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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Old Folks, 5x7 Oil Painting on Canvas

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These little people were gifts from my son when he was stationed in Okinawa. They are two of my favorite things, and so cleverly done. I really enjoyed painting them. 

Carmen

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Storm Watch, 6x8 Original Oil Painting on Canvas Panel, Seascape



One of my favorite dramatic lighting conditions is what we have been having the past few weeks: a dark and threatening sky as a backdrop, with a bright, sunny foreground. In this case, the sailboat might want to get to port as quickly as possible. After our big Florida drought, we should be thankful for all the rainstorms.

Carmen

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Halie and Bunny, 12x16 Oil Painting, Portrait of Child


My granddaughter is an adult now, but I painted this when she was a child and very attached to her bunny. It went everywhere with her. She was so funny and so happy-go-lucky, she kept me laughing. I miss those days.

Carmen

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Natchez Trace, 6x6 Original Oil Painting Landscape



The Natchez Trace is a beautiful highway that once was a trail tracing back through 10,000 years of American history. We discovered Meriweather Lewis's grave on the Trace, at the site of the inn where he died. There is little traffic and no big trucks on this road that stretches from Nashville to Natchez. It is an American gem.

Carmen

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Watermelon and Iced Tea, 14x11, Collage on Canvas Panel Still Life


This collage is made entirely of paper torn from magazines and fixed to a canvas panel with liquid medium. It makes me think of a summertime barbecue. I must thank my friend Fay Picardi for finding all those beautiful pink pictures in a fashion magazine. They were perfect for my watermelon.

Carmen


Friday, June 2, 2017

The Gondolier, 8x10 Oil Painting on Canvas Panel, Scene in Venice


One of my favorite places I've ever visited is Venice. Its ancient beauty is the stuff of dreams. The only vehicles are boats, including fire, trash, buses, and commuter vehicles. Where else do you see office workers carrying briefcases and standing in a gondola?

Carmen

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ready for my Closeup, 24x30 Oil on Canvas, Portrait of Woman

 
This is my dad's cousin Florence Chumbecos, who was a chorus girl on Broadway. I had a couple of her publicity shots but didn't know her last name. My cousin Vicki, who lives in Virginia, discovered our side of the family a couple years ago. She never knew we existed, and we have been solving genealogical mysteries via emails to each other. Neither of us knew Florence's last name, but Vicki found it through some detective work, and she found an article written by Florence about dancing with Fred Astaire. It was just like the movies: the lead dancer got sick, Florence filled in and danced in the role for a year. Mr. Astaire was just like you'd think--the nicest of men. Here is the article: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/23

Friday, May 12, 2017

Celeste, Graphite Drawing on Paper, 8x10


I've been so busy on a big project with songwriter Bobby Braddock that I have had no time for new items to post. I did manage to find some time to do this drawing and had fun with the hair. 

Carmen

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Florida Sunset, 10x8 Original Oil Landscape Painting

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Is this too dramatic? I was so excited when I saw those rays and that bright red color that my husband pulled over so I could take a picture. Florida sunsets are amazing. Florida now has more people than New York. Our secret is out. 

Carmen


Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
 - Voltaire