Thursday, May 22, 2014

Original Mixed Media, 8x10" Mixed Media, "Nature" by Carol Schiff

Today I am featuring something quite different for me.  Last summer I was able to take a workshop from the fabulous Carol Nelson.  I was so curious and fascinated by her work.  Carol did not disappoint!

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We have several fun filled days, learning new techniques and searching for oddities to use as materials.  Carol has been known to find her supplies in ditches on more than one occasion.  Being the ultimate creative artist, she finds possibilities in items you and I throw away daily.

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It was a wonderful, fun workshop and I came home excited about a new world of possibilities.



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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Abstract Landscape, Daily Painting, "Fire in the Sky" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Whenever I feel the need to push my art, I turn to abstract.  This time,  I wanted some representation in the piece.
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 I started with an old reference photo and worked hard to bring movement and heat to the piece.


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I really enjoyed working on this piece...I hope you enjoy it too!


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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.

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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.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Abstract Seascape, Daily Painting, "Tropical Blues" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil SOLD

Living close to the sea, I find it turns up in my painting in both a representative and non-representative form.  I guess this little daily painting falls somewhere between the two.



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 I painted this with a palette knife.  I like texture and feel it adds additional interest to my art.  I was thinking about the beautiful greens and blues of the tropical waters off the coast of Florida.  Further south the turn the most amazing shades of azure, but that will be another painting.







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I almost always show my paintings in black frames.  It would be hard to find an artwork that would not work well with black and it just makes the colors pop.

Start planning that tropical vacation today!





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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Daily Painting, Abstract Seascape, The Sea by Carol Schiff, 6x8" SOLD

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Time for another little abstract painting.  The more I paint, the more I want to experiment with abstracts and mixed media.




I try to keep a limited palette and have a rough composition in mind.  From there, anything goes and I am always surprised by the outcome.


Many abstracts will  work in a landscape or portrait format.  I think this is one that does.  Do you have a preference?

Here is a fun thought I found of Facebook last week. Finish this sentence, "You know you're an artist when....".

I will start off with this...You know you're an artist when you hide all the "pretty fruit" from you family until you have finished your still life.

You know you're an artist when you constantly find yourself  covered with paint on the strangest body parts.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Small Abstract Painting, Church Painting "The Safe Place" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

I have been dabbling with abstracts for some time, and now have started to add some structures to the mix.
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 I am always attracted to old churches, and this one is rather special.  It is a local landmark in our town.  I worked right next door for twenty plus years, so I saw it every day.  Now, it also serves as a cold weather shelter for the homeless.





I tried to focus on color interaction as well as texture and abstraction.  I am happy with the results. 


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Art Sale, Flower Painting, "Spring Pansies in the Park" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Flowers on sale today!  Pansies are spring flowers in most parts of the world, but here in the tropics, we see them in the winter.  I found these  in downtown Asheville,  NC

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Pansies have always been a favorite of mine.  Even as a child, I loved their cute little faces, so it was a natural for me to paint them.

Painted on canvas panel, in oil, these are available until Thursday evening at a reduced price.  Click on the link above to purchase and you will be charged $95. plus 6.50 shipping.  As soon as I receive notification of payment, I will refund your credit card or PayPal account $30.00!  This offer is only until midnight May8th PDT, and only on this blog.

TO RECEIVE THE REBATE........write "Art Sale" on your order.  If you fail to do this, I will not know you purchased here and that a rebate is due!

Happy Spring Day!



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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.  



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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Daily Painting, Abstract Landscape, "Lighting the Heavens" by Carol Schiff, 12x24x.75" Oil

In this painting, my goal was to capture that magic moment when the sun just peeks through the horizon and night turns to day.


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For me, that is the best moment.......knowing I have a brand new day to enjoy.

I did my favorite palette knife technique (which I have labeled color weaving) on this.  I find it gives me a great way to blend from one color to another.

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I hope your day is fabulous and if you have not seen a sunrise lately...set your alarm for tomorrow, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the show!



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