Thursday, December 31, 2020

Abstract Oil Landscape Painting, Small Original Artwork, Coastal Home Decor, Daily Painting


The Outer Banks on North Carolina have been on my mind.  I was thinking of Ocracoke when I painted this little abstract seascape.

The Outer Banks is like no other place I have visited. Surrounded by water, the residents are a hardy type who take pride in providing for themselves.  The danger of living there, is still felt, as the tropical storms and hurricanes devastate the dunes and road on a regular basis.  In earlier times, shipwrecks littered the beaches.

I painted with a palette knife and oils, leaving it as raw and wild as the beaches.

Thanks for viewing my art today.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Rose Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Red Flower, Floral Still Life, 6x8" Oil, Small Oil Painting

A small study of a red rose.  Trying to get my flower power!!

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I enjoy a challenge....and for me, this was a challenge.  I would hate to tell you how much time I spent on this little 6x8" piece.

I think it was worth the struggle.  Hopefully, the next rose will come a little easier.

Thanks for reading my blog.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Thursday, December 17, 2020

My Favorite Dog Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Pet Portrait

 Since we are on the subject of Bennett


A client sent me a photo to work with on this piece.  The dog was such fun to paint.  I just knew that Bennett was high energy and fun loving.  Don't you agree?

The better the photo, the better the painting.  


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Animal Portrait, Your Favorite Pet Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painter


The Golden

Lately I have been doing several pet portraits.  This is one of three ordered by a client.  

If you would like to have a treasured oil painting of your best friend, contact me here for pricing and delivery times.

Carol Schiff

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Acrylic Fluid Art , Daily Painting, Small Abstract Painting


I have been continuing to research and experiment with fluid art, and finally I feel I have made a little progress.

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It is fascinating to see what appears as the paints and hues mingle, and frustrating because you can do the exact same technique twice and get two completely different results.

I was very happy with this one, that appears to be hundreds of little bubbles, but is actually hundreds of little cells.

I love how they look on household products!

Is this year flying bye or what?  I think we will all be happy when it is gone!

Carol Schiff

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Palette Knife Techniques


The most enjoyable experiences, I get out of painting, almost always involves a palette knife.  I may start out with a brush in hand, but eventually the knife takes over.

This was my first experience.  I started on a canvas with a half finished painting.  One I had lost interest in ever finishing.

If you are interested in painting with a palette knife, you might want to check out this tutorial.  I found it to be very helpful.

Carol Schiff

Friday, December 4, 2020

Hydrangea Floral Knife Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting



I picked these hydrangea from my garden and was compelled to paint them.  Hydrangea are probably my very favorite flowers and I love the summer months when my home is surrounded with their massive blooms.

I wanted to keep the painting as simple as the pitcher and mug.

For me, keeping it simple usually means "palette knife".

This original painting is sold, but it can be ordered as a giclee print on canvas, paper or wood.  You can find it on my Etsy link below.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Farmhouse Wall Decor, Cow Portrait Painting on Linen, Daily 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.  Check it out on my Etsy site at the link below

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Woodland Scene Oil Painting, Cabin Wall Decor, Palette Knife Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting


This is a small painting I did last fall.

I often passed this cabin, on my daily walks.  I am always inspired by the beauty surrounding me during my walks.  The cabin looked so charming, nestled in the trees, with spots of sunlight hitting it.  

This piece is a combination of brush and palette knife.

I have gone without painting for several months due to my move.  I am anxious to return to my new (small) studio, and begin this new version of my daily routine.  I hope I remember how to paint!

Thanks for viewing!

Carol Schiff

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Art Workshop Fun

Today, I am repeating a post, from a few years ago.  I think it is worthy of your attention, again.  Enjoy!

A few weeks ago, my friends Carmen and Donna and I drove to Fernandina Beach, FL to attend a 4 day workshop with Elio Camacho.   Elio is one of my favorite painters and my very favorite instructor and I have been lucky enough to attend with workshops twice a year for the past three years.

 I started each day with this beautiful sunrise over the ocean, while eating breakfast at the hotel.

 This is one of Elio's 36x48" demos that he paints in just three hours!

Here Elio met a challenge to paint without darks.  He often states a painting should bring it's own light.  I think this one meets that requirement

 Another of his larger than life paintings.

This was a 25 minute demo he did for us on foam core.  He pushed the color even more than usual and got wild and crazy.

His brushwork is very exciting...something I am hoping to bring to my work.

Elio spent a year painting blue studies, then moved on and studied yellows and reds.  He likes to set up still life, to challenge his students, all in a single color.  He believes red is the most difficult color to paint.  If you can do a red painting, you can really see color.  This was a 20 minute demo he did for us.

We hated to leave the workshop after 3.5 intense and fun days.  To console ourselves, we had a final lunch of fried shrimp at our favorite eatery.

A final photo of Carmen and Donna, de-stressing with  ice cream in front of Island Art Association.  We thank the members for hosting us once again.  Then we hop into our car for the drive home.

One last classic Elio demo that he painted in about 15 minutes, out of his head.  I almost cried when he scrapped it off the next morning.

Needless to say, we are excited to return for his next Florida workshop in the spring.  You can find his workshop schedule here.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Seashore Friends, Bird Painting, Wildlife Art, Seascape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Beach House Wall Decor, Daily Painting


I can remember the day, I was walking the beach, in Florida, and captured this scene with my camera.  The birds were my only companion, that morning.  Can you smell the salt air?

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The canvas is 8x16x1.5, with the sides painted in a dark value, allowing it to be hung with or without a frame.

Thanks for viewing!

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Poppy Painting, Floral Still Life, Flower Still Life Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Palette Knife Textured Art


One of the great things about living in Asheville, are the poppies!  I loved living in Florida, but it's hard to beat a great yard full of poppies, and hydrangea.

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This is a palette knife painting, with lots of texture, and a background ranging from a pale yellow green to medium grey blue.

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Have a great day, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Still Life Paintings, Small Oil Painting, Daily Paintings, Reviewing my past works

Every once in awhile, I like to review my painting files.  I think it is extremely helpful, to see how your painting style has changed over the years.



When I started painting, I did lots of still life.  These two have encouraged me, to get back in the still life mode, doing set-ups in my studio.

Sometimes we just need to shake things up a little.   I think I am there, now.  Let's get a little new inspiration!

Carol Schiff

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Landscape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, Outer Banks Artwork

I recently visited the outer banks of North Carolina.  Ocracoke is a small settlement on the southern end of the banks.

The residents are a special group of individuals, who fiercely defend their lifestyle.

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 It is a 2 1/2 hour ferry ride, to reach the island, and many of the residents go years without visiting the mainland.

I appreciated their dedication to this small strip of land, 40 miles from the mainland, and am thankful they were willing to share it with me.

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Carol Schiff

Monday, November 9, 2020

Landscape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Palette Knife Art,

Somedays, everything just feels right!

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It doesn't happen often, but this was one of those days.

Hope you have "one of those days" too.

Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Abstract Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Palette Knife Art

One would think, that abstract painting would be so easy.  My two year old can do that!

You may be right!  Two year olds are fearless.  They know not the meaning of failure.

Nothing is more frightening than a blank canvas when you have no plan.  The idea of abstract seems to appeal to every painter, but the reality is quite something else.

This piece is one of my favorites, using the cross composition.

Carol Schiff


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Coastal Wall Decor, Beach House Painting, Florida Landscape, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x8" Oil on Canvas Panel

 I recently returned to Florida after three years living in the  Asheville area.  Since I am back in Florida my tropical self has come out of hiding.

We are living further south than we did in the past, and it is much more tropical here.  My painting is trying to adjust to the new landscapes.




Sunday, October 25, 2020

Coastal Home Decor, Tropical Landscape Art, Palette Knife Painting, Small Oil Painting, Textured Art, 9x12", Daily Painting

Another beautiful day in sunny Florida!

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Well, not so sunny, actually pretty cloudy, but still beautiful, and yes it is Florida.

Tropical Landscape Painting, Coastal Wall Decor, Palm Trees on the Shoreline, Tropical Giclee Print On Canvas

 You would think that with everyone staying at home , with our activities curtailed, that time would drag.  I find it to be just the opposite.

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Of course I did sell a house and buy another house and move 700 miles away and have contractors in my house most days for months.

So, time flew for me, and for most of the year, I had no time or inclination to paint.  Finally, I am back in the studio!

It is very reassuring for me to get back to normal activity, in at least one aspect of my life.

I hope your finding a little silver lining in your life too.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Abstract Landscape Painting, Original Wall Decor, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Palette Knife Oil Painting, Sunset Art, Textured Art, 9x12"

Some days I just want to smush paint around.  I can almost understand Vincent eating it.  So creamy, so smooth, so beautiful!


When I feel that way, I always get out my palette knife and just enjoy.  Remember that feeling you had as a kid in kindergarten?

Right away my shoulders relax.

Enjoy the day!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Better Days Ahead, Palette Knife Painting, Daily Painting, SOLD



Will this virus never go away? Days sometimes feel dreary.  I feel that way too, and decided it was the perfect time to paint something bright and cheery.

Just a little reminder of summer and happier days ahead!

Carol Schiff

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Morning at the Beach, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, SOLD


I have been spending so much time in the Blue Ridge Mountains, my trips to the beaches have suffered.  Time to roll out of bed before the sun, grab a cup of coffee and go for a short drive to the sea.

Just as I arrive, the sun starts it's slow climb above the horizon.  I have forgotten how peaceful and beautiful it is on the beach at this time of day.  Way down the beach, I can see a fisherman, but other than him we are alone with the birds who are looking for breakfast.

It is so enjoyable here, cool, serene.....I feel refreshed and ready to start my day.

Do you have a happy place too?

This painting was commissioned by a client who saw a similar work on my Etsy site.  The piece she wanted was already sold.  I was happy to do a similar painting in the size she desired.

I am overstocked on these daily paintings, so I have them on sale on my Etsy site this week.  I am offering a $15.00 rebate on any 5x7 or 6x8 painting sold.  Just write ETSY SALE on your order and I will credit your PayPal or Credit Card account.

Thank you for reading my blog today.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Crashing Breaker Giclee Print, Beach House Decor, Coastal Home Decor, Print on Canvas, Print on Wood, Print on Paper


Are you ready for another seascape?  This is one of my favorites because of the blues, greens, lavender colors.

 It has a little impasto....not too much.


This painting reminds me of trips to the islands.  

Although the original has been sold, giclee prints are available on paper, canvas, or wood panel.

Thank you for viewing my blog today.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The French Teapot, Still Life Painting, 12x12" Oil on Canvas

This is not a new painting, but it is my favorite still life teapot painting.  It is a antique French teapot that I found on Etsy.

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The  owner of the Etsy site, Dandeliondecor gave me permission to use her image.  The teapot is no longer available but I am happy to have this painting.

 I was attracted by the wavy lines, the beautiful china roses and the sweet curvy handle.  The painting is soft and subtle, but it catches my eye every day as I walk by it.  Yes, one of the perks of being an artist, is lots or original art on your walls.
Several years ago I did lots of still life teapots and flowers and food items.  I am getting in the mood to return to these subjects.

I hope you enjoy this daily painting today and I hope you will pin it.