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