Sunday, November 30, 2014

SALE at Hallie Kohn Art

Hope you have a moment to come take a look.
Thank you!

Koi I by Natasa Vretenar


Daily Painting, Beach Scene, "Reel Her In" 8x10" Palette Knife Painting

This is the second time I have painted this scene.  The first time, several years ago, was a small 5x7.  I wanted to paint it larger, but couldn't find the image on my computer.  When I finally found it...I didn't have the size canvas I wanted to use (14x18) so, because I was frustrated I did it on the 8x10.

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I suppose this means I will repeat the process again at some unknown point in the future.

This time I painted with a palette knife and brush.  I like the texture that can be achieved with the knife.  I also have added some great "ocean" colors to my palette.

Who knows....maybe the next time I paint this scene, it will be an abstract!

This is the first painting.  Do you have a  preference? 

Petite Garden Pink Peonies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

 Petite Garden Pink Peonies
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel

 Petite Garden Pink Peonies was one of my new peony paintings in Flower Mound Studio today. The clock is still ticking, and if I hold my breath and no one sneezes, the delicate fresh peonies may last another day or 2! I didn't brave the shopping crowds today, and the puggies were quite happy for me to stay home at their beck and call. The only time I ventured out was this morning with the hubby for a brisk 3 mile walk. It was windy and the trees were turning and the leaves were like sparkling bits of gold falling all around us. Visit my art bloggy for a picture from my grand adventure into the wilds of Flower Mound!

Petite Garden Peonies and the studio models at rest!

Palette Knife Colorado Landscape Painting "Prairie View" by Colorado Impressionist Judith Babcock

      9"x12" Palette Knife Oil Landscape Painting

      $275.00/ Click HERE to purchase.

      Original Palette Knife Landscape Painting

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Floral Still Life Series, #2, Daily Painting, 6x8"

I have been working on a series of small floral still life paintings in the past week or two.  The images are all from small floral arrangements that I cut from my garden and photographed over the five years.  I never painted them, but always kept the images in my files.

$96 + 6.50

It's odd how you ignore something, something you may see many, many times, and then one day you look at it and magic happens.

When I noticed one of these little pictures last week, it was like the first time I had seen it.  The strong shapes drew me in immediately.

Since then, I have been in a floral frenzy.....painting one after another.  The common factor, other than that they are all flowers, is that each image had back lighting, sometimes strong, sometimes not so much.

So here is #2 in the series.  I will be posting them all, but not in painting order and probably not every day.

This week I am doing several portrait commissions.  After a few weeks of struggling with those projects, I will be ready to return to these simple and refreshing daily florals.

Palette Knife Abstract Landscape Horse Painting "Colorful Couple" by Colorado Impressionist Judith Babcock

    24"x36" Palette Knife Horse Landscape Painting

    Original Palette Knife Landscape Horse Painting

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Pink Zone Peonies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

Pink Zone Peonies
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Pink Zone Peonies is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, celebrating the Day 3 of the fresh peony extravaganza bonanza, as well as a day of feasting and thanks. I hope your holiday was beautiful, filled with loved ones, comfort, laughter, and, even some little four footed snugglers. Right now I have one little puggy girl snoozing with her chin on my foot, and another in my lap resting her chin on my wrist. The important thing is, the pugs are happy! I'm happy too - I love painting peonies, they are so frilly and unkempt. Even their leaves are quite a tangle, reminding me of the old adage, every crooked line can use a bend in it! Happy Thanksgiving to you flower friends, may your pumpkin pie have extravagant portions of home made whippy creme on it!

The studio models take a bow!

Friday, November 28, 2014

On a Wire

Day 2, Cinque Terre and Lake Como Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

"Painted Houses," Riomaggiore ©2014 Niki Gulley • 9" x 12" Textured oil painting

Cinque Terre and Lake Como Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams
Day 2, Morning Location: Riomaggiore

After a good night's rest, we took the train that connects the five cities along the Italian coast to the southern most town of Riomaggiore. This morning the temperature was perfect, but we had more cloud cover with only occasional breaks of sunshine. Our painters set up our easels to capture this beautiful view of the colorful town and their ocean overlook while the photographers and tourists checked out the town and surroundings. 

When we had finished painting and exploring and eaten a delicious seafood lunch, we caught the scenic boat ride back to Vernazza, enjoying the ocean view of each town and its colorful architecture perched along the coast way. 
If you're interested in joining us on one of upcoming Art Treks, please let us know. 
Spaces are filling up quickly, so don't wait!

Athens and Santorini, Greece - May 8-16, 2015
The French Riviera - June 18-26, 2015
Provence, France - June 25-July 3, 2015
Tuscany, Italy - Sept. 4-12, 2015
Cinque Terre and Lake Como, Italy - Sept. 11-19, 2015

For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit


To see more of my palette knife contemporary landscape paintings, visit

Mountain Sunset Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Blue Ridge Sunset" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil SOLD

This mountain sunset painting is a result of our most recent trip to Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.  We were there for the beautiful leaf viewing season, and it was spectacular!  We came home to Florida on Halloween and missed the incredible 22" of snow that accumulated the next day.  I am sure that cut the leaf season short.

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The leaves were not the only spectacular sight!  I find the mountains as fascinating as the ocean with it's constantly changing moods.

This is me, having fun!!

This month, we will be making our first winter trip to our North Carolina home....I am hoping to see that beautiful landscape covered in snow.

Here in Florida, we don't have falling leaves, or snow.  That has not stopped us from getting in the Christmas spirit.  If you have an art lover on your list, check out my Etsy shop.  I have a large selection of original paintings as well as gift certificates.

Abstract Landscape | Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | Seeing Better Days by Carol Schiff | 6x8 Oil

This abstract landscape of an isolated structure in blazing sunlight is a memory of the days I lived in Louisiana and Texas.  Often we would find these abandoned structures awaiting a new life.

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 But it could also be from the countryside of Arizona or even North Dakota, where the weather is very rugged.  Can you tell I moved a lot in my life?  Yes, I spent years and years following my Air Force husband from location to location.  We are so happy to have spread our roots in Florida and North Carolina.

I have to be in the mood to paint with a palette knife, but when I is really fun (and in my case messy).  Most of my favorite artwork (by me) has a least, some areas of knife work.  I really love the texture which I feel brings a whole new dimension to the piece.

Thanks so much for viewing my abstract landscape today.  I hope you will pin it!

Original oil painting Christmas Angel palette knife fine art impressionism by Karen Tarlton

I love the words from Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. "I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year." Listing now, "Christmas Angel" almost dry ~ 
12x12 in oil/palette knife

Contact me if you have an angel request,
An angel always makes a great gift and there is still some time left
to paint, dry and ship your own special angel.

Abstract Flower Palette Knife Painting,Abstract Flower Art"Contrasts" by Colorado Impressionist Judith Babcock

 12"x6" Palette Knife Flower Oil Painting

 $150.00 Click HERE to purchase.

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   220 East 7th Ave, Studio #2
   Denver, Co 80203
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Bloom True Peach Peonies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

Bloom True Peach Peonies
by Nancy Medina
Palette Knife/Oil on  Gallery Wrap Canvas

Bloom True Peach Peonies is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, and we're excited to wish each and every one of you a beautiful Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my Mom's favorite holiday, and the one thing I am MOST thankful for this year is .... read more....

The holiday miracle studio models take a bow!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Impressionism New Mexico Landscape Oil Painting "Vista New Mexico" by Colorado Impressionist Judith Babcock

12"x16" Palette Knife Oil new Mexico Landscape

This painting is SOLD, but commissions are welcome.

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   220 East 7th Ave, Studio #2
   Denver, Co 80203
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Happy Thanksgiving! by Natasa Vretenar

Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | Small Seascape |Tropical Waters by Carol Schiff | 6x8" Oil SOLD

If you follow this blog, you know how much I like to paint seascapes.  Not just any seascapes, but scenes from my own little piece of the Atlantic.


The waves were coming in quickly on this day.  I think a "tropical depression" was off shore.  Tropical depression is a weatherman's term, several steps below a hurricane, but usually meaning the winds will kick up to some degree and rain is on the horizon.  Of course, in Florida, this time of the year.....rain is always on the horizon.

This photo is a little wonky.....sorry!  When I take photos of my paintings, I usually have 5-10 paintings to photograph, trying to get 5-6 shots of each.  I get a little production line going...and I guess I didn't pay much attention to how this one was lined up :)

This summer, we have been tied to home and we are missing our annual trips to the mountains. We will be there soon and will really appreciate getting a chance to leave this hot and humid weather behind for a stay in the cool mountain country.  How do you spend your summer?

The Spirit Island by Natasa Vretenar

6x6 ft

Maligne lake Spirit Island.

Peach Sorbet Peonies and Romantic Kitty Finds a Home - Paintings by Nancy Medina

 Peach Sorbet Peony Bouquet
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


Peach Sorbet is the newest large work on the easel, as I paint these fresh peonies as quickly as I can - after all, how many more times this winter will I find peonies in the market? I was thrilled to get a note informing me that the new owner of my latest Romantic Kitty painting was very happy with their new acquisition. Not only that, their kitty, Spike, liked it, too! Visit my bloggy to see the furry purry evidence! Though, I suspect Spike was more interested in the shipping box than the painting...

 Peach Sorbet with the studio models!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"Pt Lobos Carmel" by Northern California Artist Mark Bidstrup

Pt Lobos from Monastery Beach in Carmel. Lot's of texture on this painting.

6"x8" oil on Raymar Plein Air Panel.  Unframed and shipped at $145.00. Looks great in a black and gold plein air frame.

Please contact me at if you are interested in this painting. (gallery inquiries are always welcome!)

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Thank you!

Original Palette Knife Sunflower Landscape Painting "Sunflower Family" by Colorado Impressionist Judith Babcock

36"x24" Palette Knife Painting/Available

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   Judith Babcock Fine Art Gallery
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   220 East 7th Ave, Studio #2
   Denver, Co 80203
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Christmas Sale Will Soon Be Here!

The big countdown to our group Christmas Art Sale has begun.  We have a very frantic few days ahead, setting up our show at Ralph's Art Supply on Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District.


Many of the paintings you have seen here on the blog will be available......and at very special prices.  Did I mention to you that I am overstocked on these small daily paintings?  If you have a favorite, contact me.  If it is available I am happy to share those greatly marked down prices with you and ship your art to you.

We have also been busy the past few months putting together special Christmas ornaments and decorations for the sale.

We have candy cane vases in several sizes.  Perfect as a floral centerpiece or a large candle.

For your shopping pleasure, a steady supply of cookies and coffee is available.

I hope to see you at Ralph's Art Supply on Highland Avenue this Friday December 5th, from 3:00-8:00 and Saturday December 6th from 10:00 - 4:00.  Get in the spirit.......the holidays are here!

Original oil painting Red Sailboat Sunset by Karen Tarlton

Red Sailboat Sunset

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have several new favorites that are just finished 
in time for the holidays!
Art is the perfect unique gift and I am always 
happy to paint for you!

(Close up below)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Small Landscape Painting, daily painting, small oil painting, "Intercoastal Island", by Carol Schiff, SOLD

Today's painting on sale is a scene from my area of Florida.  The intracoastal waterway runs down the east coast of Florida and our city is one of many that grew on it's banks.  The waterway has many little islands that have become boater's favorites for picnics and camping overnight.

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Now for the deal of the day.....Purchase at the link above and you will be charged $89.95 and shipping. You must write 
ART SALE on the order to receive the discount.  As soon as I receive your payment, I will return a credit of $20.00 to your credit card or PayPal account.

This sale is only for readers of my blog, so if you don't write ART SALE on the order, I won't know you saw it here and you won't get a rebate.

Can you believe that the holiday season is upon us all ready.  Each year seems to go faster and faster.  I have been busy taking price reductions on many of my paintings on my Etsy site.  If you have an art lover on your list, please consider checking my site for a very special and unique gift.

Thank you for reading my blog today.  Eat more turkey!!
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