Saturday, June 24, 2017

Abstract Landscape | Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | Seeing Better Days by Carol Schiff | 6x8 Oil

This abstract landscape of an isolated structure in blazing sunlight is a memory of the days I lived in Louisiana and Texas.  Often we would find these abandoned structures awaiting a new life.

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 But it could also be from the countryside of Arizona or even North Dakota, where the weather is very rugged.  Can you tell I moved a lot in my life?  Yes, I spent years and years following my Air Force husband from location to location.  We are so happy to have spread our roots in Florida and North Carolina.




I have to be in the mood to paint with a palette knife, but when I am.....it is really fun (and in my case messy).  Most of my favorite artwork (by me) has a least, some areas of knife work.  I really love the texture which I feel brings a whole new dimension to the piece.

Thanks so much for viewing my abstract landscape today.  I hope you will pin it!



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Little French Landscape, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 8x10x1.5" Oil SOLD

In my last post, I showed a mountain landscape commission.  Today I am posting the second landscape my client ordered.

He has been lucky enough to live in many fabulous locations during his career.  This  painting is also from one of his photographs of his many travels....the beautiful French countryside.

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I must say, I felt a little envy when I saw this beautiful scene.  Looks like it came straight out of a movie, don't you think?



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Monday, June 19, 2017

Small Seascape, Daily Painting,, Small Oil Painting, "Favorite Beach", 6x8" Oil

Few things in life are as soothing to me as watching clouds move over the mountains.  Walking on the beach is  one of those things.  What is it about these scenes  that makes them so appealing?

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 Is it the endless repetition?  Rather hypnotising, don't you think?  Maybe it is the everlasting beauty of the scenes.....the permanence.

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I don't have the answer, but I know I know I enjoy painting the scenes almost as much as being there, taking a deep breath of that sea breeze or crisp mountain air.

Enjoy the day....whereever you are!

Thanks for reading my blog today.




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Saturday, June 17, 2017

California Landscape, Small Oil Painting, Coastal Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting

California has it all...mountains, oceans, wild beauty. This view of PCH speaks to the breathless views of this great state. 

I couldn't get to California, so I used a photo from photographer, Ted Fuhrur, with his permission, for reference.
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While painting this piece, I couldn't stop remembering the time my husband and I, drove PCH from San Francisco to Carmel.  What an experience!!

If you have never done it, I highly recommend the trip.  You will be hard pressed to duplicate the beautiful scenic landscape elsewhere.

Thank you for reading my blog today!

Carol Schiff
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dandelion Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Blowing in the Breeze", 6x8" Oil

Still painting flowers, and still painting dandelions.  I think the reason I have been so inspired to paint flowers this spring is my month long trip to the mountains.  As an Ohio girl, living in Florida, it has been a long time since I have experienced a "real" spring....and I missed it!

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The area was covered in blooming crabapple, pear, and dogwood trees.  Flowers were bursting out everywhere....tulips,azalea,daffodils, lilac, rhododendron and more.  Why then did a choose to paint dandelions....why not!  I think they deserve a little respect.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Abstract Landscape Painting, Textured Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 10x10x3" Oil

I found some square 3 inch deep canvases in my studio, and decided to play around with one.


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I tried several approaches, but nothing was working for me.  So, I just started playing with paint and my palette knife.  I was envisioning  a sunset over the landscape, choosing colors that "felt" right for me.



You can see how deep the canvas is in this pic.  I actually love these big clunky canvases on shelves rather than walls, and I like the feel of the rough clunky paint.

All in all, it was a fun painting day.



Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hometown Train Station, Landscape Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 11x14 Landscape

I have felt the need to paint buildings, or other landmarks that man has left on our planet.....maybe even "man" himself.  Most of my paintings, landscapes, seascapes, floral, are organic shapes and I wanted to try some straight lines!


I found this image of the old train station in my hometown of Wauseon, Ohio.  It looks exactly as I remembered it.

Naturally, I tightened up.....really tightened up!  This is not what I wanted!  I want a loose building, one that looks comfortable on the canvas.  Now I am beginning to remember why I don't paint buildings.

I am hoping this is just a matter of practice, practice, practice.  My plan is to try again and again.

Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff
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Friday, June 2, 2017

New England Marsh Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x8" Oil

It has been some time since I have painted a marsh  Today seemed like a good day to give it a try.

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Thank you to my friend, Donna Vines, for her reference photo of this beautiful New England marsh.




It feels good to paint a landscape again.....hope you like it!

Carol Schiff
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