Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hibiscus Painting by Grant Schirpik

A commissioned painting that I recently completed. My third Hibiscus and probably my last for a long time. I find using red to be a challenge because it's such a powerful color and on these flowers, it's all red. I hope the buyer is pleased with it. It certainly was nice knowing the painting was sold before I started, so please feel free to commission me at any time! Just no more red flowers. Well, unless the price is right. ;-)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Charolais Columbus, TX

These Charolais cattle were part of a herd in Columbus, TX. The day was gorgeous, the light was perfect and the cattle were great models. I enjoyed the day taking pictures with good friends. When I got back to the studio I chose this picture as my second painting. I've worked the painting over and over again. NOT sure what was wrong with it, but knew there was something just not right. Thanks to Rusty Jones sending me a critique, I was able to work the things that should have been obvious. His critiques also helped me rework another painting.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

01/14/12 Deux Magots,#2 by Carol Morgan

I liked the first one that I had painted in acrylic so much that I had it in my house. It was sold in November at our Open Studio Tour to some friends for their new house. I wanted to re-paint this image again. Of course, this time it was in oils and just slightly larger. I am pleased with the outcome. It might end up back in my house if it doesn't sell!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

11/29/11 Carolina Marshes

This is the largest painting I have attempted so far. What fun to paint large. I'm afraid I'm hooked on the larger canvases now!
I have always loved North Carolina and the Lowcountry. This image is one of my favorites so I attempted to paint it. My fellow studio artists helped me with some great advice about paintings and distance and my friend, Mark brought to my attention some shadows that I hadn't painted properly. Thanks everyone. It truly takes a village to complete a painting. Our critiques are very gentle and loving so it is easy to take. It is amazingly hard to put yourself out there to be criticized even with close friends! Thanks again everyone for all the help.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Yellow Flower by Grant Schirpik

This is a 20x20 oil painting on cradled board. I discovered this flower in Santiago in a public garden. I'm not sure what type of flower it is, so feel free to let me know if you can name it. This is my second in a series of flower paintings. Thanks for looking.

Hibiscus by Grant Schirpik

This is a 20x20 oil painting on cradled board. The first in a series of flowers. How many I end up painting is anyone's guess. I bore easily. A challenge with all the red, but there is something about a Hibiscus that lowers the blood pressure. Thanks for visiting.

Friday, May 27, 2011

On my Easel

No Title Yet!

Lots of changes to be made! As I waited for nearly 2 years, my favorite restaurant in Northern New Mexico finally reopened. I was fortunate to be there! This is Rancho de Chimayo during the summer of 2010, still bright and beautiful as ever! Enjoy!
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Friday, May 20, 2011

Sunsets of the West

This painting is called Quiet Reflection. It's one of a series that I have started of Sunsets of the West. Creating these sunsets has not only been another learning experience on my artistic journey, but a true step in my spiritual journey.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

pretty birds by Carol Morgan

Painted these four little guys the other day and I'm pleased with the result! I think I might like painting little birds! (in all sizes)

Friday, December 17, 2010

11/17/10 Ruidoso Chapel

Struggled through this commission for six weeks. Never knew how challenging it would truly be. They say that it is good to get out of your comfort zone ------- I definitely did just that! It made me grow and learn a lot about how the eye is fooled into perspective.
Thank you for taking the time to look at our blog.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Eighth Annual Cedars Open Studio Tour

Eigth Annual Studio Tour: Saturday, Nov. 20

Cedars Open Studios Nov. 20, 12 - 6 p.m. is your opportunity to learn about the neighborhood and the numerous professional artists and craftsmen residing in the Cedars. The artist studios are open year around by appointment, but once a year, they open on the same day, giving visitors a chance to really experience a creative, evolving neighborhood.

Come meet the artists, see where they work and what they create. Search and find the perfect piece to take home with you. If you’ve never been to the Cedars, now is a great chance to learn about the neighborhood.

Visit Studio Art & Soul at 1505 Beaumont Street.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

09/12/10 A Champion!!!

I am not totally pleased with the background but I will eventually figure it out!! I wanted this to be "Super Good" because Lindsay Coleman is such a really admirable person. She is a real motivator for all the children and teachers at Lakewood Elementary. Besides that she is a really nice person. This picture was taken after she had completed some sort of mud run! The background was "ho-hum" so I thought this phalo blue would be good. I got it all over myself and it just doesn't POP like I want. I had tried green and it looked like Christmas! Help!!!!!! I need suggestions.
Thank you for taking time to look at my blog. I'd really thank you if you gave me a super suggestion for my painting!

Portrait by Grant Schirpik

This is a portrait of my father I completed about a month ago. I was feeling down about my painting and just wasn't very inspired when I decided to do this one. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed the experience of painting my father. I'm not sure how to explain it, but painting a portrait of someone you know is a unique experience and one I found quite challenging and rewarding. I am looking for an opportunity to paint other portraits, so please feel free to contact me if you are interested.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

2010 Cedars Open Studio Tour

Mark your calendars to visit Dallas' Cedars neighborhood ... November 20, 2010. The Cedars in Dallas will be opening up the studios. Studio Art and Soul will be participating. Visit us at 1505 Beaumont.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

06/19/10 Look-a-likes

Grant has been working on a portrait of his father for the past four times he has painted. In about twenty-five more years he will look EXACTLY like his dad! I don't know that he knows that as you age your nose and ears get longer!!
Grant only paints once or twice weekly and is capable of turning out this amazing work. I wonder how much more fantastic he would be if he painted almost every day????

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Studio Art and Soul at The Wine Therapist

Please join us this evening at The Wine Therapist to kick off our exhibit. Plus, enjoy the music of Jazz Saxophonist David Carr, Jr. If you can't make it tonight, stop The Wine Therapist Tuesdays through Sundays until June 12.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

04/24//10 A NEW SHOW

Welcome everyone. Studio Art and Soul will be showing some new, fresh paintings that might appeal to your senses. (three out of five is not bad) Come look at our art, enjoy a glass of wine and listen to the mellow sounds of David Carr Jr., a jazz sax player, at the Wine Therapist on May 1st from 5-8 P.M. We will be looking forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Grant Schirpik: Valparaíso, Chile

A nice spurt of activity after a lull in postings. Thought I'd add mine to the mix. This painting is a departure for me in subject matter and style. I usually shy away from this type of scene because I like to capture detail, and there's just so much in the scene overwhelming me. I had to take a few deep breaths and break it way down to the simplest forms. I struggled with capturing the correct values to show the shadows and light, especially since most of the buildings are in shadow. Definitely learned a great deal. This is a view of Valparaiso on a beautiful spring day.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mooo ments

What a great day ... and time of day. Several of my favorite ART BUDDIES were invited to our good friend's family farm in Columbus, TX last year about this time. Three of us took a short road trip one morning. We found these darling cows... in the best lighting. (Notice the shadows and light.) The cows were very curious about us. Perfect models.

Love them!

Original painting by Karen Rike

Friday, January 29, 2010

Struttin' by Karen Rike

I'm working on a series of crows. Probably more than one series. It's been a lot of fun with this crows. The day I took the photos was a sunny day giving me the pleasure of great light and shadows.
Karen Rike