Thursday, September 26, 2013

A unique art studio and a wonderful friend

Frances Gaffney is a long distance buddy who I don't see nearly often enough. Check out her boat residence on the west side of Manhattan.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Long Beach, Long Island Paintings August 2013

Kathy Schifano, oil paintings
Coffee Time in LB, AM., oil on canvas board, 12x24
Maybe this seems a little dark, but morning on the ocean is hazy and peaceful. The tide came in, swirled around my ankles sinking the easel supports just as I finished.

beach oils, Kathy Schifano
Living the Salt Water Life, oil on board 8x16
Beat flat by Hurricane Sandi in September 2012, the sand dunes along the beach were plowed back and planted with hardy beach grasses. The light on the dge of the dune stopped me right on the street. It will be interesting to see how much more has grown by next summer.
beach oils, Kathy Schifano
Observation, oil on canvas board 8x10
Love these rocks! As the tide and sunlight changes, the green starts to glow on these boulders, nearly underwater during high tide, but full of swirling water, shells and bubbles the rest of the time.

I painted this jetty angle twice, the more abstract of the two remains in Long Beach, collection of Francis Marion.

beach oils, Kathy Schifano
Slack, oil on canvas board, 9x12
Perhaps my favorite of the week, this is the same composition I painted with pastels last year. No matter how devastating the storm was to homes and the city of Long Beach, these boulders were impervious, stalwart in their assigned locations. The title comes from slack tide, when the incoming and outgoing forces of tide water is fairly even.
beach oils, Kathy Schifano
Summer's Missed, oil on BFK paper 8x22
This panorama is emotionally charged, a Labor Day painting symbolizing the end of summer lifeguards and lazy days as well as beach and salt water time I gave up by moving off Long Island and across the state. I miss the ocean, but not much else.
beach oils, Kathy Schifano
Van Gogh at the Beach, oil on board 5x7 
After completing one of my 'stand up at the easel' oils, I sat on the blanket as the waves came in right at my eye level. I took a few photos, but realized that I wanted to paint this power, and I had a spare little board with me. Trying to catch this enormous power right in front of me, I poured on the paint, frequently using a painting knife to sculpt the color.

Silo City, Buffalo

Light in the Tunnel Kathy Schifano
Light in the Tunnel
As much as I love natural landscapes, and often omit buildings, powerlines and other built elements in my landscape paintings, preservation of historic structures remains important to me.

I have created a series of drawings and paintings that chronicle endangered buildings in Buffalo, on Saturdays with Sara Zak's Painting for Preservation initiative. Her work on behalf of architectural gems keeps in mind the history of our city, formerly one of the largest in the United States, the gateway to the west for wagons, boats and trains.

Silo City, location of 'City of Night' and other public concerts and events is in Buffalo's Old First Ward, is rocks and gravel, weeds and massive impressive grain elevators, some still in use, all awe inspiring. Having annually painted this area from the other side of the river with Sharon Fundalinski and Margaret J Walker, working on the grounds with the Preservation group during a convention of out of town visitors was a fun challenge.

One of the huge open indoor spaces was converted to a meeting area while caterers provided buffet food and drinks on the waterfront. Painters scattered around the site as convention 'entertainment', and talking to people from across the country about our unusual location was energizing. The huge scale of the silos is enough to challenge understanding of the purpose and investment that originally created this modern concrete playground, more than a century ago.

This long alley was partially out of bounds for the conventioneers, I was intrigued by the natural  landscape framed by the overhead walkway as well as the tiny bright red folding chair waiting for a guard or perhaps a graffiti artist. Capturing the curved sunset shadows before the entire area was in shade was the challenge here.

Light in The Tunnel oil, 20x16, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Wine on Third

Kath Schifano NACC donation
What does one do on the most lovely of summer evenings in Niagara Falls? Why not sit around with a glass of wine on Third Street. How about adding my french easel full of oil paint and a bunch of other artists working together for a NACC fundraiser.

The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center will be auctioning donated art this fall and a group of artists got together to create the work for that evening.

It was time for me to do a summer nocturne and all the stars were aligned. At least the stars were, the nearly full moon did not appear over the restaurant until about a half hour before I completed this plein air. Such serendipity!

I am wondering if this will be my donation, looking at it, I can still hear the music that livened up the night for me. The wine, food and music at Wine on Third is always excellent.

Wine on Third, oil 12x9

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A series of oil waterfall paintings

Wolf Creek Moment, 16x20 
In response to a long distance prospective customer, I posted this series of paintings based on some of her criteria. She eventually selected a 24" tall, 12'' wide painting of a section of the Horseshoe Falls, a prominent rock that creates rooster flares of water, right at the precipice. It had an abstract quality that was similar to some of the paintings she originally selected from my website,

It was interesting to find waterfalls in my collection without including large pastels, it is a whole new way of looking at a series for me. Here are 15, selected because they are waterfall themes and none of them are smaller than 10x14, all will be wall enhancing beauties!

All of these are OIL paintings. Most are painted on canvas mounted on a panel, a few larger ones are on canvas mounted on stretchers or a panel, but all have similar textures of paint on the surface. I tried to post the same sizes together for comparison, size determines the cost. The sizes on the screen are not to scale here, so look at the size listed underneath. Colors on the screen will not be exact as every computer is calibrated different. Some colors may not be as bright-or dark- as they look here. Framing can be arranged.

Interested? Comment below or my email, which is  ks [at]

Peace at Blossom Falls, 16x20 

Steps of Niagara, 16x20
Noise, 16x20
Rush, 16x20

November Plume, 18x24 {On Easel}

 Dam Leaves 12x18

Morning Light on American Falls 24x24
Rainbow Bridge & Mist, 24x24

Rock Of Ages, 24x12
Riding the Middle Falls, 12x24 

International Mist 12x24

The Horseshoe from 3 Sisters 12x24
Composition With Ice, 10x14

After the Rain, 11x14 

The 'shoe, 18x24