Sunday, August 30, 2015

My artwork on distressed wood planks

Something new and exciting is happening in my studio!  Several years ago I agreed to license some of my work through a company who manufacturers gorgeous giclee prints on distressed wood planks.

purchase here
 They do a beautiful job and make my artwork look so good.

purchase here
I really like the look for rural and mountain paintings.......

purchase here
as well as beachy scenes.

purchase here
I added text to this one...something new for me.

So what is so new and exciting?  For the first time, I am able to offer these for sale on my Etsy site.  I am adding more each day and will continue to update with new selections as they are released.

I hope you will check them out here at my Etsy store, CarolSchffStudio

Wishing you peace and joy!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Yellow Paintings, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Yellow Art, daily art

This time of the year is so hectic.  Now that I think about it, every time of the year has been hectic lately!

I am busy painting several large commissions, so for the moment, my daily paintings are scarce.  I decided to post some older works, and the theme I chose today is yellow.

Roadside Thistles
Purchase here

Nantahala Rapids
Purchase Here

Purchase here

6x8" Abstracted Church

24x30" and living in Poland

Love the bold color in this one.

I hope you enjoyed my yellow paintings today!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Floral Still Life, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Flower Still Life, 12x12x1.5" Oil, "Garden Bounty"

I picked these flowers (peony and hydrangea)  from my garden, and placed them in sunlight.

purchase here
260 + shipping

I have to admit, I struggled with this piece.  I started with a brush, but after much frustration, I turned to my trusty palette knife.  In the end, I am happy with the values, and the glow on the hydrangea on the rigfht.  And the colors, love the colors.  In fact, the more I look at it....the happier I get!

So the moral of this story is, don't give up!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear granddaughter, Courtney!!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Small Seascape, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Churning", 6x8" Oil

This small seascape is a study for a much larger piece.  The only question in my mind is "How large?"

Purchase here
110. plus shipping
I am very happy with the understated color which makes the brighter hues really pop.  I am not sure if it would be call an abstract or impressionistic.......what do you think?

What I do know, I really enjoyed painting it and want to try it again and go BIG!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Abstract Landscape, Daily Painting, "Fire in the Sky" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Whenever I feel the need to push my art, I turn to abstract.  This time,  I wanted some representation in the piece.
purchase here
125 + ahipping
 I started with an old reference photo and worked hard to bring movement and heat to the piece.



I really enjoyed working on this piece...I hope you enjoy it too!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Sunset over Water Art, "Day's Eng" 11x14x1.5" Textured Oil Painting

When the sun falls in the evening, I want to be close to the water, something I acheived in this sunset oil painting. The beautiful reflections makes an even more spectacular sight. I tried to replicate this experience with oil paint and palette knife.
Purchase here
295.00 + shipping

 With this painting, I was at the marina in Fernandina Beach, FL when the sun dropped.  Talk about beautiful!  This is why people live in Florida.  Well, actually, I just returned from a week in Colorado and I have to admit it is just a gorgeous there.  I doubt there is a place on earth that is not beautiful when the sun sets.

This painting is also available as a giclee' canvas print, in the size of your choice, here.

                                                              LIKE ME ON FACEBOOK
                                                                    JOIN ME ON ETSY

I recently purchased a video from New Zealand artist,  Richard Robinson, that goes into detail about painting sunsets.  He is an oil painter, but when he paints sunsets, he starts with a white canvas and puts in the light area around the sun first, much like a watercolorist.  He then puts in a dab of white for the sun, and starts working outward from there to the other sky colors.  I tried that technique with this painting and found it worked well.

Have a great day and hope you enjoy your sunset this evening.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sunset Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Sunset over Marsh, "Sky Glow" 8x10x1.5"

Painting sunsets is one of my favorite subjects.  The only thing better is painting sunsets over water!

purchase here 
160 + shipping

This is an 8x10" painted primarily with a brush, with just a little palette knife help at the center of interest.

I tried to keep it a little more realistic than some of my sunsets, which can easily get a little on the gaudy side.  It's so easy to get carried away with those gorgeous colors.  Photographs do the same, showing the colors stronger than life and darkening the forground to a near black.

I recently purchased a video from Richard Robinson, a very accomplished artist, (google him) and he showed me a few new tricks about sunsets.  He starts painting with the sun, working outward.  He has a stunning way with color in all his works, but it is his sunset paintings that realy attract me.

Thanks for viewing today.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tropical Landscape Painting, Florida Art, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Sunday Sail", 6x8" Palette Knife Oil

Heading from Florida's intra-coastal waterway, into the inlet and out to the sea.  The perfect way to spend a weekend.
purchase here
100 + shipping
 When I was a child, growing up in Ohio, this was my dream.  Tropical waters, palm trees, sailboats.  I am blessed that my dreams came true.

I always want to put a little texture in my paintings.  My palette knife is my favorite tool.


Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Floral Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Paintings,Floral Still Life

I am busy working on several large commissions, so today, I thought I would post a few of my favorite florals from over the years.

Original Available Here

I had to include this chunky geranium painting.

Giclee Available Here

Who knew weeds (thistles) could be so beautiful!

Giclee Print Available Here

I wanted to do a Christmasy floral, but something that could be used all year.

Giclee Print Available Here 

Hydrangea from my garden and some favorite pottery pieces.

Giclee Print Available Here

This one is just plain happy!  Don't know how I managed that fun background.

Giclee Print Available Here

One of my early palette knife florals.  an you tell I love texture? 

Original Available here

Zinnia are so cheerful.

Original Available Here

Tulips and Sunflower... a winning combination.

Original Avaliable Here

I like the shapes and brushwork on this one.

Giclee Print Available Here

This Hibiscus was one of my first florals....still one of my favorites.

So that's my little garden party for the day.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

daily art, floral painting, flower art, pink peony,

This is a small study for a larger piece.

 Step 1:  Pick peony and hydrangea from garden.

Step 2:  Paint!

This little piece has everything I, pinks, purples, blues.

I'm a happy girl :)

To be continued............

Monday, August 10, 2015


Last week I got interested in doing seascapes. I was at the beach with my camera and was inspired by all the beautiful blues and greens in the water. I did 3 8x10's and 4 5x7's, so far. This is the first one I did and probably my favorite.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


While driving to the post office, I passed this charming garden spot.  The blooming bougainvillea and garden umbrella in contrasting color, caught my eye.

I so enjoy doing these small paintings.  I have little desire to do larger ones these days.  This give me instant gratification and tomorrow, I have the thrill of starting over on a new project.
Purchase here

A few weeks ago, the talented Diana Marshall, from Dublin, Ireland, had a painting give-away.  She offered to do a portrait of choice for the winner, who happened to be ME!

Today I received this great painting of my grandson showing off his prize fish!  Thank you Diana, this will go directly to my grandson Kevin.

Be sure to check out Diana's blog.  Her paintings are great and her  animal portraits are fantastic, especially the cats.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Daily Painting, Oil, Animal, Sheep, 8x10

My friend, Donna Vines, took a trip to Northern England earlier this year.  She was kind enough to share her photos with me.  I have painted several of them and I could not resist this small lamb walking the moor.

Purchase here
I painted with palette knife and brush and tried to get lots of texture in it.  I liked the rugged  feel.  I have never been on the moors, but I think they would feel rugged and cold and windy.

I painted a ram a few months ago, which I like to think is this lamb's daddy.  You can view it here

Have a wonderful week!