Thursday, March 31, 2016

Small Sunset Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Marsh Sunset" , 8x10x1.5" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

I love to paint sunsets, but more importantly, I practice, practice, practivce sunsets.
I just retutned home from another Eliuo Camacho workshop, and, one of the main points I have retained this time is just that.  He spoke of how he spends hours and days and weeks perfecting a certain type of stroke, or perhaps a shape, until it is second nature.
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 He said a painting, just like a dancer, should look effortless!

I am not there!  But, I now have a clearer goal in mind and a plan to get there.

If you have the opportunity to attend Elio's demo or workshop, I highly recommend him.  Not only an excellent artist, but also an excellent instructor......and he makes it all fun!  Cannot wait to return.

Thank you for viewing my art today.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Impressionist Landscape Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Golden Hour:, 6x8" Oil

I am trying to capture that moment when the whole world has a golden glow.  My image showed a live oak, draped in spanish moss with the sun setting in the background.

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I struggled a lot with the colors.  Not sure I got it right.


This is a subject that I intend to revisit.  I have just returned from a Elio Comacho workshop and will try to apply some of his techniques to this landscape.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Daily Painting, SOLD "Red Berries and Leaves" 8x10" Small Landscape

The image for this painting came from an autumn hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I love being there this time of year when color is everywhere.

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I was attracted to this image because of the unusual color and also by the abstract qualities of the branches.

Blogger is up to it's old tricks this morning, not behaving at all, and insisting on putting my second image at the top of the post.  I had this problem a few weeks ago, then it magically disappeared, now it is back!  ARGH!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cloud Painting, Sky Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, A Touch of Blue by Carol Schiff, 6x8 Original art

I love to paint the sky, but this is my first daily painting of ONLY sky.

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 It was really quite fun as I concentrate more on values than getting really accurate shape.  I like the texture  and will definitely do this little exercise again.

It's nice to have a model that is always available and changes each time you paint it.

What are your favorite things to paint?  I started off with simple still life, went through a flower stage and now find I am doing more landscape than anything else.  My goals this year are many.  I want to paint more larger pieces, more figurative pieces and to add quality giclee' prints to my website.

I hope I can stay on track.  Do you have a plan for where you want to be 12 months from now? I would love to hear about it.

Keep painting and thank you for viewing my blog today.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Daily Painting | Oil Landscape | Garden Painting | The Walk to Freedom by Carol Schiff | 24x30x1.5 Oil

A few months ago, I did a small study of this garden landscene, on Laura Plantation in southern Louisiana.  I have wanted to paint a larger version, but, life got in the way.  Finally, I  was able to finish this 24x30" piece.

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It brings back memories of a trip I took to New Orleans last year.  We spent the day driving through the surrounding countryside and toured two plantations that bordered the Mississippi levy.

As you can imagine, the grounds were stunning, but I couldn't help but think of the slaves who toiled there.


I painted using both a brush and palette knife.  I love the texture a palette knife brings to a piece.  I think it adds so much interest.


I painted the sides of the canvas black.  This garden landscape will work well either framed or unframed.

Don't forget to pin it, please.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Dogwood painting, Small oil painting, daily painting, 6x8" Oil

It's dogwood time in Appalachia!  Any day now the landscape of North Carolina, Virginia etc. will burst into bloom.  If my #1 have to be in the mountains time is fall, spring runs closely as 2nd.

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If you have never been there when everything bursts into yourself a favor and plan a trip today!


 I tried to capture all the delicate colors.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Story of a commission

When I work on a painting commission, it is always with a mix of excitement and fear.  Will I produce the painting my client is expecting?

Recently  I recieved a request for a 30x40" commission.  The client had already purchased a small 8x10" and wanted a similar scene.  She especially liked the sky.


I painted a small study of what I thought the client was asking for....focus on the sky and a more interesting marsh area.

Nix!  The sky is much to gaudy for the client, and could I please add some birds.

This had a better reception, but perhaps a few more herons?

Here we are getting closer, but the client felt the flying heron was too distracting to the sunset.

I photo shopped the offending bird out of the composition and got the go ahead!  This is the completed 30x40" canvas which the client is totally happy with.

Most clients have sent me a photo image of exactly the scene they are looking for.  I found this trial and error system has worked well for me when there is no photo image to work from.

I would love to hear how others handle this situation.

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Palette Knife Painting, "Evening Show" 6x12x.75" textured art

One of my favorite places to be when the sun goes down, is Eau Gallie Yacht Club.  I have seen the most beautiful sunsets from that location.  I always have my camera ready, and I often try to capture it in paint.

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 Of course, it is impossible to capture God's beauty in paint, at least for me.  This time I tried with a palette knife, using a technique that leaves a lot of texture on the painting, and also blends the colors in a subtle way.

Locals may recognize Dragon Point, just south of the Eau Gallie Causeway.

Today I leave for another three day workshop with Elio Comacho in Fernandina Beach.  Hopefully, I will have some new techniques to show you when I return.

Thanks for reading my blog today.