Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beach Sunset, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 6x8" Original Oil Painting

One of my favorite places to be, when the sun goes down, is on the beach.  Of course, on the east coast of Florida, there is no show, but a short 3 hours away, on the west coast......waaaazaa!!

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It is such a stunning sight and there is always a crowd of people, gathered to say good bye to the day.



This little painting brings back those spiritual moments, as I remember the peace and quiet that we all felt as the sun fell behind the sea.  If only we could capture that feeling and keep it with us always.

Have a peaceful and lovely day....and thanks for visiting today.


 Carol Schiff

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Abstract Landscape Painting, Textured Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 10x10x3" Oil

I found some square 3 inch deep canvases in my studio, and decided to play around with one.


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I tried several approaches, but nothing was working for me.  So, I just started playing with paint and my palette knife.  I was envisioning  a sunset over the landscape, choosing colors that "felt" right for me.



You can see how deep the canvas is in this pic.  I actually love these big clunky canvases on shelves rather than walls, and I like the feel of the rough clunky paint.

All in all, it was a fun painting day.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hometown Train Station, Landscape Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 11x14 Landscape

I have felt the need to paint buildings, or other landmarks that man has left on our planet.....maybe even "man" himself.  Most of my paintings, landscapes, seascapes, floral, are organic shapes and I wanted to try some straight lines!


I found this image of the old train station in my hometown of Wauseon, Ohio.  It looks exactly as I remembered it.

Naturally, I tightened up.....really tightened up!  This is not what I wanted!  I want a loose building, one that looks comfortable on the canvas.  Now I am beginning to remember why I don't paint buildings.

I am hoping this is just a matter of practice, practice, practice.  My plan is to try again and again.

Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

New England Marsh Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x8" Oil

It has been some time since I have painted a marsh  Today seemed like a good day to give it a try.

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Thank you to my friend, Donna Vines, for her reference photo of this beautiful New England marsh.




It feels good to paint a landscape again.....hope you like it!

Carol Schiff
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mountain Landscape Painting, Misty Mountain Morning, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x12" Oil Landscape

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, June 4, 2017

Art and Fashion

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Expressionist Abstract Painting, Imagine Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 8x10 Oil Painting

Our paint group, Pieces of Eight, decided to spice up our lives a little bit, by issuing an art challenge each month.

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I could not get the great John Lennon's song "Imagine" out of my mind!  If fact, as I write this, I am humming the song.

So, this is my interpretation.
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Check out Pieces of Eight blog  and view the other entries in our challenge.


Have a great day!

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wildlife Painting, Snowy Egret Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 11x14" Out on a Limb

One of the joys, of living in Florida, is the abundant wildlife.  It is thrilling to view this majestic birds, almost daily, from my window.

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11x14"


This one was painted from a photograph, as are most of my work.  He had some glorious shadows on him that I could not ignore.

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This is one of those few paintings, that seemed to come easily.  It has left me eager to return to the easel, re-charged and ready to tackle my next project.  I love it when that happens!!





Thanks for stopping by today!

Carol Schiff

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tropical Fish Painting, Palette Knife Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 12x12x1.5"

This is a painting inspired by a trip to Key Largo, where we viewed the incredible coral reefs of the area.

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 The waters were teeming with fish of every color and shape.  Some were very curious and a few were right out scary!

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We viewed them from a glass bottom boat, although I have to admit, I envied those brave souls who were in the water with them.

Thank you for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Red Rose Study, 6x8" Original Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting,

A small study of a red rose.  Trying to get my flower power!!

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I enjoy a challenge....and for me, this was a challenge.  I would hate to tell you how much time I spent on this little 6x8" piece.

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I think it was worth the struggle.  Hopefully, the next rose will come a little easier.

Thanks for reading my blog.

Carol Schiff
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mountain Wildflower Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 6x8" Oil Painting

Another little painting from the Smoky Mountains.

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 It was a beautiful day, and not long after this hike, we had a picnic.  Yummy sandwiches on home made bread, fresh fruit, delicious apple cake from the orchard, and a beautiful view.  Life at it's best!




Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Small Sunflower Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x8" Oil

Sunflowers and farmhouses, the perfect pairing!

It is a cold, gray day, here in the mountains, and sunflowers are the perfect way to brighten things up.

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Both sunflowers and farmhouses, are not uncommon, here in the mountains.  It's hard not to smile when I look at sunflowers.



Yesterday, we drove over the mountains  to Gatlinburg.  I am happy to report that things are looking up there.  Spring is taking over, renewal is everywhere.  Yes, there are still signs of the devastating fires from last fall, but the mood is upbeat and the tourists are there.

Have a wonderful day!

Carol Schiff
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mountain Wildflowers, Floral Landscape, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 8x6" Oil on Panel

Last fall, we took a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It was a crisp, sunny day and my camera was busy clicking away.

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It's hard to go wrong with a blue and yellow painting.....it just shouts "Cheerful".  The background was painted  with a brush, but I used a palette knife on the flowers and grasses.  That's when it started to be really fun!

I feel like I was able to capture the feel of the day......I hope it made you smile!

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Workshop Memories

I found this image, in my files, of a quick demo from Elio Camacho.  It is an example of his brushwork and wonderful color relations.  He did the demo in approximately 15 minutes, painting from memory.


Elio is a wonderful instructor, with so much information to share.  I was horrified when he wiped this off!

The painting below is another of his quickie demos.


Elio lives in the bay area, but he comes to Florida to teach each spring and fall.  I highly recommend his workshops.  If you are interested in attending a workshop, or a three hour demo, check out his schedule at his website. www.colorrelations.com.




This week, my sweet granddaughter, Courtney, graduates from University of Florida!!  Congratulations Courtney!!  We are so very proud of you!  Now, onward to medical school.

Carol Schiff
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tropical Landscape Painting, Palm Tree Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 8x16" Original Oil Painting

Another piece inspired by the Florida Keys, and one of those glorious sunsets!


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I remember this spot well.  We were at an open air restaurant on the water's edge.  Very laid back with this beautiful scene before us.  When I say we were on the water's edge, I mean where the restaurant stopped, (no walls, just a roof) the water started!  How could we not enjoy our meal?

I don't remember what I ate, or the name of the place, but I do remember it was on the ocean side on Marathon Key.  If I could find it again, I would go in a minute, just to experience the atmosphere and enjoy a glass of wine.

Sigh!

Carol Schiff
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pink Orchid Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Orchid Still Life, 6x6" Original Oil

My orchid is blooming!!


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It doesn't happen often, so I had to paint it.

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I put it under a warm spot light, it it got a nice little glow.  It was not an easy painting for me, and it is much tighter than I usually paint, but I am okay with the final effect.

I must remind myself, push, push, push!

Did you enjoy the Easter eggs?


Carol Schiff


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spring Workshop with Elio

Twice a year I travel to Amelia Island, FL to attend a 3 day workshop with Elio Camacho   Elio is a wonderful instructor, and it is always a hard working, but fun few days. 

He has a fabulous color sense and brushwork, and is very knowledgeable in all art related subjects, from art history, to technical aspects of paints and brushes.


I love the colors he chose in this three hour demo above.  He always does a large demo, usually 36x48", which is a highlight of the workshop. Please click on the picture to enlarge it and see the brushwork and color changes.


This painting and the one below are mine, from the workshop. 


Elio spent a year working only with  the color yellow, another with green, blue etc.  He did set ups to challenge us.  This one was green and blue.  The theory is, you will learn to see all the nuances of color when you paint objects that are the same hue, but different temperatures and saturation.

I don't think my workshop paintings are really showing any improvement for me, but I do feel improvement when I paint at home.  His instructions jump into my head, and I find I am much more critical of my finished pieces.  That has to be a good result!

I am already booked for his November 2017 workshop in Fernandina Beach.  Want to join us? www.colorrelations.com for details.

Carol Schiff
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring!!

Spring is really here!!

To celebrate, I decided to post some favorite reference photos.  When I think of spring, I think of flowers.......enjoy!  Feel free to use these images for your own paintings.



Passion Flower from my friends yard.

Birthday roses.

Roadside Wildflowers
Sunflower
Sunflower and Tulips
Hydrangea

Apple Blossoms


Okay!  I'm motivated!  Get ready, get set,  PAINT!!



Hope you have a very flowery day!

Carol Schiff
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Alligator Painting, Wildlife Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 6x8" Oil on Panel

These guys are not uncommon sights in Florida.  Sometimes you see them snoozing in the sun next to a road.  Golfer's here usually have a scary encounter to tell.

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This was my third attempt to paint this fellow.  I had difficulty getting the drawing correct, as well as the color.  The image I worked from was not exciting. Eventually, I think I worked it out.

Go gators!



Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Small Floral Still Life, Pink Beauty 6x8", Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting

I wanted to practice painting flowers, and found a reference in my files.

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Trying hard to put into practice the techniques Elio Camacho tries to push into my head.  Brushwork, color relations, composition, the bride!  Not sure if I was successful, but, there is always tomorrow!

Thanks for viewing my blog today.



Carol Schiff

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