Aug 24, 2014

Finding Beauties



Still painting smalls.  Gearing up slowly for bigs.  Experimenting with new surfaces and substrates.  For a long time I've used Centurion Linen sheets mounted on either superior quality gatorboard (which survives a surprising amount of abuse) or Ampersand gessoboard - which is more recently. Going through my stock (you know, the stuff that we buy then squirrel away for use in the next brilliant painting, which will obviously be better because of it...then forget we have it), I found some Ampersand wood blocks 4x4".  I never used them for anything because I hadn't realized I ordered the ones that were about 1.5" thicker than I wanted.  Anyway - found them yesterday and decided to try them out for my smalls.  Being impatient and ill prepared to do this the right way, I painted directly on the wood without any kind of priming.  Loved the light color of the natural wood - very useful in establishing values right away.  And really love the way my knife sails right over the surface. Which solves a lot of the issues I have with poorly made strokes. They are never perfect as in my mind, but I think maybe on this wood I have a better chance of making the strokes I intend.  I have developed a HUGE pet peeve about unexpected dips and valleys in my knife strokes - especially around my figural pieces. It's because I use the movement and direction of the knife to support the overall design. Knives create depth in the paint.  For me, I think this must be studied carefully before making the marks. Sometimes I think about the next single stroke for a very long time. Might be akin to surgery. Not sure how I ended up with this mind set after beginning my knife painting adventure years ago with large canvases so that I could experience freedom and spontaneity. These smalls, though, have turned out to be invaluable little lessons in all the important things that go into successful painting. This painting has strengths and weaknesses.  I am trying to let go of the harsh judgements I make and find contentment in the parts that are good and sound.

Important News:
Private Lessons in my studio.  Those interested, please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to make an appointment for a 3 hour or more session.
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy scheduled for Wednesday, September 24th - Friday September 26th at SoBo Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida.  Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com.
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy scheduled for June 6th -8th at The Art School in Sandy Springs - Atlanta, Georgia.  Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.

Wine and Paint  It's becoming a wildly popular trend across the globe and now is soon to come to Winter Garden Florida. Plans are being finalized for weekly evenings at SoBo Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida.  Join me and other painters for the fun - I will be facilitating. Schedule to come out soon.
"Sally Shisler - A Collection of Beach Paintings from 2010-2014   Keep your eyes peeled for my First Self Published Book of 4x4" palette knife beach paintings a la Potthast. 

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Aug 6, 2014

Beach Tot


Beach Tot - 201437 4x4" Oil on Board
This painting is sold but I may have others like it...

Choosing the right colors/color temperatures and values.  I began the painting with a wash of very thinned out burnt sienna.  Applied with a brush - again, looking for the joints of the figure and emphasizing them by pushing down on the brush tip, then continuing on to the next with as much of a calligraphic quality as possible in this small size.  Easier to do with a brush than with a knife.  Laid down the rest of the color notes with brush, then dove in with my knives to commit the color choices (with all their relative inherent features - value, temp etc.) and add features of the palette knive -  stroke direction, depth, hard edge, tapered edge etc.  Am happy with the result, though I feel that the shadow underneath the tot could be lighter.

Important News:
Pick Your Passion Please come this Thursday, August 7th from 5-8 to see two of my latest paintings at the Opening of SoBo Gallery's members only August exhibit; 127 S. Boyd Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Private Lessons in my studio.  Those interested, please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to make an appointment for a 3 hour or more session.• Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy scheduled for Wednesday, September 24th - Friday September 26th at SoBo Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida.  Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com.
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy scheduled for June 6th -8th at The Art School in Sandy Springs - Atlanta, Georgia.  Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.

Wine and Paint  It's becoming a wildly popular trend across the globe and now is soon to come to Winter Garden Florida. Plans are being finalized for weekly evenings at SoBo Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida.  Join me and other painters for the fun - I will be facilitating. Schedule to come out soon.
"Sally Shisler - A Collection of Beach Paintings from 2010-2014   Keep your eyes peeled for my First Self Published Book of 4x4" palette knife beach paintings a la Potthast. 

Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!

Aug 2, 2014

High Fashion at the Beach


High Fashion at the Beach - 201436  
4x4" Oil on Board
So refreshing to let loose with a bristle brush these past few weeks.  No worries - the palette knives are still by my side.  I have learned so much over the years while using only knives and can begin to see how this is translating suitably into my brush work.  Perhaps in my own mind... I almost titled this piece Hot Spots because I've used a lot of bright red to define my layout with the joints of the figures as connecting points in the design.  If the joints are placed reasonably close to their proper anatomical location, you are pretty much home free.  From here, I am seeing that it matters little how the strokes travel through the rest of the painting - particularly from the extremities (arms & legs).  I love the lyrical quality of the bristle brushes; they create lines much like a calligraphic signature.

Important News:
• I am now offering Private Lessons in my studio.  Please call to make an appointment for a 3 hour session.
Palette Knife Technique & Philosophy scheduled for Wednesday, September 24th - Friday September 26th at SoBo Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida.  Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com.
Palette Knife Technique & Philosophy scheduled for June 6th -8th at The Art School in Sandy Springs - Atlanta, Georgia.  Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.

• Plans are being finalized for weekly "Wine and Paint" evenings at SoBo Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida.  My schedule will be coming out soon!
"Sally Shisler - A Collection of Beach Paintings from 2010-2014   Keep your eyes peeled for my First Self Published Book of 4x4" palette knife beach paintings a la Potthast, . 

Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!

Jul 12, 2014

A Quiet Walk on the Beach



A Quiet Walk on the Beach- 201435 6x6" Oil on Canvas
A bit larger at 6x6 instead of 4x4.  This was a demonstration I did for a student this week.  Really enjoyed explaining details of my thought process as the painting came along.  The more I teach, the more I love it!!   Each student is seeking their own insights on palette knife painting.  When I verbalize my process, I solidify things in my own mind. 
Please note: I am now offering private lessons in my studio on Mondays from 10-1 and Wednesdays from 10-1 and 2-5. If these times don't work for your schedule, I can certainly do my best to accommodate what you have available - don't be afraid to ask!


 
Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
 Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.

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Jun 28, 2014

Under the Umbrella





Under the Umbrella - 201434
4x4" Oil on mounted linen
Started messing around with brushes again today.  Really enjoyed it. Also relieved to be back on Centurion linen again!  This painting was about complimentary colors in 3 sets. Peach and turquoise, red and green, and dark brown and dark blue.  While I painted, I tried to grab as much life out of one stroke as possible.
Please note: I am now offering private lessons in my studio on Mondays from 10-1 and Wednesdays from 10-1 and 2-5. If these times don't work for your schedule, I can certainly do my best to accommodate what you have available - don't be afraid to ask!


 
Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
 Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.

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Jun 26, 2014

Big Boy




Big Boy - 201433
4x4" Oil on Board
Aaaccckkk!  Sometimes things come easily; sometimes not so much.  I do love the final result with this painting, but BOY, did I have some challenges to face.  Gessoboard - not so much....I'm going to go back to my Centurion linen, which I have been successfully using for years.  Thought I'd try this board to see how I might like it, but it's too slick.  Black dog - BOY, painting "black" is a great lesson.  Paint what you see; not what you think you see.  Let's think...keep your palette and colors clean lest you cause confusion and frustration. I arrived at the painting's title for two reasons.  First I said 'boy' (among other choice words) a lot during the painting, and secondly this is a seriously big black dog for a hot summer day on the beach : ).

Please note: I am now offering private lessons in my studio on Mondays from 10-1 and Wednesdays from 10-1 and 2-5. If these times don't work for your schedule, I can certainly do my best to accommodate what you have available - don't be afraid to ask!


 
Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
 Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.

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Jun 17, 2014

Turquoise and Red




Turquoise and Red - 201432
4x4" Oil on Board
This was a workshop demo painting.  Photos were taken outside of each student in the same pose, with the same hat on, with the same lighting direction.  Lots of lessons in this, but the point I wanted to drive home was how to finish off a painting when you're at the final stages.  Careful decisions should be made concerning which elements of good painting can be used to support the image as a whole.  In this demo, I chose to use the red and turquoise colors because as complements, they balance everything else out.  During the workshop, I realized how subconsciously my mind seems to make contrast decisions in sets (first design & shapes, then values, then color families, then lines & edges - etc.).  I wonder how far this can be taken before a painting is nothing more than a hot mess....

Please note: I am now offering private lessons in my studio on Mondays from 10-1 and Wednesdays from 10-1 and 2-5. If these times don't work for your schedule, I can certainly do my best to accommodate what you have available - don't be afraid to ask!


 
Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
 Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.

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Jun 16, 2014

Beach Dancers



Beach Dancers - 201431
4x4" Oil on Board
Always best to honor an important event by writing about it immediately after it occurs.  Don't you think?  I've missed so many opportunities to get life's nitty gritty down on paper so that I can relish the fond memories in full. In a nutshell, the week leading up to the workshop, and the workshop itself, was a dream come true!  When stuff happens so serendipitously, like a miracle, maybe it's just not appropriate or even possible to put it to words.  I LOVE to teach - that's what I got out of it.  Might even love to teach a bit more than I love to paint. My students were wonderful - each coming from a different painting background.  Each very capable with their brushes.  Each extremely open minded about learning new things.  Each embracing the palette knives and achieving beautiful, lively work that embodied the goals of my teaching. I couldn't be happier : )   And I can't wait to do it again.  Next workshop here in Winter Garden is scheduled for September 24-26th.  More info on that as time approaches. 

In the meantime, I am now offering private lessons in my studio on Mondays from 10-1 and Wednesdays from 10-1 & 2-5.

Today's painting was another joy.  These colors and gestures light up my heart.  I switched it up a bit and decided to work directly on gesso board in stead of the linen canvas which I usually mount to the board.  I also (shhhh) used brushes to make the start.  Finished off with palette knife. 


 
Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
 Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.

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May 30, 2014

Feminine Wiles - June Palette Knife Workshop in 1 week!



Feminine Wiles Sold
9x12" Oil on Canvas
This painting is sold but I may have others like it!
 This painting of a wild a crazy gal is a blast from the past.  One of my first palette knife paintings, and one of a very few of my portraits painted this way over the years. There is something to it - a painting that expresses her first impression on people.  There were oodles of comments when I first posted this back in 2007.  There will be more work like this as I spend more time in my new studio.  Today is an important day - I'll be painting the walls, clearing the cobwebs, opening the windows (even though it's hot as heck here in Florida) and starting a new journey.

Today also marks the 7 days before my palette knife workshop....


Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
 Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.
Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!

May 24, 2014

Skinny Dipping (large) - June Palette Knife Workshop in 2 weeks




Skinny Dipping (large) - 201417
12x12" Oil on Canvas
Many of you may recognize this scene.  I finally went ahead and translated the mini version of this, done a few years ago, to this larger size.  Am hurrying here, as there's much to do over this weekend.  New website underway; new Blurb book coming out soon; scheduling workshops along the east coast; getting ready to move into my new studio!  Very exciting stuff, so must get on it...


Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
Click this link for online registration form:  
The main focus will be on loosening up with palette knives; painting larger with more freedom, movement and intuition.  Class is limited to 10; 5 spaces left!  Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.  Click here for supply list from Jerry's Artarama. 

Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!

May 23, 2014

Swallowtails - June Workshop Begins 2 weeks from today!



Swallowtails - 201404 Sold
4x4" Oil on Linen
This painting is sold but I may have others like it!
An intriguing subject - bearded man with tattoos.  Look closely to see if you can find the swallowtails. Didn't mean for it to be the "Find It' game, but seems it became that.  Fun!  I actually love this painting.  The subject very different from my sunlit figures. Of course as I went along I had Sargent in mind. Certainly not his gorgeous buttery brush strokes, but my painting became more about designing the negative space to support the positive. Learning to marry the darks/lights of positive/negative space is a good lesson.


Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
Click this link for online registration form:  
The main focus will be on loosening up with palette knives; painting larger with more freedom, movement and intuition.  Class is limited to 10; 5 spaces left!  Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.  Click here for supply list from Jerry's Artarama. 

Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!

May 22, 2014

Decorated - June Palette Knife Workshop Information




Decorated - 201423 Sold
4x4" Oil on Linen
This painting is sold but I may have others like it!
I always love a stark contrast in value.  It's said to be the most effective way to create a strong, attractive image. It is also said, by traditionalists and contemporaries alike, that there ought not to be anything too attention grabbing situated in the dead center of the space.  It seems my designs do this a lot, but it doesn't bother me too much.  See here that the earring is just a smidge down and off to the left of center. Is this off just enough to make it acceptable?

Upcoming palette knife workshop at the 127 SoBo Art Gallery Classroom 
Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th. 
Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
Click this link for online registration form:  
The main focus will be on loosening up with palette knives; painting larger with more freedom, movement and intuition.  Class is limited to 10; 5 spaces left!  Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.  Click here for supply list from Jerry's Artarama. 

Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!

May 20, 2014

Mom and Me - June Palette Knife Workshop Information



Mom and Me - 201408, Sold
4x4" Oil on Linen
This painting is sold but I may have others like it!
A different color theme adapted from an earlier painting I did last year.  That painting "Redheads", drew a lot of admirers and I wanted to see if this one would as well.  In the last several paintings I have done, I have used colors that are much more earthy.  One because I wanted to explore them more as realistic colors, and two because I wanted to see how people respond to them as compared to the others. In this one, Me and Mom, the bold colors are back. It's safe to say that you all much prefer the more vibrant colors that I have made a habit of using.  I'm missing my usual one or two comments : )  Strange how we as artists can really like a painting, only to find out that others don't so much.

Upcoming palette knife workshop at the 127 SoBo Art Gallery Classroom 
Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th. 
Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
Click this link for online registration form:  
The main focus will be on loosening up with palette knives; painting larger with more freedom, movement and intuition.  Class is limited to 10; 5 spaces left!  Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.  Click here for supply list from Jerry's Artarama. 

Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!

May 19, 2014

Twin Bikinis - June Palette Knife Workshop Information


Twin Bikinis - 201411 Sold
4x4" Oil on Linen
This painting is sold but I may have others like it!
In this painting I wanted to create the childlike personality of the little girls' poses.  So cute.  Normally I paint figures that relay candid views of what people do when they don't know anyone is looking. Creepy sounding, I know I could have worded that better...  But this was fun and I think it opens up more possibilities for subjects to paint.

As of yesterday, the studio I wrote about in the last post is officially mine!!  Oh my goodness, I'm so excited to have a dream come true.  There is much in the works. Again,  I will be teaching lessons, conducting plein air workshops, painting, chilling out, talking shop, running my dogs on the nearby bike trail.  The studio is a short 3 blocks from the SoBo gallery where my paintings are currently on display till the end of may.  My workshop classroom is also there, right in the heart of historical downtown Winter Garden Florida.  Countless views to paint in a simple 180 degree turn.

Upcoming palette knife workshop at the 127 SoBo Art Gallery Classroom 
Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th. 
Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
Click this link for online registration form:  
The main focus will be on loosening up with palette knives; painting larger with more freedom, movement and intuition.  Class is limited to 10; 5 spaces left!  Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.  Click here for supply list from Jerry's Artarama. 

Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!

May 17, 2014

Breaking a Leg - June Palette Knife Workshop Information



Breaking a Leg - 201426 - Sold
4x4" Oil on Linen
This painting has sold, but I may have others like it!
I have some really exciting news!  It just keeps coming along - things are starting to pick up.  I have found a beautiful studio space in downtown Winter Garden Florida, where I can teach lessons, conduct plein air workshops, paint, chill out, talk shop....and ever important, bring my dogs Sarge and Dex.  What more could I ask for?  Walking distance from SoBo Gallery and classroom.

I loved painting this painting.  Happily, it flowed right off the knife. Simple subject, but the design I felt very strongly about.  Kind of like fashion illustration, I guess.  This one was the first to sell at the opening reception a few weeks ago.  Speaking of which, my paintings will hang for two more weeks at the SoBo gallery.  Again - if you're in the Winter Garden area (west Orlando), swing by!  The paintings will hang in my new studio thereafter and can be seen by appointment.

Upcoming palette knife workshop at the 127 SoBo Art Gallery Classroom 
Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th. 
Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
Click this link for online registration form:  
The main focus will be on loosening up with palette knives; painting larger with more freedom, movement and intuition.  Class is limited to 10; 5 spaces left!  Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.  Click here for supply list from Jerry's Artarama. 

Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!

May 16, 2014

Tubin' the Springs I and II (Set or Individual) by Sally Shisler - June Palette Knife Workshop Information



Tubin' the Springs I and II (Set or Individual) - 201405/201406
 Set 4x4" Oil on Linen
I don't often paint sets, but this pair seemed fitting.  I am on my way out the door to do some plein air painting with a couple of fantastic painters. Don Sondag and Noreen Coup. Lots happening these past few days!  I was invited yesterday to teach a three day palette knife workshop in late May of 2015 at the prestigious Art School in Sandy Springs; Atlanta GA.  I'm working on scheduling more throughout the remainder of 2014 and into 2015 so stay tuned!

Palette knife workshop at the 127 SoBo Art Gallery Classroom 
Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th.  

Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.

Click this link for online registration form:  
The main focus will be on loosening up with palette knives; painting larger with more freedom, movement and intuition.  Class is limited to 10; 5 spaces left!  Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.  Click here for supply list from Jerry's Artarama. 

Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!

May 13, 2014

The Dancing Fool by Sally Shisler - June Palette Knife Workshop Information


The Dancing Fool - 201407
4x4" Oil on Linen
I really enjoy the challenge of creating the effect of movement in a figure.  The human body can be contorted into so many positions.  When it's standing still in anatomical position, whether from the front, back or sides, you pretty much get vertical angles that draw the viewers eye up and down. Without any added movement in the negative space around the figure, things can look kind of static.  So I work on creating compositional design throughout the image, marrying positive space (the figure) and negative space (everything else) with narrow knife strokes that continue through the spaces.  Make any sense?  It can be done in any number of ways, but this one is usually a sure bet if well planned.

Upcoming palette knife workshop at the 127 SoBo Art Gallery Classroom 
Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th. 
Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.
Click this link for online registration form:  
The main focus will be on loosening up with palette knives; painting larger with more freedom, movement and intuition.  Class is limited to 10; 5 spaces left!  Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.  Click here for supply list from Jerry's Artarama. 

Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!

May 12, 2014

Tubing Duo by Sally Shisler, June Palette Knife Workshop Announced


Tubing Duo - 201409 • Sold
 4x4" Oil on Linen
This painting is sold but I may have others like it!
Here is one of my favorites from the SoBo Art Gallery bunch, which still hangs in the gallery throughout the month of May.  The image has been with me for a few years and I've been waiting for the right time to paint it.  The photo was taken at my son's baseball team's end of season party at Wekiva Springs in Florida.  Lots of sun and fun; lots of color; lots of great photo ops.  I always love the opportunity to paint "black".  Though I don't use tube black.  Most artists are taught to mix it so that there's depth.  I use alizarin crimson, sap green, and ultramarine blue.  I mix it to lean towards one of the 3, so that it retains some color.  It's the value of it that makes it read as black. The address for the SoBo Gallery is 127 South Boyd Street, Winter Garden Florida 34787.  Swing by if you get the chance.

Upcoming palette knife workshop at the 127 SoBo Art Gallery Classroom 
Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th.  

Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.

Click this link for online registration form:  
The main focus will be on loosening up with palette knives; painting larger with more freedom, movement and intuition.  Class is limited to 10; 5 spaces left!  Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.  Click here for supply list from Jerry's Artarama. 

Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!

May 5, 2014

At the Ballgame


At the Ballgame - 201430 
4x4" Oil on Linen
What woman wouldn't want to look this gorgeous at their son's ballgame???  Come on, will ya?  Pretty women undeniably have the makings of an engaging painting. They seem to hold one's attention longer - not only for observing, but for the process of painting as well.  In picking up where I left off from my painting frenzy last month, I am happy to see that there truly is some growth.  These are still the small paintings, but I feel a new freshness in them.  More confidence; the opportunity to express more and confine less.  There is much more design going on now - better drawing; more accurate values. Much more intuition overall.

Upcoming palette knife workshop at the 127 SoBo Art Gallery Classroom 
Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th.  

Email me directly to get detailed information about workshop content:  
scshisler@gmail.com. Or call me at 321-331-3045.

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The main focus will be on loosening up with palette knives; painting larger with more freedom, movement and intuition.  Class is limited to 10; 5 spaces left!  Cost for 3 days is $300.  Supplies not included.  Click here for supply list from Jerry's Artarama. 

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May 1, 2014

"Beanie Babe" by Sally Shisler



"Beanie Babe"- 201403 - Sold
4x4" Oil on Linen
This painting is sold but I may have others like it!
Today's post is the first of about 20 paintings that I just finished for my show as feature artist at the Winter Garden Art Association's 127 SOBO Art Center here in Florida.  In fact, if you happen to be in the Orlando area tonight, there will be an Opening Reception at the Gallery from 5:30 - 8:00pm.  I will be on hand to answer questions and give information about my upcoming workshop that will be held at the gallery's classroom from Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th.

These last few weeks were my first crash session in creating so many paintings in such a short time, as I was invited only 2 weeks ago.  So much learned - a lot of growth - new ideas... My back, neck and eyes hurt, but it's a small price to pay for how good it feels to be painting like a real painter.  I am going to put together a collage of all pieces that are currently displayed in the above exhibit.  They are only available through the gallery at this time (through the month of May).  After which, whatever hasn't sold will be available through my blog.  I hope you enjoy the new work! 
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Apr 6, 2014

Water Wings



Water Wings 4x4"- 201402,  SOLD

This painting was a pleasure to do!  Lots of warm weather, hot even, started to fall upon us here in Florida.  (Sorry northerners - you've had a terribly long, miserable winter.) Hopefully this brings a little sunshine and warmth to your day.  I'm SO enjoying getting back into my painting.  High key - color mixing was a dream - and the finishing highlights, oh so tempting to put in long before the painting is finished, but important to wait until the end because if overdone, the painting can get ruined.  Happy Sunday!
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Mar 30, 2014

Late Morning on the Beach by Sally Shisler


Late Morning on the Beach, 4x4"- 201401,  SOLD

A full 3 months into 2014!  How many false re-starts have I had here over the many years?  Much has really changed this year - life changing kind of change.  My dear mother passed early in January, with family right there by her side. She lived to be a full 89 years old, and after her graceful, courageous, beautiful entrance into the life hereafter,  I'm feeling a little left behind, somewhat empty-handed.  Full on into the grief, actually : )  Now I am 47 yrs young, with new chapters beginning.  Mid-life that I must grab by the horns and really do some selfish, but careful, self-seeking.  Expect to see a lot more of my paintings around these halls!
Although this painting might look simple, it was really elusive and difficult to achieve just the right sense of lighting.  If you can believe it - I hung on through 4 tries.  This is not a Potthast study, rather my own reference embellished with a few details that I learned during the months of studies I did a while back.  Most difficult was trying to get the girls' legs and feet in just the right placement, shape and reflected light in order to manage the illusion of which leg is leading and which is following. 
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