Sunday, May 31, 2015

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Fiddlehead Fern Painting, 11x14x1.5" Oil

A few posts back, I showed you a painting of fiddlehead ferns.  I decided to do a companion piece.  The original painting had a very dark, some would call it black, background, but on this one I decided to go light,

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 The background is photographing a little is really more of a nice yellow.  I wanted it to suggest the sunlight that was pouring in around the ferns.

I am considering one more fiddlehead painting,,,,,a really big one!  What do you think?

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

art sale, daily art, daily painter, small oil landscape,

Time for another painting on sale.  Today, my painting, "Into the Woods" is on the auction block.  This is a little fantasy piece.  Painted on 6x6x1.5" canvas, depicting that fleeting moment of the day when the sun falls below the horizon.......shining though a stand of trees.

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Now for the deal of the day.....Purchase at the link above and you will be charged $79.95 and shipping. You must write ART SALE on the order to receive the discount.  As soon as I receive your payment, I will return a credit of $20.00 to your credit card or PayPal account.

This sale is only for readers of my blog, so if you don't write ART SALE on the order, I won't know you saw it here and you won't get a rebate.

This offer expires, Friday, May 29th at 12:01 a.m.

Thank you for reading my blog today.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Marsh Landscape Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "North Florida Marsh" by Carol Schiff, 6x8 Original Oil

This marsh landscape painting is inspired by a trip to Fernandina Beach.  I was captivated by the autumn colors of the marshes.

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Yes, we do have fall color in just have to look a little harder to find it.

It may not be on the trees, and it may not be in October.  I was just noticing how beautiful the red maple trees in our yard looked last week. The leaves were a lovely burgundy color.....perfect during the Christmas season.  Of course, we don't have thousands of trees in glorious color like you will find in the North, but I like to think the beaches and mild winter weather make up for it. :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


I sometimes think back to when I was raising a family, working in an office everyday, just rushing from one project to the next, trying to get everything done that needed to be done.
.trying to fit everything into the day, but instead of doing everything that needed to be done, I am doing everything I WANT to get done.

A large part of my life today is about art, and a large part of my art is about my friends, "Pieces of Eight".  We are eight women of a certain age, who found each other through our art.  We paint together every week at Ralph's Art Supply.

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We do exhibitions together, we travel together, we paint together, and we never fail to support each other in good times and bad.

After a few hours painting and catching up with each other's week, we have lunch together.

We put the names of all the local eatery's in a bag and each week we draw a name and that is where we have lunch.  Why?  Have you ever tried to get 8 women to agree on anything?  Trust me, everyone has an opinion!

This was our luncheon view yesterday.....just in case we forget why we live in Florida!

These women are definitely a blessing in my life, and I just wanted to share it with you today.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, VanGogh landscape, "Tribute to Vincent" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Each week our art group appoints one member as leader.  The leader, decides what type of project we will work on that day.  A few weeks ago, Faye was our leader, and as her project, she brought it images of VanGogh and Monet paintings for us to re-create.

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 I chose his very famous "Wheatfield with Cypresses" . Actually, I chose one of three similar paintings that carry that name.

 I have always wanted to give his famous and distinctive swirling brushwork a try.  It was an interesting experiment, one that I will probably do again.

Years ago, I spent some time studying the masters  and duplicating some of their works.  I found it to be very informative.  Here is one of my attempts at Degas' work, "Woman Bathing"

And Cezanne


And Gauguin........



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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Florida Landscape, Daily Painting, "Sunlit Plams" by Carol Schiff, 10x8x.75" Oil

This is a scene I see everyday in Florida.  When the sun is low in the sky, the entire landscape is bathed in golden light.  An  uninteresting sight, like this clump of palm trees, takes center stage.

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This is just one of the perks that art has brought to my life.....the ability to really take notice of the beauty that surrounds me.  Not just the obvious like a glowing sunset or a beautiful flower garden, but the magic that can happen to a clump of palm trees that I have walked by day after day.

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What brings joy to your life?  A puppy....a touch...a new morning?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Art Sale, Daily Painting, Tropical Landscape, "Coconuts from Sanibel" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

It's Wednesday, and that means art sale!  I like to think of it as a little reward for you loyal readers of my blog.  Today's painting is a peek at a tropical landscape scene.

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This is one of two paintings I did of this tree, after a visit to Sanibel Island.  Sanibel Island is in the southern half of the state of Florida and considered as "tropical".  I live in Central Florida, which is considered "sub-tropical".  Being in the sub-tropics, we don't get coconuts growing on our palms, so I was attracted to something a little different.

Now that you know the story behind the painting, let's talk about the sale.  When you purchase the painting at the link above, you will be charged $95. plus shipping.  As soon as I am notified of your payment, I will credit your PayPal or credit card account $20.  That will bring the cost of the painting to $75. You must write ART SALE on the order to get the rebate!   



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Live Oak with Spanish Moss, 6x6", Oil

Live oak trees are found everywhere in the south, usually, draped with Spanish moss.  The trees are huge with long, long branches that sometimes droop to the ground.  They are called "live oaks" because they cycle their new leaves all year long and never are bare.

Spanish moss was named after the first Spanish explorers who came to Louisiana and Florida.  The Indians thought the moss looked like the beards of the explorers.

Basically, Spanish moss just needs somewhere to hang out, and live oak foliage leaches an especially high amount of the nutrients it needs. While excessive growths of Spanish moss can be problematic for unhealthy trees in high wind situations, in most cases healthy live oaks have extensive root structures that keep them in place during storms.
Spanish moss is great for wildlife. Birds use it for nesting material, and it provides shelter for creatures like bats and bugs, including a type of spider that’s been found nowhere else. Throughout history, humans have used it to stuff mattresses, as packing material and insulation, and even in the car seats of some of the first Fords. (This proved to be a problem when the red ants living in the Spanish moss made their presence known – they solved this problem in the future by boiling the moss first.)
So really, y’all, there’s no reason for southern nature and wildlife lovers not to like Spanish moss just as much as the stately tree that it hangs in.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Spring in the Mountains

We have just returned home from a few weeks in the mountains of western North Carolina.  Earlier this year, we sold our second home there and replaced it with a condo in Waynesville.  We have been working hard, getting moved into the condo, painting every wall in sight and making it feel like home.

One afternoon I grabbed my camera and ran outside to capture the beautiful spring day and this is what I found.

I inherited a garden in front of our new home, and everything was coming alive at once...

Fiddleheads were popping up

Dogwood was blooming everywhere I looked in both pink.....

and white blossoms.  Tulips, lilac and azalea were everywhere and the dats were filled with the music of songbirds.

A drive to WaterRock Knob, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, showed less color at the higher elevation, but still beautiful to see.

For an Ohio girl, who has spent most of the last 50 years in Florida, it seemed all my memories of spring were spread out before my eyes.  Don't get me wrong, I truly love living in Florida, but when spring or fall calls, I head to the mountains.

Stay tuned, to see these images interpreted in oil.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Florida Landscape | Daily Painting | Tropical Painting | Heading Home by Carol Schiff | 12x24" Original Oil Painting, SOLD

If this looks familiar to's because I have painted the scene before.  If fact, the first painting, which is smaller, was licensed and produced as wall decor on wood planks by Arthouse LLC.


This is a view of the Indian River, part of the intra-coastal waterway in Florida, as viewed from Grant Florida.  It was late afternoon (just before sunset) on a gorgeous November day.  I took many photos and have painted about a dozen pieces from this one photo shoot.

I used a palette knife technique that I like to call "color weaving".  It gives lots of texture and soft changes of color.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Landscape Tree Painting "Reach for the Sun" 6x8" Oil SOLD

This massive oak tree lives on a neighboring farm in North Carolina.  It is beautiful any time of the day, but seemed even more so with the sun setting behind it.


I have been on a tree painting frenzy this past few days, fueled and influenced by a small painting I purchased from Robert Kimball.  If you are not familiar with his work, I hope you will check out his blog.  His color choices are excellent.

I have wanted to do some tree studies for quite some time, but never seemed to get around to it.  This week I did several and will be posting them soon.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Florida Landscape Painting, Palm Tree Art, "Twins" 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