Goat paintings

My January 2019 daily paintings of goats were inspired by visits to  Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy . Their goat cheese is amazing and I learned how personable goats are.  I created the paintings for a 2 day event in Feb 2019 at Artist Image Resource. The  unframed original paintings (not prints)  are for sale. Those already sold begin with SOLD under the image. Just send me a message if you would like to purchase one of them through my contact page .

My facebook page ‘Carol Skinger Artworks’ which I invite you to like also has a full album with dimensions and prices.

SOLD  $150.-12″ X 18″ – ‘Minds Meeting’ pastel on paper.

$200.-14″ x 17″- ‘Two Goats in Snow’ watercolor & gouache on paper.

SOLD $200.-12″ X 12″ – ‘Snow Goat’ watercolor & gouache on paper.

SOLD $250.-12″ X 16″- ‘Four Goats at the Fence’

Available $200.-12″ X 16″ -‘Camoflage Goat’ watercolor & gouache on paper.

Available $200.-8 1/2″ X 8 1/2″- ‘Goat family’ watercolor & gouache on paper.

Available $200.-12″ x 18″- ‘Goat on a Summer Day’ watercolor & gouache on paper.

Available $175.- 7″ x 10″ – ‘Goat & Paintbrushes’ watercolor & gouache on paper.

Available $175.-9″ x 11″ – ‘Man kicks Goat’ watercolor on paper

Available $175.-11″ x 14″ – ‘Goat Kicks Man’ watercolor & gouache on paper

Available $200.-12″ X 12″- ‘Sculptural Goat’ watercolor & gouache on paper.

 

Available $175.-16″ x 16″- ‘Pat the Goat’ watercolor on paper.

Available $150.-12″ X 18″ – ‘Minds Meeting’ pastel on paper.

$150.-12″ x 16″- ‘Meeting of the Minds’ watercolor & ink on paper.

SOLD $350 -12″ X 18″- ‘Herd on the Move’

SOLD $200.-12″ x 12″ – ‘Goats in the Forest’ watercolor & gouache on paper.

SOLD $175. 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Brown goat on green & blue. Watercolor, gouache, ink.

SOLD $200.-12″ X 16″ – ‘Goat near Barn’ watercolor & gouache on paper.

Available $200.-12″ x 15 1/2″ – ‘Goat at Low Tide’ watercolor & gouache on paper.

SOLD $175.-12″ X 12″- ‘Gray Goat’ watercolor on paper.

Available $350– 22″x 22″ – ‘White on Blue Goat’ watercolor & gouache on paper.

Available $175.-12″ x 12″ – ‘Three blues’ watercolor & gouache on paper.

Carol Skinger with the Goat paintings (mostly goats) painted January 2019.

Available $200.-12″ X 18″ – ‘Mid Century Lamp on New Years Day’ pastel on paper.

I did this on the first day before I realized I wanted to make art about goats

all month.

Available $200.-12″ x 18″ – ‘Abstract totems’ watercolor on paper. (a couple days

I needed a break from goats)

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Aspinwall Painting

“Aspinwall” original painting by Carol Skinger  24″ x 31″

“Aspinwall” a painting of the rooftops of Aspinwall from Route 28 is original painting by Carol Skinger. It is a watercolor, gouache & ink painting on 400 lb watercolor paper, $500 framed. It was created for my 10 month solo art show (now ended)  at Cooper Siegel Community Library   in Fox Chapel, PA May 14, 2017- March 15, 2018.

Prints available in two sizes  11″ x 14″ printed on watercolor paper $55. Larger prints suitable for a 16 x 20 frame are $80. To order a print or purchase the original painting  contact me

Larger prints than that could be made.

Where Brilliant Railroad Bridge meets Aspinwall is the beautiful new Aspinwall Riverfront Park which recently received  some awards. Art critic Mary Thomas reports the awards in Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Architect Eric Fisher won the AIA People’s Choice Award for his design re-purposing the  Aspinwall Marina.  AIA awarded this project  a Certificate of Merit in Historic Preservation.

Details of my painting are seen below.

Detail from my full size painting “Aspinwall”

At left the chateaux style yellow brick building is on Maple Avenue in Aspinwall, PA. It  is a former convent of Saint Scholastica Church in Aspinwall built in 1925.  The architect  of the former convent Edward J. Weber was a native of Cincinnati who studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and traveled throughout Europe. He came to practice in Pittsburgh, where he had a number of Roman Catholic commissions, of which this convent was one. Weber clearly loved the medieval period, even writing in 1927 that this was when, “art was at its best.” In this convent, he seems to have been inspired by the 15th century Château du Moulin in the Loire valley, which clearly was the inspiration for Central Catholic High School in Oakland. Information  on the architect thanks to historian Frank Kurtik, Docent at Heinz Memorial Chapel and a former Heinz family archivist. Very near it is Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (formerly called St. Scholastica School), and Saint Scholastica Church.

Detail from my full size painting “Aspinwall”

The red brick church sitting more or less in the center of the painting  is the Aspinwall Presbyterian Church. Everything but the church’s tower burned down in 1999 and was rebuilt immediately. The sanctuary a KSBA Architects design has a wood-beamed ceiling and interior cross plan with a wide center aisle and holds a 40 pipe Luley type organ.  Four large Hunt Studio designed stained glass circular windows illuminate the sanctuary.

Brilliant Railroad Bridge a truss bridge spanning the Allegheny River beyond, was built in 1904 by the Pennsylvania Railroad as part of a bypass of the narrow tracks around downtown Pittsburgh. The rail line has been out of use since the Azcon Metals scrapyard on the outskirts of Aspinwall ceased functions around 2010. It connects Aspinwall with Highland Park. On the Aspinwall side it lands at the  Aspinwall Riverfront Park and at the other end is very near Choderwood, a house was built by the Corps of Engineers in 1905. The property is a unique private residence that sits on the Allegheny River at the Highland Park Dam. Choderwood is an “ideal space for individuals planning smaller scale events and gatherings. Perfect for intimate weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, family reunions, special events, birthday parties, corporate retreats, or relaxation.”

D.J. Bryant, a designer at AE7 Planners and Architects, proposed a bike and pedestrian use for the Brilliant Railroad Bridge  an ambitious new idea—the Brilliant Branch Rail-to-Trail—in a July 2017 Next Pittsburgh article.  It would increase connectivity and access to safe, affordable transportation options for several communities in the city. I hope this becomes a reality. Open link for exciting renderings.

An ongoing discussion of road access to a future Riverfront 47 development has activated public involvement and interest and is under discussion.  To clarify things the folks at Aspinwall Riverfront Park created this statement.

Hydroelectric power could be fueling the homes and businesses being developed in the Riverfront 47 project along the Allegheny River in Aspinwall and Sharpsburg by 2020.

The current issues in December 2017 are a new PennDot proposal and gathering public input around entrance and exit isPennDot prosues between Highland Park Bridge and  Route 28.

At far right in the painting is Highland Park Bridge. Approximately 57,000 vehicles use Route 28 in the area of the bridge every day. There are discussions about an improvement to access to the bridge from Route 28.

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Fox Chapel Living 8/2017 article about Carol Skinger Art Exhibition at Library.

Thanks to Fox Chapel Living (August 2017 issue) editor Lisa Corna for the opportunity to be the subject of her monthly “Business Beat” profile in the magazine.  My solo show at Cooper Siegel Community Library was on display for 18 months ending through March 15, 2018. As artworks sold people took them home the same day.  The library benefited 25% on each sale which included original paintings, prints and greeting cards. Many of the artworks were created to show things in the area, especially near the Fox Chapel Area School District: Fox Chapel, O’hara, Sharpsburg, Aspinwall, Blawnox and Indiana Township

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Painting of Aspinwall

Aspinwall, PA by Carol Skinger

“Aspinwall” a 24″ x 31″ painting of the rooftops of Aspinwall from Route 28 is original painting by Carol Skinger.

It is available for purchase $500. framed. It is a watercolor, gouache & ink painting on 400 lb watercolor paper.   It was created for my 10 month solo art show (now ended)  at Cooper Siegel Community Library   in Fox Chapel, PA May 14, 2017- March 15, 2018.

Prints available 11″ x 14″ printed on watercolor paper $55. Larger prints suitable for a 16 x 20 are $80. A high resolution scan has been made for future reproduction uses which can be generated (larger prints and other uses).

To learn more about buildings in the painting, see details within the painting and find additional information look here.

Progress images of this painting:

sketch of Aspinwall, PA by Carol Skinger
progress on Aspinwall, PA painting by Carol Skinger

 

 

 

 

 

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Carol Skinger Art Exhibition at Cooper Siegel Community Library

Tom Otterness Sculpture & Slide Aspinwall Riverfront Park

Carol Skinger’s watercolor of the playground sculpture/ slide at Aspinwall Riverfront Park. Sculptor: Tom Otterness

Solo art exhibition of 40+ works by Carol Skinger at  Cooper Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel,  PA

YEAH and THANK YOU! Cooper Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel has asked me to keep my exhibit up a few more months into the first quarter of 2018. So it will NOT be coming down on November 8, as originally planned.

Publicity about Carol Skinger’s Art Exhibition at the library: August issue of Fox Chapel Living has a 3 page article  . The Herald (Trib)  July 31, 2017 issue had an article . Pittsburgh Post Gazette June 23, 2017 had an article . 

Website   www.carolskinger.com 

Facebook “like” page is Carol Skinger Artworks

Carol Skinger is best known for her landscape watercolor & gouache paintings bold in style, drawn from the imagination, of both abstract and recognizable places. Watercolor, gouache, ink and pastel, are her primary mediums.

For her  solo show at Cooper Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel May 14, 2017- late winter 2018  look for some views from her imagination and for views of the area served by the library. Some works in the show are of Aspinwall including Aspinwall Riverfront Park, Greenwood Cemetery, Hitchhiker Brewing Co (former Fort Pitt Brewing Co) in Sharpsburg, and various scenes Carol admires from her frequent local bicycle rides.

Her work includes commissioned work often custom house portraits of which there will be examples. She has done paintings of homes locally in Fox Chapel, Aspinwall, O’hara, Indiana Township, Squirrel Hill, Oakmont, Sewickley, and other locales.

Carol resides in Fox Chapel and has lived in Pittsburgh for over 30 years. Originally from Vermont she grew up in the Lake Champlain Islands and in Stowe at the foot of Mt. Mansfield.  After graduating from college in the Bay Area with an Art degree, she moved to Boston and developed a career in architectural space planning and interior design. Carol met her husband, John Horn, in Boston and they relocated to Pittsburgh when he became a professor of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh in the medical school.  In recent years, Carol has intensified her lifelong love of drawing and painting and has become active in the Pittsburgh arts community.

Education: California College of the Arts (BFA). Additional studies at Instituto Allende, Mexico, Boston Architectural Center, Carlow University and Truro Center for the Arts.

 

A few pieces in the exhibit:

Kayaking Near Brilliant Railroad Bridge, watercolor and gouache by Carol Skinger
Kayaking Near Brilliant Railroad Bridge, watercolor and gouache by Carol Skinger

Original painting SOLD, however  prints are available

Carol Skinger Sharpsburg, PA from Rt 28 green sky

Sharpsburg, PA Watercolor and Gouache

Original painting SOLD. Prints are available

Sharpsburg, PA watercolor and gouache by Carol Skinger

Sharpsburg original painting SOLD.  Prints are available

 

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Sixth Avenue drawing goes to the Duquesne Club!

Sixth Avenue Pittsburgh by Carol Skinger

Sixth Avenue- Pittsburgh by Carol Skinger

A 22″ x 30″ archival print of my ink drawing of Sixth Avenue- Pittsburgh has been purchased this spring of 2016 by the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh.

Prints of this pen and ink drawing on archival paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ can be purchased here. Contact me for larger sizes.

Now I am in the collection of the Duquesne Club which is very cool to say! They have an important art collection. Anyone who has been in there will not forget seeing Charles Russell’s “When Shadows Hint Death”!

When-Shadows-Hint-Death

The Duquesne Club appears on the right in the foreground of my ink drawing Sixth Avenue Pittsburgh. Other things seen in drawing: Trinity Cathedral, First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, the Granite Building, EQT Plaza, K&L Gates Center, Wood St Galleries, Wood St. T Station.

The Duquesne Club was the strictly the old boys network until 1980 when women could become members.

“Women were first welcomed as guests at the Ladies Cocktail Bar in 1934, but not as members until 1980. Yet, in this age of egalitarianism, the Club has thrived as has its art collection that most small museums would trade their marble columns for. It boasts a curator, published catalog, docent-led tours and distinguished Art Society in charge of new acquisitions.”  Read more:  The Duquesne Club: An exclusive retreat for the corporate elite by Jean Horne

Another article Duquesne Club’s art has reflected the city’s power and history by Patricia Lowry has more about the art collection, the history and the architecture of the Duquesne Club.

A smaller archival print was purchased previously for the Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh at Trinity Cathedral, which is directly across the street from the Duquesne Club. The Archives are open on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 4:30, but people need to set an appointment for research. Call 412-232-6404 x 138. The Archives are located on the third floor of Trinity Cathedral, 328 Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.

I first penned this drawing to add to my ink collection for a Black and White show curated by Kathleen Zimbicki.

My friend Pittsburgh artist Cynthia Cooley painted this piece for the Duquesne Club a while back.

Cynthia Cooley Duquesne Club.jpg.w560h446

 

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Stress reduction with pictures of greenery!

Carol Skinger's SchenleyParkMap 1

Most folks would agree a walk on a path in the woods or in a park is rejuvenating. After a few minutes you leave your cares behind. Data suggests that a short duration of viewing green pictures may help people recover from stress. Read a New York Times article here on this subject by author Gretchen Reynolds.

If it were that simple to lower stress by mentally taking a walk through this pictorial map of Schenley Park wouldn’t that be a great addition to your home or office, or as a gift to a family with a new baby?

But who needs an excuse to fall in love with the Schenley Park Pictorial Map? Penned in the late 1930’s a time in history we cannot call stress free, perhaps  the illustrator found it calming to draw the park. I found a print of the black and white ink drawing in the 1980’s while researching the park. I was so enchanted by it I added color and a brief park history.

Prints in two sizes are always available from me and can be ordered here.

If you love pictorial maps here is a link for more reading.

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Licencing my work for use: Schenley Park Map

Carol Skinger's Schenley Park Map - OptSchenly Pk map in Mary Schenley article Fall 2015 - OPT

I was excited when the quarterly magazine Western Pennsylvania History Magazine contacted me about using my Schenley Park Map (on the left) to illustrate a stunning and thorough 14 page article (125 citations!) about Mary Schenley titled “What’s in a Namesake” by Jake Oresick. It was published in Fall of 2015. Their publications are beautifully printed and designed and I could not be more thrilled to be part of it. This is the spread page where my map appears.

Listen to an NPR story about Mary Schenley written and produced by Margaret J. Krauss where she and  author Jake Oresick talk about Mary Schenley.

I am always happy to discuss licence agreements to use my work, and in the case of Schenley Park, the park has been  a passion of mine since moving here from Boston years ago. Obviously this is a Depression Era drawing and I am not old enough to have drawn it myself. As an artist, when I found the black and white drawing in a file it broke my heart to think Pittsburghers had no way to enjoy this map.

So I added color, information, history and a red border to make it more compatible with the Frick Park Map which people love to frame together as a set. I never set out to be a map seller but no one else I approached would take it over so I decided to do it myself. It brings such pleasure to so many people who love that park and it is a beautiful piece to get lost in while studying it.

The BIG audience for my print are children and men! Yes Pittsburgh women, or men  who do not know what to get for your husbands, or folks who have to come up with a great memorable baby present but don’t want to contribute to instant landfill, or alumni of Pitt, CMU and Carlow who are not fond of pennants or logos, this is your go to gift!

You can purchase it from me and it is here on my site in two sizes 18″ square $50 or 30″ square $100. It is a wonderful help in keeping my art supplies stocked and dealing with various dollar and cents issues we all have!

If you would like to discuss licencing any of my work shoot me a message through my site.

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Sketch on site, paint in the studio

Allegheny River from Highland Park Bridge by C. Skinger

“Downriver view from Highland Park Bridge”  SOLD                                                                   Watercolor ad Gouache

I like the idea of plein air painting, I really do but I don’t like doing it, at least it seems that way. Where would I go to the bathroom if I stood out on the bridge to paint this? Would I  dump a few gallons of water from cleaning my brushes over the side? Even if that was OK and its not, there is a chain link fence. The amount of stuff I would schlep is not appealing but it happens sometimes and I have been known to say I  like plein air painting, and in truth there ARE moments when I like it, but mostly I like the idea of it. Though working on site is good for sketching I rarely take a painting all the way through at the site.

People ask if I use photos when I create a painting. I very often do. Here are a few I took  to visualize a composition for this painting.  I see this view so often when driving over the bridge I wanted to paint it. There is a sidewalk on the bridge and I recommend walking it to slow down the view you see when driving.

A list of things seen in my painting is at the bottom of this post.

Some of the many pictures I took to help visualize this scene:c000 Lock No 2 Pittsburgh - Copyc000Downriver view from Highland Park Bridgec000Downriver view to Lock No 2 from Highland Park Bridgec 000 62nd Street BridgePittsburgh -

I walk out on the bridge and do a quick sketch and take a bunch of pictures. Then I put together my ideas indoors, where there is a sink, a bathroom, heat and air conditioning. Oh and a computer where I look at my photographs. So no. I am not much of a plein air painter. Not often anyway. I even take pictures of my painting while I am painting it and seeing them on a big screen helps me know what to do next. Pathetic words for a real plein air painter!

What you can see in this  painting looking downriver from Highland Park Bridge:

Lock No.  2 on left at foot of Morningside . The bridge you see is the 62nd Street Bridge. The first neighborhood on the right is Sharpsburg and the docks and island nearest you are where, in 2015 you can rent a pontoon boat at Sharpsburg Islands Marina. The water tower is in Sharpsburg. A new plan is underway to develop a wonderful waterfront park.  It is  the vision of Susan and Currie Crookston.  The Crookstons generated community support from the three municipalities the property runs through, Sharpsburg, O’hara and Aspinwall. The new  Aspinwall Riverfront Park which you cannot see in this view.  It is on the right and it is just on the upriver side of Highland Park Bridge.

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Homage to famous Pittsburghers

Homage to Rachel Carson
Homage to Rachel Carson -purchase a 17″ square print here
Homage to August Wilson
Homage to August Wilson- purchase a 17″ square print here
The first layouts for a print series where I pay homage to famous Pittsburghers were completed in November 2009. My photographs and my electronic alterations to my photographs are the media. What I would consider an original version using 4 images per piece, was shown, “honorably mentioned” in Pittsburgh Society of Artists “Small Works” exhibit, written about and sold at Borelli Edwards Gallery in Pittsburgh in April 2010.

Here are the first two images as high quality digital prints, copyright 2010 by Carol Skinger
Kurt Shaw’s review of “Small Works” has an explanation for the images I choose to put together in each homage.

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