Monday, April 25, 2022

Small Painting of the Florida IntraCoastal Waterway, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Indian River Scene, Home Wall Decor

 This is a 6x8" oil worked with both brush and palette knife.  I love water and have always wanted to have a water view from my home.  This would be my perfect little place.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Seascape Oil Painting, Coastal Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 12x16" SOLD

My favorite path to the sea, during my stay in Florida last winter.  Heaven!!


The frame is not included, but shown only as an example.

This is a 12x16x.75 original oil painting, with some texture in areas.

Carol Schiff

Friday, April 22, 2022

Trio of Marsh Landscape Paintings, Commission Your Painting, Small Oil Paintings, Daily Painting

 These are three 6x8" marsh landscapes from Amelia Island in northern Florida.  They were commissioned pieces that brought back happy memories for me.

Many artists do not enjoy commission work.  The idea you see in your mind may not be the same vision your client has, which makes it difficult.  I however, enjoy the challenge.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Mountain Church Landscape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Appalachian Small White Church, 8x10" 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

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Sky Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 8x8x1.5" Oil Painting

An early morning beach photo shoot was the inspiration for this piece.  Thank you to Pat Garvey for sharing his image with me.

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 One of the biggest problems of selling art online, is representing your art with correct colors.  I didn't realize how big a problem this would be.

I tried for over an hour to edit this piece correctly, and was only partially successful.    Blues seem to be the colors that always give me problems in my photography.

The image above is washed out compared to the actual piece, which is sitting here next to me.  My problem was trying to get the blue gray on the lower right corner to read correctly...which is right on with my monitor.  But that means I have lost some beautiful warm rust and mauve hues in the dark cloud.

In this detail, the mauves and orangey rust shades are correct, but the blue on the right side is way too strong. Also the pale yellows are not warm enough.  What to do?  I have no answers.

Even if I am able to get the colors correct on my monitor, they may not be what you are seeing on your monitor.

So I do my best to represent what I see and offer my customers a full refund if they are unhappy.

I think most buyers understand this issue as fortunately, I have not had a painting returned in almost 10 years.

If any of you have a solution, I would love to hear it.

After writing this post, I tried again to edit my image, and finally have settled on this as the best representation of the painting.  It is better, but still does not reflect all the color variations.

Still missing mauve and purple colors in the dark cloud area and aqua tints behind the pelican.

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Tribute to Courtney

 This is off subject, but I want to take a moment to celebrate my granddaughter and her many years of hard work.

Courtney is graduating from medical school in a few weeks and has been awarded a residency in OB/GYN at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN.

Mayo in Rochester is the number one rated hospital in the world, and they only had five OB/GYN residency openings.

I am so proud of my granddaughter, the doctor, and know she will treat her patients with compassion and dedication.  CONGRATULATIONS to her and her wonderful Mom!


Thursday, March 24, 2022

Floral Still Life, Flower Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Roadside Treasure"

When I go on my daily walk, up and down the country roads, I marvel at the gorgeous wildflowers and weeds (?) I find.  It was on these walks, that I discovered the lovely daylilies I planted in Florida, grow wild in the mountains.

So that is the inspiration for this painting, as I gathered these blooms from the ditches and easements along the country roads.

I plopped them in a favorite piece of pottery and started painting.

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This piece is 9x12x.75"

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Monday, March 14, 2022

Dolphin Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting


 Years ago, I painted a dolphin after visiting the Florida Keys.  When our local art club announced a contest, I decided to enter.

The idea was to submit a design that could be re-created as a mosaic, which would then be embedded in the sidewalk of the local art district.

Since I live on the coast of Florida, I thought this dolphin painting would be perfect.  Apparently I was correct because I won the contest.  

I have never attempted mosaic but have always had a desire to try.  Now I will be working with an accomplished mosaic artist to complete my mosaic.  The idea that it will be embedded in the sidewalk for hopefully many years is very appealing to me.  Wish me luck as I attempt this new procedure.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Cow Painting,Daily Painting, Domestic Animal Oil 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.  Contact me for pricing.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Original Oil Painting, Palette Knife Textured Artwork, "Southern Sunrise" 12x12x1.5"

 I was driving through rural Georgia when the sun came up over the horizon and provided me with this beautiful sight.

The piece is highly textured which adds to the appeal of this contemporary artwork.

The 1.5" sides of the stretched canvas are painted black allowing it to be hung with or without a frame.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Red Barn, Black Cow, Farm Landscape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Rural Wall Decor, 11x14"

I have painted by neighbor's farm, in the Smoky Mountains, many times.

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It is such a scenic view.   I cannot pull my eyes away from it, whenever I pass.  I always think of a chirpy little bird, whenever I see the barn  "face".

 This time, there was an added surprise.  This lovely black bull, standing in the field.  I pulled out my trusty camera and was able to get a decent shot.

That was several years ago!  I looked at the image many times over the years, but only tried to paint it recently. The time must be right!

Thanks for viewing my art today.

Carol Schiff

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Abstract Four Seasons Oil Painting - Spring, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 4x12" Oil Abstract, SOLD

Remember the old "Four Seasons" series?  Almost always a tree depicted in spring, summer, fall, winter.

I had an idea, to do a take off, using only color to depict the seasons.


I thought of new spring green grasses, robin's eggs, pink dogwood blossoms and lavender crocus, with just a touch of gray skies.

I left lots of texture for added interest.

I have to admit, I felt very "springy" when I had finished, and ready to tackle "summer"!

CREATE!!  It's good for the spirit.

Carol Schiff

Monday, February 21, 2022

Relax! Take time to smell the Roses, Flower Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Rose Painting

I know, I know!  We are all so caught up in the holidays, rushing around, parties, wrapping gifts, maybe cooking a feast.  Take a deep breath, and relax awhile.

TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES!  Here are a few of my past paintings.  Maybe they will help.

Enjoy the Day!

I am still having my moving sale on Etsy.  Look for even LARGER discounts in the coming days


Thursday, February 17, 2022

Seascape Oil Painting, Ocean Wave, Caribbean Seascape, 20x24" Oil on Canvas

Lately, I have been painting seascapes.  I always love painting and viewing seascapes.  It's almost as soothing to me as a trip to the beach.

 Of course, the first step for me IS a trip to the beach.  I  pick a day with my trusty camera and head for the sand.  I count myself lucky if I get a few interesting shots.

For this painting, I used images from a trip to Barbados.

 It transports me to the sea each time I see it.
Isn't art wonderful?!

Thanks for viewing my art today.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Poppy Floral Painting, Poppies Flower Art, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Palette Knife Painting, 11x14x1.5" Oil on Canvas

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

Friday, February 11, 2022

Barn Landscape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Textured Painting, 9x12" Oil Painting

Barn Landscape Painting.

When my Pieces of 8 art buddies were visiting me, in my mountain condo, we left our paints at home.  We still had plenty to do!

Each day we would venture out, with our cameras in hand.  One day we drove through the countryside, looking for rustic barns.

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 We found plenty to choose from.

On this painting, I used a combination of brushwork and knifework.  I concentrated on color relationships and texture.

I so enjoy fall in the mountains and wanted to share some of the sights of the season.

Thanks for viewing my blog today!

Carol Schiff

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Relax! Take time to smell the Roses, Flower Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Rose Painting

I know, I know!  We are all so caught up in the holidays, rushing around, parties, wrapping gifts, maybe cooking a feast.  Take a deep breath, and relax awhile.

TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES!  Here are a few of my past paintings.  Maybe they will help.

Enjoy the Day!

I am still having my moving sale on Etsy.  Look for even LARGER discounts in the coming days


Thursday, February 3, 2022

Flower Still Life, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 6x8" Oil on Panel, Palette Knife Painting, SOLD

Today I painted a flower.


I have been struggling with my painting, for a full year now.  I have never been able to establish a routine in the studio, since we packed our bags, and moved to the mountains.  I thought I was over painting.  I found no joy in it.  In fact, everything I struggled to paint, seemed more like a duty and I found it frustrating.

But now, we have been back at the beach for three months.  It took awhile. First the holidays got in the way, but after the first of the year, I started to regain my love of spending my days in the studio. 

Maybe it was the inspiration of the long walks on the beach, or maybe  it was being back with my art buddies again.  Whatever..........I am thrilled and anxious to smear paint across canvas again!

It is such a JOY!!!


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Teapot with Stripes, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Still Life Painting, 6x8" Oil on Panel, SOLD

Today I have a teapot still life daily painting for you.

I am having an inventory reduction sale on Etsy.  All my original oil paintings are reduced by 40%.  I hope you will stop by.  See the link below.

Thank you for viewing my daily painting on my blog today.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Abstract Seascape Painting, 8x16" Palette Knife Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting SOLD

We are happy to be back in Florida, and I wanted to mark the occassion with a new abstract.

I really enjoyed creating this art.  Sometimes it is nice to just get in the zone, no particular plan, and let the subconscious take over.

I love playing with paint and these represent some of my favorite colors.  I didn't plan to do a seascape, but it feels like one, especially of the tropical waters in the Caribbean Islands.

The last few months have been hectic for me.  This is just what I needed to calm me down.

Have a great day and thanks for reading my blog.

Carol Schiff

Monday, January 24, 2022


I hope you all enjoy your holidays and find peace and love in the upcoming year!  I want to thank all my online friends who visit this blog and follow my art.

Our painting group, Pieces of 8, at our fun Christmas luncheon at The Dove. The Dove always makes  it a specal day, they do it right!

Clockwise, Fay on the left, Carmen, Denette Jean, Donna, Me, Mary and Kathy.
Carol Schiff