Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Barn Landscape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Textured Painting, 9x12" Oil Painting

Barn Landscape Painting.

When my Pieces of 8 art buddies were visiting me, in my mountain condo, we left our paints at home.  We still had plenty to do!

Each day we would venture out, with our cameras in hand.  One day we drove through the countryside, looking for rustic barns.

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 We found plenty to choose from.

On this painting, I used a combination of brushwork and knifework.  I concentrated on color relationships and texture.

I so enjoy fall in the mountains and wanted to share some of the sights of the season.

Thanks for viewing my blog today!

Carol Schiff

Friday, October 21, 2016

Where Will Your Art Lead You?

I am always delighted and surprised by the contacts I receive regarding my art.  Today, I wanted to share this wonderful poster with you, that features one of my abstract paintings.

I recieved a request from SPROG, a fantastic charity, that helps to finance summer camps for under priviliged children.  Children are always near and dear to my heart, so I was happy to allow them to use my image.

 If you are around St Louis or Kirkwood Mo. this weekend, I hope you will take the time to join this church tour.

Here's hoping you have a wonderful fall weekend.

Carol Schiff

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

An Autumn Drive Up the Blue Ridge Parkway

Today's post is not about art....well not about my art.  It is the art of Mother Nature.  I want to show you some of the sights in the mountains this time of year.

 Who can resist these colors?

The Methodist Curch in Waynesville has the best pumpkin patch every year.

 Beauty is everywhere.

Even tiny little trees catch your eye.

We enter Smoky Mt Natl Park.

Now were are on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

As we climb in elevation, the show gets more intense.

Ohhhs and  ahwws  in every direction.

It is a photographer's delight.

My husband and I.

The show that never ends!

Back in Waynesville, the show is equally stunning!

Nature at it's best.  I much prefer this to the other show of nature we saw a few weeks ago....Hurricane Matthew!

I hope you enjoyed this little trip.

Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, October 16, 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, October 12, 2016

Octopus Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Coral Reef Series, 9x12x.75" Oil Seascape

Yes, another coral reef series painting.  This series may be least for the time being.

I didn't actually see an octopus on my trip to the coral reef, but I know they were there!

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I DID see this fellow in an aquarium!  He is truely an amazing creature!

I am in the Blue Ridge Mountains now, enjoying the colorful trees, beautiful weather and fall atmosphere.  As much as I love Florida, I do miss fall and spring and try to be in the mountains during those seasons.

Is it just me, or has this year flown bye, even faster than last year.

I will soon be off to another workship with my favorite instructor and painter, Elio Camacho.  It will be an intense 4 days, but I always come home highly motivated and excited to get back to the easel.  Check him out at

detail of Elio's work

 Above a detail of one of his 30x40" 2 hour demos!



Sunday, October 9, 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!

ADDITION:  Since originally writing this post, a lot has happened!  On Tuesday the 4th, we woke to the frightening news that Hurricane Matthew was targeting our home in Florida.  We hopped in the car and drove 10 hours to protect our home.  Wednesday was a stressful day with lots of hard labor in hot and humid weather.  If you have never put hurricane shutters on your home, you cannot image the amount of strength it requires to lug these 11 foot panels and attach them over windows and doors.  It was an exhausting day and my husband and I crawled to bed, grateful to have our house protected, as long as the roof held.  At five the next morning, the news is worse, the storm is now a Cat. 4 and expected to make landfall in our county.  Complete devastation is predicted!!  I call my daughter and son to inform them that they need to evacuate, which means find a safe hotel now.  My daughter goes to Boca Raton and my son and family (and their three dogs) come with us to Orlando.  Safe, but now we are expecting all of us to be homeless.  Maybe our entire town will be gone!

The night passes and we wake to good news.  At the last moment, the storm veered west, just enough to save our town, reports of damage are few and minor.  Did our roof hold?  Did our house flood?  Now we are under curfew and must wait until the curfew is lifted to return home.  Finally, at 4:00 that afternoon, we return home to find our house is fine, and so are my son and daughter's home.  Nobody can believe that the storm moved, just enough at just the right time, to save us.  We still have two days of steaming Florida heat to face without power, but there is always a smile on our faces.

We are still awaiting news of our sister in Hilton Head Island, SC who also had to evacuate.  Their entire island, which substained substancial damage, is closed off .  It will be several more days of waiting before they are allowed to inspect their home.  It will be weeks, maybe months before life returns to normal there.

Later this week, we will return to the mountains of North Carolina.  We left half our belongings there and hope to see at least a few days of autumn leaves before returning to Florida for the winter.

Having survived many hurricanes over the years, we were spared one of the worse aspects.  We were able to be in constant contact with friends and family through texting.  In the past, we sometimes waited days after the storms before having news of their safety.  We are so grateful to have survived this horrible storm.

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Coral Reef Painting, Tropical Painting, Daily Painting, 20x24x1.5" Textured Oil Painting

This is another in my coral reef series....the largest so far.  It is highly textured, not with medium, but with paint.

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I sometimes paint over a failed painting, such as in this case.  Conventional wisdom will advise you to sand down your canvas and start over.  I prefer to let the texture of the failed painting show through.  Sometimes, I also allow pieces of the original art to show.

I orginally had an abstract piece on this canvas, but although I liked some parts of the abstact, I  was not happy with the whole piece.  The canvas set in my studio for several years before I attempted to reuse it.  This technique may not be for everyone, but I am the texture queen, so, it appeals to me.

Thanks for viewing my art today.

Carol Schiff


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