Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Pet Portrait, Daily Painting, "A Face to Die For" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Years ago, I collected commissions for pet portraits.  Eventually, I tired of painting from what were usually very bad images and drifted in other directions.  Every once in a while, I will see a puppy or kitten that I want to paint.....like this one.

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I couldn't resist that little face, or, the sunlight that was pouring in behind.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Abstract Seascape, "C" by Carol Schiff, 8x8x1.5" Oil

If you are shoveling snow this morning...maybe this will help warm you up!

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If you are looking for a bargain (and who isn't?) check out the MAKE ME AN OFFER section on my Etsy site here.  These paintings are already reduced and to celebrate the season, you can receive another 25% off by using the coupon code CHRISTMAS25.  My gift to you........it all goes away on New Years Eve.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

A day at the beach is always a good thing.

Stop and smell the salt spray with these seascape paintings.



A day at the beach is always a good thing.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Abstract Landscape, Daily Painting, "Peaks" by Carol Schiff, 8x8x1.5" Oil SOLD


Mountain Landscape painted with palette knife.

Thank you for viewing.

Just a few day's until Christmas.  Hopefully all your gifts have been purchased and are wrapped and waiting to surprise that special person in your life.  If you are still in the buying mood, check out the 'MAKE ME AN OFFER' section of my Etsy site here.  All the paintings in this section are already reduced and for the next few days you can use coupon code CHRISTMAS25 to receive an additional 25% discount.Hurry on over there before it goes away!


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Figurative Painting, "Tomorrow" by Carol Schiff, 11x14 Oil, SOLD


Accepting commissions

Don't forget to check out my Etsy site here for already discounted paintings at an even lower price.  Just used coupon code CHRISTMAS25 for an additional 25% reduction on all paintings in my 'MAKE ME AN OFFER' section.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Paintings On Sale by Carol Schiff, Original 6x8" Oil Paintings

This is a selection of a few of the paintings in my 'MAKE ME AN OFFER" section of my Etsy site.  The link is here.  All these paintings, and more, have already been reduced but to celebrate the season, I am offering an additional 25% discount.  Just use coupon code CHRISTMAS25 .


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Small Floral Still Life, "Rose of Sharon with Back Lighting" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil SOLD

A small floral still life of blooms from my garden in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.  I set them on the window sill with natural light streaming in from behind.



These pinks, blues, purples and greens are really my favorite colors.  I think they give a very soothing feeling to this small floral still life.



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Vegetable Still Life, Wild and Wacky Wednesday Flash Sale, "Red Pepper " by Carol Schiff, 8x10" Oil

Time to post another bargain painting.

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This lovely red pepper met it's fate in the name of art.  Painted in oil on 8x10" canvas panel, it listed in gallery at $175.  Now it is on my website at $110.

To celebrate the season, I have added a coupon code for an additional 25% discount of all items in my 'MAKE ME AN OFFER" section of my Etsy site.  I have 35 paintings to choose from, so I hope you will follow the link here.  Just used coupon code CHRISTMAS25 to receive your discount.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tropical Landscape Painting, "Going Coconuts II" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" oil SOLD

A few years ago we visited Sanibel Island.  It is such a beautiful place with the beaches and beautiful foliage.  Most of the island is a nature reserve and the people who live there have gone to great lengths to protect the natural beauty.

This is a companion to a piece I did last year.

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I think they make an interesting pair!


Thursday, December 5, 2013



I have been baking for three days, getting ready for the sale.  Stop by and have a cookie and a drink while your shop.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Collage on Sale "Wild and Wacky Wednesday" Flower Collage by Carol Schiff, 8x8" torn paper collage SOLD

This posting is doing double duty for me.  Of course, it is Wild and Wacky Wednesday....but it is also showing an example of items you can expect to see at the Pieces of Eight Holiday Sale this Saturday.

This 8x8" torn paper collage on canvas panel is listed in my Etsy store for $79.95 plus shipping.  It will be priced for $45.00 at our sale.  Nice saving!  I decided to present it to you today at the same price.  After all, not everyone will be able to come to Central Florida this weekend.  So when you purchase today, just write Wild and Wacky on the order, and I will immediately send you a  refund $35.00!

You might ask why I don't just lower the price on the listing.  That is because this price is only good until midnight today.  It is easier to send a refund than to remember to change the price of the listing early Wednesday and then (if it doesn't sell) change it back again the next morning.

Happy Shopping and don't forget to follow this link for a map to the sale.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Daily Painting, Beach Painting, "Florida Surf" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil SOLD

I love to walk on the beach and I also love to paint the scenes I find there.  So, when I walk, it is always with camera in hand.


 I almost always start with a brush...but some paintings demand a knife.  This one demanded a knife.  I like the effect as the surf was choppy on this day and the knife helps to depict that.

Do your paintings evolve despite your best intentions?  It may not be the painting I envisioned  when I started but I always enjoy the process and MOST of the time, the results.

Just a little reminder, for those of you in Central Florida.  Our holiday art sale is coming up on Saturday, December 7th. Lots of gift ideas, including one of a kind birdhouses and chalk painted furniture.  Do your Christmas shopping with us.  For a map to the location.....click here.


Friday, November 29, 2013

HOLIDAY ART SALE by Carol Schiff

Now that we have all stuffed ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie, we are all thinking C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S !!  The pieces (that's what we like to call ourselves) are seriously thinking about our Holiday Art Sale that will be here faster than you can say "Ho Ho Ho".  In fact, it is next weekend, December 7th, but more about that later.

If you follow this blog, you know we all did birdhouses to sell this year, so I wanted to show you my effort.

As you can see, I already have a tenant, so sorry all you little homeless birds!  Thanks to Carmen's husband, Hap, who hand made ALL of our birdhouses.  He also laid out the rule that we had to keep our finished houses under wrap and have a grand reveal.....which was the perfect excuse for a grand party at Cindy's house a few weeks ago.  I can tell you, we have some very cool birdhouses!

For all you readers who don't happen to live in Melbourne, FL, we are happy to take orders and ship out, so if you must have this, or any of the other houses, just send us a comment with your email and we will get back to you.

We have some other new items at our sale this year.  We have been very busy and always try to come up with something new and unusual.  I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the table I painted.  It looks a little grey in these images, but it is actually painted in white, lavender and dusky purple.

I found this beautiful antique side table and painted it in dusky purple chalk paint.  Then, I got creative....painting white and lavender to bring out the wonderful carving.  I kept thinking about the beautiful Victorian houses in San Francisco and how their details are highlighted in several colors of paint.  Below is a close up of the table top, all safely sealed under three coats of varnish.

It was so much fun, I had to paint a matching chair!

We have many more exciting and unique items waiting for our sale along with wonderful art from our members at even more wonderful prices!  If you are in Central Florida on December 7th.....come on over.  Just drive to Melbourne, and follow the map here to my house.  We will be easy to find with lots of signs up the last mile or two.  It's such a popular event, that even Google Earth came a few years ago

Hope to see you there!  Come early!!

PS:  Did I mention refreshments??


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Floral Still Life Painting, Daily Painting, "A Rose is a Rose" by Carol Schiff, 9x12x1.5"

I was in the zone of this one and able to complete it very quickly.  My palette knife was slinging paint.....maybe it had to do with the music I was playing.

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You may recognize this set up as I have painted it before.  Last time it looked like this:

I enjoy painting the same object or scene in different styles.