Oct 9, 2014

White Lie

White Lie
12x9" #201449
Oil on mixed media paper
Available - Contact me for pricing.
scshisler@gmail.com

I've also been known to get a good night's sleep (or several), come back to a painting and decide it's all better just the way it was.  Crazy - insane minds of artists; you relate - I know it. With a few adjustments I decided to leave the large 'complete' version in tact and am happy that I did.  The adjustments pulled the whole piece together so that now the image has a grand tale, instead of several little stories.

WORKSHOPS and CLASSES
• Three Day Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th- Friday November 21th at SoBo Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida.  $320 for 3 days. Workshop is limited to 8 students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to secure your spot!

• Four Day Intensive - Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy with focus on clean color mixing based on theory. Workshop scheduled for January 28th-30th, 2015 at my studio, Sally Shisler Palette Knife Painting Studio, in Winter Garden Florida. $450 for 4 days. This will be an intense session where students will be practicing technique and learning how to translate their brush painting skills into palette knife artistry. Intermediate - Advanced.  Workshop is limited to six students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to secure your spot.

• Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for May 2015 at The Art School in Sandy Springs Atlanta, Georgia.  $450 for 3 days. Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.

• Announcing one day, 3 hour intensive COLOR MIXING workshops in my studio in Winter Garden, FL!  These sessions are designed to help students prepare for their own paintings that they will paint at home with their premixed palette. This is all about thorough color mixing; not actual painting. Each student will be provided with a high quality color print of their selected photograph with a clear breakdown of which colors will be mixed. Preparing a palette of clean, harmonious color before putting knife/brush to canvas gives you a head start on a successful painting. Workshops are held on the second Saturday of each month. Cost is $50. Beginner-Advanced. Space is limited to six students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to secure your spot.

• Private Lessons in My Studio. Cost is $100 for three hours. Those interested, please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to make an appointment.

BOOKS:
• Sally Shisler - A Collection of Paintings from 2007-2014. Keep your eyes peeled for my first self published book of 4x4" palette knife paintings.
• Sally Shisler - Color Mixing for Radiant Harmony in your Paintings. Not long after the book above is published, I'll be coming out with an instruction book that goes in depth with how I chose and mix color.

VIDEOS/DVDS:
Coming soon!




Dance



Dance
4x3" #201449
Oil on mixed media paper
Available - Contact me for pricing.
scshisler@gmail.com

I've been known to use the good 'ol trick of cropping when it'll make for a stronger painting. And here that's just what I did. I started with a 12x9" image - painted the entire thing. It was a ballet dancer; not too bad. Buuuuuut - not so great by the standards I've set for myself.  Some artists, being purists, will say that cropping is cheating in a way. A little white lie... But I find it a useful lesson and an adventure in story telling. Each area of a painting has it's own thing going on, but as a whole the essence of the parts should add up to one grand tale.  In this painting, the grandest tale seemed to come from the expressive line along shadow side of her face, neck and chest.  In truth, the rest of the so-so painting took too much away from the important part.  Make any sense? It's very late here - we're going on 3am, so bear with me.

WORKSHOPS and CLASSES
• Three Day Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th- Friday November 21th at SoBo Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida.  $320 for 3 days. Workshop is limited to 8 students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to secure your spot!

• Four Day Intensive - Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy with focus on clean color mixing based on theory. Workshop scheduled for January 28th-30th, 2015 at my studio, Sally Shisler Palette Knife Painting Studio, in Winter Garden Florida. $450 for 4 days. This will be an intense session where students will be practicing technique and learning how to translate their brush painting skills into palette knife artistry. Intermediate - Advanced.  Workshop is limited to six students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to secure your spot.

• Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for May 2015 at The Art School in Sandy Springs Atlanta, Georgia.  $450 for 3 days. Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.

• Announcing one day, 3 hour intensive COLOR MIXING workshops in my studio in Winter Garden, FL!  These sessions are designed to help students prepare for their own paintings that they will paint at home with their premixed palette. This is all about thorough color mixing; not actual painting. Each student will be provided with a high quality color print of their selected photograph with a clear breakdown of which colors will be mixed. Preparing a palette of clean, harmonious color before putting knife/brush to canvas gives you a head start on a successful painting. Workshops are held on the second Saturday of each month. Cost is $50. Beginner-Advanced. Space is limited to six students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to secure your spot.

• Private Lessons in My Studio. Cost is $100 for three hours. Those interested, please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to make an appointment.

BOOKS:
• Sally Shisler - A Collection of Paintings from 2007-2014. Keep your eyes peeled for my first self published book of 4x4" palette knife paintings.
• Sally Shisler - Color Mixing for Radiant Harmony in your Paintings. Not long after the book above is published, I'll be coming out with an instruction book that goes in depth with how I chose and mix color.

VIDEOS/DVDS:
Coming soon!




Oct 3, 2014

Duet for Flute and Harp


Duet for Flute and Harp
4x4" #201448
Oil on board
Available - Contact me for pricing.
scshisler@gmail.com

Back to an itty bitty. Still intrigued by these little figures against the dark backgrounds. The beachy paintings seem to be far more appealing to my long time followers, but I just can't resist the fun of making small notes of light to define the musical instruments and the features of the figures in dark interior lighting. This one got a little bit further away from my usual colorful work than I would have liked, but I recognize the value in painting mono-chromatically. More fun news - I have been asked to have a solo show at a gallery in Winter Park Florida!  I am in the process of making arrangements with the gallery owner and the dates/location will soon be announced.  This will be the first real solo show for me. I'd better get working - even more.

WORKSHOPS and CLASSES
• Three day Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th- Friday November 21th at SoBo Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida.  $320 for 3 days. Workshop is limited to 8 students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to secure your spot!

• Four day Intensive - Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy with focus on clean color mixing based on theory. Workshop scheduled for January 28th-30th, 2015 at my studio, Sally Shisler Palette Knife Painting Studio, in Winter Garden Florida. $450 for 4 days. This will be an intense session where students will be practicing technique and learning how to translate their brush painting skills into palette knife artistry. Intermediate - Advanced.  Workshop is limited to six students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to secure your spot.

• Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for May 2015 at The Art School in Sandy Springs Atlanta, Georgia.  $450 for 3 days. Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.

• Announcing one day, 3 hour intensive COLOR MIXING workshops in my studio in Winter Garden, FL!  These sessions are designed to help students prepare for their own paintings that they will paint at home with their premixed palette. This is all about thorough color mixing; not actual painting. Each student will be provided with a high quality color print of their selected photograph with a clear breakdown of which colors will be mixed. Preparing a palette of clean, harmonious color before putting knife/brush to canvas gives you a head start on a successful painting. Workshops are held on the second Saturday of each month. Cost is $50. Beginner-Advanced. Space is limited to six students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to secure your spot.

• Private Lessons In my studio. Cost is $100 for three hours. Those interested, please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to make an appointment.

BOOKS:
• Sally Shisler - A Collection of Paintings from 2007-2014. Keep your eyes peeled for my first self published book of 4x4" palette knife paintings.
• Sally Shisler - Color Mixing for Radiant Harmony in your Paintings. Not long after the book above is published, I'll be coming out with an instruction book that goes in depth with how I chose and mix color.

VIDEOS/DVDS:
Coming soon!




Sep 30, 2014

In Memory of Lorraine



In Memory of Lorraine, 11x14" #201447
Oil on linen board
Available - Contact me for pricing.
scshisler@gmail.com

First of all, I'm LOVING this Raphael linen mounted on 3 ply board.  It's exquisite and truly resilient. I tried another painting (not a keeper) and have wiped and scraped it nearly back to original finish I think 3 or 4 times. I think that one might now have too much bad karma to create on, but I highly recommend board.
I have had a bit of a run with the effects of losing my mom lately.  It's been nearly 8 months, but it's still raw.  Her name is Lorraine and this painting is not of her, but was painted with my heart and soul filled with her spirit. As was yesterday's painting. My work is 100 times more expressive when I absorb myself in emotion of any sort. Certainly this is true of most artists. I feel blessed to have the gift (or affliction - depending on how you look at it) of sensitivity.
Thanks to everyone who has continued to follow my work; comment and ask questions. I'm getting oodles of inquiries about my workshops, classes and lessons.  Oh my!  How exciting!  So I hope I've covered at least some of the pertinent info below. I am hoping to get one scheduled in Carmel, CA for next year. Being that I'm in Orlando, folks from the west have been asking me for years when I am coming to that area.  Keep your fingers crossed ya'll!  And if any of you have contact info for places who can host up to 15 students, please let me know :)

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
• Three day Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th- Friday November 21th at SoBo Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida.  $320 for 3 days. Workshop is limited to 8 students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to secure your spot!

• Four day Intensive - Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy with focus on clean color mixing based on theory. Workshop scheduled for January 28th-30th, 2015 at my studio, Sally Shisler Palette Knife Painting Studio, in Winter Garden Florida. $450 for 4 days. This will be an intense session where students will be practicing technique and learning how to translate their brush painting skills into palette knife artistry. Intermediate - Advanced.  Workshop is limited to six students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to secure your spot.

• Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for May 2015 at The Art School in Sandy Springs Atlanta, Georgia.  $450 for 3 days. Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.

• Announcing one day, 3 hour intensive COLOR MIXING workshops in my studio in Winter Garden, FL!  These sessions are designed to help students prepare for their own paintings that they will paint at home with their premixed palette. This is all about thorough color mixing; not actual painting. Each student will be provided with a high quality color print of their selected photograph with a clear breakdown of which colors will be mixed. Preparing a palette of clean, harmonious color before putting knife/brush to canvas gives you a head start on a successful painting. Workshops are held on the second Saturday of each month. Cost is $50. Beginner-Advanced. Space is limited to six students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to secure your spot.

• Private Lessons In my studio. Cost is $100 for three hours. Those interested, please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com to make an appointment.

BOOKS:
• Sally Shisler - A Collection of Paintings from 2007-2014. Keep your eyes peeled for my first self published book of 4x4" palette knife paintings.
• Sally Shisler - Color Mixing for Radiant Harmony in your Paintings. Not long after the book above is published, I'll be coming out with an instruction book that goes in depth with how I chose and mix color.

VIDEOS/DVDS:
Coming soon!




Sep 29, 2014

Into the Water



Into the Water, 10x8" #201446
Oil on canvas
Available - Contact me for pricing.
scshisler@gmail.com
Whew - been a while since posting I see. Not due to inactivity. Just had lots of prep to do for what turned out to be another fantastically successful workshop. Thanks to my wonderful students! We had a blast and evidently they all learned much more than they anticipated, which delights the hell out of me. I DO love to teach - the gratification is quite different than that of a successfully created painting. I really believe it lasts longer and fills the heart and soul more completely. Each time I teach, I leave re-energized and ready to press on to the next time I get to share with others. This painting began as a class demo; finished in the studio last night. I am quite happy with it and am feeling more and more confident about delving into more portrait type work.
Next workshop: Wednesday, November 19-21st. Not far away and time for anyone who'd like to participate to make their plans! Especially if travel is involved. Please check in with me for the details. There are 10 spots in this one - would love to see it filled!

Important News:
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th- Friday November 21th at SoBo Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida.  $320 for 3 days. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com.
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for June 6th-8th 2015 at The Art School in Sandy Springs Atlanta, Georgia.  $450 for 3 days. Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.
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.
Sally Shisler - A Collection of Paintings from 2010-2014  Keep your eyes peeled for my first self published book of 4x4" palette knife paintings. 
Sally Shisler - Color Mixing for Radiant Harmony in your Paintings  Keep your eyes peeled for my first self published instruction book that goes in depth with how I chose and mix color.
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!

Sep 10, 2014

The Cut


 The Cut, 10x20" Oil on linen 201445
Available - Contact me for pricing.
scshisler@gmail.com

Been working on larger things, experimenting with my knives and loving every minute of it! I can't wait til my next workshop in a few weeks. My students are in for some real fun! BTW - there are only 2 spots left. Class is limited to 8. If you're interested, contact me asap.
OK, so... drama queen lately. I am entranced by working out of darkness; dramatic theater type lighting as opposed to the sunny light of outdoors. So many things happened in this painting. Starting with being another painting that got scraped (even after almost dry - can do this with thick paint). Brush toned with mix of prussian blue and raw umber. Built the dark jewel like colors from there. LOVE alizarin crimson; prussian blue; magenta; sap green; and lamp black. Just started using black (only lamp so far); much to the chagrin of my students. Mixing the three primaries is good fundamental practice; but when lamp black helps you achieve richer darks with lots of depth - USE IT!
Important News:
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, September 24th - Friday September 26th at SoBo Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida.  $320 for 3 days. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or scshisler@gmail.com.
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for June 6th-8th 2015 at The Art School in Sandy Springs Atlanta, Georgia.  $450 for 3 days. Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.
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.
Sally Shisler - A Collection of Paintings from 2010-2014  Keep your eyes peeled for my first self published book of 4x4" palette knife paintings. 
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!

Sep 5, 2014

Masquerading


"Masquerading" 201444
4x4" Oil on board
$200 framed.
Dare I say? Ok - Puck Happens. What is it? It's my super-dee-duper technical term for sticky, raised areas that come when you pull the knife off painting surfaces suddenly and abruptly. It's one of my biggest pet peeves with knife strokes. Why? Because when I do it, I know I'm not using my whole arm to pull the paint across the board. Therefore, I'm not 'feeling' it much and I know for sure I'm losing touch with expression and putting too much focus on something else. I have a student who thinks I should make Puck Happens t-shirts and give them out in class. Or aprons; or what have you. Not sure it's appropriate though. This painting was inspired by the upcoming Halloween season. Not typically my favorite day, but clearly one that millions of folks enjoy a great deal.
FYI - Earlier today I posted my workshop schedule for the remainder of this year, and for what's scheduled so far into 2015. I am working on arranging for one in Raleigh Durham area, as well as one in Carmel too. So for all of my followers who have been asking for years if I do workshops anywhere near them - I'm coming soon!! To the cost - it appears that I forgot to include it. $320 for 3 day workshop in Winter Garden Florida. I have to double check with Donna Thomas at Sandy Springs Art School.


Important News:
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop 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 Workshop scheduled for June 6th-8th 2015 at The Art School in Sandy Springs Atlanta, Georgia.  Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.
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.
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. 
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 31, 2014

Harp Solo



"Harp Solo" 201443
4x4" Oil on Board
$200 framed
I'm learning lots from doing these studies on toned board. In the first of the series, Piano Solo, I mentioned that I toned gessoboard with acrylic paint - a mix of thalo blue and raw umber. I like it. I've used it again here. And also my FAVORITE painting color of all time - alizarin crimson. This color is amazing. So much feeling. It looks good everywhere - even on my dog's snout. Also in my hair, though I don't put it there on purpose : ) OK - that said, about the painting. I didn't mean for her to appear to be in a choir robe; it just turned out that way. It's the draping sleeve on the front arm. Because I love to drag paint into paint, this is the effect I get. Oh well. The painting was challenging enough that by the end, I didn't want to mess it up. Like my good painting buddy Noreen Coup says, "DON'T TOUCH IT"!
  
Important News:
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop 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 Workshop scheduled for June 6th-8th 2015 at The Art School in Sandy Springs Atlanta, Georgia.  Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.
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.
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. 
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 30, 2014

Drum Solo



"Drum Solo" 201442
4x4" Oil on Board
Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Sting, Tears for Fears....this gives me away - went to college in the late 80's. I'm sorry; it remains my favorite music to paint to. Plus, since I've been working on Drum Solo, it suits. I have to thank everyone for all the positive, encouraging, lovely, happy-happy comments! I guess I should have joined FB a long time ago. This little painting was HARD! I've been getting lots of questions about sizes, technique, materials, etc. What I see; why I leave some things in and take some things out. The longer I paint, the more abstract my vision is. Goal is to say just enough without overstating. I think it's interesting to wonder what might have gone in spaces that appear untreated/neglected/forgotten/avoided . I'm not good enough to render everything anyway - let's be honest. But for spaces that I might be avoiding, I ask myself if the element I'm considering really matters. It's hard to answer my own question in the heat of the moment; sometimes it takes a while. Sometimes I scrape a whole section off and start again.
Important News:
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop 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 Workshop scheduled for June 6th-8th 2015 at The Art School in Sandy Springs Atlanta, Georgia.  Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.
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.
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. 
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 27, 2014

Piano Solo



Piano Solo 201439, 4x4" Oil on board
In the spirit of adventure and delving into places unknown, I decided to go to the dark side and try out a little scene under performance lights. This is ampersand gessoboard toned first with a mix of thalo blue and raw umber acrylic paints - applied with a very course bristle brush. What a rush to paint into darkness! I loved it and was ready to test my ability to see and understand values and color under a different light source. I'll be doing more of these.

Important News:
Pick Your Passion Exhibit Open throughout the month of August. Come to see two of my latest paintings at SoBo Gallery's members only August exhibit; 127 S. Boyd Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop 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 Workshop 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.
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.
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. 
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!


Violin Solo


Violin Solo - 201430, 4x4" Oil on Board
This painting is sold but I may have others like it...
OMG - This is the 3rd time I've tried to get this post going after writing very beautiful, eloquent words (ha) and attaching a photo - everything goes haywire, kaplooey. Anyway - let's try one more time...I talked about loving the process that I've used in these last few paintings. That I think I'm gaining ground on what I have been wanting to say in my work, and how I've been wanting to say it. i love what the palette knife can do - after years of practice, I'm beginning to get a 'grip' on how to control it. It can be very unpredictable, but oh so beautiful when a stroke lays down as planned. I also am plugging my upcoming workshops - next one here in Winter Garden Fl., at end of Sept. I'll post more about it soon. If you want details right away, just message or email me. And I talked about how it's tricky as a teacher to find your own path evolving faster than you can teach students who are signed up to learn your experience; see you share your knowledge, etc. based on what they've seen you do last week. A hoot, and confusing. That said - I LOVE, LOVE teaching and haven't found myself in any real predicaments at all. For anyone who cares to know - I wear my heart on my sleeve. My teaching is really part that and part sharing my personal experience in life. How hard it is to be an artist and a human being at the same time. How inexplicably disastrous our efforts can be and how deliriously joyful they can be too. All depends on our perceptions of reality at any given time. It's important for students to see teachers struggle - that's how they learn best. Wouldn't want to send anyone out into the art world thinking they'll make a million off one successful painting after another. Blah blah - sign up for my workshop if you want to hear more about my philosophies : ) I also teach private instruction!


Important News:
Pick Your Passion Exhibit Open throughout the month of August. Come to see two of my latest paintings at SoBo Gallery's members only August exhibit; 127 S. Boyd Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop 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 Workshop 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.
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.
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. 
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 24, 2014

Finding Beauties



Finding Beauties 201438, 4x4" Oil on board
This painting is sold but I may have others like it.
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:
Pick Your Passion Exhibit Open throughout the month of August. Come to see two of my latest paintings at SoBo Gallery's members only August exhibit; 127 S. Boyd Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop 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 Workshop 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.
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.
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. 
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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. 

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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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!