Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Painting on Sale, Small Oil Landscape, "Country Roads" by Carol Schiff, 6x12x.75

Wild and Wacky Wednesday is here again and so is another painting on sale.

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This painting has always had a special place in my heart.  Although we live in Florida, we spend lots of summer time in the mountains of North Carolina.  When you follow the road through the Great Smoky Mt. National Park, you end up in Gatlinburg, TN.and that is where I found this old barn years ago.

If you are wondering why I send a rebate, let me explain.  When you follow the link to purchase, you will be taken to my Etsy site. Chances are, if I lower the price on Etsy, and the painting does not sell, I will forget to go back and correct the Etsy listing.:)  My memory is not working as well as it used to.  The second reason is I like to think of this as a little bonus for my blog readers.   This is the only place I advertise these Wednesday sales.

So this is how it works.....Purchase the painting at $150. on Etsy, where you have a choice of paying by credit card or PayPal.  YOU write on the order "WILD AND WACKY SALE".   That tells me to send you back a $25.00 rebate on your account, which I do as soon as I am notified of the sale.  This offer expires Thursday, March 27, 2014 at midnight PDT.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "VIEW FROM FT PULASKI" by Carol Schiff, 6X8, OIL SOLD

Fort Pulaski was prepared for a possible infantry attack. However, Fort Pulaski never endured a direct land assault. With 36 guns, including the new James Rifled Cannon and Parrott rifles, Union troops began a long sustained bombardment of Fort Pulaski. The rifled projectiles could be accurately fired farther (4–5 miles) than the larger and heavier smoothbore cannonballs. Within 30 hours, the new rifled cannon had breached one of the fort's corner walls. Shells now passed through the fort dangerously close to the Fort's main powder magazine. Reluctantly, Colonel Olmstead surrendered the fort. Only one Confederate soldier and one Union soldier were injured in the attack.
Within six weeks of the surrender, Union forces repaired the Fort and all shipping in and out of Savannah ceased. The loss of Savannah as a viable Confederate port crippled the Southern war effort. With the Fort securely in Union control, General David Hunter, commander of the Union garrison issued General Order Number Eleven, which stated that all slaves in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina were now free. President Abraham Lincoln quickly rescinded the order, but later issued his own Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. At this time, Fort Pulaski was made a final destination on the Underground Railroad as slaves throughout the area were freed upon arrival on Cockspur Island.

Southwest magazine

Outer wall of the fort.

Entrance to Fort Pulaski.
The garrison of Union soldiers reached 600 during the initial occupation, but as the War dragged on it became obvious the Southern forces would not be able to retake the Fort. The garrison was later reduced to around 250. Late in the War the Fort would be made into a prison for a group of captured Confederate officers known as "The Immortal Six Hundred." Thirteen of these men would die at the Fort. After the War ended Fort Pulaski continued as a military and political prison for a short while. It would house a Confederate Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of War, Assistant Secretary of War as well as three state governors, a senator and the man who had commanded the Fort after it had been taken by the South.

This was the view seen  as the confederate soldiers tried in vain to defend their fort.  There was never another brick fort built after this defeat.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Storms can be very scary...when you are driving, when the sky is full of lightening,when the wind gets crazy, when that loud house-shaking thunder fills the air.

But, I love to paint storm clouds, the bigger and blacker, the better!  It gives me a chance to throw paint around and get wild!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Art Sale, Painting on Sale, "Half-way up the Mountain" by Carol Schiff, 11x14" Oil

Another painting on sale today because it is  "WILD AND WACKY WEDNESDAY".

The road we live on in western North Carolina, like many roads there, leads up and over a mountain.  I found this charming scene one fall as we were out for a drive on a beautiful, warm September day.

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We drove by several years later, and the scene was the same....barn still there and so was the antique tractor.  Only the leaves had changed.

This 11x14" oil painting is done on masonite panel and finished with a light layer of varnish.

Now, the details.....when I receive payment notification, I will immediately refund $30.00 to your PayPal or credit card account, so your actual cost is $195. plus shipping.  To receive this discount, you must state on the order "WILD AND WACKY WEDNESDAY".  That is my clue to send you the rebate.  This offer expired at midnight PST March 20, 2014.

If you like this painting on sale, I hope you will pin it.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Duck Painting, Wildlife Painting, "Just Hanging Out" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" oil

I found this little girl duck at Nantahala Outdoor Center, in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just hanging out on a rock in the river.

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 She seemed quite content!  Pretty surprising when you see what was going on 50 yards down the river...

International Kayak competition!  The ducks were not annoyed.........

This setting seems to suit the painting a little more.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fall Landscape, Daily Painting, "Fall Colors" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

We have just returned from several weeks in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.  Everyday I would run to the door as soon as the sun peeked over the mountain to see how the beautiful fall colors had intensified over night. I was not disappointed.
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The sun was back lighting a red maple, giving it a beautiful glow.  I tried to duplicate the colors without falling into the "too garish" trap.

It was a lovely trip.  Lots to do with little time available.  I need to take a few deep breaths and all will turn out okay.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Abstract Sunrise Painting, Palette Knife Abstract, "Intracoastal Sunrise" by Carol Schiff, 14x18x1.5" Oil

I painted this abstract sunrise painting after spending the night on the boat, anchored at Mosquito Lagoon.  It was a hot night with no power on the boat and mosquito's everywhere!  We started out the next morning in the dark and soon saw this gorgeous sunrise.

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I painted this after I returned home with brush and palette knife.

Thanks for viewing my blog and my abstract sunrise painting this morning.  Feel free to pin it!