Thursday, October 14, 2021

Autumn Maple Tree Landscape Painting, Palette Knife Technique, Asheville Fall Foliage Art, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting

 It's that time of year and we are soon on our way to Asheville to see the gorgeous fall foliage.  So....I got inspired to paint this piece from an image of our own red maple tree.

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The trees are beautiful at any time of year, but they really glow in the fall.

I felt it deserved a textured palette knife treatment, which I think really adds to the finished piece.



Sunday, October 3, 2021

Floral Oil Painting, Knife Painting, Small oil Painting, Daily Painting

I call this "Roadside Bouquet" because I was walking a country road in the Blue Ridge Mountains last summer, and I collected all these wonderful flowers blooming in ditches and fields.  Wild day lily, Queen Ann's Lace, daisy and purple clover abound!

I was in the zone, while painting this, slinging paint and making no effort to be true to the image I was working from.  No, my orange day lilies don't look like day lilies and I am fine with that.

It was one of my favorite home made is the picture.

I cannot wait for summer to return!

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I couldn't find anything to paint, so, I decided to paint my breakfast.  On this day, I was waiting for Hurrican Irma to pass by us.  After an extremely stressful week, with reports ranging from landfall on the east coast of Florida to the west coast, and back again, it is headed for Tampa as I paint.


 Our house is encased in metal panels and no sunlight or noise is heard outside.  It is sunny, or raining.....I have not idea. Later, the wind will howl and the walls may shake, but our primary fear is flooding inside out home.

Painting has helped me get through the day and taken my mind off what is happening outside.

Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Seascape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Florida Surf Painting, 8x16x.75" Oil

I am trying to break my current addiction to painting flowers, so I dug through my files and found a great image of the ocean.  I have a new (for me) size canvas, 8x16" that I thought would work well for the image.

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I have to admit, I enjoyed painting this scene.  My choices of subject matter are always based on emotion and on this day......the waves filled my need for action.

Thanks for reading my blog today....If I were in Florida, I'd be off to the beach.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Appalachian Mountain Cabin Landscape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Asheville Palette Knife Textured Art

 This painting is either the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Smoky Mountains.  It is difficult to know when you leave one and enter the other.

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Either way, it is definitely the Asheville area of  Western North Carolina.

The area is often misty or "smoky" in the mornings, but it usually burns off by mid-day.


Friday, September 24, 2021

Mountain Church Painting, Small Oil Painting, Church Landscape Art, Farmhouse Wall Decor, Daily Painting, SOLD

This is one of the many, small, white, churches, found in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  They all have their own charm, and I love driving around in search of them.


The beauty of the red tree, was an added bonus, to my find, but, this is a charming scene, anytime of the year.  It pays to have your cell phone with you!

Have a great day!


Carol Schiff

Monday, September 20, 2021

Landscape Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Ocracoke Island, N Carolina

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

Abstract Seascape in Gray, Aqua, Blues, Daily Painting, Coastal Wall Decor, Beach Painting, 14x18"

 Living on the Florida coast the sea is a major part of your daily life.

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I was thinking of a windy, cloudy, gray day as I worked this piece with a palette knife. Plenty of texture here.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Caribbean Seascape, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Palette Knife Art

 The beauty of this piece is in the colors of the Caribbean seascape.  As you travel south to the islands you see the stunning hues of the water change.

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Enjoy this little reminder of the beach!

Friday, September 10, 2021

Small Abstract Painting, Daily Painting, Metallic Paints, 6x8x.75" Abstract

One of my favorites, so far!

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I got excited about this one!  The metallic gold and copper paints are very effective.  The listing above is for a giclee print, in the size of your choice.  If you are interested in the original, check with me for availability.


Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Carol Schiff

Abstract Giclee Print, Daily Painting, Teal and Green Abstract

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I have been in an experimental mood lately.  My oils have been gathering dust as I pour acrylics and alcohol inks.

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This piece is done on yupo paper, which really isn't paper at all, but a  very slick plastic type of surface favored by watercolorists.  It is an alcohol ink piece.

The original is not available, but I am offering this as a giclee print in several sizes.

We are in the process of moving and my mind seems scattered these days.  I will try to continue to post during the process, but please bare with me.  Eventually, we will be settled and my posts will become more regular.

Have a great day!

Carol Schiff

Monday, September 6, 2021

CBS Wants Me!

Something exciting has happened, here in the studio!

I have been contacted by CBS, and have given them my permission, to use two of my artworks on their TV shows.  The new Magnum PI, and Hawaii Five-O series  will be on my view list forever!

The artworks are both seascapes, and here they are:

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 The links are for a print on canvas, which includes a free printer's proof, before the print is produced.  I can also do prints on wood planks, which gives a wonderful rustic, beachy feel.  For the wood print, please contact me here for prices and sizes.

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Palette Knife Painting, Sunflower Art, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Textured Wall Art, 11x14x1.5" Oil on Canvas

Here in Appalachia, we have an over abundance, of sunflowers, and old weathered barns.  I happen to love them both.

Like so many other places, we are having a long summer, with a warmer than usual fall; resulting in a longer growing season.  But all good things come to an end, and this is "The Last Sunflower of Summer"

I was pleased with the end results, of this painting.  I hope you like it too!

Thanks for viewing!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Apple Blossom Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 9x12x.75 Flower Painting SOLD

A trip to the apple orchard in Waynesville, NC provided me with plenty of reference photos.  How inspiring to see acre after acre of apple trees in full bloom!

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I am back in Waynesville, now, but there are no apple blossoms in sight...........just mile after mile of pumpkins and gorgeous Red Maple Trees in their full fall colors.

Growing up in NW Ohio, I always looked forward to fall with it's magnificent display of color.  When I moved to Florida at age 18, I didn't miss it at all.  Now that I am a grandmother of college age kids, I missed it a lot!!

Each fall, I try to spend time in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains to feed my need for autumn.

Have a colorful day!

Carol Schiff

Monday, August 23, 2021

Floral Paintings, Flower Paintings, Small Oil Paintings, Daily 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!

Wildlife Painting, Landscape with Wildlife Painting, Daily Painting Small Oil Painting, 6x8" Oil

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This painting was a real experiment for me.  I wanted to paint a sunset, wildlife and marsh, but could not find a reference image  that I liked.

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Then I remebered a workshop I took, many years ago from Fritz vanEeden.  Fritz is an artist of international aclaim.  Among his many talents is his ability to paint images that he pulled from his mind's eye.

I gave it a try!


I started with the direction of the sky and clouds and then laid in the  wetlands below.

I have to admit, I did use a photo reference for the heron.  I just could not visualize all those body parts!

All in all, I was happy the day's efforts, and hopefully, this technique will come in handy in the future.

Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Sunday, August 22, 2021

News from Carol Schiff Studio!

 Hello all!  It has been very busy here at Carol Schiff Studio and I have some exciting news to share with you.

I have recently opened a site on a wonderful handmade marketplace called  What makes this site different, is that they donate 100% of their profits to needy children.  No billionaire CEO's or stockholders to pay off, just maker's selling their products.  

My expenses are much lower on this site, and I am passing that on to my buyer's with lower prices.  Everybody wins!

I hope you will stop bye for a visit:  I add new listings daily.


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Painting Wildlife, Grey Squirrel Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, SOLD

Have you ever tried to photograph wildlife?  I have, and consider it an exercise in frustration.  Many blurred images later, my friend and photographer, Ted Fuhrer, offered me the use of his images.  Thanks so much, Ted.

This little guy looks very inquisitive and ready to bolt at the least movement.

  I enjoyed experimenting with painting his fur and directing the viewer's eye.  The animal is much the same color as the background in this scene.

 I put it in one of my black frames.  They seem to work perfectly for just about any painting.

Happy day to you!


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Floral Still Life Painting, Sunflowers and Tulips, Daily Painting, 8x24x1.5" Original Oil Painting


It is such a fun piece with a quirky composition along with tulips and a sunflower to brighten your day.  Some of my favorite flowers and favorite colors.

It is on gallery wrap canvas, with painted sides, giving the option to hang or without a frame.

Have a happy day!

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Florida Beach Palette Knife Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Original Coastal or Beach House Art Wall Decor

 You gotta love Florida!  Maybe not so much in the summer, but spring, fall and winter are great.

I call this 9x12" palette knife painting "On my way to the beach".  Florida is full of these little paths that end at the ocean.

I had fun slinging paint around on this one and tried to keep my hues as vibrant as they were on this sunny, bright  and hot, hot, hot, day.

Carol Schiff

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I guess I am a typical artist.  By that, I mean unorganized!

I just found this little painting in the back of my inventory closet.  I must have painted it 6 or 7 years ago!

I always wondered why it didn't sell!

I sit here tonight (Sept 10) listening to the wind howl, the rain pounding, a huge tree down in our yard and another of about 19 tornado warnings on our weather radio going off.  Hurricane Irma has been beating us up all day, with the worse to come about 2:00 a.m.

Trying to do blog posts to distract from the fury outside.

On the bright side, for the time being, we still have power.  The lights flicker, but so far, they have come back on.  That's a biggy!  When we lose power in a hurricane, it usually takes close to a week to get it back.  A long hot, humid week!!

Thanks for reading my blog.

Carol Schiff