Saturday, October 31, 2015

Impressionist Daily Art, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Fairy House", 6x8" House Painting

This small oil painting was a surprise to me.  I wanted to paint a house, but this is not what I had in mind.

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 I know all of us artists browse the internet, looking for artist's works that we enjoy, and trying to learn from others.  That is why you are here, reading this post.

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I am no different.  I recently found this image on facebook, from an artist that I admire.  I was very inspired by this work and decided to try a house painting of my own.  As you can see, they are very different works.

The moral of this story is ...........don't be afraid to be inspired by others and always stretch your art.  You never know when you will come away frustrated or find new confidence in your techniques.  My painting is not what I was looking for, but, I am happy with it and I feel it pushed my skills in new ways.

Thank you for reading my blog, go get inspired!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Wildlife Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Art, "Into the Sunset" , 6x8" Oil

This painting was a real experiment for me.  I wanted to paint a sunset, wildlife and marsh, but could not find a reference image  that I liked.

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Then I remebered a workshop I took, many years ago from Fritz vanEeden.  Fritz is an artist of international aclaim.  Among his many talents is his ability to paint images that he pulled from his mind's eye.

I gave it a try!


I started with the direction of the sky and clouds and then laid in the  wetlands below.

I have to admit, I did use a photo reference for the heron.  I just could not visualize all those body parts!

All in all, I was happy the day's efforts, and hopefully, this technique will come in handy in the future.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

VintageTeacup and Teapot Stacked Lamps, teacup lamp, teapot lamp, accent lamp, shabby chic lamp

You came here today, expecting an art blog, but I hope you will bear with me as I show you my newest project.

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 Isn't this adorable?

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 Each lamp is made of vintage and new (mostly vintage) teacups and teapots.  I track them down, where ever I go.

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 I have so much fun finding the perfect elements for each lamp. When I am happy with the just the right cups and saucers and teapot , I turn it over to my hubby who carefully drills holes in each piece and wires the lamp with brand new electrical parts.  He spent weeks perfecting the electrical components design for safety and durability.

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The shades and bulbs do not come with the lamps due to shipping considerations.  

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 Of course, each one we finish becomes my favorite.  I want to keep them all, but I promised hubby that would not happen.
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 This would be such a unique gift for that very special person on your gift list (or you).

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 Each lamp is one of a kind.  If you see one that is perfect for you, buy it now, because when it's gone, it's gone forever.

We are happy to make a special lamp for you.  Maybe you have some of grandmother's china, or your wedding china, that is closed away in a closet.  How nice it would be to see it sitting out every day.  Send me a comment if you are interested in a very special "memory lamp" just for you.

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Saturday, October 17, 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, October 16, 2015

Small Landscape Painting, "Intracoastal Island" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil, SOLD

This small landscape painting depicts a scene I see every day.  Florida's intracoastal waterway is dotted with small uninhabited islands.

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During warmer months, the islands are often gathering places for camping and fishing trips or simply a fun boating trip for a family outing.  Even the youngest kids enjoy the sandy beaches and calm, shallow waters and many picnics and happy days occur there.

I painted the scene with a palette knife in the style I like to call "color weaving" which gives it a nice textured look.  I particularly like a small landscape painting in a simple black frame which, I feel, gives a sense of elegance.  I love when you pin my work!


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Painting on Sale | Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | Winter Glory by Carol Schiff | 6x8" Landscape SOLD

Today, I am offering one of my favorite daily paintings at a reduced price.  This small oil painting was painted after a winter trip to the mountains of North Carolina.  I found these beautiful red berries in the trees.  I think it has a very sweet Christmas feel, but can be hung all year long.  The perfect gift for the art lover on your list!

Now for the deal of the day.....Purchase at the link above and you will be charged $119.95 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 sale expires at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Oct 16, 2015.

Thank you for reading my blog today.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tropical Landscape Painting, " Shadows " by Carol Schiff, 16x20" Oil SOLD

It's a sunny morning and this tropical Landscape Painting is up for grabs this morning.

Shadows is about the interplay of light. When the sun strikes a group of palmettos, interesting and wonderful things happen.  

Gallery price is $550. on this beautiful piece and it is already discounted to $350.  
I have many other tropical landscape paintings available in a variety of sizes here

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Seascape Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Beach Memories" , 11x14" Oil, SOLD

I created this small seascape from my memories of the beautiful beaches that surround us here in the state of Florida.

I painted with a brush and pallet knife to show texture in the waves rushing to shore and the sea oats rising above the protective dunes.

The more I travel, the more I am in awe of our beautiful world, including the beauty of my home state.  It is so easy to forget the beauty that surrounds you.  Take a moment today to find your beauty.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Tropical Landscape Painting, Daily Painting, "Golden Palm" by Carol Schiff, 16x20" Oil, SOLD

I was going through some of my old files, and found this tropical Landscape painting that I did several years ago.  I was in morning light, in an area covered with palmettos.  I was fascinated by the play of light on the palm fronds, forming beautiful abstract shapes.

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I worked very hard on this one, to get the dramatic values that I wanted.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Daily Painting, Seascape Painting, Ocean Painting, Beach Painting, "Celebrating Blue" 16x20x1.5" Oil

I wanted to do a seascape, or actually a beach painting, somewhere between an abstract and impressionism.  If this looks a little familiar, it is because I posted the study for this work a month or two ago.

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I wanted to record just my memories and impressions of trips to the beach.  I painted with a knife and tried to work quickly.

I tried not to think too much about the colors I was using or where I was putting them, but tried to keep it really instinctive.

I wanted plenty of texture in this piece.

It was a fun exercise, although I wish I had done a larger piece.  Maybe someday I will.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stormy Landscape Painting | Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | Coastal Collision II by Carol Schiff | 11x14x1.5 Oil

This stormy landscape painting is a scene I see most every afternoon in the summer, here in Florida.  The warm breezes blow across the state from the west and collide with the cool ocean breezes from the east.  Instant Storm!

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I painted this in oil and using a palette knife to capture the feel of impending doom.  You know that feeling.....the black clouds suddenly roll in...the temperature drops 10 or 15 degrees in what seems like seconds and the wind kicks in.  Time to run for cover!

I painted on 11x14x1.5" canvas and painted the sides black making framing an option.


Thanks for reading my blog today......stay dry out there!