* Carmen Beecher * Cindy Michaud * Carol Schiff * Denette Schweikert * Donna Vines * Mary Warnick * Kathy Garvey *Fay Picardi * Jean Thomas

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Daily Paintings, Small Oil Paintings, Animal and Bird Paintings

I was looking at some of my images and was really surprised to see how many bird and animal paintings I have done.  I thought today would be a good day to post a few of my old time favorites.

Great Blue Heron
250 + shipping

Just Ducky
99 + shipping



It is always interesting and educational to review the painting journey that you have been on.  I like to line up older paintings, chronologically, which helps me to see the improvements I have made and the ones I would like to make in the future.  Always an interesting exercise.

Have a painterly day and thanks for visiting!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Small Abstract Painting, Daily Painting, Metallic Paints, 6x8x.75" Abstract

One of my favorites, so far!

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I got excited about this one!  The metallic gold and copper paints are very effective.  The listing above is for a giclee print, in the size of your choice.  If you are interested in the original, check with me for availability.


Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Carol Schiff

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Rose Trellis Oil Painting, Garden Painting, 8x8x1.5" Small Landscape

I have always had a vision of the perfect garden, and it has always included a rose trellis.  Alas, it is not to be, for me.   But, I can paint one!

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 Actually, now that I think about it, this is much more my style.  No maintenance required!

Have a rosy day!

Carol Schiff

Monday, October 2, 2017

Small Landscape Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, "Deep Purple" 6x8" Oil

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I've got a thing for purples, lavenders, blues, blah, blah, blah.

I was in the Land O' Trees, better known as western North Carolina, when I painted this.  In the summertime, I get green overload here.  Green mountains, green grass, green leaves.  You cannot escape green.   Maybe that is why doing a purple and blue landscape appealed to me.  More to come!

Carol Schiff

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pieces of 8 Challenge #6 - Nourish

Our challenge this month is "Nourish".   Enjoy!

This painting nourishes my soul.

Poured Paint with metallics
Carol Schiff


I always think of nature in the context of "nourish" for so many reasons.  In addition to the fact that the nature does an amazing job of providing nourishment to the animals, plants and humans that live here, just being outdoors does a lot to re-nourish people emotionally.  So for "nourish" I painted the start of one of my favorite hikes up to Rich Mountain in western NC.

The Golden Hour
17 x 11, oil on canvas, framed


A little nourishment for the body and the soul.  I was in a pure color frame of mind so I decided to pay homage to one of my favorites, Cezanne, a master of color.

Pears ala Cezanne


 Most everyone in my home town made a living from the citrus industry, including my grandmother. Oranges and blossoms not only nourished everyone in the obvious way, but also provided a means of supporting their families.

Orange Blossoms, 6x8


I find that going for a walk with my camera nourishes my creativity. Sometimes I'll find something I've never noticed before like this simple little flower growing profusely in the drainage ditches near my house. I picked a few and took several photos. I looked it up when I got home and found it's called "rhexia."  By studying the photos and the plant itself I was able to build the colors and the plant parts in Adobe Illustrator. By making each item a symbol, I can then just drag the items where I want them to try to create an image I like. I'm still struggling with making something out of this one because I'm not crazy about the color combination - red and green with purple! But when I need inspiration, a walk is what works for me and my camera makes me really focus. (Click on an image to enlarge it.)

Studies of Rhexia
by Kathy Garvey


Pears Florentine
Paper Collage
7 x 9

Pears have always been my favorite fruit. I love their taste, their shape and their color. I even delight in saying the French word poire,which is the perfect sound for them. Cindy Michaud's extensive collection of what I call pear portraits was my inspiration for this work. 
The collage is made from my collection of Florentine wrapping papers from a tiny, well hidden but well stocked paper store in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Florence. 

Fay Picardi

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pelican Painting, Wildlife Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 9x12" Original Art, SOLD

We spent a lovely afternoon at Pt Canaveral recently.  Of course, we were surrounded by birds.

I was inspired by this pelican, hunkered down on a piling.

I realized that many of the paintings, that give me the most joy, are birds.  I am committed to painting more of them.

The biggest block is getting good photos to work from.

I want to share some of my other photos from this trip to Pt. Canaveral.

As you can see, it was a wonderful day.  Grandson came along, making it even more special!

Carol Schiff


Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Beginnings

Recently my niece had her long awaited first baby, a little boy named Josiah.  I wanted to make something for his room that she would like and he would like looking at as he got older.  I did this little collage of a ewe and her lamb.  To me they symbolized new beginnings in the sweetest way. Here is to new beginnings.

New Beginnings