Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Seascape Oil Painting, Small Oil Painting, SOLD, Daily Painting, 11x14" Ocean Painting Underwater Garden

I am still reliving my recent trip to Key Largo in my paintings.  I think this is number five or six in the series I call "Coral Reef".

 While in Key Largo we went out seven miles to the coral reef in a glass bottom boat.  I got really sea sick when they powered down over the reef and did not enjoy it as much as I would have liked to.

 But, I kept my eyes on the reef as much as I could, and took some photos.  I did love the trip out and the trip back.  I could not take my eyes off the stunning aqua and blue waters.

These paintings are more impressions than actual scenes.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Small Oil Painting, Tree Painting, Daily Painting, Fall Color Maple Tree, 6x8" Oil

I painted this little piece last fall, looking out the window of my studio in the Smoky Mountains.  It was a cold, gray, rainy day, and the little tree seemed to glow.

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It reminded me of the little engine that could.  (I think I can, I think I can)

I always enjoy slinging paint around with a palette knife.  I highly recommed it, so if you have not tried it...........

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Carol Schiff

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Daily Painting, Underwater Painting, Key Largo Sea Turtle, Small Oil Painting, 8x8x1.5" Oil

I am still working on my Coral Reef Series.  This is #4.  I tried to capture the glorious colors of the area and the relaxing, tranquil atmosphere.  This piece was painted using both brush and palette knife.  The 1.5" deep sides are painted a dark value, allowing it to be hung with or without a frame.

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I hope you are enjoying this series as much as I am.  Thanks for reading by blog today.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Coral Reef Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 8x8" Underwater Painting

I am still inspired by my trip to Key Largo a few weeks ago.

This painting is #3 in my Coral Reef Series.  I painted with a palette knife and all those gorgeous tropical colors.

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I was happy with the way this  one turned out, until my grandson (14 years old) came over for a visit and somehow managed to stick his foot right in the middle of the wet paint.  I couldn't blame him, because I was the one who put it on the floor!  Duh!

He was devastated, but five minutes later, all was repaired and I like the final results much better than the original version.

I am really enjoying this series as each one I do, instantly takes me back to the wonderful and magical time we spent on Key Largo.

Good things have been happening at Carol Schiff Studio, and I hope to have some exciting news to share with you soon.

Thanks for visiting today.

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Abstract Seascape Oil Painting, Tropical Waters, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 11x14x1.5" SOLD

Continuing on my tropical journey to the Florida Keys.  Today's post is my impressions of the sea off the coast of southern Florida.

 It is hard to find more fun (in the studio), than to dig into a big pile of paint, with your knife, and just go to town.  Adding and subtracting values and hues........puts me in the zone every time.

As much as I love creating all this yummy texture, I can only do it for a few days, before I start to crave a little structure and strong composition.  Each day I work on this coral reef series, I get a little less abstract and and little more impressionist.

Join me on my journey.....

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Carol Schiff

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Abstract Seascape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Tropical Ocean 8x8x1.5"

Fresh off a trip to the Florida Keys, I returned inspired by the gorgeous water colors. I started a new series I call "Coral Reef". This is the first piece of the series entitled "Wakes".
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 I was captivated with the colors of the sea as we rode out to the coral reef.

The boat wake followed us out seven miles from shore.

It was my first trip to the keys in many years, and a had forgotten the lure of the tropical beauty.

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Carol Schiff

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

California Landscape, Small Oil Painting, Coastal Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting

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 7, 2016

Red Sky, Small Impressionist Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 8x8x1.5" Oil

My friend Kathy Garvey, or maybe it was her brother Pat, took the most beautiful series of photos of a sunset.  The sun is shown in several positions, peeking out from behind clouds, over the ocean.
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My plan is to do two or three of these as a series, showing the movement of the sun behind the clouds.  This is number 1

My thanks go out to Pat and Kathy, for being to generous with their photos and allowing me to use them as a reference.

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tulip Painting, Floral Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x6" Oil on Canvas Panel SOLD

I found a video on Youtube of Nancy Medina, the flower queen, painting a tulip.  So, I decided to try painting along with the video.

Of course, her technique looks very effortless, which didn't happen with me.  Of course, her results are perfection, which didn't happen with me.  Of course, she has done it thousands of times..........ditto.

All in all, I think it was a fun experience and I am hoping I found a little something that I can continue to use.

We are so fortunate to be part of the first generation of artists with all the wonderful learning experiences the internet can  provide for us.

Have a great day!

Carol Schiff