Sunday, March 29, 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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Hydrangea Painting, Blue Floral Painting, Still Life Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Palette Knife Painting, SOLD


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".

I have a big sale going on my Etsy site , with 40% off original oil paintings.  Don't miss this opportunity to have an original oil painting in your home, at a fabulous price!

This original painting is sold, but it can be ordered as a giclee print on canvas, paper or wood.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Cow Oil Painting, Cow Portrait, Daily Painting, Palette Knife Painting, Small Oil Painting, 11x14" Oil on Linen, SOLD

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.

I am having a BIG sale on Etsy!  40% OFF ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS.  Check it out here!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Bamboo Oil Painting, Tree Landscape, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 6x8" oil on panel, SOLD

As a child living in rural Ohio, my grandmother would visit from Florida, bringing along an exotic collection of seashells and postcards. There was always one or two postcards from McKee Gardens in Vero Beach. She  awakened a deep desire in live in this strange and beautiful tropical land.


Recently I made my first trip to McGee Gardens, a magical place filled with  tropical flora and  giant water lily pads.

I was fascinated with the bamboo stands, so abstract in their shapes.

It's always nice when a childhood dream comes true............Thank you Grandma.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Deep Purple Falls, Small Oil Painting, Fantasy Landscape, Daily Painting, 6x8" Oil on Panel SOLD

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I've got a thing for purples, lavenders, blues, blah, blah, blah.

I was in the Land O' Trees, better known as western North Carolina, when I painted this.  In the summertime, I get green overload here.  Green mountains, green grass, green leaves.  You cannot escape green.   Maybe that is why doing a purple and blue landscape appealed to me.  More to come!

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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

This is one of my earlier paintings, of a small lamb, walking a Scottish moor.  

I painted with palette knife and brush and tried to get lots of texture in it.  I liked the rugged  feel.  I have never been on the moors, but I think they would feel rugged and cold and windy.

I painted a ram a few months ago, which I like to think is this lamb's daddy.  You can view it here

Have a wonderful week!

Carol Schiff