Sunday, July 28, 2019

Ocracoke Garden, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Original Wall Decor, Outer Banks, NC

A recent trip to Ocracoke, supplied me with some new painting inspiration.  The island is covered in cedar trees, that have grown in their twisted, windblown contortions.  Beauty is everywhere you look.

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 The island is located 40 miles off shore of mainland North Carolina, and involves a 2.5 hour ferry ride.  Once on the island, the primary mode of transportation are bicycles and golf carts.

Beautiful marshes on the sound side, and wonderful beaches on the ocean side.

We cannot wait to return!

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove, TN, daily painting, small oil painting, rustic wall decor, cabin wall decor

John Oliver was the original settler in the Cades Code area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  His cabin still stands, and on the day I was there, there were blazing daylilies surrounding it.

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The painting is available, framed, in this lovely custom wood frame.

Thank you for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Small Oil Paintings in Black and White, Daily Paintings, Small Oil Paintings,

I recently participated in a small group challenge, to do black and white paintings I chose three small paintings, done in black and white on a red support.  I allowed small amounts of the red to show through, which I believe, gives an interesting warmth to the paintings.

These paintings were all done from photographs of flapper movie stars.

Carol Schiff


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Flowers, Flowers, and more Flowers, Daily Painting, Small Oi Paintings,

I am busy working on several large commissions, so today, I thought I would post a few of my favorite florals from over the years.


I had to include this chunky geranium painting.

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Who knew weeds (thistles) could be so beautiful!

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I wanted to do a Christmasy floral, but something that could be used all year.

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Hydrangea from my garden and some favorite pottery pieces.

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This one is just plain happy!  Don't know how I managed that fun background.

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One of my early palette knife florals.  an you tell I love texture? 

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Zinnia are so cheerful.


Tulips and Sunflower... a winning combination.


I like the shapes and brushwork on this one.

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This Hibiscus was one of my first florals....still one of my favorites.

So that's my little garden party for the day.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Puppy Painting, Pet Portrait, Commissioned Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x8" Oil on Canvas

My neighbor Ellen, commissioned me to do paintings of her two fur babies.

I was happy when she loved this painting.  She felt I captured his spirit well.

In some ways, it is more difficult to paint a pet, because the owner is so hyper aware of every little aspect of their beloved animal.  This little guy had hair that stood up straight on top of his head, and super long eyelashes.  The owner looked for that in the portrait, as well as all the color variations of the animal.  She pronounced it a good likeness.....whew!

Carol Schiff

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Outer Banks Marsh Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Palette Knife, 6x8" Oil on Panel

Last month, I visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  What a marvelous experience!

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There was a "painting" every place I looked.  The little town of Ocracoke is like a step back in time; very charming and laid back.

This little painting is from a saltwater marsh outside of Ocracoke and the sunset below is very typical of the scenery there.
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I hope to return there next spring!

Thanks for viewing my art today.

Carol Schiff