Saturday, June 24, 2017

Passion Flower Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Kathy's Passion Flower, 6x8" Oil

Passion flower is such a unique plant...it almost looks alien!  This passion flower painting is  from my friend, Kathy's garden.

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 With it's weird shapes this plant looks like it has to be man-made, or at least, from outerspace....but no.  Nature is indeed amazing!


It has all my favorite colors, from red violet, to blue to purple. I felt I had to try to paint it because that's MY passion!

Thanks for reading my blog today.  I hope you have some passion in your life today.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

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.


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Floral Still Life, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Flower Still Life, 12x12x1.5" Oil, "Garden Bounty"

I picked these flowers (peony and hydrangea)  from my garden, and placed them in sunlight.




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I have to admit, I struggled with this piece.  I started with a brush, but after much frustration, I turned to my trusty palette knife.  In the end, I am happy with the values, and the glow on the hydrangea on the rigfht.  And the colors, love the colors.  In fact, the more I look at it....the happier I get!

So the moral of this story is, don't give up!





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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thistle Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Textured Art, "Thistles" by Carol Schiff, 8x8x1.5" SOLD

This small oil painting is a tribute to thistles. The lowly thistle, thought to be a weed, in my eyes, a brilliant floral beauty.

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 I photographed this thistle while taking a summer walk in the valley. Armed with my image, I painted it in oil, with lots of texture to suggest the spikey flower. Some of the texture comes from my use of the palette knife, and some of it was applied direct to the canvas. The sides of the canvas are finished, allowing it to be hung with or without a frame.



This is a picture of me, doing my favorite thing!




Thank you for viewing my art today.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Floral with Melon Still Life, 14x18x.75" Oil

Today's art is a workshop painting.  I recently attended a 4-day workshp with one of my favorite artists, Elio Camacho.  Elio is as good as an instructor as he is as an artist.  I would be hard pressed to find another instructor with as much knowledge and one who gave me as much individual attention.  Maybe he thought I need the attention more than others....just kidding.  Everyone in the class got lots of instruction tailored to their individual needs.

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This is my second Elio workshop and I have already signed up for another.  I need constant reinforcement to actually put his techniques in practice.

Elio is not an internet artists, but you can find his work on Pinterest.  He doesn't allow photos taken of him that expose his face.  You will see lots of images of him at the easel, always from behind.

He lives in the Bay area, but travels to Florida in the Spring and Fall of each year to do workshops in several locations here.  Workshop information is available on his website here.  If you decide to go, you will have a real treat ahead of you, as he is also a very interesting person with a wonderful sense of humor.  Enjoy!


Have a great day!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Art and Fashion

Several  months ago, I was contacted by an Israeli fashion designer, Assaf Pelleg.  He was designing his 2017 Spring/Summer Line, and wanted to use one of my paintings in his work.  I agreed to work with him, and we found two of my artworks that were of interest to him.

For several months, I heard nothing!  Then, suddenly, an email with the completed designs.





I am thrilled with the results!  

This is the fun part of what I do.  I sometimes struggle for days, over a specific artwork.  Just this week, I have worked on a piece for 3 days, and scrapped it this morning!  Then there are the boring hours, after hours, of internet work.  Taking photos, editing them, posting them.  Sometimes it seems the reward, is not enough to justify the effort. 

 But then, one day, a painting effortlessly falls off my brush, or a student sends me his power point presentation about how he was influenced by my art, or someone on the other side of the world, likes my work enough to place it in his collection.

That is the payoff!

Thanks for reading my blog today!

Carol Schiff

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sunflower still life, 14x18" Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting

I have retuned home from another exciting workshop with Elio Camacho.  I went to work right away, trying to imprint his wisdom on my brain.


I worked hard on this one, trying to retain the bold brushwork and saturated color that makes his technique special.  I think it is a good start for me, but I have lots of area for improvement.

Practice makes perfect.  I am pretty sure he would tell me to make the flower on the table look less like a flower and more like paint.

To be continued.......

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Teapot Painting | Still Life Oil Painting | Antique French Teapot by Carol Schiff | 16x16x1.5" Oil

 Today, I have something special for you.


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It is painted on gallery wrap canvas, with the sides painted black, which gives the option of hanging with or without a frame.

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Thanks for reading my blog today.




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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Small Still Life, Bottle Still Life, "ANTIQUE BOTTLES", 10x8 Oil Painting

I have recently become fascinated with antique and vintage bottles as reflected in this small still life.  I see lots of them in the antique stores of North Carolina.  Most have been reclaimed from the earth and carry the results of spending years under ground.


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I have been told that the smaller bottle started life as clear, uncolored glass, but because it contains magnesium, it has turned this glorious purple color.  It comes from Ohio.

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The larger bottle is a mystery.  It carries only the imprint of a small sailboat (not visible in the painting).  I liked the shape and the sailboat, so I brought it home.  Are there any bottle experts out there who could give me a little history on it?  I would love to know the history involved in the subject matter of this small still life.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Tropical Landscape Painting, Daily Painting, Florida Painting, "Conchy Joe's" by Carol Schiff, 16x20" Oil

Everybody loves tropical landscape, especially me!  This painting is from a few years back and depicts a much beloved part of our community.  "Conchy Joe's" was a seafood eatery located on the banks of the intracoastal waterway.

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The original has sold, but I am pleased to be able to offer a giclee print at the link under the image.

The eatery is still there, but under a new name and for me, much of the charm has been lost.  I am glad I painted this scene, while it was a popular and vibrant location, filled with local memorabilia.

This painting was featured as the Art Works poster art several years ago.

Thank you for viewing my blog today.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Vegetable Still Life, Red Pepper Painting, "Big Red" by Carol Schiff, 20x24x1.5" Oil

It has been some time since I have painted a vegetable still life, so I decided to try one this week.  In the past I painted every fruit and vegetable you could imagine, but they were small pieces, usually 6x8" or smaller.

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 This one is actually 20x24" and painted with a combination of palette knife and brush.  You will notice with this next image below, that the the background is actually more gray green than the blue shade above.  I must have taken 20 photos of this, trying to get the colors correct, but in the end I had to choose between the bluish background and the front end of the pepper turning a garish orange mustard hue. Yuck!  At any rate, the photo below seems quite accurate in both places.



Thank you for viewing my blog today.  I hope you enjoy this vegetable still life painting.  Give it a pin!


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Red Rose Study, 6x8" Original Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting,

A small study of a red rose.  Trying to get my flower power!!

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I enjoy a challenge....and for me, this was a challenge.  I would hate to tell you how much time I spent on this little 6x8" piece.

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I think it was worth the struggle.  Hopefully, the next rose will come a little easier.

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Carol Schiff
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

SIGNS OF SPRING, 8X6", OIL, SOLD

The iris has always been a favorite flower of mine, but the ones that will grow in Florida are not to spectacular.  The ones we have here are not the big, beautiful, bearded iris that the more northern states have.  Ours are little puny flowers.   I always look forward to visiting our mountain home in North Carolina, as one of the first things I did when we bought it, was plant all those lovely flowers from my childhood.  Daffodils, iris, tulips, lilac, cone flowers, and lots and lots of hydrangea.  I have not been able to go up so far this spring, but we are planning a trip soon.  I hope there are still some daffodils and lilac blooming.  But if they are gone, I know the iris will soon be there to greet me.  What is your favorite flower?

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Pink Orchid Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Orchid Still Life, 6x6" Original Oil

My orchid is blooming!!


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It doesn't happen often, so I had to paint it.

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I put it under a warm spot light, it it got a nice little glow.  It was not an easy painting for me, and it is much tighter than I usually paint, but I am okay with the final effect.

I must remind myself, push, push, push!

Did you enjoy the Easter eggs?


Carol Schiff


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Workshop with Elio

Twice a year I travel to Amelia Island, FL to attend a 3 day workshop with Elio Camacho.   Elio is a wonderful instructor, and it is always a hard working, but fun few days. 

He has a fabulous color sense and brushwork, and is very knowledgeable in all art related subjects, from art history, to technical aspects of paints and brushes.


I love the colors he chose in this three hour demo above.  He always does a large demo, usually 36x48", which is a highlight of the workshop. Please click on the picture to enlarge it and see the brushwork and color changes.


This painting and the one below are mine, from the workshop. 


Elio spent a year working only with  the color yellow, another with green, blue etc.  He did set ups to challenge us.  This one was green and blue.  The theory is, you will learn to see all the nuances of color when you paint objects that are the same hue, but different temperatures and saturation.

I don't think my workshop paintings are really showing any improvement for me, but I do feel improvement when I paint at home.  His instructions jump into my head, and I find I am much more critical of my finished pieces.  That has to be a good result!

I am already booked for his November 2017 workshop in Fernandina Beach.  Want to join us?

Carol Schiff
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring!!

Spring is really here!!

To celebrate, I decided to post some favorite reference photos.  When I think of spring, I think of flowers.......enjoy!  Feel free to use these images for your own paintings.



Passion Flower from my friends yard.

Birthday roses.

Roadside Wildflowers
Sunflower
Sunflower and Tulips
Hydrangea

Apple Blossoms


Okay!  I'm motivated!  Get ready, get set,  PAINT!!



Hope you have a very flowery day!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Small Floral Still Life, Pink Beauty 6x8", Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting

I wanted to practice painting flowers, and found a reference in my files.

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Trying hard to put into practice the techniques Elio Camacho tries to push into my head.  Brushwork, color relations, composition, the bride!  Not sure if I was successful, but, there is always tomorrow!

Thanks for viewing my blog today.



Carol Schiff

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Coral Rose Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x8" Impressionist art

I recently took a 3 day workshop from my favorite instructor, Elio Comacho, where we painted fresh flowers every day.

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Since I usually paint from the computer monitor, it is always a challenge to paint from life.  I do enjoy it, but, I know myself well enough to know that I need the advantage of having an image available whenever I want it.

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 When I paint flowers on my monitor, I tend to get tighter.  That does bother me.



Both of these were painted using my monitor.  I am not unhappy, but I hope to see improvement down the road.




Hope you have a rosey day!

Carol Schiff

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Daily Painting, Floral Art, Small Oil Painting, Sunflower Painting, "SunnyFlowers" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Don't you just love sun flowers?  What could be unlikable about a giant flower, one you have to look up to?  Sunny, bright and full of energy with their big brown eyes and bobbing heads....they always make me happy.

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 I wanted to do  a tribute to them, something free and full of movement.  I worked with my palette knife and tried to pop the color.  I left plenty of texture because I want this painting to be touched.



I enjoy my work in simple black frames.  A black frame is always complimentary, it showcases the painting so well.

Thanks for viewing my art today.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Kitchen Still Life, "Lemon, Lime, Salt" by Carol Schiff, 11x14x1.5" Oil

This kitchen still life is like a line up for a party!

I placed a lemon, a lime and a salt shaker in my window, with natural light pouring in from behind.

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  I loved the distortion of the lemon and the rays of light shimmering around the crystal shaker.




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Friday, March 10, 2017

Flower Painting | Floral Still Life | Small Oil Painting | Daily Painting | Geranium Joy by Carol Schiff 8x10" Oil

What could be cheerier on a dreary day that a bright red flower painting?  Geraniums are always a favorite in my home.  This one is painted on stretched canvas and looks fantastic in a bold black frame.

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This will brighten up even the darkest, most boring corner of your home.

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Once again, my goal was to keep my colors clean and bright and my strokes simple and bold. I think I achieved my goals in this flower painting.  Thanks for viewing my daily painting today.

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