* 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
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Just Ducky
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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


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wildlife Painting, Snowy Egret Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 11x14" Out on a Limb

One of the joys, of living in Florida, is the abundant wildlife.  It is thrilling to view this majestic birds, almost daily, from my window.

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This one was painted from a photograph, as are most of my work.  He had some glorious shadows on him that I could not ignore.


This is one of those few paintings, that seemed to come easily.  It has left me eager to return to the easel, re-charged and ready to tackle my next project.  I love it when that happens!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Carol Schiff

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Expressionist Sunset Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 9x12" Oil on Canvas Seascape

Well probably your 5 yr old kid could do this....right?  Maybe that is why I enjoy it so much.

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 I may be a slow learner, because it took me many years to get to this point.  Mama never said I was the sharpest knife in the drawer.

All kidding aside, I really love the freedom of this piece.  Instead of leaving the studio feeling like I have been fighting for hours, I felt very relaxed, happy and ready to sail through the day.  I think I need to do this more often!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Monday, September 11, 2017

Small Abstract Painting, Fluid Art, Acrylic Pouring, Daily Painting,

I have been continuing to research and experiment with fluid art, and finally I feel I have made a little progress.

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It is fascinating to see what appears as the paints and hues mingle, and frustrating because you can do the exact same technique twice and get two completely different results.

I was very happy with this one, that appears to be hundreds of little bubbles, but is actually hundreds of little cells.

I love how they look on household products!  These are from Kessinhouse.com.

Is this year flying by or what??

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Impressionist Fruit Still Life, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 8x10x1.5" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

In a blatant attempt to get away from flower paintings, today I am posting a still life of fruit,

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 I have been accused of having to many grayed down hues in my art, so recently, I an trying to focus on more vibrant color....no more pasty pastels!

 I would like to report, that my tube of white paint is lasting longer, but it is too soon to tell.

Regardless, I am pleasently surprised with the color I achieved here, so hopefully I am on the right track.

Thanks for reading my blog today, and a special thank you to all who have supported my art and my blog with their purchases.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bud to Blossom, 24x30 Oil on Canvas by Denette Schweikert for Pieces of 8 "Red" Challenge

Bud to Blossom

This beautiful oil painting by Denette got lost in cyberspace and didn't make it into the original post for our "Red" challenge. Isn't it amazing? No one does absolutely realistic color like Denette Schweikert.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Seascape Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Caribbean Blue, 6x12x.75"

Are you ready for another seascape?  This is one of my favorites because of the blues, greens, lavender colors.
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 It has a little impasto....not too much.


This painting reminds me of trips to the islands.  

Thank you for viewing my blog today.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pieces of Eight Challenge #5 RED

Red has been called the most difficult color to master.  Click here to read the history of red.

6x8" Oil on Panel

Carol Schiff

Geraniums have long been a garden favorite.  Their bright red color, against the dark green leaves,  are hard to resist.

My goal was to keep it red......not pink, but still get some depth in the image.

14x18 Oil on Panel

This is what came to mind with the challenge "Red." There aren't too many faces more iconic than Marilyn Monroe's. I always enjoy painting her.

Carmen Beecher


I bought a Cardinal Vine because I loved the tiny, bright RED, trumpet-like flowers and fern-like leaves.  I planted it along a fence in my back yard. Soon after it had a male cardinal visiting it!
The inspiration made for a fun watercolor!

Kathy Garvey
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This is a close up of a painting I did of apples.  Apples may seem simple but round and red can be difficult.  The strokes used to shape  the apples gave the painting so much more depth and definition.




This 9x12 watercolor painting was inspired by Scottish poet Robert Burns famous poem, "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose".
The tartan is from the Mitchell clan from which I am descended.  The rose was a part of a bouquet my husband gave me.

Mary Warnick


You’ve Got to Have Heart! after Matisse’s Dance 1
8x10 fabric and paper collage

Dance I, a large oil on canvas at the Modern Museum of Art in New York City, is one of my favorite paintings. I have stood spellbound before it on more than on occasion trying to figure out exactly how Matisse was able to made the mood so joyful with such simplicity of line and color.

When I began to think of what I wanted to do for my creation in red, I thought of this painting and its ebullience brought to mind the dancing dress in the iconic pin used to represent heart disease, the number one killer of women. Immediately, I fused the two together in my mind. I hope this collage conveys the sense of camaraderie, determination and joy women feel when they join together to fight the effects of serious illness or tragedy.
 Fay Picardi


A Bunch of Radishes
Watercolor, 6" x6"
by Jean Thomas

This is a little study of radishes using the wet in wet technique. Just wet the area of the round part of the radish with plain water. Then, mix up some red and just touch the wet part and let it play. Fun effects just by letting the color play in the water. Then, fill in the green parts and add some line!


Bud to Blossom

This beautiful oil painting by Denette got lost in cyberspace and didn't make it into the original post for our "Red" challenge. Isn't it amazing? No one does absolutely realistic color like Denette Schweikert.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Acrylic Abstract Pouring, Daily Painting, Gicee Print on Canvas

I am still enjoying my experiments with acrylic pourings.  It is either the most fascinating or the most frustrating activity ever!

I am quite pleased with the color on this one and also with the movement and cell formation.

We used to say, watching paint dry was too boring, but I have a hard time pulling myself away these days.  Manipulating the paint, by moving the support is always interesting, even more so when you return an hour later and find a whole new painting.

If you are interested in this process, I suggest going to You Tube, where you will find  a ton of  tutorial videos.

I am offering this, as well as others, as giclee prints on canvas, in numerous sizes, on my Etsy site.

Thanks for stopping by today.