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!

Everyone must be in the home stretch of Christmas activities now, but for me, it's all about putting my feet up and enjoying a glass of wine.  We celebrated with our family last weekend.  When we have to do this, to get everyone together at the same time, we call it "Schiffmas".  With Grandkids in college it is getting harder and harder for us to have a family get together  with no "missing in action."  Jeff and I feel so blessed when we manage to do so.

Thanks for reading my blog today.


Carol Schiff
www.CarolSchiffStudio.blogspot.com

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

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



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