Friday, January 31, 2014

Small Landscape Painting, "Intracoastal Island" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

This small landscape painting depicts a scene I see every day.  Florida's intracoastal waterway is dotted with small uninhabited islands.

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During warmer months, the islands are often gathering places for camping and fishing trips or simply a fun boating trip for a family outing.  Even the youngest kids enjoy the sandy beaches and calm, shallow waters and many picnics and happy days occur there.

I painted the scene with a palette knife in the style I like to call "color weaving" which gives it a nice textured look.  I particularly like a small landscape painting in a simple black frame which, I feel, gives a sense of elegance.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cat Painting, Animal Art, "Sleeping Kitty" by Carol Schiff, 6x12x.75" Oil

This is not your typical cat painting.  This kitty was so tired, she was sleeping on steps, in the middle of a tourist attraction.  People climbing up and down around her, trying to avoid her stretched out body and to not step on her tail.  Nothing bothered her.

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Apparently, Louisiana cats are tough

The painting is on 6x12x.75" stretched canvas, painted with texture using both knife and brush.

Thank you for reading my blog today and I hope you like my little cat painting.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Abstract Landscape, "Colors of the Marsh" by Carol Schiff, 8x8x1.5" Oil

The sun is quickly sinking below the horizon and within minutes the colors of the marsh will disappear.

 My goal here was to suggest the beauty and colors of the marsh in late summer.  I wanted to use plenty of texture and thick paint to do so.

I really love the gallery wrap canvases from "The Edge".  I like the chunky shape of this small 8x8" with the 1.5" depth that gives this small painting more presence.

Thanks for reading my blog today :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tree Landscape, ""BFF" by Carol Schiff, 12x16 Knife Painting

I just returned from a few weeks in the mountains of western North Carolina. We had an October trip  to take in the beautiful fall colors, which we really enjoyed.  Most years I  have to be satisfied with our Florida type of tree. They have a beauty of their own....not really big leaves or bright colors, but graceful palms and huge live oaks draped in Spanish moss and with limbs that seem to be a mile long.

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These don't have Spanish moss, but I was taken by their entwined limbs, like they are giving each other a hug and will be best friends forever.

I painted this with a palette knife and I used a technique I call "color weaving".  It gives me lots of texture and I can get really subtle color changes.  I have a nice wide molding in a dark wood tone that I will use to frame this one.  I think it will make it pop off the wall!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Small Abstract Landscape, "Peaks" by Carol Schiff, 8x8x1.5 Oil

I paint impressionism and abstract and today I felt the need for a small abstract landscape.  We spend lots of time in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina which may have been my inspiration here.  I think, though, it reminds me more of the southwestern mountains.  Maybe it's the colors.

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Thank you for viewing this small abstract landscape of the mountains.  Next, I'm thinking abstract seascape!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Small Still Life, Bottle Painting, 10x8" Oil by Carol Schiff

I have recently become fascinated with antique and vintage bottles as reflected in this small still life.  I see lots of them in the antique stores of North Carolina.  Most have been reclaimed from the earth and carry the results of spending years under ground.

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I have been told that the smaller bottle started life as clear, uncolored glass, but because it contains magnesium, it has turned this glorious purple color.  It comes from Ohio.
The larger bottle is a mystery.  It carries only the imprint of a small sailboat (not visible in the painting).  I liked the shape and the sailboat, so I brought it home.  Are there any bottle experts out there who could give me a little history on it?  I would love to know the history involved in the subject matter of this small still life.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Daily Painting, "Sailor's Delight" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil, SOLD

We were anchored in the middle of Florida's Intracoastal waterway, watching these small boats, complete their course.  The regatta was in full swing.


The perfect way to spend a summer day.