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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Oil Painting, St. Johns River, 9x12 Original Oil Painting on Canvas Panel


This is how the St Johns River looked after Hurricane Irma. The river rose to such a high level that the airboat we were in could go to places that were usually inaccessible. This is a 9x12 original oil painting, signed and ready to frame.

Carmen

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas Sale, All Original Artwork, Oil Paintings and Collage


I am having a sale in my Etsy shop, and I want to use words like "HUGE," "PRICES SLASHED," and "NOT SOLD IN ANY STORES," but all you really need to hear is the magical: "FREE SHIPPING." Those are the words that always make me jump to attention. Not only that, but I am discounting all original art 20%.

The sale starts November 20th and ends December 20th. Just remember 20-20-20, the dates and 20%. These are one-of-a-kind paintings and you can shop in your jammies and avoid the crowds.

Carmen

Friday, November 17, 2017

Original Oil Painting, "Horse Country," 18x24 Equine Oil on Canvas


I was driving with my daughters on a back road near Ocala, Florida when I saw this scene. It was so peaceful, and the hanging moss gave it even more of an air of serenity. Some of the best horses in the world are bred in Florida's horse country.

Carmen

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hot Air Balloons, 8x10 Original Oil Painting, Skyscape on Canvas



I decided I wanted to just paint clouds. When I was done it looked like it needed something more, so I added hot air balloons to punch it up. I'm happy with the result, but I think the balloonists had better head home, because the weather doesn't look so good.

Carmen

Friday, November 10, 2017

Elbow Cay, 11x11 Watercolor Print, Sailboat in Seascape

Elbow Cay in the Abacos Islands is spectacularly beautiful. Scenes like this are common, and even the pastel-colored houses and electric brightness of the bougainvillea are breathtaking. I could happily spend a lot of time there. Another plus is: no cars. You can go everywhere in a golf cart. To top it off, the food is delicious. Elbow Cay is a little jewel of an island.

Carmen

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Whitewater Grannies, 11x14 Pen and Ink Drawing, Cartoon of a Real Event


This is the tenth anniversary of the first Pieces of Eight artists' retreat, when we went to Carol Schiff's home in North Carolina. The highlight of the trip for Denette, Donna, Carol and me was our whitewater rafting adventure in the Nantahala River. We had some trepidation at first, but soon became confident and--truth be told--smug. We had a great time until we hit something called The Slot, which is a little waterfall that eats rafts. I saw Donna fly by me and reached out to catch her, not realizing I too was airborne. We were rescued by a kindly man in a boat we had earlier complained about going too slow! Shame on us! As we met again on the shore, Donna said, "We have bonded over a near-death experience!"
Below are our Before and After photos. Notice we have no helmets? Safety precautions were sadly lacking but we were clueless.
I had one of those cheap underwater cameras sold in drugstores, so we got to commemorate the moment. 

Carmen

Friday, November 3, 2017

Free Range Rooster, 6x8 Original Painting on Canvas Panel


This rooster was observing me while I was painting a building. He proved to be a more attractive subject than the building, and I really loved the colors in his black feathers where the light caught them. He reminds me of the traditional Portuguese Roosters done in ceramic.



Carmen

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Ghost Ship, 20x20 Oil Painting on Canvas


After Florida was hit with Hurricane Irma, this sailboat was found washed up on Melbourne Beach. Authorities eventually discovered that the boat came all the way from Key West, hundreds of miles away. Aboard, oddly enough, were two mannequins, a large velvet rose, and a sign that declared, "beatings will continue until morale improves." 

Carmen

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Windmill, 6x9 Mixed Media on Paper, Bronze and Black


I painted good-quality watercolor paper with bronze acrylic paint, then used liquid medium to transfer the windmill from a magazine print. I added the tulips to make it more interesting. It's too bad that the metallic effect of the bronze can't be fully appreciated when looking at it online.

Carmen

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mixed Media Artwork, "Mantilla," 8x10 Matted


This is a mixed media piece on watercolor paper; the art measures 5x7 inches, and with the mat the outside measurement is 8x10. I used liquid medium to transfer pictures to the paper, and pen and ink to finish getting the effect I wanted. The background is metallic gold acrylic. 
 
After finishing a big illustration job that has taken almost a year, it was fun to try some new art techniques. Some succeeded, some failed, and now I'm ready to get back to squishy oil paints. 

Carmen