Available works; Shows; Plein Air trip


“Birds Eating Birds” (Still available from my Fatal Farm solo show in fall 2016.) Acrylic on panel, 11×14 in., $250 © Cindy Schnackel 2016

You can see paintings and sculptures still available, as well as details like size, medium, and price, on my  Current Inventory page. (Note: Fatal Farm show pieces are linked on that page as there were so many!) If you’re in the area, and want to see pieces in person, and the tiny drawings etc, that often don’t get posted online, contact me about a Studio Visit! (artbycindy at Live dot com)


Commissioned portrait, acrylic, 16 x 20 in. © Cindy Schnackel 2016

I also do Commissions, occasionally. If I don’t think I’m the right artist for your request I’ll just tell you up front; that way neither of us has to be disappointed! So far, bird portraits are what I’ve been doing as commissions and it has been working out well! I’m open to other subjects.



“Love Birds,” 1 through 4, mixed media, each 6 x 6 in., $90 each, at The Artery thru Feb 2017. © Cindy Schnackel 2017

I have four small bird paintings in The Artery, 625 E. Indian School in February. There was a nice crowd at the opening for First Friday in Feb. This gallery is normally only open during art walk nights or by appointment, (602) 997-9339. Artery (aka Studio 6) Gallery Facebook page

See Previous Post for more info on how the Love Birds were made and other details.


Not a lot of these left, but those that are, are at {9} The Gallery, in Phoenix! Miniatures, mixed media, most priced at $45, some cube shaped and sit on a shelf, others hang. © Cindy Schnackel 2016

Also, I still have work in the gift shop area of {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ. If you don’t find them, ask. They are tiny, and things get moved around depending on the current show. Usually, they’re on a shelf; feel free to ask the gallery if they have others not on display. http://9thegallery.com/

Two things are penciled in for March, the Icehouse in Phoenix during Art Detour, and the same time frame, the Mutant Pinata show at Chartreuse, also in Phoenix. Details TBA when I know more.





Cholla cactus, backlit, photographed as we were leaving the ranch, in late afternoon light.

Last week, I went on my first plein air painting trip! It was good just to get out of the city, even though the spot, Brown’s Ranch, is just a few miles NE of the Valley. I was surprised it seemed as dry and subdued looking as it did, because we’d had pretty good winter rains. Maybe it’s just enough higher than the Valley that things haven’t started to pop yet. I took quite a few reference photos that should come in handy for general desert backgrounds where a giant creature, or errant animated tea pot, happens to be tromping through.


My awful first plein air “painting.” Must ignore overwhelming details next time!

The term “editing” came to mind when I tried to start painting. My eyes saw every blade of grass, every bit of gravel, thorn, leaf, and rock. I had a really hard time just seeing the basic shapes and making my hand obey, which is not something I normally have difficulty with when I’m in my own little world. It was truly an example of how a person has to be willing to fall on their face to get where they want to go.


Panoramic shot of Brown’s Ranch, NE of Scottsdale, AZ.


The rocks looked smooth from a distance but were quite rough up close. You wouldn’t want to slide down one of these rocks on your butt!



Close up of saguaro cactus ribs and thorns.

I had previously worked out a very limited palette so I wouldn’t have to take many tubes of paint. In the end, I also did as many artists do, and added a warmer or cooler version of each ‘primary’ just in case. Plus white and black, but I never got around to using everything. I did kind of miss my favorite colors from home, so since paints didn’t really take up that much room I may add them at some point, (transparent red and yellow iron oxides, and green gold maybe), and perhaps leave home one or two colors I didn’t use much. My stay-wet palette was about like it is at home when I paint out on the patio. It bought me a few minutes of time, but not a miracle worker. I may switch to Golden’s “Open” version, (slower drying paint) just for the plein air kit, but right now I’ll use up what I have. I did take Open mediums and used them and it helped some. When I wanted something to dry instantly, setting it in the sun for a few minutes accomplished that.


Acrylic paint brands really differed in Alizarin Crimson, but SOHO’s made a good red in this very limited color palette.

What took up room and added weight was water, for drinking and painting. I poured my dirty paint water into an empty bottle at the end of the day and took it back home to dispose of. I didn’t see anyplace there that looked like it’d be ok to dispose of it at the ranch, and would expect that to be the case just about anywhere.

Everything carried pretty well in a small rolling cart: rags, plastic bags for wet things, a small mister bottle of water, sun hat. I took two packs of SOHO cardboard painting panels in 8×10 in size. These worked really well, didn’t warp, and were cheap. A lightweight piece of cardboard, rolled into a cone and secured with rubber bands, kept my brush heads from getting mashed in the cart. The inexpensive travel easel I got worked just great. We were lucky that there was no wind. If it had been windy I’d have probably sat on the ground and held the painting panel in my lap.

Some of my mural/’primitive’ location painting tips came back to me so it looked like I was really organized but it was an illusion. I will do a few things differently next time. Also, I should have brought healthy snacks as my food for the entire day ended up being chips and stuff purchased while waiting for buses. Somehow, “food” entirely escaped my mind until I was well away from home.

All in all, it was a challenging and different experience, and that’s exactly what I was after. I also took up one non art related thing this year, archery. If I could take a selfie of myself shooting an arrow, I’d show you a picture of that, too.

Showing Friday Aug 7!

This Friday, I’ll be taking a number of small paintings to a one night show at {9} The Gallery. This is a group show, including Kyllan Maney, Brenda Edwards, Aileen Frick, Geoffrey Gersten Eric Babcock and more.

It’s a studio sale, and I’m taking pieces that are from as far back as 2010, and as recent as this year, most of which have never been out of the house, but tucked away somewhere taking up space! All are ready to hang, many are in frames and if they’re not they have deep edges. Most are paintings, but there will be a few drawings, too. Sizes range from around 6 x 6 inches to 10 x 10 inches for paintings, up to about 20 x 20-ish for the ‘house’ frame one. One or two drawings are smaller than 6 x 6. Prices will range from $25 for the smallest drawing, up to $150 for the largest, the house frame piece. Some of the pieces have been discounted just for this event.

Opens 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

1229 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

See gallery’s Public Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/9TheGallery for more info.

See my inventory & price list: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/sale-current-price-lists/

As you can see from my price list, some of the pieces will be reduced a little for this one-night sale. The discounted price applies to purchases made in person at the gallery during the event.

If you’re in Phoenix for this First Friday, hope to see you over on Grand Avenue! Thanks!

Updating Inventory/Price List


Hide and Seek, Acrylic on canvas panel, 14 x 11, unframed, $225

At the top of my blog you will see Pages here, including Current Inventory.  I’m still working on this, as I still  need to create small images for some of my works yet.  I added quite a few this week, with price, size, etc.  Above is an example.  (Edit-Update May 5, Added some more images w/prices and details to the list today.)


I was very happy with the show in April! Met a lot of new people as well as finally met some I’d only known through Facebook, where I network with the local art community in some very good groups. Sold more than half of the artwork, some to former collectors, some to completely new buyers whom I hope will become collectors now.




Birds in Wigs
Cindy Schnackel
Acrylic on Canvas

If you’re in the Phoenix Arizona area and can pick up the art and pay cash, I’m having a moving sale! For buyers who can do that, my art is 25% off regular. I wish I could extend the offer to buyers out of the area, but packing and shipping art is pretty much like moving art, so this is only for local folks who  can spare me the hassle of having to do any of that before our move.  I’m looking forward to the new place. Besides other pluses, I will finally have a room to use as a studio, so you may see an end to my sarcastic comments about painting on the kitchen table.

Check out the details of my moving sale here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal

My Space-Making Sale ends Dec 31, 2012


Fly Catcher, © Cindy Schnackel
12 x 6 in. on wood/masonite type cradled panel, 1.5 in. deep, finished edges.
No frame, none needed with the finished deep edges.
Sale price only $75 until Dec 31, 2012.
Shipping extra.
See link in text for details.

Reminder: sale on original art expires Dec 31; prices go back to normal, Jan 1, 2012! 


Paintings from 6 x 6-ish miniatures, up to 3 x 4 FEET, and drawings from mini’s up to about 11 x 13 inches. Some framed, some not, (and if you prefer to buy a framed pice unframed that’s negotiable).  I’ve sold quite a few pieces as a result of the sale and happy to see these works go to good new homes, clearing space here for new work, particularly larger ones I’ve worked on outdoors since the weather cooled.

Prices range from only a few dollars for unframed drawings, screaming price breaks on miniature paintings, and huge price breaks on some of my bigger stuff, too.  I won’t be offering these prices again in any regular sales…this is a one time space clearing sale, before preparing to remedy a lack of studio space.

Paintings on canvas and panel, Price List: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal/9291163-paintings-inventory-and-sale-price-list

Works on Paper, Price List: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal/9394087-sale-price-list-for-my-drawings-collages-mixed-media-originals

Due to sales, I only have two miniatures left in the gallery Willo North, right now, but expect to have some new work there for the First Friday art walk in January.


Big Chicken Fine Art Prints now available!

See my Journal entry on Red Bubble for details: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal/9663660-large-fine-art-prints-big-chicken-paintings-giclees

My two most popular, large chicken paintings, are now available as fine art prints.  I had them professionally scanned on a room-sized scanner especially for fine art use.  (Don’t worry, the images in my journal are just small low res snapshots.  I don’t intend to post the extremely large high resolution versions from the scan, on the internet. And no, the prints won’t have my name across their middles.)  My husband and I have enjoyed having the big chickens brighten up our dining area. They make a great impact!

New Paintings!

Over Thanksgiving weekend I started and finished three paintings.  It was beautiful outside so I painted on the patio.

Extension Cord
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 20 in.
Sale price $400 until end of 2012

Monster in a Tutu
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 20 in.
Sale price $400 until end of 2012

Yellow Monster
Acrylic on canvas
6 x 6 x 1.5 (deep) inches
Sale price $75 through end of 2012

None of these was planned; they are all spontaneously done. I just start by grabbing colors that appeal to me at that moment, whatever brush appeals, and make shapes. Then a life form emerges and I add details, shading, etc.  All are available as cards and prints on my Red Bubble page, and the originals will be added to my Paintings inventory and price list there, too.


Most of my work is still on sale, prices good through Dec. 31, 2012.  After that, prices go back up.


Paintings price list: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal/9291163-paintings-inventory-and-sale-price-list


Drawings (and other works on paper) price list: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal/9394087-sale-price-list-for-my-drawings-collages-mixed-media-originals