Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
My holiday season has been both fun and exhausting. Today, it feels good to attempt to get back into my routine of painting and posting.
This scenic view is of the intracoastal waterway in east central Florida lowers my blood pressure quickly.
I hope it does the same for you!
Enjoy the day!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
It's my birthday!
To celebrate, I am offering 10% off any painting. Just click on the link at the top right side of this page called Available Paintings and choose the one you want. When you purchase used the coupon code SUBSCRIBER10 to receive the discount. Offer good until December 31, 2011.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
The poor, lonely thistle
So often overlooked
Worse yet, despised!
One person's weed is another's glorious bloom. And for me this is a glorious bloom!
Picked from the fields of North Carolina.
Pretty as a rose!
Have a glorious day and look for roses everywhere.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
This is another painted from my recent photo shoot on the intra-coastal.
It was getting late in the afternoon and although the sun was bright, it was low on the horizon and quickly disappeared.
It was a gorgeous day. The kind of day that Floridians feel is pay-back for the hot sultry summer months.
Enjoy your day!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
One of the many reasons I live in Florida is the abundance of beautiful water scenes that become a part of your everyday life. How can you have a bad day when you glance out the window of your car and find nature in all it's glory there waiting for you to appreciate.
This time of the year, I don't want to be inside. The weather is perfect, the days are glorious and I just want to sit back and be thankful for such blessings.
As a little holiday gift to my blog readers, who bring so much joy to my life year round, I am offering you and only you, a 10% discount on any painting through the end of the year. Just contact me direct, or through Etsy and mention this discount and I will do a special discounted listing on the painting of your choice.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
In Florida we have an abundance of wetlands, especially along the coasts. They are home to birds of all kinds, not to mention, otters, snakes, gators and bobcats.
This image is the Viera wetlands, very famous in the birding community. Birder's from around the world visit the wetlands hoping to spy a rare type of bird. They also come for the annual bird count.
Our state is such a fascinating place to live. We can offer much more than just beaches and Mickey Mouse.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I was busy with my palette knife last week. I really enjoy painting with it but it takes a long time for the paintings to dry.
Do you like texture in your paintings? It seems I have to stick some in, somewhere, in every painting.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
By the beautiful sea,
You and me, you and me
Oh how happy we'll be
from "For Me and My Gal"
Harold Atteridge/Harry Carroll 1914
Palm trees and oceans....life is good!
Thanks to Sam and Meakin at Island Time in Abaco for the use of their photograph.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I hope your day is as inspirational as mine was!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Yes, you are on the right blog....this is Carol Schiff Daily Painting Studio. I like to play with new techniques and materials and sometimes I get in a very abstract state of mind.
I had lots of fun with this one. I even added beach sand and shells!
Do you ever try a totally different media?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I don't know the type of tree I found in the upper altitudes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but it looked very festive with it's abundance of bright red berries.
I had fun with this one, using both brush and palette knife. The perfect gift for that art lover on your list.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I wanted to post a few more of the mini paintings that I have been working on. Talk about instant gratification!
These are the perfect little stocking stuffers! No frames needed. It's fun to get creative and fine an unusual location to display them.
Think you can't afford original art? Think again!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
One day I became fascinated with the shadows of a palm that were streaming through my window. I soon had a camera full of images of everything I could carry, push, pull or roll over to the window.
You may remember these shadows on a few other paintings that I have posted over the last few months!
I think one of the greatest advantages of being an artist, is our ability to look at the world with new, fresh eyes.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Storm Painting, PALETTE KNIFE LANDSCAPE, "STORMY WEATHER", OIL, SOLD
Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky
Since my man and I ain't together
Keeps rainin' all the time.
Tom Snow/Leo Sayer
For those of you into rap.....this is a wonderful, soulful old song made famous by one of the top female singers in history, Billie Holiday. If I knew how to add a sound clip, I would be playing it now.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Last month I spent a week at our vacation home with my paint group "Pieces of Eight". My friend Kathy Garvey, took photos during the week and then turned them into a little book, which she presented to me. This painting is from the cover photograph on the book. As soon as I saw the photograph, I knew I had to paint it!
Hop on over the the Pieces of 8 blog and view the incredible post Kathy did last week on digital art. Be sure to view all three posts starting on Oct. 29th.
You won't believe what she can do with a simple sketch and a few hours on her computer! She is a very talented and giving lady and I am thrilled to call her "friend".
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Do you ever find a painting in your studio that somehow never gets posted? That was the fate of this little 6x8" oil.
It's not that I forgot about it, or that I didn't think it worthy. For some unknown reason, I just never got around to posting it! So today is the day...hope you like it.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Flower Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Floral Still Life, Hydrangea Painting, HYDRANGEA AND MUG, 8X8", PALETTE KNIFE PAINTING, SOLD
I picked these hydrangea from my garden last month and was compelled to paint them. Hydrangea are probably my very favorite flowers and I love the summer months when my home is surrounded with their massive blooms.
I wanted to keep the painting as simple as the pitcher and mug.
For me, keeping it simple usually means "palette knife".
Enjoy your day!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Well, what can I say? Throw a couple strawberries on a windowsill, the light streams in....it's a done deal. Carol is going to paint it.
Mother Nature really is the best artist of all!
Hope you have a great week!
Monday, November 7, 2011
I found a pile of mini 3x5" canvases in my studio and had lots of fun painting them. Sometimes I need a little change when I walk into the studio.
I somehow found it less stressful to paint these. I am also working on some larger pieces and for me, it works well to do a few small ones before I jump into the larger project.
I think most people could fine many unusual places to display these little pieces and they make a great unique gift. Who said you cannot afford ORIGINAL ART!
Friday, November 4, 2011
I bought several 3x5" canvases several years ago and recently I decided to paint a few. I had a couple fun afternoons painting these little canvas. This poppyfield has sold.
I found them to be good editing practice and tried to use as few strokes as possible.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Last month, for the fifth year in a row, my painting group went on a week long retreat together. We spend the week painting, laughing, cooking, drinking wine and usually a little singing and dancing are thrown into the mix.
This year I invited the group to spend the week at my western North Carolina vacation home.
My friend Cindy brought along home canned treats of salsa, jam and pickles. They tasted even better than they looked. When I noticed the pickles sitting in the kitchen window sill with a few tomatoes, I knew they would star in my next painting.