Sunday, February 18, 2018

Playing with Paint, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 10x10x3" Abstract Oil Painting

Today is gray, foggy and damp, so I decided to post the most fun painting I could find.


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You know how I love color and texture and this little painting has it all.

I painted it on a 8x8x3" canvas, so even the shape is unique.  It's chunky and cute and it resides on a bookshelf , where it brightens the whole room.  I cannot help but smile each time I look at it.

The canvas was a mistake.  I did not realize how deep it was when I ordered it.  What could I possibly do with it?  Well, for this painting, I think it is perfect!

Have a fantastic day!


Carol Schiff

Sunday, February 11, 2018

My paintings on the runway??

Several  months ago, I was contacted by an Israeli fashion designer, Assaf Pelleg.  He was designing his 2017 Spring/Summer Line, and wanted to use one of my paintings in his work.  I agreed to work with him, and we found two of my artworks that were of interest to him.

For several months, I heard nothing!  Then, suddenly, an email with the completed designs.





I am thrilled with the results!  

This is the fun part of what I do.  I sometimes struggle for days, over a specific artwork.  Just this week, I have worked on a piece for 3 days, and scrapped it this morning!  Then there are the boring hours, after hours, of internet work.  Taking photos, editing them, posting them.  Sometimes it seems the reward, is not enough to justify the effort. 

 But then, one day, a painting effortlessly falls off my brush, or a student sends me his power point presentation about how he was influenced by my art, or someone on the other side of the world, likes my work enough to place it in his collection.

That is the payoff!

Thanks for reading my blog today!

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Red Sky in the Mountains, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 8x12x.75" Oil

Mornings in Carolina are so special.

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One of my favorite ways to start the day, is sipping my coffee on the deck, while the morning mist burns off.  It is so peaceful....as if I am alone in the world.  Sounds are muted and I feel protected.

 The Cherokee named it Nantahala, which means "land of the mid day sun".

Enjoy your day!

Carol Schiff
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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Where do I go from here?, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting,

Traditionally, January is when we evaluate our performance over the last twelve months, and look at the direction we are headed.  I am a little late!

Artistically, I see nothing but question marks.  I want to have a clear plan, a path to follow and mark my progress, but alas, it evades me.


I looked through my posts from last year, and picked out my favorite pieces, hoping against hope that they will tell me where I am headed.



 Abstract Expressionism?


Maybe....


Thick Paint?

 Impressionism?




 Brushwork?
 Knife?

Really thin paint?




Or does it really matter?



All this thinking is making my head hurt!  

I am happy I found this many pieces, from last year, that speak to ME.  I am happy with them which makes me happy with me.

Maybe 2017 will find me treading the straight and narrow.....but somehow, I don't think so.

Thank you all, for joining me on my crazy, unplanned journey!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wildlife Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 8x10" Oil


One of my favorite subjects is wildlife....but it is difficult.  For me, the most difficult aspect is getting that perfect image to work from.  

I am lucky to have a friend, Kathy Garvey, who loves to visit the everglades, the wetlands, the beaches, taking wildlife photos.  She is so very generous, as she allows her friends to use her images.

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Both of these paintings are from images Kathy, and her brother John, have shared.  What a wonderful gift they have given me!

If you are an photographer, consider sharing your work.  I am sure it will be appreciated!

Carol Schiff
www.CarolSchiffStudio.etsy.com
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Floral Still Life, Flower Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Roadside Treasure"

When I go on my daily walk, up and down the country roads, I marvel at the gorgeous wildflowers and weeds (?) I find.  It was on these walks, that I discovered the lovely daylilies I planted in Florida, grow wild in the mountains.

So that is the inspiration for this painting, as I gathered these blooms from the ditches and easements along the country roads.

I plopped them in a favorite piece of pottery and started painting.


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This piece is 9x12x.75"

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff

www.CarolSchiffStudio.etsy.com
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pastel Days, Small Abstract Painting, Palette Knife Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting 8x10x1.5" Oil

This piece was inspired by a sunset on Key Largo.  It was a softer, hazy day, but the sunset was just as beautiful as the more showy, vibrant displays we usually see.

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The perfect end to a perfect day.  Hope your day is perfect too!







Carol Schiff
www.CarolSchiffStudio.etsy.com
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