Monday, August 29, 2022

Beach View from the Outer Banks, 24x48" Original Oil Painting


Please forgive the lopsided image.

I just finished this piece and had to hang it on the my wall.  My husband and I are big fans of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Hope you like it!

Saturday, August 27, 2022


Earlier this year, I entered a contest to have one of my artworks reproduced as a mosaic which would then be embedded into the sidewalk of the Creek Art District in Stuart, Florida.

I sent in this picture of a small painting I had done years before, and was soon notified that I was a finalist in the contest 

Soon after, I was notified my design had won the contest!  Oh my!  What had I done!  I had never tried a mosaic.  Contest rules dictated that I work with a specific mosaic studio in town, where I met Corina who assured me this would work.  After several visits, my 20x20" mosaic was completed.

Finally the installation day arrived.  Below is the picture of Corina and Billy (from the City of Stuart) grouting the mosaic into the sidewalk.

When the grout was cleaned off, I was horrified!!

It was not reading well at all!  I could barely recognize what I was looking at, so how would anyone else know?

Fortunately, a day later, during the grand unveiling,  I could recognize the sweet dolphin's face breaking through the water.

Approximately 40 people came to the unveiling, standing in the hot Florida sun.  I was humbled by the event.  A week later, the mosaic looks even better, as the grout has completely dried.

I am thrilled that I was able to participate in this wonderful project.  Mine was the third mosaic installed this year and there are plans for many more in the coming months.  What an exciting project to bring attention to the art district for many years to come.


Oh my

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Reproducing my Oil Painting in Mosaic, Daily Painting, Goody Bye Oils, Hello Mosaic!

 Stuart’s Creek District Sidewalk Mosaic Program is in full swing as mosaicist #3, Carol Schiff, works to complete her dolphin design and voting is open for the fourth mosaic artist! Project coordinators, Corina Pelloni and Diane Concepcion are eager to share their wealth of knowledge with anyone who wants to explore the world of mosaic creations.  The Rickie Report gives you some sneak peeks of Carol’s work as all we information about voting for Mosaic Artist #4 and classes.


Carol is a very skilled and experienced oil painter. Mosaic art is a new medium for her. A pleasure to have in the studio, she has been working diligently on her winning design, and has really taken to mosaic art like a… dolphin to water. 




Here is Carol’s original painting shown next to her work-in-progress:

Carol is a Florida oil painter who loves the coastal beaches, flora and fauna of this tropical paradise. Her second love is the Asheville/Blue Ridge Mountains area. Her art features both of these sites.


Her painting style is characterized by exciting brushwork, contrast, hues, and texture from palette knives. She skillfully applies these techniques to images of landscapes, still lifes and animals.


With a client list that includes Warner Brothers, Netflix, CBS, Disney Channel and Duke University, you may have seen one of her paintings on the screen. One painting is in the 2019 movie ‘The Joker’. A few more make appearances in popular TV shows Magnum PI and Hawaii 5-0.


To see more of her work, visit her shop on Etsy:




Carol’s mosaic will be completed in a few more sessions. Then, it will be installed near Herban Botanicals on Colorado Ave, and we’ll gather to celebrate a new piece of public art in Downtown Stuart’s Creek District of Arts and Entertainment.




There’s more:


Don’t miss your opportunity to vote on the design for the 4th mosaic!

The location for this artwork will be the sidewalk at the intersection of 5th Street and A1A near Kiwanis Park. Both finalists designs are beautiful original artworks submitted by brilliant local artists, Marian Vitale and Deborah Bottorf.




For more information and application:




Wondering  if  you’d  like  to  try  mosaic  art?

All are welcome to enter a design for consideration. When a contest is open, it will be accessible by the link above, and that’s also where information about the program can be found.

Another option is to take an intro to mosaics class. Classes are offered at Flagler Center on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. You must register in advance for a workshop. Learn more and sign-up at:




Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Pineapple and Mango Artwork, Fruit Oil Painting, Framed Still Life, 14x18" Original Oil Painting, Daily Painting,Small Oil Painting

When I first started painting, 25 years ago, I did many, many still life paintings.  I must have painted every apple or pear I could get my hands on.

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This is a more recent painting, of pineapple and mango.  It is 14x18" and is professionally framed in a gold wood frame.  I have it listed at 50% off in my Etsy store, quite the bargain.  If you are interested, you can check it out here:

Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Apple Time in the Mountains, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Apple Paintng 9x12x.75" Oil SOLD

During our stay in the mountains last month, we visited the apple orchard several times.  The apples are great, but the bakery is my cider doughnuts, apple cake and apple fritters...YUM!

I like to think this apple ended up in one of my favorite goodies.

The weather is beautiful and we really appreciate the sunny, cool days.  Perfect fall weather.  We really appreciate it after spending a week in Florida with humid weather and a major hurricane.

Have a great day.

Carol  Schiff

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Landscape Oil Painting, "Old Smoky", Palette Knife Painting, Small Oil Painting

 We lived in Asheville for three years, and there was nothing I enjoyed more that sitting on my deck and enjoying the view.

Asheville is surrounded by the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I am unsure which range is seen here.  

The mountains change from day to day and minute to minute as the earth rotates.  The color of the season and the light or shadows put on a constantly changing view.

This 9x12" painting is worked with a palette knife and has a textured finish.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

My paintings on the runway??

Several  months ago, I was contacted by an Israeli fashion designer, Assaf Pelleg.  He was designing his 2017 Spring/Summer Line, and wanted to use one of my paintings in his work.  I agreed to work with him, and we found two of my artworks that were of interest to him.

For several months, I heard nothing!  Then, suddenly, an email with the completed designs.

I am thrilled with the results!  

This is the fun part of what I do.  I sometimes struggle for days, over a specific artwork.  Just this week, I have worked on a piece for 3 days, and scrapped it this morning!  Then there are the boring hours after hours of internet work.  Taking photos, editing them, posting them.  Sometimes it seems the reward, is not enough to justify the effort. 

 But then, one day, a painting effortlessly falls off my brush, or a student sends me his power point presentation about how he was influenced by my art, or someone on the other side of the world, likes my work enough to place it in his collection.

That is the payoff!

Thanks for reading my blog today!

Carol Schiff

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.