Sunday, October 27, 2013

Original Mixed Media, "Rusted Lace" 10x10"

This piece was a problem!  The problem was not in creating it, but in photographing it.  I have done a small  series of mixed media pieces that feature rusted elements along with an iridescent acrylic paint.  Loved the results and was getting really excited.  Then I tried to photograph it..............and tried....and tried!

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I tried for three months!

I finally took it to a professional photographer.....he failed too!  Ha!  He explained to me that the problem is the background paint.  All those little iridescent points pick up the light and cause it to look uneven and messy.  :(

I still like the series....and have a few more to show you, but I may have to throw out my bottle of iridescent paint.  You will just have to take my word for's better in real life!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Duck Painting, Wildlife Painting, "Just Hanging Out" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" oil SOLD

I found this little girl duck at Nantahala Outdoor Center, in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just hanging out on a rock in the river.


 She seemed quite content!  Pretty surprising when you see what was going on 50 yards down the river...

International Kayak competition!  The ducks were not annoyed.........

This setting seems to suit the painting a little more.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Still life Bottle , Palette Knife Art, "Vintage Bottle" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil Still Life, SOLD

I have become slightly obsessed with vintage bottles, well, maybe a little more than slightly.  I love the idea of these bottles, most of them reclaimed from the earth, crusty and sometimes pearlized.  I like to think about how they were used when they were new.....and if they have a crystal cross on top (called a cross bottle) all the better!

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This one, obviously does not have a cross on the top.  It does have any absolutely gorgeous color, kind of a cobalt violet.  I am told the it started out as clear glass, but due to magnesium in the glass, has aged into a beautiful hue.

The other thing I love, is painting with wild abandon with loads of thick, creamy, oil paint and a combination of palette knife and brush.  So yes, this little painting hits my buttons on several levels.

Some days, I just go through the motions, and the resulting painting usually shows it,  but this one was pure joy!  I would love for you to pin it!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tropical Landscape Art, Florida Painting, Florida Morning" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil Landscape

I woke up early, grabbed a cup of coffee and my camera, and headed to Florida's intracoastal waterway.  In our area, it is the Indian River, and I arrived there just in time to see the sun break over the horizon.

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 When I had finished my photos, I drank my coffee and enjoyed that wonderful early morning atmosphere.  You know the one, where it seems that only you and maybe a few birds are up and around.  It is so still, the birds are starting to feed, and a small pod of dolphins are fishing off shore.  Heaven!

I am often asked where I find my small frames.  The answer is my favorite framer.  Apparently it is standard procedure for framers to throw away the end pieces of moldings.  My framer, who has a large following of artists, started using those end pieces to make  up small standard sized frames.  He always has a good selection and sells them for next to nothing.  Perfect for starving artists!

If you are in Melbourne, FL area, his store is Ridley's Frames on Palm Bay Road and Troutman Ave. in Palm Bay.  Stop in and load up on his treasures and tell him I sent you in :)

Happy Day!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Small Seascape, "Stormy Beach Day" by Carol Schiff, 6x8 Oil, Palette Knife Seascape SOLD

Living in Florida, we get lots of sunny days.  This time of the year, it is normal for what starts out as a sunny day to suddenly change to black, threatening clouds, as the cool sea breezes collide over land
with hot air from the west.  When that happens, it's time to run for cover as the effects can be fast and violent.  The last place you want to find yourself is on the beach as we live in an area fondly known as "Lightening Capitol of the World".  Every year we read of people who are struck with lightening and often do not survive.  On this day, we quickly ran for our car as the clouds rolled in.  I was happy to get a few shots of the storm.

I tried to capture that moment when the clouds roll in with the azure water quickly turning dark.

Thanks for reading my blog today....hope you have a great week.  Oh, by the way....please pin it!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Painting on Sale, Small Landscape, "My Favorite Place" 4x8" Oil, Wild and Wacky Wednesday SOLD

Today, WILD AND WACKY WEDNESDAY, I have a special painting, well, special to me.  When we are in the mountains of North Carolina, I start my days with a cup of coffee on our front porch and this is what I see.

It is a special time of day, quiet, cool, the mist rolling in over the mountain, the sun starting to break through and highlight my dogwood tree, and of course, my hydrangea bush crowding onto to porch.

John Muir said it well...How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! ~John Muir
John was the guardian of our national parks and was the driving force behind Yosemite.   We have a lot to thank him for!

This small painting, originally priced at $90 is now listed at $59.  Today only, you will recieve an additional $10 refund when you purchase.  Just purchase on the link above, write "Wild and Wacky" on your order, and I will refund $10 of your payment.  Offer expires at midnight EST 10-09-13.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Abstract Landscape, "God's Glory" by Carol Schiff, Palette Knife Abstract SOLD

We were driving through the fields of Georgia one morning, on one of our many journeys from Florida to North Carolina, when the sun burst over the horizon.  I was so happy I had my camera handy.


Does it show that I had a ball painting this one?

14x18" Oil

Maybe I went a little crazy with the colors.

Speaking of journeys, this is my second attempt at painting this image.  The first attempt was several years ago and is residing in Paris these days.

 It's a little more subdued.

Au Revoir

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Palette Knife Still Life, Bottle Still Life, "Pretty In Pink Cross Bottle" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil, Daily Painting

Are you a fan of cross bottles?  I recently discovered them and have become obsessed with them.   Cross bottles are vintage (usually) bottles that have been reclaimed.  A talented artist then designs a crystal cross or  other design as a top piece.  Many of the crystals come from discarded chandeliers.  I have also seen them with beautiful arrangements of sea shells, coral and sea fans.
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As with all good art, they can become quite pricey, so after purchasing several, I decided to try to feed by obsession by painting instead of buying, much to my husband's relief.

I don't know how long that will work for me, but at the moment, it does seem to help.

If you are not familiar with cross bottles, seach for them on Etsy or Ebay where you will find a nice selection.  Beware!!  It may be dangerous to the viewer!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

WILD AND WACKY WEDNESDAY...AGAIN "Lonely Radish" by Carol Schiff 5x7" Oil

Another Wild and Wacky Wednesday and another very special price on an original oil painting.

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This adorable little radish is sitting on my kitchen window sill, light streaming in, and a  with a sweet shadow.  I always liked the brushwork on this piece.  Put it in a black frame and it will brighten that dreary corner of your kitchen and pop off the wall!

It's already a bargin at $39.95 as the original price was $59.95, but today only, you may purchase it with an additional saving of $10.00.  All you have to do to receive the rebate, is note "WILD AND WACKY" on the order.  If you don't do this, I will not know to send you the rebate, so that is very important.
Offer good through midnight October 2, 2013.