Sunday, March 31, 2019

A year Later: Mountains VS Beach

It has been a year since we moved to Asheville, and we are loving our new community.  I came across this post from last year, and thought you might enjoy it again.

We have just left the beaches of Florida and moved to the mountains of western North Carolina.   This is a preview of what our surroundings will look like in a few blooms yet!

Everyone loves a touch of spring this time of the year....enjoy!

One afternoon I grabbed my camera and ran outside to capture the beautiful spring day and this is what I found.

I inherited a garden in front of our new home, and everything was coming alive at once...

Fiddleheads were popping up

Dogwood was blooming everywhere I
looked in both pink.....

and white blossoms.  Tulips, lilac and azalea were everywhere and the days were filled with the music of songbirds.

A drive to WaterRock Knob, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, showed less color at the higher elevation, but still beautiful to see.

For an Ohio girl, who has spent most of the last 50 years in Florida, it seemed all my memories of spring were spread out before my eyes.  Don't get me wrong, I truly love living in Florida, but when spring or fall calls, I head to the mountains.

Stay tuned, to see these images interpreted in oil.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Floral Landscape, Floral Still Life Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Echinacea 11x14" Oil, SOLD

I found this charming scene in Brevard North Carolina.  I couldn't resist taking a photo to paint from.  As much as I would have liked to paint it plein aire, the opportunity was not there.


I love the bits of bright colors in purples, blues and greens.

Thanks for visiting by blog today!

Carol Schiff

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Yesterday's News, Coastal Landscape, Florida Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting

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The waterways of Florida are littered with abandoned boats, that have been destroyed by the hurricanes of the last few years. Unscrupulous owners, remove the boat registrations, walk away with their insurance money, and leave it to the counties to remove the damaged boats. In most cases, the counties do not have funds, so the boats sit in the waters.

Thanks for viewing my post today!

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hydrangea Still Life Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Flower Painting, 8x10" Original Oil Painting SOLD

Last winter, I spent three months on the east coast of Florida.  It involved many walks on the beach, and my painting was full of seagulls, and seascapes.

I also painted this hydrangea still life.  I hope you like it.


Carol Schiff

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Poppy Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 12x16" Floral Oil Painting

My friend, Donna, was kind enough to share her gorgeous photo with me, and allowed me to paint the image.

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It was a fun project, and I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Fruit Still Life, Pears and Strawberries, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 8x10" Still Life

In a blatant attempt to get away from flower paintings, today I am posting a still life of fruit,

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 I have been accused of having too many grayed down hues in my art, so recently, I an trying to focus on more vibrant more pasty pastels!

 I would like to report, that my tube of white paint is lasting longer, but it is too soon to tell.

Regardless, I am pleasantly surprised with the color I achieved here, so hopefully I am on the right track.

Thanks for reading my blog today, and a special thank you to all who have supported my art and my blog with their purchases.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Cow Painting,Daily Painting, Domestic Animal Oil Painting

A client wanted a cow painting, for licensing purposes.  I usually do daily painting of still life or landscape, but I have to admit I enjoyed both the horse, they originally chose,  and this cow painting.

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I painted on Senso linen canvas.  I had a pad of the linen around for several years but didn't really know what to do with it.  I found it had a different texture than the cotton canvas I usually paint on, but once I got into the painting, it was fine.

My next problem was what to do with this unstretched painting.  After surveying several friends, I mounted it on a cradled wood panel.  I was told the perfect glue to use is YES GLUE available at craft stores.  I had some in my stash and I have to say it worked like a charm.  Then I trimmed the edges with a exacto knife and it turned out perfectly.  Now I can use the rest of my Senso linen canvas with no fear!

So, today I stretched my limits, both with the Senso canvas and the cow painting, and luckily both worked out for me!

This is a re-post, and the cow has been sold.  However, if you are interested, giclee prints are available on canvas and wood planks, in the size of your choice.  Contact me for pricing.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Seascape Oil Painting, Ocean Wave, Caribbean Seascape, 20x24" Oil on Canvas

Lately, I have been painting seascapes.  I always love painting and viewing seascapes.  It's almost as soothing to me as a trip to the beach.

 Of course, the first step for me IS a trip to the beach.  I  pick a day with my trusty camera and head for the sand.  I count myself lucky if I get a few interesting shots.

For this painting, I used images from a trip to Barbados.

 It transports me to the sea each time I see it.
Isn't art wonderful?!

Thanks for viewing my art today.