December 20, 2014

Still Life Bottle Painting, "Fluer de Lis" by Carol Schiff, 6x18x1.5" Oil

I like to collect bottles, so, it is a natural for me to do a still life bottle painting.  I like the fluer de lis on the bottle as well as the bold gold color.


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 Painting this bottle was a challenge for me, but photographing the results was even more frustrating.  Try as I might, I could not get the correct background color to show.  The image above is much too blue while the one below seems more accurate.


Thank you for viewing my still life bottle painting today and please feel free to pin it if you so desire.


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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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December 19, 2014

Flower Painting, Floral Still Life, "Mixed Blessings" by Carol Schiff, 8x8x1.5 Oil SOLD

It's spring.....sigh!  The perfect time to paint flowers...........



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I don't know about you, but I was beginning to think that winter would never go away!  I now what you're thinking...."she lives in Florida???)  Well. true, but even in Florida we have seen day after day of piles of snow and cars sliding off the road, although it was on the nightly news.  We feel for those of you who had to suffer through it first hand and we are happy that it is gone.



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So lets all celebrate a new beginning.



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December 18, 2014

Daily Painting Seascape in Oil, 4x12" "Tropical Waters" SOLD


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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December 17, 2014

Cow Painting, Daily Painting, "Bovine Portrait" by Carol Schiff, 11x14 Oil on Linen

A client wanted a cow painting, for licensing purposes.  I usually do daily painting of still life or landscape, but I have to admit I enjoyed both the horse, they originally chose,  and this cow painting.


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I painted on Senso linen canvas.  I had a pad of the linen around for several years but didn't really know what to do with it.  I found it had a different texture than the cotton canvas I usually paint on, but once I got into the painting, it was fine.

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My next problem was what to do with this unstretched painting.  After surveying several friends, I mounted it on a cradled wood panel.  I was told the perfect glue to use is YES GLUE available at craft stores.  I had some in my stash and I have to say it worked like a charm.  Then I trimmed the edges with a exacto knife and it turned out perfectly.  Now I can use the rest of my Senso linen canvas with no fear!

So, today I stretched my limits, both with the Senso canvas and the cow painting, and luckily both worked out for me!



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Painting on Sale, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Pelican Painting, 6x8" Oil

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Mr Pelican was happily floating around the fishing docks, waiting for a free dinner.  I painted on canvas panel, in oil and a combination of brush and knife.


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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 offer expires Friday, December 19th at 12:01 a.m.


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.




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December 16, 2014

Fruit Still Life, Kitchen Decor, "Breakfast Berries" by Carol Schiff, 8x8" Oil

I love bacon and eggs, but some days, I crave a big bowl of berries.  That is what I was thinking about when I painted this fruit still life.

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We are so fortunate to have wonderful fresh produce available year round in our markets.  I know local is better, but given the choice of blueberries  one month of the year, or all year, I know what I will choose.

In this set up, I piled them high in my favorite pottery berry bowl.  I took it all to my Monday morning painting group and set it under the spotlight.  We all painted the same set up and it is always fun to view the setting from another view and to see how others paint it.  On some days simple is better!



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December 15, 2014

Marsh Landscape Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "North Florida Marsh" by Carol Schiff, 8x10x.75" Landscape

I always enjoy marsh paintings and was very excited to find some wonderful marshes with easy access in Fernandina Beach.  I was unable to paint there, but I took lots of photos and started painting them in my studio.

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 The marshes were a combination of green and gold when I visited in October.  I hope to return in March and catch the bright spring green of new growth.




 I would love to see them today,  The winter colors are usually a beautiful mauve.

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December 14, 2014

Tropical Landscape Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Palms in Breeze" by Carol Schiff, 8x6" Original

"Palms in Breeze" is an understatement!  It is never easy painting outside, but when your supplies are blowing away, it is time to pack up and go home.  Which is what I did.

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 Is everyone recovered from New Year's Eve?  Don't you just love the idea of a fresh start, a brand new year ahead of you?

I have big plans for the coming year, a trip to Italy with my daughter and grandchildren, a new (to me) vacation home.  Painting wise, another Elio workshop and plans to start marketing my work with prints on Etsy.

A new year is the perfect time to thank you all for following my blog and facebook page too.

My wish for you is that a year from now, you will say "Wow!  Thank was the best year ever!"





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December 13, 2014

Marsh Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "North Florida Marsh" by Carol Schiff, 9x12" Landscape

I recently spent a few days in Fernandina Beach and stumbled across one of their beautiful marshes.  I have always admired marshes and their beautiful colors which change with the seasons.

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 I like texture in many of my paintings and I always enjoy playing with a palette knife.


I also like to push color.  Elio Camacho is a master of pushing color.....check out his work here.
I was in Fernandina Beach to attend his workshop and I hope I was able to use some of his technique in this painting.  The workshop was fascinating and I have already signed for a follow-up early next spring.

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December 12, 2014

Small Seascape, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Offshore Storm" by Carol Schiff, 9x12" Oil

Living on the coast of Florida, I paint lots of seascapes.  This small seascape is a combination of brushwork and palette knife.

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After the hectic days before Christmas, I thought we could all use a soothing scene today.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day with your loved ones.  Are you headed out to face the shopping crowds one last time today?  My plan is to stay home, with a good book.

Thank you for reading my blog today.




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December 11, 2014

Northwest Landscape, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "The Great Northwest" by Carol Schiff, 11x14" Oil

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My husband and I took our first trip to the Northwest this summer. We were stunned by the gorgeous scenery in every direction.

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Obviously, we have pine trees and ocean views in Florida, but, how could they be so very different in Washington and British Columbia?  Everything seemed larger than life with trees towering into the sky and waterfalls tumbling down the sides of mountains.  It was a fabulous trip that we hope to repeat some day.

I painted this, in my studio, on linen attached to board.  As much as I like the idea of painting plein aire, it's not me.  I was taught to paint from images and still do it to this day.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!


December 9, 2014

Painting on Sale, Tropical Painting, Daily Painting, Palm Tree Painting, "Sunlit Palms" by Carol Schiff, 8x10x.75" Oil

This palm tree painting always makes me smile!




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Now for the deal of the day.....Purchase at the link above and you will be charged $150.00 and shipping. You must write 
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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.

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December 8, 2014

Abstract Mixed Media, 10x10 ,Poured Paint, "Shade of Blue"

I am continuing on my path of abstraction and mixed media.  The highlight of this piece, in my opinion, is the intense and gorgeous color.  I am just not sure that the images will portray the depth seen in the actual piece.

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 This consists of a 10x10 stretched canvas with a 6x8 panel attached.  The finish is a high gloss resin type .



Are you able to see the depth of the colors?


They appear very rich, as if glowing from within...........





Such fun to try creating outside your comfort zone.

Ciao!



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December 7, 2014

Pumpkin Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Pumpkins in the Window" by Carol Schiff, 6x12" Oil on Linen

It's a little late for a pumpkin painting, but never the less, here it is....
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I painted this back in October, but it is just now getting posted.  It has been an especially hectic season for me.




 I do love the beautiful texture of painting on linen.

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