April 25, 2015

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

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

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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.


April 24, 2015

Tropical Landscape Art, Florida Painting, Florida Morning" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil Landscape

I work up eary, grabbed a cup of coffee and my camera, and headed to Florida's intracoastal waterway.  In our area, it is the Indian River, and I arrived there just in time to see the sun break over the horizon.

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 When I had finished my photos, I drank my coffee and enjoyed that wonderful early morning atmosphere.  You know the one, where it seems that only you and maybe a few birds are up and around.  It is so still, the birds are starting to feed, and a small pod of dolphins are fishing off shore.  Heaven!




I am often asked where I find my small frames.  The answer is my favorite framer.  Apparently it is standard procedure for framers to throw away the end pieces of moldings.  My framer, who has a large following of artists, started using those end pieces to make  up small standard sized frames.  He always has a good selection and sells them for next to nothing.  Perfect for starving artists!

If you are in Melbourne, FL area, his store is Ridley's Frames on Palm Bay Road and Troutman Ave. in Palm Bay.  Stop in and load up on his treasures and tell him I sent you in :)

Happy Day!



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April 22, 2015

PALM FOREST, 8x8 Mixed Media Collage SOLD

In my humble opinion, there are two types of artists.  There are the ones that choose a media, find a style, paint a small variety of subject matter, and get very, very expert in their genre.  The other type is all over the board, changing media, changing subject matter, experimenting, experimenting, experimenting....that would be me.


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 I try to behave like a grown up, but I just can't seem to pull it off!  My mind is buzzing....oils, landscapes, still life, abstract, collage, mixed media.  How can I possibly get "good" at anything when I am doing everything?

Then I read an article about a sweet little old lady in our town.  She was well into her 80's but didn't look it at all.  An association that honors senior's requests asked what is the one thing she would like to do the most.  Her reply......she wanted to be a Las Vegas showgirl!  They couldn't pull that off, but they did send her on a crazy trip to Vegas.

Months later, they had a request from the Tattoo reality show, for a senior who would like to be on the show.  Guess who they recommended?  So this little lady, was flown to NYC, given celebrity status, and filmed getting a tatoo that covers half her back.  In case you think that was her first tat....no way, she had 3 others and her husband had a few too.  Most importantly, they are having the time of their life...and I think that is keeping them young!  This lady remarked "Why do I have to disappear, just because I am over 80?"
Why indeed!


So, this morning, I am giving myself permission to paint or assemble anything I want.  Life is short....enjoy the journey! (Still don't have a tat though)

Bon voyage!


April 21, 2015

Mountain, Landscape, Oil Painting, "The Blue Ridge" 18x24"

The past few years, I have been painting my little daily paintings, but lately, I have felt the need to go larger, and deeper.

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This is a view of Water Rock Knob, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, one of my favorite places in this world.



I painted the background and much of the foreground with a palette knife.



I tried to stay loose with my brushwork too.

Life is good in the mountains!

April 20, 2015

Daily Painting | Bird Painting | Wildlife Painting | It's My Tern by Carol Schiff | 6x8" Oil

"It's my Tern" but it could be "Your Tern".

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I found these guys on the beach....actually they were two of about 50.  If you know your terns, you know they arrive in large flocks.  The flock acts as one unit and is so much fun to watch.  They swoop down on the beach, each one of them looking in the same direction.  If you get too close, they move a few steps in unison, always moving and looking as one.



I think this is one good tern..........


after another!


And my tern to have a little fun :-)



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April 19, 2015

Abstract Landscape Painting, "Blue", 8x8x1.5" Oil Abstract by Carol Schiff SOLD

A new abstract landscape with all my favorites...texture.....variation in paint thickness.....palette knife work....color interaction I am fond of.   Hope you like it!


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8x8x1.5" canvas
Sides painted



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April 18, 2015

Small Oil Landscape, "Florida Wetlands I" 6x8" SOLD

How did it get to be the last week of January already?  Obviously, this year is going to buzz by as fast as the others all seem to do.

I have been painting commissions for the last month, but I try to slip a few daily paintings into the mix every week.

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I have been enjoying my little floral still life paintings, but had the desire to try a landscape this week.  Florida has the most beautiful wetlands, teaming with wildlife.  Of course, some of that wildlife is on the dangerous and creepy side, so I was very careful where I stepped.


This is Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Brevard County, Florida.  It sits between the ocean and the Indian River on a thin strip of land.  Next time you visit Florida, try to get off the beaten path of beaches and Disney and enjoy the less well known beauty.


April 17, 2015

Daily Painting, Seagull Painting, "The Three Stooges" by Carol Schiff, 6x8 Oil, SOLD

The three birds in today's daily painting look a little goofy to me.  Maybe they are hungry, or maybe they are plotting against another, but I just don't trust them.

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 They remind me of my childhood and the notorious "Three Stooges", Larry, Moe and Curly.
You remember them don't you?  They were always getting into trouble.



They are looking at a fourth seagull....not in this painting, and I don't think it is in a friendly manner!  I hope to do a second painting of this group, including the fourth member.

The reference photo was shared from Shelley Smart at her wonderful blog here.  Shelley is a fantastic photographer and generous too.  She gave me permission to use her image years ago.  I hope you will visit her interesting blog, "A Year at the Beach", where she recorded the activity on the beach every day.

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April 16, 2015

Daily Painting, Painting on Sale, Small Oil Painting, Hydrangea Painting, 10x10" Still Life Floral

This small oil painting is done with a knife, in very harmonious colors, making a very serene piece of art.

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It is a highly textured painting and one of my favorites.  The soft colors make it easy to live with.  It will fill that corner of your room without shouting out it's presence.

Now for the deal of the day.....Purchase at the link above and you will be charged $149.95 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 $25.00 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.


Tip for artists:  Instead of purchasing art books, I purchase paintings from my favorite artists.  I find it much more helpful for me to study technique and brushwork from an actual example instead of a book.  I have the added benefit of owning original artwork which I enjoy daily in my home.

Thank you for reading my blog today.




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April 15, 2015

Marsh Landscape, Palette Knife Painting, COLORS OF THE MARSH 8x8x1.5" oil

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

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 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.



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April 14, 2015

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Abstract Expressionism, "Southwest Sunset", 8x8x1.5" Oil

As you know, I like to dabble with abstract on occasion.  I seem to paint in spirts....all landscapes, or all flowers, or all seascapes, etc.  This is left over from the last time I had the itch to do an abstract.


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Try and try again, I could not accurately photograph the colors in this piece.  It is actually a tad brighter than depicted here.  Don't you hate when that happens?

Trying to show the sides of the canvas in this shot....not inspired, sorry!

Cheers!!



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April 13, 2015

Daily Painting, Floral Art, Small Oil Painting, Sunflower Painting, "SunnyFlowers" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Don't you just love sun flowers?  What could be unlikable about a giant flower, one you have to look up to?  Sunny, bright and full of energy with their big brown eyes and bobbing heads....they always make me happy.

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 I wanted to do  a tribute to them, something free and full of movement.  I worked with my palette knife and tried to pop the color.  I left plenty of texture because I want this painting to be touched.



I enjoy my work in simple black frames.  A black frame is always complimentary, it showcases the painting so well.

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April 12, 2015

Figurative Painting, Daily Painting, 16x20 Oil Painting, "One the Rocks"

Several years ago, when my children and grandchildren came for a visit, I took a photograph of my young granddaughter.  She was perched on a rock, next to the rapids of the Nantahala River, watching as kayakers and rafters made their way down the river.

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Naturally, I wanted to paint the scene, which I did, as a 16x20" oil.  I gave this piece to my daughter and she cherishes it to this day.

I have had several requests for prints of this piece, and recently included it on my Etsy site as a canvas giclee' print.  Follow the link under the image for details.

I also want to show you the companion piece, same place, same story, featuring her brother, my oldest grandson.

It is also available as a print.  If you are interested, please contact me for details.

Enjoy your day!



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