Monday, August 29, 2022

Beach View from the Outer Banks, 24x48" Original Oil Painting


Please forgive the lopsided image.

I just finished this piece and had to hang it on the my wall.  My husband and I are big fans of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Hope you like it!

Saturday, August 27, 2022


Earlier this year, I entered a contest to have one of my artworks reproduced as a mosaic which would then be embedded into the sidewalk of the Creek Art District in Stuart, Florida.

I sent in this picture of a small painting I had done years before, and was soon notified that I was a finalist in the contest 

Soon after, I was notified my design had won the contest!  Oh my!  What had I done!  I had never tried a mosaic.  Contest rules dictated that I work with a specific mosaic studio in town, where I met Corina who assured me this would work.  After several visits, my 20x20" mosaic was completed.

Finally the installation day arrived.  Below is the picture of Corina and Billy (from the City of Stuart) grouting the mosaic into the sidewalk.

When the grout was cleaned off, I was horrified!!

It was not reading well at all!  I could barely recognize what I was looking at, so how would anyone else know?

Fortunately, a day later, during the grand unveiling,  I could recognize the sweet dolphin's face breaking through the water.

Approximately 40 people came to the unveiling, standing in the hot Florida sun.  I was humbled by the event.  A week later, the mosaic looks even better, as the grout has completely dried.

I am thrilled that I was able to participate in this wonderful project.  Mine was the third mosaic installed this year and there are plans for many more in the coming months.  What an exciting project to bring attention to the art district for many years to come.


Oh my

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Reproducing my Oil Painting in Mosaic, Daily Painting, Goody Bye Oils, Hello Mosaic!

 Stuart’s Creek District Sidewalk Mosaic Program is in full swing as mosaicist #3, Carol Schiff, works to complete her dolphin design and voting is open for the fourth mosaic artist! Project coordinators, Corina Pelloni and Diane Concepcion are eager to share their wealth of knowledge with anyone who wants to explore the world of mosaic creations.  The Rickie Report gives you some sneak peeks of Carol’s work as all we information about voting for Mosaic Artist #4 and classes.


Carol is a very skilled and experienced oil painter. Mosaic art is a new medium for her. A pleasure to have in the studio, she has been working diligently on her winning design, and has really taken to mosaic art like a… dolphin to water. 




Here is Carol’s original painting shown next to her work-in-progress:

Carol is a Florida oil painter who loves the coastal beaches, flora and fauna of this tropical paradise. Her second love is the Asheville/Blue Ridge Mountains area. Her art features both of these sites.


Her painting style is characterized by exciting brushwork, contrast, hues, and texture from palette knives. She skillfully applies these techniques to images of landscapes, still lifes and animals.


With a client list that includes Warner Brothers, Netflix, CBS, Disney Channel and Duke University, you may have seen one of her paintings on the screen. One painting is in the 2019 movie ‘The Joker’. A few more make appearances in popular TV shows Magnum PI and Hawaii 5-0.


To see more of her work, visit her shop on Etsy:




Carol’s mosaic will be completed in a few more sessions. Then, it will be installed near Herban Botanicals on Colorado Ave, and we’ll gather to celebrate a new piece of public art in Downtown Stuart’s Creek District of Arts and Entertainment.




There’s more:


Don’t miss your opportunity to vote on the design for the 4th mosaic!

The location for this artwork will be the sidewalk at the intersection of 5th Street and A1A near Kiwanis Park. Both finalists designs are beautiful original artworks submitted by brilliant local artists, Marian Vitale and Deborah Bottorf.




For more information and application:




Wondering  if  you’d  like  to  try  mosaic  art?

All are welcome to enter a design for consideration. When a contest is open, it will be accessible by the link above, and that’s also where information about the program can be found.

Another option is to take an intro to mosaics class. Classes are offered at Flagler Center on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. You must register in advance for a workshop. Learn more and sign-up at:




Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Pineapple and Mango Artwork, Fruit Oil Painting, Framed Still Life, 14x18" Original Oil Painting, Daily Painting,Small Oil Painting

When I first started painting, 25 years ago, I did many, many still life paintings.  I must have painted every apple or pear I could get my hands on.

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This is a more recent painting, of pineapple and mango.  It is 14x18" and is professionally framed in a gold wood frame.  I have it listed at 50% off in my Etsy store, quite the bargain.  If you are interested, you can check it out here:

Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Thursday, May 26, 2022

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 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

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Landscape Oil Painting, "Old Smoky", Palette Knife Painting, Small Oil Painting

 We lived in Asheville for three years, and there was nothing I enjoyed more that sitting on my deck and enjoying the view.

Asheville is surrounded by the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I am unsure which range is seen here.  

The mountains change from day to day and minute to minute as the earth rotates.  The color of the season and the light or shadows put on a constantly changing view.

This 9x12" painting is worked with a palette knife and has a textured finish.