Thursday, October 30, 2014

Still Life Daily Oil Painting "Le Belle Poivron Rouge", 6x8"

I find I have missed painting still life, so it has been fun catching up on it over the last week.

If I could just stop sleeping, I would have an additional 5 or 6 hours a day to paint.

Maybe then I would have enough time to paint both my still life and my landscapes.....but what about the abstract/mixed media  I also want to try?  Maybe I better work on growing another set of arms instead!

Life is hard when you're retired!!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Small Floral Still Life | Flower Painting | Daily Painting | Rose Bush and Reflection by Carol Schiff | SOLD

I am continuing on with my series of small floral still life paintings in oil.  They are just too much fun to stop!  This is one of my all time favorite daily paintings.


Of course, this painting has all my favorite colors....the rose, purple, turquoise, green and yellow seem to sing.

This little blossom makes the composition special.

When I first started painting, I worked in pastel for eight years, before moving on to oil.  One of my favorite pastels was a painting I did from the same photograph.

This painting is 20x25"....much larger and still one of my all time favorites.  I must say though, that I prefer the new version over this.

Which do you prefer?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Wild Fire" Vintage Car Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Wild Fire" Vintage Car Oil Painting by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat
11" x 14" Oil on Canvas $275
This Buick is the fifth in a series of vintage car paintings.  I enjoy
painting the reflections in the chrome and shiny paint!  To purchase
this or to check out my other art work, follow this link  Have a wonderful Day!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Daily Painting | Pear Still Life | Small Oil Painting | Trio de Poires Retro Eclaire by Carol Schiff | SOLD

If you follow this blog, you may remember a post recently of three pears with backlighting,  This is another painting that I did on that same day, with the same pears, just a slightly different composition and a different view point.


This is the original post.


Two very different paintings of the same subject matter, on the same day. Not earth shattering...but maybe a little interesting.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Floral Still Life, "The Beauty of Life" 8x6"

Time for another of my small floral still life paintings.  The title of the painting is a reminder that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

$96 + 10

The flowers loosely represented are hydrangea, goldenrod and Queen Ann's Lace.  To many the goldenrod and Queen Ann's lace are weeds.  To me, they were just the thing to brighten up my little display of hydrangea blossoms.

Here's hoping you have a weekend full of unexpected beauty and joy.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Still Life Vegetable Painting, "Trio of Radish" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil Painting

This is a painting I did several years ago.  It has been sitting in my files of paintings to post since then,  but somehow I never got around to posting it.

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95 + shipping
I get excited when I go to the grocery and find fresh vegetables and fruits with leaves attached.  Am I sick???

Saturday, October 18, 2014

WILD AND WACKY WEDNESDAY, "Lacetop Hydrangea" 6x8" Oil

This week's wild and wacky Wednesday painting on sale is a close-up view of lacetop hydrangea from my flower garden in North Carolina

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45.00 + shipping
This 6x8" oil was originally $95.95 but I have marked it down more than 50% to help it find a new home.  I like the delicate, fragile look of this painting...just like the actual flower.

Just click on the header "Sale.Sale.Sale" above for more.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Still Life Interiors Oil Painting, Desk, Chair Windows "The Comforts of Home" by Georgia Artist Deanna Jaugstetter

Georgia recently had a snowfall which both delighted and complicated life in a busy city! I was fortunate to be able to stay in my studio and paint while the snow softly fell to the ground. The view from my corner window inspired "Enjoying the Snowfall", an interiors oil painting on canvas panel. This is how I capture special times for your and my enjoyment!!

 10"x8" Oil on Panel/SOLD

 Commissions Welcome!!

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"Orange Flowers in Blue Vase" Comtemporary Still Floral Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Orange Flowers in Blue Vase" Contemporary Still Life Oil Painting
by Arizona Artist Mary Opat
11" x 14" Oil on Canvas
This original oil painting has some built up paint texture in the flowers.
When the light shines on the petals they come alive with color.  To purchase
or view any of my work, please follow this link to my web site:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Flower Painting, Floral Still Life "Hydrangea and Goldenrod" 8x6" SOLD

Another of my "chunky" floral still life.  The idea on these is to keep detail to a minimum with color, brushstrokes and shape catching you eye.


I quickly sketched in very basic shapes, not being fussy but trying to capture enough of the flower shape to be recognizable.  I massed in dark under colors and then worked a little with local color.  Of course, I  pumped it up.

I worked with big strokes and lots of paint.

Thank you for viewing my art today.

Painting on Sale | Flower Painting | Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | African Violets by Carol Schiff | 6x8" still life

It is always fun to pick my weekly painting on sale, here on my blog.  This week I was thinking flowers, so I decided to offer this little African Violet painting.

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95. with 25. rebate
I love the purples, pinks and blues and yes, even the blue greens, in this daily painting.  All my favorite colors!

This is how it works:

Purchase at the link above and you will be charged $94.95 and shipping. You must write ART SALE on the order to receive the discount.  As soon as I receive your payment, I will return a credit of $25.00 to your credit card or PayPal account.

This sale is only for readers of my blog, so if you don't write ART SALE on the order, I won't know you saw it here and you won't get a rebate.  

Tip for artists:  Instead of purchasing art books, I purchase paintings from my favorite artists.  I find it much more helpful for me to study technique and brushwork from an actual example instead of a book.  I have the added benefit of owning original artwork which I enjoy daily in my home.

Hope you like my bargain of the day!  This offer expires Friday, Oct. 17th at 12:01 a.m.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Daily Painting, Shell Still Life, "Queen Conch" by Carol Schiff, 8x10" Oil SOLD

I found this Queen Conch shell on the beach during a trip to the Abaco Islands.  The Abaco Islands are a small, but beautiful chain of quaint islands off the shore of Florida.  Easy to travel to and with all beautiful unspoiled beaches, great fishing and diving and just plain relaxing.  They are not on the tourist route, which is an added bonus.

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I placed it in an east facing window one morning, and got a remarkable glow as the sun shone through the shell.  It seemed to be on fire and I tried to capture that beauty here.


Maybe not quite as nice as a trip to the islands, but a close second!   Every time I see it, I can feel sand between my toes.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Floral Still Life Painting, Daily Painting, "A Rose is a Rose" by Carol Schiff, 9x12x1.5"

I was in the zone of this one and able to complete it very quickly.  My palette knife was slinging paint.....maybe it had to do with the music I was playing.

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195 + 13

You may recognize this set up as I have painted it before.  Last time it looked like this:

I enjoy painting the same object or scene in different styles.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

"Five Amigos" Original Still Life Pear Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Five Amigos" Original Still Life Pear Painting by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat
12" x 6" Oil on Panel $110
This small painting fits perfectly in the space between the
kitchen counter and cabinets.  The colors are soft, but have a painterly
quality.  To purchase this one-of-a-kind original, please visit my
web site  Thank you for your interest!

Friday, October 10, 2014

"Blue Door" Old World Still Life Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Blue Door" Old World Still life Oil Painting by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat
8" x 10" Oil on Canvas $125
This is an original one-of-a-kind oil painting that will not
be reproduced.  This painting is available for purchase on my
web site Thank you for your interest!

Floral Still Life, "Summer's Crown", 8x10"

This painting has been knocking around the studio for quite some time now.

99. + 15