Saturday, December 31, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST FOR A SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY 2017


Carol Schiff
www.CarolSchiffStudio.blogspot.com

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Surprise from from the Holy Land

The internet is fantastic and has become a necessary part of our lives.  I sit here on my computer in Florida and magically my artwork is seen worldwide.   How lucky are we to have the fantastic ability in our lives.

A few days ago, I received some wonderful and unexpected news from Israel.  An Israeli fashion designer, Assaf Pelleg,  contacted me with an offer I cannot refuse.  He has chosen one of my paintings to be printed on fabric and featured in his Spring 2017 collection.  I cannot show you the painting he will be using (top secret!) but, I can show you a dress he did last year, using the same technique.


Isn't it wonderful?

The new dress will be ready in March and he will be sending me one of his samples.  I am so excited, I can hardly wait!

This has been a fabulous year for me, with new and unexpected art opportunities coming my way.  A DVD cover, a wine label,and other new venues for my work.....all because of the internet.  How blessed am I?

I cannot wait to show you the dress with my design as soon as it comes!




Carol Schiff

Friday, December 23, 2016

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!




I hope you all enjoy your holidays and find peace and love in the upcoming year!  I want to thank all my online friends who visit this blog and follow my art.



Our painting group, Pieces of 8, at our fun Christmas luncheon at The Dove. The Dove always makes  it a specal day, they do it right!

Clockwise, Fay on the left, Carmen, Denette Jean, Donna, Me, Mary and Kathy.
Carol Schiff
www.CarolschiffStudio.blogspot.com

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Expressionist Sunset Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 9x12" Oil on Canvas Seascape

Well probably your 5 yr old kid could do this....right?  Maybe that is why I enjoy it so much.

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 I may be a slow learner, because it took me many years to get to this point.  Mama never said I was the sharpest knife in the drawer.




All kidding aside, I really love the freedom of this piece.  Instead of leaving the studio feeling like I have been fighting for hours, I felt very relaxed, happy and ready to sail through the day.  I think I need to do this more often!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff
www.CarolSchiffStudio.blogspot.com
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fall Landscape Tree Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 9x12 Autumn Painting

I might live in Florida, but in the fall, I want to see orange and red trees.   So I always head to North Carolina for my autumn fix.  Well technically, it is still autumn!



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I call this painting "Big Brother" for obvious reasons.  It was really the small dogwood tree that caught my eye.  How could I miss it....right outside my window?

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Fall colors can be so bright, it is easy to overdue them in paintings.  My goal here was to paint something believable even though my eyes and my brain we telling me it could be brighter.





Thanks for visiting today!

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A Painting Workshop with Elio Camacho

A few weeks ago, my friends Carmen and Donna and I drove to Fernandina Beach, FL to attend a 4 day workshop with Elio Camacho.   Elio is one of my favorite painters and my very favorite instructor and I have been lucky enough to attend with workshops twice a year for the past three years.



 I started each day with this beautiful sunrise over the ocean, while eating breakfast at the hotel.


 This is one of Elio's 36x48" demos that he paints in just three hours!




Here Elio met a challenge to paint without darks.  He often states a painting should bring it's own light.  I think this one meets that requirement


 Another of his larger than life paintings.


This was a 25 minute demo he did for us on foam core.  He pushed the color even more than usual and got wild and crazy.


His brushwork is very exciting...something I am hoping to bring to my work.


Elio spent a year painting blue studies, then moved on and studied yellows and reds.  He likes to set up still life, to challenge his students, all in a single color.  He believes red is the most difficult color to paint.  If you can do a red painting, you can really see color.  This is a 20 minute demo he did for us one day.


We hated to leave the workshop after 3.5 intense and fun days.  To console ourselves, we had a final lunch of fried shrimp at our favorite eatery.


A final photo of Carmen and Donna, de-stressing with  ice cream in front of Island Art Association.  We thank the members for hosting us once again.  Then we hop into our car for the drive home.



One last classic Elio demo that he painted in about 15 minutes, out of his head.  I almost cried when he scrapped it off the next morning.

Needless to say, we are excited to return for his next Florida workshop in the spring.  You can find his workshop schedule here.




Carol Schiff
www.CarolSchiffStudio.blogspot.com

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Floral Landscape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 8x8x1.5" Oil SOLD

Inspired by my recent stay in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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This lovely garden was at Lake Junaluska, just five minutes from our home.  So sorry to say that it is the very area of western North Carolina that has been suffering from wildfires, burning for well over a month.  We left before they got too close, but we did have one day with heavy smoke in the air.

The area was very dry and had no rain for the two months I was there.  I am sad to say that most of the fires were purposely set.

What is happening to our country!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.




Carol Schiff

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Abstract Painting, Four Seasons Series - Winter, Small Abstract Oil Paintings, 4x12x.75" Oil on Canvas, SOLD

This is the final installment of my Four Seasons Series, Winter.

With each painting, I tried to capture the feeling, of the season of the year, using only color.  It was a fun project to do.

Winter
 This is not a good picture of "Winter" The actual painting has much more color variation and saturation.  Try as I might, I could not get a better image.

Spring

Tried to capture that "spring" feeling of new grass, flowering trees etc.

Summer

Summer...hot and salty....time for the beach!

Autumn

Autumn, falling leaves against bright blue skies.
Thanks for viewing my art today!




Carol Schiff

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Apple Time in the Mountains, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Apple Paintng 9x12x.75" Oil SOLD

During our stay in the mountains last month, we visited the apple orchard several times.  The apples are great, but the bakery is my favorite.......apple cider doughnuts, apple cake and apple fritters...YUM!

I like to think this apple ended up in one of my favorite goodies.








The weather is beautiful and we really appreciate the sunny, cool days.  Perfect fall weather.  We really appreciate it after spending a week in Florida with humid weather and a major hurricane.

Have a great day.

Carol  Schiff
www.CarolSchiffStudio.blogspot.com



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Small Coneflower Painting, SOLD, Flower Painting, Floral Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x8" Floral Landscape

I planted coneflower (echinacea) around my home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  So...of course, I had to paint them too.

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I find them to be easy to grown, and cheerful, with their giant heads and quirky style.

I painted several coneflower paintings last summer, in many sizes and styles.  Somehow, this little one was overlooked and never posted.




I tried to keep it fresh and simple, painting with a large brush.  I also tried to keep the colors harmonized.



All in all, I feel good about the results.  Hope you like it too.

Have a blessed day!

Carol Schiff

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Four Seasons Abstract Painting - Autumn, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 4x12x.75" Oil, SOLD

Today I am posting the 3rd of my abstract Four Seasons Series, Autumn.

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 My goal was to represent each season, in an abstract form, using only color.  With this piece, I was thinking of pumpkins, falling leaves and shockingly blue skies.


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Above is spring.

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And this is Summer.

I will be posting "Winter" soon.

I had fun with this series and hopefully, I "stretched" by abstract skills a little.





Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sky Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 8x8x1.5" Oil Painting

An early morning beach photo shoot was the inspiration for this piece.  Thank you to Pat Garvey for sharing his image with me.

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 One of the biggest problems of selling art online, is representing your art with correct colors.  I didn't realize how big a problem this would be.

I tried for over an hour to edit this piece correctly, and was only partially successful.    Blues seem to be the colors that always give me problems in my photography.

The image above is washed out compared to the actual piece, which is sitting here next to me.  My problem was trying to get the blue gray on the lower right corner to read correctly...which is right on with my monitor.  But that means I have lost some beautiful warm rust and mauve hues in the dark cloud.



In this detail, the mauves and orangey rust shades are correct, but the blue on the right side is way too strong. Also the pale yellows are not warm enough.  What to do?  I have no answers.

Even if I am able to get the colors correct on my monitor, they may not be what you are seeing on your monitor.

So I do my best to represent what I see and offer my customers a full refund if they are unhappy.

I think most buyers understand this issue as fortunately, I have not had a painting returned in almost 10 years.

If any of you have a solution, I would love to hear it.

After writing this post, I tried again to edit my image, and finally have settled on this as the best representation of the painting.  It is better, but still does not reflect all the color variations.

Still missing mauve and purple colors in the dark cloud area and aqua tints behind the pelican.


Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff
www.CarolSchiffStudiio.blogspot.com

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Abstract Painting, Four Seasons Art, Summer Painting, Daily Painting Small Oil Painting, 4x12x.75" Oil SOLD



Last week, I posted my "Spring" painting in my new Four Seasons Series.  Today is my impression of summer.



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Are you old enough to remember the Four Seasons series, usually some type of wall decor, and almost always involving a tree in each of the seasons of the year?  My goal was to use only color to represent each season.

In this piece, I thought of bright blue skies, long hot summer days, turquoise seas, pink sunsets.  I created plenty of texture for added interest.

Two more seasons to do!!

Have a great day, in any season.




Carol Schiff
www.CarolSchiffStudio.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Gone to the Dogs! Puppy Portrait, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Pet Portrait

My niece Kayla, asked me to paint a small portrait of her dog.  It reminded me of all the dog portraits I did, when I first started painting.



 People have such an emotional connection with their pets.


  I  enjoy the personality that show in pictures of dogs and I strive to capture that quality in my paintings.



Some of my favorites...






























Have a happy day!

Carol Schiff
www.CarolSchiffStudio.blogspot.com

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