Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Abstract Landscape, Abstract Sunset, "Mountain Sunset" 4x6" SOLD

I am just home from a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, which inspired my painting for today.


My goal was to reproduce the vibrant colors of the sunset with just a suggestion of mountain ridges.

I enjoy the thick application of paint and rough, unfinished texture in this piece.  It seems the more I paint, the more I move towards the abstract form.

This abstract landscape painting is a 4x6" on 1.5" gallery wrap canvas.  If you enjoy it, please pin it.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Palette Knife Art, "A Thistle Day" by Carol Schiff, 8x10" Oil ,SOLD

Who said weeds are not pretty???  I found these thistles on top of Grandfather Mountain outside of Boone, NC last month.

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Their delicate color and beautiful form was all it took for me to know I had to paint them.  However, it was 50ish, 30 MPH winds and in a very inconvenient spot, so no painting took place at that time.

Fortunately, I had my trusty traveling companion, my camera, hung around my neck and was able to capture this image.

I think that one of the most wonderful things about being an artist is that it has given me the ability to see beauty in unexpected places.   I am so thankful for that gift.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Small Seascape, "Stormy Beach Day" by Carol Schiff, 6x8 Oil, Palette Knife Seascape

Living in Florida, we get lots of sunny days.  This time of the year, it is normal for what starts out as a sunny day to suddenly change to black, threatening clouds, as the cool sea breezes collide over land
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with hot air from the west.  When that happens, it's time to run for cover as the effects can be fast and violent.  The last place you want to find yourself is on the beach as we live in an area fondly known as "Lightening Capitol of the World".  Every year we read of people who are struck with lightening and often do not survive.  On this day, we quickly ran for our car as the clouds rolled in.  I was happy to get a few shots of the storm.

I tried to capture that moment when the clouds roll in with the azure water quickly turning dark.

Thanks for reading my blog today....hope you have a great week.  Oh, by the way....please pin it!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tropical Landscape Art, Florida Painting, Florida Morning" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil Landscape

I work up eary, grabbed a cup of coffee and my camera, and headed to Florida's intracoastal waterway.  In our area, it is the Indian River, and I arrived there just in time to see the sun break over the horizon.

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 When I had finished my photos, I drank my coffee and enjoyed that wonderful early morning atmosphere.  You know the one, where it seems that only you and maybe a few birds are up and around.  It is so still, the birds are starting to feed, and a small pod of dolphins are fishing off shore.  Heaven!

I am often asked where I find my small frames.  The answer is my favorite framer.  Apparently it is standard procedure for framers to throw away the end pieces of moldings.  My framer, who has a large following of artists, started using those end pieces to make  up small standard sized frames.  He always has a good selection and sells them for next to nothing.  Perfect for starving artists!

If you are in Melbourne, FL area, his store is Ridley's Frames on Palm Bay Road and Troutman Ave. in Palm Bay.  Stop in and load up on his treasures and tell him I sent you in :)

Happy Day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Florida Landscape Painting, Palm Tree Art, "Twins" by Carol Schiff, 18x14" Oil

An ode to my home state...two stately palms residing on the banks of the intra-coastal waterway.

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Painted with my favorite instrument.....a palette knife.  I like the way I can transition from one color to another with my knives.  I kept this painting quite smooth in comparison with many of my palette knife works

Monday, February 10, 2014

Small Oil Painting, Abstract Painting,by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Canvas Panel "HUES" SOLD

I  wanted to show color and texture in this small oil paintng.  Texture seems to be taking over many of my works.


If you like this painting, you may want to pin it!

Please contact me if you are interested in commissioning  a similar small oil painting.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Abstract Landscape, Small Oil Painting, "Sinking" 6x8 Oil

The sunset and the sea are the stars of this little abstract painting.

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Members of the supporting cast are COLOR


Probably not for the faint of heart....but maybe those of you who like life on the edge, will find beauty in this piece.

Something for everyone!

Have a great day :0)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Daily Painting, "Reel Her In" 8x10" Oil by Carol Schiff,

This is the second time I have painted this scene.  The first time, several years ago, was a small 5x7.  I wanted to paint it larger, but couldn't find the image on my computer.  When I finally found it...I didn't have the size canvas I wanted to use (14x18) so, because I was frustrated I did it on the 8x10.

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I suppose this means I will repeat the process again at some unknown point in the future.

This time I painted with a palette knife and brush.  I like the texture that can be achieved with the knife.  I also have added some great "ocean" colors to my palette.

Who knows....maybe the next time I paint this scene, it will be an abstract!

This is the first painting.  Do you have a  preference? 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Abstract Landscape, "God's Glory" by Carol Schiff, Palette Knife Abstract 14x18x.75" Oil

We were driving through the fields of Georgia one morning, on one of our many journeys from Florida to North Carolina, when the sun burst over the horizon.  I was so happy I had my camera handy.

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Does it show that I had a ball painting this one?

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Maybe I went a little crazy with the colors.

Speaking of journeys, this is my second attempt at painting this image.  The first attempt was several years ago and is residing in Paris these days.

 It's a little more subdued.

Au Revoir

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Painting on Sale, "The Irene" by Carol Schiff, 8x10" Oil

It's Wild and Wacky Wednesday again, and I have chosen a scene from North Carolina for my painting on sale  today.  This charming wooden boat docks at our favorite marina in the mountains.....and it carries the same name as my granddaughter.

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This 8x10 oil on canvas panel usually sells for $150.  It's  already marked down to $ only I will refund you $20 on this purchase.  As soon as I am notified of it's sale, I will process a $20 credit to your PayPal or Credit Card account.  Offer expires at midnight PST, February 4, 2014

Thank you for reading my blog...hope you like my painting on sale today.