Thursday, May 29, 2014

Still life Bottle , Palette Knife Art, "Vintage Bottle" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil Still Life

I have become slightly obsessed with vintage bottles, well, maybe a little more than slightly.  I love the idea of these bottles, most of them reclaimed from the earth, crusty and sometimes pearlized.  I like to think about how they were used when they were new.....and if they have a crystal cross on top (called a cross bottle) all the better!

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This one, obviously does not have a cross on the top.  It does have any absolutely gorgeous color, kind of a cobalt violet.  I am told the it started out as clear glass, but due to magnesium in the glass, has aged into a beautiful hue.

The other thing I love, is painting with wild abandon with loads of thick, creamy, oil paint and a combination of palette knife and brush.  So yes, this little painting hits my buttons on several levels.

Some days, I just go through the motions, and the resulting painting usually shows it,  but this one was pure joy!  I would love for you to pin it!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Palette Knife Still Life, Bottle Still Life, "Pretty In Pink Cross Bottle" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil, Daily Painting

Are you a fan of cross bottles?  I recently discovered them and have become obsessed with them.   Cross bottles are vintage (usually) bottles that have been reclaimed.  A talented artist then designs a crystal cross or  other design as a top piece.  Many of the crystals come from discarded chandeliers.  I have also seen them with beautiful arrangements of sea shells, coral and sea fans.
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As with all good art, they can become quite pricey, so after purchasing several, I decided to try to feed by obsession by painting instead of buying, much to my husband's relief.

I don't know how long that will work for me, but at the moment, it does seem to help.

If you are not familiar with cross bottles, seach for them on Etsy or Ebay where you will find a nice selection.  Beware!!  It may be dangerous to the viewer!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Art Sale, Daily Painting, Bottle Painting, "Vintage Blue Bottle" by Carol Schiff

If you follow my blog, you know that every Wednesday I put a painting on sale....just for you readers and the readers of my facebook page.  Today, I am listing one on my favorites.

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This is one of my vintage bottles and I wanted to paint with a palette knife in a "chunky" manner.  Some days I just have to do these things!  Anyway, I really enjoyed painting it and I really like the outcome.

Don't ask me why, I don't know, but I decided to use it as my sale painting this week.

If you purchase it at the link under the image, you will be charged $99.95, plus shipping and I will REBATE YOU $20.00 on your credit card or PayPal account.  When you order, you MUST WRITE ON THE ORDER " SALE PAINTING".  That is how I know to send you the rebate!

This offer expires June 1, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. PDT.

Thanks for viewing today!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Art Sale, Daily Painting, "Spring Daffodil" by Carol Schiff, 4x8x.75" Oil

I love doing my Wednesday post because it is an opportunity for me to give back to my readers.  If you have been following my blog, you know that I post a painting on sale, just for you, every Wednesday.

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56 minus 20 rebate
Today's sale is this sweet and cheerful daffodil, bravely facing spring.  The design extends around the sides of the canvas making this a piece that can be hung without a frame.

Regular price is $56. but for my blog readers, I am reducing the cost to $36.  When you click on the link above, you will be asked to purchase for the full price of $56.  When your order is processed, I will send your PayPal or credit card account a rebate of $20.00.  For this to must write on your order ART SALE.  The wording is not important.  What is important, is that you let me know you are buying from this POST.  That is what tells me to send you the rebate!

Offer expired at 12:01a.m. PDT on Friday May 23, 2014.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Commission a Painting to your specifications, by Carol Schiff

Today's post is just a little different.  Recently, I sold a small marsh painting to a client in another state.  Since she could not see the art in person before she purchased it, she was surprised and dismayed by the size of the piece.

She really loved the painting, but it just wouldn't work in her space.  We decided to repaint it in a much larger format.  When the commission was ready to ship, I sent her this image of both works, allowing her to see that the colors and scene were similar and also to judge the size of the original against the new piece.

She was thrilled and the story has a happy ending for all.

If you have a special image or would like one of my works in another size, please feel free to contact me for a price quote.  I would love to hear from you.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Art Sale, Daily Painting, "Pineapple with Attitude" by Carol Schiff, 5x7" Oil

Time for my Wednesday Art Sale, here on my blog.  This week I am featuring one of my favorites from way back when.

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I did a series of fruits and vegetables, each cut in half and placed in front of a window to obtain natural light pouring in behind.  I thought it was my first big success....and it was successful.  All the pieces sold except this pineapple and the strawberry below.

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The price of $30. represents a 50% savings from original price.  If you want to purchase both.....just write "ART SALE" on your order and I will send you an additional $5.00 rebate on both paintings. YOU MUST PURCHASE BOTH PAINTINGS TO RECEIVE THE ADDIONAL DISCOUNT.

They are both 5x7" on canvas panel and will make a nice little grouping.  I will also combine shipping on the two.  This offer expires at 12:01 a.m. PDT Friday May 16th, 2014.

Don't forget to write  ART SALE on your order!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Daily Painting, Pear Still Life, LE BOL DE POIRES, by Carol Schiff, 14X18, OIL

This is not a new painting, but one that I have never posted.  I was touring museums in Washington DC when I decided to take a coffee break and found this beautiful bowl of pears on the counter.

I have entered this in the Daily Paintworks auction at a reduced price.  The 14x18 stretched canvas has the sides painted black so that it may be hung with or without a frame.

My friend Carmen Beecher makes the best biscuits in the world.  She works from her grandmother's recipe.  Carmen and her grandmother don't measure...they do it by touch, but she worked up this recipe for the rest of us.


2 Cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup Crisco ( more if you want them flakier)
1 cup battermilk

Grease cookie sheet, set oven to 425
In large bowl, cut the Crisco into the flour until crumbly.  Pour in the buttermilk, stir with a fork.  Flour your hands and pick up a golf-ball sized piece of dough.  Roll into a ball in your hands, flatten and place on cookie sheet. with the biscuits not touching

Bake for 15 minutes.  Makes 12.

If you have any left over, split them in half, spread with butter, and slip under the broiler until toasty brown.
Bring on the jam and enjoy!!

These are excellent for strawberry shortcake, just add a little sugar to the recipe.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Wall Decor, Home Furnishings, My Art made into Metal Home Decor by Carol Schiff

Today I have a special announcement to make.  I am thrilled to show you some of my paintings that have been reproduced as metallic wall decor from All my Wall, Inc.

This has been in the works for longer than I want to admit, but finally my work has been added to their website.

With luck, you may soon see these designs on sites such as Overstock, Wayfair, Amazon, Hayneedle and Ebay.

These are just a few of the pieces that are available.  If you would like to see more you can find them here.  

If you would like to help me out...
Please Pin It!