Thursday, March 26, 2015

'The Plume Over Three Sisters'

NIagara Falls artist, K Schifano

This is another bridge painting at Three Sisters islands at the Niagara Reservation State Park, now hanging in Dr. Marrone's Dental office along with another of my falls paintings showing the power of the upper rapids. I started it as a bridge picture with emphasis on the plume of the Horseshoe falls in the sky. The early Fall colors and the light and shadows of the bridge took over and the mist is a smaller part of the painting than I first imagined. Something about the bridges, I love being there.

I have used this composition as a reference for a much larger pastel, a good experience taking a plein air to the studio.

The Plume Over Three Sisters. 9.5x12, oil on birch panel, 2014

Another Croton, this is an oil at the Botanical Gardens in Buffalo.

kathy schifano art, oil paper

Over the years, croton colors begged to be observed and recorded. I have made several paintings in different media and each has a different personality. This day, a new path had opened to the north inside the Palm Dome at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens, I couldn't resist.

A little reminder, every one of the images and paintings in this blog belong to me, I retain copyright for all of them, sold or not.

Another Croton, 9.5x12, oil on Arches oil paper, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

In the collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center

I am now personally in the collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, or at least this photo of me. David Moog is creating a series of photographs of Western New York artists for the museum. One of the uses will be for a 100 year retrospective, 2115! Be there. 

David Moog (b. 1944), Kath Schifano, 2015; Archival inkjet print, 20 x 15 inches; Gift of the artist, copyright David Moog, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

A southern tier home sketch


This was drawn in pencil for a friend from a series of family photos and a little help from Google Earth. It was her childhood home and she wanted a picture to coordinate with an old drawing of her grandfather's home. The house has many changes since then, including being surrounded by mature trees, but I was able to capture the roof lines accurately from a street level view from Google maps.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

An 'indoor Plein air' at Buffalo's Botanical Gardens.

It is 'back to the gardens' season. Too cold to stand outside on ice covered ground in the swirling snow with wind chills hovering around zero, my Thursdays at Frederick Law Olmsted's 1900 Botanical Gardens are a relief from winter house air. Oxygen, green tropical plants, fragrant flowers and happy visitors make for wonderful paintouts-indoors.

How to paint flowers, Kath Schifano, Kathy Theiss  

Orchids and Amaryllis, Kath Schifano

Orchids and Amaryllis, oil 9x12, 2015