Saturday, September 7, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Woes of a Plein Air Painter, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Florida Landscape Painting

It's not easy being a plein air painter in Florida, especially in the summer.

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I don't claim to be a plein air painter, but occasionally, I venture out.  This time I was in a plein air workshop, and let me tell you, it was not easy standing on the beach in 90+ degrees, hour after hour!  Did I not tell you, I am a pretty slow painter?

I though I was fairly well prepared, but my sunburnt ears and hands would beg to differ!

Well, they say, "You must suffer for your art.".....I did!!

Thanks for viewing.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Pear Still Life, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Kitchen Wall Decor, 6x8" Original Artwork

I have been very caught up in landscapes, for quite some time now.  The beautiful blue ridge mountains are so inspiring, and in the winter, as I walk the beach, I see possible paintings everywhere.

So, it is with a little relief, that I painted this small still life.

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I hope you enjoy this small trio of pears.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Gone to the Dogs!, Original Dog Oil Paintings, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting

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

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

California Landscape, Coastal Wall decor, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 8x10" Original

California has it all...mountains, oceans, wild beauty. This view of PCH speaks to the breathless views of this great state. 

I couldn't get to California, so I used a photo from photographer, Ted Fuhrur, with his permission, for reference.
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While painting this piece, I couldn't stop remembering the time my husband and I, drove PCH from San Francisco to Carmel.  What an experience!!

If you have never done it, I highly recommend the trip.  You will be hard pressed to duplicate the beautiful scenic landscape elsewhere.

Thank you for reading my blog today!

Carol Schiff

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Large Landscape Oil Painting, LaFayette Square, Savannah, Daily Painting, Live Oaks, Spanish Moss, Sunlight

I painted this several years ago, after a trip to Lafayette Square in Savannah.  Last month, I returned to Savannah and was captivated again, by that lovely city.

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Starting to paint new scenes of this historic place soon!

Have a great day!

Carol Schiff

Yellow Paintings, Daily Paintings, Small Oil Paintings,

This time of the year is so hectic.  Now that I think about it, every time of the year has been hectic lately!

I am busy painting several large commissions, so for the moment, my daily paintings are scarce.  I decided to post some older works, and the theme I chose today is yellow.

Roadside Thistles

Nantahala Rapids
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6x8" Abstracted Church

24x30" and living in Poland

Love the bold color in this one.

I hope you enjoyed my yellow paintings today!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Seagull Painting, Bird Art, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x8" Oil on panel

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.

 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.



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Colorado Ranch

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A ranch in Colorado.  I think this little painting speaks to the dry, sprawling county.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Mountain Sunset Palette Knife Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Textured Art

There is something special about a sunset over the mountains.  In fact, I am attracted to any sunset, but I seem to paint a lot of them in a mountain landscape.

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 I was very pleased with this one.  I enjoyed the texture and the colors.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Ocracoke Garden, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Original Wall Decor, Outer Banks, NC

A recent trip to Ocracoke, supplied me with some new painting inspiration.  The island is covered in cedar trees, that have grown in their twisted, windblown contortions.  Beauty is everywhere you look.

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 The island is located 40 miles off shore of mainland North Carolina, and involves a 2.5 hour ferry ride.  Once on the island, the primary mode of transportation are bicycles and golf carts.

Beautiful marshes on the sound side, and wonderful beaches on the ocean side.

We cannot wait to return!

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove, TN, daily painting, small oil painting, rustic wall decor, cabin wall decor

John Oliver was the original settler in the Cades Code area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  His cabin still stands, and on the day I was there, there were blazing daylilies surrounding it.

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The painting is available, framed, in this lovely custom wood frame.

Thank you for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Small Oil Paintings in Black and White, Daily Paintings, Small Oil Paintings,

I recently participated in a small group challenge, to do black and white paintings I chose three small paintings, done in black and white on a red support.  I allowed small amounts of the red to show through, which I believe, gives an interesting warmth to the paintings.

These paintings were all done from photographs of flapper movie stars.

Carol Schiff


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Flowers, Flowers, and more Flowers, Daily Painting, Small Oi Paintings,

I am busy working on several large commissions, so today, I thought I would post a few of my favorite florals from over the years.


I had to include this chunky geranium painting.

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Who knew weeds (thistles) could be so beautiful!

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I wanted to do a Christmasy floral, but something that could be used all year.

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Hydrangea from my garden and some favorite pottery pieces.

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This one is just plain happy!  Don't know how I managed that fun background.

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One of my early palette knife florals.  an you tell I love texture? 

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Zinnia are so cheerful.


Tulips and Sunflower... a winning combination.


I like the shapes and brushwork on this one.

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This Hibiscus was one of my first florals....still one of my favorites.

So that's my little garden party for the day.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Have a beautiful day!


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