Monday, June 29, 2015

Floral Still Life on Linen, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Mary's Vase" 9x12" Oil

I did this painting a few weeks ago with my paint group, Pieces of Eight.  Mary brought in a set up of fresh flowers and her favorite vase.

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 I wanted to keep it free and loose, so I started painting with both and palette knife and a brush.  I was painting on a linen covered panel, and left much of the background unpainted for added texture and interest.

I have never seen a mum in this colors before, white petals and a purpley blue center.  This is where the knife action came in.

Thank you Mary, for bring these beautiful fresh flowers and thank you to all who are reading my blog today.

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.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Small Floral Still Life, "Rose of Sharon with Back Lighting" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil SOLD

A small floral still life of blooms from my garden in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.  I set them on the window sill with natural light streaming in from behind.


These pinks, blues, purples and greens are really my favorite colors.  I think they give a very soothing feeling to this small floral still life.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Small Flower Painting, "Country Style" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil on Panel

When I am in Florida, I go to the store, purchase flowers, bring them home and try to arrange them perfectly in a beautiful vase.

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When I am in North Carolina, I go to the garden, or just pick some wildflowers, plop them in a small milk bottle or jelly jar.......that's what I call "Country Style".

I tried to keep that laid back feel in the painting too, using both a brush and a palette knife.

Then, I brought it back to Florida, to remind me to relax and chill now and then.

Thanks for reading my blog today.  I hope you get to "chill" a little too.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rose Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x8 Knife Oil Painting, Rose still life

I am trying to improve my knife techniques and came up with this piece last week.

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 I was slinging paint with my knife and kept it free and much fun!  I wanted to keep it loose and informal.

I like to show my small paintings in a black frame.  I think it shows most paintings well and really help the colors to pop.  Frames should accentuate the painting, but distract from it.

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You may remember this companion piece, that I posted a few days ago.

Have a great day, and thanks for reading my blog.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Floral Still Life, "Garden Treasures" , 8x10 Still Life

I have been doing lots of florals lately.  It seems I cycle in my work, doing several abstracts, or seascapes or landscapes, until, finally, something else inspires me and I move to another subject.  Probably, because of spring and summer, flowers have my attention now.

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Last winter, we purchased a vacation condo in Waynesville, NC, smack in the middle of the Smoky Mountains.  When we returned in the spring, imagine my surprise, to find we had also acquired a flourishing flower garden.  I love flowers, but I did not imagine my time there being spent pulling weeds and deadheading!  As my husband says, "it is what it is" so when we return there soon, gardening tools will be included in our luggage.

The up side of the story, is the pleasure I get from the gorgeous flowers.  Each time we visit, a new surprise awaits.  We have ferns and dogwood, Japanese maple, lily,bleeding heart  and roses.  I cannot wait to see what will be in bloom on my next trip.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Rose Still Life, Small Floral Still Life, "Mother's Rose" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

On this small oil painting, I tried to capture the beauty and feel of this lovely flower, without being too worried about duplicating the actual image. I painted with a knife and worked hard to keep my colors clean and my strokes pure.The knife has left a lot of texture to the piece that makes you want to reach out a touch it. I think it has a wild feel, which is just what I was working towards. The colors of pinks, purples and greens work well together with a touch of orange.

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I thoroughly  enjoyed this painting, so much so, that I painted a second in the same manner.  I will post the second painting next week.  I plan to try more of the same in the future.

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Monday, June 8, 2015


" I perhaps owe becoming a painter to flowers"

Claude Monet

A salute to Monet with the colors and subject matter that inspired him.

I perhaps owe becoming a painter to Monet.

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