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