Sunday, October 25, 2015

Impressionist Daily Art, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Fairy House", 6x8" House Painting

This small oil painting was a surprise to me.  I wanted to paint a house, but this is not what I had in mind.

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 I know all of us artists browse the internet, looking for artist's works that we enjoy, and trying to learn from others.  That is why you are here, reading this post.

Waclaw Jagielski

I am no different.  I recently found this image on facebook, from an artist that I admire.  I was very inspired by this work and decided to try a house painting of my own.  As you can see, they are very different works.

The moral of this story is ...........don't be afraid to be inspired by others and always stretch your art.  You never know when you will come away frustrated or find new confidence in your techniques.  My painting is not what I was looking for, but, I am happy with it and I feel it pushed my skills in new ways.

Thank you for reading my blog, go get inspired!

Friday, October 23, 2015

VintageTeacup and Teapot Stacked Lamps, teacup lamp, teapot lamp, accent lamp, shabby chic lamp

You came here today, expecting an art blog, but I hope you will bear with me as I show you my newest project.

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 Isn't this adorable?

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 Each lamp is made of vintage and new (mostly vintage) teacups and teapots.  I track them down, where ever I go.

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 I have so much fun finding the perfect elements for each lamp. When I am happy with the just the right cups and saucers and teapot , I turn it over to my hubby who carefully drills holes in each piece and wires the lamp with brand new electrical parts.  He spent weeks perfecting the electrical components design for safety and durability.

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The shades and bulbs do not come with the lamps due to shipping considerations.  

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 Of course, each one we finish becomes my favorite.  I want to keep them all, but I promised hubby that would not happen.
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 This would be such a unique gift for that very special person on your gift list (or you).

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 Each lamp is one of a kind.  If you see one that is perfect for you, buy it now, because when it's gone, it's gone forever.

We are happy to make a special lamp for you.  Maybe you have some of grandmother's china, or your wedding china, that is closed away in a closet.  How nice it would be to see it sitting out every day.  Send me a comment if you are interested in a very special "memory lamp" just for you.

Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

aqua, beach, blue, canvas, Carol Schiff, daily painting, green, impressionism, ocean, oil, palette knife, sea, seascape, texture, waves,

I love to do seascapes, especially with a palette knife, as it allows me to use plenty of texture.  I  like working with the ocean, it seems like a different place minute by minute.

How cool to have all this texture and all these shades of blue, aqua and green.

Being an artist is a good thing....I am very grateful.

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Landscape Tree Painting "Reach for the Sun" 6x8" Oil SOLD

This massive oak tree lives on a neighboring farm in North Carolina.  It is beautiful any time of the day, but seemed even more so with the sun setting behind it.


I have been on a tree painting frenzy this past few days, fueled and influenced by a small painting I purchased from Robert Kimball.  If you are not familiar with his work, I hope you will check out his blog.  His color choices are excellent.

I have wanted to do some tree studies for quite some time, but never seemed to get around to it.  This week I did several and will be posting them soon.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Abstract Seascape | Daily Painting | "Tropical Blues" by Carol Schiff | 6x8" Oil SOLD

Living close to the sea, I find it turns up in my painting in both a representative and non-representative form.  I guess this little daily painting falls somewhere between the two.


 I painted this with a palette knife.  I like texture and feel it adds additional interest to my art.  I was thinking about the beautiful greens and blues of the tropical waters off the coast of Florida.  Further south they turn the most amazing shades of azure, but that will be another painting.


I almost always show my paintings in black frames.  It would be hard to find an artwork that would not work well with black and it just makes the colors pop.

Start planning that tropical vacation today!

Don't forget to pin it on your vacation board.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

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

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.  I love when you pin my work!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Painting on Sale | Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | Winter Glory by Carol Schiff | 6x8" Landscape SOLD

Today, I am offering one of my favorite daily paintings at a reduced price.  This small oil painting was painted after a winter trip to the mountains of North Carolina.  I found these beautiful red berries in the trees.  I think it has a very sweet Christmas feel, but can be hung all year long.  The perfect gift for the art lover on your list!

Now for the deal of the day.....Purchase at the link above and you will be charged $109.95 and shipping. You must write ART SALE on the order to receive the discount.  As soon as I receive your payment, I will return a credit of $20.00 to your credit card or PayPal account.

This sale is only for readers of my blog, so if you don't write ART SALE on the order, I won't know you saw it here and you won't get a rebate.

This sale expires at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Oct 16, 2015.

Thank you for reading my blog today.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Seascape Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Beach Memories" , 11x14" Oil, SOLD

I created this small seascape from my memories of the beautiful beaches that surround us here in the state of Florida.

I painted with a brush and pallet knife to show texture in the waves rushing to shore and the sea oats rising above the protective dunes.

The more I travel, the more I am in awe of our beautiful world, including the beauty of my home state.  It is so easy to forget the beauty that surrounds you.  Take a moment today to find your beauty.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Stormy Landscape Painting | Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | Coastal Collision II by Carol Schiff | 11x14x1.5 Oil

This stormy landscape painting is a scene I see most every afternoon in the summer, here in Florida.  The warm breezes blow across the state from the west and collide with the cool ocean breezes from the east.  Instant Storm!

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I painted this in oil and using a palette knife to capture the feel of impending doom.  You know that feeling.....the black clouds suddenly roll in...the temperature drops 10 or 15 degrees in what seems like seconds and the wind kicks in.  Time to run for cover!

I painted on 11x14x1.5" canvas and painted the sides black making framing an option.


Thanks for reading my blog today......stay dry out there!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Thistle Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Textured Art, "Thistles" by Carol Schiff, 8x8x1.5" Oil

This small oil painting is a tribute to thistles. The lowly thistle, thought to be a weed, in my eyes, a brilliant floral beauty.

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 I photographed this thistle while taking a summer walk in the valley. Armed with my image, I painted it in oil, with lots of texture to suggest the spikey flower. Some of the texture comes from my use of the palette knife, and some of it was applied direct to the canvas. The sides of the canvas are finished, allowing it to be hung with or without a frame.

This is a picture of me, doing my favorite thing!

Thank you for viewing my art today.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Daily Painting Small Oil Painting, Abstract Triptych, 6x18" "Ode to Blue"

Every now and then, I just have to do an abstract.  Usually painting knives are involved.  This one is no exception.   I wanted to take a square composition and turn it into a rectangle. This us what I came up with.

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and here is the original square composition.  Which do you prefer?

I have been in North Carolina, in the mountains for the past few weeks.  We are enjoying our time here.

The other day we went to the park and had a picnic lunch, something we never do at home.  There were ducks and geese everywhere.

We had a relaxing and fun time and our sandwiches tasted twice as good as usual.  The crisp fall weather comes and goes.  It is so much fun to be in the mountains this time of the year and I cannot wait for the fall color.   I will share with you when it comes.

When I work on the computer,  I can see chipmonks running back and forth, across the patio.  They are so fast, it is hard to get a photo, but I did manage to catch one stuffing his cheeks with goodies.

Have a great fall day, wherever you are.