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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Patchwork River, 16x20 Oil Painting Landscape on Canvas


The Pieces of Eight were hiking in the woods on an artists' retreat and came upon this peaceful scene. This was in North Carolina, the same mountains where we went whitewater rafting and bonded over a near-death experience. Below is my drawing commemorating that scene.

Carol, Donna, Denette and I were airborne. We were The Flying Grannies.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A Gift from the Sea, 8x10 Original Oil Painting Still Life Coastal Decor


When I lived in Bermuda I collected antique bottles. In the old days Bermudians used to dispose of bottles by tossing them into the sea or burying them in shallow holes. It's great sport there to dive for bottles, and I lucked out finding this one, a Cobalt Blue Castor Oil bottle, pre-1900s.

This is oil paint on a metallic gold background.

Carmen

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Man O' War, 5x7 Oil on Canvas, Beach Series

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This is a Portuguese Man O' War, and it is quite beautiful in a weird way. It has tentacles with a painful sting, and even when it's lying on the beach those tentacles need to be avoided. Now here's the weird part: this is actually four organisms living in cooperation (wish Congress could do that). The sail is a gas-filled bladder (now that sounds like Congress); the tentacles are the killers that deliver prey; then there are two other organisms that do digestion and reproduction. I feel that such a remarkable example of God's handiwork deserves to be painted on gold. I wish you could see the metallic gold background on the computer monitor.

Carmen

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Postcard Original Oil on Canvas Panel 4x6 Mailable Art


This oil painting is an actual postcard and can be mailed. The back, pictured in the second image, is a bit touched with paint, but it adds to the authenticity, don't you think? This is the perfect gift for the person who has everything. It is 4x6 inches, painted on a canvas panel. I have mailed these before and had them arrive safe and sound. It is a signed original.

The postcard is not actual purple on the left side, it was just hard taking a picture of the back of a wet painting.

Carmen

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Peach Canna Lilies Original Painting, 5x7 Oil on Canvas Panel


This is another of my "Pool Paintings," a portion of my garden viewed at eye level from my pool. There are peach Canna Lilies, little blue Plumbago flowers, and in the foreground, bromeliads. When I saw the early morning shadows behind the Canna Lilies I knew I had to paint them. The bromeliads look big because they were much closer to me. 

Carmen

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Sunshine and Shadow, 24x20 Oil Painting after Winslow Homer


We usually associate Homer with seascapes, but he also painted restful paintings like this. This is a direct copy of a Homer painting about two of my favorite things: lying in a hammock and reading. This is a large painting, signed and ready to frame.

Carmen

Monday, September 30, 2019

Pair of Pears Watercolor Painting 8x10


I don't do much watercolor except for my sketch journal, but I recently was inspired by a watercolor demo. I thought I'd make our Pieces of Eight September Challenge a real challenge by departing from oils.

Carmen

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Down Memory Lane


I lived in Winter Garden in the late 50s and had a wonderful time there. It was a tiny, out-of-the-way town, and its base was the citrus industry. Because of the wisdom of the town management, it is now a vibrant, trendy place to visit. The day my sister and I were there the farmer's market was in full swing and there was a car show. I found the apartment building I lived in with Marilynn's family, back when life was so much fun in a small town full of interesting characters.
We also visited Disney Springs and Winter Park, where we enjoyed Leu Gardens and the Morse Museum, which has the largest collection of Tiffany glass anywhere. It was a lovely weekend.

Carmen


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Orange Canna Lily, Small Original Oil Painting 5x7 Flower Art


I was shocked to realize that I haven't posted since September 1st. It's amazing what a hurricane threat does to one's daily life. First, you stock up on supplies; then you install all your storm shutters; pack up things you don't want washed away; finally, evacuate. If it's a slow-moving storm like Dorian, you wait...and wait...and wait. I am not complaining, because some of my favorite beautiful places were wiped out completely in the Bahamas. We were lucky, but the people there lost everything. Homes, livelihoods, and even loved ones. I am so sad for them. Our government won't take them in without papers, and their papers are somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic by now. What a terrifying situation for them.

The proceeds from this painting will be donated to hurricane relief for the Bahamian storm victims.

Carmen

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Batten Down the Hatches! Dorian's Coming.

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I'm scheduling this drawing to appear on the day we will most likely be evacuating this island because of the powerful hurricane that seems to be bearing down on us. We've put up shutters, stocked up on water, filled the tub, bought non-perishable items, brought in anything loose in our yard, etc. Meanwhile the storm is out in the ocean building strength in the warm waters. If it does as predicted and pounds us for three days, we've never experienced anything this bad, so your prayers would be appreciated. To my friends and family here, please stay safe.

Carmen