Friday, September 10, 2021

Palms and Pastel Houses, 12x9 Original Landscape Painting

 



I used to live in a pink house in Bermuda, and the address was Diamond Cottage on Suffering Lane. No house number, the houses just had names and the street name. The house was nice, but the pink was Pepto-Bismol pink. I like this pink house much better.

Carmen
    

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Palm Tree Practice

I have been practicing painting palm trees this week. This is what I have so far. It's amazing how many different palms you can see just by walking around the neighborhood.


 













Saturday, August 14, 2021

Florida Sunrise, Original Oil Painting on Canvas Panel 12x9



This beautiful sunrise was seen a block from the ocean. There's nothing like a Florida sunrise (except maybe a Florida sunset). Even when there is a spectacular sunset over the river, the colors are reflected onto the clouds over the ocean, which is also beautiful, just more pastel.

Carmen
 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Beach Memory, Original Oil Painting Tropical Island Scene



This photo reminds me of time spent on Elbow Cay in the Abacos Islands. No cars are allowed, and my daughter and I explored every square inch of the island. We even found an abandoned hotel. There were so many flowers blooming brilliantly in the little main street in town that my daughter called it Electric Avenue.

Carmen

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Florida Scene



This is a commission that took me quite a while to do. Looks tiny, doesn't it? It's actually four feet wide. Here are a few details.



In the Everglades I got a photo of an alligator swimming beside white pelicans, and they all seemed to be ignoring each other.

Carmen





 

Friday, July 23, 2021

Florida River, Oil Painting Scene



I love Florida's swampy places, with moss hanging from oaks. This painting got quite complicated, with so many things going on, but I think it still manages to look peaceful. 

Carmen

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The Golden Flute, Oil on Canvas


Here's one from the archives. The colors are not true, a bit cooler than the actual painting. Computers have come a long way since I saved this one. This lovely woman taught at Juilliard, and when she attended our Pen Women meetings she would treat us to a concert. Pen Women is a National organization of writers, artists, and musicians, chock full of talented women.

Carmen

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Green Anole Florida Oil Painting

 

SOLD

Been unable to post lately, so I pulled this one from the archives. I've been yelled at for having the subject in the middle of the painting, yet there he is. Everything is pointing to him, and that's just how it was. So there. This was at Turkey Creek.

Carmen

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Chipmunk Chase

 



My journal entry from our last day with the Sheets family. They have a beautiful AirBnB on Lake Junaluska in North Carolina. Our stay was topped off by chasing a chipmunk out of the house.

Carmen

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Journal, Strawberry Picking in Virginia


 Picking strawberries was a highlight of our visit. An 88-year-old farmer named Jimmy has a big strawberry farm and he gave us a bucket and said to pile 'em high, so we did. Yum! In seven months I've gone from not being able to walk to the corner to being able to pick strawberries. Progress!

Carmen

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Monday, May 24, 2021

A Vacation at Last - A Page From My Journal

 



We visited my daughter Suzanne and her husband Kirk in Virginia and it was better for me than medicine. Suzanne is an avid gardener, so I had some good subjects to paint in my journal. An added bonus: she's a great cook.

Carmen

Monday, April 19, 2021

20-minute challenge, Day 2, Cape Canaveral Seashore




 I had to drop out of the challenge after this one, because I got bronchitis. I limited my time to exactly 20 minutes, and guess what I had to leave out? His fishing rod. Thirty minutes before this picture was taken, we were on a jungle path. That's the beauty of the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. 

I might finish this one or do a bigger version, complete with pole.

Carmen

Friday, April 16, 2021

Scrub Jay, 8x6 Watercolor

 


The Florida Scrub Jay is the only bird species that lives exclusively in Florida, inhabiting scrub oak in sandy soils. It is threatened by loss of habitat. This painting is a departure for me, a small watercolor. 

Carmen



Monday, April 5, 2021

Day 1 of Five-day Challenge, 23 Minutes

The Art+Work+Living Challenge is to paint a picture in 20 minutes. This was actually 23 minutes. It's an 8x10, and next time I'll go smaller. Click here to see all the art in the challenge.


Carmen

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Wildlife Refuge, Oil Painting Florida Landscape

 


This is a scene from the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, a very diverse spot to visit.
It has trails, marshes, and the Cape Canaveral Seashore. This marsh is on the
Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, a popular spot for birders.

Carmen


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Shirley Temple Goes to the Royal Wedding, Papier Mache Doll

 


I saw a paper mâché doll on a children's craft site and I was inspired to make one of my own. A toilet paper roll and a styrofoam ball are the basis for this. I found the hair and the fascinator in a craft supply store. When I was done, the name popped into my head. 

Carmen







Friday, March 12, 2021

56th Anniversary of the Selma Bridge Crossing

 


I was honored to be asked to use my drawing of John Lewis for the 56th Anniversary of the Selma Bridge crossing. This is taken from the video.


Carmen

Monday, March 8, 2021

Venice Parking, Oil on Canvas

SOLD

Since I'm still recovering and have yet to open the oil paints, I am reaching way back to the past for this one. This was one of the best trips of my life, with my sister to Venice. I was surprised at how beautifully upholstered the gondolas were.

Carmen

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

What the World Needs Now

  With these perilous and chaotic times, I decided to do a "message" painting.

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