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Thursday, February 27, 2014

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 shad 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.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

An Illustrator Experiment in Progress

by Kathy Garvey
I've been away from posting and my laptop and software for so long that I thought I'd better post something. The new year is two months in and I'm playing catchup. I've been thinking of creating some more tiles and Illustrator is the perfect tool for creating them. This is half way through an exercise to go from a simple line drawing all the way to some beautiful color symbols that I can then mix and match on the tiles to create a nice wall display. I got half way through my project when  I started having troubles with my laptop screen going black on me. So, I've had to halt the experiment midway to get the problem solved. Here's the first half. As soon as the issues are resolved, I'll get back to it and hopefully get to my final full color stage.
This is the original line drawing.

The line drawing is complete and masked so that eventually, when printed to a tile, the design is contained.

Next stage: Adding values and start turning the objects into symbols.

Adding gradients. I had to rush through this stage to be sure my laptop wouldn't totally go black on me.

Next, as soon as my screen problem is resolved, I'll start modifying the symbols so they are in color. The great thing, if the project is successful, is that I will have some wonderful symbols to use to create a beautiful set of tiles.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

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

This is not a new painting, but it is my favorite still life teapot painting.  It is a antique French teapot that I found on Etsy.

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The  owner of the Etsy site, Dandeliondecor gave me permission to use her image.  The teapot is no longer available but I am happy to have this painting.

 I was attracted by the wavy lines, the beautiful china roses and the sweet curvy handle.  The painting is soft and subtle, but it catches my eye every day as I walk by it.  Yes, one of the perks of being an artist, is lots or original art on your walls.
Several years ago I did lots of still life teapots and flowers and food items.  I am getting in the mood to return to these subjects.

I hope you enjoy this daily painting today and I hope you will pin it.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Happy Day

Last week we decided that instead of painting indoors at The Guild, we would do a photo shoot, weather permitting.  Well the weather did permit and then some.  We spend a glorious day at Sebastian Inlet State Park.
Sebastian Inlet is a natural wonder just about 10 miles down the road from Melbourne. The park has a fishing pier, a huge tidal pool that is just great for kids, the beach and some of the best waves in the area. Being out there today just reinforces how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful area. 
Here are a few shots of our day.  We ended our photo shoot by having lunch at The Sebastian Inn, a great little spot right on the beach.
We missed you Carmen, Cindy and Denette.  We'll just have to do it again.
Donna Vines
Hungary birds keeping an eye on the fishermen

View from the fishing pier across the inlet

 The Beach, heavy sigh...


Lunch at The Sebastian Inn

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Painting on Sale, Small Oil Painting, "The Mantle" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Yes, it's time for another painting on sale.  This one is actually one of my favorites, maybe because I see this scene every day.

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I see it every day, because it is my mantle, featuring one of my early pastel paintings and a beautiful heart shaped glass vase given to me years ago by a very special person.

As usual, when I have a painting on sale on this blog, when you purchase it today, I will send your PayPal or credit card account and $15.00 rebate.  This offer is good only on this painting and only for today.    To make sure you get the rebate write 'WILD AND WACKY WEDNESDAY"  on the order.  That is my notification that you saw it here and are due the rebate.  Offer good until midnight PST,  2/19/2014.

Thanks for viewing my painting on sale today.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Small Seascape, "Stormy Beach Day" by Carol Schiff, 6x8 Oil, Palette Knife Seascape

Living in Florida, we get lots of sunny days.  This time of the year, it is normal for what starts out as a sunny day to suddenly change to black, threatening clouds, as the cool sea breezes collide over land
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with hot air from the west.  When that happens, it's time to run for cover as the effects can be fast and violent.  The last place you want to find yourself is on the beach as we live in an area fondly known as "Lightening Capitol of the World".  Every year we read of people who are struck with lightening and often do not survive.  On this day, we quickly ran for our car as the clouds rolled in.  I was happy to get a few shots of the storm.

I tried to capture that moment when the clouds roll in with the azure water quickly turning dark.

Thanks for reading my blog today....hope you have a great week.  Oh, by the way....please pin it!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Small Oil Painting, Abstract Painting,by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Canvas Panel "HUES" SOLD

I  wanted to show color and texture in this small oil paintng.  Texture seems to be taking over many of my works.


If you like this painting, you may want to pin it!

Please contact me if you are interested in commissioning  a similar small oil painting.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Flower Painting, A GLASS OF SUNSHINE by Carol Schiff, 8x6" Oil

Everybody needs a little sunshine in their life..............I hope this flower painting brings some to you.

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It's hard not to smile when you see a bunch of sunflowers, either in the fields or sitting on  a table.

Blogger is misbehaving today and doesn't want me to post more than one image.  Hopefully the next post will be more complete.

Have a great weekend and thank you for viewing and commenting on my blog.  By the way...please pin this!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

I'm a little teapot

I think one of the most difficult things to paint are teapots.  They look so innocent, so round, so beguiling, sigh, but in reality they are devilish little creatures with handles, spouts, lids and just look lopsided the first go round.
I am still getting back into my painting and after several tries came up with a teapot that looks like a teapot. I am trying to concentrate on one object at a time so there is no real "set up" just this plain old teapot.
I took this photo while it was still on the easel so I could stop, step away from the painting and say o.k. I am done.
Donna Vines

Tea time

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Art Sale, Floral Still Life, by Carol Schiff

The winter is trudging on...there seems to be no end in sight, so I have decided to give us all a taste of spring today, with these floral still life paintings.  To make it a little sweeter, they are all on sale today only!
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This offer expired at midnight PST Wednesday, February 12, 2014.  Perfect to chase away the winter blues or to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Thank you for viewing these floral still life paintings on sale.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Pelican Painting, Daily Painting, "King of the Flock" by Carol Schiff 9x12x1.5" Oil

I was visiting Cocoa Beach pier when I spied this beautiful creature and knew immediately I would soon be working on a pelican painting.

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He must have been conditioned to getting lots of attention as he tried his best to ignore me, especially after he realized I didn't have any fish.  Lots of people fish off the pier and I am sure he grabs his share of fish from those who don't protect their catch.

I named him "Jake".  I once knew a Jake with a very large mouth (if you know what I mean).

Thanks for viewing my daily paintings today!

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