’t the  pristine blue ocean waters captivate you when you dive in?

Snorkel or dive in the deep blue warm waters  of the Caribbean.  
Cruising in St Maarten, Nevis, Cayman or Belize. 
Possibilities are endless,
where the experience is breath taking.

Original 20 x 20 acrylic on linen, ready to hang.
 Custom orders welcome.

In The Swim
Seascape Abstract
20" x 20"

Original Red Hibiscus Oil Painting, Floral Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 6x8"

One of the joys  of living in Florida are the almost year round flowers in our landscapes.  Hibiscus is one of the most used here, and with good reason.  They are easy to grow, beautiful and available in many colors and one of the first to bloom in the spring and late in the winter season.

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This one is a study in reds.  Elio Camacho states that red is the most difficult color to paint.  When you can paint a "red" painting, you have arrived (in the art world).

This does not qualify as a "red" painting in my mind.  A "red" study usually has several red objects, each with it's own shades of red.


Still, this is good practice.

Elio likes to present his more advanced students with set ups that are all yellow, or blue, or green etc.  It is only the bravest who attempt the dreaded "all red" set up.

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Original Contemporary Modern Art Abstract Paintings by Filomena de Andrade Booth

No Regrets by Filomena Booth Acrylic ~ 36" x 36" 

 No Regrets
Acrylic on canvas 
This large abstract expressionist painting on a textured canvas measures 36"x36".  It is gallery-wrapped on 1.5" deep bars.  The sides are painted in a rich gray/black micaceous iron oxide and does not need to be framed.  The painting is wired and ready to hang.  A clear gloss acrylic varnish has been applied to protect the beauty of this work.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sunflower still life, 14x18" Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting

I have retuned home from another exciting workshop with Elio Camacho.  I went to work right away, trying to imprint his wisdom on my brain.

I worked hard on this one, trying to retain the bold brushwork and saturated color that makes his technique special.  I think it is a good start for me, but I have lots of area for improvement.

Practice makes perfect.  I am pretty sure he would tell me to make the flower on the table look less like a flower and more like paint.

To be continued.......

Dogwood Flower Art "Dogwood Stems" by Florida Impressionism Artist Annie St Martin

Springtime and dogwood go hand in hand. They are so delicate and simple, yet very intricate in design. Is it one of your favorites too? 

Original Still Life Flower Painting, Dogwood Flower Art Painting

 10"x8"x7/8 Oil on Canvas/SOLD

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Tahiti Beach, 6x8 Oil on Canvas Panel Seascape, Elbow Cay, Abacos Islands

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This is the place of my dreams. The water is pristine and clear, the sand is sparkling white, and the sky is blue. Stress is a thing of the past when you are in a place like this. It's beautiful Tahiti Beach, not in the Pacific, but on Elbow Cay in the Abacos Islands, Bahamas. There is no traffic because there are no cars. A golf cart suffices. One of my favorite places ever. Drop me off with my paints for a month or so.

(Back to reality) Coming Soon: My Solo Show

Friday, April 22, 6 - 8 pm
The Parish House
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
105 E. Washington St
Middleburg, VA


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Next Great Thing | Contemporary Seascape by International Artist Arrachme

Contemporary seascape painting.  
Original painting is 24 x  36 x 7/8 deep. 
This painting is one of two that inspired the entire Timeless Transparencies series 
and is signed by the artist on front and back.

The Next Great Thing
Contemporary Seascape
24" x 36"