Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fall In The Mountains

I have been in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina since early September.  Some of my painting buddies were with me earlier last month.

 We took a short trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Here we are a 7,000 feet.

The weather was beautiful and so was the view!

We visited several waterfalls and had a delicious picnic.

The trees had just a touch of color, at the time.

We made some new artist friends, who had this pear tree outside their studio.  Thank you for your hospitality Joe and Mari.

We visited the apple orchard and bought fresh cider.  I'm going back for those apple fritters!

Nothing beats the fresh fruits and vegetables, right out of the fields!

Denette made a new friend in Hendersonville.  We also had a fabulous lunch and shopping trip!!

We didn't have time to paint, but took photos everywhere.  Maybe you will recognize some of the paintings I will be posting in the future.

One day we drove around looking for interesting barns for future artworks.

There are so many beautiful scenes in our country.  We loved the farmlands as much as the mountains.

The perfect finish to our day, a glass of wine and good music, overlooking trees and a creek.

Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Daily Oil Painting, Birds, "Waverunners" 12x12" SOLD

These birds were my constant companions on early morning walks on the beaches of Sanibel.


After 40+ years of seeing the sun rise over the Atlantic, it seemed odd to see it rise from behind the dunes at the Gulf of Mexico.

I used both brush and palette knife on this one.  I like the contrast of texture achieved in this way.

The birds ignored me and my camera, knowing they could move much faster then I can.

Carol Schiff

Monday, September 26, 2016

Palette Knife Still Life, Bottle Still Life, "Pretty In Pink Cross Bottle" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil, Daily Painting

Are you a fan of cross bottles?  I recently discovered them and have become obsessed with them.   Cross bottles are vintage (usually) bottles that have been reclaimed.  A talented artist then designs a crystal cross or  other design as a top piece.  Many of the crystals come from discarded chandeliers.  I have also seen them with beautiful arrangements of sea shells, coral and sea fans.
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As with all good art, they can become quite pricey, so after purchasing several, I decided to try to feed by obsession by painting instead of buying, much to my husband's relief.

I don't know how long that will work for me, but at the moment, it does seem to help.

If you are not familiar with cross bottles, seach for them on Etsy or Ebay where you will find a nice selection.  Beware!!  It may be dangerous to the viewer!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Barn Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Rustic Painting, Scenic Landscape, 9x12x.75"

I am spending time in the mountains and have said goodbye to the tropical scenes, for now.

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I have been reviewing Wolf Kahn's body of work and it seemed to mesh nicely with the subject matter here.  He is such a master.  His sense of color is unrivaled!

I tried to take a few hints from him.

Be prepared to see a few more barns and rural scenes in the next few weeks.

Have a colorful day!

Carol Schiff

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Autumn Landscape, Daily Art, "Tree on Fire", 8x10x1.5" Oil

This time of the year, the mountains are where I want to be.  This year, I have been very lucky to spend two months here.

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 I was inspired to paint this one from the ever evolving show I see each day.  It brings back childhood memories of northern Ohio and Michigan.....minus the mountains, of course.

 What more could I ask for?  It gets better and better each day.  Of course, in the mountains it seems the color is climbing to the sky.

One evening we spied a herd of Elk in the meadow.  You can hear them bellowing in the woods this time of year.They come down to the meadows to feed at dusk and dawn..  This herd was one make and about 30 females.

As much as I love it here I will be ready to head south to Florida in the next few days.  When the trees are stripped bare, and the cold winds are blowing, I will be enjoying the beautiful beaches. Life is good!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tropical Fish Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Coral Reef Series, 9x12x.75" Oil

Celebrating that island feel, mon!  There may be pumpkins and falling leaves outside

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my door, but I still dream about the tropics!

I have a very difficult time photographing blue and green colors.  This painting is a perfect example.  The background is a lovely blend of aquas, blues and greens, but I lose that in the image.  Does anyone have a solution?

Thanks for viewing my art today!

Carol Schiff

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Small Seascape with Sunrise Painting, Textured Palette Knife Art, 6x8" Oil Seascape

Today I am posting one of my favorite subjects, the beach!

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In my opinion, one of the best reasons to live in Florida, is to be able to grab a cup of coffee, and head for the beach to see the sunrise.

The beach is usually empty....maybe I will see a lone fisherman.  For the most part, only the birds are there to keep you company.  It is so serene and calming.  The perfect way to start your day.  I cannot think of a better way to spend an early morning hour.

I hope you have a wonderful day today!

Carol Schiff

Friday, September 16, 2016

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!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mixed Media Painting, Abstract Art, "Gold Rush" by Carol Schiff, 10x10x.75" SOLD

I was feeling the need to get abstract again and wanted to experiment with some gold leaf I had in my bag of tricks.

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I have to say I had lots of fun with this piece.  I wanted to keep the colors fairly, white, gray, rust.  I had a piece of watercolor paper that had already been treated with a rusting technique, so the plan was to let some of that background show through.  I also wanted to incorporate that gold leaf.  I worked with a palette knife to get plenty of texture.  All in all, I had a great time!  Kind of like making mud patties when you were six....that same feeling. :)

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Abstract Landscape, Daily Painting, Daily Art, Small Oil Pianting, 6x8" Oil, SOLD

Somedays, girls just want to paint abstract!  Today is one of those days!

Georgia Morning

Sometimes, I just want to play with lots of paint.

The Sun Falls to the Sea

Texture is always a large part of my work, especially in abstracts.

When I start an abstract, I usually don't have anything specific if mind.......and I struggle.  But, then I get to that sweet spot, where it seems to come together, that's when I get excited.

Although these are all sold, they are all available as giclee prints in the size of your choice.  Check it out HERE.

Have a great day....and try something different!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sunset and Sea Painting, Small Seascape, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Sun Falls to the Sea" 11x14x1.5" Oil Painitng

What could be more beautiful than a sunset, except maybe a sunset over the sea.

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 I knew right away I was going to have to paint this one.

 I used both a brush and a palette knife on this one.....had to get a little texture in there.

I feel like I want a Margarita every time I look at this one....right away I am on island time.

Hope you find a way to relax a little today, too.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tree painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x8" Oil Landscape

We are rather tree challenged here in Florida.  We have beautiful palm trees, but when it comes to the huge leafy trees of my childhood, in the north, not so much.

Enter the live oak.  It's big, not really that leafy, but long, long beautiful branches, often draped with Spanish moss.

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 This one is just a baby, but I couldn't resist painting it as it seemed to glow in the sunshine.

 I painted with a combination of palette knife and brush which gave it a yummy texture.

I want to do more tree studies.  They are all so unique and so beautiful.

Thanks for viewing my art today.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tropical Fish Painting, Palette Knife Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 9x12x.75" Oil Paintng

This is another fish painting from my coral reef series.  Are you bored with this series yet?  I still have a few to post before moving on to another subject.

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 Another fish painting.  Don't ask what kind of fish it is, I don't know.

I do know I am enjoying these palette knife paintings immensely.  I have been so intense about my brush work, that I had ignored the palette knife for months.  Now that I am working with it again, I am enjoying the freedom it brings.

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Tropical Fish Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 9x12x.75" Original Art

I am still working though my images of my trip to Key Largo.  Cannot get this Caribbean vibe out of my blood.

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The color of the fish is pretty accurate, on my monitor, but  I cannot accurately reproduce the subtle shades of blue, aqua and green in the wateer.  My camera hates blues and greens and consistantly reproduces them as pretty much the same hue.

Yes, angelfish do actually come in pink!!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff