Thursday, May 29, 2014

Small Abstract Painting, Church Painting "The Safe Place" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil SOLD

I have been dabbling with abstracts for some time, and now have started to add some structures to the mix.
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 I am always attracted to old churches, and this one is rather special.  It is a local landmark in our town.  I worked right next door for twenty plus years, so I saw it every day.  Now, it also serves as a cold weather shelter for the homeless.





I tried to focus on color interaction as well as texture and abstraction.  I am happy with the results. 


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Art Sale | Daily Painting | Bottle Painting | Vintage Blue Bottle by Carol Schiff SOLD

If you follow my blog, you know that every Wednesday I put a painting on sale....just for you readers and the readers of my facebook page.  Today, I am listing one on my favorites.

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This is one of my vintage bottles and I wanted to paint with a palette knife in a "chunky" manner.  Some days I just have to do these things!  Anyway, I really enjoyed painting it and I really like the outcome.

Don't ask me why, I don't know, but I decided to use it as my sale painting this week.

If you purchase it at the link under the image, you will be charged $99.95, plus shipping and I will REBATE YOU $20.00 on your credit card or PayPal account.  When you order, you MUST WRITE ON THE ORDER " SALE PAINTING".  That is how I know to send you the rebate!

This offer expires June 1, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. PDT.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

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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Friday, May 23, 2014

Wall Decor, Home Furnishings, My Art made into Metal Home Decor by Carol Schiff

Today I have a special announcement to make.  I am thrilled to show you some of my paintings that have been reproduced as metal wall decor from All my Wall, Inc.

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This has been in the works for longer than I want to admit, but finally my work has been added to their website.



With luck, you may soon see these designs on sites such as Overstock, Wayfair, Amazon, Hayneedle and Ebay.




These are just a few of the pieces that are available.  If you would like to see more you can find them here.  



I think this wall decor is very unique in home furnishings.  If you would like to help me out....
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Art Sale, Daily Painting, "Spring Daffodil" by Carol Schiff, 4x8x.75" Oil

I love doing my Wednesday post because it is an opportunity for me to give back to my readers.  If you have been following my blog, you know that I post a painting on sale, just for you, every Wednesday.

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Today's sale is this sweet and cheerful daffodil, bravely facing spring.  The design extends around the sides of the canvas making this a piece that can be hung without a frame.

Regular price is $56. but for my blog readers, I am reducing the cost to $36.  When you click on the link above, you will be asked to purchase for the full price of $56.  When your order is processed, I will send your PayPal or credit card account a rebate of $20.00.  For this to work...you must write on your order ART SALE.  The wording is not important.  What is important, is that you let me know you are buying from this POST.  That is what tells me to send you the rebate!

Offer expired at 12:01a.m. PDT on Friday May 23, 2014.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Daily Painting, Abstract Landscape, "Lighting the Heavens" by Carol Schiff, 12x24x.75" Oil SOLD

In this painting, my goal was to capture that magic moment when the sun just peeks through the horizon and night turns to day.


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For me, that is the best moment.......knowing I have a brand new day to enjoy.

I did my favorite palette knife technique (which I have labeled color weaving) on this.  I find it gives me a great way to blend from one color to another.

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I hope your day is fabulous and if you have not seen a sunrise lately...set your alarm for tomorrow, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the show!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Abstract Landscape, Daily Painting, "Fire in the Sky" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Whenever I feel the need to push my art, I turn to abstract.  This time,  I wanted some representation in the piece.
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 I started with an old reference photo and worked hard to bring movement and heat to the piece.


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I really enjoyed working on this piece...I hope you enjoy it too!
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Art Sale, Daily Painting, "Pineapple with Attitude" by Carol Schiff, 5x7" Oil

Time for my Wednesday Art Sale, here on my blog.  This week I am featuring one of my favorites from way back when.

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I did a series of fruits and vegetables, each cut in half and placed in front of a window to obtain natural light pouring in behind.  I thought it was my first big success....and it was successful.  All the pieces sold except this pineapple and the strawberry below.

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The price of $30. represents a 50% savings from original price.  If you want to purchase both.....just write "ART SALE" on your order and I will send you an additional $5.00 rebate on both paintings. YOU MUST PURCHASE BOTH PAINTINGS TO RECEIVE THE ADDIONAL DISCOUNT.

They are both 5x7" on canvas panel and will make a nice little grouping.  I will also combine shipping on the two.  This offer expires at 12:01 a.m. PDT Friday May 16th, 2014.

Don't forget to write  ART SALE on your order!

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Marsh Painting, Small Oil Painting, "North Florida Marsh" by Carol Schiff, 6x6x1.5"

Most of my paintings are done from photo references, but sometimes I like to work from memory.  This little marsh painting is one of the memories.

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 I was thinking of the beautiful marshes around Jacksonville, FL and southern Georgia when I painted this.  We travel the route often and I am always frustrated because I cannot get a decent image of the scene when buzzing down the interstate at 70 MPH.

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It was interesting trying to work out direction of sunlight etc, but also very freeing.  I will be doing this more often.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Wildlife Painting, Daily Painting, "Two Black Ducks" by Carol Schff, 6x8" Oil SOLD

A client wanted a large commissioned piece of her family's pet ducks.  There were lots of ducks...and they all were black.

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 I did this small study of two of the ducks....feeling my way around and trying to decide how to do the larger piece.


The client was happy with the study and I proceeded with the commissioned piece which is shown below.  The reference photo had dark ducks and dark background.  She also wanted to include two ducks that had gone to ducky heaven.  Below is the finished palette knife piece.


Hope your day is just ducky!



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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Flower Painting, "Spring Pansies in the Park" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil SOLD

Pansies are spring flowers in most parts of the world, but here in the tropics, we see them in the winter.  I found these  in downtown Asheville,  NC

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Pansies have always been a favorite of mine.  Even as a child, I loved their cute little faces, so it was a natural for me to paint them.

Painted on canvas panel, in oil,


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Sunday, May 4, 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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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Daily Painting, Rose Painting, "Plantation Roses" by Carol Schiff, 12x12x1.5" Oil

This daily painting is a result of my trip to Laura Plantation in southern Louisiana last summer.  Laura Plantation was just beautiful and I found these roses climbing a picket fence.  As lovely as it was, I felt a dark cloud hung over the place as the spirit of slaves were in the air.  The tiny slave cabins could not be ignored, nor the fact that the grounds were maintained by them also.


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In spite of that, it was an interesting tour and very informative too.  The staff were well educated in the plantations history and gave us much insight into life on the plantation.




Laura Plantation is a Creole plantation and not what you expect when the word "plantation" comes into your mind.  No big white house with huge pillars but a modest Louisiana home.  The big white house we all think of is from "American Plantations", which we also visited.  It was just what we had expected, but I found it very strange that "slaves" were hardly mentioned during our tour there.

All in all, it was an interesting and informative day and I highly recommend the trip.  Here is a link to Laura Plantation's website:  http://www.lauraplantation.com



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