Friday, December 31, 2021

An Autumn Drive Up the Blue Ridge Parkway

Today's post is not about art....well not about my art.  It is the art of Mother Nature.  I want to show you some of the sights in the mountains this time of year.

 Who can resist these colors?

The Methodist Curch in Waynesville has the best pumpkin patch every year.

 Beauty is everywhere.

Even tiny little trees catch your eye.

We enter Smoky Mt Natl Park.

Now were are on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

As we climb in elevation, the show gets more intense.

Ohhhs and  ahwws  in every direction.

It is a photographer's delight.

My husband and I.

The show that never ends!

Back in Waynesville, the show is equally stunning!

Nature at it's best.  I much prefer this to the other show of nature we saw a few weeks ago....Hurricane Matthew!

I hope you enjoyed this little trip.

Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Thursday, December 30, 2021

The Great Northwest, Original Oil Painting, Landscape Oil Painting, Daily Painting

My husband and I took our first trip to the Northwest last summer. We were stunned by the gorgeous scenery in every direction.

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Obviously, we have pine trees and ocean views in Florida, but, how could they be so very different in Washington and British Columbia?  Everything seemed larger than life with trees towering into the sky and waterfalls tumbling down the sides of mountains.  It was a fabulous trip that we hope to repeat some day.

I painted this, in my studio, on linen attached to board.  As much as I like the idea of painting plein aire, it's not me.  I was taught to paint from images and still do it to this day.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Small Landscape Painting, Palette Knife Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 6x8" Oil

Did you ever have that feeling, that you just want to get away?  Away from the hustle and bustle of life, the job, the town, .......just everything?

This little painting, is my idea of that perfect get away.  It's on a quiet mountain road, snuggled up under the trees, but not so far from civilization that I would not want to be there alone.  In other words.....PERFECT!

Oh, to waken to birds chirping, and leaves falling softly to the ground.

I have not added this piece to my Etsy site yet, so feel free to contact me here, if you are interested in purchasing.

Have a wonderful day!

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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Morning on the beach, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Beach Painting, Seagull on the Beach, 11x14" Original Oil

I have run from the snowy mountains, to the beaches of Florida.  Lucky me, I can walk on the beach, and work at the same time.

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 I photoed this guy, during my morning walk and painted soon after.

The birds are so conditioned to people, they barely move when you approach.  In the morning, it is all business, as they are looking for food.

We are enjoying our Florida winter on the beach.  Being a snowbird is a good thing!

Carol Schiff

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Expressionist Seascape Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Textured Art, Palette Knife Painting, SOLD

Well probably your 5 yr old kid could do this....right?  Maybe that is why I enjoy it so much.

 I may be a slow learner, because it took me many years to get to this point.  Mama never said I was the sharpest knife in the drawer.

All kidding aside, I really love the freedom of this piece.  Instead of leaving the studio feeling like I have been fighting for hours, I felt very relaxed, happy and ready to sail through the day.  I think I need to do this more often!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Sailboat Original Paintings, Daily Painting, Palette Knife Painting, Textured Art, Coastal Home Decor, Beach House Wall Decor

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Friday, December 10, 2021

Florida Landscape Original Oil Painting, On the Shore of the Intra-Coastal Waterway, Beach House Wall Decor, Coastal Home Decor

  My home state of Florida is a constant source of painting inspiration.

That is a big deal on some days. I often go to my studio to paint and cannot find anything that inspires me.  When that happens, I often pack up and drive to the shore of one of the local rivers or maybe a beach.

Many times I paint from images that I have taken, as it is brutal outside during the summer months in south Florida.


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Blue Ridge Church Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 8x10" Oil Painting

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.

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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

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Nest Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Palette Knife Painting



This small oil painting is an attempt to paint a new subject for me.  I have been inspired by the nest paintings of Julie Oliver Ford.......actually by all her paintings.  Julie does stunning nests in oils and watercolors.  When an opportunity presented it's self to me, I decided to give it a try.

 Unlike Julie, I used a palette knife to achieve the nest effect.

Thanks for reading my blog today!

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Autumn Landscape Paintings, Daily Paintings, Small Oil Paintings, Home Wall Decor

We have just returned from a trip to Asheville.  The leaves were in full color and we had a lovely drive on the Blue Ridge Mountains.


These two paintings were inspired by our trip.  

Enjoy your day.




Saturday, November 6, 2021

On my Way to Hollywood!, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting

An unexpected, but exciting thing has happened!

Warner Brothers has purchased one of my paintings, for set design in their new movie "Romeo".

The movie is filming now, in Brooklyn, starring Joaquin Phoenix.  I believe it is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019.

I have been so fortunate, as I am currently under contract with CBS, to use two seascapes, in their TV series PI Magnum and Hawaii Five-O.


  I know what you are thinking.........How did this happen?  How did they find you?

Well, both of these contacts were made through my site on Etsy.  I did nothing to attract these offers, other than regularly post on Etsy and maintain a presence online.  It can happen to you too!

Good luck!!

Carol Schiff

Pet Painting, Cat Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting

This cat lives at our local art supply store.  My art group, Pieces of Eight, meets there each week, and we spend the morning creating, visiting, challenging.....and then have lunch together.

 Kitty loves to interact with us, jumping in the middle of our paintings, climbing into our art bags, doing her cat thing.  Usually mid morning, she climbs into her favorite sleeping artist browser.  For those of you who don't know, it is a canvas sling, much like a hammock.  That is where I snapped a photo of her, which of course, woke her up.

Can you tell, from her expression, that she seems less than happy with me?  I think I interrupted her nap in the sun.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Carol Schiff

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Appalachian Country Church Original Oil Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Asheville Area Landscape

 I travel to Asheville each spring and fall, trying to record the beautiful scenery of the area.

I couldn't overlook the many small white mountain churches of the area.

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Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Monday, October 25, 2021

Farmhouse Wall Decor, Sunflower Oil Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Palette Knife Art, Textured, SOLD

Sunflowers and farmhouses, the perfect pairing!

It is a cold, gray day, here in the mountains, and sunflowers are the perfect way to brighten things up.


Both sunflowers and farmhouses, are not uncommon, here in the mountains.  It's hard not to smile when I look at sunflowers.

Have a wonderful day!

Carol Schiff